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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 2022

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 2022

Mīmāṁsā Advanced

Course Content: This course involves the study of the epistemology of the Bhāṭṭa school of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā, propagated by Kumarilabhāṭṭa. The classification of cognitions and their implications along with how each type of cognition arises and how each type of cognition is distinct from the other is analyzed in a text called Mānameyodaya, prescribed for this course.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply theories of empirical and non-empirical cognition.
  2. Appreciate the classification schema used by the Bhāṭṭa school of Pūrva-mīmāṁsā.
  3. Develop an appreciation for the intricate and precise nature of Hindu knowledge systems.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:  Completion of the Mīmāṁsā Basic course

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022

Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Basic

Course Content:

This course examines the evolutionary stages of the Nyāya system of thought from its ancient (prācīna) origins to its recent (navya) form, in the process incorporating the Vaiśeṣika ontology into its system.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the evolving nature of the use of logic and reason within various technical Indic knowledge systems
  2. Appreciate the elaborate cognition-centric approach in Indic knowledge systems which emphasized logical reasoning and validation and mechanisms of expression
  3. Distinguish and apply the classification schema at the heart of the Nyāya system on other Vedic and Indic knowledge systems

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

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

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M. A. Alwar

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022

Sāhitya – Padya

Course content:

This course elucidates the basics of Sanskrit poetics, focusing on the purposes of literary composition, standards and the nature of the verbal and semantic elements that constitute literary compositions.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Review a literary work based on the knowledge of theories of poetics and its technicalities to evaluate and better appreciate it
  2. Understand the various potencies of words and how their significance and meaning is the kavi’s masterstroke in literary works
  3. Enjoy reading context-based and non-context-based literature

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Sāhitya Landscape

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof Madhusudan Penna

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022

The Vedas (Atharva)

Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features and contents of the Atharvaveda as well as provides illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa and Upaniṣad sections of the Atharvaveda that show how they differ from each other.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Atharvaveda as well as the overview of its contents
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in nature, features, form, content, structure, and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the course “Introduction to the Vedas”

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022

Vyākaraṇa – IV

Course content:

The course introduces the tradition of the philosophy of Vyākaraṇa while providing comparisons with other schools of Indian thought. It also provides an overview of Vākyapadīya along with a selection of sections pertaining to the central themes of the philosophy of Vyākaraṇa.

In this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the philosophy of language that provided the concept of apoddhāra (dissection and abstraction) based on which Pāṇini formulated his Aṣṭādhyāyī.
  2. Understand the engagement with language and grammar as a spiritual process.

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Completion of Vyākaraṇa – III

Faculty / Instructor:  Dr.Tilaka Rao

Quarter Offered:  Spring 2022