Essentials of Vedanta sutra

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

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15 Hours


90 Minutes

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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

Course Description:

This self-study course provides an opportunity to delve into the profound wisdom of more than 100 essential sutras from the Vedanta Sutras of Śrīla Vyāsadeva. These sutras are quoted by revered scholars like Śrīla Prabhupāda and Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas in their commentaries on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and Bhagavad Gītā, as well as in the six Sandarbhas of Śrīla Jīva Goswāmī.

Course Content:

In this course, you will explore these profound sutras through the lens of Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa's Govinda Bhāṣya commentary. The explanations will be provided in English with references to the original Sanskrit sutras and Govinda Bhāṣya text. Additionally, key concepts from the Sandarbhas and Bhāgavatam commentaries will be included to enhance your understanding. The course will follow the standard structure of explaining topics through the five angas: Viṣaya (subject matter), saṁśaya (doubts or questions), pūrva paksa (opposing views), siddhānta (conclusion), and prayojana (practical application).

Course Materials:

  • Vedānta Sutras: Sanskrit text
  • Govinda Bhāṣya Commentary: Sanskrit text
  • Reference books in electronic format will be shared at the beginning of the course.

Target Audience:

This self-study course is suitable for anyone who has previously studied the Bhagavad Gītā and wishes to deepen their understanding of the essential Vedanta sutras. Prior knowledge of the Bhagavad Gītā is recommended as a foundation for this study.


Self-assessment will be encouraged, allowing you to gauge your understanding and progress independently. Additionally, you will have access to multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to test your knowledge. 

Course Requirements:

This course is open to individuals who have a prior understanding of the Bhagavad Gītā, as this knowledge will serve as a foundation for comprehending the Vedanta sutras. There are no other specific prerequisites for enrollment in this self-study course.

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