This course is part of “Hindu Contributions To The World” series which facilitates a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient families of traditions and civilization to move past the modern myth that the Hindus, were backward and primitive, throughout time, and might have remained so, but for western interventions.
The set of courses, “Hindu Contributions To The World In the Realm of Mind”, explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of Mind, which has shaped the Self-understanding of humanity. It constitutes one part of two mutually independent, but naturally supplementing courses.
The other set of courses, “Hindu Contributions To The World In the Realm of Matter” explores the Hindu contributions which have influenced Human progress in the material world, and the sciences.
In contemporary times, following the European Colonization of India, it has become ‘received knowledge’ that the Hindus were and continue to be ritualistic, superstitious, poverty ridden, timid, bare, and barely noticeable as a ‘static’ people, whose history is nothing more than the history of successive waves of invaders and colonizers who made India their home for a time.
This set of courses, looks beyond this myth set in motion by a 200-year long colonial encounter, and examines the evidence for the development of thought, philosophy, spirituality, yoga, meditation, mathematics, lifestyles, consciousness and mind, that made India such a desirable civilization across times.
It addresses the question, why did everyone, seemingly the world over, seek out the Hindu civilization, and for what?
This particular course can be taken as a course in the Certificate Program In Hindu Studies or as a stand-alone course. The different courses in the Hindu Contributions to The World series can be taken sequentially in any order or as stand-alone courses too. They can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents and grandparents as well.
This set of courses “Hindu Contributions to The World in the Realm of Mind” explores Hindu thought at its finest, and its contributions to the realm of consciousness, spirituality, mind sciences and the relation between the spiritual world and the material world.
It uncovers the way Hindu thought traveled and diffused into other world civilizations and cultures, throughout history as it continues to do so today.
It highlights 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 2 parts of 10 sessions each where each part spans a quarter, this set of courses will cover a variety of areas of innovation, inventions, development ideas and thought, that characterized the Hindu civilization for millennia.
These areas will include Health and Wellness, Ayurveda, Vaccines, ideas such as Yoga, Dharma, Karma, Dhyana, Ahimsa, Mathematics, Music, Epics, Fables and Stories, Arts, Education, Sports, Vegetarianism, Astronomy, Meridians, Time zones, Philosophy and Spirituality.
These set of Courses will explore how Hindu thought impacted the world, and how it morphed and adapted to different cultures and environments
During this course, students will acquire a 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. It will 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 cohesiveness with which mind and matter have been integrated in Hindu thought.
- Learn about how Hindu thought has diffused gently and quietly throughout time, to impact the world’s cultures and civilizations.
- Discover the Hindu paradigm of emphasizing both, the world of consciousness and the material world equally, for a healthy, holistic, and successful life, that led to 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 is designed as 2 parts –
Hindu Contributions To the World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Sciences and Arts
This part will focus on concepts and practices from the Hindu Civilization which went on to influence and revolutionize the development of world thought as well as practice in the fields of Sciences and Arts.
Hindu Contributions to The World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Living and Lifestyle
In this part, focus will be on how the Hindus have laid stress on balance and have provided thought leadership to the world and steered it, especially in the areas of how to lead a balanced life. How was this undermined and how can the leadership status be regained?
Each part will span 1 Quarter, with 1 live online teaching session per week.
Each live teaching session will be of 100 minutes duration with multimedia lectures and interactions with the faculty.
Each live online session needs to be followed up with roughly 100 minutes of Reading the Online material provided, viewing of short films and maintaining a Diary.
Assessment will be done through periodic Quizzes and class attendance.
Each course in this set as well as in the Hindu Contributions to the World series is independent of the other and can be taken in any sequence.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Required/ Elective: Elective
Prerequisites: Admission into program of study
Quarter Offered: Spring 2022
Start Date: April 9, 2022
End Date: June 18, 2022
Day: Every Saturday
USA Time: 11:00 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST / 8:30 pm IST – 10:00 pm IST
2)Australia and New Zealand Batch (ANZ)-
Start Date: April 10, 2022
End Date: June 19, 2022
Day: Every Sunday
AUSTRALIA Time: 6:00 PM AEST – 7:30 PM AEST/ 1:30 pm IST – 3:00 pm IST