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Introduction to Vedas

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The vast body of texts based on the Vedas is broadly classified into 18 vidyāsthānas i.e. knowledge disciplines. These literary resources are in turn deeply aligned with living traditions and practices that constitute the Vedic way of life. This course provides a survey of the Vedic literary corpus and the ways in which it permeates Hindu culture and civilization spanning numerous traditions.

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Course Code: SAN 5101

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. The vast body of texts based on the Vedas is broadly classified into 18 vidyāsthānas i.e. knowledge disciplines. These literary resources are in turn deeply aligned with living traditions and practices that constitute the Vedic way of life. This course provides a survey of the Vedic literary corpus and the ways in which it permeates Hindu culture and civilization spanning numerous traditions.

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Course content:

An overview of the central theme of the Vedas and their classification as Ṛg, Yajus, Sāma, and Atharva and structural classification as Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka, and Upaniṣad along with a brief introduction to the allied literature of the Vedas are discussed in this course. The Hindu philosophy of life and worldview that intrinsically supports diversity and universal wellbeing, which has enabled the Vedic culture to sustain itself in the face of considerable adversity is also explored.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the landscape of Vedic and allied literature
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize Life as a continuous framework for the evolution of all beings of the world
  4. Reconcile seemingly conflicting and diverse ideas sustained by the Vedic culture

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Masters’ Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof Ramanujachar

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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