By Jay Damodar Das
90 minutes each
90 minutes each
No. Of Sessions
Sessions per week
Open for all.
Open for all.
Schedule of Classes
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm ISTRegular classes on
Tue, Thu & Sat
About the Teacher
Jay Damodar Das
About the Teacher
Born in a Brahmin family and raised in a very religious and pious household, His Grace Jay Damodar Das is a preacher and a teacher and is especially known for his narrations of Mahabharata. He has delivered extensive public lectures and seminars on varied sastras like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavatam, Brihad Bhagavatamrita, Laghu Bhagavatamrita, Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Vedanta Sutras, and Vaisnava epistemology (pramana tattva) and ontology (prameya tattva).
He did his bachelors in mechanical engineering. Thereafter he worked with several companies for 12 years.
During the first year of his college, he had a good fortune of coming in association of devotees at ISKCON. He received his first initiation in the year 1999, second initiation in the year 2013, and thus has been practicing Krishna consciousness under the guidance of his spiritual master, His Holiness Bhakti Vikas Swami, for the last 25 years.
He has dedicated his life to spread the message of Krishna consciousness with his deep understanding of the essence of all Vedic knowledge, the Bhagavata philosophy.
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: Open for all.
Assessment Plan: MCQs online exam at the end of course.
Course Requirement: None
Important Guidelines for the Students: Students should acquire at least some primary knowledge about Bhagavata Purana before the course begins.
What will students gain from this course?
1. They will clearly understand that Krishna is the source of all the incarnations.
2. They will get systematic knowledge about different incarnations of the Supreme Lord with their categories and subcategories.
3. They will also get brief but clear-cut knowledge about the supreme devotional mellows.
Why should one attend this course?
By attending this course, many misconceptions about the avatara-tattva will be dispelled.
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