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ISKCON EDUCATION:BOARD OF EXAMINATIONS(Established in 1990 by the GBC Body)
PURPOSES • To fulfilSrilaPrabhupada’s desire of awarding Shastra Degrees • Approves Examination Centres • Establishes Standards for each level of Shastra
SrilaPrabhupada to Hamsadutta, Los Angeles 3 January 1969 I thank you so much for having nicely appreciated the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. This book should be read by all of my students at least one chapter per day, and in kirtana class it should be discussed sloka after sloka. Practically, we have tried to explain in this book all of the basic principles of Krishna Consciousness. If you can simply cram Bhagavad-gita then you will surely become a very good preacher. Next January there will be an examination on this Bhagavad-gita. Papers will be sent by me to all centers, and those securing the minimum passing grade will be given the title as Bhakti-sastri. Similarly, another examination will be held on Lord Caitanya's Appearance Day in February, 1970 and it will be upon Srimad-Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita. Those passing will get the title of Bhakti-vaibhava. Another examination will be held sometimes in 1971 on the four books, Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, and Nectar of Devotion. One who will pass this examination will be awarded with the title of Bhaktivedanta. I want that all of my spiritual sons and daughters will inherit this title of Bhaktivedanta, so that the family transcendental diploma will continue through the generations. Those possessing the title of Bhaktivedanta will be allowed to initiate disciples. Maybe by 1975, all of my disciples will be allowed to initiate and increase the numbers of the generations. That is my program. So we should not simply publish these books for reading by outsiders, but our students must be well versed in all of our books so that we can be prepared to defeat all opposing parties in the matter of self-realization.
SrilaPrabhupada to SvarupaDamodara, 10 January 1976 I am suggesting examinations. Bhakti-sastri—(for all brahmanas) based on Bhagavad-gita, Sri Isopanisad, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, and all the small paper backs. Bhakti-vaibhava—the above plus first six cantos of S.B. Bhaktivedanta—the above plus cantos 7-12 S.B. Bhakti-sarvabhauma—the above plus Caitanya-caritamrta. These titles can correspond to entrance, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. So just consider how to organize this Institute.
GBC RESOLUTION 1990-12. That a standing committee, called the ISKCON Board of Examinations shall be formed. This committee shall have power to review and approve proposed examinations for the awarding of the degrees Bhakti Sastri, Bhakti Vaibhava, Bhakti Vedanta, and Bhakti Sarvabhauma. The basis for review and approval shall be the guidelines given by SrilaPrabhupada for the awarding of these degrees. No ISKCON center may award these degrees without seeking the approval of the ISKCON Board of Examinations.
PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EXAMINATIONS • AtulKrsnaDasa • BhaktarupaDasa (Non-member Secretary) • LaxmimoniDasi • LilasukaDasa • PrasantaDasi • Yadunandana Swami (Chairman)
CURRENTLY ACTIVE EXAMINATION CENTRES • Asia:(12) Chandigarh Coimbatore Kuala Lumpur Kolkata Mumbai Chowpatty Mumbai Juhu Mayapur Pune Salem Jaipur Ujjain Vrindaban Europe (8): Bergamo Firenze Prabhupadadesh Budapest London Radhadesh Wroclaw New Vrajamandala, Spain CIS (3): Tallinn Kiev Moscow
Latin America (5): Buenos Aires Lima Mexico City Brazil (2, Dhanvantari Swami’s seminary, Nova Gokula) • North America (2): Australia (1) Houston Melbourne San Jose • Africa (1): TOTAL: 32 Centres Durban
BHAKTI SHASTRI DIPLOMAS AWARDED • Since 1990: Nearly 4000 • Year 2009: 382 • Year 2010: 449 • Year 2011: 512 • 30 Bhakti Vaibhava Degrees so far
REQUIREMENTS TO START YOUR OWN EXAMINATION CENTRE • QUALIFIED PROGRAM INSTRUCTORS AND GRADERS, • QUALIFIED PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR • ISKCON AUTHORITIES RECOMMENDATIONS (GBC, TP) • APPLY TO THE BOARD OF EXAMINATIONS
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