Overview of Sri Caitanya Caritamrita

By Pran Govinda Das

Certificate Course

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Course Duration

124 Hours


02 hours each

No. Of Sessions


Sessions per week




Open for all.

Schedule of Classes


Starts on


08:00 pm to 10:00 pm IST

Regular classes on

Mon to Fri

About the Teacher


Pran Govinda Das

Pran Govinda prabhu, was born in Comilla/Ampinagara in East Pakistan in the year 1962. 

In 1971, he went with his father to visit his aunt’s family in Jadavpur Calcutta, where Srila Prabhupada was giving a lecture and where he saw for the first time “western devotees” in Deshapriya Park. Being just a small boy, he only saw Srila Prabhupada from afar and felt a strong desire to become a devotee.

In 1978 he went to Vrindavan, and lived there for many months with the BABAJIS in the Cakaleswar Temple at Govardhan. Later he met H H Bhakticaru Swami at the end of 1979 in the Krishna Balarama Temple in Vrindavan he went back to Calcutta with him and, a year later, he took initiation from Bhavananda Maharaja.

From 1981-1986, he was working in Mayapur as a guest house manager. In 1986, during the 500th anniversary of Lord Chaitanya, the new management allowed him to serve as the first general manager in Mayapur–managing the Gaura Purnima festival.

From 1980-1989, he served as a facilitator of prasadam and accommodations for GBC, sannyasis, devotees, and life members. He also served as a life membership director and fundraiser for the Mayapur temple. During monsoon, when Mayapur would become flooded; he would distribute kitchori prasadam to all the neighboring villages.

For many years he has been serving the devotees in the Alachua Temple every day from 4 am until 9 am. He serve the devotees 5 days a week in the evening with Krishna Katha in a study group, under his present siksa-guru, HH Radhanatha Swami. Almost every day he is counseling devotees to overcome their challenges on the spiritual path. He is always enthusiastic about looking to make new devotees and bringing them to the platform of becoming sincere, serious followers of Srila Prabhupada.

Now that both his sons are grown up and can be on their own, both spiritually and materially, He feel he can do more service by dedicating his full time as a sannyasi while encouraging other devotees to cooperate with the GBC in pushing on the Krishna Consciousness movement and pleasing Srila Prabhupada.

Course Overview

This course will be in two modules; Module - 1 will cover Adi Lila & Madhya Lila, Antya Lila will be discussed in Module 2. Module 1 will be starting from 01st Feb and will be till 31st March, Module 2 will be from 08th May till 02nd June 2023.


Let us dwell and immerse ourselves in Sri Caitanya Caritamrita by reading which one is sure to attain the love for the divine couple Sri Sri Radha Krsna. Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Krishna Himself, who came to deliver us by giving us Krishna bhakti, got immersed Himself in love for Krishna. In this way, the path of bhakti is so attractive for any practioner.


āpani karimu bhakta-bhāva agīkāre
āpani ācari bhakti śikhāimu sabāre

“I shall accept the role of a devotee, and I shall teach devotional service by practicing it Myself.


ei-mata mahāprabhu rātri-divase
ātma-sphūrti nāhi kṛṣṇa-bhāvāveśe

Thus Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu forgot Himself throughout the entire day and night, being merged in an ocean of ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa.

Course Content

Welcome to this Postgraduate Study in Spirituality.

The various religions of the world all stem from one divine source and aim to progress the practitioner to this perfect stage of pure love of Godhead. Though they vary in culture, ritual and expression, their core spiritual principles are universal. Since the same message was imparted in different historical periods, the externals were adapted while the essence was preserved. You could call it “old book in a new cover page”.

At the same time, religions are not completely identical. Each tradition emphasizes different aspects of the Absolute Truth and approaches God with varying degrees of intimacy and closeness. This is where the Vedic scriptures offer something unique. They are replete with fascinating narratives which describe the sacred intricacies of God’s existence: His personality, associates, relationships, and daily activities. The sheer volume of detailed information is unfathomable.

