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Across the Universe: Hindu Dharma and Western Creative Arts

Course Description: 

This course is both a celebration and a deep analysis of artists who opened Western eyes and ears to the treasures of Hindu Dharma. As Phil Goldberg documented in his book American Veda, and his previous HUA courses, the wisdom of the rishis has filtered into the soil of American life through many streams. They include some of the world’s most beautiful and beloved literature, cinema, music, and other works of art. This creative transmission—which has been both explicit and implicit, both obvious and subtle—has transformed millions of lives while producing expressions of genius that will inspire and illuminate for centuries to come. Each week we’ll meet legendary masters and virtuosos, and we’ll immerse ourselves in the rasa of their brilliant creations. The course will elevate our appreciation of India’s timeless spiritual heritage as well as of certain poetry, novels, films, and music.

Course content: 

In this course, we will explore how Celebrated Artists, Writers, and Musicians embraced Hindu Dharma and Transmitted it Through Creative Works. Each week we’ll explore a different set of artists and art forms, bringing the content alive through images, poems, passages of prose, videos, and especially music. We’ll meet legendary Indian artists—most notably Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, and Maestro Ravi Shankar—whose colossal impact on the West went far beyond the enjoyment of their work; they opened minds and hearts to the spiritual essence of Hindu culture. Most of the course will focus on how Hindu teachings—as disseminated directly by gurus, swamis, and yoga masters, as well as through books and art—transformed the lives and work of leading artists, authors, and musicians in the West. And we’ll see how, in turn, those creative geniuses transmitted Hindu principles to vast numbers of people. Along the way we’ll examine—and thoroughly enjoy—the flowering of genius inspired by dharmic wisdom and liberated by yogic practices. We’ll go back to Britain’s great Romantic poets—William Blake, William Wordsworth, John Keats, et al—the verse of 19th Century icons—Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman (America’s foremost bhakta)—and the explicitly dharmic themes of poets T.S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg. We’ll ponder the Hindu-inspired themes in the luminous prose of novelists such as Herman Hesse, Somerset Maugham, and especially J.D. Salinger. We’ll look at clips from Ray’s immortal Apu Trilogy, and the films of Jean Renoir, Louis Malle, and the Merchant-Ivory company, as well as classics like “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Razor’s Edge” and the “Star Wars” series, even lesser-known films like “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” which was inspired by the Bhagavad Gita. But the art form we’ll spend most of our time with is music. The chief catalyst for the musical transmission was Ravi Shankar. We’ll explore the sitar master’s astonishing impact beginning in the 1950s, when he was introduced to classical music audiences by the violinist Yehudi Menuhin (the pair won a 1967 Grammy for the album “West Meets East”); and on to his discovery by jazz artists, especially John and Alice Coltrane and flutist Paul Horn; and finally, to his watershed friendship with George Harrison. Their mentor-student relationship opened the floodgates to the Beatles’ embrace of meditation, their sojourn in a Rishikesh ashram, their advocacy of Hindu ideas, and of course some of the most memorable—and spiritually transformative—songs of all time. All in all, the course will be a feast for the eyes and ears as well as the mind and heart.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. a)     Understand the profound impact of Hindu Dharma on Western literature, cinema, music, and other art forms.
  2. b)     Appreciate the remarkable contributions of leading Indian artists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray, and Ravi Shankar.
  3. c)     Identify and evaluate the subtle (sometimes hidden) ways that Hindu precepts and practices influenced legendary Western writers, musicians, and other artists.
  4. d)     Discover the many ways Hindu Dharma has been adopted by creative Westerners and skillfully adapted to new forms and expressions.
  5. e)     Learn about Western history and culture from different angles.
  6. g)     Appreciate more deeply works of genius you already admire.
  7. h) Discover artists and works of art you will now cherish.

Class Structure:

The class will meet once a week for 10 weeks, for 90 minutes. The teacher’s presentation, with the help of pictures, written texts, and audio and video recordings, will last approximately 60 minutes. The remaining time will be devoted to questions and open discussion. There will be recommended readings and website links for each class, and one assignment: a written reflection—or the equivalent in an art form of their choosing—on what the student learned from the course and how it might influence their life. 

