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Bhakti Shastri

I just wanted to forward information I got about a Bhakti Shastri class.
For more info. contact:
Ekacakra dasa <bhaktisastri108@yahoo.com>




Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We were not expecting such an enthusiastic response. We thus felt encouraged to do this even more formally. In answer to your many questions about the nature of the course:

The details of our syllabus will be posted on our web-site: Bhaktisastri.com*, which will be up and running by May 6, 2006. For now I have pasted the syllabus at the end of this letter.

The phone lecture conference will be every Saturday at 9:30 AM. We reserved the course until 11:00 AM to give us time for questions if needed, but figure that you need to commit an hour to listening to course every week.

If one cannot regularly attend at the time of the course, for whatever reason, information how to download the lecture will be given on the website.

There will be no cost for the course. The web-site will have information where one can give a donation, if they like at anytime, to help us continue our work. This is in no way obligatory.

The course will prepare one to take the Bhakti Sastri exams in ISKCON. The only question is location. I spoke to Radha Vallabha who heads the program in New York and he said that those who can make it to his exam are welcome to sit in there. We are researching other locations.

Attendance will be required to complete the course, at least 75 percent (either on the phone or listening to the lectures on pod-cast). To keep the phone conference it is necessary that we fill are reasonable amount of the spaces reserved.

Attendance will be on the honor system. When you attend the class or complete hearing the tape, just email us and you will be marked present in our register. The email for all course correspondence is bhaktisastri108@yahoo.com.

We will not give homework besides the readings. We will, however, post on the website before each class a list of philosophical points that the students must be conversant with. We will save time at the end of each lecture to briefly go over those philosophical points.

We will have a test every three chapters, which will be posted on the website and sent to me after completion. Our objective is that the students assimilate the knowledge of this great text. We assume that the students are self-motivated. Being tested, however, is a great facility and impetus for study. We leave it as optional whether you want to take them.

Some students become discouraged that they cannot learn verses. There are a certain amount of verses, about forty, that are required for the Bhakti Shastri degree course. We will not test those in our course, but we will let the students know which ones are required and give some instruction on ways to learn them. Verse memorization is a small percentage of the final examination, so even if one is weak in this area, they can still pass the test.

The Bhagavad-Gita course will be from May 13, 2006 to October 13, 2007.

We will give courses on the other books after that date to be completed by May 13, 2008.

I will continue the courses so that students will have covered all four Bhakti Shastri texts (Bhagavad-Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Sri Isopanishad and Nectar of Instruction) by that date, unless others teachers are available.

Mahamuni dasa, a very learned devotee scholar in Bhakti Shastri, has tentatively agreed to also teach one of the Bhakti Shastri Books.

This medium of teaching is new for us. We will thus be seeking the student's feedback. If after six months enough students feel comfortable taking another Bhakti Shastri course simultaneously with the Bhagavad-Gita, then we will arrange that option for them. For those students the complete course can be finished by October 13, 2007.

We will have time for questions and answers. The appropriate format for this will be worked out during the class and the students will be informed. We don't want to set a fixed format as we want to see what format serves this unique medium best. Again we will sincerely seek feedback on the class to keep it as instructive and engaging as possible.

Only registered students can asks questions and take the tests, but others may audit.

As soon as we finalize the number of students taking the course, we will book the conference calls and post the numbers on our web-site and send them to those taking the course. So if you have not registered yet please send an email with your name and intent to bhaktisastri108@yahoo.com

Thanks for your interest.


Your servant,
Ekacakra dasa

* We are still working on the web-site. The details of the syllabus are below.


Bhakti Sastri Syllabus


5/13/06 Chapter One – Texts 1.1 – 1.13 (Introduction: Preparations for War)

5/20/06 1.14 – 1.27 (Preparations for War cont.)

5/27/06 1.28 – 1.46 (Arjuna’s Doubts)

6/03/06 Chapter Two – 2.1 – 2.10 (Arjuna’s Surrender)

6/10/06 2.11 – 2.30 (Jnana – Fight! There is no death for the soul)

6/17/06 2.31 – 2.38 (Karma-kanda – Fight!)

6/24/06 2.39 – 2.53 (Buddhi-yoga – niskama-karma yoga)

7/01/06 2.54 – 2.72 (Sthita prajna)

7/08/06 Chapter Three – 3.1 – 3.9 (Renunciation vs. niskama-karma yoga)

7/15/06 3.10 – 3.16 (From Karma-kanda to karma-yoga)

7/22/06 3.17 – 3.35 (Niskama-karma: Acting dutifully to set the correct example)

7/29/06 3.36 – 3.43 (Beware of lust and anger)

8/05/06 Chapter Four – 4.1 – 4.10 (Transcendental knowledge about Krsna)

8/12/06 4.11 – 4.15 (Applying transcendental knowledge to work)

