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Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

TAT4001 – Hindu Thought provides for the simultaneous co-existence of varied perspectives on the nature of ultimate Reality. When developed … Read More
Sale Youth Yoga Teacher Training

Youth Yoga Teacher Training

YOG 2000 – This course enables teen students to integrate yoga to manage their stress and to teach the community … Read More
Teaching Yoga for Children

Teaching Yoga for Children

This course enables students to integrate yoga in their teaching career, for guiding children, and for developing spiritual parenting skills … Read More
Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters III and IV – And more Samskritam usage

Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters III and IV – And more Samskritam usage

SAN3002 – In this course, which will be taught in the Sanskrit Language, students will build upon their initial knowledge … Read More
Distortions in Indian Historiography

Distortions in Indian Historiography

HAM4301 – This course traces the distortions in the historiography of medieval and modern India, discernible since the Independence of … Read More
The Yoga of Bhagavad Gita

The Yoga of Bhagavad Gita

This Course takes the Students into a Journey of Exploration of Yoga as enunciated in the Bhagavad Gita. In contemporary … Read More
The Bhagavadgītā and the West

The Bhagavadgītā and the West

This course traces the history of the Western reception of the Bhagavadgītā, a central text of classical Hinduism. The course … Read More
Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

Hindu Thought provides for the simultaneous co-existence of varied perspectives on the nature of ultimate Reality. When developed deeply, these … Read More
Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

This foundational course is designed to make the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda accessible to everyone in simple and effective interactive … Read More
Gita

Learn Bhagavad Geeta – Chapters I and II – And simple Samskritam

In this course, students will be introduced the both the Bhagavad Geeta, Chapters I and II, and simple Samskritam. Elementary … Read More
Establishing the Importance of Hindu Studies in an Academic Setting

Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras

This course provides an immersive introduction to the Mantra and Chanting traditions of Sanatana Dharma. It focuses on 10 popular … Read More
Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana

Lessons from Valmiki Ramayana

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

Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind

This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of Mind, which has shaped the … Read More
Decolonizing the Hindu Condition

Decolonizing the Hindu Condition

This course will analyze in detail the psychological and sociological consequences of the British colonial narratives on Hindus, and how … Read More
The Yoga of Global Transformation

The Yoga of Global Transformation

This course explores how humanity can meet the ever-pressing challenge of global sustainability, that we all confront collectively. It explores … Read More
grammar

Gita Vidya Sodhana

Gita Vidya Sodhana is the second part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana and Vadana that help … Read More
Spiritualistic Hindu woman meditating using rosary or japa mala in the garden.

Gita Vidya Sadhana – For Teenagers and Parents

HSF1004 – Gita Vidya Sadhana is the first part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana, and Vadana … Read More
Race & Modern Hinduism

Race & Modern Hinduism

This course traces the construction of “race” in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, beginning with the theological, political, and scientific source … Read More
Sale Holistic Yoga - 2: Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Holistic Yoga – 2: Deepen Your Yoga Practice

This course provides in-depth experience of holistic yoga, that integrates asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques for a sustained yoga practice … Read More
Managing Diabetes through Holistic Yoga

Managing Diabetes through Holistic Yoga

This course provides online classroom training under the guidance of senior yoga therapists so that students can learn to practice … Read More
The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

CPS2001 – This course explores the impact of ancient Vedic Wisdom on the modern questions of environmental sustainability and global … Read More
Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Hindu Contributions to the world in the realm of matter

Registrations still open please feel free to Register into the course.  This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to … Read More
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

HAM4202 – This course is the second of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary … Read More
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

This course is the first of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific evidence emerging in contemporary times, in … Read More
Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

This course provides online classroom training under the guidance of senior yoga therapists so that students can learn to practice … Read More
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How Hindu Dharma Transformed America

HAM2100 – This course  explores the history and impact of Vedic Wisdom on America’s Spiritual Landscape. Hindu Dharma has irrevocably … Read More
Hindu Musical Traditions -  A Cultural Immersion

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

This course is the third in a 3-Course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions … Read More
Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

This Course is the second in the 3-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions … Read More
Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

This course is the first of a three-part course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical … Read More
The Mahābhārata War

The Mahābhārata War

The very title “Mahābhārata” conjures up images of a great war in which 18 armies were annihilated.  Using divine weaponry, … Read More
Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

Exploring Hinduism for Teens and Parents

HSF1001 – Who is a Hindu? Why are they called a Hindu? Who started the Hindu “religion”? When did it … Read More
Antaranga Mandapam

Antaranga Mandapam

How is this Coronavirus pandemic going to end? Will we return to our ‘old selves’ and our ‘familiar normal’ after … Read More
Conjugates, Active, Passive, & Impersonal Voices, Sanskrit Literature

Conjugates, Active, Passive, & Impersonal Voices, Sanskrit Literature

SAN2002 – Gain proficiency in the 4 types of conjugates (sandhis), anvaya-krama, Atmanepada, passive voice, bhAve-prayoga, and “kta” usage, through … Read More
Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

