• DATES: SELF-STUDY (registrations open all the time)




  • PRICE: 29 EUR

This module takes the Bhagavata Purana, sacred literature foundational to the Vaishnava tradition and approaches it from several different angles, including the contemporary scholarship. Such an approach fosters our attempts to understand the Bhagavatam as something to be presented to others in the wider world, in the contemporary world.

Course Summary

The Bhagavata Purana module aims to provide an overview of the text as a whole and to call attention to the structural features, key themes, theology and central narratives. We will be looking at the Bhagavata Purana’s teaching on avatars, stories of avatars, the status of Krishna and Vishnu, devotional role models, sages, kings, etc., and we will learn how these narratives treasure wonderful lessons on how to become a person bhagavatam.

This module was part of Bhaktivedanta College’s former undergraduate Theology and Religious Studies degree.

Lecture topics

There are ten recorded lectures (approx. 6h in total).

Its antiquity, authorship, structure in terms of its twelve books (cantos), and status within Hindu tradition.
A detailed examination of the narrative structure and contents of the Bhagavata Purana.
A consideration of Samkhya, Yoga, Vedanta, Bhakti and the role of the Bhagavata Purana in shaping Vaisnava theology and practice.

Stories of Creation in the Bhagavata Purana and Brahma’s prayers for creative energy.

Looking at the Bhagavata Purana’s teaching on avatar, stories of avatars, and the status of Krishna and Vishnu.

Readings from the life and teachings of Prahlad in book 7.

Reading from the lives and teachings of Dhruva, Gajendra, Kuntidevi, Ajamila, and Bali Maharaja.

A consideration of the gender roles in the Bhagavata Purana.

Looking at the pedagogical, sociological and political roles of the main sages and Kings in the Bhagavata Purana (Narada, Vidura, Kapila, Suta, Maitreya, Durvasa, Markandeya, Avaduta brahmana, Prithu, Ambarisha, Chitraketu, Pariksit etc.).
A consideration of the stories and status of Siva in the Bhagavata Purana.
Looking at Krishna’s birth and childhood in Gokul-Vrindavan as described in book 10.

Readings from Krishna’s Gopi-lila in book 10 in the light of their religious significance to the Vaisnava tradition.

Certificate of Attendance

  • After successfully passing the quiz, students will receive a digital certificate of attendance to their email addresses. To request the certificate of attendance please contact us at studentcare@bhaktivedantacollege.com.
  • Krishna Kshetra Swami (Kenneth R. Valpey, PhD)
    Krishna Kshetra Swami (Kenneth R. Valpey, PhD)
    Krishna Kshetra Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University and is the author and co-author of several books such as Attending Krsna’s Image: Caitanya Vaisnava Murti-seva as Devotional Truth (Routledge), The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Sacred Text and Living Tradition (Columbia University Press), The Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Selected Readings (Columbia University Press), Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan).


    Self-study course: In the self-study mode, students can start and finish whenever they want as they immediately get access to all course materials.


    Bhagavat Purana self-study course can be attended without any special prerequisites. Students do need to have basic knowledge of the bhakti-yoga philosophy in order to understand the topics presented in the course.

    • Price: €29

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