Our goal is to widespread the millenary teachings of Indo-Vedic knowledge, considered of universal wisdom and value, to support the individual in the attainment of deep self-knowledge, and to solve crises and existential, relational, family, and professional struggles, on a personal and social level.
Ours is a life mission to share the Yoga Darshana and Ayurveda wisdom by means of a contemporary language and with a suitable methodology for the nowadays’ issues. By fostering the dialogue between western and eastern disciplines, we support the individual’s evolution through a holistic approach to knowledge, in order to develop, improve and elevate the human and spiritual potential.
Our courses are flexible and accessible to everyone, even remotely, in Italy and abroad, and allow the attainment of official certificates for both a personal and professional development.
Marco Ferrini was born in Pisa (Italy) in 1945. After graduating from the Magistero d’Arte of Florence, he began his apprenticeship under an antiquarian of international reputation esteemed by prestigious art museums. In 1967 he launched his professional interior design firm, through which he would collaborate with major Italian and international private clients and some of the most highly regarded Italian and international firms in the field.
Since a young age, he was drawn to inquire on the most fundamental principles of life and at the age of 31 undertook an ancient discipline and spiritual path. The turning point came in 1976: when he met the saintly Vaishnava A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), one of the most authoritative representers of the spiritual and philosophical thought of India, ambassador of Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of love) in the West , who became his Master and initiated him with the name Matsya Avatar das.
After years of several journeys to the most sacred sites of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism in India and of intense spiritual practice of devotional service to his Guru's mission, in 1996 he founded the Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta: Institute of Indo-Vedic Studies, today recognized by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research), providing accredited training courses for teachers and Italian school staff, in accordance with Directive 170/16. The institution immediately engaged in the spreading of the universal wisdom of Yoga Psychology and Philosophy, with particular focus on the teachings of Bhakti-Yoga according to the Vaishnava tradition, always integrating in the offered curriculum the Eastern vision with the Western one.
Marco Ferrini's aim is to preserve the holy scriptures and traditions of the Vaishnava, the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Yoga Darshana and Ayurveda, to study them, following academic methods, in their historical and philosophical context, inspired by the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and widespread through this Centro Studi Bhatkivedanta.
Characteristic of his activity as educator is an authentic attention to the person, whom he listens to according to his or her needs with humanity, expertly valorises in his or her potentialities, and considers in his or her widest evolutional vocation.
“In recognition of his contribution to the dissemination of the Vedic knowledge throughout the world, entirely dedicated and without other purposes, to the authentic spirit of Vedas for the wellbeing and welfare of humanity”, in 2012 the President of India and the Chancellor of the Dev Sanskriti University in Haridwar awarded him the gold medal and an honorary certificate along with the academic title of Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa.
With over 40 years teaching career, Marco Ferrini is author of more than a thousand publications, including audios, videos and books, that, in a modern key, repropose the Indo-Vedic historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological and spiritual thought, within the dialogue between East and West, between modernity and tradition.
I dedicate the teaching and research work of the Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta to my eternal Well-Wisher and Teacher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, on whose teachings I have based my life.
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