The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing. The Vedic vision did not exclude any group or peoples, unlike most ideologies which seek advantage for one group of people at the expense of others, but sought to provide such knowledge that could protect, enhance, empower and enrich life for all peoples who pursued these knowledge systems. The theory and practice of Āyurveda are one of the vital applied sciences derived from the Vedic vision. This course is the first of a two-part course series that provides the familiarity of the knowledge system of Āyurveda, by exploring its background and key contributors to the different schools of Āyurveda.
This course provides an in-depth appreciation of the science and practice of Āyurveda, through a study of one of the core texts pertaining to the portions suggesting regimen for individuals corresponding to the different seasons. This primary text in Sanskrit will be discussed, along with some of the major commentaries on the source text.
In this course students will be able to:
- Understand the sensibility in the system of Āyurveda that customizes its prescriptions based on factors that impact the health and wellbeing of people.
- Assimilate the role and relevance of Āyurveda as a manual of holistic wellbeing.
Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies
Required / Elective: Elective
1) The medium of Instruction is Sanskrit
2)Only currently enrolled Sanskrit master’s certificate students can register for these courses. (MIT-SVS)
3) Admission into Master Program in Sanskrit through MIT-SVS
4) Completed previous MA Sanskrit Course
5) Completion of the Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Ayurveda)
Quarter Offered: Winter Quarter