Valmiki Ramayana


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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 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 Overview:

Welcome to the self-study course on Ramayana - An Epic Exploration. This course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the Ramayana, which is considered the first epic (adi kavya) in the history of mankind. Authored by the great devotee-poet Srimad Valmiki, the Ramayana is devoted entirely to the pastimes of the Supreme Lord, Sri Rama, the hero of the sun (Surya) dynasty. Additionally, it beautifully expounds on concepts of dharma, artha, kama, moksa, and the duties of various roles within society.

Course Description:

The Ramayana is a timeless epic that not only narrates the divine pastimes of Sri Rama and Srimati Sita but also imparts profound wisdom about life, duty, and morality. This self-study course delves into the seven sections (kandas) of the Ramayana, exploring the intricacies of each part.

What will Students Gain from this Course:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the seven kandas of the Ramayana.
  • Explore the epic's profound teachings on life, duty, and morality.
  • Reflect on the practical implications of these teachings in your own life.
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation for the divine pastimes of Sri Rama and Srimati Sita.

Course Content:

Throughout this self-study course, you will explore the following kandas of the Ramayana:

Bala Kanda: Childhood pastimes of Rama and Laxmana.

Ayodhya Kanda: Exile of Rama, Sita, and Laxmana into the forest.

Aranya Kanda: Pastimes of Sita, Rama, and Laxmana in the forest and the abduction of Sita by Ravana.

Kishkindha Kanda: Rama's search for Sita, Hanumana's meeting with Rama and Laxmana, the friendship between Rama and Sugriva, and the dispatching of monkey soldiers in search of Sita.

Sundara Kanda: Hanumana's journey to Lanka in search of Sita, his discovery of her in Ashoka Vatika, and the burning of Lanka.

Yuddha Kanda: Rama and Laxmana, along with the army of monkeys, attacking Ravana, the slaying of Ravana, and the reunion with Sita.

Uttara Kanda: Background stories of different characters in the Ramayana and Rama's performance of the Ashvamedha sacrifice.

Course Materials:

You will receive brief notes on every session, helping you navigate the intricacies of each kanda and providing insights into the epic's teachings and stories.

Target Audience:

This self-study course is open to anyone who is interested in delving into the timeless wisdom of the Ramayana. Whether you are a devotee, a scholar, or someone curious about this epic, you are welcome to embark on this journey.

Assessment Plan:

An MCQ examination held at the end each course.

Course Requirements:

There are no prerequisites or specific course requirements for enrollment. This self-study course is open to all individuals who are eager to explore the timeless narrative and wisdom of the Ramayana.

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