Within the Vedic canon, Srila Prabhupada stressed the study of three scriptures in particular:

·        Bhagavad-Gita is considered a foundational study in spiritual conclusions. It is the word of God, and firmly establishes essential philosophical truths.

·        Srimad-Bhagavatam is considered a graduate study; the narrations of God that describe the enchanting character of Krishna and His saintly devotees.

·        Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita is considered the postgraduate study in spirituality. It reveals the mind of God – the inner life of Krishna, and the appreciation and attraction He feels when He is conquered by the love of His devotees. Krishna das Kaviraj Gosvmai’s biography is indeed an anthology of pure devotion, lucidly describing the selfless disposition of great Vaishnavas.

Caitanya-Caritamrita also reveals the deep compassion and munificence of God when He appears as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In our age of spiritual apathy and material allure, His propagation of nama-sankirtan offers living entities a lifeline to experience the profound happiness that comes from a relationship with God. Studying this most accurate, authentic, and philosophical biography of Sri Caitanya will surely inspire one to take full advantage of this priceless gift.

Target Audience

·        Lord Caitanya appeared to collect all lost Souls. All fallen kali yuga jivas are eligible to study.

·        All Jivas especially those desiring to serve God, becomes his devotees, surrender to him.

Course Requirement

Eagerness to hear about Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Assessment Plan

Multiple Choice Questions for each chapter/lesson

Important Guidelines for the Students

·        Listen that pre-recorded audio before the session began so you will be fully aware

·        Prepare yourself to take full advantage night before the class

·        Try your best to be present in live session if not follow the recorded discussion

·        Do not feel discouraged to complete the course, if needed help contact the teacher ASAP

List 5 -10 key points, what will students gain from this course?

·        Devotees will relish daily the nectar of Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita and

·        They will hear the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, for by doing so one can merge in transcendental bliss and establish a personal relationship with different bhaktas and with Supreme Lord Sri Caitanya.

·        They will attain full knowledge of devotional service (Antya-Lila 5.89).

·        This small contribution does not fully describe each episode of the Caitanya-Caritamrita, since Srila Prabhupada’s translation does that perfectly. The key objectives are as follows:

o   To present an easy-to-follow overview of Shri Chaitanya’s life

o   To provide a roadmap and framework for anyone who desires to explore the Caitanya-Caritamrita in greater detail.

o   Learn how to discriminate right and wrong

o   Determination to follow right and avoid wrong

o   Minimization of sinful reaction

o   Build inner strength to face any obstacles on the path of one’s bhakti


Why should one attend this course?

·        By attending this course, all misconceptions about the Goal of Life will disappear.

·        How to do proper sadhana to achieve Krishna prema in this life, in every circumstances.

·        How to adjust and deal with Anartha obstacles in bhakti path.

·        Prevent a sadhaka from all offenses and move forward in bhakti.

What problems of the students are we solving through the course?

·        Student will learn about how to ascertain, detect, recognize that the Svayam Bhagavan Avatari is Lord Caitanya and who are the different Avatars of Bhagavan.

·        How to deal with Conflicts amongst the devotees

·        How to recognize and choose the right and avoid the wrong recipes for success

·        Students will develop a personal GPS according to Srila Rupa’s siddhānta and recognize and chalk out a strategic plan where what level of devotion they are in now where they want to reach and how to go there.

·        Students will get tips to instantly detect and make decision and move forward in bhakti

·        Student will learn how to engage, by seeing that difference of free will, between impulse and response.

·        Means to see what will bind to the material world and what will liberate

Cc.Madhya.16.201:-Phala Sruti. The fruit one will attain by studying this course.

alaukika līlā kare śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya

yei ihā śune tāṅra janma, deha dhanya
“Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhus pastimes are all uncommon. Whoever listens to His activities becomes glorious, and his life becomes perfect.”

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