Tattva Sandarbha

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

Certificate Course

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Course Duration

43 Hours Approx.


90 Minutes/ Session

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Sessions per week

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Those who have completed Bhakti Shastri successfully.  

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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:

This course on Tattva Sandarbha offers an in-depth exploration of the foundational text of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy. Tattva Sandarbha, compiled by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, is the first of the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas and serves as a crucial introduction to the philosophy and theology of Krishna Consciousness. The course involves a meticulous, line-by-line discussion of the mūla (main) text to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of its principles. Key points from Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī's commentary, Sarva-samvādini, will also be examined. The course spans a maximum of 60 hours and includes a certification upon completion.

Course Content:

  • Introduction to Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas and Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Philosophy
  • Detailed Study of Tattva Sandarbha's mūla Text
  • Establishing Śrīmad Bhāgavatam as the paramount pramāṇa (evidence)
  • Establishing Śrī Kṛṣṇa as the prameya (subject of discussion) of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
  • Key Points from Sarva-samvādini Commentary by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī
  • Discussion and Analysis of Major Philosophical Themes

Target Audience:

  • Students of theology and religious studies
  • Practitioners and followers of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism
  • Anyone interested in understanding the philosophical underpinnings of Krishna Consciousness
  • Scholars looking to deepen their knowledge of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam and its significance

Assessment Plan:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) test to evaluate understanding and retention of the course material

Important Guidelines for Students:

  •  Engage with the material through questions and reflections.
  • Complete the MCQs test at the end of the course for certification.

What Will Students Gain from this Course?

  • A thorough understanding of Tattva Sandarbha and its significance in Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy
  • Insight into the methods of establishing scriptural authority and philosophical principles
  • An appreciation for the theological depth of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
  • The ability to interpret and analyze classical texts with a scholarly approach

Why Should One Attend this Course?

  • To gain a foundational understanding of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy directly from one of its core texts
  • To develop a deeper spiritual and intellectual connection with Krishna Consciousness
  • To receive a certified qualification in an important area of theological study

What Problems of Students are We Solving through the Curriculum?

  • Breaking down complex philosophical concepts into understandable discussions
  • Offering a structured and systematic approach to studying foundational texts
  • Providing formal recognition of their study and understanding through certification

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