The Bhakti-sastri course is the official name for the study of the following six modules – Bhagavad-gita 1, Bhagavad-gita 2, Bhagavad-gita 3, The Nectar of Instruction, The Nectar of Devotion and Sri Isopanisad. Traditionally these courses can be studied individually or as a whole over a definite period of time. Asynchronous Bhakti Sastri allows you a more flexible approach to learn at your own pace and within a longer time frame. The course is presented systematically as per the traditional Bhakti sastri and in accordance with the twelve aims of sastric study such as bettering the knowledge of scriptures, deepening the understanding, enhancing one’s ability to preach, building and maintaining faith and conviction, etc.
Asynchronous Bhakti Sastri is suitable for those devotees who desire to complete the Bhakti Sastri course in less than a year, or who due to their service/job/family commitments need more than a year (maximum 2 years) to complete the entire course. Unlike our standard Bhakti Sastri course, which has six scheduled assessment periods, the asynchronous one allows the student to schedule the assessment at his/her own pace within the overall deadline for the entire course.
So asynchronous learning is a type of learning that you undertake on your own schedule i.e., it takes place at different times for students enrolled in the same course. Because this system allows the student to study at their own convenience, it, therefore, does not include interaction between classmates nor with the teacher.
All lectures are pre-recorded and the 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.
All assessment is done online, at a time convenient for the student.
Homework question(s) – are answered in the homework questions forum.
Quizzes – are based on multiple-choice questions.
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.
Bhakti-sastri course can be attended without any special requirements. It is possible to enrol at any time and just study a module of choice.
You can enrol for individual courses one after another or according to your preference as they are all self-standing courses. You can also enrol immediately for the whole Bhakti-sastri course and get a 21% discount and access to one of three modules of your choice (Caitanya Caritamrita – Self Study, Bhagavata Purana – Self Study or Modern Hinduism – Self Study.)
By clicking the enrollment button, you’ll need to create a profile on BCOC – Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus (if you do not have one already) and proceed with the payment. Please note that registering for the entire Bhakti Sastri course won’t automatically grant you access to the modules. The student care service will manually add you to the course within 24-48 hours after payment.
If you want to register for the individual modules of Bhakti-sastri course, please click on the links below: