Language of The Gods – REL 521

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course introduces the Sanskrit spiritual vocabulary of India, in a contextual form, relating terms and their psychological connotations to the spiritual subcultures of their origin. The aim of the course is to provide tools for relating transpersonal experiences and practices to established cultural disciplines, so as to facilitate a comparative and comprehensive perspective on trans-egoic processes.

 

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session,
The Mantric Powers of Sanskrit is presented in both audio and video format
to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

Session 1 | The Mantric Powers of Sanskrit
Session 2 | The Revelations of the Veda
Session 3 | The Intuitional Vocabulary of the Upanishads, Part 1
Session 4 | The Intuitional Vocabulary of the Upanishads, Part 2
Session 5 | The Dynamic Yoga Terminology of the Bhagavad Gita
Session 6 | Puranic Symbology and Cosmology: Shaivism
Session 7 | Puranic Symbology and Cosmology: Vaishnavism
Session 8 | Tantra Symbology and Cosmology
Session 9 | The Speech of Non-Speech, the Vocabulary of Buddhism
Session 10 | The Darshanas—Philosophical Systems

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1: Students will be able to recognize and describe
the principle terms of Indic Sanskrit trans-egoic discourse.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to contextualize this vocabulary in terms
of the specific cultures and histories of Indic spiritual theory and practice.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to relate this vocabulary to
psychological processes and experiences.

 

Your Teacher

Joseph Conti, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Religion and Ethics, University of Southern California

  • In addition to his teaching at the University of Philosophical Research, Conti is an instructor in Department of Comparative Religion at California State University at Fullerton. Dr. Conti’s research focus is the psychology of contemplative spirituality.
 Conti

Lectures By Debashish Banerji, Ph.D. | Indian Art History, University of California, Los Angeles. [UPR Dean of Academic Affairs] Faculty, Asian Art History, Pasadena City College.  Translator of numerous texts and author of “Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art,” “The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore” and others.

 

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PURCHASE AUDIO / VIDEO

The lecture series from this course is also available for independent study.
>> Click Here to order these course materials.

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