In this Course, students will be introduced to both the Bhagavad Geeta (Chapter 1) and simple Samskritam. Elementary structures of the Sanskrit language will be illustrated through the verses of the Bhagavad Geeta. Students will gain familiarity with the script, and rapidly expand their vocabulary. Using special handouts, each verse of the Bhagavad Geeta will be expounded to unravel both the meaning of the verse and the structure of the language. Students will learn to think about the Bhagavad Geeta from within the Sanskrit language, and the worldview that it represents.
This course is the 1st in a 16-course sequence which constitutes the Certificate Program in Bhagavad Geeta through Samskritam. In this course, the Faculty will lead the students verse by verse, in sequence through the Bhagavad Geeta, while simultaneously unfolding both the meanings of the verses in Chapter 1 as well as the nuances of the language. This course will also introduce the students to the following elements of the Sanskrit language: verbal roots (dhatu), nouns, pronouns – first, second, and third-person usage, cases, and common sentence formation and structure used in the Bhagavad Geeta.
In this course, students will be able to relate to words and expressions from the Bhagavad Geeta in the following areas:
- Use of pronouns, persons, and numbers.
- Recognize common Sanskrit words, prepositions, and phrases.
- Discover building blocks of the language through simple everyday conversation.
- Understand the use of the 2nd and 6th case-endings and words ending with a vowel.
Prerequisites: Admission to Program of Study
Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies
Program of Study: Certificate Program in Bhagavad Geeta through Sanskrit(BGTS)
Start Date: April 8, 2023
End Date: June 24, 2023
Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST
Quarter Offered: Spring 2023