Vedic College transmits transcendental knowledge through disciplic
succession. Students are taught to develop their desire to
hear Vedic knowledge. As Srimad Bhagavatam states in 3.25.25:
prasangan mama virya-samvido
bhavanti hrt-karna-rasayanah kathah
taj-josanad asv apavarga-vartmani
sraddha ratir bhaktir anukramisyati
association of pure devotees, discussion of the pastimes and
activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is very pleasing
and satisfying to the ear and the heart. By cultivating such
knowledge one gradually becomes advanced on the path of liberation,
and thereafter he is freed, and his attraction becomes fixed.
Then real devotion and devotional service begin.
a wealth of transcendental, applicable knowledge, unavailable
elsewhere. Just as river water remains fresh by receiving
a constant supply of incoming water so Vedic knowledge is
restored when put into practice.
systematic approach to education is the Vedic guru-sisya,
or saintly teacher-disciple relationship. Utilizing this method,
RVC's academic curriculum flows naturally without rigid structures
and pressure. Modern educational institutions have, on the
other hand, unnecessarily complicated the education process
and for the most part omitted the goal of all knowledge, namely
the Supreme Personality of Godhead and self-realization.
exams and college credits are not essential elements in teaching
Vedic literature, they are valued in the world we live in.
Rupa Goswami has explained a principle called yukta vairagya
meaning one should accept things which are favorable to Krishna
consciousness. At RVC, the goal is simply to learn about self-realization
and encouragement is an essential ingredient. To enhance the
RVC academic curriculum classes are interlinked with exams
and college credits.
(loving devotion to Lord Krsna) develops in pursuance of Vedanta
philosophy (ultimate knowledge). Srila Rupa Goswami said:
aikantiki harer bhaktir utpatayaiva kalpate
performed without reference to the Vedas, etc., must be considered
sentimentalism, and it causes nothing but disturbance to society."
Prabhupada gave the idea for integrating devotion with knowledge
for spiritual realization, through an ingenious academic-devotional
discipline. Here is how it works at Rupanuga Vedic College:
consciousness movement is primarily an educational institution
with formidable books accepted by universities and libraries
around the world. Srila Prabhupäda instituted the Vaishnava
system of conferring multi-leveled "ecclesiastical"
scholarship titles upon deserving devotees. He expected these
titles to simulate university academic degrees. Furthermore
he wanted his own followers to establish Vedic universities
exclusively based on his books.
RVC is a theological college, authorized to grant Bachelors,
Masters and Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) degrees in its area
of concentration. By synergizing the degree program and the
title program, a brilliant chemistry is formed which, to use
a Vedic analogy, is like mixing mercury and bell metal to
produce gold. The result is an excellent degree/title fusion:
Certificate (generally two years)
Degree (generally four years)
Degree (generally six years)
Degree (generally eight years)
completes courses within a particular academic degree program
(such as Bachelors of Vaisnava Philosophy) fulfilling the
required credits. Then to corroborate his conversance, the
student passes the parallel devotional examination (i.e. Bhakti-vaibhava
Title). Upon successful completion of both, the student is
awarded the degree Bachelors of Vaisnava Philosophy and the
title Bhakti Vaibhava simultaneously. A normal guideline of
time expectancy for completion of each degree/title sets is
given in parentheses above. However, that period of time may
be longer or shorter depending on each student and several
other factors such as previous educational background and
devotional experiential learning, etc.
a degree/title, the student accomplishes a truly significant
objective. He has distinguished himself within greater human
society as a competent scholar and he has also distinguished
himself within the society of Vaisnavas as a genuine, knowledgeable
devotee of Krsna.
of Vaishnava Philosophy
of Vaishnava Education
of Vaishnava Philosophy
of Vaishnava Education
of Vaishnava Administration
of Divinity in Vaishnava Philosophy
of Divinity in Vaishnava Administration
Ministry and Counseling
and Degree Program Availability
and degree programs listed in this prospectus are taught according
to RVC's discretion. Some courses may be offered in every
semester and some courses may be offered less often depending
on instructors, students, facilities and a number of other
factors. Certain degree programs also may be unavailable at
particular periods. It is recommended for students to contact
the RVC academic department to ascertain which courses and
degree programs are currently being offered.
of Credits and Experiential Credits
grants credits acquired from other educational institutions,
at its own discretion, for work in related to RVC curriculum.
Similarly RVC evaluates professional or practical accomplishments
made by students in related fields of study and awards "experiential
of credits from RVC to other institutions is at discretion
of the receiving institution.