The Mission has been running Gaudiya Mission Paravidyapeeth & Research Institute, dedicated to educate and research on the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to lift the standard of public morality by spreading the philosophy of Love, Peace, Universal Brotherhood, Tolerance and Harmony.
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.
In the existing social matrix, people are inclined to acquire knowledge in “Materialism” and running after for material gain. In consequence, in different stratum of society people are lacking knowledge in crude “Realism”, and thereby being devoid of self-knowledge, modesty, humbleness, humility, integrity and such other merits. This leads to gradual escalation of terrorism, corruption, nepotism, snapping of the ties of brotherhood and such other myriad evil phenomena among the people of the society.
Schools, colleges and universities all are conventionally engaged in giving lessons on “Apara-vidya” (“Apara” means other than absolute or supreme), while the lessons which help to know God is “Paravidya” (“Para” means supreme or absolute) which is never catered by the existing educational system. In this perspective, Gaudiya Mission has volunteered to play a phenomenal role. It is here where culmination of “Paravidya” is on, i.e. knowledge of God and the knowledge of self can be acquired from the lessons on Paravidya Classes.
The founder of this Mission is His Holiness Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada. In July, 1928 he founded “Sri Saraswata Asan”, a center for spiritual learning, and named it “Paravidyapeeth”. He wanted this organization to help the Bhaktisashtra (scriptures) learners to study them and practice the teachings thereof in their own lives. He himself was the professor-in-chief or principal mentor of “Paravidyapeeth” from 1930 to 1935. He used to teach regularly the holy books like “Srichaitanya Charitamrrita”, “Jaibadharma”, “Srichaitanya Sikshamrita”, “Srichaitanya Bhagwat”, “Bhagwat Geeta”, “Srimad Bhagwat” and the likes.
In 1935 “Paravidyapeeth” was renamed as “Gaudiya Mission Para-vidyapeeth” and accordingly it was registered. In 1966 Govt of India recognized it as a “Center for Learning”, and later in 1984 it was officially recorded in the Govt Gazette. In 2014, Mission authority had converted “Gaudiya Mission Paravidyapeeth” into “Gaudiya Mission Paravidyapeeth Research Institute”. The main objective behind this conversion was to give an opportunity to the youth of the society to garner knowledge in “Paravidya” alongside acquiring conventional “Aparavidya” from their schools, colleges and universities. In addition it aims to spread ethical, moral & spiritual values in people of all walks of life through the teaching of “Paravidya”.
Gaudiya Mission Para-Vidyapeeth Research Institute is keen to spread the learning of 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.
Research activities at Gaudiya Mission Para-vidyapeeth Research Institute encourages the study of pure Vaishnava Faith, its philosophy, doctrines, rituals and also the comparative study of other systems of faiths, tenets, doctrines and school of philosophy and ethics with a view to bring about universal harmony and brotherhood on a plane of Transcendence.