A systematic and methodological approach to the study of Vedanta will be presented. The pursuit of Vedanta through the Prasthana-traya (three-pronged approach) which includes the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā, Brahma Sūtras, and the Upanishads, including prakarana granthas will be outlined. The Guru-Śhisya-Śhastra trilogy as key elements of a unique teaching tradition necessary for the transmission of knowledge and the envisioned transformation to occur will be elaborated in detail. The basic tenets of the varied schools of Vedanta – Advaita, Visiśtādvaita, Dvaita, Dvaitādvaita, Bhedābheda, Acintyabhedābheda, Śuddhādvaita, Śivādvaita, etc will be discussed.
In this course students will be able to:
- Recognize the preparation and prerequisites required for the study of Vedanta.
- Understand the nature of the Self, the Universe and the relationship between the two.
- Compare Vedantic perspectives about the Self, Consciousness and the Universe with an ancient and contemporary scientific and philosophical understanding.
- Discover the transformative potential of Vedanta for conscious evolution, contentment, and happiness.
Areas of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations
Required / Elective: Required
Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study
Faculty: Sri Swami Svatmananda