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Advanced Sanskrit – Prefixes, Compounds, Maxims & Analogies

Course Content

  1. Prefixes / upasargas
  2. 4 types of sandhis (anunAsika-sandhi, anusvAra-sandhi, parasavarNa-sandhi, and visarga-sandhi)
  3. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  4. Idiom (laukeeka-nyAya) – pankha-prakShAlaNa-nyAya
  5. Common sayings / proverbs
  6. Writing simple essays in Sanskrit

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

  • Synthesize prefixes and suffixes to enhance vocabulary;
  • Integrate more complex conjugates in sentence structure;
  • Critique the meanings behind key maxims and analogies; and
  • Produce stories and essays incorporating the above concepts.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN0403

Faculty / Instructor:

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: July 19, 2022

End Date: September 20, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Advanced Sanskrit -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 SAN0304

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

Quarter Offered:  Summer 2022

Start Date: July 19, 2022

End Date: September 20, 2022

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8:00 pm EST – 9:30 pm EST

An Immersive exploration of the iconic “Autobiography of a Yogi”

Course content:
We will read, ponder, and discuss Autobiography of a Yogi from start to finish, covering approximately fifty pages in each session. We will examine deeply the specific events depicted in the book in their historical, cultural, spiritual, and thematic context. The first 27 years of Yogananda’s life unfolded mainly in Bengal at an important moment in Indian history; he spent virtually all of the next 32 years in America (with the notable exception of one year in his homeland), spanning the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II. His classic autobiography was published in December, 1946. Themes to be examined include: Yogananda’s descriptions of core Hindu teachings; his skillful adaptation of Hindu dharma to modern American culture and values; his attempts to balance innovation and tradition; the nuances of the guru-disciple relationship (Yogananda was both a devoted chela and a guru to many); the racism and bigotry he encountered as a public-facing Hindu in America; Yogananda as an example of a renunciate in the world, and of someone deeply committed to his dharma; how to understand the miraculous feats of yogic mind power his book famously depicts.
Importantly, the course will also emphasize what Yogananda left out. As the author of the groundbreaking biography The Life of Yogananda, Philip Goldberg will fill in the many gaps, bringing to light facts about the writing of the book and its publication, plus important details about Yogananda’s complex and fascinating life that are not mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi—or, in many instances, anywhere else. Yogananda’s book is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago. The life it depicts is unique in many ways, but it is also a model for all who strive for spiritual advancement amidst the challenges of worldly life.

Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
a) Explore deeply the seminal book that has launched millions of spiritual quests and illuminated millions of lives throughout the world.
b) Examine core principles and practices of Hindu Dharma through the work of the most influential guru to come to the West.
c) Better understand the challenge of adapting Dharmic teachings to Western culture, values, and beliefs in the scientific era.
d) Evaluate Yogananda’s contribution to the meeting of East and West, spirituality and science, ancient and modern.
e) Better understand how yogic principles and practices can enhance everyday life in the modern world.
f) Internalize key lessons from Yogananda’s life to uplift our own.

Class Structure
There will be ten lessons of 90 minutes each. The class will be structured in a way that promotes discussion, with an initial overview and orientation followed by a facilitated conversation. At the end of the course, students will be asked to submit a short essay based on self-reflection on their most important takeaways from the course.

Area of Study: Yoga Studies

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study

Required / Elective: Elective

Faculty/InstructorDr. Philip Goldberg

Start Date: July 12, 2022

End Date: September 20, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 08:30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered:  Summer 2022

Antaranga Yoga

Learning Outcome:-

  1. Awaken the archetypal characters from the Mahabharata in one’s own life through dialogue and reflective activities
  2. Develop greater insights into one’s own psyche and patterns of the mind through an experiential engagement with the Mahabharata
  3. Experience yoga as an integral science beyond postures (asanas) or breathing techniques (pranayama).
  4. To develop the sakhi bhava (friendliness) and sakshi bhava (meditative listening) to be able to listen to our own self and the others from a deeper space
  5. To evoke healing processes within oneself

In this course, we explore our psyche using stories of characters from the Mahabharata, with an aim to bring clarity and meaning in our life. This 11-week course requires a pre-work of reading select stories from the Mahabharata and writing reflections before attending each session.

This course is not a didactic course on Mahabharata but enables one to delve into one’s psyche using the Mahabharata as a mirror into one’s mental processes. The course is dialogic and calls for a willingness to be self-reflective, share of oneself, and listen to others sensitively. This course is not recommended for anyone who is going through treatment for any psychological illness.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study

Faculty/Instructor: Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Start Date:- July 13, 2022

End Date:- September 21, 2022

Day:- Wednesday

Time:- 10:00 pm EST – 11:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 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: July 13, 2022

End Date: September 14, 2022

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

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, “SUPADA”, 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. In-depth study of purusha, vacana, and linga
  3. Engage in simple reading and conversation 
  4. Combine words and phrases for short narratives 

Course Contents:

  1. Simple sentences, stories, and conversations
  2. More subhAShitAni (wise-sayings)
  3. The three different puruSha (persons) & linga (genders)
  4. Simple songs
  5. The three numbers (singular, dual, and plural)

Required / Elective: Required 

Program of Study: Beginner Level Certificate Program in Sanskrit Proficiency

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Prerequisites: Completion of SAN0103

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Chandrasekar RaghuSmt. Parvathi Sriram , Smt. Rama Shripati

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Start Date: July 14, 2022

End Date: September 15, 2022

Day:  Every Thursday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

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 , Sri Chandrasekhar Vellore

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: July 17, 2022

End Date: September 17, 2022

Day: Sundays

Time: 08:00 PM EST – 09:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 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

Bhagavad-Gita for Teens and Parents

Course Content:

The course explores the wisdom of Bhagavad-Gita under 3 dimensions of human life. In today’s world we often see things with super specialized knowledge and have a fragmented view of the human life. Multiple streams of science and technology, diverse views of history and culture further divide our understanding of life. This course presents life in big picture with holistic view of body, mind and soul using key versus of Bhagavad-Gita.
DEHA module presents the Material and Psychic aspects of the human body in 6 lessons based on Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita. It highlights the principles of Sound Body; for attaining comprehensive wellness. First three lessons describe the elements of nature followed by the characteristics of the human body and mind. Next three lessons describe the sensory objects followed by the ways of controlling the senses and the consequences of sense gratification. In this module the participants shall learn the following. The basis of human existence on earth. The three kinds of food and their influence on the human body. The three main characteristics of the human mind. The two broad ways of conducting life in the material world. The characteristics of a balanced consciousness. The cause and effect of mental stress.
GNANA module presents the Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of the eternal wisdom from Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita. It highlights the principles of Sound Mind for attaining comprehensive wellness. First three dimensions describe the aspects of human endeavor in the material world. Next three dimensions describe the aspects of human evolution in the psychic world. In this module the participants shall learn the following. The 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.
YOGA module presents the basis of the Atma and the four paths of spiritual practice as prescribed in Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita. It highlights the principles of Pure Soul for attaining comprehensive wellness. Union with self is Yoga and the four paths of Yoga are Karma, Gnana, Dhyana and Bhakti. Karma yoga describes the path of action, Gnana yoga describes the path of knowledge, Dhyana yoga describes the path of meditation and Bhakti yoga describes the path of devotion in the pursuit of union with divine. In this module the participants shall learn the following. The doctrine of rebirth and reincarnation. The law of Karma and its five factors. The principle of Gnana and its components. The process of Dhyana and its essentials. The practice of Bhakti and its methods.

Course Description:

The Bhagavad-Gita for Teens and Parents is designed to encourage both teenagers and their parents (or their grandparents) to explore the Bhagavad Gita together. It will create new conversational spaces for families, which are interested in learning together, across the generations. The course will help participants to memorize, understand and apply the divine wisdom of Bhagavad-Gita. The participants can get an overview of Hindu Dharma and enrich their personality along multiple dimensions including the spiritual. This course is delivered using Active, Interactive and Collaborative models. It offers guided practice of shlokas followed by interactive discussion of their meaning. The course material for active learning is available in multiple languages. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English.

Class Structure:
There will be a minimum of 3 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.

Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
1)Practice accurate pronunciation of the shlokas through guided chanting.
2)Explore the Intersemiotic translation of key versus of Bhagavad-Gita.
3)Gain a deeper understanding of the Bhagavad Gita through graphic illustrations.
4)Discover the foundations of Hindu Dharma from the Bhagavad-Gita
5)Gain an overview of the Hindu Wisdom, and Hindu Pathways for spiritual growth.
6)Purchasable Readings before the Course:

Readings:
Transliteration text books and guided audios from www.GitaVidya.org

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study

Faculty / InstructorMr. Gopi V. Prasad

USA Batch-

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday and Saturday

Start Date: July 16, 2022

End Date: August 23, 2022

ANZ Batch-

Time: 3:30 pm AEST – 6:00 pm AEST / 1:30 am EST – 03:00 am EST (11.00am IST to 12.30pm IST)

Day: Tuesday and Saturday

Start Date: July 16, 2022

End Date: August 23, 2022

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Bhagavad-Gita for the beginner – YOGA

Course Content:
The YOGA course presents the basis of the Atma and the four paths of self-realization as prescribed in Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita. Union with one’s own self is Yoga and the four paths of Yoga in Bhagavad-Gita are Karma Yoga, Gnana Yoga, Dhyana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Karma yoga describes the path of action, Gnana yoga describes the path of knowledge, Dhyana yoga describes the path of meditation and Bhakti yoga describes the path of devotion. In this course the participants shall learn the following. The doctrine of rebirth and reincarnation. The law of Karma and its five factors. The principle of Gnana and its components. The process of Dhyana and its essentials. The practice of Bhakti and its methods. This course helps students to understand, explore and apply the divine wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their own lives. The course simplifies the learning process for the beginner using specially designed illustration workbooks, transliteration textbooks and guided audios for practice and recitation. The transliteration textbooks are available in 12 Indian languages and 12 world languages. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. 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 YOGA 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 / Instructor:  Mr. Gopi V. Prasad

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

Day: Sunday

Start Date: July 17, 2022

End Date: September 25, 2022

Quarter Offered: Summer 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 Religion 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 HSF1101 Living our Swadharma in a contemporary world. Core Swamini Brahmaprajnananda    1
18 HSF1401 Introduction to the Vedic Ritual Core Shri. Sree Aswath    1
19 HSF2201 Understanding Hinduphobia Core Dr.Indu Viswanathan   1.5
20 HSF1203 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind – Part A – Arts and Sciences Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai   1.5
21 HSF1204 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Mind Part B – Life and Lifestyle Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai   1.5
22 HSF1006 Lessons from the Valmiki Ramayana For Teens and Parents Elective Mr. Shantanu Gupta    1
23 HSF1201 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part A – Big 5 Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai   1.5
24 HSF1202 Hindu Contributions in the Realm of Matter Part B – Game Changer Elective Dr.Hema and Dr. Hari Kandadai   1.5
25 TAT3102 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Prespective Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran    1
26 TAT3101 Hindu Musical Traditions – A Cultural Immersion Elective Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran    1
27 TAT1102 Disease through the Lens of Ayurveda Elective Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy    1
28 TAT1201 Sri Ramcharitmanas – Continuity in Change Elective Dr. Pandita Indrani Rampersad, Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri, Geeta Vahini    1
29 TAT1301 Vishnu Sahasranama Sotram Elective Acharya Mrityunjay Mani Trivedi    1
30 TAT4002 The Three Vedantic perspectives on the Bhagavad Gita Elective Mr. Krishna Kashyap   1.5
31 TAT3001 Dakṣiṇāmūrtistōtram by Ādi Śaṅkara Elective Dr. Swaminathan    1
32 TAT1001 Introduction to the daśaśāntimantras Elective Dr. Swaminathan    1
33 YOG2100 An Immersive exploration of the iconic “Autobiography of a Yogi” Elective Dr. Philip Goldberg    1
34 HSF1300 Bhagavad-Gita for Teens and Parents Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad   1.5
35 HSF1301 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Deha Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad    1.5
36 HSF1302 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Gnana Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad   1.5
37 HSF1303 Bhagvad-Gita for the beginner – Yoga Elective Mr. Gopi Prasad   1.5
38 CPS2001 The Dharma Of Global Sustainability Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao    1
39 CPS2002 The Yoga Of Global Transformation Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao    1
40 CPS2003 Sustainability is Sanatana Dharma Elective Dr. Sailesh Rao    1
41 HSF1007 Discover the contemporary relevance of Hindu Dharma Elective Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong    1
42 YOG3100 Antaranga Yoga Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan    1
43 YOG3101 Antaranga Mandapam Elective Sri Raghu Anantnarayan      1
44 HSF3101 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 1 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra    1
45 HSF3102 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 2 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra    1
46 HSF3103 The Renaissance of Sanatana Dharma In the Light of Sri Aurobindo – Part 3 Elective Dr.Sampadananda Mishra    1
47 HSF3201 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 1 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman    1
48 HSF3202 Sankhya Darshana through the Sankhya Karika – Part 2 Elective Dr. Kuldip Dhiman    1
49 HSF3301 Ramayana for Excellence in Management and Leadership Elective Dr. Balkrishnan Muniapan    1
50 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: Summer 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: Summer 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: Summer 2022

