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 course 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 course can be taken as a continuing course in the series titled “Exploring Hinduism”, or as a stand-alone course. Both the Hindu Contributions To The World courses can be taken sequentially in any order or as a stand-alone course too. It can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents and grandparents as well.
“Exploring Hinduism” is a series of courses that facilitates 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 backward and primitive, throughout time, and might have remained so, but for a western intervention.
It 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 20 sessions, spanning a quarter, this course will cover a variety of areas of innovation, inventions, development of 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. The Course 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 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 engaging Quizzes.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Required/ Elective: Elective
Quarter Offered: Spring 2021
Day: Saturday & Sunday
Time: 11:00 am EST -12:00 pm EST
Start Date: 10th April 2021
End Date: 27th June 2021