This is an online course on Srimad-Bhagavatam, the cream of all the Vedic literatures.
It will be based on
- Srila Prabhupada’s purports
- Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s explanation to the Bhagavatam entitled Bhagavatarka-marici-mala
- Bhavartha-dipika, the original commentary on the Bhagavatam by Srila Sridhara Swami
Classes are open to committed students of Srimad-Bhagavatam who are knowledgeable in the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and are active participants of ISKCON. Students should have fully read the following books at least once:
- Bhagavad-gita as it is*
- The nectar of instruction*
- Krishna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead
- Teachings of Lord Caitanya
- The nectar of devotion
*At least one should have read the translation and purport to these books.
Students who have read Srila Prabhupada’s translation and purports to the entire Srimad-Bhagavatam and Caitanya-caritamrita will be most benefitted by this course.
This course is not for those who have not read Srila Prabhupada’s books.
They should have taken to the practice of chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, following the four regulative principles as taught by Prabhupada and actively participating in ISKCON.
Assessments will be simple—multiple answer questions and one verse to memorize (with its meaning) per week, and one essay to be submitted at the end of each Canto. The classes will be real-time. Recordings of the classes will be posted on Youtube.
The Bengali classes will be conducted by Padmamukha Nimai Das. English classes will be conducted by Vidvan Gauranga Das.
English: Wednesdays, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Indian Standard Time
Bengali: Saturdays, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Indian Standard Time
All sastric courses conducted by us, including this course, will be based on the traditional system of Dakshina: students can financially contribute as they like; this will be considered a sign of goodwill and trust, rather than a payment with obligations. And therefore, Paratattva Catuspathi reserves the right to remove dissident students.
Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each Canto, and those who complete a study of all the Cantos will receive a grand certificate of completion of the entire course.
Interested candidates can fill up the following registration form and complete a preliminary philosophical assessment:
Kindly note that filling up the form and completing the assessment is bound to take up a considerable amount of time. Applicants will be accepted as students based on their registration information and the merit of their performance in this preliminary assessment. Those who have been accepted as students will be individually notified by e-mail.