Course contents: As Vyasadeva has compiled all the pastimes of Lord Krishna in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Thakura Vrndavana dasa has depicted the pastimes of Lord Caitanya. Hearing this book annihilates all misfortune. By reading Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata one can understand all the glories and truths of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda and come to the ultimate conclusion of devotional service to Lord Krishna. The subject matter of this book is so sublime that it appears that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has personally spoken through the writings of Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura
Course material: The Chaitanya Bhagavata is divided into three parts: the Adi-khanda, Madhya-khanda and Antya-khanda:
The Adi-khanda consists of sixteen adhyayas (chapters). It deals with the socio-religious situation of Bengal before the advent of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, his birth, education, and marriage to Lakshmi-priya; his defeating opposing scholars, his visit to East Bengal, the passing of Lakshmi-priya, his marriage to Vishnupriya and his trip to Gaya and subsequent initiation from Ishvara Puri.
The Madhya-khanda consists of twenty-seven adhyayas (chapters). It narrates Chaitanya’s growing external displays of devotion, the disciples which join his devotional creed, the conversion of the debauchees Jagai and Madhai, and Sri Chaitanya’s civil disobedience movement against the Muslim Chand Kazi who tries to stop the congregational chanting of the names of Krishna.
The Antya-khanda consists of ten adhyayas (chapters). It portrays Chaitanya’s acceptance of sannyasa (the renounced order), his mother Saci-Mata’s lamentation, his travels to Puri, his meeting with Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and his relationships and interactions with different devotees.
Course materials: Soft copy of all Chaitanya Bhagavat English translations
Target audience: Open for all
Assessment Plan: Multiple choice questions test
Course Requirement: None – Open for all