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Advanced Sanskrit – Grammatical Structures and Verses

Course Content

  1. The fifth declension / Ablative case for pronouns
  2. Introduction to Ayurveda
  3. The sixth declension / Genitive case, the ktavatu usage, gerunds
  4. Introduction to BhAgavatam
  5. Wise sayings and their meanings in Sanskrit
  6. The seventh declension / Locative case

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

  • Analyze noun and verb structures of verses and proverbs.
  • Recognize passages from popular Sanskrit texts; and
  • Paraphrase using grammatically correct Sanskrit.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies 

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0303 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrashekhar Raghu , Smt. Brindha Aangarai Venkataraman

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 14, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Advanced 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 SAN0402

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 14, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Vedanta)

Course Content:

This course introduces the student to the ontological schema proposed by three schools of Vedānta, namely, Advaita, Viśiṣṭādvaita, and Dvaita through the study of their primers.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the various ontological schema with which the same ontological content is presented based on variation of darśanas, all of them rooted in the Vedic tradition.
  2. Observe the variation in language usage that the different schools of Vedānta adapted in the presentation of their doctrines.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Program: MA in Sanskrit / Masters’ Certificate in Sanskrit

Quarter Offered: Spring 2023

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Yoga)

Course Content:

This course introduces the portion of the Yogasūtras that defines and discusses the systematic means – sādhanā – of attaining the most exalted spiritual state and substantiates the process with reasons where necessary.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the means of attaining an exalted state of spirituality along with the systematic technical definitions of such means
  2. Logically understand the process presented in the Yogasūtras

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Yoga)

Quarter Offered:  Spring Quarter

Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing

Course Content:

In the course, the role of food and nutrition in Ayurveda alongside methods of food preparation and consumption will also be discussed. We will also study the protocols to keep the body in good health through daily and seasonal routines (Dinacarya & Rtucarya). Students will develop an understanding of the stages of manifestation of illness in the body and how Pancakarma treatments and Ayurveda’s therapeutic formulations address them to maintain homeostatic balance in the body.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles of Ayurveda to enhance their lifestyle.
  2. Learn how to identify imbalances in their body and utilize the power of Ayurveda to address mild imbalances.
  3. Use consciousness-based principles of Ayurveda to improve interpersonal relationships
  4. Integrate Ayurveda and Ayurvedic protocols to make lifestyle adjustments for the whole family

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with the faculty every week. The curriculum will include reading, reflection, observation, and interactive practices. The class time will include an additional 30 minutes that will provide an opportunity for Q&A and group discussion.

Required / Elective: Required

Area of Study: Text & Traditions

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / Instructor: Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday

Start Time: October 18, 2022

End Date: December 20, 2022

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Beginner Phase in Spoken Samskritam

Course Contents: 

  1. Scenarios 1-12 – Customized Conversations with transcripts 
  2. Skit production given a real-life scenario 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Listening to beginner level Samskritam conversations 
  2. Pronouncing the words correctly 
  3. Comprehending the words uttered, with help in English 
  4. Gaining a basic vocabulary, using nouns, pronouns, verbs, and etiquette words 5. Engaging in simple conversations 
  5. Producing a skit from scratch in a group environment 

Books: 

  1. Special course materials provided by the HUA 

Faculty: Sri Chandrasekar Raghu , Smt. Parvathi Sriram

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to Program of Study (MCSS)

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Start Date: October 14, 2022

End Date: December 16, 2022

Day: Fridays

Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Beginning Sanskrit – Script & Sounds

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 books, ” ARUNA” “UDAYA”& “AYANAM” 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.

Learning Objectives:

In this course the students will be able to:

  • Understand the origin of various sounds in Sanskrit.
  • Pronouncing and writing the Sanskrit alphabets that are single letters, both vowels, and consonants.
  • Pronouncing and writing the Sanskrit combination letters and using them in forming words.
  • Reciting simple Sanskrit verses with the correct pronunciation.
  • Listen to and recite simple songs.
  • Engage in simple conversations. 

