Prospectus 2017 - THE GAUDIYA MISSION

Gaudiya Mission, a philanthropic organization, is engaged in improving the spiritual, mental, physical and environmental conditions of the society. His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, following the philosophy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to serve all the Beings in the world, established the Gaudiya Math in 1918. Later it was registered and renamed as Gaudiya Mission in the year 1939, and is devoted, all through these days, to the service of the society and to spread the view of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

To improve the spiritual condition of Man as a social being, the Mission is engaged in preaching human values, conducting seminars, workshops and performing different functions throughout the globe including relief and social works at different levels.

Education in its true sense is imparted by the Mission to the society for moral development. Various classes at are taken by the scholars to convey the real knowledge to the young and old. The Gaudiya Mission Grantha Mandira-s are enriched with books in Indian Philosophy and Literature (libraries) for the use of the common people.

Gaudiya Mission takes care of the senior citizens providing them with shelters, medical and mental aid in homely atmosphere of Vriddha-Ashramas (Old-age Home).

It provides special care, nursing and shelter for the lepers at Kustha Ashramas (Leprosy Centre) at different location in India.

It has numerous charitable dispensaries around India to take care of the poor rural and slum-dwelling patients with free medical treatment and medicine, and, also has medical vans to distribute medicine in interior parts of the Country.

Relief on flood, earthquake, draught, etc., for the victims are the regular duty of the Mission.

Plantation of trees and animal husbandry are also some of the major activities of the Mission for betterment of the environmental balance.

The Gaudiya Mission Para-Vidyapeeth

The Gaudiya Mission Para-Vidyapeeth, was established in 1935 by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of Gaudiya Mission. In the year 1924, His Divine Grace established Bhakti Vinode Asana to educate people with universal teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After inaugurating Sri Gaudiya Math at Bagbazar in 1930, he transferred the said Asana from the house at 1, Ultadingi Road to Bagbazar and renamed it as Para-Vidyapeeth -the Institution that conveys the best and the highest of all education–the education of self-realization along with ‘Love for All’ at the cost of egoistic attitudes, following in the foot-steps of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

The Gaudiya Mission Para-Vidyapeeth was later recognized by the Government of India in the year 1966 as an Educational Institution, as declared in the Govt. Gazette in 1984.

The institution since its inception is engaged in imparting the knowledge of attaining the highest goal of life and to enlighten mankind about its suffering due to spiritual ignorance. Organizing lectures, seminars, study circles, symposia, scripture classes, and other religious and cultural programme are some of the scheduled tasks of the Institution for holistic development and welfare of human society.

Attached to the institution is a library with a rich collection of scriptures and books on Indian Philosophy and Gaudiya Vaishnavism introduced by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as well as literatures in Sanskrit, Bengali, English and Hindi languages. Also some rarest scriptures and books are the assets of the library. There are arrangements for both reading room and lending facilities on membership.

Recently, in 2014, Gaudiya Mission Para-Vidyapeeth Research Institute was introduced to offer new courses for spread of learning Gaudiya Vaishnava culture and its humanitarian outlook to the people without any restriction. Since study of the same requires knowledge of Sanskrit and Darshana, the curriculum includes training in Sanskrit Language and textual studies in Indian Philosophy largely. It is with the same vision that Courses on Gaudiya Nritya, Mridanga Vadana and Kritana are being introduced under this Institute.

Course Details

  • Bhakti Vedanta Shastri Course: (UNAVAILABLE)

    - Syllabus:
    Gaudiya Vaishnavism and Traditional Texts.

    - Texts to be read:

    • Srimad Bhagavad-Gita (2nd & 11th Chapters) with Madhva-bhasya;
    • Srimad- Bhagavata Purana (Select portions);
    • Brahmasutra with Govinda Bhasyam (Catuhsutri);
    • Adhyasa Bhasya by Sri Shankaracarya
    • Bhakti Sandarbha by Sri Jiva Goswami
    • Bhaktirasamritasindhu by Sri Rupa Goswami;
    • Naradiya Bhaktisutra & Shandilyasutra;

    - Eligibility:
    Passed HS or equivalent with 50% marks in aggregate and background in Sanskrit/Philosophy/Allied subjects and/or trained in Tole system.

    - Age :
    Not more than 25 Years

    - Duration :
    2 years with 4 semesters of 6 months each.
    Classes will be held between 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM on Saturdays & Sundays.

    - Seats : 20

  • Sampradaya-Vaibhava-Acharya Course: (UNAVAILABLE)

    - Syllabus:
    Sri Chaitanya-Leela and Later Development in Gaudiya Vaishnavism

    - Texts to be read:

    • Chaitanya Charitamrita by Krishnadasa Kaviraja (Select portions);
    • Chaitanya Bhagavata by Vrindavana Das Thakura with Gaudiya Bhasya;
    • Shiksastakam by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Dashamula shisksha by Sri Bhaktivinode Thakur;
    • Jaiva Dharma by Sri Bhaktivinode Thakur;
    • Bhaktivinode Gitimala;
    • Sat-Sandarbha by Sri Jiva Goswami (Select Protions);
    • Ujjwalanilamani by Sri Rupa Goswami;
    • Bhaktirasamritasindhu-Bindu by Sri Viswanath Chakravarty Thakur;
    • Madhurya-Kadambini by Sri Viswanatha Chakravarty Thakur
    • Parapaksa-giri-vajra by Madhava Mukunda
    • Priti-sandarbha by Sri Jiva Goswami, ed. By Puridas Goswami.

