Are you already familiar with some of the foundational texts and practices of bhakti, and want to systematically study AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada's books? Are you seeking quality association with devotees from various backgrounds and experience levels? Do you feel the need to deepen your connection with Krishna, and to broaden your understanding of his instructions? Are you looking for a real spiritual immersion and transformation, without changing your external circumstances? This Online Bhakti Sastri course aims at all this - and more. You will systematically study the Bhagavad-gita, the Nectar of Devotion, the Nectar of Instruction, and the Isopanisad - 4 of the most important bhakti-texts. You can complete your Bhakti Sastri course from your home, within 1 year. Our teachers are experienced devotees who have been studying, living by and teaching Prabhupada's books for many years. Our students are from all over the world and create a worldwide online community with the goal of understanding and deeply imbibing the Gaudiya Vaishnava principles and practices. The VTE’s over-arching purpose in promoting the systematic study of sastra (sacred texts). This Module introduces the VTE methodology. To facilitate a systematic, Krishna-conscious education, the VTE has developed an aims-driven (as opposed to content-driven) approach to studying sastra. Here you will find an introduction to and overview of those 12 aims of the sastric study.
Although all prospective students may enroll in any of the Bhakti Sastri modules, we recognize few levels of awards for the Bhakti Sastri degree. A) Bhaktivedanta College Bhakti Sastri Digital Attendance Certificate, which will be issued electronically at the end of each Bhakti Sastri module. The study requirements are Watching the weekly video classes Reading the assigned materials Being active on the forum Completing quizzes B) Bhaktivedanta College/VTE Bhakti Sastri Certificate. In addition to the above requirements, a student must:
- Submit VTE essays
- Successfully pass the closed-book exams within the requested time frame
- Chant sixteen rounds of the maha-mantra daily
- Follow the four regulative principles for bhakti-yoga
- Provide a recommendation letter by a local ISKCON representative.
Before finishing the last module student needs to submit the Sadhana Requirements and Recommendation Letter as a prerequisite for VTE Bhakti Sastri certificate issued by the ISKCON Board of Examination. We are issuing Bhakti Sastri Certificates once a year. In January/February, we are reviewing the previous year, and all students who finish all six modules successfully will receive the Bhakti Sastri Certificate. C) Bhakti Sastri PLUS. is a separate certificate issued by Bhaktivedanta College to those students who in addition to the Bhakti Sastri modules pass one module of the Theology and Religious Studies online program.
What does Bhakti Sastri mean?
The term bhakti means “devotion” or “love”, and the term sastri refers to a person who is conversant with ancient sacred texts of spiritual knowledge and wisdom, known as sastra in the Sanskrit language. The title Bhakti Sastri is traditionally offered to accomplished students of the theology and philosophy of the Vedas. According to the Bhagavad Gita, texts that teach how to develop bhakti, love of God, the Supreme Soul Krishna, are the best.
This program can be attended without special requirements. You are able to enroll in one module or complete program.
Registration to the complete Bhakti Sastri PLUS program
You can also register for the whole Bhakti Sastri program at once and receive many benefits:
- a tuition-fee deduction of 15% (paying €505, instead of €594)
- each module can be studied according to one's preference in a maximum period of four years
- one can immediately take the Disciples Course online, free of charge (send us your name and BCOC username on email@example.com and you will be enrolled in the module)
- after meeting criteria for receiving a Bhakti Sastri degree, one can automatically continue with the Bhakti Sastri PLUS and take one TRS module free of charge
- Bhakti Sastri graduates can apply for the BA in Theology and Religious Study (TRS) without paying the application fee of €50.
Once you register you will be automatically enrolled in all upcoming modules.
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Last updated January 4, 2018