Area of Study: Text and Traditions

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study

Required / Elective: Elective

Faculty/InstructorDr. Philip Goldberg

Start Date: October 11, 2022

End Date: December 20, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered:  Fall 2022

Ādi Śaṅkara

This course provides a comprehensive explication of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya’s philosophy. Students will gain an understanding of his views of phenomenal reality, perception, scripture, revelation, the soul, transmigration, dharma, creation, nescience, and ultimate realization. They will be introduced to his thought systematically, showing how he develops his hermeneutics and argues for the cogency of the non-dual (advaita) standpoint vis-a-vis alternative viewpoints.

Area of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor:  Dr. Vishwa Adluri

 

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

Course content:

This course focuses on the conceptual overview of the three “Schools of Vedantic Thought”: Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita known as “mata-traya”. It covers the whole range of possibilities, with reference to the relationship between the three main entities in question i.e., Jiva (living beings), Jada (matter) and Ishwara (Lord) as being one and the same i.e., non-dual, (abheda), or fundamentally and irreconcilably different (bheda) or something in-between (visista). All the other schools of thought within Hindu thought, end up being some variation or combination of these three fundamental perspectives.

This is an advanced level course. however, fundamental concepts of Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita will be covered in reasonable detail. Basic level knowledge of Sanskrit will be useful but not necessary. Any reference to Sanskrit verses will be explained in English. Since it is a
11-week course, it will be difficult to go into detailed analysis of the commentaries of Acharyas on the Upanishads, Brahma sutras and the Bhagavadgita, known as the Prasthana-traya . A detailed explanation of these three views may take more than several hundred hours of lectures. However, relevant portions of these texts will be dealt with at an introductory level.

At the completion of this course, students will gain a greater clarity regarding common misconceptions held by many people, regarding these three perspectives. At the end of the course, one will be able to understand conceptually these three schools of thought at a reasonable level of depth. The focus is not on the scriptural texts such as Brahma Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. However, the concepts will be explained and references to these scriptures will be given with some explanation as to how these acharyas come up with their school of thought. At the end in 2 or 3 lectures, concepts will be introduced to arrive at some form of reconciliation between these three schools: Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

1. Distinguish the unique views and concepts of these three schools of thought.

2. Understand the implication of the differences between these schools of thought.

3. Relate the concepts to the scriptural texts : Brahma-sutras, Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanishads

4. Understand the references to the concepts in the major works of Acharyas of these schools of thought.

5. To understand some concepts to arrive at a reconciliation between these three schools of thought Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita

While no prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required, it will definitely be helpful. Prior knowledge of the perspectives of anyone Acharya will also be valuable.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essay of around 1000 to 1500 words. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / InstructorMr. Krishna Kashyap

Time: 10:00 am EST – 11:30 am EST (7:30 pm IST – 9:00 pm IST)

Day: Every Sunday

Start Date: October 9, 2022

End Date: December 18, 2022

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Ayurveda – Essential Nutrition

Course Content:

Ayurveda incorporates Samyaka Aahara (balanced and compatible food intake) as a part of health management. Ayurvedic Aahara Kalpana (Nutritional Theories) is the core topic of this course. The modules are designed to enable students to understand the role of Aahara in wellness in day-to-day life. Students will learn about Poshana (Nutrition and growth) and Sharir-Kriya(metabolism) from Ayurvedic perspective.  The course will offer an overview of understanding of Sthula Pachana (basic digestion) and Sukshma Pachana/Dhatu Poshana (tissue nourishment). It will offer understanding of multiple external components related to Nutrition apart from the food itself. It will give students vision about importance of understanding the correct approach to personalized nutrition. The course will also highlight importance of involvement of the systems like Indriya (sense organs) and Manas(psychological) health. The course will enable students to identify the gaps in modern dietetics. This course will provide diverse assessments of food and cuisine in relation with geography and culture. Many unique theories like Virudhhahara (Incompatible food combinations), Aahara Vidhi Vidhana (8 factors pertaining to food intake), Samskara (Food processing) etc. will be introduced with intension of their practical uses in modern time. The course will include needful discussion on myths and facts of ‘diet and diet trends. Pathya Aahara (restorative diet) and few other specialized diet theories will be taught as an interesting practical assignment. The holistic approach towards eating will be the takeaway learnings from this course. 

