Mantra Sādhanā & Tantric Philosophy Online Program

Understanding Mantra, Tantra, & The Feminine Divine

A Note From Gitte

Tantra is dedicated to the Feminine Divine and aims to nourish in us a sense of the Sacred in all things. It comprises a sādhanā of Mantra, Ritual practice (Pūjā) and Meditative contemplation. The orientation and practice is meant to integrate metaphysical and esoteric ideas with down-to-earth principles that help us live a spiritual life. In this approach to philosophy we seek to ground and anchor the spiritual and sacred quest in embodied practice and in daily life.

Inside this course I will share wisdom teachings on Mantra sādhanā, Pūjā, and the Feminine Divine. This includes lectures on the Goddesses of Saraswatī, Laksmī and Durgā. The lecture series is complemented by call and response mantras to the Goddesses as well as other traditional Tantric chants.

I am delighted to share this course directly from India where the path devoted to the Feminine Divine has its roots. As Mantra sādhanā has been an essential part of my own personal path for many years I hope that you will enjoy some of these gems in your daily life.

Sincerely,

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Vidya Institute International

Program Options

There are two versions of this program available currently. The ‘Mantra Sadhana & Tantric Philosophy Foundations Program’ is available to all students and the learning materials are helpful & accessible to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students alike.

The ‘Mantra Sadhana & Tantric Philosophy Advanced Program’ includes 4 additional lectures & the ‘Mahā Mṛtyuñjaya mantra’ which involves more strict pronunciation and discipline. These lectures dive deeper into the philosophy and will be more complimentary to the teachings which longer terms students have done with us.

The Advanced Program is only for students who’ve completed the 4 Module Patanjali and/or those who are long-term students of Gitte.

Course curriculum

Mantra Sādhanā & Tantric Philosophy – Foundations Program

Lectures In This Course:
Lecture #1 – Tantra and Mantra Sādhanā: Introduction
Lecture #2 – Mantra and Mantra Sādhanā Basics
Lecture #3 – Pūjā: Ritual Practice and Sacred Space
Lecture #4 – The Goddess Laksmī: Images and Symbolism
Lecture #5 – Laksmī: the Fourfold Path of Practice
Lecture #6 – The Goddess Saraswatī: Images and Symbolism
Lecture #7 – The Nine Forms of Durgā: The Goddess of Great Protection

Call & Response Mantras In This Course:
Mantra #1 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Śloka 25 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #2 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Sapta Ślokī Durgā – Śloka 3 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #3 – Guru as Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Lord Śiva
Mantra #4 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Gāyatrī Mantra
Mantra #5 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Arthārgala Stotram – Śloka 1 (Japa Mantra)

Solo Recorded Mantras In This Course:
Mantra #1 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Śloka 20 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #2 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Ślokas 6-26
Mantra #3 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Arthārgala Stotram

All Mantras In The Course Are Accompanied By:
– Romanized Transliterations To The Mantras
– Beautiful Artwork by Katy Curtis
– The Original Devanagari Script

Mantra Sādhanā & Tantric Philosophy – Advanced Program

Lectures In This Course:
Lecture #1 – Tantra and Mantra Sādhanā: Introduction
Lecture #2 – Mantra and Mantra Sādhanā Basics
Lecture #3 – Pūjā: Ritual Practice and Sacred Space
Lecture #4 – The Goddess Laksmī: Images and Symbolism
Lecture #5 – Laksmī: the Fourfold Path of Practice
Lecture #6 – The Goddess Saraswatī: Images and Symbolism
Lecture #7 – The Nine Forms of Durgā: The Goddess of Great Protection
(Advanced Only) Lecture #8 – Mantra Sādhanā: Visualization and Deepening
(Advanced Only) Lecture #9 – Laksmī: Her Six Divine Qualities
(Advanced Only) Lecture #10 – Saraswatī: Pilgrimage and Sacred Speech
(Advanced Only) Lecture #11 – The Kuṇḍalinī Śakti: the Radiant Light Within

Call & Response Mantras In This Course:
Mantra #1 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Śloka 25 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #2 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Sapta Ślokī Durgā – Śloka 3 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #3 – Guru as Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Lord Śiva
Mantra #4 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Gāyatrī Mantra
Mantra #5 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Arthārgala Stotram – Śloka 1 (Japa Mantra)
(Advanced Only) Mantra #6 – Protective Mantra to Lord Śiva (Mahā Mṛtyuñjaya Mantra) & Instructions For Its Use

Solo Recorded Mantras In This Course:
Mantra #1 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Śloka 20 (Japa Mantra)
Mantra #2 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Atha Tantroktaṃ Devī Sūktam – Ślokas 6-26
Mantra #3 – Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ – Arthārgala Stotram
*Please Note that during future updates to the course, you will get a call & response version of these mantras as well

All Mantras In The Course Are Accompanied By:
– Romanized Transliterations To The Mantras
– Beautiful Artwork by Katy Curtis
– The Original Devanagari Script

How it works

Accessing The Course Materials Is Simple & Intuitive

  1. Once you enroll, you’ll immediately be asked to set your student area password. If you already have a Vidya Institute Username & Password, you’ll be asked to enter your login details so the program be added to your student area.

  2. After you’ve finished registering, you’ll immediately gain access to the Vidya Institute Student Area.
  3. Once you’re inside the Student Area, the courses that are included with the program you’ve enrolled in will immediately be loaded and ready for you to get started.
  4. As you make your way through the lectures, mantras, and other learning materials, the Student Area will track your progress so you know where you left off last.
  5. If you have any issues or confusion on how to make your way through the course materials, just email Support@Vidyainstitute.com and we will be happy to help clarify any questions you have.

Tuition

Mantra Sādhanā & Tantric Philosophy – Foundations Program
Tuition: 160 USD

Mantra Sādhanā & Tantric Philosophy – Advanced Program
(Only For Long Term Students and/or Those Who’ve Completed The 4 Module Patanjali Course)
Fee: 180 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

After ordering, you'll be asked to set your password for the student area. You'll be able to go through the course materials, at your own pace, inside the student area. You can log into the student area by visiting the vidya institute website and will be able to study the content over the computer, on your phone, or on your tablet.

Yes. You’ll have the option to download the written portions of the course as a PDF file, which you can print at home and read. The lecture portions of the course contain a button where you can download the MP3 file. You can add the lectures to your iTunes or upload them to your phone.

The long distance programs are designed for you to study and progress at your own pace.

Teachers who’d like to join our Group Leader Partnership will be required to complete the two year Patanjali Yoga sutras course with Senior Iyengar yoga teacher Gitte Bechsgaard and the Senior teachers she is working with. You will also have had to complete the philosophy program yourself first.

The software where we are currently hosting the student area, Skyprep, will only provide you access for a year. We will be moving the student area on-site later this year, so anyone who’s enrolled through Skyprep will be given lifetime access to the course once it is hosted on the soon-to-come new Vidya Institute International website.

In the meantime, we’d encourage you to download and save the course materials to your computer. We’ve made this very easy for you inside the student area. If you have any problems, just send us an email and we will be happy to help.

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