The Bṛhad-bṛhad Mṛdaṅga
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Prabhupāda famously said that while the mṛdaṅga drum, during saṅkīrtana, can be heard only in the immediate area, books containing hari-kathā reach all over the world. Thus he termed the printing press ‘bṛhad-mṛdaṅga’, or ‘the big mṛdaṅga’. He had presses installed in many of the Gauḍīya temples, where they would produce monthly, weekly and even daily publications.
Since he spoke those words, a technology even more seismic than the printing press has been created: the internet. It is like a billion printing presses, churning out digital content at every instant. The internet also allows diverse people to meet around topics of mutual interest, something printed literature cannot do.
But just as most printed literature is garbage, the internet is clogged with the mundane. And just as most meetings are mundane, so are most groups on the net.
Enter GVP’s study-group program
The GVP’s new online courses and study groups focus on the sacred bhakti scriptures. The courses and study groups are led by senior practicing devotees, in a format that welcomes participation and learning.
How it works
The first pioneer study group is planned to begin soon after Gaura Pūrṇimā. Jaiva-dharma is the chosen text, and the leader will be Jñāna-śakti Prabhu, a senior disciple of Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Narayana Goswami Maharaja, from Canada. Students will participate in regular interactive sessions, with a digital whiteboard, voice and text questions, video and audio media, reading goals, and peer interaction.
If your time zone doesn’t allow you to join the classes, you can ask questions in off hours. The leader will then address them in class, and then you can download the video later.
Many find that multisensory group courses are the best way to enter a subject. This is a great opportunity to dive into these sacred books and fill our hearts with bhakti, while still within this troubled world.
In the future, we’re planning courses on other bhakti texts, also to be hosted by senior devotees.