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Nurture personal and community wellness through Ayurvedic nutrition. 
  2. Identify the Nutritional gaps in specific community groups. 
  3. Educate the community about current unwholesome food practices and Ayurvedic alternatives. 
  4. Assess the relationship between food habits and health conditions.
  5. Distinguish between Ayurvedic food properties and conventional nutritional profile of food. 
  6. Offer sustainable solutions to improve food choices and habits 
  7. Expand awareness and interest in progressive study of Clinical Ayurvedic nutrition

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with one or more faculty every week for 10 weeks as basic mandatory semester for the course. 

The class is structured in a way that promotes interactive teaching, reference readings, discussion and debate. Each class will be 1 hour teaching and 30minutes for interaction on the topic. During the course, students will complete regular interval assignments. The course will conclude with compulsory examination in MCQ format and submission of an essay. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far, and what has touched and inspired them deeply. 

Required / Elective: Elective

Area of Study: Text & Traditions

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Rupali Panse

Day: Thursday

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Start Time: October 13, 2022

End Date: December 22, 2022

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

Course Content:

In the course, the role of food and nutrition in Ayurveda alongside methods of food preparation and consumption will also be discussed. We will also study the protocols to keep the body in good health through daily and seasonal routines (Dinacarya & Rtucarya). Students will develop an understanding of the stages of manifestation of illness in the body and how Pancakarma treatments and Ayurveda’s therapeutic formulations address them to maintain homeostatic balance in the body.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles of Ayurveda to enhance their lifestyle.
  2. Learn how to identify imbalances in their body and utilize the power of Ayurveda to address mild imbalances.
  3. Use consciousness-based principles of Ayurveda to improve interpersonal relationships
  4. Integrate Ayurveda and Ayurvedic protocols to make lifestyle adjustments for the whole family

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with the faculty every week. The curriculum will include reading, reflection, observation, and interactive practices. The class time will include an additional 30 minutes that will provide an opportunity for Q&A and group discussion.

Required / Elective: Required

Area of Study: Text & Traditions

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / Instructor: Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday

Start Time: October 18, 2022

End Date: December 20, 2022

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Bhaja Govindam – A Topical Approach

Course content:

Bhaja Govindam, an important work of Sri Adi Sankara, can serve both as an entry point into Vedanta as well as a reminder of many teachings of the scriptures. It is a distillation in a highly simplified form of the teachings of the fundamental texts of Vedanta and, in particular, of Bhagavad Gita. In this course, students will learn Bhaja Govindam with its verses re-organized around some key topics: saguna and nirguna Brahman and the appropriate age to meditate on them; the ways wealth (artha) and desires (kama), though important, are binding; renunciation – what it is and its rewards; moksha or liberation; daily practices conducive to a spiritual life. The examination of the philosophical and spiritual aspects of the verses will be accompanied by a standard exercise in padaccheda, anvaya, and some vyakarana in a way to familiarity with Sanskrit. Though focused on the verses of Bhaja Govindam, many forays into fundamentals of Vedanta as needed will be made to explain the underlying concepts.

Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:

1. Learn about Sri Adi Sankara and his pivotal role.
2. Understand the importance of starting a spiritual journey early on.
3. Understand some basic concepts of Sanatana Dharma like: saguna and nirguna Brahman; the misleading characterization of the religion as idol worship or pantheistic; the theory and types of karma; what constitutes true renunciation.
4. Be cleared of any misunderstanding of Vedanta as necessarily relevant only to ascetics or as averse to the Purusharthas of artha and kama
5. Examine the level of appropriate importance to be given to worldly pleasures and the spiritual consequences of overindulgence in them.
6. Obtain an understanding of samsara (bondage) and moksha (liberation).
7. Learn many daily practices within the reach of everyone that are conducive to a spiritual life eliminating many stresses of daily life and conducive to moksha.

Class Structure:

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. Typical classes may involve a lecture of approximately 60 minutes followed by discussion and Q&A. Quizzes will be given at the end of each of the four major modules. A final class project involving a write up by the student of a summary of what was learned wil also be required.

Area of Study: Texts and Traditions

Program:  Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study.

Faculty: Dr. Vaidyanathan Ramaswami

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Start Date: October 13, 2022

End Date: December 22, 2022

Day: Every Thursday

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Bhakti and Philosophy

Students will read several of the most important primary sources for bhakti. They will gain an understanding of the philosophy underlying the concept of bhakti and how bhakti enables moksha i.e. salvation for the individual soul. The course will also provide a basic introduction to concepts such as non-dualism, ontology, cosmology, emanation, procession, and the relation of the macroscopic universe to the individual. Students will simultaneously gain an appreciation for different textual genres and how poetics corresponds to the fourth puruṣārtha of mokṣa.

