Babaji teaching Bhakti Ratna

Bhakti-ratna Course 3

Syllabus

Our new course will start on October 16th. The class schedule as per Indian Standard Time from Monday through Friday is as follows:

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm IST Sanskrit Reading: Bhagavad Gītā with ṭīkā, continued (by Jagadananda Das)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sanskrit for Beginners (by Jagadananda Das)
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bhakti Sandarbha, continued (by Babaji), followed by Prīti Sandarbha.
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Nyāya Sūtras of Gautama, continued (by Babaji), followed by Vaiśeṣika Sūtras by Kaṇāda. 

Saturdays:

8 pm – 9 pm Harināmāmṛta Vyākaraṇam (by Babaji)

Sundays

8 pm – 9 pm Readings from Caitanya Caritāmṛta (by Sri Krsna Saranana Das Babaji)

Every morning there is kīrtana at 10.30. We will have a winter break from 25.12 to 7.1.2024.

Course Information

Prīti Sandarbha is the last of the Six Sandarbhas, called Bhāgavata Sandarbha or Ṣaṭ Sandarbha. It explains that prīti is the ultimate purpose (prayojana) of human life, superior to mukti.

The word prīti is translated as “love” which is a very common word used by all of us, but what
Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī explains is completely different from whatever we have experienced.
He defines the intrinsic characteristic prīti as follows: “The irrevocable affection which ignorant persons have for sense objects, let that similar affection  for You not slip out of my heart while remembering You.” 

Vaiśeṣika-darśana and Nyāya are sister philosophies, they go hand in hand. There are certain principles that are more elaborately explained by one of them and are used more by the other, therefore they have to be studied hand in hand. 

For example, the pañca-avayava, which forms the basis of anumāna, is dealt with in the Nyāya-sūtra and not in Vaiśeṣika, but the Vaiśeṣika-darśana accepts it as it is. Similarly, the seven padārthas are elaborately described in Vaiśeṣika-sūtra and Nyāya-darśana accepts them. 

Registration

You can purchase access to the daily recordings as audio files if want to follow the classes from home at your convenience. Additionally, we will live-stream all classes in a private Facebook group for all registered students, where these videos will be available to watch on demand.

New students are welcome to join, but we advise that they make themselves familiar with the subjects already taught. If you like to register, please first pay your registration fee, and then fill in the registration form.

Registration is required for all students!

If you have any questions about the registration or the course, please write to bhaktiratna-admin@jivaseva.com

Pricing

Registration: $ 250 or 18750 INR.
Food per month: $ 250.
Accommodation: Ashram: $ 150 per month. $ 800 for 6 months in advance.
Student Hostel: $ 210 per month. $ 1100 for 6 months in advance.
Guest House: $ 300 per month. $ 1600 for 6 months in advance.

Remote, On-Line Study:
For $150 students already registered for Bhakti-ratna get the audio recordings of the whole course here.
Each course can also be purchased individually at the end of the semester. Details can be given upon request.
For $90 register for only Sanskrit including recordings.

Teachers

Satyanarayana Dasa is the founder and director of the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies in Vrindavan, India. He received a postgraduate degree from IIT Delhi and a doctorate in Sanskrit along with a degree in law from Agra University. He has authored 20 books related to Indian culture and philosophy and several important publications in many prestigious journals. In 2013, he was honored by the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, for his extraordinary contribution in presenting Vedic culture and philosophy, both nationally and internationally. In 2015, he was officially installed as a Mahanta of Jiva Institute.

Since 2016, he is conducting 6-month courses on Indian philosophy known as Ṣaḍ-darśana, and the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas, which are the foundational works of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. He also conducts courses on Vedic Psychology.

Jagadananda Das

Jagadananda Das, a.k.a. Jan K. Brzezinski (b. 1950), joined ISKCON in Toronto, Canada, in 1970 and was initiated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1979, he joined the son and disciple of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Lalita Prasad Thakur from whom he took dīkṣāand vairāgya (bābājī veṣa) and was given the name Jagadānanda Dās Bābājī. For the next five years he studied the literature of the sampradāya in Nabadwip and was given the title Bhakti-śāstrī in 1982. In 1985, he took courses in comparative religious studies and the history of religions at McGill University in Canada, getting top honors. In 1988 he was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 1992 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Sanskrit Literature, the subject of which was the Gopāla-campū of Śrīla Jīva Goswāmī. In 2007, he returned to India where he taught Sanskrit, and studied yoga meditation at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh. Since 2010 he has been living in Vrindavan where he has been working with Satyanarayan Dasa on translating and editing the Sandarbhas.

Jagadananda Das is the editor of the Gaudiya Grantha Mandir, an online repository of Sanskrit texts, and of the online magazine Vrindavan Today.