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Freedom and Reality: An Introduction to Advaita Vedanta

Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the problem of human suffering? Is there any reality beyond the world we know? These are questions that human beings have asked in all places and at all times. The Rishis (sages) of ancient India probed these questions in great depth, not as philosophical speculations, but as matters of the utmost relevance and importance. In this course, we will explore their inquiry and concluding vision, and examine its bearing upon our lives today.

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Course Code: HSF 5004

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

$900.00

Who am I, really? Why am I here?  Why do we suffer?  Is there any solution to the problem of human suffering? Is there any reality beyond the world we know? These are questions that human beings have asked in all places and at all times. The Rishis (sages) of ancient India probed these questions in great depth, not as philosophical speculations, but as matters of the utmost relevance and importance. In this course, we will explore their inquiry and concluding vision, and examine its bearing upon our lives today.

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Learning Outcome:-

  1. Effectively analyze the nature of the human problem.
  2. Discern the difference between knowledge and action as means (sadhana) for a given end and the sphere of applicability of both.
  3. Understand Advaita Vedanta’s epistemology and its relevance to the human problem.
  4. Gain clarity on the Advaita view of reality and non-duality.
  5. Recognize and analyze the differences between some modern and ancient interpretations of Advaita. and the traditional view.
  6. Learn the prerequisites for the knowledge of Advaita and the skills required to gain them.
  7. Understand the place of Yoga in gaining the vision of  Advaita

The vision of Advaita Vedanta is that one, non-dual consciousness is the content of you, the world and the cause of the world. It is both immanent and transcendent and can be known by a human being who has equipped himself/herself with the necessary prerequisites.  This knowledge, contained in the Upanisads, releases the individual from the problem of human suffering. In this course we will explore the nature and substance of this liberating knowledge through key dialogues in some of the major Upanisads, using as a guide the commentary of Sankara, Advaita’s seminal exponent. We will also engage with selections from the Bhagavad Gita, which elaborates upon topics handled with characteristic brevity in the Upanisads. In addition to expanding on the metaphysical teachings of the Upanisads, the Gita treats the prerequisites for understanding the teachings, under the rubric of karma-yoga, in great detail. This will include a discussion of the place of Astanga Yoga in Advaita Vedanta. We will conclude by examining some competing views on Vedanta, including modern interpretations. The course is designed to introduce in a comprehensive but accessible way, the vision of Advaita Vedanta.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admissions into a Program of Study

Faculty/Instructor: Swamini Agamananda Saraswati

Quarter Offered: Winter 2020

Area of Study:- Hindu Studies Foundation 

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