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The Mahābhārata I: From Beginning to End

This course is the first of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course will prepare them to read the Mahābhārata thoughtfully, using the tools of philosophy, logical inquiry, hermeneutics, and poetic theory. Students will learn to locate the Mahābhārata within a textual tradition extending backward into the Vedic Saṃhitās and forward into the Purāṇas and Āgamas. They will also develop an appreciation for why, even today, this text continues to be foundational for the living tradition of Hinduism. Thereafter, we shall explore the history/myth distinction for the Mahābhārata which will allow us to appreciate the text as a dharmaśāstra and a mokṣaśāstra and as a work of epic poetry i.e, a mahākāvya. 

This course will also provide a comprehensive overview of the extent and divisions of the Mahābhārata and its different editions. Students will learn to read and work with the critical edition, about textual and historical issues, and Mahābhārata Scholarship.

 

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Course Code: TAT 7201

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 700

This course is the first of a 6-part Course Sequence that explores the great epic of India, The Mahābhārata

Aimed at intermediate and advanced students, this course will prepare them to read the Mahābhārata thoughtfully, using the tools of philosophy, logical inquiry, hermeneutics, and poetic theory. Students will learn to locate the Mahābhārata within a textual tradition extending backward into the Vedic Saṃhitās and forward into the Purāṇas and Āgamas. They will also develop an appreciation for why, even today, this text continues to be foundational for the living tradition of Hinduism. Thereafter, we shall explore the history/myth distinction for the Mahābhārata which will allow us to appreciate the text as a dharmaśāstra and a mokṣaśāstra and as a work of epic poetry i.e, a mahākāvya. 

This course will also provide a comprehensive overview of the extent and divisions of the Mahābhārata and its different editions. Students will learn to read and work with the critical edition, about textual and historical issues, and Mahābhārata Scholarship.

 

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Description

In this course, Books 1 and 18, (Ādiparvan and Svargārohaṇaparvan), the first and last books (parvans) of the epic, will be studied to provide an overview of the epic “as a whole.” We shall read these two major books in detail. The first minor book of the Ādiparvan or the Book of the Beginning contains a clear statement of its character and purpose. The Mahābhārata is declared to be pañcamaveda, specifically, the Veda of Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vyāsa; it is also an Upaniṣad connecting the human to the Divine, with its presentation of Kṛṣṇa Vāsudeva as Brahman. The second minor book (upaparvan) provides a summary of the text, whereas the third minor book provides a pedagogic “initiation” into the text and the hermeneutic keys to its interpretation. The text thus itself answers the question of how we ought to read the Mahābhārata. We shall read the entire Ādiparvan, focusing carefully on the Vedāntic import of prominent episodes such as the Garuḍa narrative and the narrative of the four Śārngaka birds, with which this major book closes. In the final part of the course, we shall read the Svargārohaṇaparvan with which the epic and the snake-sacrifice of Janamejaya closeout. What issues does this brief book raise with regard to the interpretation of dharma and salvation?

Areas of Study: Text and Traditions

Required/ Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Completed Orientation to Hindu Studies

Instructor: Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Day:- Every Saturday

Start Date:- 9 January 2021

End Date:-  20 March 2021

Time:- 10:00 am EST – 01:00  pm EST.

Quarter: Winter 2021

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Quarter Offered

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