Project Description

  • DATES: 24/04/2023 – 25/06/2023

  • MODE OF DELIVERY: ONLINE

  • COURSE CATEGORY: ISKCON

  • LECTURES: 29 (46 VIDEOS)

  • PRICE: 99 EUR

After the section about karma (action) and a section about bhakti (devotion), we come to a section about jnana (knowledge). Please prepare yourself for receiving knowledge, ‘knowing which all the sages have attained the supreme perfection’, which will help you go home, back to Godhead.

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Course Summary

Bhagavad Gita – Yoga of knowledge (Chapters 13-18). How is it possible that Krishna, after saying (9.1) to Arjuna that He will impart to him the most confidential knowledge and realization then says (14.1) that He will give Him supreme wisdom, the best of all knowledge? Is more knowledge than that given in the bhakti section (chapters 7-12) required, or is a repetition of the knowledge required? After discussing the processes of yoga in chapters 1-6 and after presenting the goal of all yoga processes or bhakti in chapters 7-12, Krishna reveals how this goal can be achieved.

Weekly Schedule

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

Nature, the Enjoyer, and Consciousness

One who understands the difference between the body, the soul and the Supersoul beyond them both attains liberation from this material world.

The Three Modes Of Material Nature

All embodied souls are under the control of the three modes, or qualities, of material nature: goodness, passion and ignorance. Lord Krishna explains what these modes are, how they act upon us, how one transcends them, and the symptoms of one who has attained the transcendental stage.

The Yoga of the Supreme Person

The ultimate purpose of Vedic knowledge is to detach oneself from the entanglement of the material world and to understand Lord Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who understands Krishna’s supreme identity surrenders unto Him and engages in His devotional service.

The Divine And Demoniac Natures

Those who possess demoniac qualities and who live whimsically, without following the regulations of scripture, attain lower births and further material bondage. But those who possess divine qualities and live regulated lives, abiding by scriptural authority, gradually attain spiritual perfection.

The Divisions of Faith

There are three types of faith, corresponding to and evolving from the three modes of material nature. Acts performed by those whose faith is in passion and ignorance yield only impermanent, material results, whereas acts performed in goodness, in accord with scriptural injunctions, purify the heart and lead to pure faith in Lord Krishna and devotion to Him.

Conclusion – The Perfection of Renunciation

Krishna explains the meaning of renunciation and the effects of the modes of nature on human consciousness and activity. He explains Brahman realization, the glories of the Bhagavad-gita, and the ultimate conclusion of the Gita: the highest path of religion is absolute, unconditional loving surrender unto Lord Krishna, which frees one from all sins, brings one to complete enlightenment, and enables one to return to Krishna’s eternal spiritual abode.

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 9 weeks in total. It is made of seven 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 3 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 3 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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