Exploring Hinduism - A LIVE Online Course JanuaryJan 09 2021 09:30pm America/Indiana/Petersburg

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Who is a Hindu? Why are they called a Hindu? Who started the Hindu “religion”? When did it start? What makes Hinduism different? Is being a Hindu relevant in today’s world? Answers to such questions and more await the students in “Exploring Hinduism” a series of courses that facilitate a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient families of traditions.  The first course in this series of courses titled “Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, will prepare the explorer to see the world from a Hindu perspective and experience how different it is, from the one that they already know. Open to both teens and their parents together or separately, this series is designed to take discussion and contemplation from beyond the course window, into the portals of home and family.

This course is open to all in the US and also across the globe. There are no pre-requisites. Just a keenness to learn. And being in a suitable time zone that matches these US timings. 




Course content: This course involves approximately 20 sessions of  60 minutes each delivered in one quarter. These sessions will cover a variety of topics and themes, such as:

  1. Hindu Geography – The land of the Hindus
  2. Hindu History – How ancient is Hinduism really?
  3. The Ramayana – Historical Figure or Mythical Hero
  4. The Mahabharata – Did the Kurukshetra war actually happen?
  5. The Spread of Hindu thought and ideas around the world
  6. Hindu conception of Divinity – Understanding Gods and Goddesses
  7. Hindu conception of Divinity – Consciousness and Matter
  8. Hindu symbolism – Representing the Divine
  9. Hindu conception of Divinity – Male and Female divinities
  10. Hindu Sampradaya and Parampara – Rishi, Guru, Yogi, Acharya
  11. Hindu Cosmology and Astronomy – Jyotisha
  12. Hindu Timekeeping and Calendar – Panchanga
  13. Hindu accomplishments and contributions to the world
  14. The Hindu worldview and lifestyle – The emphasis on spirituality
  15. The Hindu Social System – Varna, Jati and the so-called Caste system
  16. Women in Hindu Society – Breaking some myths
  17. Invasions and Colonization
  18. India’s Freedom Struggle
  19. Hindu Ethos
  20. Hindu Life today – Being happy, healthy, organic and responsible

Learning Objectives: 

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Develop a deeper understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of Hinduism
  2. Discover the various ways in which Hindus conceptualize and relate to the Divine
  3. Examine the wisdom of ancient Hindu traditions in the light of contemporary life
  4. Revisit and Clarify certain pervasive myths that are prevalent regarding Hinduism
  5. Recognize the place of Hinduism in the world and its contribution to humanity
  6. Discover new conversational spaces within the family unexplored so far
  7. Learn to describe and talk about Hindu ideas and thought with others

This course can be taken as the inaugural course of a whole series titled “Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, or as a stand-alone course. It can be enjoyed by teenagers in the age group 12-18, on their own or together with their parents. Alternatively, parents who have teens may also benefit from this course.

Required/Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: None

Faculty/Instructor: Dr. D.K. Hema HariDr. D. K. Hari

Quarter Offered: Winter 2021

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation

Start Date: 9 January 2021

End Date: 21 March 2021

Day: Saturday & Sunday

Time: 11:00 am EST –  12:00 pm EST


  • Organizer of Exploring Hinduism - A LIVE Online Course
    Hindu University of America (HUA) was established in 1989 and was authorized in 1993 to provide students with a unique academic environment to explore the knowledge systems rooted in and emerging from Vedic thought i.e. the philosophies, traditions, culture, and civilization that has come to be called Hinduism in the popular imagination.
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Dr. Hema and Dr. Hari

Dr. Hema and Dr. Hari

D.K.Hari and D.K.Hema Hari, a husband – wife duo of Management and IT professionals, are the founders of Bharath Gyan, a civilizational study initiative to compile and present the knowledge of India, its traditions, its culture, its global ties – in short, its ethos, from an Indian perspective.

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