8/19/06 4.16- 4.24 (Understanding karma on the platform of jnana)

8/26/06 4.25 – 4.42 (Sacrifices lead to transcendental knowledge and conclusion)

9/02/06 Chapter Five – 5.1 – 5.12 (Niskama-karma yoga vs. renunciation)

9/09/06 5.13 – 5.16 (The three doers)

9/16/06 5.17 – 5.26 (Liberation by focusing on the Supersoul)

9/23/06 5.27 – 5.29 (Astanga yoga and the peace formula)

9/30/06 Chapter Six – 6.1 – 6.9 (Yoga and detached work and yogarudha)

10/07/06 6.10 – 6.32 (Stages in the practice of yoga)
10/14/06 6.33 – 6.36 (Controlling the mind in yoga practice)

10/21/06 6.37 – 6.45 (The destination of the yogi)

10/28/06 Chapter Seven – 7.1 – 7.3 (Knowing about Krsna by hearing)

11/04/06 7.4 – 7.14 (Krsna as the source of matter and spirit)

11/11/06 7.15 – 7.19 (Piety, knowledge and surrender)

11/18/06 7.20 – 7.25 (Others without knowledge)

11/25/06 7.26 – 7.30 (The bewilderment and liberation of the living entity)

12/02/06 Chapter Eight – 8.1 – 8.8 (Arjuna’s questions and remembering Krsna)

12/09/06 8.9 – 8.16 (Going back to Godhead by remembering Krsna)

12/16/06 8.17 – 8.22 (Comparing the material and spiritual worlds)

12/23/06 8.23 – 8.28 (The supremacy of devotion in attaining the supreme)

12/20 – 1/13/2007 – Winter Break

1/20/07 Chapter Nine – 9.1 – 9.3 (Hearing about Krsna)

1/27/07 9.4 – 9.10 (Krsna’s relationship with the material world and the problem of evil)

2/03/07 9.11 – 9.15 (Worshippers and non-worshippers)

2/10/07 9.16 – 9.25 (Krsna as the supreme object of worship)

2/17/07 9.26 – 9.34 (The glories of directly worshiping Krsna)

2/24/07 Chapter Ten – 10.1 – 10.7 (Krsna’s position and worship)

3/03/07 10.8 – 10.11 (The catuh-sloki)

3/10/07 10.12 – 10.18 (Arjuna’s request)

3/17/07 10.19 – 10.42 (Krsna’s opulence)

3/24/07 Chapter Eleven – 11.1 – 11.31 (The universal form)

3/31/07 11.32 – 11.46 (“Become my instrument” and Arjuna’s prayers)

4/07/07 11.47 – 11.55 (Krsna’s two-armed form and pure devotion)

4/14/07 Chapter Twelve – 12.1 – 12.7 (Bhakti over impersonalism)

4/21/07 12.8 – 12.12 (Successive stages of devotion)

4/28/07 12.13 – 12.20 (Qualities that endear one to Krsna)

5/05/07 Chapter Thirteen – 13.1 – 13.7 (The field of activities)

5/12/07 No Class

5/19/07 13.8 – 13.19 (The process of knowledge and liberation)

5/26/07 13.20 – 13.26 (Prakrti, purusa and their union)

6/02/07 13.27 – 13.25 (Jnana caksuh)

6/09/07 Chapter Fourteen – 14.1 – 14.4 (The conditioning of the living entity)

6/16/07 14.5 – 14.18 (The three modes at work)

6/23/07 14.19 – 14.27 (Transcending the modes)

6/30/07 Chapter Fifteen – 15.1 – 15.5 (Becoming detached from the material world)

7/07/07 15.6 – 15.11 (Transmigration)

7/14/07 15.12 – 15.15 (Krsna’s position as the maintainer)

7/21/07 15.16 – 15.20 (Summarizing the Vedas and Vedanta: The three sloka Gita)

7/28/07 Chapter Sixteen – 16.1 – 16.6 (Transcendental and demoniac natures)

8/04/07 16.7 – 16.20 (The demoniac nature)

8/11/07 16.21 – 16.24 (Escaping to the supreme destination)

8/18/07 Chapter Seventeen – 17.1 – 17.7 (Faith and worship in the modes)

8/25/07 17.8 – 17.22 (Food, sacrifices, austerity and charity in the modes)

9/01/07 17.23 – 17.28 (Om tat sat)

9/08/07 Chapter Eighteen – 18.1 – 18.12 (Acting with detachment is true renunciation)

9/15/07 18.13 – 18.18 (The conclusion of sankhya and Vedanta)

9/22/07 18.19 – 18.40 (The entanglement of the three modes)

9/29/07 18.41 – 18.55 (From jnana yoga to pure devotional service)

10/06/07 18.56 – 18.62 (Surrender to the Supersoul)

10/13/07 18.63 – 18.78 (Conclusion)
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