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Program Description:

Hindu University of America’s Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yoga Shaastram provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency. It enables students to learn both the Patanjali Yogasootrams through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Yogashaastram. It is a two-year intensive program of study that prepares beginning students, i.e., with no prior fluency or knowledge of Sanskrit, to achieve proficiency with the Sanskrit language (Samskritam) through the study of the Yogasootrams.  In this program, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Patanjali Yogasootrams, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language. This program aims to enable the students to study the Yogashaastram directly without translation or mediation, and gain proficiency in conversational Sanskrit i.e., the ability to speak fluently and comprehend easily.  At the end of this program, students will be able to access other Shastras in the Sanskrit language with ease on their own.

This program represents a foundation curriculum for students of all ages ranging from High School onwards. It is targeted at beginning students with a passion to learn a new language, as well as those who are keen to engage with the Patanjali Yogasootram, in its original language.  No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is assumed except for familiarity with the Devanagari script. The medium of teaching will be fully in Sanskrit with some assistance in English to bring students up to speed quickly. Students with some familiarity with the Devanagari Script and any one Indian language (Bharatiya Bhasha), will have an easier access to this Program.

It is taught by HUA’s dedicated Faculty, using an easy-to-use Online Platform, featuring a hybrid learning model with both live virtual classrooms as well as pre-recorded video material.

Program Learning Objectives:

The Program is both intensive and challenging, enabling the systematic and balanced study of the Sanskrit language through the Yogasootrams and the Yogashaastram through the Sanskrit language along six dimensions.

In completing this Program, the students will gain proficiency in:

  • Appreciating the Patanjali Yogasootrams, while gaining access to the text’s original intent and message
  • Reading Yogasootram fluently, and pronouncing the syllables correctly – paThanam / uchchAraNam
  • Listening to Sanskrit conversations and comprehending most of the words spoken – shravaNam
  • Speaking grammatically accurate Sanskrit in a way that others can comprehend and respond – sambhAShaNam
  • Understanding the structure, patterns, and technology of the language – vyAkaraNam, and
  • Comprehending the aphorisms of the Patanjali Yogasootram in both spoken and written Sanskrit on their own – avagamanam.
  • Writing comprehensible passages in Sanskrit – lekhanam

Program Structure:

The Program of Study is structured in the form of an 8-Quarter (4 Quarters per year) sequence of 8 courses, 3-Credit hours each. This will add up to 240 hours of instruction and 480 hours of self-study. Students will have the option of taking the “M.A Sanskrit Proficiency Test” at any time after the half-way point, i.e., after the first year of study, and advance to:

  • the Master’s Level Certificate Programs, or
  • the Master’s Degree in Sanskrit, or
  • complete the Yoga Shaastram Proficiency Certificate course in full.

In any case, students will be participating in a “Higher Education” ecosystem that supports and enables advanced learning in Hindu studies as well as Sanskrit literary studies.

Structured innovatively using the base curriculum and textbooks designed by the Samskrit Promotion Foundation (SPF), the Program will be based on the material contained in the 4 part book series “Yogasya BhaaShaa” published by SPF, augmented with supplemental handouts and other texts.

  • Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies
  • Program of Study: Certificate Program
  • Division: Continuing Education Division
  • Number of Credits: 24 Credit Hours
  • Number of Courses: 8 Courses
  • Number of Quarters: 8 Quarters
Establishing the Importance of Hindu Studies in an Academic Setting

Sanskrit through Yogashaastram – samAdhipAdaH – First Section

SAN3101 In this Course students will be introduced to both the first part of Yogashaastram, Chapter I, and simple Samskritam ... Read More

Contesting Neo-Hinduism

The course, in the beginning, introduces writings of the western authors who claim that there is something called “neo-Hinduism,” which is significantly and characteristically different from “traditional Hinduism.” Once those claims are situated, the evidence of those claims will be critically examined and will lead naturally to insight into the agendas, motivations, and general ignorance of these writers who are behind the creation of the “neo-Hinduism” theory. The course will then veer into showing how contemporary Hinduism transcends the binary divide of traditional and neo, and that even when it has innovated and answered the contingencies of the colonial context, it has always maintained its continuity with the past and that it has not compromised with its core cosmology.

