Sri Bhaktyaloka

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

Certificate Course

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36 Hours


90 Minutes

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Sessions per week

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About the Teacher


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:

In this self-study course, you will delve into the profound insights of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakura's essays on Text 2 & 3 of Upadeshamrita, focusing on the six favorable and six unfavorable items of devotional practice. Through a comprehensive analysis, you will gain a deep understanding of each element and its significance in the practice of devotional service.

Course Contents:

  • Introduction to the Nectar of Instruction
  • An overview of the significance and relevance of this sacred text.
  • Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakura's Analysis
  • Explore Bhakti Vinod Thakura's commentary on the verses in Bhajana Rahasya, offering insights into the teachings of the Nectar of Instruction.
  • The Six Faults That Hinder Devotion
  • A detailed examination of the six unfavorable items, beginning with "atyaharah prayasashca," which can impede one's progress in devotional service.
  • The Six Items That Enhance Devotion
  • In-depth exploration of the six favorable items, commencing with "utsahan nishcayad dhairyat," which are instrumental in ensuring the success of pure devotional service.
  • Comprehensive Understanding
  • A thorough study of each item, both the faults that can obstruct devotion and the items that foster and guarantee the completeness of pure devotion..

Course Requirement:

No specific prerequisites are required, making this self-study course accessible to individuals of all backgrounds.

Target Audience:

This self-study course is open to all who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Nectar of Instruction and its philosophical insights.

Assessment Plan:

No formal assessments are included in this self-study course, allowing you to explore the material at your own pace without the pressure of exams.

What You Will Learn:

  • Essential philosophical terms and concepts within Text 2 & 3 of the Nectar of Instruction.
  • A systematic and comprehensive understanding of the six essays on the faults that hinder devotion.
  • A systematic and comprehensive understanding of the six essays on the items that enhance and guarantee the success of pure devotional service.
  • Practical application of these teachings with real-life examples, making the knowledge personally relevant.

Why You Should Choose this Self-Study Course:

By enrolling in this self-study course, you will gain a profound understanding of the Nectar of Instruction's teachings at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to explore important philosophical concepts and apply them practically in your spiritual journey, all without the pressure of formal assessments.

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