The author, Srila Rupa Goswami, puts to rest the age-old debate among Vaisnavas of different bona fide sampradayas, e.g. Ramanuja, Madhva-Tattva vadis, and Madhva-Gaudiyas about Narayana, Rama, or Krishna being the source of all the incarnations. Also, Srila Prabhupada says in his purport to CC Adi 5.40: “In considering the quadruple forms of the absolute Personality of Godhead, known as Vāsudeva, Sankarsana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha, the impersonalists, headed by Śrīpāda Śankarācārya, have interpreted the aphorisms of the Vedānta-sūtra in a way suitable for the impersonalist school. To provide the intrinsic import of such aphorisms, however, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, the leader of the Six Gosvāmīs of Vrindāvana, has properly replied to the impersonalists in his Laghu-bhāgavatāmrta, which is a natural commentary on the aphorisms of the Vedānta-sūtra.”
The course is divided in two parts. In the first part, following traditional Nyaya methodology, the author succinctly but solidly delineates epistemology and then elaborately describes ontology raising purva paksa, refuting it, and establishing the siddhanta (true conclusive principle). Different expansions of Sri Krishna, Mahavasthas, and Paravasthas along with different categories and subcategories are described systematically and analytically, frequently referring to Bhavartha Dipika (commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam by Srila Sridhara Swami) and different scriptures like Mahabharata and Puranas. In the second part, sweetness of different categories of devotees is described, ultimately culminating in sweetness of Krishna prema of Gopis of Vrindavan, especially Srimati Radharani. The course includes explanations from Saranga Rangada, commentary on Laghu Bhagavatamrita by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana.
Course Materials: Brief notes on every session
Target Audience: Followers of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Sanatana Goswami
Assessment Plan: An examination held at the end of the course
Course Requirement: Reasonable understanding of Srimad Bhagavatam