by Janmastami dasa
Srila Prabhupada’s Mayapur vision focuses on inspiring devotees worldwide through education. For the last 15 years, the Mayapur Institute (MI) has been developing as a powerful “recharge facility” in Lord Caitanya’s home, the dhama with the greatest sakti in Kali-yuga.
Since the Institute began in 2000, over 2000 devotees have received sastric degrees in pursuance of a foundational instruction Srila Prabhupada gave back in 1971:
“Throughout the whole world there is no institution to impart education in the matter of spiritual understanding. So we are going to open a big center in Mayapur where this education will be internationally imparted. Students from all parts of the world will go there to take education in this important subject.”
(Letter to Atreya Rsi, 20 August 1971)
This is what the MI is all about.
When our Bhakti-sastri students begin studying Nectar of Devotion, they are intrigued and inspired when they learn of Rupa Gosvami’s analysis of the qualification for advancing in Krishna consciousness: faith in and knowledge of sastra. When they really understand this principle, the “lights start to go on” as to why Srila Prabhupada and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada made writing, publishing and studying Vaisnava literature Priority One.
Sastric knowledge, however, does not refer merely to theoretical knowledge, but to the realized knowledge one naturally achieves by hearing and inquiring with the support of serious and sincere devotees:
“In the 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.”
Self-study is important, of course, as Srila Prabhupada encouraged us, but ask any of our graduates about the transformations in consciousness and increased capacity to serve they experienced by studying Prabhupada’s books in one of our systematic sastric courses, and you will understand why we are strongly encouraging you to enroll.
Incidentally, a large percentage of our sastric graduates take MI’s teacher-training courses and go on themselves to become sastric teachers in different yatras throughout ISKCON, which greatly pleases the Lord:
“For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.” (Bhagavad-gita, 18.68-69)
Beginning on November 1, 2015, we have a powerful lineup of sastric course facilitators to assist you in accessing the abundant mercy in Srila Prabhupada’s books:
Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Bhakti Vighna Vinasa Narasimha Swami, Bhanu Swami, Candramauli Swami, Kadamba Kanana Swami, Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami, Adipurusa dasa, Atul Krishna dasa, Carucandra dasa, Hari Lila dasa, Padmanayan dasa, Radhika Nagara dasa, Srivas dasa, Vamsi-vadana dasa, Vidvan Gauranga däsa, Laxmimoni devi dasi, Anuradha devi dasi, Shyamala Sakhi devi dasi, Su-gita Vani devi dasi, and Divyalila devi dasi.
Please write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org to acquire your required study materials, and prepare yourself for what will likely be the most productive and blissful experience yet in your devotional career.
After finishing your sastric course, we also encourage you to participate in the Gaura Purnima Courses, which will help you deepen the devotional life skills needed to be an effective representative of the guru-parampara.
We are looking forward to your sanga and to the opportunity to serve you soon in Sridham Mayapur.