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The Vision of the Bhagavad-Gītā

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many spiritual traditions, influencing philosophers and civilizations around the world from ancient to modern times. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the whole and complete vision of the Gītā

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Course Code: HSF 5002

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

Distilled from the Upaniṣad, the Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā is a fundamental text of Hindu Dharma which has given rise to many spiritual traditions, influencing philosophers and civilizations around the world from ancient to modern times. This course will provide the student with an understanding of the whole and complete vision of the Gītā

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To fully appreciate the teachings of Śri Krishna in Śrīmad Bhagavad-Gītā, it’s individual verses need to be viewed from the perspective of the whole teaching. In this course, this vision is presented through ten essential verses of the Gītā, which forms the structural framework of the vision of the Gītā. Discussing verses individually and out of context without understanding the complete vision of the Gītā leads to philosophical inconsistencies and contradictions. The vision seen in its entirety helps in reconciling various fragmentary and often contradictory perspectives on the Gītā. The Hindu world-view is based on the Gītā with its emphasis on dharma and the sustainability of society as a whole coexisting unit.  This course will juxtapose contemporary ideologies and their focus on the rights and privileges, competition and survival of the fittest with the teachings of the Gītā.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Explore multiple perspectives or interpretations of the Gītā.
  2. Analyze and discuss differing philosophies and schools of thought compared to the Gītā.
  3. Distinguish contemporary views on the Gītā.
  4. Explore the relevance of the Gītā in their own personal lives.

Areas of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Required / Elective: Required for all Graduate Level Programs

Faculty:  Sri Swami Svatmananda

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