- Awaken the archetypal characters from the Mahabharata in one’s own life through dialogue and reflective activities
- Develop greater insights into one’s own psyche and patterns of the mind through an experiential engagement with the Mahabharata
- Experience yoga as an integral science beyond postures (asanas) or breathing techniques (pranayama).
- 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
- 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, the share of oneself, and listen to others sensitively. This course is not recommended for anyone who is going through treatment for any psychological illness.
Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study
Faculty/Instructor: Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Quarter Offered: Summer 2020
Area of Study:- Yoga Studies
Start Date:- October 7, 2020
End Date:- December 16, 2020
Day:- Every Wednesday
Time:- 09:30pm EST – 11:00pm EST
- Gain a comprehensive and consistent overview of the Bhagavad Gita as both a moksha-shastra and a yoga-sastra.
- Understand the scope and relevance of the pursuits of knowledge and action in the Bhagavadgita.
- Be able to resolve paradoxes and seemingly competing viewpoints in the verses.
- Gain clarity on the meaning of moksa, karmayoga, bhakti, and meditation, in the Gita.
- Discern some of the paradigms that underlie various interpretations of the Gita.
The non-dual vision presented in the Gita has its origin in the Upanishads, where it is revealed through a teacher-student dialogue. Consistent with this, the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita are delivered through a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Unlike the Upanisads, the Gita discusses at length the participants in this dialogue. The Gita also goes much further than the Upanisads in expanding the discussion of the philosophical teachings, approaching them from a variety of perspectives, sometimes precipitated by a question from Arjuna. Its uniqueness, however, lies in its elaboration of the necessary conditions for understanding its core teaching, and the means, including Ashtanga Yoga, for creating those conditions. Our inquiry into the vision of the Bhagavad Gita presented in this course is based on the commentary of Sankara, the principal exponent of non-duality, advaita. Sankara’s is the earliest extant commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, and arguably the most consistent, as will be demonstrated in the course of our study through an examination of paradoxical verses. As we proceed, we will also gain a clear understanding of the meaning of moksha, karma yoga, bhakti, and meditation, as presented in the Gita. And throughout the course, we will see, over the shoulders of Arjuna, the relevance of the teachings of the Gita to our lives today.
Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study/Must have completed Orientation to Hindu Studies or Concurrently enrolled in OTHS.
Faculty/Instructor: Swamini Agamananda Saraswati
Quarter Offered: Spring 2020
Area of Study:- Hindu Studies Foundation
Start Date:- April 11th, 2020
End Date:- June 20th, 2020
Day:- Saturday & Sunday
Time:- 2:00-3:30 pm EST
An overview and insight into the design of the curriculum offered by the Hindu University of America. A survey of the central ideas of Hinduism – covering an Ontology of key Sanskrit terms and the principal ideas that are central to the cosmology, practice, and expressions of Sanatana Dharma. The course – orientation to Hindu studies- will include reflections and perspectives on these core concepts, using selected readings from source texts such as the Vedas, Upaniṣhads, Sutras, Itihaasa, Bhagavad-Gītā, Purāṇas and Dharma-Śhāstras. The Hindu world-view based on Dharma with its emphasis on duties and responsibilities and sustainability of life will be contrasted with contemporary ideologies and their focus on rights and privileges, competition and survival of the fittest. The distinction between a discourse of knowledge and a discourse of power will be drawn out.
In this course students will be able to:
- Explore various options and trajectories available within the Hindu Studies Program
- Distinguish the central ideas and concepts that constitute the Foundations of Hindu Dharma; Reflect on the Hindu Studies Foundations area.
- Inquire into and evaluate different elective areas of study and Courses offered: Sanskrit Studies, Texts and Traditions, History and Method, Post-Colonial Hindu studies, and Conflict and Peace studies.
- Distinguish between pathways towards a deep study of Hindu thought, or towards deep engagement with western thought from a Hindu perspective
- Discover and Create customized pathways for engagement with the Hindu Studies curricula
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations
Prerequisites: This course is a recommended prerequisite for all students who wish to enter into the Graduate program.
Faculty/Instructor: Kalyan Viswanathan (along with others)
Day:- Every Thursday
Start Date:- October 8, 2020
End Date:- December 17, 2020
Time:- 09:00 pm EST -10:00 pm EST
Quarter: Fall 2020