Śāstra & Bhakti
The Role of Sacred Text in Gauḍīya Bhakti

The Descending Epistemological Method

What is knowledge? How do we get it? What is śāstra? How is it related to faith and intellect? This course answers these questions, and more, based directly on how Śrī Jīva Goswāmī answers them in the first half his Tattva Sandarbha.

Sessions:
  1. Ways of Gaining Knowledge (Pramāna)
  2. What exactly is "The Veda"?
  3. What are the Purāṇas? Are they "Veda"?
  4. The Bhāgavatam as the Harmonizer of the Veda
  5. How Bhāgavatam relates to Gāyatrī, Brahma-Sūtra, and Mahābhārata
  6. How to Read (and Understand) Sacred Text

Enroll

Self-Study

You download all the course materials (class videos, presentation notes, homework questions, and homework answers) to study on your own.

Tuition: $27

Self-Study

Guided Self-Study

You download all the course materials (class videos, presentation notes, homework questions, and homework answers). I comment on and correct your homework answers, and you can ask any questions via email and the course-wide discussion forum.

Tuition: $54

Guided Self-Study


Group Study

Live online class sessions (video) with at least two other students; with class recordings, videos, presentation notes, homework questions, and homework answers. I comment on and correct your homework answers, and you can ask any questions during the online sessions, or via email and the course-wide discussion forum.

Note: Course cannot begin until there are at least two other students with a compatible schedules. It's easiest / best if you enroll along with two friends, but otherwise I can still put you on a waiting list.

Contact me by email to enroll or inquire.

Tuition: $81

Group Study

Personal Tutoring

Live online one-to-one class sessions (video); with class recordings, videos, presentation notes, homework questions, and homework answers. I comment on and correct your homework answers, and you can ask any questions during the online sessions, or via email and the course-wide discussion forum.

Contact me by email if you have questions about this format.

Tuition: $199

Personal Tutoring


I’ve made this video to give you an inside look into the course. It is a collection of brief excerpts from each of the six classes.

All four ways of taking the course (self-study, etc.) include PDF notes for each session. Although I use them in-class and in the recorded videos, I also give them to you as PDFs, because they are much easier to study and reference in that format.

Each session also includes homework questions, to ensure you are correctly grasping the key points. I also provide you a copy of my own answers. If you are taking a guided-study or higher method, I personally check and correct your answers, and am available for questions by email and in the dedicated discussion forums.