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An Overview of the Veda

The Vedic-view of the purpose of life as explained by the four puruṣārthas – Dharma, Artha, Kāma, and Mokṣa will be discussed. An overview of the four Vedas, each consisting of the two major categories, which are further subdivided into different portions, the arrangement of the mantras into mandalas and aśtaka systems, internal classifications of each Veda into Samhitā, Brāhmana, Āraṇyaka, and Upaniṣads will be covered. The Veda’s structural hierarchy and purpose, and supplementary texts of the Vedic corpus such as – Sūtra – Bhāṣya – Vyākhyā – Ṭīkā – Ṭippaṇī – Prapaňcikā – Saṅgraha – Kārikā – Vṛtti – Vārtika – Prakaraṇa – Vāda – Khaṇḍana, including an overview of the six Darśanas will be examined, in addition to the differences between śruti and Smṛti

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the whole Vedic body of knowledge and its layout.
  2. Understand the inter-relationships of the various components of the Vedic corpus.
  3. Inquire into the concept of human progress in relation to the timelessness of ancient Vedic knowledge.
  4. Explore the relevance of the Vedic body of knowledge in today’s age.
  5. Examine contemporary views and interpretations of the Veda.

Areas of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a program of Study

Faculty:  Sri Swāmi Svātmānanda

The Foundation of Vedānta

A systematic and methodological approach to the study of Vedanta will be presented. The pursuit of Vedanta through the Prasthana-traya (three-pronged approach) which includes the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā, Brahma Sūtras, and the Upanishads, including prakarana granthas will be outlined. The Guru-Śhisya-Śhastra trilogy as key elements of a unique teaching tradition necessary for the transmission of knowledge and the envisioned transformation to occur will be elaborated in detail. The basic tenets of the varied schools of Vedanta – Advaita, Visiśtādvaita, Dvaita, Dvaitādvaita, Bhedābheda, Acintyabhedābheda, Śuddhādvaita, Śivādvaita, etc will be discussed.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the preparation and prerequisites required for the study of Vedanta.
  2. Understand the nature of the Self, the Universe and the relationship between the two. 
  3. Compare Vedantic perspectives about the Self, Consciousness and the Universe with an ancient and contemporary scientific and philosophical understanding.
  4. Discover the transformative potential of Vedanta for conscious evolution, contentment, and happiness.

Areas of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty:  Sri Swami Svatmananda

The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

To fully appreciate the teachings of Śri Krishna in Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā, it’s individual verses need to be viewed from the perspective of the whole teaching. In this course, this vision is presented through ten essential verses of the Gītā, which forms the structural framework of the vision of the Gītā. Discussing verses individually and out of context without understanding the complete vision of the Gītā leads to philosophical inconsistencies and contradictions. The vision seen in its entirety helps in reconciling various fragmentary and often contradictory perspectives on the Gītā. The Hindu world-view is based on the Gītā with its emphasis on dharma and the sustainability of society as a whole coexisting unit.  This course will juxtapose contemporary ideologies and their focus on the rights and privileges, competition and survival of the fittest with the teachings of the Gītā.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Explore multiple perspectives or interpretations of the Gītā.
  2. Analyze and discuss differing philosophies and schools of thought compared to the Gītā.
  3. Distinguish contemporary views on the Gītā.
  4. Explore the relevance of the Gītā in their own personal lives.

Areas of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Required / Elective: Required for all Graduate Level Programs

Faculty:  Sri Swami Svatmananda

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