The course introduces to over five thousand year old religious traditions of South Asia that are often labeled as “Hinduism”. Representing unusually diverse traditions, Hinduism is the dominant faith in India, and an influential spiritual force around the globe. From the ancient texts and historical and modern philosophical speculations, the three primary Hindu paths – ritual, renunciation, and devotion will be discussed. We will look at the influence of practicing this age old traditional knowledge coming from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata (with emphasis on Bhagavad-Gita) in daily lives on the society-at-large and naturally evolving theory of social and ecological justice. The course will be augmented with the use of multimedia showcasing movie clips, and field trips to local temples along with discussion on modern perspectives.
An Introduction to Bhagavad Gita is posted here with selected verses from Chapters 1-3. (Delivered on March 31, 2015; Close reading- sponsored by the Department of English)
Download handout here.
Download presentation here.
Hinduism: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides)
Author: Klaus K. Klostermaier
Series: Beginner’s Guides
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (November 1, 2007)
Self-Unfoldment (The Self-Discovery Series) Paperback – June 1, 1993
by Chinmayananda (Author)
Series: The Self-Discovery Series
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Chinmaya Pubns West (June 1, 1993)
Vision of the Bhagavad Gita*
by Tejomayananda (Author)
Publisher: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (July 30, 2007)
*Available in TCNJ Library