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Sri Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhu : Life and Works

Sri Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhu : Life and Works

Sri Vallabhacharya Mahaprabhu propagated a Bhakti sect named Pushti-bhakti Sampraday and enriched it with his philosophical insight known as Sakarbrahmvaad.

This INDICA Course will offer an in-depth explanation of both these aspects as preached by Shri Vallabhacharya in his writings.

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COHORT COURSE
Duration
30 Hours
Date & Time

6 March 2023 - 18 September 2023

6:00 PM-7:00PM IST

Every Monday

Price

Course Fee: ₹5000
Enrollment Guide
Medium of Instruction
English
Validity
One year from the beginning of the course
Delivery
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
Contact Details

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Introduction

As preached by Bhagwan Shri Krishna in the 9th chapter of Bhagavad Geeta, of the various methods preached by Vaidic Shastras such Sankhya, Yog, Karm, Gyaan, Bhakti is considered to be the most superior method for attaining reaching the Divine.

But what is the source of Bhakti? How can a devotee apply devotional practice in their life?  To answer such questions, we need to refer to what the revered Acharyas preached. Shri Vallabhacharya propagated a Bhakti sect like Shri Ramanujacharya, Shri Madhvacharya and Shri Nimbarkacharya.

This Indica course will focus upon the aspect of Krishna Bhakti as preached by Shri Vallabhacharya along with his philosophical teachings as understanding the divine form of Krishna is the first step towards devotion.

Course Objectives

  • To understand Sakarbrahmvaad – the philosophical aspect of Bhakti
  • To understand the concept of Pushtibhakti along with its constituents
  • To understand the structure of Pushti-Bhakti in accordance with the Puranic and Tantric aspects of Upasana.

Course Outcomes

The participant is expected to get a bird’s eye view of Pushti-Bhakti Sampradaya as preached by Shri Vallabhachary.

Course Syllabus

  • What does the term Bhakti mean?
  • Difference between Nishkaam and Sakaam Bhakti
  • Bhakti as preached in Bhagavad Gita and Bhagwat in accordance with Pushti-Bhakti
  • 16 main treatises known as Shodash granth written by Shri Vallabhachary for understanding the application and format of sectoral Bhakti
  • Philosophical aspect of Vallabh Sampradaya
  • Types of Bhakti
  • Difference between Upasana and Bhakti
  • The ultimate fruit of Pushti-Bhakti
  • Aspects of Bhakti as originated from Ved, Puran and Vaishnav Tantra Shastras

Reading List

  • The sixteen verse-treatises (Shodash Granth) of Shri Vallabhachary – Translated by James D. Redington
  • Manual to the devotional path of Pushti by Shri Sharad Goswami
  • Prameya Ratna Sangrah by Shri Lalu Bhattji  (Translated by Maitri Goswami)
  • Brahmvada – The system of Shuddhadvaita Vedant of Shri Vallabhachary by Shri Raghunath Goswami
  • Navadha Bhakti and Vallabh Vedanta by Shri Shyam Manohar Goswami

Course includes

  • Live sessions
  • Access to class recordings (for asynchronous participation)
  • Certificate of Completion

 

 

Faculty
teacher

Maitri Goswami

Maitri is a Vaishnavite by faith and a learner of Vedanta, Bharatiya culture and Sanskrit scriptures. She has pursued MA from Sampoornanand Vishvavidyalay, Varanasi with Vedant as the main subject. As the 17th descendent of Mahaprabhu Shri Vallabhachary, she has been studying all the Sampradayik scriptures of Pushti-Bhakti-Margiya sect from her father Shri Sharad Goswami and her revered Guru Goswami Shri Shyammanoharji for the last 14 years.

In addition to Sampradayik scriptures, she has studied Sanskrit Vyakaran, Nyay, Sankhyashastra and philosophies of Shankaracharya, Ramanujachary, Madhvachary as a part of comparative studies. In accordance with her duties towards her sampraday, she currently preaches the scriptures written by Mahaprabhu Shri Vallabhachary and Vedic philosophy. She is working with her father at Shri Vallabhachary Vidyapeeth established in Gujarat for publishing, preserving and teaching the Vedic scriptures and Granthas written by the respected Acharyas of Vallabh Sampraday. She also teaches Vallabh Vedant in a Diploma course run by the department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai.

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