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The Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture and Science is an educational institution engaged in the practice, study and teaching of Vedantic Bhagavat philosophy, and the valuable spiritual guidance it provides for modern culture and science (especially in the field of biology). These teachings are distributed through writing and publishing, private consultation, public lectures, conferences and various media presentations.The Sanskrit word Vedanta refers to the Vedanta-sutra, an ancient text summarizing the essence of the Vedic literature and associated Sanskrit texts of India concerning knowledge of the Absolute Truth. The word Bhagavat refers to the Srimad Bhagavatam, which is considered the natural commentary on the Vedanta-sutra describing the sentient conception of the Absolute. It is the same word that is found in the title of the more widely known Bhagavad-gita.

That the Absolute is sentient, and therefore personal, is contrary to the viewpoint that the ultimate truth is merely substance, energy or impersonal matter. Scientific materialism has embraced this latter perspective, but for that very reason must fail entirely to comprehend how life, sentience, mind and consciousness are to be explained. It is increasingly being recognized through advanced research in science that life is not explicable as a product of the mere combination of chemicals. This leads to the need for developing a science in which life is a fundamental principle of Nature.

Vedanta begins with consciousness as ontologically primitive, the adi purusha or primeval personal Absolute forming the basis and origin of all sentient and insentient energy in gradational forms. As such, it embraces the idea of subjective evolution of consciousness as the developing principle of the world, in contrast to the idea of objective evolution of bodies, as envisioned by Darwin and followers.

The goal is self-determination, awakening consciousness of the divine and establishing one’s relation in pure love of God. Spiritualizing one’s existence becomes both the path and goal, and the fulfillment of life.

Preceptorial Lineage

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Srila Bhaktirakshak Sridhardeva Goswami

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada