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[Mayapura Institute of Higher Education students prepare a Bhakti-sastri group presentation.]

by Janmastami das

Posted January 10, 2004

Sri Caitanya Bhagavata declares that when a devotee studies in Navadvipa Dhama, then vidya-rasa, the taste for learning, awakens within his heart. As ISKCON grows, always hopeful of achieving the footing of a genuinely brahminical culture, the Mayapura Institute of Higher Education offers its contribution in the very place where Nimai Pandita exhibited vidya-rasa, as Sri Dvija-mani, the jewel of the twice-born. True education is based upon brahminical culture and vidya-rasa.

To accelerate educational development within ISKCON, the MIHE has adopted a "no-service charge" policy on all of its courses for all full-time teachers in ISKCON primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, as well as for any current or former students of these primary and secondary schools.

The Mayapur Festival Committee expects that more devotees will attend this year's Gaura Purnima Festival than in any previous Gaura Purnima Festival. In spite of the large turnout, devotees will have full facility to take shelter in serene MIHE classrooms where senior men and women Vaisnavas will facilitate 28 courses that will help students enter into deeper understandings of Srila Prabhupada's teachings, mood, and mission.

Because of the large enrollment expected, we encourage devotees interested in taking classes to go to the MIHE website to register online, thus ensuring placement in preferred courses. This is important because teachers in many of our courses limit course enrollment in order to optimize learning. Anyone who registers and pays online automatically qualifies for a 10 per cent discount on service charges for the semester courses. Online semester registration ends January 21, 2004.

Until January 14, devotees may also preregister online, which guarantees availability of course materials on the first day of classes for courses with no limits and wait-lists placement in courses that do have limits. Preregistered students may remit their service charges upon arrival in Mayapur.

Atul Krishna das and Madhavendra Puri das prabhus, two experienced and effective sastric teachers, will offer ISKCON's first VTE Bhaktivaibhava Course. Due to the interactive nature of this course, we will limit enrollment to 35 students, on a first-come first-serve basis. If at all possible, please register online to reserve your spot. We are also pleased to announce our 2004-2005 VTE Bhakti-sastri Course schedule and the line-up of facilitators.

We are looking forward to your association in Sridhama Mayapura and to serving your learning and spiritual needs. Please let us know if we may be of any assistance as you plan your pilgrimage to Mayapura by writing to us at

2004 MIHE Semester Courses

Students may register for one course or several courses and may enroll for one to six weeks of classes.

Ajamila das -- Vastu: An Aid to Spiritual and Material Development
Anuttama das, Hanuman das -- VTE Leadership and Management Course One
Atul Krishna das -- The Final Chapters of Bhagavad-gita
Atul Krishna das -- VTE Teacher Training Course One
Rasamandala das -- VTE Teacher Training Course Two (to be offered in 2005)
Rasamandala das -- VTE Bhakti-sastri Teacher Training Course (to be offered in 2005)
Bhakti Caru Swami, Suresvara das -- Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya
Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami -- Science, Religion, and the Metaphysics of Love
Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami -- Interreligious Dialogue: A Krishna Conscious Perspective
Bhakti Tirtha Swami -- We Must Die to Live
Bhanu Swami -- The Vraja Pastimes of Krsna
Braja Bihari das, Vrajalila dasi -- ISKCON Mediation Training Course
BV Narasimha Swami -- Sri Isopanisad
Gauranga das -- Spiritual Transformation: Exploring the Ajamila Pastime
Jananivasa das, Pankajanghri das --
and Nrsimha Kavaca das --
Pancaratrika Process of Deity Worship: Nitya-seva One
Jananivasa das, Pankajanghri das --
and Nrsimha Kavaca das --
Pancaratrika Process of Deity Worship: Nitya-seva Two
Jayadvaita Swami -- Kirtana Reform Workshop (Sponsored -- No Service Charges)
Krodhasamani dasi, Kishor das -- Classical Hatha Yoga Taught in the Iyengar Tradition (Separate sections for men and women)
Dr. Liladhar Gupta -- Ayurvedic Self-healing One
Lokanath Swami -- Exploring the Childhood Pastimes of Lord Caitanya
Praghosa das -- PThe Artha of Krishna Conscious Economic Development
Prahladananda Swami -- Bhakti: The Heart of the Bhagavad-gita
Prahlad Nrsimha das, Tara das -- Of Gods, Saints and Supermen (Part 3)
Purnacandra das -- Overhaul Your Spiritual Life (Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back)
Sacinandana Swami -- Perfecting Our Chanting
Siddhi-lalasa dasi -- Themes from the Bhagavad-gita
Sridhara Swami -- From Kanistha to Madhyama and Beyond: Struggles, Ecstasy and Empowerment
Vedavyasa Priya Swami -- Harinama Cintamani: Begging for the Mercy of the Holy Name

2004 VTE Bhaktivaibhava Course Facilitators

Atul Krishna das and Madhavendra Puri das

2004-2005 VTE Bhakti-sastri Course Facilitators

Atul Krishna das, Tara das -- Bhagavad-gita
Kadamaba Kanana Swami -- Nectar of Devotion
(instructor to be anounced) -- Nectar of Instruction
BV Narasimha Swami -- Sri Isopanisad

Please visit our website at for more information and to preregister or register online.

2004-2005 MIHE Schedule

January 21, 2004 -- Semester Preregistration / Online Registration Deadline
January 26 - 31, 2004 -- 1st Week of Semester
January 28, 2004 -- Sri Advaita Acarya's Appearance Day (no classes)
February 2 - 7, 2004 -- 2nd Week of Semester
February 4, 2004 -- Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day (no classes)
February 9 - 14, 2004 -- 3rd Week of Semester
February 11, 2004 -- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's Appearance Day (no classes)
February 11 - 20, 2004 -- GBC Meetings
February 16 - 21, 2004 -- 4th Week of Semester
February 23, 2004 -- Installation of the Panca Tattva Deities (no classes)
Bhakti-vaibhava Pre-registration / Online Registration Deadline
February 24 - 29, 2004 -- 5th Week of Semester
February 24 - 29, 2004 -- VTE Leadership and Management Course One, VTE Teacher Training Course One
February 24 - March 1, 2004 -- Navadvipa Dhama Parikrama
March 2 - 5, 2004 -- 6th Week of Semester
March 6, 2004 -- Gaura Purnima
March 8 - July 2, 2004 -- VTE Bhaktivaibhava Course
(1st & 2nd Cantos, Srimad-Bhagavatam)
November 16, 2004 -- Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day
November 22, 2004 - March 5, 2005 -- 2004-2005 VTE Bhakti-sastri Course
March 25, 2005 -- Gaura Purnima
March 28 - July 22, 2005 -- 2005 VTE Bhaktivaibhava Course
(3rd Canto, Srimad-Bhagavatam)

Details on the "no-service charge" policy for teachers and current or former students of ISKCON primary and secondary schools: We ask that devotees in these categories remit fees to cover the cost of course material. We will wait-list these devotees for any course with an enrollment limit until the course begins because of the large number of students expected this year. Former students of ISKCON schools must present proof of ISKCON school enrollment from either the schools or from the Youth Ministry before entering classes.