The word Veda stems from the root ‘vid’ to know. They are four in number - Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva - and are considered to revelations that occurred to saints and seers of unknown past, least several thousands of years. In this sense, this body of knowledge is not considered as a human construct, and hence referred to as ‘apaurusheya’. The primary purpose of Vedas is to help the human kind in developing a certain vision with which they could lead a harmonious life - a life wherein one a strike a harmony with oneself, with other human beings around him, and in general with the Nature including the Plant and the animal kingdom. In other words, Vedas provide an understanding, by which the individual not only confines his pursuits towards mundane things such as earning wealth, seeking pleasure, etc., but moves beyond which compels him to extend his care to all the entities around him as it endows him with a vision, to see everything as manifestation of ‘One Being’ - variously referred to as Atman, Brahman, Sat etc. By virtue of being revelations to certain individuals, the language in which these Vedic texts are available is not easily accessible to all. Moreover, this body of knowledge had been transmitted over hundreds of generations by oral means, which explains the term ‘Sruti’, most commonly employed to refer to it. In order to facilitate a proper understanding of the texts, scores of other texts, Smritis, Puranas, etc. have evolved over a period of time. The text Bhagavadgita is one such Smriti which has become extremely popular not only due to the lucidity of its expression but also due to the richness of its contents. The importance of this text has been succinctly brought out metaphorically in the following verse: “सर्वोपनिषदो गावो दोग्धा गोपालनन्दनः”. During the set of modules that will be delivered during this course, we plan to provide a glimpse of both these texts. This course will help not only the regular students who are studying for credits but also for the long term learners who just want to learn. For the students learning for the credits there will be a proctored examination in the chosen centers and credits would be transferred to their respected institutions.
Duration of Course is 15 weeks
Week 1 :Introduction, Samhita (परिचय, संहिता) Week 2 :Samaveda Samhita (सामवेद संहिता) Week 3 :Samaveda Brahmanam (सामवेद ब्राह्मण) Week 4 :Aranyakam (आरण्यक) Week 5 :Atharva Veda Aranyakam (अथर्ववेद आरण्यक) Week 6 :Upanishads (उपनिषद्) Week 7 :Srimadbhagavadgita (श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 8 :Assignments Week 9 :First to Fourth Chapter of Bhagavdgita (प्रथम से चतुर्थ अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 10 :Fifth to Seventh Chapter of Bhagavdgita (पञ्चम से सप्तम अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 11 :Eighth to Tenth Chapter of Bhagavdgita (अष्टम से दशम अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 12 :Eleventh to Thirteenth Chapter of Bhagavdgita (एकादश से त्रयोदश अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 13 :Fourteenth to Sixteenth Chapter of Bhagavdgita (चतुर्दश से षोडश अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता)
Week 14 :Seventeenth and Eighteenth Chaptersof Bhagavdgita (सप्तदश से अष्टादश अध्याय श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता) Week 15 :Assignments