“Exploring Hinduism – The Overview”, is the first course in the series titled “Exploring Hinduism” that facilitates a structured exploration of various facets of one of the world’s most ancient family of traditions. This course will prepare the student 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 (and grandparents too) together or separately, this series is designed to take discussion and contemplation from beyond the course window, into the portals of home and family.
Who is a Hindu? Why are they called a Hindus? 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 this course.
Course content: This course involves approximately 20 sessions of 90 minutes each delivered in one quarter. These sessions will cover a variety of topics and themes, such as:
- Hindu Geography – The land of the Hindus
- Hindu History – How ancient is Hinduism really?
- The Ramayana – Historical Figure or Mythical Hero
- The Mahabharata – Did the Kurukshetra war actually happen?
- The Spread of Hindu thought and ideas around the world
- Hindu conception of Divinity – Understanding Gods and Goddesses
- Hindu conception of Divinity – Consciousness and Matter
- Hindu symbolism – Representing the Divine
- Hindu conception of Divinity – Male and Female divinities
- Hindu Sampradaya and Parampara – Rishi, Guru, Yogi, Acharya
- Hindu Cosmology and Astronomy – Jyotisha
- Hindu Timekeeping and Calendar – Panchanga
- Hindu accomplishments and contributions to the world
- The Hindu worldview and lifestyle – The emphasis on spirituality
- The Hindu Social System – Varna, Jati and the so-called Caste system
- Women in Hindu Society – Breaking some myths
- Invasions and Colonization
- India’s Freedom Struggle
- Hindu Ethos
- Hindu Life today – Being happy, healthy, organic and responsible
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.
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to:
- Develop a deeper understanding of history, culture, and traditions of Hinduism
- Discover the various ways in which Hindus conceptualize and relate to the Divine
- Examine the wisdom of ancient Hindu traditions in the light of contemporary life
- Revisit and Clarify certain pervasive myths that are prevalent regarding Hinduism
- Recognize the place of Hinduism in the world and its contribution to humanity
- Discover new conversational spaces within the family unexplored so far
- Learn to describe and talk about Hindu ideas and thought with others .
Instructors: Dr. D.K. Hema Hari & Dr. D. K. Hari, from Bharatgyan
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Organizer of Exploring Hinduism For Teens and ParentsHindu 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.
Dr. D.K. Hema Hari & Dr. D. K. Hari
Dr. D.K.Hari and Dr. 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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