Level 10 - Bhakti Shastri (Correspondence)

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

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6 Months/ 1 Year


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ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya aims to provide a facility for its members to study, practice, and disseminate the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam, along with the writings of the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas and the branches of Vedic philosophy, culture, music and science in the context of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya is located in Sri Govardhan dhama to systematically propagate the teachings of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Caitanya-caritāmṛta to the society at large.

To accomplish the above mission, ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya will facilitate philosophical training for adult residential and non-residential students through the traditional Vedic educational methods. ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya has been inspired by the service and efforts of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu and His Holiness Gaur Krishna Gosvami Maharaja. Their dedication toward the study and the dissemination of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam is the torchlight guiding us forward to serve this mission.

Course Overview

Bhakti Shastri Correspondence

Course description:
In this way you have to understand, by studying carefully the philosophy. We have got so many books now and I want all of my disciples to read them carefully. Soon we shall be instituting Bhakti-sastri examinations and all brahmanas will have to pass. So utilize whatever time you find to make a thorough study of my books.

(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Upendra, 7th July 1976)

We have designed Bhakti Sastri course for those devotees who have been sincerely practicing Krishna consciousness and wants to systematically study Srila Prabupada’s. Bhagavad-Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Sri Isopanisad. This course will not only enhance your sastric knowledge & understanding and thereby make you more determined in practicing Krishna consciousness but to make you potent to convey Gaudiya Vaishnav principals to the society.

Bhakti Sastri degree will be provided to the qualified students from the ISKCON Board of Examination.

Course Contents: 
In-depth study of Bhagavad-Gītā, Śrī Īśopanisad, Nectar of Devotion and Nectar of Instruction

Course materials: 
Bhakti Sastri Students Handbook

Assessment plan: 
6 Closed Book Exams, 6 Sloka Recitation tests, 12 open book Exams & Classroom Attendance

Course requirement (any pre-qualification)

  • You must be 16 years or above in age.
  • As per the guidelines of ISKCON Board of Examination to be qualified to obtain the Bhakti sastri degree, the students must chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily & follow the four regulative principles.
  • For better understanding we humbly request you to read all the four books, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Sri Ishopanishad before you begin the deep study of these books with us and be fully benefited from the course.
  • As the course would be in English so proficiency in English language is mandatory.
  • You need to submit a recommendation letter by an ISKCON authority (your Spiritual Master/GBC member/Temple President/Co-President) 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. Please download the Recommendation letter format from the link below:- 
    Recommendation Letter
    You need to submit the same in this google form with other details:-
    Google Form
    Please note that your admission will not be confirmed unless we have received this recommendation letter.

The exams for Bhakti Shastri will be held twice a year, in May and December. The datesheet will be sent to you before the exam.Before the exam, it is necessary to fill out the exam form, and there will be a fee of 100 rupees per unit.

The regulations to be followed during the closed books exams. All students should agree for the following requirements regarding the online exam before taking admission to this course:-

    • All closed book exams will be conducted online (in cloud meetings).
    • Answers should be hand written, no electronic devices are allowed for typing.
    • Student should be having two devices live on cloud meetings. One will cover the student writing the exam as well as the screen of the front device. The second/front device will be used by the student to see the question paper provided in cloud meeting screen.
    • Immediately after the exam, the student has to scan the answer sheet in front of the front device camera & upload it in the assessment section.

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