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Gita Vidya Sadhana

Course content:

The Course focuses on 116 shlokas (verses) selected out of the 700 from the Bhagavad-Gita thematically structured under the topics of Hindu Identity, Wisdom, and Pathways towards spiritual growth. It also 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 course material will be made available online in PDF format. The guided practice of shloka chanting is supported by videos.

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: Sunday

Start Date: January 17, 2021

End Date: March 28, 2021

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 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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