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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.

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1002 - This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of matter, which has Read More
Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership

Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership

HSF3301 -This course aims to introduce Srimad Ramayana as an important literature in teaching and learning excellence in management and Read More
Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part I

Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part I

HSF3201 - This Course is the first of a two-part course series presenting an in-depth exploration of Sankhya Darshana (Philosophy) Read More
The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma  In the Light of Sri Aurobindo

The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma  In the Light of Sri Aurobindo

HSF3101 - More than any one single figure, Sri Aurobindo prophesied that the renaissance of Sanatana Dharma was necessary for Read More
Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

HSF2001 - This course will introduce the student to the six traditional perspectives of Hindu Philosophy, i.e., the orthodox (Aastika Read More
Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

HSF1101 - A practical guide to - living our svadharma. Living in the contemporary world is fraught with conflicts in Read More
Establishing the Importance of Hindu Studies in an Academic Setting

Upanishadic Dialogues – I: The Chandogya Upanishad

HSF3001 - This course will explore the metaphysics of Hindu Philosophy through a detailed analysis of the dialogue between Sage 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 - This course will help the participants get a well-versed understanding of the story, lessons, and teachings of Read More
Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – Sadhana

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – Sadhana

HSF1004 - Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – Sadhana is the first part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Read More
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Discover the contemporary Relevance of Hindu Dharma

HSF1007 - This course, targets an age group of 18-35 and will explore the question – Is Hindu Dharma relevant Read More
Indian Origins of Mathematics for Teens & Parents

Indian Origins of Mathematics for Teens & Parents

HSF 1006 This course provides an interactive and fun-filled introduction to the Indian origins of Mathematics. It will also clarify Read More
Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana For Teens & Parents

Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana For Teens & Parents

HSF 1005 - This course will help the participants get a well-versed understanding of the story, lessons, and teachings of Read More
Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind

Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind

HSF1003 - This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of Mind, which has Read More
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Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner -Sodhana

HSF2004 - Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner SODHANA is the second part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana Read More
Spiritualistic Hindu woman meditating using rosary or japa mala in the garden.

Gita Vidya Sadhana For Teens and Parents

HSF1004 - Gita Vidya Sadhana is the first part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana, and Vadana Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

HSF1002 - This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of matter, which has Read More
Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

HSF1001 - “Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, is the first course in the series titled "Exploring Hinduism" that facilitates a 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

This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold the non-dual 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

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

History of Dharmaśāstras I

This two-part survey course provides an overview of dharma literature from ancient and medieval texts of the Hindu tradition. The 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

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

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many Read More
vedanta

The Foundation of Vedānta

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

An Overview of the Veda

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

The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

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

Ancient Greek Philosophy

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

Critical Issues in Hindu Studies

This course outlines the critical issues involved in the European understanding of Hindus and India, developed within the framework of 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 - An overview of the unique programs, areas of study and courses offered by Hindu University of America. Preliminary Read More