Faculty: Sri Chandrasekar Raghu , Smt. Parvathi Sriram

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to Program of Study

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Start Date: October 15, 2022

End Date: December 17, 2022

Day: Saturdays

Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

 

Beginning Sanskrit – Sentences & Comprehension

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 books, “PRAPADYA” 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. More exposure to combined letters (samyukta-akSharANi) 
  2. Engage in simple reading and conversation 
  3. Combine words and phrases for short narratives 

Course Contents:

  1. Combination Letters
  2. Knowing the parts of speech
  3. Learning to read the clock in samskritam
  4. Simple sentences, stories, and conversations
  5. subhAShitAni (wise-sayings)
  6. The three different puruSha (persons) & linga (genders)

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0102

Faculty / Instructor:  Sri Chandrasekar Raghu , Smt. Pallavi Amin

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: July 17, 2022

End Date: September 17, 2022

Day: Sunday

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Beginning Sanskrit – Words & Vocabulary

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 books, “SAARINEE”, 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Refresh the origin of various sounds in Sanskrit. Pronouncing and writing the Sanskrit alphabets that are single letters, both vowels, and consonants.
  2. Pronouncing and writing the Sanskrit combination letters and using them in forming words.
  3. Reciting simple Sanskrit verses with the correct pronunciation. Reading and writing simple prose passages in Devanagari and building basic vocabulary.

Course Contents:

  1. Vowels & Consonants
  2. Songs
  3. Numbers
  4. Use of two and three letter combinations
  5. Expanding the vocabulary through nouns, pronouns, and verbs
  6. Reading exercises
  7. Daily routine shlokas (dinacharyA)

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Program of Study: Certificate Program in Beginner Sanskrit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0101

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrasekar Raghu ,  Shri. Rajasekhar Darapuram

Start Date: October 16, 2022

End Date: December 18, 2022

Day: Every Sunday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner -Gnana

Course Content:

The GNANA explains three types of actions and the fruits of such actions. The four-fold social order on the basis of human character and action. The three types of people based on their actions and determination. Austerities of mind and the three types of minds. Factors of emotional equilibrium. The four forms of worship and three kinds of worshippers. This course helps students to understand, explore and apply the divine wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their own lives. This course simplifies the learning process of the Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner by using easy to understand graphic illustrations and simple to practice recitations, specially designed illustration workbooks, transliteration textbooks and guided audios for practice and recitation. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. The transliteration textbooks are available in 12 Indian languages and 12 world languages. The course is divided into 3 modules Sadhana, Sodhana and Vaadana.

Sadhana: In this module students understand the verses in three steps. 

Step 1: Shloka Rachana (Copy writing the shloka): In this step each verse is written in a language of choice by copying from the transliteration textbook. 

Step 2: Shloka Shravana (Listening to the verse): In this step the students will get to know the accurate pronunciation of each verse.

Step 3: Shloka Anucharana (Guided recitation): In this step students will learn the accurate pronunciation of each verse through guided practice. 

Sodhana: In this module students understand the meaning of the shlokas in 2 steps. 

Step 4: Bhava Darshana (Graphic illustration): In this step the meaning of the shlokas is explained through graphic illustration.

Step 5: Pratipada Artha (Word meaning): In this step the word by word meaning of the shlokas is translated from Sanskrit to English.

Vaadana: In this module the interpretations of different acharyas to the shlokas of each lesson are explored to gain deeper meaning and summarized by the students in about 500 words. A debate on contemporary issues and situations is held towards end of the course. During the debate the students shall apply their learnings from the course and present their remarks and recommendations by referring to the specific shlokas of GNANA course. 

Class Structure: 

There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. After the weekly class the students will be required to submit audio recordings of verses and complete online assignments with drag and drop type questions.

Course Learning Objectives: 

In this course students will be able to:

Practice accurate pronunciation of the shlokas through guided chanting.