Dakṣiṇāmūrtistōtram by Ādi Śaṅkara

Course content:

The Dakṣiṇāmūrtistōtram by Ādi Śaṅkara consisting of ten stanzas is a profound Vedantic text expounding the various tenets of Vedanta. The hymns are in praise of Lord Dakṣiṇāmūrti visualized as the embodiment of Self-knowledge. Hence, the text describes the reality of the Self as the limitless Brahman in ten verses which are linked together in such a way leading to the discernment of the one indivisible reality threading through the individual self, the world, and the causal principle, Īśvara. The text pulls together the philosophical content of the Upaniṣads, the Bhagavad Gītā and the Brahmasūtras – the three core pillars of Vedantic knowledge and presents a comprehensive summary. The profundity of the ten verses inspired Surēśvarācārya, a well-known disciple of Ādi Śaṅkara, to write a lengthy commentary (vārtika) known as Mānasōllāsa, meaning that which invigorates the mind of an assiduous seeker of Self-knowledge.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will:

a) Examine the ten meditation verses of the Dakṣiṇāmūrtistōtram
b) Discuss their meanings through a detailed exposition of the verses
c) Interpret the relevant commentaries on the text
d) Recognize the nature of the Self, in relation to the world and its cause
e) Establish a grounded understanding of the core teachings of Vedanta

Class Structure

There will be one 90 min class every week. This will consist of a lecture for 75 min and a 15 min Q&A pertaining to the subject matter discussed. Class-room participation is encouraged.

Purchasable Readings before the Course:
Readings:
1. Hymn to Sri Dakṣiṇāmūrti of Ādi Śaṅkara – A commentary by Swami Chinmayananda, 2009
2. Sri Dakshinamurti Stotram: In praise of the teacher of teachers, by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Kindle edition from https://www.amazon.com/
3. Sri Daksinamurti Stotram of Sri Sankaracarya by Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati, 2002, – https://www.avgbooks.org/
4. Dakshinamurti Stotra with Manasollasa, Swami Harshananda, https://www.amazon.com/

Required / Elective: None

Prerequisites: Some exposure to the Vēdānta śāstra and ability to read Sanskrit.

Faculty: Dr. Venkataraman Swaminathan 

Start Date: July 12, 2022

End Date: September 20, 2022

Time: 07:00 pm EST – 8:30 pm EST

Day: Tuesday

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022

Dhyaanam – Meditation and the Meditator

Course content:

Amrtabindu Upanishad reveals that the mind is the cause of both bondage and liberation. How can we transform our relationship with the mind such that it does not bind us but leads us to the truth? In the light of Vedanta, we move through three stages –

  • First stage – My mind is a problem. I want to fix my mind.
  • Second stage – My mind is an instrument, a glorious gift from Ishvara. True to its name (antah-karana-inner instrument) I use it as and when required for my different pursuits.
  • Third stage – I, chaitanyam illumine my mind and do not judge myself on the basis of the conditions of my mind.

Millions have traversed the landscape of transforming their minds and living happy, purposeful lives guided by the wisdom of our revered Rishis.  The course will include the understanding of the mind in the Vedic tradition, some meditation practices and an enquiry into the nature of the meditator. Drawing from the Yoga sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, this course will lead the participant to have a guided, suitable and meaningful meditation practice.

 Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the purpose and practice of at least six types of meditation.
  2. Transform your relationship with your mind such that you use the mind effectively
  3. Discover a peace, cheerfulness and gratitude for your life and in your relationships
  4. Develop a closer relationship with Bhagavan
  5. Enquire into the nature of the meditator (Atma) through the varying meditation practices.
  6. Integrate dhyaanam into your lifestyle meaningfully

Class Structure:

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. Since this is an experiential course, the class is structured such that there will be a lecture component along with different practices of meditations, discussion 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 share their reflections and write a short essay. This need not be an academic quality paper – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far. The significance of the course is on learning and integrating Dhyaanam into one’s lifestyle while being centred in the battlefield of life.

Required / Core: Core

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation 

Prerequisites: Admission into program of study.

Faculty / Instructor: Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati

Start Date:  July 17, 2022

End Date:  September 25, 2022

Day: Every Sunday

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Summer 2022