The Tree of Vedic Literature


The Tree of Vedic Literature

An insight into the tree of Vedic literature in relation to Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Nectar of Devotion (Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu), Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrita.

A complete explanation of:

Vedas, Samhitas, Mantras, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Shruti, Smriti, Nyaya, Vedangas, Agamas, Tantras, Upanishads, Shad-darshanas, Vedanta-sutra, Bhashyas, Puranas, Itihasas, Kavyas, and Pancaratras.

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Untold Stories of the Ramayana


Sita Rama

“…Histories like the Mahabharata or Ramayana are also part of the Vedas. The Acharya or the gosvami must be well acquianted with all these literatures. To hear and to explain them is more important than reading them.” – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.6, Purport by Srila Prabhupada

This lecture series was recorded in Mayapur, 1988.

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The Four Sampradayas


Ramanuja

Stories of Lord Buddha, Shankaracharya, the Sri-sampradaya, the Alvars, Yamunacharya, Ramanujacharya, the Brahma-sampradaya, Vyasadeva, Madhvacharya, the Kumara-sampradaya, Nimbarkacharya, the Rudra-sampradaya, Vishnuswami, Vallabhacharya and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who unified all sampradayas.

This lecture series was recorded in Mayapur, 1989.

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Shad-darshanas: The Six Systems of Vedic Philosophy


Vyasadeva

“Besides Vyasadeva, there are other sages who are authors of six different philosophical systems, namely Gautama, Kanada, Kapila, Patanjali, Jaimini and Ashtavakra. Theism is explained completely in the Vedanta-sutra, whereas in other systems of philosophical speculation, practically no mention is given to the ultimate cause of all causes. One can sit on the Vyasasana only after being conversant in all systems of philosophy so that one can present fully the theistic views of the Bhagavatam in defiance of all other systems.” – Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.7, Purport by Srila Prabhupada

This lecture series was recorded in Mayapur, 1988.

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Bhakti Shastri Study Course


Srila Prabhupada

“Whatever books we have got, it should be studied. Bhakti-shastri means Nectar of Devotion [Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu], Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Instruction [Upadeshamrita], Beyond Death – in this way we select some ten books. That isĀ  Bhakti-shastri… So from next year, unless one passes Bhakti-shastri, he cannot be second initiated.” – Srila Prabhupada, January 6, 1976

This lecture series was recorded in Mayapur, 1990.

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