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Gita Vidya Sodhana

Gita Vidya Sodhana is the second part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana and Vadana that help students to integrate the wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their lives. The Sodhana Course enables students to engage with the meanings of selected Shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita from a comparative perspective. Students will examine the interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita shlokas by careful analysis of the commentaries of at least 3 different Acharyas, representing 3 major Sampradayas. As they do this, the students will acquire a deeper understanding of Hindu Dharma and gain an appreciation for the plurality of  spiritual perspectives and pathways available within Hindu Dharma, that will enrich their lives.

Course Code: HSF 2004

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 200

Gita Vidya Sodhana is the second part of a three-part sequence of courses titled Sadhana, Sodhana and Vadana that help students to integrate the wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their lives. The Sodhana Course enables students to engage with the meanings of selected Shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita from a comparative perspective. Students will examine the interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita shlokas by careful analysis of the commentaries of at least 3 different Acharyas, representing 3 major Sampradayas. As they do this, the students will acquire a deeper understanding of Hindu Dharma and gain an appreciation for the plurality of  spiritual perspectives and pathways available within Hindu Dharma, that will enrich their lives.

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Course content:

The ‘Gita Vidya Bhasya Sindhu’ is a collection of commentaries by various Acharyas on the Bhagavad-Gita, which will be made available to the Class participants. Students will compare the meanings, interpretations, and emphasis provided by any three different Bhashyas i.e. commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, and summarise their observations as part of active learning. Participants will share their observations and discuss the varied interpretations under the guidance of faculty during the interactive sessions. Students will be required to submit their compilation of various interpretations and their own findings in summary form for each module and present a final report at the end of the course.

The Sodhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive, and Collaborative ways of online learning. The course material for active learning is available in multiple languages. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. These courses enable the students to memorize, understand, and apply the essential aspects of the divine wisdom imparted by Shri Krishna to Arjuna.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course participants will be able to:

  • Discover the interpretations from different commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita by comparing and analysing the similarities and differences between the interpretations of various acharyas.
  • Comprehend the simultaneous co-existence of diverse understandings of the divine wisdom of Hindu Dharma, enshrined in its varied Sampradayas.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 3 contact hours with faculty every week. The classes are structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit their reflections on each lesson. At the end of the Sodhana course, each participant shall submit a final report for the entire course.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Must have completed the HSF 1004 – Gita Vidya Sadhana Course 

Faculty / Instructor:  Gopi V. Prasad

Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

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