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Introduction to Vedas

Course content:

An overview of the central theme of the Vedas and their classification as Ṛg, Yajus, Sāma, and Atharva and structural classification as Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka, and Upaniṣad along with a brief introduction to the allied literature of the Vedas are discussed in this course. The Hindu philosophy of life and worldview that intrinsically supports diversity and universal wellbeing, which has enabled the Vedic culture to sustain itself in the face of considerable adversity is also explored.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the landscape of Vedic and allied literature
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize Life as a continuous framework for the evolution of all beings of the world
  4. Reconcile seemingly conflicting and diverse ideas sustained by the Vedic culture

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Masters’ Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof Ramanujachar

Quarter Offered:  TBD

The Vedas (Atharva)

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features and contents of the Atharvaveda as well as provides illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa and Upaniṣad sections of the Atharvaveda that show how they differ from each other.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Atharvaveda as well as the overview of its contents
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in nature, features, form, content, structure, and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the course “Introduction to the Vedas”

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter Offered:  TBD

The Vedas (Ṛgveda)

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features, structure, and contents of the Ṛgveda as well as provides illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka and Upaniṣad sections of the Ṛgveda to understand how they vary in their features and content from each other.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Ṛgveda and an overview of their content
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview and its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in the nature, features, form, content, structure and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Faculty: Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter: TBD

The Vedas (Yajus-Sāma)

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features and contents of the Yajurveda and Sāmaveda as well as illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka and Upaniṣad sections, that show how they differ from each other. The various musical svara-s (intonations) of the Sāmaveda are also featured in this course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Yajur and Sāma Vedas as well as an overview of their content
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in nature, features, form, content, structure, and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the course “Introduction to the Vedas”

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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