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.

Discover the foundations of Hindu Dharma from the Bhagavad-Gita

Gain an overview of the Hindu Wisdom, and Hindu Pathways for spiritual growth.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: – Admission into program of study

Faculty / InstructorMr. Gopi V. Prasad

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST / 8:30 pm IST – 10:00 pm IST

Day: Sunday

Start Date: April 10, 2022

End Date: June 26, 2022

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

Certificate Program in Hindu Studies

Program Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this Certificate Program, Students will:

  1. Clarify the Hindu Paradigm, having acquired an overview of Hindu principles, practices, values, history, philosophy, society, culture, traditions, and civilization.
  2. Articulate the contemporary relevance of Hindu thought and contribute its value to the Hindu community as well as to humanity in general.
  3. Apply their learning to think from a Hindu context and develop strategies for the preservation and transmission of Hindu thought across the generations.
  4. Create new pathways for service, leadership, and global engagement from a Hindu context, and new realms of self-expression for themselves.
  5. Contribute with confidence and clarity, in unique and innovative ways towards fostering the culture and traditions of Hindu Dharma.

Structure of the Program:
The certificate program consists of a total of 24 credit hours of coursework. It can be completed at the earliest in 8 quarters, if the students can take 3 Credit hours per quarter, or more slowly over time, in any case, under five years. Students must take at least 15 Credit hours from the Core Courses in the Certificate program. They may complete the remaining 9 credit hours by taking any set of elective courses from the community education program.
Pre-requisites:
The students must have completed the Orientation to Hindu Studies course minimally and must demonstrate a deep interest in service, contribution and making an impact from within a Hindu context, in order to be admitted into the Certificate Program in Hindu Studies.