(SAN-2001) Gain proficiency in the different lakAras, the Vocative case, adjectives, gerunds, prepositions, wise sayings, rearranging the words in verse … Read More
Sanskrit Grammatical Structures and Verses

Sanskrit Grammatical Structures and Verses

SAN1004 – Gain proficiency in the fifth, sixth, and seventh cases, through shlokas (verses), stories, and conversations. Students will also … Read More
Nouns and Declensions In Sanskrit

Nouns and Declensions In Sanskrit

This is the third course in the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. Gain proficiency in the first five declensions, the … Read More
Basic Sanskrit Vocabulary and Structure

Basic Sanskrit Vocabulary and Structure

Gain proficiency in using the three tenses, verbal forms and classifications, past-participles, gerunds, infinitives, and prefixes, through stories and conversations … Read More
Sanskrit Pronunciation, Simple Words and Phrases

Sanskrit Pronunciation, Simple Words and Phrases

This course is the first in the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency Program. Starting from the alphabets, gain proficiency in … Read More
Sale Holistic Yoga 1 - Concepts and Techniques

Holistic Yoga 1 – Concepts and Techniques

YOG1000 – This course provides an introduction to holistic yoga, that integrates yoga philosophy from classical scriptural texts and sustained … Read More
ethosandculture

Internship and Practicum in Teaching Holistic Yoga

Teaching yoga is best learned under a mentor in a class-setting. In this internship, students will shadow experienced yoga instructors … Read More
Teaching Holistic Yoga Retreat

Teaching Holistic Yoga Retreat

This course enables students in transitioning from being a practitioner of yoga into a certified instructor who can teach others … Read More
A multi-ethnic group of adults are indoors in a fitness center. They are wearing exercise clothes and shoes. Here they are doing meditation with their eyes closed.

Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Foundations Intensive

This course enables students to integrate holistic yoga into their lifestyle and become proactive in managing their stress and wellness … Read More
Antaranga Yoga

Antaranga Yoga

Antaraṅga yoga course is designed to use the itihasa-purana Mahabharata as a mirror to explore oneself. The Mahabharata, the longest … 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
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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

Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the problem of … Read More
vedanta

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Vedanta)

The Vedic body of knowledge provides scope for different interpretations even when connected with the same objectives. Particularly, the last … Read More
ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Āyurveda)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing … Read More
jyotish

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Jyotiṣa)

The Vedic knowledge systems of the Hindu traditions were supported by auxiliary systems called Vedāṅgas in understanding the form, structure, … Read More
advanced ayurveda

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Āyurveda)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing … Read More
universe

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Jyotisha)

Jyotiṣa (loosely translated as astrology/astronomy), described as the eyes of the Vedas, uses mathematical calculations as tools for comprehending the … Read More
values

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Yoga)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing … Read More
Sāhitya - IV

Sāhitya – IV

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner … Read More
Sāhitya - III

Sāhitya – III

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner … Read More
Sāhitya - Padya

Sāhitya – Padya

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner … Read More
Sāhitya Landscape

Sāhitya Landscape

In the Hindu literary tradition, literary compositions inculcate awareness and sensibility of Dharma in the minds of both the commoner … Read More
grammar

Vyākaraṇa – IV

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as … Read More
Vyākaraṇa – III

Vyākaraṇa – III

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as … Read More
Vyākaraṇa – II

Vyākaraṇa – II

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as … Read More
Vyākaraṇa – I

Vyākaraṇa – I

Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī is a monumental work in the sūtra format (short aphorisms) that establishes the grammar for classical Sanskrit as … Read More
Vedas

The Vedas (Atharva)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like the … Read More
vedas

The Vedas (Yajus-Sāma)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like 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 II

History of Dharmaśāstras II

This is the second course in a two-part survey course that provides an overview of dharma literature from the Hindu … Read More
Brahmasūtras

Brahmasūtras

The Brahmasūtras are aphorisms on Brahman. Along with the Upaniṣads and the Bhagavadgītā, they form a triad of foundational texts … 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
Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

An exploration of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and select writings with a focus on the intersection of spirituality and practicality towards … Read More
The Mahābhārata II

The Mahābhārata II

In part-II of this two-part course, we shall consider the Mahābhārata’s reception in the commentaries and lived Hinduism, especially the … Read More
Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

To demonstrate how human rights concept and policy could be found in Hindu philosophy, and also how such a linkage … 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
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Philosophy of Nonviolence

An examination of the concept of nonviolence, its evolution and practice in various cultures and traditions … Read More
Hunamities

The Humanities and the University – II

Inspired by neo-humanism, the research university was to facilitate self-cultivation, aesthetic appreciation (especially through knowledge of classical antiquity), and a … Read More
International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

To explore methods to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and universal moral principles … Read More
holistic yoga

Applied Vedic Sciences Basic (Yoga)

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing … Read More
sanskrit text

Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Epistemology is an important subject of study across several śāstras in the Indic knowledge tradition, in both Vedic and non-Vedic … Read More
Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

Nyāya-vaiśeṣika Advanced

The key features of the Navya-nyāya system of thought as it evolved in time to become the main pramāṇa-śāstra (loosely … Read More
Vedas