In this course, the student will

  1. be able to learn about the coordinates on which the divide between traditional and neo-Hinduism has been created;
  2. be able to critically examine the evidence on which the divide has been created;
  3. be able to learn that binaries like traditional and neo do not apply to Hinduism, for Hinduism transcends and exceeds the traditional and contemporary divide.

Area of Study: Postcolonial Hindu Studies.

Required/Elective:  Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Kundan Singh

Discover Life by Exploring India

This course involves 35 days of the journey in India, including 9 destinations, 6 different areas of study and an immersive experience of the lifestyle of Yoga and Ayurveda. 

In this course students will be able to: 

  1. Explore the different aspects of the self and various modalities of relationship with the environment 
  2. Examine the wisdom of ancient traditions in the light of the challenges of modern life 
  3. Develop a greater understanding of the history, culture and traditions of India
  4. Deepen your research into your own fields of intellectual interest, while gaining entirely new perspectives on life 
  5. Gain the ability to comprehend global challenges and identify creative solutions 

This course can be taken as a part of several different programs or as a stand-alone course. It can also be taken by people who have no academic interest, and simply want to enjoy travel to a world that is at once both ancient and contemporary.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Adriana Salazar

Fellowships in Advanced Studies are available to scholars who already possess a Ph.D., in any field, but wish to pursue post-doctoral research in the field of Hindu Studies. Students admitted into the advanced studies program, can expand their research interests, explore many of the available Doctoral level seminars and courses, and augment their knowledge. Most advanced studies fellows are expected to apply with a proposal for writing a book or thesis on a subject that they have already been researching or have an interest in.

We will be soon announcing the programs.

International Politics: A Hindu Perspective

Violation of moral principles has emerged a norm than the exception in international politics. States and global institutions have proved ineffective to checkmate violent conflicts. It is not they are incapable or lack resources. The problem lies elsewhere. Ego is a major cause behind much of the hazards in international politics. Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo argued, like individuals, states have egos– amplified through national habits, prejudices, and idiosyncrasies. When applied to international politics, they lead to jingoism, exploitation, and wars, leading to practices like colonialism and imperialism. Colonialism and imperialism were only manifestations of an exploitative substructure. The root, the ego, is intact, and its manifestation has acquired new shapes. The Indian philosopher argued that state ego could evolve when state leaders think in terms of human unity. The establishment of the United Nations, after the failure of the League of Nations, was hailed a right step in this direction. The UN was established with a promise to ensure dignity and equality to all states. Has this happened?

In this course the students will be able to:

  1. Gain a broad understanding of international politics and various theories related to it.
  2. Interpret international developments from a Hindu spiritual perspective.
  3. Identify the patterns of international politics in which narrow national interests play dominant roles, and explore methods to address them.

Area of Study: Conflict and Peace Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty: Dr. Debidatta. A. Mahapatra

Orientation to Hindu Studies

Course Content:

An overview and insight into the design of the curriculum offered by the Hindu University of America. A survey of the central ideas of Hinduism – covering an Ontology of key Sanskrit terms and the principal ideas that are central to the cosmology, practice, and expressions of Sanatana Dharma. The course – orientation to Hindu studies- will include reflections and perspectives on these core concepts, using selected readings from source texts such as the Vedas, Upaniṣhads, Sutras, Itihaasa, Bhagavad-Gītā, Purāṇas and Dharma-Śhāstras. The Hindu world-view based on Dharma with its emphasis on duties and responsibilities and sustainability of life will be contrasted with contemporary ideologies and their focus on rights and privileges, competition and survival of the fittest. The distinction between a discourse of knowledge and a discourse of power will be drawn out.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Program: Certificate Program in Hindu Studies, Community Education Program, Doctor of Philosophy in Hindu Studies, Master of Arts in Hindu Studies

Required/ Elective: 

Prerequisites: This course is a recommended prerequisite for all students who wish to enter into the Graduate program.

Faculty: Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan(along with others)

Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to: 

  1. Explore various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
  2. Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma; Reflect on the Hindu Studies Foundations area.
  3. Inquire into and evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies, and Conflict and Peace studies.
  4. Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
  5. Discover and Create customized pathwa for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Start Date: 16th July 2021

End Date: 24th September 2021

Day: Friday

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021