“Exploring Hinduism” is a series of courses that facilitate a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient families of traditions and civilization. This course moves past the modern myth that the Hindus were ‘other-worldly’ and were immersed in nothing more than the Vedas, Yoga, Spirituality, Meditation, Penance, and in seeking Liberation from birth and death. It uncovers a holistic view of the source of the sustained prosperity and wealth of the Hindus across vast stretches of time. It investigates the question – “Are Hindu ideas obsolete? Or do they have contemporary relevance?”
Over 20 sessions, spanning a quarter, this course will cover a variety of areas of innovation, inventions, development and trade, and sustained contributions that characterized the Hindu civilization for millennia. These areas will include Metals, Textiles, Dyes, Spices, Diamonds, Navigation, Fireworks, Perfumes, and how these innovations impacted the world. During this course, students will acquire newfound confidence from the dawning of a recognition that the Hindu Civilization has been quite different from what our received knowledge has led us to believe and renew their trust in the Hindu worldview and way of life, that has been so sustainable and successful for so long.
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course, students will
- Discover the prosperity of the Hindu Civilization that lasted for millennia, till about a few hundred years ago.
- Uncover the advanced state of technology and industry practiced by the Hindus.
- Discover the Hindu ethos and perspective of practicing industry and trade in a sustainable manner.
- Examine the forces that can upset and destroy such millennia-long cultivated prosperity in a short time
- Gain insight into the secret of prosperity and balance that the Hindus possessed which enabled their civilizational advancement and affluence
- Develop the confidence to think laterally with regard to the challenges and problems facing humanity and propose paradigm-shifting approaches towards the future
The course spans 1 Quarter with 2 online sessions per week. Each session will comprise of 60 minutes with lectures and interactions with the faculty and will include Quizzes and Assignments.
Prerequisites: Admission to Program of Study
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Start Date: TBD
End Date: TBD
Quarter Offered: TBD