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Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras

This course provides an immersive introduction to the Mantra and Chanting traditions of Sanatana Dharma. It focuses on 10 popular invocatory verses, also called the daśaśāntimantras that are traditionally chanted before the study of the Upaniṣads. These verses are also chanted by students of Vēdānta as part of their daily prayer. The objective of the course is to provide the student, with an introduction to these Mantras, along with their meaning, and enable to student to integrate these mantras into their daily practice. If you have ever wondered what all these mantras mean, this is a great course to begin your exploration.

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Course Code: TAT1001

Credit Hours: 1

Course Level: 100

This course provides an immersive introduction to the Mantra and Chanting traditions of Sanatana Dharma. It focuses on 10 popular invocatory verses, also called the daśaśāntimantras that are traditionally chanted before the study of the Upaniṣads. These verses are also chanted by students of Vēdānta as part of their daily prayer. The objective of the course is to provide the student, with an introduction to these Mantras, along with their meaning, and enable to student to integrate these mantras into their daily practice. If you have ever wondered what all these mantras mean, this is a great course to begin your exploration.

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Description

Course content:

Vēdānta śāstra is the summit of Hindu thought, comprising of the various Upanisads in the Vedas, along with the commentaries (bhāṣyas) written by numerous Acharyas across the millennia. In the traditional learning of the Vēdānta śāstra (i.e., the Upaniṣads) it is customary for the student and the teacher to recite the daśaśāntimantras (10 invocatory verses) before the commencement of the classes. These śāntimantras are taken from the different Vedas. When a particular Upaniṣad is studied, the śāntimantra of that Veda to which the Upaniṣad belongs is recited. The commentaries on the Upaniṣads by Ādi Śaṅkara also include the śāntimantras and sometimes they serve as a nice introduction to the subject matter. In addition to Śaṅkara’s commentary on the Upaniṣads there is also the Veda bhāṣya of Sayanācārya and other secondary commentaries from which one can glean the enriched meanings of the śāntimantras. This course will give an introduction to the daśaśāntimantras and an initial exposure to the bhāṣyas for the beginning students of Vēdānta.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students of Vēdānta will:

  1. Learn the daśaśāntimantras and their detailed meanings,
  2. Gain exposure to the study of the bhāṣyas,
  3. Be able to develop a plan for a structured study of the Upaniṣads.

Class Structure

There will be one 90 min class every week. This will consist of a lecture for 75 min and a 15 min Q&A pertaining to the subject matter discussed. Class-room participation is encouraged.

Course Material: Class notes and other sources available on the internet

Required / Elective: None

Prerequisites: Some exposure to the Vēdānta śāstra and ability to read Sanskrit.

Faculty: Dr. Venkataraman Swaminathan 

Start Date: 13th April 2021

End Date: 22nd June 2021

Time: 07:00 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

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