Sri Aurobindo believed that India must rise to give Sanatana Dharma to the world, to the whole of humanity. He said, that while “… other religions are preponderating religions of faith and profession, but the Sanatana Dharma is life itself; it is a thing that has not so much to be believed as lived. This is the dharma that for the salvation of humanity was cherished in the seclusion of this peninsula from of old.”
It is the Dharma which is universal in nature and embraces all. It is the Dharma whose sole aspiration is to triumph over falsehood and all that limits us. It is the Dharma which aspires to awaken the spirit in matter. It is the Dharma which embraces all possible means to become one with the Divine. Unfortunately, post-independent India, embarked on a journey of progress that deepened a plethora of misunderstandings and misinterpretations of this eternal Dharma, alienating people from their cultural roots. We are in the midst of a struggle which is not only bewildering and perplexing but is also full of confusions and blind prejudices and passions. Consequently, an average young Indian mind, whether born and brought up in India or abroad, feels handicapped in matters of Sanatana Dharma as it has not yet discovered the conviction to lead a life consistent with the vision of Sanatana Dharma.
What does the future hold? What is the future of Sanatana Dharma? Perhaps no one else has spoken more eloquently on this subject than Sri Aurobindo, the Rishi of India’s renaissance. It is in Sri Aurobindo that we see that the renascent India is called upon to build up integral consciousness which can manifest the divine potently, and find original solutions in all fields of activity, scientific, philosophical, cultural, social, economic, political, and so on. In this course, on the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, we will revisit his vision, for the future of Bharat, and of Sanatana Dharma.
The part 1 of this course covered an overview of Sri Aurobindo’s life and works, fundamentals of Sanatana Dharma, foundations of Indian culture, an overview of the sacred texts of Sanatana Dharma, the idea of Spirituality, Dharma, Purushartha, Brahmacharya and the the message of Sanatana Dharma to the humanity. All these are discussed in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
The part 2 of the course was dedicated to introducing the sacred texts of Sanatana Dharma (Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and Tantra) and evaluating those in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
This is the third and the last part of the course which aims at introducing some of the key concepts of Sanatana Dharma. A better understanding the key concepts like Gods and Goddesses, Punarjanma or Rebirth, Law of Karma and Human Destiny, Avatarhood, Rituals, Fasts and Festivals etc. is very much necessary in order to dive deep into the endless depth of Sanatana Dharma. All these will be discussed in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s Perspectives.
In this course, learners will be able to:
- Get introduced to the many nuances of some of the fundamental texts of Sanatana Dharma: the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, Tantra and the texts of various schools of Indian Philosophy.
- Have a deeper understanding of symbolism of the sacred texts of Sanatana Dharma in the light of Sri Aurobindo
- Integrate the ‘key words’ of Sanatana Dharma and their inner significance as used in the fundamental texts under study
- Appreciate the subtleties and profundities of these texts of Sanatana Dharma
- Evaluate and apply the teachings of the sacred texts of Sanatana Dharma in one’s day to day life.
- Understand the contribution of the Rishi tradition of Bharat
- Learn many Mantras and other relevant portions of the sacred texts and internalise their message.
- Understand the basis of how the Rishis of the past were able to create such a great repository of spiritual knowledge.
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Required/ Elective: Elective
Prerequisites: Admission into program of study.
Faculty: Dr. Sampadananda Mishra
Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST
Start Date: July 13, 2022
End Date: September 21, 2022
Day: Every Wednesday
Quarter Offered: Summer 2022