ONLINE BHAKTI-SASTRI (17)
The term bhakti means “devotion” or “love”, and the term sastri refers to a person who is conversant with ancient sacred texts of spiritual knowledge and wisdom, known as sastra in the Sanskrit language. The title Bhakti Sastri is traditionally offered to accomplished students of the theology and philosophy of the Vedas. According to the Bhagavad Gita, texts that teach how to develop bhakti, love of God, the Supreme Soul Krishna, are the best.
Another option is to postpone the studies for a later date. For more info on postponing, please follow this link.
After 7 days, if we don’t get any statement from the student, it is considered that s/he has taken the course and refund or transferring is not possible anymore. Those who didn’t pass the closed-book exam (including those who didn’t take it) can take the whole course again at later time after paying administrative fee of 25 EUR. Admistrative fee for Bhaktivaibhava course is 100 EUR.
Those who started their studies before November 26th 2015 fall within the old refund policies:
If students who sign up for a particular online module or complete program are unable to take up the module due to some unavoidable circumstance, they should communicate with the online course administrator via email. During the first week of any online module it is possible to request transfer to the same module on the next scheduled delivery, free of charge. Changes after seven days are not possible without paying administrative fee of 50% from the tuition fee of a particular module. In general full program payments (Bhakti Sastri) are not refundable since they are discounted.
We will give a 100% refund on cancellations in the first week of the course. We will give a 30% refund if after the first week you decide you don’t want to continue for any reason. After the first week we can discuss a refund, or transfer you to a later course under special circumstances, such as illness. It is our policy to extend the greatest possible flexibility to students under these circumstances.
If a student, due to some unavoidable circumstances, is unable to take up the module, s/he should inform our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org during the first 7 days of any module to be transferred to the same module for its next scheduled delivery.
After 7 days, if we don’t get any statement from the student, it is considered that s/he has taken the course and transferring is not possible anymore. Postponing of one module can be made for two consecutive deliveries. After that, new full payment for that particular module is required for continuation of studies.
For any successfully finished online module student can get the printed copy at home address. To get the certificate via snail mail, one should:
- Pay 10 EUR by using the Paypal button below (for bank transfer, please use the bank details available here).
- Fill in the Certificate by post online form.
- Kindly wait for a while: we will arrange that the certificate comes to your address as soon as possible!
At the end of each module student will receive the grade directly from the Bhaktivedatna College administration or sometimes from the tutor. Student should not pay attention to the automatic grades given in the Moodle system.
The administration fee of 25 EUR (for Bhaktivaibhava course 100 EUR) is applied to students who, in agreement with our secretary and in line with our refund and postponing policies, have to take a course or exam for the second time. From the moment we confirm the acceptance of the fee, the student has 2 weeks time frame to take the course.
IMPORTANT: in the box ‘Special instructions’ on Paypal payment page you MUST write your BCOC username and course/module name for which you are re-taking the exam.
Are you already familiar with some foundational texts and practices of bhakti, and do you want to systematically study Srila Prabhupada’s books? Are you seeking quality association with devotees from various backgrounds with different levels of experience? Do you feel the need to deepen your connection with Krishna and to broaden your understanding of His instructions? Are you looking for a real spiritual immersion and transformation, without changing your external circumstances? This online Bhakti Sastri course aims at all this and more. You will systematically study the Bhagavad-gita, The Nectar of Devotion, The Nectar of Instruction, and Sri Isopanisad, four important bhakti texts. You can complete your Bhakti Sastri course from your home, within a year. Our teachers are experienced devotees, who’ve studied, lived by, and taught for many years. Our students come from all over the world and create a worldwide online community whose goal is the understanding and imbibing of Gaudiya Vaishnava principles and practices.
Bhakti Sastri PLUS is an additional degree issued to students who complete all six modules of the Bhakti Sastri program PLUS one module of their choice from the curriculum of our BA in Theology and Religious Studies online year-one program (TRS). The optional modules are:
Introduction to Western Philosophy
History of Vaishnava Thought
Introduction to Hinduism
Encountering World Religions
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Modern Interpretations of The Bhagavad-Gita
Introduction to Ethics
One of these TRS modules can be pursued only after all six modules of the Bhakti Sastri program are completed. And if after receiving a Bhakti Sastri PLUS degree the student wishes to continue the TRS program, the passed module will be taken into consideration and the student will be exempt from reassessment in that.
Registration to the complete Bhakti Sastri PLUS can be done here see under “Registration” Tab.
You will find a commitment to providing you with extraordinary convenience, online tools and resources, and the opportunity to achieve your educational goals. You can count on an attractive and challenging curriculum in a supportive learning environment.
On average, we have about two dozen students per class.
The VTE accreditation refers only to the Bhakti Sastri program, not the Certificate in Bhakti-yoga Studies course. The VTE certificate is your official Bhakti Sastri certificate issued by BOEX (the ISKCON Board of Examination). The diploma you will receive from Bhaktivedanta College upon finishing your studies confirms that you have taken the course, but is not the Bhakti Sastri certificate. To receive the Bhakti Sastri certificate you will have to provide a letter of recommendation from one of your local ISKCON representatives, confirming that you chant sixteen rounds, follow the four regulative principles and are positively engaged in Sri Caitanya’s sankirtana mission. We’ll ask you for the recommendation letter and a completed VTE Application Form after you enroll in the course. You also have to take closed-book exams in the ISKCON center nearest you under the supervision of a devotee.
Yes. If you are not interested in receiving VTE accreditation, you can take the course and receive a Bhakti Sastri diploma from Bhaktivedanta College confirming that you have taken the course. You can even do your exams for the VTE certificate later.
Yes. During the procedure for getting it, you will need to provide contact details from a person who knows you well and who can give us a good understanding of your personality.
You’ll be responsible to find a local ISKCON representative who is willing to oversee your “close book” exams as you write them. You need internet and a computer to do the examinations.
Do not worry about technical skills – if you can handle e-mail then you’re ready to go.