Diploma in Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1)

Course Description: Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the natural commentation on the Brahma-sūtras, compiled by the same author. This Brahma-sūtra, or Vedānta-sūtra, is meant for those who are already engaged in self-realization. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is so made that one becomes at once engaged in the path of self-realization simply by hearing the topics. Although it is especially meant for the paramahaṁsas, or those who are totally engaged in self-realization, it works into the depths of the hearts of those who may be worldly men. Worldly men are all engaged in sense gratification. But even such men will find in this Vedic literature a remedial measure for their material diseases.

Śukadeva Gosvāmī was a liberated soul from the very beginning of his birth, and his father taught him Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Amongst mundane scholars, there is some diversity of opinion as to the date of compilation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. It is, however, certain from the text of the Bhāgavatam that it was compiled before the disappearance of King Parīkṣit and after the departure of Lord Kṛṣṇa. When Mahārāja Parīkṣit was ruling the world as the King of Bhārata-varṣa, he chastised the personality of Kali. According to revealed scriptures and astrological calculation, the Age of Kali is in its five thousandth year.

Therefore, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was compiled not less than five thousand years ago. Mahābhārata was compiled before Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and the Purāṇas were compiled before Mahābhārata. That is an estimation of the date of compilation of the different Vedic literatures. The synopsis of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam was given before the detailed description under instruction of Nārada. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the science for following the path of nivṛtti-mārga. The path of pravṛtti-mārga was condemned by Nārada. That path is the natural inclination for all conditioned souls. The theme of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the cure of the materialistic disease of the human being, or stopping completely the pangs of material existence.

The entire course “Diploma in Srimad Bhagavatam” is been divided in 4 modules. Each module covers three cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam.
At the beginning of the course the students will be given a Bhagavata Teachers Training Course which will help them with
1. Various ways of studying Srimad Bhagavatam.
2. Making notes for studying and effective presentation.
3. Presenting classes & seminars on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Course Contents: Srimad Bhagavatam (Canto 1-3)

Course Materials: Handbook on Srimad Bhagavatam

Target Audience: Devotees who want to understand Srimad Bhagavatam through Gaudiya Vaishnav perspective

Assessment Plan: The students will write an essay and give a presentation at the end of the course.

Course requirement: None – Basic understanding of the Bhagavad Gita from the Gaudiya Vaishnava Perspective.

Video recordings of Live sessions

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Bhagavatam Teachers Training – Session-1 – 24th May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session-2 – 26th May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session-3 – 27th May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session-4 – 28th May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session-5 – 29th May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session-6 – 31st May 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 7 – 01st June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 8 – 02nd June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 9 – 03rd June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 10 – 04th June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 11 – 07th June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 12 – 08th June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 13 – 09th June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 15 – 12th June 2021
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Srimad Bhagavatam (Module-1) – Session 14 – 11th June 2021

Notes

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Students Handbook – Canto 1-3

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Start Date: Ongoing
Duration: 30 Hours
Video: 2 Hours Each
No. Of Sessions: 15
Sessions Per Week: 5
Days: Mon to Fri
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM IST