This course will provide a detailed study of the Bhagavad Gita which has 18 chapters and 700 verses. We will examine the principle ideas and religious principles found in the text. The Bhagavad Gita is commonly said to be the essence of the Upanishads. We will examine the points of convergence and divergence between the Upanishad literature and the Bhagavad Gita. The philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita will also be studied through the eyes of the traditional commentators.
Hinduism is a broad term used to identify the family of different traditions born of the Vedic and Tantrik sources. This course examines the fundamental principles of Hinduism tracing its origins and evolution through scriptures. Key concepts of Hinduism such as Dharma, Karma, God, Creation & Goals of Life will be introduced. This course is focused to strengthen the understanding of Hinduism from the perspective of source works.