This is an excellent introduction to some of the guiding principles of Hinduism, from the religious practice, to social Hinduism, as well as some of the well-known religious literature. In particular, we’ll be looking into caste and gender, and how Hinduism responded to the challenges of foreign rule and the onset of modernity. It’s an exciting introduction (or a wonderful refresher!) for the framework of Hinduism and its implementation in society.
Here is an overview of the seven sessions:
- Session One: In this session, you’ll be introduced to the concepts of how Hindu temple worship and ritual were practiced and the rituals behind them. We will link the devotional teachings to their practical implementation and discuss Vedic fire rituals as well.
- Session Two: For the die-hard asana practioners, this session will be of particular importance as we look at how yoga exercises came to be in conjunction with how spiritual knowledge is pursued.
- Session Three: During this session, we’ll look closely at the caste system. You’ll be exploring how the caste system is related to Hindu beliefs, and how even opposition to caste barriers has come about.
- Session Four: Women have an important role in Hinduism and in this session you’ll be studying their role and status and how it plays out in marriage, family life and in the religious teachings.
- Session Five: This session revolves around how Hinduism is adapting to modern times, and how contemporary Hindu teachers are seeking to reinterpret and reform the tradition. An important look into how Hinduism is changing in regards to caste and gender is also discussed.
- Session Six: Following on the teachings from the previous session, we’ll turn our focus to the post-independence era (1947 onwards) and review how Hinduism has been shaped by secularism.
- Session Seven: Our last session will be devoted to several important Hindu texts, including the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads and additional devotional literature.