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What is the Institute for Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

The Institute was founded in 1989 for the purpose of presenting the authorized process of performing bhakti-seva (devotional service to Krsna, God) to the public at large, as propounded by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and taught by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

The Institute is a recognized body within the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya of Vaishnavism. It was founded by Mahabuddhi dasa, a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada. The Institute's main purpose is to provide a cohesive study of the Vedic Scriptures of India as presented by the great spiritual masters of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. the Institute holds regular classes (external) for studying the Vedic Literatures by the general public, it also maintains the ONLY Vaishnava College in the USA (Florida Vedic College) for the advanced degree education in Vaishnavism philosophy and religion.

In addition to that, it maintains a Private High School, and it establishes congregational home temples programs for those wishing to link up to our institution.

What are the Vedic Scriptures?

The Vedas, or knowledge, are the oldest writing on the planet, and included in the Vedic literatures are many well know and widely read texts such s the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and the Srimad Bhagavatam (Vedanta-sutra commentary), etc. Some philosophies considered "New Age" actually have their origin in Vedic writings, for the ideas behind YOGA, Karma, reincarnation, meditation, vegetarianism, herbal medicine and astrology are all tens of thousancs of years old and find their origin and fullest exposition in the Vedic literatures.

Why Study the Vedic Scriptures?

The purpose of the Vedic Scriptures is to deliver mankind from the nescience of material existence. Our very existence is in the atmosphere of nonexistence (death). Actually we are not meant to be threatened by non-existence. Our existence is eternal. But somehow or other we are put into a situation of taking on material bodies and repeating death of those bodies.

Out of so many human beings who are suffering, there are a few who are actually inquiring about their position and so on. Unless one is awakened to the position of questioning his suffering, unless he realizes that he doesn't want suffering, then one is not to be an intelligent human being.Humanity begins when this sort of inquiry is awakened in ones mind. In the Vedanta-sutra this inquiry is called brahma-jinasa. "Athato brahma-jijnasa." Every activity of the human being is to be considered a failure unles he inquires about the nature of the 'Absolute'. Therefore those who begin to question why they ae suffering or where they came from and where they shall go after death are proper students for understanding the Vedic Scriptures.

The study of this body of knowledge is essential in human society, for it offers the highest perfection of life. Everyone should know how God, Krsna is Great, and. the factual position of the living entities. That unless one serves God (Krsna) one has to serve illusion in different varieties of the three modes of material nature and wander perpetually within the cycle of birth and death. This knowledgeconstitutes a great science, and each and every living being needs to hear it for his own self-interest.

We have a sampling of 5 external courses we are offering to help you on your quest for the Absolute Truth. Please take one of our courses or write or call if you would like to be a member of our IGV congregation.


External Correspondence Course Offerings

 Course             Title                                                      Cost
    1         Readings in Vedic Literature                               $60.00
               this course will introduce the student to the
               major concepts and principles of the Vaishnava
               (Hindu) religion, with selected readings of Vedic 
               Texts.  Cost includes book.
 
    2         Karma and Reincarnation                                    $69.00
               A look into the Vedic laws of action and reaction
               and the transmigration of the spirit souls. Learn
               from the wisdom of ancient India's vision through
               the eyes of the Vedic scriptures.  Cost includes book.
 
    3         Bhagavad-gita As It Is                                       $115.00
               A systematic examination of the contents of the 
               Bhagavad-gita, with attention given to the Gaudiya
               Vaishnava commentary as presented by His Divine
               Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Cost
               includes book.
    
    4         Journey of Self Discovery                                   $60.00
               Are you in any way dissatisfied with you life as it
               now stands? If so, this is the course for you. Subjects
               include: Reincarnation, Superconsciousness, the
               pleasure principle, the Spiritual Master, Yoga &
               Meditation, Material problems and Spiritual solutions.
               Cost includes book.
 
    5         Introduction to Vedic Astrology                          $175.00
               Purpose of Vedic Astrology, divisions of the 
               Vedas, branches of Vedic Astrology, history of
               Vedic Astrology,philosophical issues for astrologers
               What is Astrology and how does it work? What it
               tells us, position of the Astrologer, fate, Freewill, and 
               the Law of Karma, qualifications of the Astrologer,
               ethics, divisions of time, Yuga cycles, comparing and
               contrasting Vedic and Western astrology
 

Institute for Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Inc.

mbuddhi@classic.msn.com
934 N. University Drive #102
Coral Springs, FL 33071
United States

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Registration and Congegational info

To register for a course please send the following information via Snail mail to the IGV: Name:___________________________ Address:_________________________ Phone: (___)______________________ Course Registration : #______ Cost: $_______

Additional Course(s) registration#______ Cost $_______ Sub Total $________ _

Plus $10 student registration fee (1 time only) $ 10.00

Total to be paid $________ (Make checks/Money Orders payable to IGV)

If you would like to be a congregational member send $25.00 good for one year and it will connects you to the IGV nationwide congregation. ______________________________________________________

If you are are interested in being a congregational member, starting a home temple in your home, or making a donation to the IGV, please contact Mahabuddhi dasa, D.D. President IGV he can be contacted via email/snail mail at the address above or by phone/fax at 954-345-3535

Please also check out our Florida Vedic College Web site at: http://www.owplaza.com/fvcindex.html

You can link to our IGV answering machine and leave a message by accessing: http://members.tripod.com/bin/answering_machine?member_name=Mahabuddhi

Please chant: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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