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Beginning Sanskrit – Proverbs & Stories

Course Structure 

This course is structured in the form of one Quarter (10 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Students will take an exam at the end of the course during the 11th week. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the course will be based upon material contained in the SB – USA – published book, “SUVAANEE”, augmented with other appropriate course content.

This course is structured to allow a beginner-level student to start listening, writing, and reading the DevanAgari Script through a streamlined set of exercises.

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Beginner Level Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: None

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu 

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Start Date: 13th, April 2021

End Date:  22nd, June 2021

Day: Tuesday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

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

Course Content

  1. 4 types of sandhis (svara-sandhi, guNa-sandhi, vRuddhi-sandhi, and yaN-sandhi)
  2. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  3. Atmanepada verbs
  4. karmaNi-prayoga (Passive voice)
  5. bhAve-prayoga (Impersonal voice)
  6. “kta” usage
  7. Introduction to 4 great poets of Sanskrit literature (vAlmeeki, vyAsa, mAgha, and kAlidAsa)

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

  • Distinguish some of the basic types of conjugates;
  • Express sentences in different voices and verb endings;
  • Capture the essence of the biographies of great poets; and
  • Practice their skills at writing simple stories and essays.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN 2001 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu / Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Start Date:  14th July, 2021

End Date:  24th September, 2021

Day: Every Wednesday and Friday

Time: 08: 00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021

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

Course Content:

This course is the first course in an eight-course sequence, which constitutes the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Bhagavad Geeta offered by Hindu University of America. It provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency. It enables students to learn both the Bhagavad Geeta through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Bhagavad Geeta. In this course, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Bhagavad Geeta, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language.

This course will introduce students to the following elements of the Sanskrit language: verbal roots (dhatu), nouns, pronouns – first, second, and third-person usage, different forms of verbs, i.e., tenses – past, present, and future, cases (vibhakti), and common sentence formation and structure used in the Bhagavad Geeta.

Learning Objectives:

In this course, students will be able to relate to words and expressions from the Bhagavad Geeta in the following areas:

  1. Use of pronouns, persons, and numbers.
  2. Recognize common Sanskrit words, prepositions, and phrases.
  3. Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation.
  4. Understand the use of the 2nd and 6th case-endings and words ending with a vowel.
  5. Identify and use verbal roots (dhatu) and their different forms according to the tenses

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through Bhagavad Geeta (CSBG)

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Padmakumar Korattiyadath / Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Time: 08:00 pm EST to 09:30 pm EST

Day: Monday & Thursday

Start Date: 12th April 2021

End Date: 20th June 2021

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

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

Course Content:

This course is the second course in an eight-course sequence, which constitutes the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Bhagavad Geeta offered by Hindu University of America. It provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency. It enables students to learn both the Bhagavad Geeta through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Bhagavad Geeta.  In this course, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Bhagavad Geeta, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language.   This course will introduce students to the following elements of the Sanskrit language: noun, consonant, and case endings, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, different verb types and usages, direct, indirect, and conditional speech, all illustrated using sentence formation and structure found in the Bhagavad Geeta.

Learning Objectives:

In this course, students will be able to relate to words and expressions from the Bhagavad Geeta in the following areas:

  1. Use of prefixes, suffixes, and indeclinables.
  2. Recognize additional Sanskrit words, prepositions, and phrases.
  3. Further imbibe building blocks of the language through everyday conversation.
  4. Understand the use of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and vocative case-endings.
  5. Continue practicing more with verbal roots (dhatu) and their different forms, tenses

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through Bhagavad Geeta (CSBG)

Faculty / Instructor: Sri. Padmakumar Korattiyadath / Smt. Laxmi Sharma

Day: Monday & Thursday

Start Date: 12th July 2021

End Date: 23rd September 2021

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021

Learn Yogashaastram –kaivalyapAdaH 1st Section – With advanced Sanskrit proficiency

This course is seventh in an eight-course sequence, which constitutes the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yogashaastram offered by Hindu University of America.  It provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency.  It enables students to study Yogashaastram in depth using the medium of the scripture’s own Language, and in doing so, become skilled in the Sanskrit Language itself.  In this course, Faculty will lead students by each verse in detail, sequencing through Patanjali YogasootraaNi, while simultaneously unraveling the inner meanings contained in Sanskrit.  This course will introduce students to the following elements of Sanskrit language: detailed analysis of shlokas, along with their building blocks, elucidation of meanings and structures, all entirely in Sanskrit – as aptly illustrated in class using the original Sanskrit language sentences and formations found in the Yogashaastram.

Sanskrit Pronunciation, Simple Words and Phrases

Course Content

  1. Study and use of the DevanAgari script, Origin of the sounds, Pronunciations
  2. Simple introductions and greetings
  3. Pronouns (sarvanAmapadAni), Persons (puruShAH), Numbers (vachanAni), and Gender (lingAH)
  4. Indeclinables (avyayAni)
  5. Simple conversations
  6. Numbers in Sanskrit, 1 through 100
  7. Common verbs
  8. Interrogative words
  9. Introduction to the simple present tense and the past tense
  10. Direct addressing (sambodhanam) – the Vocative case
  11. Expanding the vocabulary through nouns, pronouns, and verbs

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

  • Articulate the fundamental sounds that comprise Sanskrit pronunciation;
  • Recognize common Sanskrit words and phrases;
  • Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation; and
  • Identify and use basic structures like numbers, tenses, simple verbs, and other parts of speech.

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP) 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Devanagari alphabets and combination letters

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu

Co – Faculty: Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Day: TBD

Time: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

Sanskrit through Yogashaastram – samAdhipAdaH – First Section

Course Content:

This course is the first course in an eight-course sequence, which constitutes the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yogashaastram offered by Hindu University of America. It provides an alternative route to achieving Sanskrit Proficiency.  It enables students to learn both the Yogashaastram through the Sanskrit Language, and the Sanskrit Language through the Yogashaastram.  In this course, the Faculty will lead the student’s verse by verse, in sequence through Patanjali YogasootraaNi, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses as well as the nuances of the language.  This course will introduce students to the following elements of the Sanskrit language: verbal roots (dhatuH), nouns, pronouns – first, second, and third-person usage, different forms of verbs, i.e., tenses – past, present, and future, cases (vibhaktiH), common sentence formations and structures used in the Yogashaastram.

Learning Objectives:

In this course, students will be able to relate to words and expressions from Patanjali Yogasootram in the following areas:

  1. Use of pronouns, persons, and numbers.
  2. Recognize common Sanskrit words, prepositions, and phrases.
  3. Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation.
  4. Understand the use of the 2nd and 6th case-endings and words ending with a vowel.
  5. Identify and use verbal roots (dhatu) and their different forms according to the tenses

Prerequisites: Admission into the Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yogashaastram (CSYS)

Program: Certificate Program in Sanskrit through the Yogashaastram (CSYS) 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required/ Elective: Required

Instructor:   Sri. Padmakumar Korattiyadath 

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday & Friday

Start Date: 13th July 2021

End Date: 24th September 2021

Quarter Offered: Summer 2021