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Hindu Studies Foundations

Hindu Studies Foundations

The Hindu Studies Foundations area is a collection of Core Courses, including many Graduate level mandatory courses, required for most graduate degrees. They provide a basic understanding of the central themes and ideas of Hinduism that constitute the common foundations of the great variety of traditions and practices within the umbrella of Sanātana Dharma. This area includes courses in the various primary texts of Hindu Dharma such as the Vedas, Vedānta, Yoga, Bhagavad Gita, the Dharma Shastras and the Systems of Hindu Philosophy called the Ṣaḍ-Darśana.

These courses examine the concept of “Tradition” (i.e. Sampradāyas) as distinct from “Religion”, “Oral” versus “Textual” traditions, and develop insight into the great diversity of forms, expressions, and practices that have emerged within Sanatana Dharma. The mechanism through which Hindu Dharma adapts itself to different places and times, psychologies and dispositions, and manages plurality while enabling a Dharmic life and the unity of thought underlying the seeming diversity of forms and manifestations is explored.

Emphasizing continuity of thought as well as discontinuous developments, this area of study provides a grounded understanding of the Vedic Hindu Civilization and Culture as a living tradition with a unique perspective on the cosmos and our place as humans within it i.e. the Vedic Hindu Cosmology. In addition, the foundations also include some comparative study courses that include a preliminary examination of other world religions and philosophies as well as critical contemporary issues in Hindu Studies. This area of study carefully distinguishes between the Hindu paradigm or cosmology from a western paradigm or cosmology and how each yield different understandings of the same phenomena.

Exploring Hinduism, Cosmology and calendar

Exploring Hinduism – Cosmology and Calendar

HSF1003 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) “Exploring Hinduism – Cosmology and Calendar”, is the third course in the series titled Read More
leadership principles course

Chanakya’s Leadership Principles for the 21st Century

HSF3401 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This Course is divided into 3 sections: Leadership, Management and Training. It is based Read More
ma sanskrit, Sanskrit, vedanta, Sanskrit program, Introduction to Upanishads

Introduction to Upanishads – Part 2

HSF2003 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) Upanishads form a strong philosophical foundation in the development of Hindu philosophy and culture. Read More
Graduate Academic Writing Seminar Intensive

Graduate Academic Writing Seminar Intensive

HSF5100 - This writing seminar is aimed at graduate students (currently enrolled in M.A./Ph.D. programs in Hindu Studies) wishing to Read More
Certificate in Hindu Civilizational Studies

Certificate in Hindu Civilizational Studies

Certificate in Hindu Civilizational Studies is spread across 8 quarters and hence the minimum duration for this program is 2 Read More
Certificate program in Shuddh Hindi - Beginner Phase

Certificate program in Shuddh Hindi – Beginner Phase

Certificate Program in Certificate Program in Shuddh Hindi  - Beginner Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 Read More
Exploring Hinduism - Divinities and Dharma

Exploring Hinduism – Divinities and Dharma

HSF1002 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) “Exploring Hinduism – Divinities and Dharma”, is the second course in the series titled Read More
ma sanskrit, Sanskrit, vedanta, Sanskrit program, Introduction to Upanishads

Introduction to Upanishads – Part 1

HSF2002 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) Upanishads form a strong philosophical foundation in the development of Hindu philosophy and culture. Read More
Understanding Hinduphobia, Hinduism,

Understanding Hinduphobia

HSF2201 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) This course serves as a starting point for those who are interested in learning Read More
Exploring Hinduism -Geography and History

Exploring Hinduism -Geography and History

HSF1001 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) “Exploring Hinduism – Geography and History”, is the first course in the series titled "Exploring Read More
The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo - Part 3

The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 3

HSF3103 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) More than any one single figure, Sri Aurobindo prophesied that the renaissance of Sanatana Read More
Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner - YOGA

Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner – YOGA

HSF1303 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) “Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner - YOGA” is the last part of a three-part sequence of Read More
Dhyaanam – Meditation and the Meditator

Dhyaanam – Meditation and the Meditator

HSF2101 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) Living in the contemporary world includes navigating conflicts at the level of family, work, Read More
Philosophy of History

The Philosophy of History

HAM6402- This course introduces students to the philosophy of history, i.e., the philosophical inquiry into the meaning, nature, and validity Read More
Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

The Certificate program in Hindu Studies (C.P.H.S) prepares Students to engage with the world as a Hindu with confidence and Read More
Giving

