Sri Isopanisad is a relatively short scripture – only 19-mantras-long with the Invocation included. Like other Upanishads, it was written in the language of philosophers who were in the Vedic times, for the most part, impersonalists. The intent was to bring them closer to the personal understanding of the Absolute Truth by explaining our connection with Him, the way in which we should relate to Him and His energies, and eventually also how we should leave this material existence in full consciousness of Him. Philosophical and yet very devotional, explained in the unique voice of Srila Prabhupada!
This course is made of six weeks of teaching and two additional weeks to prepare for and take the final exam.
The importance of Vedic knowledge
The Introduction to Sri Isopanisad is, actually, a lecture that Srila Prabhupada gave in London in 1969 with the title ‘The teaching of the Vedas’. There he establishes the definition of Veda, the need to take guidance from the Vedas, and foundational understanding needed in order to properly relate to transcendence.
Supreme Personality of Godhead
The Invocation and mantras 4 and 5 give the knowledge about the Supreme Personality of Godhead – His absolute completeness, His wonderful individualism, and His inconceivable nature.
Practices to be Followed
The Supreme Personality of Godhead has been described in the previous section (invocation mantra and mantras 4 and 5). In mantras 1, 2, and 3 practices that need to be followed by the living beings in order to realize the Supreme Personality of Godhead are described.
The vision of a Pure Devotee
In mantras 6, 7, and 8 we get the full revelation of the knowledge, practices, and relationship with Krishna – the vision of a pure devotee who sees everything connected with Krishna.
Realizing the Vision
Mantras 9 to 14 form the second section of Sri Isopanisad which speaks about the knowledge and practices needed to realize the vision explained in the first section, Invocation, and the first 8 mantras.
In the last, third, section of Sri Isopanisad, we hear the devotional crescendo of a devotee who is leaving this world. There the devotee offers prayers to God to grant him/her the spiritual vision, to remove His glaring effulgence, and petitions Him to remember His devotee and everything s/he has done for Him.
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.
Nityananda-kari devi dasi
Nityananda-kari devi dasi was exposed to transcendental influence of Srila Prabhupada’s books since childhood when her father brought a set of them. Only years later, after a lot of prasadam and devotees’ good wishes, did she start her spiritual path in this lifetime. Krsna consciousness philosophy was always her biggest interest as well as finding ways how to apply it in daily life. For the past 20+ years her services were mostly connected with preaching and organizing different events. Since 2015 she is serving at Bhaktivedanta College as one of the permanent staff members.
How To Study Online
Pre-recorded, short format
6 weeks, forum and quizzes
The course has a scheduled starting and ending date and it lasts 8 weeks in total. It is made of six 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.
Sri Isopanisad can be attended without any special requirements as it is a self-standing course. It is also a part of the Bhakti-sastri course made of six self-standing modules/courses. You can enrol only for Sri Isopanisad or for the whole Bhakti-sastri course and get a 21% discount!
Bhakti-sastri course is always going on, with six modules being delivered one after another in one year. It is possible to enrol at any time and continue from the next scheduled module or to just study a module of choice.
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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– a tuition-fee deduction of 21% (pay €395 instead of €503)
– and access to one of three modules
of your choice (Caitanya Caritamrita – Self Study
, Bhagavata Purana – Self Study
or Modern Hinduism – Self Study