Below is the list of courses-

Sr. No Course Codes Course Names Core/ Elective Faculty Credits
1 HSF5000 Orientation to Hindu Studies Core Shri. Kalyan Viswanathan 1.5
2 HSF1001 Exploring Hinduism – Part A – Geography and History Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
3 HSF1002 Exploring Hinduism – Part B – Divinities and Dharma Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
4 HSF1003 Exploring Hinduism – Part C – Timekeeping, Calendar and Celebrating Cosmic Connect Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
5 HSF1004 Exploring Hinduism – Part D – Society and Culture Core Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
6 HSF2101 Dhyaanam – Meditation and the Meditator Core Swamini Brahmaprajnananda 1
7 HAM4201 Reconstructing Hindu History – The Commissions Core Dr. Raj Vedam 1.5
8 HAM4202 Reconstructing Hindu History – The Ommissions Core Dr. Raj Vedam 1.5
9 YOG2001 The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita Core Dr. Shriram Sarvottham 1.5
10 YOG2002 The Yoga of the Yoga Sutras Core Dr. Shriram Sarvottham 1.5
11 TAT3104 Hindu Temples and Traditions Core Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran 1
12 TAT4001 Advaita, Visistadvaita, Dvaita, – The three flavors of Vedanta Sastra Core Mr. Krishna Kashyap 1.5
13 HAM2100 How Hindu Dharma -Transformed America Core Dr. Philip Goldberg 1
14 TAT1101 Ayurveda – The Wisdom of Wellbeing Core Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy 1
15 HSF1005 Lessons from the Valmiki Ramayana Core Mr. Shantanu Gupta 1
16 HSF2001 Introduction to Hindu Philosophy: Shad Darshanas. Core Dr. Kalika Uttarkar 1
17 HSF2002 Introduction to Upanishads – Part 1 Core Dr. Kalika Uttarkar 1.5
18 HSF1101 Living our Swadharma in a contemporary world. Core Swamini Brahmaprajnananda 1
19 HSF1401 Introduction to the Vedic Ritual Core Shri. Sree Aswath 1
20 HSF2201 Understanding Hinduphobia Core Dr.Indu Viswanathan 1.5
21 HSF1203 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind – Part A – Arts and Sciences Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
22 HSF1204 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind Part B – Life and Lifestyle Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
23 HSF1006 Lessons from the Valmiki Ramayana For Teens and Parents Elective Mr. Shantanu Gupta 1
24 HSF1201 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part A – Big 5 Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
26 HSF1202 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part B – Game Changer Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai 1.5
27 TAT3102 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Prespective Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran 1
28 TAT3101 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran 1
29 TAT1102 Disease through the Lens of Ayurveda Elective Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy 1
30 TAT1103 Ayurveda – Essential Nutrition Elective Dr. Rupali Panse 1.5
31 TAT1201 Sri Ramcharitmanas – Continuity in Change Elective Dr. Pandita Indrani Rampersad, Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri, Geeta Vahini 1
32 TAT1301 Vishnu Sahasranama Sotram Elective Acharya Mrityunjay Mani Trivedi 1
33 TAT1302 Bhaja Govindam – A Topical Approach Elective Dr. Vaidyanathan Ramaswami 1
34 TAT4002 The Three Vedantic perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita Elective Mr. Krishna Kashyap 1.5
35 TAT3001 Dakṣiṇāmūrtistōtram by Ādi Śaṅkara Elective Dr. Swaminathan 1
36 TAT1001 Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras Elective Dr. Swaminathan 1
37 TAT2100 Across the Universe : Hindu Dharma and Western Creative Arts Elective Dr. Philip Goldberg 1
38 YOG2100 An Immersive exploration of the iconic “Autobiography of a Yogi” Elective Dr. Philip Goldberg 1
39 HSF1300 Bhagavad-Gita for Teens and Parents Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad 1.5
40 HSF1301 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Deha Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad 1.5
41 HSF1302 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Gnana Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad 1.5
42 HSF1303 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Yoga Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad 1.5
43 CPS2001 The Dharma Of Global Sustainability Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao 1
44 CPS2002 The Yoga Of Global Transformation Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao 1
45 CPS2003 Sustainability is Sanatana Dharma Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao 1
46 HSF1007 Discover the contemporary relevance of Hindu Dharma Elective Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong 1
47 YOG3100 Antaranga Yoga Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan 1
48 YOG3101 Antaranga Mandapam Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan 1
49 YOG3300 The Yoga of Motherhood Elective Ms. Shilpa Agarwal 1
50 HSF3101 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 1 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra 1
51 HSF3102 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 2 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra 1
52 HSF3103 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 3 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra 1
53 HSF3201 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 1 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman 1
54 HSF3202 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman 1
55 TAT3203 Vedantasara of Sadananda – Part 1 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman 1
56 HSF3301 Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership Elective Dr. Balkrishnan Muniapan 1
57 HSF3001 Upanishadic Dialogues – I: The Chandogya Upanishad Elective Dr. Narasimhan Anantharangachar 1

 

 

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Advanced Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Advanced Phase consists of 8 courses for students of all ages, post high school (Grade 12 or GED). It is the last of three successive phases – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, which together comprise the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. It assumes completion of the Beginner as well as Intermediate Phases of Sanskrit proficiency program. (Total 8 quarters) As the students advance in their proficiency, the language of instruction will shift gradually to Sanskrit, at a pace that is comfortable and easy.  

It is an 8 – Quarter, 88 – week detailed study that prepares students with prior Sanskrit Knowledge to be capable of practicing reading, writing, and composing simple passages as well as engaging in simple conversations that will enable them to enter the higher-level courses with ease. The Intermediate Level CPSP is aimed at high school students and adults with a passion to learn a new language in depth and try to apply that when studying, the texts and literature of Hinduism and its numerous derivative knowledge systems. It is taught by dedicated HUA Faculty members, via a user-friendly Online Platform, featuring a learning model that uses live virtual classrooms.