The Vedas (Ṛgveda)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The Ṛgveda … Read More
Team project

Term Project – Sanskrit Studies

At the end of 36 Credit-hours of course work, students will have an adequate introduction to the subjects of study … Read More
Mīmāṁsā Basic

Mīmāṁsā Basic

In the Hindu knowledge traditions, the science of interpreting various Vedic injunctions and aphorisms, and methods of reconciling apparently conflicting … Read More
Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Two distinct systems of classification of world phenomena, i.e. ontologies have emerged from the Vedic thought called Nyāya and Vaiśeṣika … Read More
Vedic Science Foundations

Vedic Science Foundations

India has its own highly systematized method of scientific discourse that is followed in all scientific texts, called śāstras. Every … Read More
Contesting Neo-Hinduism

Contesting Neo-Hinduism

The current mainstream narrative in western academia is that there are two kinds of Hinduism: traditional and neo and that … Read More
Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

In the colonial and postcolonial contexts, there have been many attempts both by Indians and western people to situate the … Read More
Philosophical Foundations of Orientalism

Philosophical Foundations of Orientalism

Orientalism employs a technique termed “deconstruction.” In order to effectively and critically examine a colonial and postcolonial discourse, it is … Read More
Orientalism and Hinduism

Orientalism and Hinduism

In postcolonial scholarship, Edward Said’s work Orientalism can be considered a landmark text. This course helps students understand what Said … Read More
Arthaśāstra

Arthaśāstra

To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a major treatise on … Read More
Śhānti Parva

Śhānti Parva

To elaborate ideas of good governance and duties of a ruler towards his subjects and Dharma as enshrined in Śānti … 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
Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

This course introduces the theories of various anticolonial and postcolonial writers in order to create a framework for a critical … 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
Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa is a classic story of human self-development focused on the relationship between the macrocosm (the kingdom) and the … Read More
The Mahābhārata I

The Mahābhārata I

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course provides a comprehensive overview of Mahābhārata scholarship, including textual and historical issues … Read More
Ādi Śaṅkara

Ādi Śaṅkara

Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the author of numerous commentaries and pedagogical tracts, is the seminal philosopher in Hinduism, especially its “advaita vedānta” … Read More
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Bhakti and Philosophy

In religious studies, bhakti is often described as devotion or intense feeling, and presented as “faith” in contrast to “reason.” … 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
Historicism and Its Crisis

Historicism and Its Crisis

The intellectual movement known as historicism dominated the nineteenth century. At its simplest, it is the view that history is … Read More
Textual Criticism

Textual Criticism

This course teaches the fundamentals of textual criticism. Alongside a historical survey of scribal and editorial practices, we shall explore … Read More
The Humanities and the University - I

The Humanities and the University – I

Inspired by neo-humanism, the research university was to facilitate self-cultivation, aesthetic appreciation (especially through a knowledge of classical antiquity), and … Read More
The Philosophy of History

The Philosophy of History

Building on “Historical Methods and Sources,” this course introduces students to the philosophy of history, i.e., the philosophical inquiry into … Read More
Historical Methods and Sources

Historical Methods and Sources

As a mode of knowing, history has acquired unparalleled prestige. We now think that to know when, where and under … Read More
The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment or, simply, the Enlightenment extended from the late seventeenth to the eighteenth century. This epoch had … Read More
Aryanism and Indology

Aryanism and Indology

The idea of an Aryan “master race” has an enduring hold on the racist imagination. But when and how did … 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

The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali is a foundational text for understanding the world of Yoga. Today, Yoga has a worldwide … Read More
Introduction to Vedas

Introduction to Vedas

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The vast … Read More
Gandhian Philosophy

Gandhian Philosophy

To mainstream the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi towards developing a new and enabling perspective from Hindu philosophical tradition to make … Read More
Hinduism & Peace

Hinduism & Peace

An exploration of Hindu thought, particularly those elements which are relevant from a conflict resolution perspective … Read More
Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies

Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies

An overview of conflict resolution and peace studies with a focus on the major theories and their application to contemporary … Read More
Symbol of OM

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
Beginning Sanskrit - Script & Sounds

Beginning Sanskrit – Script & Sounds

Pronounce and write Sanskrit syllables and words correctly; Build a vocabulary of Sanskrit words and phrases; Start using simple etiquette … Read More
Beginning Sanskrit - Words & Vocabulary

Beginning Sanskrit – Words & Vocabulary

SAN0002 – Master the combined letters (samyukta-akSharANi); Recognize and use Objective (2nd) Case and Locative (7th) Cases; Engage in simple … Read More
Beginning Sanskrit - Sentences & Comprehension

Beginning Sanskrit – Sentences & Comprehension

SAN0003 – Learn the Imperative Mood; Use past tense using “ktavatu”, and future tense; Use indeclinables and intentional expressions; Learn … Read More
Beginning Sanskrit - Proverbs & Stories

Beginning Sanskrit – Proverbs & Stories

Refresh knowledge of tenses and vibhaktis; Read and comprehend hitopadesha stories; Engage in everyday conversations; Comprehend longer stories, essays, and … Read More
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