Experience Incredible India
This course offers a unique study abroad opportunity, that includes an authentic, enriching and transformative experience in India. This course is aimed at both students of Hindu University of America as well as people who are interested in participating in a journey of self-reflection and spiritual inquiry.
The course will immerse students into an intense experience of the social, historical, and cultural heritage of Hindu India. Students will discover through an original creative process, the possibilities for connecting more deeply with their own spiritual roots in a more holistic way and explore how to live on this planet with a sense of universal responsibility, and in harmony with all other beings with whom we share this world.
This course involves anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks of journeying in India, including several destinations, incorporating different areas of study. The journey will incorporate immersive experiences of the lifestyle of Yoga and Ayurveda. Students will explore different aspects of the ‘self’ and various wisdom traditions of India and examine them in the light of the challenges of modern life. Students will develop a greater understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of India as an alternate paradigm for life, in relation to the dominant western paradigm centered on material success.
Students will deepen their research into their own particular fields of intellectual interest, while gaining entirely new perspectives on life. They will develop a different understanding of global challenges facing humanity and identify creative solutions. This course can be taken as a part of several different programs or as a stand-alone course. It can also be enjoyed by people who have no academic interest, and simply want to enjoy travel to a world that is at once both ancient and contemporary.
The travel itineraries may vary each time the course is offered. People who enjoy traveling to India, can take the course multiple times, experiencing different aspects of India each time.
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
1. Distinguish the Hindu paradigm and worldview more deeply.
2. Examine Hindu Life in close and intense proximity.
3. Contrast Modernity with Hindu Traditions
4. Integrate traditional Hindu Spirituality with Modern Life.
5. Create new ways of living and contributing in their own lives.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations
Required / Elective: Elective