Letter to Brahmananda -- Hawaii 23 March, 1969:
Yes, we must set up our society as a school as best we can—I have already sent you letter. Please formulate the whole curriculum because we have to immediately submit to the Draft department and if this is accepted that will be great gain for our society. "Bhakti-sastri" is awarded after extensive study of Bhagavad-gita, Easy Journey, and Nectar of Devotion. "Bhakti-vaibhava" is awarded after study of Vedanta-sutra and Srimad-Bhagavatam on a preliminary basis; and "Bhaktivedanta" the highest title, is awarded after extensive study of Caitanya-caritamrta.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead speaks to Lord Brahma: O Brahma, O Suvrata, among all types of festivals, the festival of discussing Srimad Bhagavatam is the topmost.
--(from the Srimad Bhagavatam Mahatmya of Skanda Purana)
dharmaḥ projjhita-kaitavo ’tra paramo nirmatsarāṇāṁ satāṁ
vedyaṁ vāstavam atra vastu śivadaṁ tāpa-trayonmūlanam
śrīmad-bhāgavate mahā-muni-kṛte kiṁ vā parair īśvaraḥ
sadyo hṛdy avarudhyate ’tra kṛtibhiḥ śuśrūṣubhis tat-kṣaṇāt
Completely rejecting all religious activities which are materially motivated, this Bhāgavata Purāṇa propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhāgavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyāsadeva [in his maturity], is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhāgavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart.
Srila Prabhupada suggested four levels of study of his books—Bhakti-sastri, Bhakti-vaibhava, Bhakti-vedanta and Bhakti-sarvabhauma. After completing Bhakti-sastri, a sincere devotee who wants to enhance his knowledge and understanding of Vaishnava philosophy through the contents of Srimad Bhagavatam can pursue Bhakti-vaibhava. The course aims at preparing the Vaishnavas more determined in practicing Krishna consciousness. This course would be helpful for the development of preaching skills with reference to the purports of Srimad Bhagavatam. This course brings deepened appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s mood and mission as revealed in his purports. Qualified students of the Bhakti-vaibhava module-1 course will be awarded a ‘Bhakti-vaibhava’ certificate from the ISKCON Board of Examinations only after completing Bhakti-vaibhava module-2.
The speciality of Bhagavata Toshani course at ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya is that with systematic study of Canto 1, 2 & 3, you can study Sad Sandharbhas of Srila Jiva Goswami and Sanskrit (based on the curriculum of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi)
Requirements for enrolment:-
- You need to have a Bhakti-sastri degree.
- You must be a good sadhaka, should have brahminical tendencies and good service attitude.
- You need to submit a recommendation letter by an ISKCON authority who knows you well, certifying your character, sadhana, Brahminical tendencies and being favourably engaged in the preaching mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu for at least the previous 12 months.
- For better understanding we humbly request you to read all the three cantos before you come here to deeply study with us and are fully benefited from the course.
- As the course would be in English so sufficient command in English language is mandatory for understanding and qualifying the assessments.
- You mustbe 18 years or above in age.
- The candidates will be scheduled for a Telephonic interview with the academic team for final approval.
Note : You will be considered registered only when you complete the Registration Form and submit the Recommendation Letter
Service charges : Education is completely free of charge. There will be no tuition fee charged from the students.
Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 1
Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 2
Srimad Bhagavatam: canto 3
Contact Details :-
Address : ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya 344, Shri Radha Golf, Anyor, Bari Parikrama Marg, Govardhan, District - Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281502
HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami
HG Venu Gopal Das
HG Kanai Krishna Das
HG Gauranga Darshan Das
HG Radhika Vallabh Das
HG Srivas Das