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Advaita, Viśiśtādvaita and Dvaita – The three flavors of Vēdānta śāstra

Course content:

This course focuses on the conceptual overview of the three “Schools of Vedantic Thought”: Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita known as “mata-traya”. It covers the whole range of possibilities, with reference to the relationship between the three main entities in question i.e., Jiva (living beings), Jada (matter) and Ishwara (Lord) as being one and the same i.e., non-dual, (abheda), or fundamentally and irreconcilably different (bheda) or something in-between (visista). All the other schools of thought within Hindu thought, end up being some variation or combination of these three fundamental perspectives.

This is an advanced level course. however, fundamental concepts of Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita will be covered in reasonable detail. Basic level knowledge of Sanskrit will be useful but not necessary. Any reference to Sanskrit verses will be explained in English. Since it is a
11-week course, it will be difficult to go into detailed analysis of the commentaries of Acharyas on the Upanishads, Brahma sutras and the Bhagavadgita, known as the Prasthana-traya . A detailed explanation of these three views may take more than several hundred hours of lectures. However, relevant portions of these texts will be dealt with at an introductory level.

At the completion of this course, students will gain a greater clarity regarding common misconceptions held by many people, regarding these three perspectives. At the end of the course, one will be able to understand conceptually these three schools of thought at a reasonable level of depth. The focus is not on the scriptural texts such as Brahma Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. However, the concepts will be explained and references to these scriptures will be given with some explanation as to how these acharyas come up with their school of thought. At the end in 2 or 3 lectures, concepts will be introduced to arrive at some form of reconciliation between these three schools: Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course students will be able to:

1. Distinguish the unique views and concepts of these three schools of thought.

2. Understand the implication of the differences between these schools of thought.

3. Relate the concepts to the scriptural texts : Brahma-sutras, Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanishads

4. Understand the references to the concepts in the major works of Acharyas of these schools of thought.

5. To understand some concepts to arrive at a reconciliation between these three schools of thought Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita

While no prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required, it will definitely be helpful. Prior knowledge of the perspectives of anyone Acharya will also be valuable.

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essay of around 1000 to 1500 words. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Faculty / InstructorMr. Krishna Kashyap

Time: 8:30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Day: Every Monday

Start Date: January 17, 2022

End Date: March 28, 2022

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Advanced Sanskrit- Conjugates, Voices & Sanskrit Literature

Course Content

  1. 4 types of sandhis (svara-sandhi, guNa-sandhi, vRuddhi-sandhi, and yaN-sandhi)
  2. Prose order (anvaya-krama)
  3. Atmanepada verbs
  4. karmaNi-prayoga (Passive voice)
  5. bhAve-prayoga (Impersonal voice)
  6. “kta” usage
  7. Introduction to 4 great poets of Sanskrit literature (vAlmeeki, vyAsa, mAgha, and kAlidAsa)

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

  • Distinguish some of the basic types of conjugates.
  • Express sentences in different voices and verb endings.
  • Capture the essence of the biographies of great poets; and
  • Practice their skills at writing simple stories and essays.

Required / Elective: Required 

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SAN 2001/SAN0401 

Faculty / Instructor: Sri Srinath Chakravarty  

Start Date:  January 11, 2022

End Date:  March 27, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: Tuesday – 08: 30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

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: None

Required / Elective: Elective

Faculty/InstructorDr. Philip Goldberg

Start Date: January 18, 2022

End Date: March 22, 2022

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 08:30 pm EST – 10:00 pm EST

Quarter Offered:  Winter 2022

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Āyurveda)

Course Content:

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing. The Vedic vision did not exclude any group or peoples, unlike most ideologies which seek advantage for one group of people at the expense of others, but sought to provide such knowledge that could protect, enhance, empower and enrich life for all peoples who pursued these knowledge systems. The theory and practice of Āyurveda are one of the vital applied sciences derived from the Vedic vision. This course is the first of a two-part course series that provides the familiarity of the knowledge system of Āyurveda, by exploring its background and key contributors to the different schools of Āyurveda.