    - Eligibility:
    Graduate in any discipline with at least 50% marks, And / Or, secured Bhaktishastri or any equivalent Upadhi (Toll system). Knowledge of Sanskrit and / or Philosophy is essential.

    - Duration :
    2 Years with 4 Semesters of 6 Months each.
    Classes will be held between 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM on Saturdays & Sundays.

    - Fees :
    Course fee @Rs.1000/-, per semester / 6 months to be submitted at the time of admission.

    - Seats : 20

  • Sanskrit Learning Course: (AVAILABLE NOW)

    - 3A. Basic:
    To make the students learn to read, write and speak in Sanskrit properly.

    - Syllabus:

    • Vyakarana: Sandhi – Svara and Vyanjana; Karaka-Vibhakti; Kriyapada-Prayoga; Avyaya; Viseshya-Visheshana; Sankhya; Pratyaya – Krit & Taddhita; Shatri-Shanach, Kta-Ktavatu; Vacya-Parivartana; Samasa;
    • Chaitanya Bhagavata by Vrindavana Das Thakura with Gaudiya Bhasya;
    • Sahitya: Selected short stories from Panchatantra and Selected verses from Srimad Bhagavad-Gita and Stotras from Vaishnava Literature on Sri Chaitanya, Sri Krishna, etc, for learning grammatical application and syntactical pattern;
    • Translation–From Sanskrit to Bengali/English and Bengali/English to Sanskrit

    - Eligibility:
    Passed Secondary or equivalent with 55% marks in aggregate.

    - Duration :
    6 months

    - Age :
    No Bar

    - Seats : 25

    - 3B. Advance:
    To have access to texts in Sanskrit Literature and Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

    - Syllabus:

    • Raghuvamsham (Select Portions);
    • Geetagovindam (Select Portions);
    • Prabodha-Chandrodaya;
    • Shiksastakam;

    - Eligibility:
    Students of B. A. Hons. or P.G. in Sanskrita or who have obtained B. A. (Hons)/M.A./M.Phil/Ph.D degree are eligible to apply to both the courses.
    Others interested in learning Sanskrit but not fulfilling the above conditions may apply only for BASIC.
    Students will be selected for admission after an interview.

    - Duration :
    6 Months each for Basic & Advance.
    The classes will start from the month of July & January.
    Classes will be held 2 (two) days in a week (Wednesday and Friday) from 5.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.

    FEE & OTHER CHARGES for Sanskrit Learning Courses (Basic & Advance):
    (To be submitted at the time of admission)

    Tuition Fees :
    per Semester / 6 months course : Rs.1050/-

    Examination :
    Examination will be held at the end of the Course.

    Convocation :
    Certificate/Diploma will be awarded to the successful examinees.

  • Music Courses

    • Gaudiya Nritya
    • Mridanga Vadana AVAILABLE NOW
    • Keertana

    All the Music Courses are open to all interested persons.

    Age :
    6 years onwards.

    Course Fees :
    Rs.1050/- per semester / 6 months

    Duration :
    2 years in each level with classes TWICE in a week (Tuesday and Sunday)
    2 years in each level with classes TWICE in a week (Tuesday and Sunday)
    Sunday: 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.

    Contact Us :
    All the applicants and other interested persons are requested to contact the Office on ground floor of the Institution between 10.00 A.M. to 5 P.M. on all the days throughout the week.

Guidelines for Students

  • Students must remember that they are coming to a distinguished Institution where discipline and punctuality are strictly to be maintained.
  • Students must come to the class dressed properly and decently
  • Within the institution premises students must move with dignity and observe discipline and silence, otherwise the resultant noise and commotion will be a source of disturbance to the temple as well as adjacent neighbors.
  • Students must come to the Institution before 10 minutes of the class starts and must leave the Institution within 10 minutes from the end of the class.
  • The students must not in any case loiter in the Math/Mission premises except entering and exiting their respective class rooms.
  • The Students should, at all times, behave respectfully to the Principal, the Course-Coordinators, the teachers and other staff.
    Paying respect by standing up while the Principal, the Course-Coordinators or the teachers enter or leave the class room is compulsory for the students.
  • We expect our students to be well-versed with Indian culture and thus the students must exchange ‘Namaskara’ when they pass or come in front of the Principal, the Course-Coordinators, the teachers or the monks.
  • Students should maintain the standard of cleanliness and neatness prevailing in the Institution.
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in the Institution premises.
  • To ensure that there is no wastage of electricity, the students must switch off the lights and fans when they leave a class room.
  • Cell phones should be kept in SILENT MODE before entering the Institution.
  • Class routines, notice for public holidays, workshops, seminars, conferences and other programmes as well as time tables for written and oral examinations, etc. will be put up on the notice Board. Students are advised to check the notice board from time to time.
  • Students should be regular and punctual in their attendance. A student must attain 75% of the total number of classes held. Students who fail to attend 75% of classes held will not be eligible to sit for the examination in any case.
  • Students breaking the above rules may get their studentship of this Institution terminated.
  • The Institution reserves all the rights to admission and to declare sudden, partial or full holidays due to unforeseen circumstances, Government directives and situations beyond its control. In such cases students may not always be intimated in advance. The decision of the Institution in these regards will be final.