for ISKCON News on June 8, 2012
The Vaishnava Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) will hold its annual in-depth, step-by-step, systematic Bhakti-vaibhava course in Vrindavan, from August 19 – November 21.
For hundreds of years Vrindavan has been a dedicated place of study, worship and transformation, especially for the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The course takes place during the Caturmasya, Purusottam-mas (during which all spiritual activities in Vrindavan are said to produce 16,000 stronger results:-) and is followed closely in time by the Japa & Kirtan and Govardhan Retreats (December 1-6 and 9-15).
The first two cantos of the Srimad BHagavatam are covered with a possibility that the Third Canto study will follow after the retreats.
Good sadhana, brahminical tendencies, voluntary service, Bhakti Shastri diploma (or its equivalent in special cases) and proficiency in English. One also must have a recommendation and a character sketch from a senior devotee in good standing. Assessment criteria include attendance and personal conduct.
Classes and Teachers:
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam - Adi Purusha Dasa, Nityananda Dasa, Urmila Dasi, Prasanta Dasi
Overview of Tattva-sandarbha - Kamala Locana Dasa
Meters in Srimad Bhagavatam - Prasanta Dasi
Contribution to participate in the running costs of the course: Rs. 11,000/4,000 for full/listener students. Lunch prasadam is served in the VIHE, sponsored by the alumni and other well-wishers. A few scholarships are available on request received from temple authorities endeavoring to increase the educational quality of their community teachers, preachers and members.
To apply: Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and register.
Web site: http://vihe.org/bhakti_vaibhava.html or call +917895101709 (Damodarastaka Das)