Area of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Brahmasūtras

Learning Outcomes:

The course covers a brief introduction to the text, its compositional history, some text-historical scholarship ranging from Deussen to Hacker, and controversies in contemporary scholarship. The major portion of the course will be devoted to understanding the structure of the text, exposition of key themes and the logical disputation of rival views. At the end of this course, students will gain: (1) a good grasp of the philosophical textual tradition of Hinduism: Upaniṣads, Brahmasūtras and the Bhagavadgītā; (2) an understanding of the Brahmasūtras: their comprehensive theory of Brahman and the rigorous logic underlying it; and (3) an overview of the reception of the text within the tradition and in recent critical scholarship and the issues raised in these contexts.

Area of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

The Certificate program in Hindu Studies (C.P.H.S) prepares Students to engage with the world as a Hindu with confidence and clarity. Along the way, it also aims to develop in the student a lifelong love for service and contribution. At the end of the program, students will be informed, empowered, and inspired by the possibilities of living a deeply fulfilled life as a Hindu, and making a real difference in the world. As Students discover the range and depth of Hindu thought, its uniquely awesome cosmology, and clear up some of the misconceptions and erroneous narratives that they have inherited, they will find themselves being profoundly transformed, naturally creating new realms of self-expression, and new possibilities for who they can now be in the world. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this Certificate Program, Students will: 

  1. Clarify the Hindu Paradigm, having acquired an overview of Hindu principles, practices, values, history, philosophy, society, culture, traditions, and civilization. 
  2. Articulate the contemporary relevance of Hindu thought and contribute its value to the Hindu community as well as to humanity in general. 
  3. Apply their learning to think from a Hindu context and develop strategies for the preservation and transmission of Hindu thought across the generations. 
  4. Create new pathways for service, leadership, and global engagement from a Hindu context, and new realms of self-expression for themselves. 
  5. Contribute with confidence and clarity, in unique and innovative ways towards fostering the culture and traditions of Hindu Dharma. 

Program Context

Being successful in our professional lives, as a Doctor, Engineer, Business person, Entrepreneur, or a Lawyer and so on, equips us with a basic ability to compete effectively in the contemporary economy, to survive and succeed in the world. But it does not necessarily address a deeper dimension of human possibility i.e., the spiritual or the Adhyatmika realm. In each of us lies dormant a need and a desire for deeper engagement with the world, to contribute, to make a difference and be of service in a profound and meaningful way. In each of us lies as yet unfulfilled the potential for leadership and global impact, sometimes even as yet unimagined. In every one of us without exception there lies the possibility of going within, exploring the realms of deeper levels of consciousness, and transforming our connection and relationship with the cosmos itself, manifesting the perfection and possibilities that already lie within us. These are the realms of Dharma and Moksha, the unique dimensions of Hindu thought. 

What is the purpose of our human existence? Does it have one? What does it mean to live a successful life? What is the source of deep fulfillment and contentment in our lives? What is Dharma? What is our Svadharma? How do we ensure that we fulfill the unique purpose and opportunity of our lives? How do we even discover it? Have we exhausted the possibilities of being alive already? How has Hindu Dharma addressed these questions? 

In the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies, Students will engage with these questions in a deep and authentic way, as they prepare themselves for service, leadership, and contribution, and for making a deep and lasting impact in the communities in which they live, as well as the world in general. Whether you are interested in writing, speaking, and teaching, in counseling and healing, in social work, media or the performing arts, in education and curriculum development, in providing leadership in your communities, working with youth or in inter-faith domains, or simply engaging with schools and colleges, and the institutions of our contemporary world, or being of service in some other vital way, the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies, will empower and enable you in your life’s journey. 

This program will take work, commitment, and the ability to sustain your interest through several quarters. But what you will accomplish at the end, who you will become in the process, and all the new aspirations and possibilities that you will create for yourself, that you didn’t even know that you had, will transform you in an amazing and inspiring way. You will go beyond your real or perceived limitations, capacity and capabilities, and may even sustain and nurture the continued relevance of Sanatana Dharma for posterity as its ambassador. 

