Programs and Courses > Associate Level
Certificate in Vaisnava Philosophy is awarded to the student
who has successfully completed sixty undergraduate credits
which must include AVC and who has passed the Bhakti Sastri
exam. (60 Credits & Bhakti Sastri Exam)
I (15 credits)
VP Vaishnava Philosophy
Semester in Applied Vedic Culture (AVC "intensive"),
includes the following courses: (Note: *Please see the section
on the Introductory Course in Applied Vedic
Culture for more in-depth descriptions of the courses.)
*Bhagavad-gita As It Is (Introductory), 3 credits -
This course was designed for the University of South Florida's
religion department. It provides a brief perusal of the subject
matter of the entire dialogue between Lord Sri Krsna and Arjuna
stressing the main philosophical ideas.
*Topical Studies in Srimad Bhagavatam, 3 credits
- This course provides an abundance of classroom instruction
given by a broad range of qualified teachers thoroughly analyzing
each particular verse studied. The sequential nature of the
study material furnishes a complete understanding of the intricate
Sri Isopanisad, 1 credit - One of the world's most
famous Vedic classics. The primary text among the 108 Upanisads.
This work contains 19 jewel-like verses and is meant to bring
students closer to spiritual understanding.
Nectar of Devotion [Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu], 1 credit
- This course studies Srila Rupa Goswami's most well-known
work, often referred to as the "Handbook of Krsna Consciousness."
Nectar of Instruction (Upadesamrta), 1 credit -
Srila Rupa Goswami explains in easy to grasp groups of sixes
the activities which are favorable to devotional service,
unfavorable to devotional service, how to associate with devotees,
the qualifications of a guru and the glories of Radha Kunda.
*Vedic Paradigm, 3 credits - This is a topical
survey of Vedic literature covering sixty distinct facets
of Vedic learning from the three modes of nature to mystic
powers. This popular course introduces the students to the
unlimited realm of transcendental knowledge.
*Readings in Vedic Literature, 1 credit - This
is a concise introduction to Vedic literature with an especially
helpful section on the academic biases which have surrounded
Vedic literature for the past two hundred years.
*Gita Slokas, 1 credit - The sloka class is good
refreshment for new bhaktas during a long japa period (15
minutes daily) and students learn to memorize some wonderful
verses from Bhagavad-gita.
Vaisnava Etiquette, 1 credit - Sobering and often
humorous practical tips on how to implement Vedic etiquette
into everyday life.
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II (12 credits)
*Intro to Sadhana Bhakti, 3 credits - Learning
the techniques and practices of chanting japa sixteen rounds
daily, (two hours daily)
Bhagavad-gita Overview, 3 credits - Using the course
(a favorite among students) designed by Bhurijana dasa Adhikari
examining of the Gita's syntax, theme and background of the
first nine chapters.
Easy Journey to Other Planets, 1 credit - One of
Srila Prabhupada's first books describes the easy, yet subtle
process of transferring oneself to other planets, both material
and spiritual. Discusses life on other planets and indicates
the futility of modern spacecraft excursions.
Life Comes From Life, 1 credit - A poignant series
of morning walk conversations. Modern scientists theories
of life arising from chemicals is assailed from the point
of logic, observation and Vedic scriptural evidence.
Topmost Yoga System, 1 credit - Discusses the relative
statuses of various bona fide yoga systems such as hatha,
pranayama, dhyana, jnana, bhakti, etc. (the yoga ladder).
Bhakti-yoga is accepted as the topmost by Vedic authorities
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III (12 credits)
A Topical Studies in Srimad Bhagavatam III, 3 credits
- The continuing study of VP102. This course provides an abundance
of classroom instruction given by a broad range of qualified
teachers thoroughly analyzing each particular verse studied.
The sequential nature of the study material furnishes a complete
understanding of the intricate themes.
