Jiva Institute is affiliated with the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University Benares. At present, 300 students are registered for graduate and post-postgraduate degrees in Sanskrit grammar, Gaudiya Vaishnava philosophy, Jyotish and Indian classical music. It is the first time in history that one can get a degree in Gaudiya Vaishnava theology from an Indian university.
Furthermore, Jiva Institute hosts the Gaudiya Grantha Mandir, a virtual repository mainly of Caitanya or Gaudiya Vaishnava literature. This repository of texts is an effort to collect, edit, and make available important and often rare Sanskrit and Bengali texts that belong to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. It is for the use of any and all scholars of Sanskrit and Bengali. It will eventually contain carefully edited and proofread editions of the whole corpus of Gaudiya Vaishnava texts and many other important Sanskrit texts from other traditions. By engaging and supporting scholars, Jiva Institute is progressively digitizing these books for Gaudiya Grantha Mandir.
While Jiva Institute works in various fields, the main stress is on translating the Gosvami literature from Sanskrit to English and commenting on them in the modern context. These books were written from a cultural, social and political background which is different from today. Even though their philosophical conclusions are eternal, they need to be studied and applied in the modern context.
If you feel inspired by the various projects and activities of Jiva Institute you may have already considered how you can contribute and support these projects. There are several ways and plenty of service opportunities in many fields.
The Sat Sandarbhas by Sri Jiva Gosvami, of which the first four volumes have been published, are the backbone of the Gaudiya Vaishnava theology. Jiva Institute has therefore taken up the project of translation and commenting on the Sat Sandarbhas. It is the only place where these books can be studied in depth.
Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa, who devotedly underwent austerities to gain this knowledge from his guru, Sri Haridas Sastri Maharaja, has taken it as his personal responsibility to preserve and present this knowledge, especially to a Western audience.
The task of publishing these works cannot be accomplished by only one person. Therefore, Satyanarayana Dasa is sending out an appeal to those who understand the importance and urgency of this project and who are capable of helping, to please come forward and assist him.
Help can be offered in the following ways:
Your contributions, whether financial or as a volunteer, will have a huge impact on the crucial preservation of these important texts. Please let us know what you can do to support these worthwhile projects to preserve the Vaishnava heritage. Donations can be made directly on this website (through Paypal).For further inquiries or details on how you can assist, please contact us directly at contact @ jiva.org or through the contact form.