Wednesday, October 31, 2007

University of Bhagavata Culture

GRAND OPENING: November 21, 2007

The University of Bhagavata Culture (UBC) in Imphal, Manipur, India, is a center for learning about the deeper meaning of life and the universe. The concept of this university is woven around the transcendental teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and TSrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) the ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic literatures.

This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krsna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali shall get light from this Purana

(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:3:43).

The University of Bhagavata Culture is the first of its kind in the world. Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir is the centerpiece of the University complex. Guided by the vision of Srila Prabhupada, the UBC will serve as a catalyst for presenting Bhagavata Culture globally in the 21st century and beyond for the welfare of humanity.

The Sanskrit word ‘Bhagavata’ means ‘pertaining to Bhagavan, the Supreme Lord’. This comes from the root word ‘bhaga’, which means ‘opulence’. The Supreme Being who possesses all opulence in full is known as ‘bhagavan’ and Bhagavata Culture is the art of dovetailing all human endeavors in the service of the Lord. This is a universal and entirely non-sectarian conception as explained in the Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 1:5:22), and is described concisely by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his writings.

Bhagavata Culture further teaches that whatever talent, ability or skill we may possess can be used in the glorification of the Supreme Lord. For example, a mathematician can sing the glories of the Lord with his mathematical talent. Similarly a poet can sing the glories of the Lord through his choicest poetical expression, and religionists of various traditions can sing the glories of the Lord with their own religious experiences. This is the import of ‘yaduttamaslokagunanuvarnanam’, and this is the real purpose of the University of Bhagavata Culture.

The main focus of the University will be on the cultivation of moral and spiritual values through applied spiritual science and technology as realized by the Bhagavata sages. Some of the departments of the University will be:
1- College of Bhagavata Science and Philosophy
2- Bhaktivedanta Institute of Science and Religion
3- College of Vedanta and Science
4- College of Sankirtana
5- School of Inter-religious Studies
6- Acintya Bhedabheda Tattva Niketan (Caitanya School of Vaisnava Vedanta Philosophy)
7- Ranganiketan School of Performing Arts
8- Bhagavata School of Drama
9- Chitragada Women's College of Vocational Training
10- School of Vaisnava Theology
11- School of Theo-Biology & Bio-Medical Ethics
12- Babhruvahana School of Martial Arts and Vedic Administration
13- School of Languages (Sanskrit, etc.)
14- Dhanvantri School of Medicine (Ayurvedic, Naturopathy & Yogic Science Systems of Alternative Healthcare)
15- School of Bhagavata Arts and Crafts (Sculptures, murtis, instruments, etc.)
16- School of Vedic Mantra Recitation
17- Varnasrama College (College of Brahmacari / Grhastha, etc.)
18- Veda Vyasa Library