Hinduism Through Its Scriptures

Learn about the rich diversity of Hindu sacred texts – hymns, narratives, philosophical thought – and their interpretations.

Ever wondered about the sacred scriptures that have sustained for millennia one of the oldest and most diverse religions of the world – Hinduism? Want to discover the lessons this history may offer mankind in the 21st century?

This religion course introduces the rich and diverse textual sources from which millions of Hindus have drawn religious inspiration for millennia. The Bhagavad Gita has offered philosophical insights to a number of modern thinkers. This course will introduce important passages from important Hindu sacred texts, their interpretations by moderns and will give you an opportunity to engage with them.

This course in part of the World Religions Through Their Scripture XSeries Program.

What you’ll learn

  • Religious and philosophical insights conveyed in Hindu texts
  • How scriptures are interpreted to diverse ends in different historical contexts
  • Sensitive appreciation of world religions

Meet the instructors

  • bio for Neelima Shukla-Bhatt

    Neelima Shukla-Bhatt

    Associate Professor Wellesley College

  • bio for Jason Smith

    Jason Smith

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for sharing about the course which is needed in today’s times of misinterpretation. I will share on social media.

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  2. Promod Puri says:

    I am firm of the view that universities are the places to do rational studies in religions. Temples, churches, mosques etc. fulfill only the rituals needs of our faiths.Thanks for liking and sharing.

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    1. But, I feel that the modern day approach to a scripture is “analytical”. But, what is expressed in a scripture is “synthesis” – an experience. Temples, churches etc., should actually be (like in the past) be paces of group-experience through synthesis. I mean, for example, we can know so much about sugar through volumes of biochemistry. But, only THEY know sugar, who have tasted it! I doubt if modern universities can offer us sugar crystals rather than the textbooks of their biochemistry!

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  3. Promod Puri says:

    Analytical and empirical approaches have limitations. Perceptions and experiences, like knowing the taste of sugar are part of the study. Very logical comments you have expressed. Thanks.

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