Hinduism Studies

Part I - Introduction What is Hinduism? Meaning of ‘Hindu’ Meaning of ‘Sanatana Dharma’ Brahman & Rita Postulates & Objectives The Three Gunas The Four Varnas The Four Purusharthas The Four Ashramas The Web of Hindu Life Hindu World-view Part II - Hindu Scriptures Vedas (Types & Parts) Upa-Vedas Vedangas Upanishads Smritis Puranas Part III- The Epics Ramayana Mahabharata Part IV - Philosophies & Related Texts The Six Philosophies ⇒ Nyaya ⇒ Vaiseshika ⇒ Sankhya ⇒ Yoga ⇒ Purva Mimamsa ⇒ Uttara Mimamsa Prasthanatraya (Brahmasutra, Gita & the 10 classical Upanishads) The Interpretations of Mimamsa ⇒ Advaita & Mayavada ⇒ Dvaita-Advaita

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Madhyama and Vaikhari) Naada-Bindu-Kala Matrikas (including a discussion of the Beeja mantras) Hamsa Tattva Pranava tattva Kundalini Chakras Nadis Pranas Gayatri Mantra Mantras of the Deities Yogic Methods of Sadhana (Mantra Yoga.Hindu Doctrines Doctrine of Karma Doctrine of Re-incarnation Avatara-vada Part VI .Hindu Esotericism Brahma-tattva & Atma-tattva Cosmic Evolution (25 and 36 tattvas of Samkhya and Tantra respectively) Vak and the Shabdatmak creation (Para. etc. Shakta-Advaita.The Deities Vedic Gods & Goddesses The Triads The Forms of Shakti Ganesha Avatars of Vishnu Page 2 of 3 . Karma and Yoga) Part VII . etc.Vishishtha-Advaita Shuddha-Advaita Dvaita Achintya-chinta Bhedaabheda Tantra and the Agamas (Kashmir Shaivism. Pashyanti. Shaiva-Siddhanta. Laya Yoga. Hatha Yoga.) Guru Tattva & Deeksha Approaches towards Sadhana (the steps and bhavas of Jnana. Bhakti.) Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ Part V .

Karma. Upacharas. etc. Bhakti. Natha. Baul. Bhoota shuddhi.Rituals and Their Meanings The concept of Yajna or Sacrifice The Vedic Yajna The Puja General features (Asana shuddhi.Other Deities Part VIII .Hinduism vis-à-vis Christianity & Islam Theologies and historical developments of Christianity and Islam A Comparative Study of the theologies and practices Page 3 of 3 .) Personality types . Tamas) The 5 Kleshas of Patanjali The 6 Ripus (kama. Dhyana Mantras.Hindu Psychology (Much more needs to added to this section) Pancha Koshas Antahkarana The 3 states of the Mind (Jagrata. etc. etc. krodha. Svanpna & Sushupti) Trigunas (Sattva.) The Ten Samskaras The Pancha Yajnas The Festivals and their significances Part IX .the 4 temperaments (Jnana.) Dashanami Sampradayas of Sannyasins Part XI . Rajas. Avahana. Visarjana. Viniyoga. Yoga) Hindu influence on Western Psychology ⇒ Jnana-Iccha-Kriya Cognition-Affection-Conation ⇒ Chakra Hierarchy Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory Part X . Bairagi.Hindu Sects Major sects & their sub-sects ⇒ Shaiva ⇒ Shakta ⇒ Vaishnava ⇒ Smarta ‘Non-Vedic’ sects & their sub-sects (Buddhist & Jaina) Sikh Arya Samaj Others (Udaasi.