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Gita Vidya Sadhana

Course content:

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.

Class Structure

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

Prerequisites: None

Program of Study: Community Education Program, Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Faculty / InstructorMr. Gopi V. Prasad

Day: Saturday

Start Date: April 17th, 2021

End Date: June 26th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Orientation to Hindu Studies

An overview and insight into the design of the curriculum offered by the Hindu University of America. A survey of the central ideas of Hinduism – covering an Ontology of key Sanskrit terms and the principal ideas that are central to the cosmology, practice, and expressions of Sanatana Dharma. The course – orientation to Hindu studies- will include reflections and perspectives on these core concepts, using selected readings from source texts such as the Vedas, Upaniṣhads, Sutras, Itihaasa, Bhagavad-Gītā, Purāṇas and Dharma-Śhāstras. The Hindu world-view based on Dharma with its emphasis on duties and responsibilities and sustainability of life will be contrasted with contemporary ideologies and their focus on rights and privileges, competition and survival of the fittest. The distinction between a discourse of knowledge and a discourse of power will be drawn out. 

In this course students will be able to: 

  1. Explore various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
  2. Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma; Reflect on the Hindu Studies Foundations area.
  3. Inquire into and evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies, and Conflict and Peace studies.
  4. Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
  5. Discover and Create customized pathways for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Prerequisites: This course is a recommended prerequisite for all students who wish to enter into the Graduate program.

Faculty/Instructor:  Kalyan Viswanathan (along with others) 

Day:- Every Thursday

Start Date:- April 15, 2021

End Date:- June 24, 2021

Time:- 09:00 pm EST -10:30 pm EST

Quarter: Spring 2021

Sanskrit Poetry, Literature, Writings, and Biographies

Course Content

  1. Vidhiling lakAra, tavyat, aneeyar usages
  2. 4 types of sandhis (yAntavAntAdesha-sandhi, pUrvarUpa-sandhi, shchutva-sandhi, and jashtva-sandhi)
  3. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  4. Maxims and Analogies (laukeeka-nyAya) – sthAlipulAka-nyAya, ghaTTakuTeeprabhAta-nyAya
  5. Introduction to 3 great poets of Sanskrit literature (bANa, gangAdevee, tirumalAmbA)
  6. Letter writing in Sanskrit

Learning Objectives: In this course, students will be able to: 

  • Construct phrases with additional tenses and conjugates;
  • Examine important proverbs embedded in the literature;
  • Create correspondence via standard letter writing norms; and
  • Inquire further into biographies of poets and litterateurs.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency (CP SP)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN-2002 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu / Sri Srinath Chakravarthy 

Quarter Offered: Fall 2021

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Day: TBD

Time: TBD

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