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Bhagavad Gita As It Is Essay Competition 2015

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What is Bhagavad Gita As It Is Essay Competition 2015?

There are more than A$10,000 of prizes. The competition is on "Bhagavad Gita As It Is", by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Everyone is eligible to enter - all global citizens are invited. You can be living anywhere, be of any age and engaged in any occupation or studies.

Essay Competition Deadline: 31 December 2015

This year, the competition will be split into three levels:

Level 1

Essay Question for individuals.

Words: 2,500 to 3,000
Cost to Enter: A$35
1st Prize: A$10,000
2nd Prize: A$100
3rd Prize: A$100

Level 2

Essay Question for a Group. This is an essay that must be written by one or more people.

Words: 2,000 to 2,500 
Cost to Enter: A$10
1st Prize: A$1,000
2nd Prize: A$100
3rd Prize: A$100

Level 3

Write the essence of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" in 140 (or less) characters e.g. "I shall do thy bidding."

Cost to Enter: A$2
1st Prize: A$100
2nd Prize: A$50
3rd Prize: A$50

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

The competition is open to everyone. There is no age limit nor geographical limit. Everyone is eligible to enter - all global citizens are invited.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done Online only.

FAQs

Q1: What is the Bhagavad Gita?
A: Bhagavad Gita, a philosophical poem comprising seven hundred Sanskrit verses, is one of the most important philosophical and literary works known to man. It has long been considered the essence of Vedic literature, the vast body of ancient scriptural writings that forms the basis of Vedic philosophy and spirituality. The Gita was written by the sage Vyasa 5,000 years ago.
Q2: How do I apply?
A: Go to 'Application Form' tab and "Click Here to Enter'. This takes you to the Application Form. Please fill it out. Click 'Send detailed form'.
Q3: When is the deadline to hand in the Essay?
A: Tuesday 31st December 2015
All entries should be submitted online at www.bgasitisessay.com.au on or before 31 December 2015
Q4: How much does it cost to enter for each level?
A: There are three levels of entry. You can choose which level you wish to apply for.
Level One: Essay Question for individuals. Cost to Enter: A$35.
Level Two: Essay Question for a Group. This is an essay that must be written by one or more people.    Cost to Enter: A$10.
Level Three:    Write the essence of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" in 140 (or less) characters. Cost to Enter: A$2.
Q5: Who is eligible to apply?
A: Anyone can apply from any nationality and any country. The only people who are not allowed to apply is any previous winner in the competition.
Q6: How many words must the Essay be?
A: Level one essay: 2,500- 3,000 words. 
A: Level 2 Essay: 2,000 - 2,500 words.
Q7: Which book must I read and refer to in order to answer the Question?
A: All verse quotes and citations must be from the 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' with translation and purports by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In terms of answering the essay question the student must study and refer to 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is'. If another version of Bhagavad Gita is used to answer the question, the applicant will be disqualified; no other version of Bhagavad Gita will be considered.
Q8: Must original work be used by the applicant/s in answering the question?
A: The essay is to be the original work of the applicant/s; entries must not have been previously published. All sources must be fully and appropriately acknowledged.
Q9: How many essay submissions can an applicant make?
A: The applicant/s can enter each or any of the levels of the competition as many times as they wish, but payment will need to be made with each submission and registration. e.g. If you decide to enter 10 of the Level 3 section you will need to pay 10 times the entry fee totalling A$20, to allow the unique entry of each entry to be counted.
Q10: If I have trouble submitting my application form what do I do?
A: Go to the 'Contact Us' page and send an enquiry. We will respond to your query.
Q11: What format must be used?
A: Use English, double-spaced text throughout, 4cm wide margins, left alignment, numbers in the bottom right hand corner of the pages, 12-point font size text, Garamond Font, Word Document format.
Q12: What language must be used to write the essay?
A: English
Q13: What is the Essay Question?
A: Level One
It is the year 2050 and a united, peace-loving world government has been formed. The leaders of that government have decided to implement Krishna's strategy for peace and happiness in the world. You have been tasked to succinctly summarise and promote Krishna's message in a convincing pamphlet that motivates obstinate elements in the population (who are attached to the former failed system) to implement these teachings in their lives and societies.
A: Level Two
How would you use the "Bhagavad Gita as it is" as a guide for entrepreneurs? Discuss the essence of the "Bhagavad Gita as it is" and it's application in running a business.
Q14: What is a pamphlet?
A: pamphlet |ˈpamflit| 
noun a small booklet or leaflet containing information or arguments about a single subject.
Q15: What are the marking criteria?
A:The marking criteria is as follows:
Introduction: Your essay should start with an introduction presenting your overall topic. State your position and describe the structure of your essay by explaining the different points you will address to develop your overall argument. 