Structure of the Program:

The certificate program consists of a total of 24 credit hours of coursework. It can be completed at the earliest in 8 quarters, if the students can take 3 Credit hours per quarter, or more slowly over time, in any case, under five years. Students must take at least 15 Credit hours from the Core Courses in the Certificate program. They may complete the remaining 9 credit hours by taking any set of elective courses from the community education program. 

Pre-requisites:

The students must have completed the Orientation to Hindu Studies course minimally and must demonstrate a deep interest in service, contribution and making an impact from within a Hindu context, in order to be admitted into the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies. Students who have not taken the Orientation to Hindu Studies course, may enroll into the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies, with the understanding that they will register into the course immediately.

Who will benefit?

This program can benefit everyone who is interested in living a life of service and contribution, who wishes to engage with the communities in their lives in a meaningful way, in a Hindu context. It applies to all those who wish to reconnect deeply with their own Hindu cultural roots, develop a deeper understanding of their own unique place in the world. For Non-Hindus who have developed some level of curiosity and interest in the Hindu world, this program will deepen their engagement with that world, and open up entirely new possibilities for contribution and service. 

List of courses

The list of Courses available for Students as part of the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies is listed below. Each course is designated as a Core course or an Elective course. These courses may be taken in any sequence, as long as the student first completes the Orientation to Hindu Studies course, at the very beginning of the program.

The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

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

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Vedantasara of Sadananda - Part 1

Vedantasara of Sadananda – Part 1

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

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

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Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2

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The Yoga of Motherhood

The Yoga of Motherhood

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Orientation to Hindu Studies

Orientation to Hindu Studies

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The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras

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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
Bhaja Govindam - A Topical Approach

Bhaja Govindam – A Topical Approach

TAT1302 – (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) In this course, students will learn Bhaja Govindam with its verses re-organized around some ... Read More
Antaranga Yoga

Antaranga Yoga

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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
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
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 for the Beginner – DEHA

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – DEHA

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Sri Ramcharitmanas: Continuity in Change

Sri Ramcharitmanas: Continuity in Change

TAT1201 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course explores the Ramcharitmanas, an epic poem composed in the sixteenth century in Ayodhya, ... Read More
Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

TAT3103 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course is the first of a three-part course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions ... 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
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
Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

TAT3102 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This Course is the second in the 2-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions ... Read More
Hindu Temples and Traditions

Hindu Temples and Traditions

TAT 3104 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) Temples occupy an important place in the Hindu mind, both in India and ... 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
Hindu Musical Traditions -  A Cultural Immersion

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The Three Vedantic Perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita

The Three Vedantic Perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita

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

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A student reading textbook outside the temple

How Hindu Dharma Transformed America

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An Immersive exploration of the iconic "Autobiography of  a Yogi"

An Immersive exploration of the iconic “Autobiography of a Yogi”

YOG2100 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) Of all the books that spread Hindu dharma beyond India, none has had as ... Read More
Sustainability is Sanatana Dharma

Sustainability is Sanatana Dharma

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Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

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Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

Living our Svadharma in a contemporary world

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Exploring Hinduism -Geography and History

Exploring Hinduism -Geography and History

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Reconstructing Hindu History – The Omissions

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Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: ‘Shad Darshanas’

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Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram

TAT1301 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course on Vishnu Sahasranama stotra, will prepare students to chant the slokas with ... 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
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
Understanding Hinduphobia

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
The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

The Dharma Of Global Sustainability

CPS2001 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course explores the impact of ancient Vedic Wisdom on the modern questions of ... 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
vedanta

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
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
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
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
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

HSF1202 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) This course explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm ... Read More
Across the Universe: Hindu Dharma and Western Creative Arts

Across the Universe: Hindu Dharma and Western Creative Arts

TAT2100 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course is both a celebration and a deep analysis of artists who opened ... Read More
Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

TAT1101 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) This foundational course is designed to make the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda accessible to ... Read More
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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
Ayurveda - Essential Nutrition

Ayurveda – Essential Nutrition

TAT1103 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) In our contemporary era, concern for the prevention of disease is neglected in favor ... Read More

As part of Hindu University of America’s commitment to ongoing community education, most courses available at the university including Graduate Division courses are open for registration from members of the community as continuing education students. Anyone including already employed professionals and prospective degree students may apply to any single course as a special student if they can demonstrate that they have the prerequisite preparation. They may discuss their preparedness to take any course with the course faculty or instructor.

