The whole transcendental sraddha is coming from sastra. Our initial sraddha comes from a devotee and it becomes strong by reading Sastra… By reading one verse daily, at the end of the chapter we forget what was there in the beginning. Sastra means systematic understanding. Systematic understanding means you know how everything can fix into everything else. If there is a complete understanding of the sastra, then the faith will be full, strong. If you know little bit here and little bit there then it is not a strong faith. Somebody can come in between and bewilder you.
So, it is very important to have the systematic understanding of the sastra, then you can do whatever you want and be connected to devotional service and your life will be sublime… Even I would like to join.
So nice that you are all studying. So fortunate! The fruit of study is the mood of humble service. Otherwise if you study too much, one becomes proud. If you become proud and arrogant, then by arrangement of Krishna, you have to fall.
May you keep up absorbed and develop love for Krishna. Hopefully it will never end and just keep on… and whatever you learnt, speak!
Study of sastra is not meant for ourselves. By performing Bhakti we may do some benefit for ourselves. But more important is we should benefit others. People outside do not know about God or what is good for them.
Bhaktivedanta vidyapitha is offering a invaluable opportunity for the devotees to systematically and scrutinizingly study the books of Srila Prabhupada. It is a dream for thousands of devotees across the globe to get such an opportunity. I am very grateful to be part of this effort.
These two years of intensive study course will help build one’s foundation so strong that it will easily sustain lifetime of Sadhana and Seva. I offer my profuse gratitude to H.G Gauranga Prabhu, who conceived of such a course and allowed me to study Srimad Bhagvatam and Chaitanya Charitamrita as a teacher. For one learns best by teaching. Thank you.
Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha offers systematic training in study of Srila Prabhupada’s books and especially his devotional masterpiece Srimad Bhagavatam. Writing these Bhaktivedanta Purports in the solitude of his devotional ecstasies, Srila Prabhupada laid down the foundation for a spiritual revolution. He said, Books are the Basis. Vidyapitha is a wonderful opportunity for devotees to deepen their understanding and lay a solid foundation for a life of sincere dedicated service in this sacred mission of Srila Prabhupada. I am grateful and indebted to the devotees who were instrumental in making this happen and allowing us to be a part of it.
One may think that this Vidyapitha is purely an academic course that is designed to instill sastric inclination in the devotees. That was also probably a purpose of those who envisioned this course. I can honestly say that this course has far exceeded that vision. We have been witness to the amazing overall transformation of all these devotees into well-rounded vaisnavas with all the good qualities. I feel very fortunate to have played a small role in this amazing journey
I sincerely thank all the devotees who conceived, planned, executed, supported, cheered and accepted this 2 years study of Srimad Bhagavatam. I do not experience any special, sudden changes in my consciousness after Vidyapith course, but definitely a desire to take to devotional service more seriously is increased. I have not found any gems – but faith that they exist and desire to search for them has definitely increased. Vidyapitha study provided me with many new contacts whom I would love to frequently be in touch with ( slokas, Prabhupada’s purports, different personalities of Bhagavatam ).
Intense, long-term and focused service to any of Processes of devotional service ( Of which hearing is one of the best ) definitely gives us glimpse of what’s in store in Bhakti and Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha provides access to that condensed mercy.
Different types of devotees at different levels approach Bhagavatam. Vidyapitha provides an opportunity for all of them to advance higher up from where they are:
1. For those who are struggling have got no desire or inclination to read, Vidyapitha provides the desire inspiration to read Bhagavatam. 2. For those who have got the desire, Vidyapitha provides the skills to read Bhagavatam effectively. 3. For those who have got the desire skills, Vidyapitha provides the taste to immerse in Bhagavatam. 4. For those who have got the desire, skills taste, Vidyapitha provides the right attitude (of request not conquest) to approach Bhagavatam.
Such is the effect of the cintamani stone of Vidyapitha. I personally being like a rusted iron could rise only to the 1st level i.e. from no desire or inclination, I have developed a desire drive to read Bhagavatam.
I feel deeply grateful to the visionaries teachers of Vidyapitha for extending themselves all out to give us this opportunity. I feel it was a little of their desire, skills, taste attitude that rubbed off by their association and helped us to rise from whichever level we were.
This study gave us many reference points through which one can check one’s consciousness fix it back on devotional service based on these aspects mentioned in the instructions of Srila Rupa Goswami (utsahat, niscayat, dhairyat). This study helped come out from the superficial platform of devotional service and also widened the scope of practice of our Krishna Consciousness. So many lessons, principles which will help us definitely remain fixed up in our Krishna Consciousness in spite of challenging situation. My gratitude to all the devotees who are directly and indirectly the source of inspiration in conducting this Vidyapitha.
I always felt that there is need of strong spiritual foundation before full-fledged involvement in various services and preaching. Vidyapitha training fulfilled that need by training devotees in beginning years of their ashram life. Despite non-educational background, I could study 3-4 hrs a day because of association of enthusiastic batch mates, and now it became a habit. Now Srila Prabhupad’s purports are my nourishment and guidelines for my spiritual life. This sastric study enhanced determination conviction in my spiritual life. Always grateful to coordinators and teachers.
We feel very grateful to our temple authorities especially to HG Gauranga Prabhu for giving us such a valuable Gift in initial days of our Journey in Brahmacari Ashram. BVVP course had very positive impact on our consciousness especially during chanting hours in morning. Our heartfelt gratitude to all devotees who were behind the creation of BVVP.
It’s been pleasing experience to be with Srimad Bhagavatam, along with devotees in Natural Environment. We are extremely grateful to all the devotees in GEV for giving this opportunity of the lifetime. I hope we would also get a drop of the taste by serving the person as well as book bhgavata sincerely.