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Prīti Sandarbha (continued) - By Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
Vaiśeṣika Sūtras of Kaṇāda with Praśastapāda Bhāṣya - By Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa
Sanskrit for Beginners – By Gururaja
Vedic Psychology – By Dr. Joshika Richmond
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Prīti Sandarbha – By Babaji
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Sanskrit for Beginners - By Gururaja
Vedic Psychology - By Dr. Joshika Richmond
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Seva Opportunities

Seva Opportunities

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.

Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa
Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa

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 that 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 to 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 five 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 as well as other Gaudiya Vaishnava literature. It is the only place where these books can be studied in depth.

Babaji 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. Help can be offered in the following ways:

  1. By studying the Gosvami literature. One can do this either by physically living at Jiva Institute Vrindavan or virtually, from the comfort of your home through cyber media.
  2. By giving your time for proofreading and editing if you have any qualifications AND are a native English speaker. We also need designers for title pages and layout who have experience in these fields. For further details please contact malati@jiva.org or directly fill out our volunteer seva form.
  3. By contributing financially to support the book publication team, which includes authors, editors, layout designers, etc. This can be done either for a specific project or on a regular basis.
  4. By financial help for building much needed new classrooms and eventually a University to continue educating students to perpetuate the advancement of Vaishnava tradition.
  5. By helping to develop e-courses to establish a virtual university.
  6. By locating sponsors who are willing to support this important work financially.
  7. By distributing the published books internationally.
  8. By helping to preserve and digitize hand-written manuscripts for the library.
  9. By donating equipment such as computers, scanners, cameras, and books for the library.

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 should NOT be made directly on this website through Paypal. If you wish to make a donation to Jiva Institute Vrindavan, please contact office@jiva.org.






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