  • The continuing education stream of courses is targeted towards people who wish to learn ongoingly, without pursuing a specific degree or certificate.
  • There are no prerequisites enforced, other than those required by the faculty, and anyone may register. We invite prospective students to try out a course or two and come back for more
  • Courses taken as part of community education can be bundled together to earn certificates at a later stage.
Sri Ramcharitmanas: Continuity in Change

Sri Ramcharitmanas: Continuity in Change

TAT1201 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course explores the Ramcharitmanas, an epic poem composed in the sixteenth century in Ayodhya,
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
Teaching Yoga for Children

Teaching Yoga for Children

YOG3004 - This course enables students to integrate yoga in their teaching career, for guiding children, and for developing spiritual
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,
Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – DEHA

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – DEHA

HSF1004 - (C.P.H.S - Elective Course) Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – DEHA is the first part of a three-part sequence
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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 –
Race and Hindu Reform

Race and Hindu Reform

HAM6405 - This course is the second part of a two-part course sequence that begins with HAM6403-Race and Modern Hinduism.
Hinduism and Conflict Resolution

Hinduism and Conflict Resolution

CPS5502 - The course explores Hindu ideas and their relevance for conflict resolution. Click here to check if you are
Mahābhārata VI: Methods and Scholarship

Mahābhārata VI: Methods and Scholarship

TAT7206 - This course is the sixth of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The
Teaching Yoga for Children

Teaching Yoga for Children

YOG3004 - This course enables students to integrate yoga in their teaching career, for guiding children, and for developing spiritual
The Bhagavadgītā and the West

The Bhagavadgītā and the West

HAM6404 - This course traces the history of the Western reception of the Bhagavadgītā, a central text of classical Hinduism.
Establishing the Importance of Hindu Studies in an Academic Setting

Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras

TAT1001 - This course provides an immersive introduction to the Mantra and Chanting traditions of Sanatana Dharma. It focuses on
Decolonizing the Hindu Condition

Decolonizing the Hindu Condition

PHS6302 - This course will analyze in detail the psychological and sociological consequences of the British colonial narratives on Hindus,
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
Holistic Yoga - 2: Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Holistic Yoga – 2: Deepen Your Yoga Practice

YOG2000 - This course provides in-depth experience of holistic yoga, that integrates asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques for a sustained
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
Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions

HAM4201 - (C.P.H.S - Core Course) This course is the first of a two-quarter course sequence that examines the scientific
Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

Managing Back Pain through Holistic Yoga

YOG1006 - This course provides online classroom training under the guidance of senior yoga therapists so that students can learn
Hindu Musical Traditions -  A Cultural Immersion

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

TAT3101 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course is the first in a 2-Course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions –
Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

TAT3103 - (C.P.H.S – Elective Course) This course is the first of a three-part course sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions
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"
Antaranga Mandapam

Antaranga Mandapam

YOG3101 - How is this Coronavirus pandemic going to end? Will we return to our 'old selves' and our 'familiar
Holistic Yoga -Philosophy and Practice

Holistic Yoga -Philosophy and Practice

YOG1000 - This course provides an introduction to holistic yoga, that integrates yoga philosophy from classical scriptural texts and sustained
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Advaita Vedanta: A Method

HSF6004 - This course will explore and demonstrate the use of the methods (prakriyas) used in the Upanisads to unfold
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
History of Dharmaśāstras II

History of Dharmaśāstras II

HSF6006 - This is the second course in a two-part survey course that provides an overview of dharma literature from
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
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
The Mahābhārata II: Dicing and Exile

The Mahābhārata II: Dicing and Exile

TAT7202 - This course is the second of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The
Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective

CPS6506 - To demonstrate how human rights concept and policy could be found in Hindu philosophy, and also how such
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
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Philosophy of Nonviolence

An examination of the concept of nonviolence, its evolution and practice in various cultures and traditions.
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
International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

CPS6507 - To explore methods to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and universal moral principles.
Contesting Neo-Hinduism

Contesting Neo-Hinduism

PHS7302 - The current mainstream narrative in western academia is that there are two kinds of Hinduism: traditional and neo
Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

Philosophy of Science and Hinduism

PHS8302 - In the colonial and postcolonial contexts, there have been many attempts both by Indians and western people to
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
Orientalism and Hinduism

Orientalism and Hinduism

PHS7301 - In postcolonial scholarship, Edward Said’s work Orientalism can be considered a landmark text. This course helps students understand
Arthaśāstra

