Project Description

  • DATES: 27/02/2023 – 23/04/2023

  • MODE OF DELIVERY: ONLINE

  • COURSE CATEGORY: ISKCON

  • LECTURES: 31 (44 VIDEOS)

  • PRICE: 99 EUR

Nestled between the karma yoga and jnana yoga sections, the treasure of bhakti, hidden in the middle six chapters of the Bhagavad-gita, is revealed to us along with the details of the intimate relationship between the Lord and His pure devotees, as well as different ways to become one.

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Course Summary

Bhagavad Gita – Bhakti Yoga (Chapters 7-12). Tradition describes the Bhagavad-gita as a treasure chest. The middle chapters (7-12) are where the treasure is kept. This part of Bhagavad-gita is its essence, hidden and specially protected by the Lord. It discusses the nature and activities of pure devotional service. These chapters contain the prayojana tattva, or the goal of bhakti. Bhakti-yoga is the essence of the Gita: “Yoga actually means bhakti-yoga; all other yogas are progressions toward the destination of bhakti-yoga.” (Srila Prabhupada, purport to BG 6:47).

Weekly Schedule

This course is made of six weeks of teaching and two additional weeks to prepare for and take the final exam.

Knowledge of the Absolute

Lord Krishna is the Supreme Truth, the supreme cause and sustaining force of everything, both material and spiritual. Advanced souls surrender unto Him in devotion, whereas impious souls divert their minds to other objects of worship.

Attaining the Supreme

By remembering Lord Krishna in devotion throughout one’s life, and especially at the time of death, one can attain to His supreme abode, beyond the material world.

The Most Confidential Knowledge

Lord Krishna is the Supreme Godhead and the supreme object of worship. The soul is eternally related to Him through transcendental devotional service (bhakti). By reviving one’s pure devotion one returns to Krishna in the spiritual realm.

The Opulence of the Absolute

All wondrous phenomena showing power, beauty, grandeur or sublimity, either in the material world or in the spiritual, are but partial manifestations of Krishna’s divine energies and opulence. As the supreme cause of all causes and the support and essence of everything, Krishna is the supreme object of worship for all beings.

The Universal Form

Lord Krishna grants Arjuna divine vision and reveals His spectacular unlimited form as the cosmic universe. Thus He conclusively establishes His divinity. Krishna explains that His own all-beautiful humanlike form is the original form of Godhead. One can perceive this form only by pure devotional service.

Devotional Service

Bhakti-yoga, pure devotional service to Lord Krishna, is the highest and most expedient means for attaining pure love for Krishna, which is the highest end of spiritual existence. Those who follow this supreme path develop divine qualities.

Assessment

All assessment is done online, at a time convenient for the student.

  • Weekly question(s) – are answered in the course forum where the interaction with the teacher is happening throughout the course.
  • Weekly quizzes – are based on multiple-choice questions.
  • Two essays – topics for essays are available from the beginning of the course so students can immediately start writing.
  • Final exam – at the beginning of the course, students also get access to the question bank – the list of questions from which the questions for the final exam are selected.
Anupama devi dasi, MA
Anupama devi dasi, MA
Anupama devi dasi is a member of the Board of Trustees and a founder of the Yoga Studies department. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Zagreb, a B.A in Philosophy and Religious Studies from University of Zagreb and a B.A. in Theology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Ana oversees curriculum development and teaches a number of courses.

How To Study Online

The course has a scheduled starting and ending date and it lasts 8 weeks in total. It is made of six weeks of teaching and two additional weeks to prepare for and take the final exam.

Each week, on Monday, students get access to different sets of materials and then have that week to go through the materials and do the assignments. All the lectures are pre-recorded and put on our learning platform along with other learning materials. There are no live lectures so students don’t need to be present online at a specific time but can watch the videos and study at their convenience. Students do need to set the time aside to dedicate to the course but it can be at the time that suits them.

A convenient feature of the lectures is that they are cut into small units dealing with one specific topic. So, whenever there is some free time, a student can use it to go through the topic, then continue with other activities and think about what has been said. This system is very practical for those who have busy lifestyles but it is also proving to be helpful for just anyone, helping to better focus on the most important points from the lectures.

Registration

Bhagavad-gita 2 can be attended without any special requirements as it is a self-standing course. It is also a part of the Bhakti-sastri course made of six self-standing modules/courses. You can enroll only for Bhagavad-gita 2 or for the whole Bhakti-sastri course and get a 15% discount!

Bhakti-sastri course is always going on, with six modules being delivered one after another in one year. It is possible to enroll at any time and continue from the next scheduled module or to just study a module of choice.

  • Price for one module: €99
  • Price for the whole Bhakti-sastri course: €505

By clicking the enrollment button, you will be required to create a profile on BCOC – Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus (if you don’t have one already) and then proceed with the payment.

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