Principles of Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma) On-Site (Singapore)

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.

This course will serve as a good primer for both practitioners and non-practitioners of Hinduism.


  • Program Code H001-01
  • Fees: SGD$300
  • Start Date: Saturday, 04 March 2017
  • Start Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Mode of Delivery: On site (Singapore)
  • Course Duration:
    • 3 months; 24 teaching hours
    • Lessons are conducted once a week for 2 hours

    Candidates are assessed through coursework and written assessments. A  Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the assessments.

     

  • Course Outline

    1. Scriptures

    Apaurusheya Shastras

    • Vedas
    • Agamas

    Paurusheya Shastra

    • Tirukkural
    • The Bhagavad Gita
    • Puranas
    • Itihasas

    2. Dharma

    • Introduction
    • Ways To Determine Dharma
    • Values & Dharma

    3. Karma

    • Samsara & Reincarnation
    • The Law of Karma
    • Categories of Karma
    • Jyotisha & Prarabdha Karma
    • Samskaras

    4. God

    • Brahman
    • Polytheism & Idol Worship
    • Avataras or Incarnations

    5. Creation

    • The 3 Gunas
    • The 4 Yugas

    6. Purushartha

    • Dharma
    • Artha
    • Kama
    • Moksha

    7. Varna Dharma

    • Purpose
    • Classification
    • Evolution

    8. Ashrama Dharma

    • Bhramacharya
    • Grhasthya
    • Vanaprastha
    • Sannyasa
    • Moksha

    9. Yoga Tradition

    • Bhakti Yoga
    • Raja Yoga
    • Karma Yoga
    • Jnana Yoga

    10. Sampradaya

    • Vaishnavam
    • Shaivam
    • Shaktam
    • Ganapatayam
    • Kaumaram
    • Sauram
    • Vaidikam

    11. Symbolism

    • Hindu Imagery
  • Recommended Texts

    1. The Spiritual Heritage of India by Swami Prabhavananda (Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math Chennai)
    2. The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice by Georg Feuerstein (Publisher: Hohm Press)