Jiva Vedic Adhyayana Samsthana (Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2004 under the Society’s Act, registered at Agra. It is an educational institution of higher education that offers an array of courses rooted in the traditional sciences and knowledge systems of India. Students will also learn how to live in society in harmony with nature while progressing towards the ultimate goal of life. There is no discrimination for participating in this knowledge system on the basis of one’s physical, social or economical background.
The programs and courses not only provide students with the knowledge and skills that contribute to their successful professional readiness and placement, but also equips them with a sense of responsibility toward society and the environment. This knowledge is based truly on the Indian paradigm. With an Indian framework at its core, Jiva Institute enables Eastern topics- as well as Western topics-to be studied from an indigenous perspective.
Jiva Institute also runs a Sanskrit under the name of Chaitanya Sanskrit Samsthana. This school is affiliated with Sampoornananda Sanskrit University, Benaras. This school teaches courses in Shastri and Acarya which are equivalent to graduate and post-graduate degrees respectively. The affiliation is in six subjects namely, Sanskrit grammar, Sahitya, Purana, Vedanta, Gaudiya Vedanta and Jyotisha. Every year about 300 students appear for examination through this school.
Jiva Institute organizes courses and seminars all over the world. In the spiritual atmosphere of Vrindavan, Jiva invites groups or individual visitors to spend some days or weeks at the Institute. You can learn about Vedic culture and philosophy, take Sanskrit classes, or Ayurvedic treatments according to your choice. Discovering the wisdom of Vedic scriptures and applying it to our lives is a continuous, joyful journey: classes on spiritual topics and Sanskrit grammar, cow service, and Yoga are some of the activities you can join.
Also, scholars and students from around the world come to study at the Institute. Besides courses and seminars, Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa conducts classes in English on Srimad Bhagavata. Other members of the staff conduct regular classes in Hindi on philosophy and Harinamamrta-vyakaranam, the Sanskrit grammar composed by Jiva Gosvami. Many scholars come to consult books for research.
Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa
(Founder and Dean)
Dr Satyanarayana Dasa, a scholar of Vedic philosophy, founded Jiva Institute so that ancient knowledge will be available to the common man. Among other scholars, Dr Satyanarayana Dasa is engaged in teaching, translating, commenting on and publishing the works of Jiva Gosvami and other Vedic scholars.
+ Ph.D. 2002, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra, U.P., India (thesis: ‘An Analysis of Bhakti Sandarbha’)
+ M.A. Sanskrit 1996.
+ M.Tech., Industrial Engineering 1978; Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi,
+ B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering 1976. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi,
+ L.L.B. Indian Law 2000. BSA College, Mathura.
Shri Jagadananda Dasa, a.k.a. Jan K. Brzezinski (b. 1950), did his Ph.D. on Jiva Goswami’s Gopala-campu, his penultimate work and magnum opus on the Tenth Canto of the Bhagavata Purana. He is the editor of the Gaudiya Grantha Mandir, on-line repository of Sanskrit texts (https://grantha.jiva.org) and of the online magazine Vrindavan Today (news.vrindavantoday.org).
+ BA (religious studies) from McGill University (1988)
+ Ph.D. (Sanskrit literature) from University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), 1992.
Jagadananda is teaching kavya, bhakti-rasa and Vaishnava history, as well as comparative religion and the psychology of religion