Welcome to ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya - North America

A University for Vedic Studies

ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya of North America, is committed to use the traditional methods of studying and teaching the Vedic literature and writings of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharyas.

ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya of North America aims to provide a facility for its members to study, practice, and disseminate the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam, along with the writings of the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas and the branches of Vedic philosophy, culture, music and science in the context of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings.

Srimad Bhagavatam is declared to be the essence of all Vedanta philosophy and is considered to be the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literature. By taking shelter of Srimad Bhagavatam we can cross over this ocean of material existence and achieve the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord Sri Hari.

Srila Vyasadev collected all the Vedic conclusions from all the four Vedas and 108 Upanishads and placed them in the aphorisms of the Vedanta-sutra. In the Vedanta-sutra, the purport of all Vedic knowledge is explained, and in Srimad Bhagavatam the same purport has been explained in eighteen thousand verses. One who gets the taste of its nectarean mellows will never be attracted to any other literature. It is stated in Srimad Bhägvatam. 12.13.18

srimad-bhagavatam puranam amalam yad vaisnavanam priyam
yasmin p aramahamsyam ekam amalam jñanam param giyate
tatra jñana-viraga-bhakti-sahitam naiskarmyam aviskrtam
tac ch rnvan su-pathan vicarana-paro bhaktya vimucyen narah

Srimad Bhagavatam is the spotless Purana. It is most dear to the vaishnavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahamsas. This Bhagavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Srimad Bhagavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated.

ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya of North America is located at the picturesque cow sanctuary (Veda Foundation) DeLand, Florida, with the whole purpose to systematically propagate the teachings of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Caitanya-Caritāmṛta to the society at large by:

  • Providing Vedic education at a very nominal price.
  • Maintaining an educational environment appropriate to the Vaisnava tradition.
  • Giving special emphasis on realisations through practical application of knowledge in all aspects of life.
  • Propagating a culture of establishing the Bhagavatam as a core guiding principle of our lives.
  • Helping the community of devotees to develop a genuine taste for studying Srimad Bhagavatam.
  • Training devotees in presenting seminars and lectures on knowledge, practices, and values of the Vaisnava tradition.
  • Completely equipping the students with the resources required for starting a Bhagavata Vidyalaya in their own place.

To accomplish the above mission, ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya of North America will facilitate philosophical training for residential and non-residential students through the traditional Vedic educational methods.

ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya of North America has been inspired by the service and efforts of His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj. His dedication towards the study and the dissemination of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam is the torchlight guiding us forward to serve this mission in conjunction with the ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya, Govardhan, India.

As a service to the vaishnava society we wish to offer the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam as presented by our previous acharyas. This is our humble attempt to encourage devotees to read, hear and speak about Srimad Bhagavatam regularly.