This course provides an in-depth appreciation of the science and practice of Āyurveda, through a study of one of the core texts pertaining to the portions suggesting regimen for individuals corresponding to the different seasons. This primary text in Sanskrit will be discussed, along with some of the major commentaries on the source text.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the sensibility in the system of Āyurveda that customizes its prescriptions based on factors that impact the health and wellbeing of people.
  2. Assimilate the role and relevance of Āyurveda as a manual of holistic wellbeing.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:

1) The medium of Instruction is Sanskrit

2)Only currently enrolled Sanskrit master’s certificate students can register for these courses. (MIT-SVS)

3) Admission into Master Program in Sanskrit through MIT-SVS

4) Completed previous MA Sanskrit Course

5) Completion of the Applied Vedic Science – Basic (Ayurveda)

Quarter Offered:  Winter 2022

Applied Vedic Science – Advanced (Jyotisha)

Course Content:

This course provides an introduction to basic mathematical operations, the Indian way, through the text named Līlāvatī.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the methodology and approach of theorizing and calculating in the Indic system of mathematics.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: 

1) The medium of Instruction is Sanskrit

2)Only currently enrolled Sanskrit master’s certificate students can register for these courses. (MIT-SVS)

3) Admission into Master Program in Sanskrit through MIT-SVS

4) Completed previous MA Sanskrit Course – Basic (Jyotisha)

Quarter Offered:  Winter 2022

Applied Vedic Science – Vedanta (Basic)

Course Content:

This course provides a survey of the basic philosophical tenets of the different schools of Vedānta and introduces their primary sources. This course also provides the opportunity to study comparatively the respective commentaries of a principal Upaniṣad to aid the student in understanding the philosophical standpoints of these different schools.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of Vedānta in governing the Indic way of life.
  2. Understand the convergences and divergences of views among the different schools of Vedānta.
  3. Observe the multiplicity of interpretations of Vedic literature and the rationale behind such interpretations forming the basis of tenets propounded by the different schools of Vedānta.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Required

Prerequisites: 

1) The medium of Instruction is Sanskrit

2)Only currently enrolled Sanskrit master’s certificate students can register for these courses. (MIT-SVS)

3) Admission into Master Program in Sanskrit through MIT-SVS

4) Completed previous MA Sanskrit Course 

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Mahabaleswara Bhat

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

 

Applied Vedic Sciences Basic (Yoga)

Course Content:

The wellbeing of the individual and society in the Vedic vision of the universe included both material and spiritual wellbeing. The Vedic vision did not exclude any group or peoples, unlike most ideologies which seek advantage for one group of people at the expense of others, but sought to provide such knowledge that could protect, enhance, empower and enrich life for all peoples who pursued these knowledge systems. The theory and practice of Yoga are one of the vital applied sciences derived from the Vedic vision. This course is the first of a two-part course series that provides the familiarity of the knowledge system of Yoga, through its primary text in Sanskrit.

This course introduces the categories of Yoga with their respective definitions, based on the Yogasūtras of Patañjali along with its prominent commentaries.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Assimilate the role and relevance of the system of Yoga through a comprehensive understanding of the mental and cognitive categories in the Yoga system
  2. Comprehend the definitions of the categories according to the Yoga system with elucidations from various commentaries.

Area of Study: Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites:  Completion of 12 Credit-Hours of Course work in the MA in Sanskrit / Masters’ Certificate in Sanskrit

Quarter Offered:  Winter 2022

Appreciating Bhakti Music – Sangeetha Bhava Bodhini

Course Description:

In the Hindu spiritual traditions, Bhakti is considered to be one of the main paths of Yoga, with Shri Krishna allocating the entire chapter XII of the Bhagavad Gita to the subject of Bhakti Yoga. One of the ways Bhakti manifests within the Hindu world, is through the traditions of Bhakti Sangeetha i.e., devotional music. This course will introduce students to an immersive exploration of the world of Bhakti Music, across multiple Indian languages, by focusing on the language, lyrics and meaning of the bhakti compositions from various genres, and their musical depth and range, while deeply enhancing the joy of appreciating Indian music.

Course content:

The course will delve into the musical, lyrical and philosophical import of some of the most invaluable musical pieces in different languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada by some of the great Indian composers of Bhakti Music.

Course Audience:

This course is aimed at listeners of classical/ bhakti music, practitioners of Indian dance forms across all ages and backgrounds, and all those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skill in the musical traditions of India.

