Project Description

  • DATES: throughout the year

  • MODE OF DELIVERY: ONLINE

  • COURSE CATEGORY: ISKCON

  • LECTURES: 154 (279 VIDEOS)

  • PRICE: 505 EUR

Systematically study Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, and Sri Isopanisad, four of the most important bhakti texts in Gaudiya Vaishnava line, with our experienced teachers who have been studying, living by, and teaching Srila Prabhupada’s books for many years.

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Course Summary

Bhakti-sastri course is the joint name for six courses – Bhagavad-gita 1, Bhagavad-gita 2, Bhagavad-gita 3, The Nectar of Instruction, The Nectar of Devotion, and Sri Isopanisad. These courses can be studied individually or as a whole. The six courses are delivered one after another, so it is possible to enroll at any time and finish the course within one year. The course is presented systematically with particular aims to achieve such as bettering the knowledge of scriptures, deepening the understanding, enhancing one’s ability to preach, building and maintaining faith and conviction, etc.

Weekly Schedule

The duration of Bhakti-sastri courses is:
– 8 weeks per course (Bhagavad-gita 1, Bhagavad-gita 2, Sri Isopanisad, The Nectar of Instruction)
– 9 weeks per course (Bhagavad-gita 3)
– 10 weeks per course (The Nectar of Devotion)
During the two final weeks of each course, no new lectures are released. That time is allotted to prepare for and take the final exam, as well as to write essays or catch up with possible missing quizzes.

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.

  • 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.

How To Study Online

The course has a scheduled starting and ending date and it lasts 8-10 weeks in total per course or one year in total. Each module is made of six to eight 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

Bhakti-sastri course can be attended without any special requirements. It 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.

You can enroll for individual courses one after another or according to your preference as they are all self-standing courses. You can also enroll immediately for the whole Bhakti-sastri course get a 15% discount and ISKCON Disciple Course as a gift!

  • Price for one module: €99
  • Price for the whole Bhakti-sastri course: €505 (instead of €594)

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

UPCOMING COURSES

Sri Isopanisad

27 June - 21 August

Kirtan Course

20 July - 18 August

The Nectar Of Instruction

22 August - 16 October

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