Arthaśāstra

CPS 5505 - To examine the core ideas such as state, war, and peace in the ancient text Arthashastra, a
Śhānti Parva

Śhānti Parva

CPS5504 - To elaborate ideas of good governance and duties of a ruler towards his subjects and Dharma as enshrined
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
Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

Anticolonialism and Postcolonialism

PHS6301 - This course introduces the theories of various anticolonial and postcolonial writers in order to create a framework for
vedanta

The Foundation of Vedānta

HSF5004 - Vedānta also known as the Upaniṣad, found at the end of all four Vedas, reveal the goal and
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
Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa

TAT7203 - Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa is a classic story of human self-development focused on the relationship between the macrocosm (the kingdom)
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
Ādi Śaṅkara

Ādi Śaṅkara

TAT6202 - Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the author of numerous commentaries and pedagogical tracts, is the seminal philosopher in Hinduism, especially its
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Bhakti and Philosophy

TAT6201 - In religious studies, bhakti is often described as devotion or intense feeling, and presented as “faith” in contrast
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
Historicism and Its Crisis

Historicism and Its Crisis

HAM8402 - The intellectual movement known as historicism dominated the nineteenth century. At its simplest, it is the view that

Disease through the lens of Ayurveda

Course Content:

In this 11-week program, we will be applying the basic principles of Ayurveda, the Pancamahabhutas, Trigunas and the Tridosha models of creation, to understand some common health conditions.  We will explore the human condition in its physical, emotional, and psychological constitution, through the model of Prakriti, Pancamahabhutas, Trigunas, and the Tridoshas, to recognize the source of specific disorders, arising from their imbalance.

In the course, we will look at common health conditions, diseases and disorders of the various body systems. We will also learn to recognize patterns of imbalance and apply the wisdom of Ayurveda to complement and support ongoing treatment.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of Ayurveda to understand common health conditions.
  2. Understand progression of disease according to Ayurveda.
  3. Explore the application of diet and lifestyle to support the body towards wellness.
  4. Understand how Pancakarama and other treatment options work with the body

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with the faculty every week. The curriculum will include reading, reflection, observation, and interactive practices. The class time will include an additional 30 minutes that will provide an opportunity for Q&A and group discussion.

Required / Elective: Elective

Area of Study: Text & Traditions

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / Instructor: Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Day: Every Thursday

Start Time: July 14, 2022

End Date: September 22, 2022

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

Course Content:

While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stands out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality.  In this course, our goal is to provide a nuanced understanding of ragas, talas, and compositional forms in Karnatic and Hindustani music traditions.

Course Learning Objectives:

The student should be able to:

  1. Obtain a basic understanding of the framework of Ragas and the Indian melodic framework and Talas and the cyclical nature of time
  2. Discuss the Melakarta Raga System of Karnatic Music and the That System of Hindustani music.
  3. Experientially understand the feel of ragas in Hindustani and Karnatic music.
  4. Experientially understand the feel of talas in Hindustani and Karnatic music
  5. Clearly distinguish between the Karnatic, Khyal, Dhrupad traditions.
  6. Clearly articulate the similarities and differences between the Kriti, the Khyal, and the Dhrupad
  7. Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
  8. Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on listening experiences and reading material. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to complete one examination and submit one short essay.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Start Date: January 18, 2022

End Date: March 22, 2022

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Day: Every Tuesday

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Course Content:

While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stand out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality with a history of over two millennia.  Our goals are:

  1. To provide a guided overview of the history and evolution of Indian music
  2. To provide an overview of the history of composers, sages, saints, emperors and luminaries who have contributed to the evolution of music.

Course Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Discuss names and works of musicologists and musical luminaries
  2. Comprehend the contribution of ancient treatises (in Sanskrit and Tamil) such as the Natya Sastra of Bharata, the Silappathikaram of Illango Adigal and the Sangita Ratnakara of Sarangdev, the Chaturdandi Prakasika of Venkatamakhi and modern works such as the Sangita Sampradaya Pradarsini of Subbarama Dikshitar and the work of Pandit Bhatkhande.
  3. Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
  4. Discuss the contribution of the Bhakti movement and the Hindu Saints of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra and Bengal  to Indian Art Music.
  5. Discuss the contribution of Vaggeyakaras and the sacred geography of India to Art music.
  6. Discucss the impact of Islamic and Persian traditions on Indian music
  7. Discuss the contribution of the Devadasi tradition to Indian Art
  8. Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on listening experiences and reading material. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 21, 2022

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Day:  Every Tuesday

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Hindu Temples and Traditions

Course content:

Our goals are:

  1. To provide an overview of the various temple architectural styles across India.
  2. To provide an introduction to the history of temple building, patronage across the ages
  3. To provide an introduction to sthala-puranas and related local traditions
  4. Study temple clusters and the sacred geography of India
  5. Introduce basic vocabulary related to temple culture
  6. Introduction to the influence of Hindu Temple culture on the far East.
  7. A perspective on the Temple culture in the modern Hindu diaspora. 

After completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discern the antiquity  and of Indian temple traditions
  2. Reflect on the significance of Hindu temples for Hindu life
  3. Acquire a simple vocabulary of terms related to Hindu temples
  4. Recognize basic elements of temple architecture
  5. Appreciate the Hindu calendar as it relates to temples
  6. Place the lives of Kings, Yogis and Musicians in the context of Hindu temple traditions
  7. Develop an appreciation for temple related literature 

Curriculum Overview:

This course will provide a cultural immersion into the world of Hindu Temples with a set of reading and guided research assignments. The overview course will perform the ambitious task of integrating various piceces of history related to temples covering the diverse sacred geography of India. It will strive to emphasize commonalities across diverse regions.

Course Description

Module 1 Overview of Hindu Temples Topics:

  1. A geographical overview of temples and traditions across India
  2. A historical overview of the temples of India
  3. Diaspora temples

Module 2 Hindu Temple Architecture and History Topics:

  1. The Nagara Style of Temples
  2. The Dravida Temple Architecture
  3. The Vesara style of temples
  4. Temples of the Western Ghats
  5. Evolution of Temple Architecture
  6. The Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijayanagar Contribution to temples
  7. The Kalinga, Rashtrakoota, Chandela contribution to temples
  8. The Bhakti movement in Tamilnadu
  9. The Bhakti movement of the 2nd millennium.

Module 3: Hindu Temple Traditions Topics:

  1. Temples and references in Puranas
  2. Sthala Puranas or Local Traditions
  3. Temple Clusters – Abodes of Shiva
  4. Temple Clusters – Abodes of Vishnu
  5. Temple Clusters – Shakti Pitham
  6. Temple Clusters – Other
  7. Festival Traditions – The Bhrahmotsavam
  8. Worship Traditions – Agamas
  9. Temples and Music
  10. Temples and Dance – The Devadasi Tradition
  11. Current State of Temple Worship

Area of Study: Texts and Traditions

Prerequisites: None

Faculty/InstructorDr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Start Date: October 11, 2022

End Date: December 20, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered:  Fall 2022

History of Dharmaśāstras II

Learning Outcomes:

Readings for the course will demonstrate the complexity of being human, being ethical, and exploring the ultimate meaning of life. Although the course is designed as an overview, we will focus on crucial issues concerning social justice: inequalities in income, privilege, caste, access to resources and education, and the consequences of bad governments and individual greed. The course is based on P. V. Kane’s comprehensive work History of Dharmaśāstra. 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

    (1) Understand the breadth and depth of the textual tradition of dharma 

    (2) Know key texts, their chronology, key concepts and the debates surrounding  them; 

    (3) Learn how to read, interpret and research based on primary texts; and 

    (4) Knowledgeably draw on the tradition for understanding contemporary issues.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of History of Dharmaśāstras I

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Quarter Offered: TBD

Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Course content:

While Hindu music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions originating in India stands out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality.  Our goals are:

  1. To provide an overview of the various Art and Folk music traditions and the core of commonality across traditions (especially between the Hindustani and Karnatic traditions)
  2. To provide a nuanced understanding of the vocabulary used in Karnatic and Hindustani music traditions
  3. To provide a clear contrast between Indian and Western Musical Traditions.

Course Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Discover the antiquity and spiritual basis of Indian music traditions;
  2. Articulate the differences between Indian and Western musical traditions;
  3. Obtain a clear understanding of the core of commonality across various Indian music traditions and their place in the Hindu way of life;
  4. Distinguish the commonalities and differences between Hindustani and Karnatic music;
  5. Discuss terminologies used in Karnatic and Hindustani music;

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on listening experiences and reading material. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Area of Study: Texts & Traditions

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Day: TBD

Quarter Offered:TBD