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Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Āyurveda)

Course Content:

This course provides a survey of the science and practice of Ayurveda, through an overview of the key texts and contributions in the discipline. The concept of wellbeing, and not merely medication, that is central to Āyurveda is elucidated in the course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the major contributors and their writings and commentaries that built up the applied science and knowledge system of Āyurveda.
  2. Assimilate the role and relevance of Āyurveda as a science of wellbeing.
  3. Recognize the different schools of Āyurveda based on their theories.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:  Completion of 12 Credit-Hours of Course work in the MA in Sanskrit / Masters’ Certificate in Sanskrit

Quarter Offered: Fall Quarter

Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Jyotiṣa)

Course Content:

This course provides a survey of the science and practice of Jyotiṣa, through an overview of the key texts and contributions in the discipline. A primer text in Sanskrit which discusses the categories of this science and how they are interpreted to provide insights related to their influences at different levels is studied in this course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the scientific/ mathematic relevance of astronomy as essential for the study of astrology.
  2. Understand the major contributors and their contributions to scientific thought in the Indic knowledge system.
  3. Observe how the basic astrological elements have been derived and interpreted in the Jyotiṣa-śāstra.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of 12 Credit-Hours of Course work in the MA in Sanskrit6 limbs / Masters’ Certificate in Sanskrit

Quarter Offered:  Fall Quarter

Introduction to Vedas

Course content:

An overview of the central theme of the Vedas and their classification as Ṛg, Yajus, Sāma, and Atharva and structural classification as Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa, Āraṇyaka, and Upaniṣad along with a brief introduction to the allied literature of the Vedas are discussed in this course. The Hindu philosophy of life and worldview that intrinsically supports diversity and universal wellbeing, which has enabled the Vedic culture to sustain itself in the face of considerable adversity is also explored.

Mīmāṁsā Basic

Course Content:

This course involves discussion of the tradition of contributions in the lineage of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā and provides the background of the hermeneutic nature of this knowledge system. The primer of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā named Arthasaṅgraha is the text of study used to develop an understanding of the foundations of the Pūrva-mīmāṁsā school of thought.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Observe the evolving nature of Vedic knowledge systems through the range and scope for valid interpretation allowed and valued within the Vedic traditions
  2. Appreciate the intricate levels to which inquiry is carried out in the Vedic knowledge systems to arrive at conclusions that can stand up to logic and reason
  3. Apply and use the hermeneutic methods employed in Pūrva-mīmāṁsā in other knowledge systems and domains

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites:  Admission into the Masters Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Proficiency Phase in Spoken Samskritam – 1

Course Contents: 

  1. All scenarios from the Samskrita-vyavahAra-sAhasrii book 
  2. Lessons 1 to 5 of the sambhAShaNa-sopAnam book 
  3. Skit production given a real-life scenario 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Listening to advanced level Samskritam conversations 
  2. Pronouncing the words correctly 
  3. Comprehending the spoken words, without any help in English 
  4. Gaining an advanced level vocabulary, using case-endings, tenses, and suffixes
  5. Engaging in advanced level conversations 
  6. Producing a skit from scratch in a group environment 

Books: 

  1. Samskrita-vyavahAra-sAhasrii – book from Samskrita BhArati 
  2. sambhAShaNa-sopAnam – book from Samskrita BhArati 

Faculty: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu , Smt. Parvathi Sriram

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to Program of Study (MCSS), completion of SAN0002 or equivalent

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Micro-Certificate in Spoken Samskritam (MCSS)

Start Date:

End Date:

Day: Fridays

Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Sāhitya – III

Course content:

This course explores the landscape of drama literature, theories of sentiments and the goals of the art form along with illustrations from classical dramas based on varieties of plots.

In this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the framework of drama literature among the classical Sanskrit literary works
    2. Observe the social diversity depicted through the usage of language, its state of refinement, description of social stature and ways of life of the different characters through a play
    3. Understand the treatment of a plot by the nāṭyakāra – the dramatist to create a stimulating story narration and depiction

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Sāhitya – I

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof Madhusudan Penna

Quarter Offered:  Fall 2022

Vyākaraṇa – I

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the structure, content, and methodology used in Aṣṭādhyāyī for describing a language. It also explores the computational model of the treatise and introduces the knowledge tradition of vyākaraṇa prior to and post Pāṇini. The course also introduces the alternate arrangement of Aṣṭādhyāyī in the treatise named Siddhānta-kaumudī that focuses on the conclusions of Pāṇini’s sūtras with an illustration of the sections related to the technical terms and rules of interpretation of the sutras.

In this course the students will be able to:

  1. Understand the architecture of Aṣṭādhyāyī as a treatise of language structure
  2. Learn how to interpret Ashtadhyayi text independently
  3. Comprehend the computational model of Sanskrit grammar as articulated by Aṣṭādhyāyī
  4. Appreciate the robustness and holistic excellence of the treatise
  5. Recognize the convergences and divergences between the Aṣṭādhyāyī and Siddhānta-kaumudī models and the rationale for such alternate models
  6. Understand the philosophy of language that provided the concept of apoddhāra based on which Pāṇini formulated his Aṣṭādhyāyī

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into the Masters’ Certificate or MA in Sanskrit Program

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr. Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022