• WHAT: Bhakti-śāstrī DELUXE 2023-24
  • VENUE: Rameswaram
  • DURATION: From 2 November 2023 to 16 February 2024
  • TEACHERS: Vidvān Gaurāṅga dāsa, Dharmātmā Nimāi dāsa, Abhinava dāsa and others
  • FEE: Pay what you want
  • ACCOMMODATION: We will provide, but those who so desire can make their own arrangements at their own cost
  • PRASĀDA: We will provide, but those who so desire can make their own arrangements at their own cost.


Bhakti-śāstrī DELUXE 2023-24 is an intensive version of Bhakti-śāstrī as per the above instruction of Śrīla Prabhupāda. It will include a study of the source books utilized by Śrīla Prabhupāda for the Bhakti-śāstrī textbooks as well as selected writings of the previous ācāryas. It contains a study of:

  1. Bhagavad-gītā As It Is with the commentaries of Śrīla Prabhupāda and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura (Vidvad-rañjana), and selections from the commentary of Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa
  2. Īśopaniṣad with the commentaries of Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Madhvācārya, and Summary of Īśopaniṣad by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī
  3. The Nectar of Instruction with the commentaries of Śrīla Prabhupāda, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
  4. Part 1 of The Nectar of Devotion  with Part 1 of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, and selections from the commentaries of Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī and Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī
  5. Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Beyond birth and death, Easy journey to other planets, Kṛṣṇa consciousness: The topmost yoga system, Rāja-vidyā: The king of knowledge; Message of Godhead; The path of perfection.
  6. Selected writings of the previous ācāryas:
    1. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura
      1. Śikṣāṣṭaka with his commentary
      2. An excerpt from Gauḍīya-kaṇṭha-hāra
    2. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
      1. Introduction to Daśamūla: Āmnāya Daśamūla, Bhagavad-gītā Daśamūla, Bhāgavata Daśamūla and Caitanya-caritāmṛta Daśamūla
      2. Caitanya Upaniṣad and his commentary on it
      3. An excerpt from Āmnāya-sūtra and his commentary on it
      4. A rendition of Chapters 1 to 3 of Bhāgavatārka-marīci-mālā and his Marīci-prabhā paraphrase of it with notes from Tattva-sandarbha (Pramāṇa-khaṇḍa)
      5. An excerpt from Caitanya Mahāprabhu: His Life and Precepts
      6. Śaraṇāgati
      7. Bhaktyāloka
    3. Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa​Vedānta-syamantaka with his gloss
    4. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura: Excerpts from Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu-bindu

​There will be six hours of classes a day, six days a week, for fourteen weeks. The medium of instruction will be English. The sessions will be interactive — students’ questions will be answered promptly during the classes. As per ISKCON’s Board of Examinations, there will be closed-book assessments, open-book assessments and śloka assessments, all of which will take place every seventh day. There will also be viva voce for the open-book assessments and a final assessment that matches Prabhupāda’s rigorous criteria for a Bhakti-śāstrī exam. Students have to pass in all of these assessments. Those who don’t will be given three opportunities for reassessment.

Further Details and Registration Information

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