Bhagavad-gita Overview II, 3 credits - Using the
course (a favorite among students) designed by Bhurijana dasa
Adhikari examining of the Bhagavad~Gita's syntax, theme and
background of the second nine chapters.
Nectar of Devotion, 2 credits - A continuation
of VP104 studying of the twelve rasas (spiritual relationships),
conflicting rasas, and ecstatic symptoms of devotional service.
Intro to Vaisnava prayers (aratis), 3 credits -
Students participate in mangala arati, tulasi arati, guru-puja,
and sundara arati and learn the Sanskrit and Bengali verses.
Elevation to Krsna Consciousness/ Perfection of Yoga,
1 credit - Studies the choosing of human and animal
lives, the hard struggle for happiness, knowing Krishna as
He is and taking to Krishna Consciousness.
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IV (12 credits)
Vaisnava Philosophy-VP & Sanskrit-SA
Arcana-Paddhati I (The Process of Deity Worship), 3
credits - A guidebook for Deity worship, based on Sanatana
Goswami's Hari-bhakti-Vilasa. All brahmanas will be responsible
to learn this book.
Beyond Birth and Death, 1 credit - This course
studies the Vedic explanation of what happens after death,
how the soul transmigrates and the cycle of samsara.
Perfect Questions and Answers, 1 credit - A study
of an interesting conversation between a Peace Corps worker
and Srila Prabhupada. Discusses many practical points of bhakti-yoga.
Raja-vidya: The King of Knowledge, 1 credit - This
course focuses on the transcendental aspects of knowledge
delineated in the Bhagavad-gita and contrasts the ordinary
knowledge taught elsewhere.
Intro to Harinama sankirtan, 3 credits - Students
learn by participating with teachers in the Yuga Dharma of
public chanting of the holy names.
Elementary Sanskrit, 3 credits - Familiarizes the
student with the Devanagari alphabet through reading, writing
and pronunciation, initial vocabulary, transliteration and
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V (12 credits)
Srimad-Bhagavatam, First Canto Volume 1: Chapters 1-7,
(3credits) - The sages at Naimisaranya question Suta
Goswami on devotional service. Twenty-two incarnations of
Godhead are described. Narada Muni appears to instruct his
disciple Vyasadeva. Drona's son is punished.
Srimad-Bhagavatam First Canto part II, Chapters 8-12,
(3credits) - The child-embryo Pariksit is saved by
Lord Krsna and becomes the next emperor. Grandfather Bhismadeva
passes away by his own volition on the bed of arrows. Queen
Kunti offers her famous prayers to Lord Krsna before His return
to the splendid island-city of Dvaraka.
Srimad-Bhagavatam First Canto part III, Chapters 13-19,
(3credits) - Dhrtarastra quits home upon the insistence
of his brother Vidura. Lord Krsna's disappearance is described
and soon afterward, the Pandavas retire to the Himalayas.
Pariksit Maharaja assumes rulership of the world, punishes
and rewards the Age of Kali personified, but is later cursed
to die in seven days by a brahmana's son. Sukadeva Goswami
appears to the king at the River Ganges.
Mayapura, (2 credits) - Students journey to the
holy birth site of Lord Caitanya in Nadia, West Bengal, India.
Two and a half weeks of parikramas (walking to holy places
connected with Lord Caitanya's pastimes), seminars, kirtanas
and sadhana. RVC instructor personally guides the students
for the pilgrimage during March. Students write a thorough
essay of their experience.
(2 credits) - Following the visit to Mayapura, students
take a train to Vrndavana, Lord Krsna's place of pastimes.
Here students visit many tirthas (holy sites) associated with
the pastimes of Lord Krsna five thousand years ago. Students
write an thorough essay of their experience.
Vaisnava Sanga, (2 credits) - The practicum takes
place at the time of ISKCON's annual Mayapura-Vrndavana Festival
and joins with many participants from around the world. The
students will interact with many devotees of Krsna and write
of their experiences.
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