Vrindavan, 2019.04.04 (VT): Students celebrated the completion of the third semester of Jiva Institute’s Sanskrit course. The course gave them a glimpse of many great works by Vaishnava Acharyas, including Shrī Jīva Gosvāmī’s Bhagavad Sandarbha, which elaborates on the answer to the question of ‘how we can know the Absolute Truth?’
The course also included a study of Alaṅkāra Kaustubha, Kavi Karnapūra’s massive work on poetry, its embellishments, how it creates Rasa and the flaws to be avoided, expertly revealing these features and flaws by using poetic stanzas of Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes with the gopīs.
Malati Devi from Jiva Institute described the closing ceremony of the course:
“On Friday 29th, the last day of this semester, our teachers Babaji Maharaja, Jagadananda Prabhu, Swamini Radhika Devi, and Navadvipa prabhu as guest speaker offered a closing ceremony. Babaji pointed out that there are many books in our sampradāya that have either not yet been discovered or that have been lost due to a lack of interest. In the past, these books were copied by hand, and if they were not read, were bound to disappear.
“With this course,” he said, “We are making Jīva Gosvāmī happy because his books are being studied. The Gosvāmīs had no economic motive in writing them but were happy if people applied these teachings and thus made their lives successful.”
He further mentioned that this Bhakti Tirtha course is an inspiring model for other Vaiṣṇava groups, who are now also taking up similar systematic studies. Finally, Babaji thanked the students because without students, there is no course. A teacher’s success depends on the students.” (Read more)
Jaganadanda prabhu also wrote about the closing ceremony. He mentions that Shri Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji, the Mahant of Jiva Institute said,
“The fact that the translation of the Bhakti Sandarbas has taken so long is really a good thing, since it allowed for all those involved in the project to mature in their understanding and allowed them time to consider and reconsider every word before rendering the original text into English. By working in this way, we will hopefully arrive at an authoritative and empowered translation that is effective in transmitting the thought of Jiva Goswami as purely as possible into the English language so that it may have the most beneficial long term effect on those who study it.”
The Sanskrit course has its own manual, which is being constantly updated by Jagadananda Prabhu with interesting examples to make the grammar lessons easier to digest. Prabhuji said that his aim is “to see how much we can get the students to relish the pleasures of Sanskrit. To make this aim a reality Prabhuji organized a 45-minute play in which the students spoke entirely in Sanskrit.
The work of Bhakti poets, mostly in Brijbhasha, was taught by Radhika Swamini who has spent many years studying the language and moods of the vernacular poets of Braj.
The fourth year of the course will begin after the summer break. Recordings of previous sessions and online learning mode are available. For more information, write to: [email protected].