Body: In the body of the essay you are to present your points in different paragraphs. Each paragraph should present one main idea of your argument but be linked to the preceding and following paragraphs with appropriate transitions. 
Conclusion: Finish your essay with a conclusion summarising your overall argument and explaining how your different arguments contributed to your position.
Q16: How will the essay be evaluated?
A: The following will equally be considered in the overall evaluation of your essay:
1. Creativity – originality 
2. Cognition – comprehension of concepts and ideas 
3. Structure – introduction; body; conclusion 
4. Content – substance and depth
Q17: How do I contact the team who are running the Essay Competition?
You can contact us at:
Address: PO Box 1035, Spit Junction NSW 2088
or you can go to the website and click on 'Contact Us' page and submit your enquiry there.
Q 18: How much is the prize?
A: Level One: Essay Question for individuals. 1st Prize: A$10,000; 2nd prize: A$100; 3rd Prize: A$100
A: Level Two: Essay Question for a Group. This is an essay that must be written by one or more people.    1st Prize: A$1000; 2nd prize: A$100; 3rd Prize: A$100
A: Level Three. 1st Prize: A$100; 2nd prize: A$50; 3rd Prize: A$50
Q19: When will the prize be announced?
A: The inners will be announced Friday 26th February 2016. on www.bgasitisessay.com.au.
Q20: How will the winners be contacted?
A: The successful applicants will be contacted by an email message sent to the email address, from which their application was submitted.
Q21: What happens if I want to query the winning essay?
A: No correspondence will be entered into; the judge's decision is final. The judge will not give comment or feedback on individual essays.
Q22: How do I make the payment?
A: By credit card or Paypal, using our online payment system. Once you fill out the Application Form, then the Payment Option presents itself.
Q23: Why do you not have an email address on the website, so we can contact you by email?
A: If we have our email address on the website there is a danger that we will get thousands of bulk spam email which will render our email unusable.
Email harvesters are the most unwanted visitors on any website. These email spambots crawl the web via search engines to find and extract email addresses from webpages. Any useful site needs to have contact information posted, and this has to include either an email address or a contact form. We have a "Contact Us" form to prevent the spamming of our email address.
Q24: I am having trouble making the A$ payment? Is there a page I can go to directly to pay?
A: The direct url link is below. This will take you directly to the payment page.
http://bgasitisessay.com.au/payment.html
Q25: In the group essay Level Two: How do I record all the entrants in the essay if I have more than one person writing the essay?
A: Please choose one person to be the point of contact. This person's name must go on the Registration form. The list of names for all contributors to the group essay can be listed in the list of names box for the group entry on the registration page.
Q26: Which currency is the cost to enter and the prize money denominated in?
A: The currency for both the cost to enter and the prize money is denominated in Australian dollars. (A$).
Q27: How will the prizes be paid?
A: The prizes in the different categories will be paid to each of the winners directly into a nominated bank account.
Q28: If I do not speak English how can I enter the competition, as English is the stipulated language for writing the essay?
A: If your mother tongue is not English, but you still wish to enter the Essay competition, then you can read and write in the language you most feel comfortable with. You can then ask a friend or family member who is fluent in English to translate your essay. If you are unable to find a friend or family member to do this for you then it is possible to pay a small fee to a translator who can translate it for you,. There are many such services on the internet and they are very reasonably priced.
Q29: If I want to buy a hard copy of the book "Bhagavad Gita as it is" by Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada where can I find a copy to purchase?
A: There are many websites that stock the book. e.g. 
http://www.krishna.com
www.krishnaculture.com
You can also buy a hard copy of the book at any ISKCON Temple of centre near you.
Q30: Why do you charge to enter the competition?
A: There are a few reasons:
One being that if people do not pay for something they do not value it and do not take it seriously. So by paying to enter the competition then the applicant feels committed to the process of reading the book and writing the essay. Also, we who are running the essay competition, have to recoup the Prize money, as well as marketing costs, wages for the people who are helping us, internet and web cots etc. If we can recoup these costs then we will be able to run this competition every year.
Q31: Will you be running the Essay Competition next year in 2016 as well?
A: If we have sufficient uptake from our global audience and we can recoup our costs, 
then we plan on running the competition annually.
Q32: Why do you have the Essay Competition only accepting English language submissions?
A: There are a few reasons. One is a practical matter whereby it becomes difficult and a logistical problem 
to mark the essays in other languages which are not English. Also English is considered the international language
for use by everyone wanting to communicate with each other from different cultures and different parts of the world. 
It is also the language in which Srila Prabhupada chose to write his books.

Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible to enter?
The competition is open to everyone. There is no age limit nor geographical limit. Everyone is eligible to enter - all global citizens are invited. You can be living anywhere, be of any age and be engaged in any occupation, studies or be retired. Any winner in the different Levels from the previous entries is not allowed to enter the competition. For example, Helena Widolf, the 2014 winner, is ineligible to apply for the Level One Entry. However, as she has not entered Level Two or Three she is allowed to enter these Levels of the Competition.
Which book must be used in answering the question?
All verse quotes and citations must be from the 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' with translation and purports by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In terms of answering the essay question the student must study and refer to 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is'. If another version of Bhagavad Gita is used to answer the question, the applicant will be disqualified; no other version of Bhagavad Gita will be considered.
Criteria
Each entry must be original and free from plagiarism (the action of taking someone else's work, ideas, etc., and passing these off as one's own. This includes books, web articles, lectures etc.). If one is quoting or has been inspired by someone else, that person should be acknowledged in the essay.
The entry is to be the original work of the applicant/s; entries must not have been previously published. All sources must be fully and appropriately acknowledged. This is a competition of skill; chance plays no part in this competition.
The applicant/s may submit entries across all Levels of the competition. They may enter each or any of the levels more than once; however the work of each entry must be new and fresh and not previously submitted, as well as payment must be made for each entry.
Essay Length
Level One Essay: Individual entry
The essay is to be between 2,500 and 3,000 words (between two thousand five hundred and three thousand words).
Level Two Essay: Group entry
The essay is to be between 2,000 and 2,500 words (between two thousand and two thousand five hundred words).
Essay submission format and layout
Use English, double-spaced text throughout, 4cm wide margins, left alignment, numbers in the bottom right hand corner of the pages, 12-point font size text, Garamond Font, Word Document format.
More than one submission per applicant will be accepted - however, for each essay submission a fresh fee will need to be paid. For example if you are entering Level One essay competition you are allowed to submit more than one essay but for every essay submission you will need to pay the A$35 entry amount.
Cost to Enter:
There are there Levels of the Competition:
1. Level One
Essay Question for individuals
Cost to Enter: A$35
1st Prize: A$10,000
2nd Prize: A$100
3rd Prize: A$100
2. Level Two
Essay Question for a Group. This is an essay that must be written by one or more people.
Cost to Enter: A$10
1st Prize: A$1,000
2nd Prize: A$100
3rd Prize: A$100
3. Level Three:
Write the essence of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" in 140 (or less) characters
Cost to Enter: A$2
1st Prize: A$100
2nd Prize: A$50
3rd Prize: A$50
It is compulsory as part of the competition for the applicant/s to pay to enter the competition. Anyone who does not pay the entry fee will not be eligible and will not be considered in the competition, even if they submit an application. Payment must be made at time of registration. Payment can be made directly by Credit Card or PayPal at the payment portal: http://bgasitisessay.com.au/payment.html
Essay Submission Deadline:
Tuesday 31 December 2015
All entries should be submitted online at 
• www.bgasitisessay.com.au/essaysubmission.html
on or before 31 December 2015.
Judge
The Judge of The Competition: Gambhir Watts, Founder President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia, an International NGO; Founder and CEO of Taxation Guru Pty Ltd, a Sydney Accounting firm; Founder and CEO of International Centre of Nonviolence Australia. MALP (Master of Administrative Law and Policy, Sydney University); FAIM (Fellow, Australian Institute of Management); MAICD (Member Australian Institute of Company Directors); FTIA (Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia); CPA ; FIBM (Fellow, British Institute of Management); GOPIO Community Service Award In Recognition of Outstanding Community Service To The People Of Australia And India (2011)
Upon applying the applicant will receive acknowledgement of the application:
1.    The applicant will receive acknowledgement of the application by email once payment has been made.
2. The applicant will also receive some study guides and links to aid them with the essay writing: 
Access to an electronic version of the book 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and a set of introductory materials to help explain and give context to the book 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is'.
Announcement of the Prize Winners
The competition winners will be announced on Friday 26 February 2016.
The prize winners will be announced on the website www.bgasitisessay.com.au
The successful applicants will be contacted by an email message sent to the email address, from which their application was submitted.
No correspondence will be entered into; the judge's decision is final. No feedback will be given at an individual level to the applicants.
The winning essay will be published on the website.

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