The three stages of Spiritual Advancement - Sambandha, Abhidheya & Prayojana

By Premasindhu Gauranga Das

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Course Duration

12 Hours


90 minutes each

No. Of Sessions


Sessions per week



Open for all.

Schedule of Classes


Starts on


07:30 pm - 09:00 pm IST

Regular classes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday

About the Teacher


Premasindhu Gauranga Das

Premasindhu Gauranga Das came in touch with ISKCON while studying engineering at Pune. Fascinated by the theology of Vaishnavism, he then went on to do a bachelor’s degree in Vaishnavism from the University of Madras.

Having a long-standing desire of serving society as a monk and teacher, he joined the ISKCON temple at Juhu, Mumbai as a full-time celibate monk. In Mumbai, he served at the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT). At BBT, he compiled books from the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and also proofread all the books of Srila Prabhupada. Apart from serving at the BBT, he also developed outreach preaching programs for youth, congregation and villagers.

In 2015, wishing to dive more deeply into Srila Prabhupada's books, he went on to study at the Vrindavan Institute of Higher Education(VIHE). After completing his Bhakti-Shastri degree, he joined as a full-time teacher and curriculum developer at the VIHE.

Since 2018, he is involved as one of the founding team members of the ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya.

He is a regular teacher for courses like Bhakti-Shastri, Bhakti-Vaibhav and Bhaktivedanta and has conducted various courses on the books of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Acaryas.

Premasindhu Gauranga Das also holds a master’s degree in History and is currently pursuing his PhD.

Course Overview

Course Description:

In this course, we will discuss about the objective of all Vedic studies. The Veda discusses sambandha (the relationship between the living entity and the Supreme Entity), abhidheya (the means for attaining the object of pursuit) and prayojana (the very object of pursuit). Śrī Kṛṣṇa, whose service is to be attained, is the person with whom we are to have sambandha. Bhakti (devotional service) is the means to attain that, so bhakti is the abhidheya. And prema (love for Śrī Kṛṣṇa) is the prayojana.

Course Contents: As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (BG 15.15) by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, the purpose of studying the Vedas is to understand Him (vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedya). Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu explained to Sanātana Gosvāmī that there are three purposes in the Vedas. One is to understand our relationship with Kṛṣṇa (sambandha), another is to act according to that relationship (abhidheya), and the third is to reach the ultimate goal (prayojana).

These three subjects are explained in every aphorism of the Vedānta-sūtra, for they form the culmination of the entire Vedānta philosophy. In this course, there will be a discussion on each of these three terms.


Target Audience: Open for all

Assessment Plan: NIL

Course Requirement: NIL

Important Guidelines for the Students: Be present in all classes & keep the video switch on during the class

What will students gain from this course?

1. The subject matter of the Vedas in a summary form. 2. A chance to know what is God and what is our relationship with Him. 3. The knowledge of establishing our relationship with the Supreme Lord. 4. The knowledge of acting in relation to the Supreme Lord. 5. The knowledge of fulfilling the mission of this human form of life.


Why should one attend this course?
In this life we have to understand our relationship with God, sambandha, and, according to that relationship, we have to chalk our plan of working. Because we must fulfill that relationship. This is called in Sanskrit sambandha, abhidheya and prayojana.

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

If one can understand his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead and act accordingly, his mission is automatically fulfilled.

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