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Beginning Sanskrit – Proverbs & Stories

Course Structure 

This course is structured in the form of one Quarter (10 weeks, 1.5 hours per week). Students will take an exam at the end of the course during the 11th week. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the course will be based upon material contained in the SB – USA – published book, “SUVAANEE”, augmented with other appropriate course content.

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the DevanAgari Script through a streamlined set of exercises.

Note: If you are registering from outside the United States, you will receive scanned copies of the textbooks. Use below discount code at checkout for reduced textbook cost.

CPSP-TEXTBOOK-B5

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Beginner Level Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: None

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu / Sri Srinath Chakravarty

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Start Date: Tuesday, 6th, April 2021

End Date: Saturday, 19th, June 2021

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

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

Gita Vidya Sodhana

Course content:

The ‘Gita Vidya Bhasya Sindhu’ is a collection of commentaries by various Acharyas on the Bhagavad-Gita, which will be made available to the Class participants. Students will compare the meanings, interpretations, and emphasis provided by any three different Bhashyas i.e. commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, and summarise their observations as part of active learning. Participants will share their observations and discuss the varied interpretations under the guidance of faculty during the interactive sessions. Students will be required to submit their compilation of various interpretations and their own findings in summary form for each module and present a final report at the end of the course.

The Sodhana course is carried out using Active, Interactive, and Collaborative ways of online learning. The course material for active learning is available in multiple languages. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. These courses enable the students to memorize, understand, and apply the essential aspects of the divine wisdom imparted by Shri Krishna to Arjuna.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course participants will be able to:

  • Discover the interpretations from different commentaries on Bhagavad-Gita.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita by comparing and analysing the similarities and differences between the interpretations of various acharyas.
  • Comprehend the simultaneous co-existence of diverse understandings of the divine wisdom of Hindu Dharma, enshrined in its varied Sampradayas.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 3 contact hours with faculty every week. The classes are 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 their reflections on each lesson. At the end of the Sodhana course, each participant shall submit a final report for the entire course.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Must have completed the HSF 1004 – Gita Vidya Sadhana Course 

Faculty / Instructor:  Gopi V. Prasad

Time: TBD

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion

Course Content:

While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stands out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality.  In this course, our goal is to provide a nuanced understanding of ragas, talas, and compositional forms in Karnatic and Hindustani music traditions.

Course Learning Objectives:

The student should be able to:

  1. Obtain a basic understanding of the framework of Ragas and the Indian melodic framework and Talas and the cyclical nature of time
  2. Discuss the Melakarta Raga System of Karnatic Music and the That System of Hindustani music.
  3. Experientially understand the feel of ragas in Hindustani and Karnatic music.
  4. Experientially understand the feel of talas in Hindustani and Karnatic music
  5. Clearly distinguish between the Karnatic, Khyal, Dhrupad traditions.
  6. Clearly articulate the similarities and differences between the Kriti, the Khyal and the Dhrupad
  7. Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
  8. Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on listening experiences and reading material. 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 complete one examination and submit one short essay.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study and must have completed TAT 3102 – Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Day: TBD

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Tenses, Parts of speech, Poetry Analysis in Sanskrit

Course Content

  1. Introduction to lakAra, especially the 4 important ones
  2. The sambodhanam declension / Vocative case
  3. Use of some prepositions and their associated declensions
  4. How to rearrange a shloka to understand the verse meaning
  5. Adjectives and their genders

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

  • Identify and utilize tenses, cases, and parts of speech;
  • Recognize various adjectives and associated genders;
  • Interpret poetic verses and define their prose order; and
  • Compose stories and conduct conversations in detail.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN-1004

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu / Sri Srinath Chakravarthy 

Quarter Offered: Spring 2021

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Day: TBD

Time: TBD

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