• DATES: throughout the year

  • MODE OF DELIVERY: ONLINE

  • COURSE CATEGORY: ISKCON

  • LECTURES: 154 (279 VIDEOS)

  • PRICE: 395 EUR

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.

Course Summary

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.

Schedule

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.

Arjuna is bewildered by the most basic questions: ‘Who am I?’ ‘What am I meant to do?’ In the karma yoga section of Bhagavad-gita, the first six chapters, Lord Krishna, in response, explains to Arjuna the process of yoga and the basic transcendental knowledge needed to act in spiritual consciousness.
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.
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.
Sri Isopanisad is one of the 108 principal Vedic scriptures known as the Upanishads. It is a conceptual and philosophical text, rather than a description of the Lord’s pastimes. Reading and studying this book can teach us how to re-spiritualize every endeavor of our actions.
Krishna consciousness movement is conducted under Srila Rupa Goswami’s supervision. One of his most important works is The Nectar of Instruction where he teaches us how to start our spiritual lives, how to practice further, and how to attain the highest goal of life – Vraja bhakti.
The Nectar of Devotion provides a clear explanation of the different stages a bhakti-yoga practitioner goes through in order to achieve pure devotional service. It also gives us many details about this fascinating process as well as the loving affairs between Krishna and His devotees.

Assessment

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.

Registration

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 enroll 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 ISKCON Disciple Course as a gift!

  • Price for one module: €79
  • Price for the whole Asynchronous Bhakti-sastri course: €395 (instead of €503)

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.

ENROL FOR THE COMPLETE PROGRAM

If you want to register for the individual modules of Bhakti-sastri course, please click on the links below:

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