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VIHE Intensive Bhakti-sastri Course (online and onsite)

As any activity is done with some aim or goal in mind, similarly, the VIHE study courses have been structured to meet the aims defined by the Vaisnava Training and Education. This kind of structured study does not only enhance the knowledge of the students, but also enables them to preach better, see the world from a sastric perspective, enhance their faith and conviction, cultivate vaisnava qualities and apply the sastric knowledge in their personal lives.

Special features of the course:

The VIHE Bhakti-sastri course is an intensive course with 2 classes (of up to 2 hours each) per day four days a week and 1 class on Mondays and Saturdays. There will be assignments to be completed, slokas to be memorized, essays to be submitted and exams to prepare for. There will be japa sessions, value classes, dhama darsana and festivals. A special effort will be made to bring remembrance of Sri Vrndavana Dhama to the heart. If the situation in the world improves, we plan to have the course both onsite and online (the online classes will be held on Zoom).

Dates:

July - November 2021 (4 months)

Requirements:

According to the standards of the ISKCON Board of Examination students must chant a minimum of 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily and follow the 4 regulative principles in order to qualify for obtaining a Bhakti-sastri degree. We require 2 recommendation letters by senior devotees in good standing. The letters must attest the student's character, brahminical tendencies, service attitude and sadhana. The candidate should be proficient in English. The candidate should have read Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Nectar of Devotion, Sri Isopanishad, Nectar of Instruction. The candidate should have been in ISKCON for at least three years.

Course Content:

  • Bhagavad-gita (all 18 chapters) – 87 classes
  • Nectar of Devotion (first 19 chapters) – 21 classes
  • Sri Isopanishad – 15 classes
  • Nectar of Instruction – 14 classes
  • An introduction to Deity Worship - 5 classes
  • Sanskrit pronunciation and meter - 3 classes
Teachers:

The teacher list will be announced soon.

Assessment:

1) Closed book exams, 2) Open book essays, 3) Oral sloka recitation, 4) Attendance in classes and extracurricular activities, 5) Class participation, 6) Sadhana, 7) Behavior.

Admissions:

For more information about the course, please email us at courses@vihe.org

About Contributions:

The contribution towards the course is 12,500 rupees (listener only: Rs. 7,000). Please note that contributions cover the study materials and administrative expenses connected with conducting the course.

Testimonies:

Bal Krsna Dasa, Kenya: "In the temple we get bits and pieces; however, at the VIHE all the subjects are covered on a very high level. Studying all the books will help you for preaching, it will be a back-bone for preaching. You will be able to answer the questions nicely after you study at the VIHE."

Narahari Thakura Dasa, India: "By studying with the devotees I got a higher taste for studying. I think the best place to do this course is at the VIHE. Scholarly understanding is one thing but here we get a devotional understanding."

Sugopi Tungavidya Devi Dasi, India : "Actually, I am a changed person right now. The studies, the environment, the morning programs—I got a complete package that allowed me to progress in bhakti very quickly.

Contact Information:

VIHE c/o ISKCON Goshala,
Parikrama Marg,
Raman Reti, Vrindavan,
Mathura Dist., 281121,
U.P., India

Phone: +91 89799 43134
Email: courses@vihe.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vihe.vrindavan/

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