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Advanced Phase is structured in the form of 8 quarters (2 years) sequence, 1.5 Credit hours each. This will add up to 120 hours of instruction and 240 hours of self-study in total. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the Program will be based upon material contained in the SBusa published books, “SUBHASHA” “SUVAANII” “KUSUMAM” and “SAURABHAM” augmented with other appropriate course content.

At the completion of this phase, students will have the option to take up further advanced studies in Sanskrit through:

 (a) the Master’s Certificate Programs, or

(b) the Master’s Degree in Sanskrit In any case, students will be participating in a “Higher Education” ecosystem that supports and enables advanced learning in Hindu studies as well as Sanskrit literary studies. Structured innovatively using the base curriculum and textbooks designed and published by Samskrita Bharati, the Program will be based on the material contained in the 12 books.

Learning Objective(s):

At the completion of the program of study, students will be able to achieve proficiency in the Sanskrit language across the following six dimensions:

(a) Reading (i.e., alphabets, words, and sentences); paThanam

(b) Writing (Forming comprehensible sentences and paragraphs); lekhanam

(c) Listening (Comprehending Sanskrit speech when someone else is speaking); shravaNam

(d) Conversing (Being able to speak grammatically accurate Sanskrit in a way that others can comprehend the meaning); sambhAShaNam

(e) Grammar (The structure and technology of the language); vyAkaraNam, and

(f) Comprehension (Being able to engage with complex sentences, both spoken and written, and discover their meanings without assistance. avagamanam

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Advanced Phase

Faculty / InstructorShri. Chandrashekhar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase is the foundation of 4 courses for students of all ages, from 9th Grade onward. It is the first of three successive phases – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, which together comprise the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. It assumes no prior knowledge of the Sanskrit script or language. The medium of instruction is English, and the course is easily accessible for a global audience. It is a 4 – Quarter, 44 – week detailed study that prepares beginner level students, i.e., those without any prior knowledge of Sanskrit, to achieve a level of comfort with the Sanskrit language that will enable them to enter the higher-level courses with ease. The Beginner Level CPSP is aimed at high school students and adults with a passion to learn a new language, those who are keen to engage with the texts and literature of Hinduism and its numerous derivative knowledge systems. It is taught by dedicated HUA Faculty members, via a user-friendly Online Platform, featuring a learning model that uses live virtual classrooms.

Learning Objective:

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the Sanskrit Script DevanAgari through a streamlined set of exercises. In this phase, the students will be able to: 

  • Understand the origin of various sounds in Sanskrit.
  • Pronounce and writing the Sanskrit alphabets that are single letters, both vowels, and consonants.
  • Pronounce and writing the Sanskrit combination letters and using them in forming words.
  • Recite simple Sanskrit verses with the correct pronunciation.
  • Read and write simple prose passages in DevanAgari and build basic vocabulary.
  • Complete simple exercises and gaining the right skills required for further studies in Sanskrit.
  • Study purusha, vacana, and linga in depth.
  • Engage in simple reading and conversation.
  • Combine words and phrases for short narratives.

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 Credit hours each. This will add up to 60 hours of instruction and 120 hours of self-study in total. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the Program will be based upon material contained in the SBusa published books, “ Ayanam ” “SaariNee”, “Prapadya ” & “Supada” augmented with other appropriate course content.

At the end of the 4th quarter, students may enter the intermediate phase of the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency which will also consist of 4 quarters i.e., 44 weeks.

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Beginner Phase

Faculty / InstructorShri. Chandrasekar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase

Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase is the foundation of 4 courses for students of all ages, post high school (Grade 12 or GED). It is the second of three successive phases – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, which together comprise the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency. It assumes completion of the Beginner Phase of Sanskrit proficiency program. The medium of instruction is English, and the course is easily accessible for a global audience. It is a 4 – Quarter, 44 – week detailed study that prepares students with prior Sanskrit Knowledge to be capable of practicing reading, writing, and composing simple passages as well as engaging in simple conversations that will enable them to enter the higher-level courses with ease. The Intermediate Level CPSP is aimed at high school students and adults with a passion to learn a new language in depth and try to apply that when studying, the texts and literature of Hinduism and its numerous derivative knowledge systems. It is taught by dedicated HUA Faculty members, via a user-friendly Online Platform, featuring a learning model that uses live virtual classrooms.

