The Sadhana Course helps students to understand, explore and apply the divine wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their own lives. This course simplifies the learning process of the Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner by using easy to understand graphic illustrations and simple to practice recitations. The course is divided into 3 modules Deha, Gnana and Yoga. The Deha module highlights the Material and Psychic aspects of the body. The Gnana module describes the Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of divine wisdom. The Yoga module explains the four paths of Yoga in Bhagavad-Gita. The course simplifies the learning process for the beginner using specially designed graphic workbooks, transliteration textbooks in multiple languages and guided audios, available in recitation and practice versions. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English.
The Course lays the foundation to the 3-part series of Sadhana, Sodhana and Vaadana courses, through which Students will acquire a thorough overview of Hindu Dharma and enrich the quality of their spiritual lives.
Shloka Parichaya (Introduction to the verse): Students understand the verses in two steps.
Step 1: Shloka Shravana (Listening to the verse): In this step the students will get to know the accurate pronunciation of each verse.
Step 2: Bhava Darshana (Graphic illustration): In this step the meaning of the verse is explained through graphic illustration.
Shloka Sadhana (Practice of the verse): Students shall practice the verses in two steps.
Step 3: Shloka Anucharana (Guided recitation): In this step students will learn the accurate pronunciation of each verse through guided practice. After this step the students would be able to independently practice the recitation using the guided chanting audios available online.
Step 4: Shloka Rachana (Copy writing the shloka): In this step each verse is written in a language of choice by copying from the transliteration textbook.
“Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner” introduces about 140 carefully curated verses (out of 700) under 17 thematic lessons from the Bhagavad Gita to students, who have no prior exposure to this important Hindu Text. In this course the participants shall study the meanings of each verse followed by guided recitation during online interactive classes. The Sadhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive and Collaborative ways of learning and offers guided practice of shlokas followed by interactive discussion of their meaning. It is the first of a three-course series titled, Sadhana, Sodhana and Vaadana.
There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. After the weekly class the students will be required to submit audio recordings of verses and complete online assignments with drag and drop type questions.
Required / Elective: Elective
Faculty / Instructor: Mr. Gopi V. Prasad
Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST
Day: Every Saturday
Start Date: October 9, 2021
End Date: December 18, 2021
Quarter Offered: Fall 2021