Bhakti-ratna Course 3

Bhakti-ratna Course 3

Babaji teaching Bhakti Ratna


Our new course will start on October 16th. The class schedule as per Indian Standard Time from Monday through Friday is as follows:

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm IST Sanskrit Reading by Dr. Paras Mehta
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sanskrit for Beginners by Dr. Paras Mehta
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Prīti Sandarbha by Babaji
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Nyāya Sūtras of Gautama, by Babaji 


8 pm – 9 pm Harināmāmṛta Vyākaraṇam (by Babaji)


4.30 pm – 5.30 pm Readings from Caitanya Caritāmṛta (by Sri Krsna Saranana Das Babaji)

Every morning there is kīrtana at 10.30. 

Course Information

Prīti Sandarbha is the last of the Six Sandarbhas, called Bhāgavata Sandarbha or Ṣaṭ Sandarbha. It explains that prīti is the ultimate purpose (prayojana) of human life, superior to mukti.

The word prīti is translated as “love” which is a very common word used by all of us, but what
Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī explains is completely different from whatever we have experienced.
He defines the intrinsic characteristic prīti as follows: “The irrevocable affection which ignorant persons have for sense objects, let that similar affection  for You not slip out of my heart while remembering You.” 

Vaiśeṣika-darśana and Nyāya are sister philosophies, they go hand in hand. There are certain principles that are more elaborately explained by one of them and are used more by the other, therefore they have to be studied hand in hand. 

For example, the pañca-avayava, which forms the basis of anumāna, is dealt with in the Nyāya-sūtra and not in Vaiśeṣika, but the Vaiśeṣika-darśana accepts it as it is. Similarly, the seven padārthas are elaborately described in Vaiśeṣika-sūtra and Nyāya-darśana accepts them. 

Babaji teaching Bhakti Tirtha


You can purchase access to the daily recordings as audio files if want to follow the classes from home at your convenience. Additionally, we will live-stream all classes in a private Facebook group for all registered students, where these videos will be available to watch on demand.

New students are welcome to join, but we advise that they make themselves familiar with the subjects already taught. If you like to register, please first pay your registration fee, and then fill in the registration form.

Registration is required for all students!

If you have any questions about the registration or the course, please write to


Registration: $ 250 or 18750 INR.
Food per month: $ 250.
Accommodation: Ashram: $ 150 per month. $ 800 for 6 months in advance.
Student Hostel: $ 210 per month. $ 1100 for 6 months in advance.
Guest House: $ 300 per month. $ 1600 for 6 months in advance.

Remote, On-Line Study:
For $150 students already registered for Bhakti-ratna get the audio recordings of the whole course here.
Each course can also be purchased individually at the end of the semester. Details can be given upon request.
For $90 register for only Sanskrit including recordings.


Satyanarayana Dasa is the founder and director of the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies in Vrindavan, India. He received a postgraduate degree from IIT Delhi and a doctorate in Sanskrit along with a degree in law from Agra University. He has authored 20 books related to Indian culture and philosophy and several important publications in many prestigious journals. In 2013, he was honored by the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, for his extraordinary contribution in presenting Vedic culture and philosophy, both nationally and internationally. In 2015, he was officially installed as a Mahanta of Jiva Institute.

Since 2016, he is conducting 6-month courses on Indian philosophy known as Ṣaḍ-darśana, and the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas, which are the foundational works of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. He also conducts courses on Vedic Psychology.