Learning Objective:

This course is structured to allow a beginner level student to start listening, writing, and reading the Sanskrit Script DevanAgari through a streamlined set of exercises. In this phase, the students will be able to: 

  • Comprehending and writing simple stories and songs
  • Recognize common Sanskrit words and phrases
  • Discover building blocks of the language through everyday conversation
  • Identify and use basic structures like numbers, tenses, simple verbs, and other parts of speech
  • Expand vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Develop the ability to use moderately complex expression 
  • Engage in simple reading and conversations 
  • Combine words and phrases for short narrative
  • Practice reading, writing, and composing simple passages 

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase is structured in the form of 4 quarters (1 year) sequence, 1.5 Credit hours each. This will add up to 60 hours of instruction and 120 hours of self-study in total. Structured innovatively using the curriculum and textbooks designed by Samskrita Bharati USA (SBusa.org), the Program will be based upon material contained in the SBusa published books, “SUSHAMA” and “MUKULAM” augmented with other appropriate course content.

At the end of the 4th quarter, students may enter the advanced phase of the Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency which will consist of 8 quarters i.e., 88 weeks.

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission into a Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency – Intermediate Phase

Faculty / InstructorShri. Chandrasekar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Fall 2022

Hindu Contributions to the World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Sciences and Arts

Course Description:

This course is part of “Hindu Contributions To The World” series which facilitates a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient families of traditions and civilization to move past the modern myth that the Hindus, were backward and primitive, throughout time, and might have remained so, but for western interventions.

The set of courses, “Hindu Contributions To The World In the Realm of Mind”, explores the contributions of the Hindus to the world in the realm of Mind, which has shaped the Self-understanding of humanity. It constitutes one part of two mutually independent, but naturally supplementing courses. 

The other set of courses, “Hindu Contributions To The World In the Realm of Matter” explores the Hindu contributions which have influenced Human progress in the material world, and the sciences. 

In contemporary times, following the European Colonization of India, it has become ‘received knowledge’ that the Hindus were and continue to be ritualistic, superstitious, poverty ridden, timid, bare, and barely noticeable as a ‘static’ people, whose history is nothing more than the history of successive waves of invaders and colonizers who made India their home for a time. 

This set of courses, looks beyond this myth set in motion by a 200-year long colonial encounter, and examines the evidence for the development of thought, philosophy, spirituality, yoga, meditation, mathematics, lifestyles, consciousness and mind, that made India such a desirable civilization across times. 

It addresses the question, why did everyone, seemingly the world over, seek out the Hindu civilization, and for what?   

This particular course can be taken as a course in the Certificate Program In Hindu Studies or as a stand-alone course. The different courses in the Hindu Contributions to The World series can be taken sequentially in any order or as stand-alone courses too. They can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents and grandparents as well. 

Course Content:

This set of courses “Hindu Contributions to The World in the Realm of Mind” explores Hindu thought at its finest, and its contributions to the realm of consciousness, spirituality, mind sciences and the relation between the spiritual world and the material world. 

It uncovers the way Hindu thought traveled and diffused into other world civilizations and cultures, throughout history as it continues to do so today. 

It highlights the source of the sustained prosperity and wealth of the Hindus across vast stretches of time. 

It investigates the question – are Hindu ideas obsolete? Or do they have contemporary relevance? 

Over 2 parts of 10 sessions each where each part spans a quarter, this set of courses will cover a variety of areas of innovation, inventions, development ideas and thought, that characterized the Hindu civilization for millennia. 