Course Learning Objectives:
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate and relish the meanings and context of the Bhakti compositions
2. Explore the emotions and the mind of the great, revered composers of Bhakti Music
3. Comprehend the nuances of Sahitya in different languages
4. Internalize the mood and feel of the songs, especially for dancers
5. Enhance one’s ability to appreciate Classical Indian music – and its Bhakti Yoga dimension

Class Structure:

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion based on self-study and reflection each week, as well as enhancing one’s ability to listen, appreciate as well as sing. 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 one short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: – Admission into a program of study

Faculty / InstructorSmt. Aishwarya Srinivas

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Day: Wednesday

Start Date: January 19, 2022

End Date: March 23, 2022

Quarter Offered: Winter 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 Chandrashekhar Raghu , Smt. Rama Shripati

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Start Date: January 10, 2022

End Date: March 21, 2022

Day:  Every Monday

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 Chandrashekhar 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: January 16, 2022

End Date: March 20, 2022

Day: Sunday

Time: 11:00 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

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 Chandrashekhar Raghu , Smt. Parvathi Sriram

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Start Date: January 13, 2022

End Date: March 24, 2022

Day: Every Thursday

Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner -Sodhana

Course content:

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner SODHANA course deals with the study of the meanings and commentaries of the 140 selected versus of Bhagavad-Gita grouped under 17 thematic topics. The ‘Gita Vidya Bhasya Sindhu’ is a collection of commentaries by various Acharyas on the Bhagavad-Gita, which will be made available to the Class participants. Students will compare the meanings, interpretations, and emphasis provided by any three different Bhashyas i.e. commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, and summarise their observations as part of active learning. Participants will share their observations and discuss the varied interpretations under the guidance of faculty during the interactive sessions. Students will be required to submit their compilation of various interpretations and their own findings in summary form for each module and present a final report at the end of the course.

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

This course involves the documentation of word-by-word meaning (Artha Sangraha) followed by comparative study of the interpretations of 3 different acharyas/authors (Bhava Sodhana). A guided discussion of the student observations is carried out during online interactive classes. Participation to the online classes is vital as they facilitate deeper study of Bhagavad-Gita and its essence.

Artha Sangraha (Documentation of the word meanings) is carried out by the students in a specific form provided for download in the LMS. Students should take sufficient copies of these forms to carry on the documentation of word meanings manually for the 140 shlokas. These documents would serve as “Gita Vidya Nighantu” (dictionary) during the Sodhana process.
Bhava Sodhana (Exploration of interpretations) In this step the students will compare the interpretations of three different acharyas/authors of their choice. Students must get their choice of Bhagavad-Gita interpretations approved by the faculty before using them for Sodhana. The cumulative list of Bhagavad-Gita interpretations opted by all students is referred as ‘Gita Vidya Bhasya Sindhu’. It shall be mentioned on the course LMS for mutual reference.

Course Learning Objectives:

In this course participants will be able to:

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

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1.5 contact hours with faculty every week. The classes are structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit their reflections on each lesson. At the end of the Sodhana course, each participant shall submit a final report for the entire course.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: – Must have completed the HSF 1004 Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – Sadhana Course

Faculty / InstructorMr. Gopi V. Prasad

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Day: Saturday

Start Date: January 15, 2022

End Date: March 19, 2022

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

Bhagavad-Gita for the Beginner – DEHA

Course Content:

DEHA is the first of a three-course series titled, DEHA, GNANA and YOGA. The Deha course highlights the Material and Psychic aspects of the body. The Gnana course describes the Physical, Social, Occupational, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual dimensions of divine wisdom. The Yoga course explains the four paths of Yoga in Bhagavad-Gita.

The DEHA Course helps students to understand, explore and apply the divine wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita in their own lives. It simplifies the learning process for the beginner using specially designed graphic workbooks, transliteration textbooks in multiple languages (12 Indian languages and 12 world languages) and guided audios, available in recitation and practice versions. The interactive sessions are conducted online in English. 

The Course is divided into 3 modules – Sadhana, Sodhana and Vaadana through which Students will acquire a thorough overview of Hindu Dharma and enrich the quality of their spiritual lives.

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. After this step the students would be able to independently practice the recitation using the guided chanting audios available online. 

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 verse 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 DEHA course.

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.

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. 

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: N.A.

Faculty / InstructorMr. Gopi V. Prasad

Time: 11:00 am EST – 12:30 pm EST

Day: Every Sunday

Start Date: January 16, 2022

End Date: March 20, 2022

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022

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: Winter 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. Chandrashekhar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Winter 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. Chandrashekhar Raghu,   Shri. Srinath Chakravarty,

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022