Introduction to the Vedic Ritual

HSF1401 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) Ritual is the laboratory where the mind is purified, settled, and prepared for higher Read More
Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2

Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2

HSF3202 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This Course is the Second of a two-part course series presenting an in-depth exploration Read More
The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo - Part 2

The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 2

HSF3102 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) More than any one single figure, Sri Aurobindo prophesied that the renaissance of Sanatana Read More
grammar

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner -Gnana

HSF1302 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner - Gnana is the second part of a three-part sequence Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1202 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm Read More
Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership

Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership

HSF3301 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This course aims to introduce Srimad Ramayana as an important literature in teaching and Read More
Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part I

Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part I

HSF3201 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This Course is the first of a two-part course series presenting an in-depth exploration Read More
The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma  In the Light of Sri Aurobindo - Part 1

The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma  In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 1

HSF3101 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) More than any one single figure, Sri Aurobindo prophesied that the renaissance of Sanatana Dharma Read More
Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

HSF2001 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) This course will introduce the student to the six traditional perspectives of Hindu Philosophy, Read More
Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

HSF1101 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) A practical guide to - living our svadharma. Living in the contemporary world is Read More
Reason and Revelation in Hindu Philosophy

Reason and Revelation in Hindu Philosophy

HSF6006 - This basic course in Hindu philosophy introduces the theory of knowledge and valid criteria for obtaining knowledge (i.e., Read More
Holiday Season Gift Course

Holiday Season Gift Course

This Holiday Season, light a lamp of knowledge by gifting a HUA course(s) to your family and friends. Your Gift Read More
Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana

Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana

HSF 1005 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) This course will help the participants get a well-versed understanding of the story, Read More
DEHA – The principles of sound body in Bhagavad-Gita

DEHA – The principles of sound body in Bhagavad-Gita

HSF1301 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) “DEHA – The principles of sound body in Bhagavad-Gita” is the first part of a Read More
promise

Discover the contemporary Relevance of Hindu Dharma

HSF1007 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This course, targets an age group of 18-35 and will explore the question – Read More
Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Sciences and Arts

Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Sciences and Arts

HSF1203 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This course belongs to the set of the courses which explore the contributions of Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1002 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of Read More
Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

HSF1001 - (C.P.H.S – Core Course) “Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, is the first course in the series titled "Exploring Hinduism" Read More
Bhagavad gita

Introduction to Bhagavadgita

HSF5002 - The Bhagavad Gita is a moksha-shastra, a sacred text that reveals the vision of the Upanisads. In that Read More
Indian woman holding Diwali oil lamp

Advaita Vedanta: A Method

HSF6004 - This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold Read More
Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

HSF5004 - Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the Read More
Comparative Religion: Death and Meaning

Comparative Religion: Death and Meaning

HSF6003 - The central problem of human life is twofold: morality and mortality. Given the certainty of death, is there Read More
History of Dharmaśāstras I

History of Dharmaśāstras I

HSF5006 - This two-part survey course provides an overview of dharma literature from ancient and medieval texts of the Hindu Read More
Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

This introductory seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and writing. A prerequisite for beginning graduate study, it Read More
Akshardham

Discover Life by Exploring India

HSF5001 - A unique study abroad course that offers an authentic, transformative and enriching experience. This course is aimed at Read More
Bhagavad gita

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

HSF5002 - Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise Read More
ma sanskrit, Sanskrit, vedanta, Sanskrit program, Introduction to Upanishads

The Foundation of Vedānta

HSF5004 - Vedānta also known as the Upaniṣad, found at the end of all four Vedas, reveal the goal and Read More
vedas

An Overview of the Veda

HSF5003 - The Vedas are the oldest body of sacred knowledge known to man. A bird’s eye view of the Read More
The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

TAT7201 - This course is the first of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Read More
Ancient Greek Philosophy

Ancient Greek Philosophy

HSF6002 - What is the meaning of existence? What is the nature of truth? These were the questions asked by Read More
Critical Issues in Hindu Studies

Critical Issues in Hindu Studies

HSF6001 - This course outlines the critical issues involved in the European understanding of Hindus and India, developed within the Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

HSF6005 - The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is a foundational text for understanding the world of Yoga. Today, Yoga has Read More
Orientation to Hindu Studies

Orientation to Hindu Studies

HSF5000 - (C.P.H.S - REQUIRED Course) The word ‘Orientation’ in this course title carries two meanings. The first and obvious meaning Read More