Madhurya-kadambini (Progressive Development of Devotion)

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

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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 Title:

Mādhurya-kādambinī - Progressive Development of Devotion

Course Description:

Written by Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī, this book delves into the complete science of advancement in bhakti from śraddhā (faith) to prema (pure love) by elaborating on the famous verse of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī in Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu: "adau śraddhā..." It offers a detailed description of the characteristics of stages of bhakti and the obstacles to progress, along with examples to elucidate the intricacies. This text is essential reading for any devotee seeking swift progress from śraddhā to prema while navigating the obstacles encountered along the way.

Target Audience:

This course is open to all individuals interested in deepening their understanding of bhakti and progressing along the path from śraddhā to prema.

Course Requirement:

Students are required to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra daily.

Important Guidelines for Students:

  • Dedicate time daily for study and reflection on the course materials.
  • Engage actively with the provided texts and supplementary materials.
  • Maintain regularity in chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as prescribed.
  • Seek clarification from the instructor whenever needed.
  • Foster a spirit of humility and openness to learning throughout the course.

What Will Students Gain from This Course?

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the stages of bhakti, from initial faith (śraddhā) to the pinnacle of pure love (prema). They will learn to identify and overcome obstacles encountered on the path of devotion, gaining practical insights from both theoretical teachings and illustrative examples. Additionally, students will develop a deeper appreciation for the mercy and sweetness inherent in the practice of bhakti.

Why Should One Attend This Course?

  • Deepen Understanding: Gain profound insights into the stages of bhakti and the process of spiritual advancement outlined in Mādhurya-kādambinī.
  • Overcome Obstacles: Learn to recognize and overcome common obstacles encountered on the path of devotion, leading to accelerated progress.
  • Cultivate Devotion: Develop a deeper connection with the devotional practices and principles outlined in the text, fostering personal growth and spiritual transformation.
  • Community Support: Engage with fellow students on a shared journey of spiritual growth, fostering a supportive and enriching learning environment.

Problems Solved through This Course:

  • Lack of Clarity: Provides clarity on the stages of bhakti and the means to progress from śraddhā to prema.
  • Overcoming Obstacles: Equips students with tools to overcome obstacles encountered on the spiritual path.
  • Deepening Devotion: Facilitates a deeper understanding and practice of devotional principles, leading to increased spiritual maturity and connection with the divine.

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