Sri Isopanisad – Online study – 22.07 – 02.09. 2013
Sri Isopanisad one of the 108 principal Vedic scriptures known as the Upanisads. Sri Isopanisad is a conceptual text, rather than a description of the Lord’s pastimes. Reading and studying this book is meant to advance one’s view of life; to teach one how to re-spiritualize every endeavor of one’s actions.
Teacher: Raghupati dasa (Rajesh Kumar), M.A. (Agra University), MBA (Aston University), joined ISKCON in Vrindavan, in 1989. He holds a BA (in philosophy, English, and Hindi), an MA (in philosophy) from Agra University, and an MBA from Aston University in England. He now lives in Birmingham with his family and works for Birmingham City University. He completed Teacher Training courses in Mayapur and has taught Bhakti Sastri Online for Mayapur Institute (a nationwide course) in the UK. He is part of the Business-BA team at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh.
This program can be attended without special requirements. You are able to enroll in one module or all program. Registration is done via Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus.
Week 1: Introduction & Invocation – The Importance of Vedic knowledge
Sri Isopanisad, one of the 108 principal Vedic scriptures known as the Upanisads, is a conceptual text, rather than a description of the Lord’s pastimes. Reading and studying it is meant to advance one’s view of life and to teach one how to respiritualize every endeavor and action.
Week 2: Mantras 1–3 – The relationship of God, living entities and creation
Living entities can regain their completeness by acting in relationship to Krishna (this is called isavasya). The benefit is that one becomes free from karmic reaction and acts on a liberated platform. Such activities are the only method for freedom. The fate of those who fail to recognise the Lord’s proprietorship is vikarmic, or sinful.
Week 3: Mantras 4–8 – The Lord can be known only by the maha-bhagavata
Sinful people cannot understand the Lord’s position because He is beyond material calculations. He reveals Himself to sincere devotees. One who can see Krishna everywhere is called a maha-bhagavata. Some qualities of the Lord that are known by the maha-bhagavata are described.
Week 4: Mantras 9–11 – Comparing the cultivation of knowledge and nescience
Two kinds of people lack knowledge of Krishna and remain bound to this world: those who are simply ignorant and those adopt material scholarship and think it is the end-all of knowledge. Both disregard the Lord’s proprietorship and descend to the “darkest regions of ignorance.” True knowledge produces a different result. One needs to take guidance from a dhira in the matter of discriminating between real and illusory knowledge and transcending worldly life and attaining deathlessness.
Week 5: Mantras 12–14 – Comparing worship of the Absolute and the relative
Improper conceptions of the Absolute Truth can be binding. Both worship of the demigods and the impersonal Brahman can bind one. One achieves a different result when his understanding of the absolute is guided by a dhira. He attains spiritual emancipation.
Week 6: Mantras 15–18 – Prayers for a revelation of the Lord’s form
Krishna’s relationship with His worldly energies and Krishna’s relationship with His spiritual potencies (such as, the brahmajyoti), are both needed to achieve realisation of Him. A devotee asks the Lord to reveal His spiritual form, especially at the time of death. In conclusion, the devotee desires to achieve Krishna’s mercy.