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Gita Vidya Sadhana

Course content:

The Course focuses on 116 shlokas (verses) selected out of the 700 from the Bhagavad-Gita thematically structured under the topics of Hindu Identity, Wisdom, and Pathways towards spiritual growth. It also presents an overview of the six dimensions of divine wisdom namely, Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.

The Sadhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive, and Collaborative ways of online learning. The course material for active learning will be made available in multiple languages, while the interactive sessions will be conducted in English. The course material will be made available online in PDF format. The guided practice of shloka chanting is supported by videos.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  • Discover the foundations of Hindu Dharma from the Bhagavad-Gita
  • Gain an overview of the Hindu Identity, Wisdom, and Pathways for spiritual growth.
  • Practice accurate pronunciation of the shlokas through guided chanting.
  • Explore the origin and basis of various beliefs, customs, and rituals in Hindu Dharma.
  • Distinguish between the paths of Karma, Gyana, Dhyana, and Bhakti.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hour with 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 video recordings of chanting for each module. At the end of each module an online test shall be conducted with multiple choice and match the following type questions.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Program of Study: Community Education Program, Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Faculty / Instructor:  Gopi V. Prasad

Start Date: January 16, 2021

End Date: March 27, 2021

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

Gita Vidya Sodhana

Course content:

The ‘Gita Vidya Bhasya Sindhu’ is a collection of commentaries by various Acharyas on the Bhagavad-Gita, which will be made available to the Class participants. Students will compare the meanings, interpretations, and emphasis provided by any three different Bhashyas i.e. commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, and summarise their observations as part of active learning. Participants will share their observations and discuss the varied interpretations under the guidance of faculty during the interactive sessions. Students will be required to submit their compilation of various interpretations and their own findings in summary form for each module and present a final report at the end of the course.

The Sodhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive, and Collaborative ways of online learning. The course material for active learning is available in multiple languages. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. These courses enable the students to memorize, understand, and apply the essential aspects of the divine wisdom imparted by Shri Krishna to Arjuna.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course participants will be able to:

  • Discover the interpretations from different commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita by comparing and analysing the similarities and differences between the interpretations of various acharyas.
  • Comprehend the simultaneous co-existence of diverse understandings of the divine wisdom of Hindu Dharma, enshrined in its varied Sampradayas.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 3 contact hours with faculty every week. The classes are 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 their reflections on each lesson. At the end of the Sodhana course, each participant shall submit a final report for the entire course.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Must have completed the HSF 1004 – Gita Vidya Sadhana Course 

Faculty / Instructor:  Gopi V. Prasad

Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

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