Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita – REL 522

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A review of the wisdom of the Upanishads, among the first to expound the primacy of consciousness and the essence of Hindu spirituality in the context of the Gita—The Song of God. The Upanishads are a unique treatise of consciousness. It is said that hearing them with understanding leads to liberation from ignorance. The major themes of the Upanishads will be examined with not only philosophy, but integral realization in mind.

 

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

This course is divided into ten, one-hour sessions. The introductory session, “Introduction – The Upanishads” is presented in both audio and video format to better acquaint the student with the instructor.

The Upanishads

Session 1  |  Introduction – The Upanishads
Session 2  |  Socio-Spiritual Content of the Upanishads
Session 3 |  Cosmology and Creation in the Upanishads
Session 4 |  Brahman, Maya, Jiva, Atman: God and the Gods
Session 5 |  The Forms of Knowledge

Bhagavad Gita

Session 6 |  The Sermon on the Battlefield
Session 7 |  The Yoga of Knowledge and the Yoga of Works
Session 8 |  Cosmology of the Gita
Session 9 |  Avatara and Vibhuti
Session 10  |  The Yoga of Divine Love

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS COURSE

Outcome 1: Students will be able to discuss the spiritual approach
of the Upanishads historically, idiomatically and thematically.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to discuss and describe
aspects of Upanishadic society.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to identify and report
appropriate statements describing the reality and relationship
of Brahman in its transcendent, universal and individual aspects,
as well as to define the operation of Maya in the manifest universe.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to express in writing the centrality
of “Dharma” in the Gita and as it pertains to contemporary life.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to write a comparison
of the concepts of Avatara and Vibhuti.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to develop a synthesis statement
of “Works, Knowledge and Love” as discussed in the Yoga of the Gita.

 

PROFESSOR

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.
Lectures By Debashish Banerji, Ph.D. – Indian Art History, UCLA. Former president of East-West Cultural Center and Sri Aurobindo Center, Los Angeles. Teacher of Indian spiritual culture. Education Coordinator for the University of Philosophical Research.
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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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