Gita Vidya Sadhana course deals with the study of the meanings and interpretations of selected versus of Bhagavad-Gita grouped under 17 thematic topics. The Course focuses on 140 shlokas (verses) selected out of the 700 from the Bhagavad-Gita thematically structured under the topics of Hindu Wisdom, and Hindu Pathways towards spiritual growth. It focuses on the Material and Psychic aspects of the universe and presents an overview of the six dimensions of divine wisdom namely, Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.
The Sadhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive and Collaborative ways of online learning. The course material for active learning will be made available in multiple languages, while the interactive sessions will be conducted in English. The guided practice of shloka chanting is supported by videos. The 140 shlokas are illustrated with specially created descriptive diagrams. These diagrams help students with average and low proficiency in Sanskrit language to grasp the meaning of the shloka.
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
- Discover the foundations of Hindu Dharma from the Bhagavad-Gita
- Gain an overview of the Hindu Identity, Wisdom, and Pathways for spiritual growth.
- Practice accurate pronunciation of the shlokas through guided chanting.
- Explore the origin and basis of various beliefs, customs, and rituals in Hindu Dharma.
- Distinguish between the paths of Karma, Gyana, Dhyana, and Bhakti.
There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hour with faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit video recordings of chanting for each module. At the end of each module, an online test shall be conducted with multiple-choice and match the following type of questions.
Required / Elective: Elective
Program of Study: Community Education Program, Certificate Program in Hindu Studies
Faculty / Instructor: Mr. Gopi V. Prasad
Start Date: April 17th, 2021
End Date: June 26th, 2021
Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST
Quarter Offered: Spring 2021