These areas will include Health and Wellness, Ayurveda, Vaccines, ideas such as Yoga, Dharma, Karma, Dhyana, Ahimsa, Mathematics, Music, Epics, Fables and Stories, Arts, Education, Sports, Vegetarianism, Astronomy, Meridians, Time zones, Philosophy and Spirituality. 

These set of Courses will explore how Hindu thought impacted the world, and how it morphed and adapted to different cultures and environments

During this course, students will acquire a newfound confidence from the dawning of a recognition that the Hindu Civilization has been quite different from what our received knowledge has led us to believe. It will renew their trust in the Hindu worldview and way of life, that has been so sustainable and successful for so long.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will

  1. Discover the cohesiveness with which mind and matter have been integrated in Hindu thought.
  2. Learn about how Hindu thought has diffused gently and quietly throughout time, to impact the world’s cultures and civilizations.
  3. Discover the Hindu paradigm of emphasizing both, the world of consciousness and the material world equally, for a healthy, holistic, and successful life, that led to affluence.
  4. Develop the confidence to think laterally with regard to the challenges and problems facing humanity and propose paradigm-shifting approaches towards the future.

Class Structure:

The course is designed as 2 parts –

Hindu Contributions To the World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Sciences and Arts

This part will focus on concepts and practices from the Hindu Civilization which went on to influence and revolutionize the development of world thought as well as practice in the fields of Sciences and Arts. 

Hindu Contributions to The World in the Realm of Mind – Towards Living and Lifestyle

In this part, focus will be on how the Hindus have laid stress on balance and have provided thought leadership to the world and steered it, especially in the areas of how to lead a balanced life. How was this undermined and how can the leadership status be regained?  

Each part will span 1 Quarter, with 1 live online teaching session per week. 

Each live teaching session will be of 100 minutes duration with multimedia lectures and interactions with the faculty. 

Each live online session needs to be followed up with roughly 100 minutes of Reading the Online material provided, viewing of short films and maintaining a Diary. 

Assessment will be done through periodic Quizzes and class attendance. 

Each course in this set as well as in the Hindu Contributions to the World series is independent of the other and can be taken in any sequence.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study

Instructor: Dr. D.K. Hema Hari & Dr. D. K. Hari

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022

1)USA Batch-

Start Date: April 9, 2022

End Date: June 18, 2022

Day: Every Saturday

USA Time: 11:00 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST / 8:30 pm IST – 10:00 pm IST

2)Australia and New Zealand Batch (ANZ)-

Start Date: April 10, 2022

End Date: June 19, 2022

Day: Every Sunday

AUSTRALIA Time:  6:00 PM AEST – 7:30 PM AEST/ 1:30 pm IST – 3:00 pm IST

 

Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

Course Content:

While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stand out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality with a history of over two millennia.  Our goals are:

  1. To provide a guided overview of the history and evolution of Indian music
  2. To provide an overview of the history of composers, sages, saints, emperors and luminaries who have contributed to the evolution of music.

Course Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Discuss names and works of musicologists and musical luminaries
  2. Comprehend the contribution of ancient treatises (in Sanskrit and Tamil) such as the Natya Sastra of Bharata, the Silappathikaram of Illango Adigal and the Sangita Ratnakara of Sarangdev, the Chaturdandi Prakasika of Venkatamakhi and modern works such as the Sangita Sampradaya Pradarsini of Subbarama Dikshitar and the work of Pandit Bhatkhande.
  3. Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
  4. Discuss the contribution of the Bhakti movement and the Hindu Saints of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra and Bengal  to Indian Art Music.
  5. Discuss the contribution of Vaggeyakaras and the sacred geography of India to Art music.
  6. Discucss the impact of Islamic and Persian traditions on Indian music
  7. Discuss the contribution of the Devadasi tradition to Indian Art
  8. Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music

Class Structure

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 submit two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Start Date: April 12, 2022

End Date: June 21, 2022

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Day:  Every Tuesday

Quarter Offered: Spring 2022