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




  • PRICE: 29 EUR

The Caitanya Caritamrita module aims to provide an understanding of important themes, historical context, structure and content of the Caitanya Caritamrita, enabling a fuller appreciation of the text and greater access to reading and relishing it in the light of personal and institutional practice.

Course Summary

  • Caitanya-caritamrita is a rich repository of the vision, philosophy, theology, and early history of Caitanya Vaisnavism or Gaudiya Vaisnavism. It is essential reading for followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
  • The module covers topics such as historical context, sources, the divinity of Caitanya, the principal associates of Caitanya, role models, religious teachings, gender roles, Krishna worship, etc.
  • The approach is largely thematic and analytic, with attention to historical considerations. It is not meant to be a devotional presentation as such. There will be some engagement with the scholarly perspectives that may be useful [or maybe not: scholarly views may also be a ‘purva-paksa’ — a position to be argued against] for a deeper appreciation of the text.

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

Lecture topics

There are ten recorded lectures (approx. 10.5 h in total).

  • Introduction
  • Context
  • The identity of Sri Caitanya
  • Principal associates as presented in Caitanya Caritamrita
  • Caitanya Mahaprabhu as child, youth and “wild conqueror”
  • Debates and alterity (‘otherness’)
  • Teaching of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
  • Gender and Deities
  • Disciplic succession and Siksastakam

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.


    Caitanya Caritamrita 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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