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A Sanskrit Grammar Course for beginners by Vladimir Yatsenko & Nishtha Muller

World in Transition: Climate justice between efficiency and sufficiency by Dr. Otto Ulrich

Philosophy of Evolution by Rod Hemsell

The Philosophy of Language in the Light of Sri Aurobindo by Vladimir Yatsenko

The Poetry of Sri Aurobindo by Rod Hemsell

The Studies of the Rig Veda, Hymns to Brihaspati by Nishtha Muller

Studies of the Gita: The Karma Yoga by Vladimir Yatsenko

The Studies of the Rig Veda in the light of Sri Aurobindo (in three parts) by Vladimir Yatsenko

Scientific Approach to Knowledge by Keka Chakraborty

An Introduction to Musicology by Ladislav Brozman

A Body Awareness Course by Hans Baren

       

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1. A Sanskrit Grammar Course for beginners ( Resuming soon )

This course of Sanskrit Grammar is based on the text book of Prof. Buhler, modified by E.D.Perry, known as A Sanskrit Primer. It has 45 lessons (weeks) and three exams with the final examination at the end.

Teacher: Vladimir Yatsenko & Nishtha MullerIntroduction from the Teacher

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About the Course (Sanskrit Grammar)
  This is a one year course with 45 lessons (weeks) and two exams.


SummaryThis is a one year course in Sanskrit Grammar (based on Georg Buhler’s text-book, edited by Perry). It has 45 lessons (weeks) and three exams each after 15 lessons. It has two vacations 4 weeks each after the first and second exams, and the final Exam on completion of the course. For those who do not know the script there can be arranged an introductory course in Sanskrit Phonetics and Script, before the actual Grammar Course. Every Sunday morning (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) is a presentation of a new lesson on line. Every Friday Evening (8.00-8.30 PM) is a conference online (Skype) question and answers sessions.  
Dates12.09.10-23.01.11  
The First part with the exam at the end;

20.02.11-05.06.11
The Second part with the examination at the end;

03.07.11-16.10.11
The Third part with the examination at the end.

30.10.11
Final Exam: translating the unknown text from Sanskrit into English.
About the teachersVladimir Yatsenko, graduated from St.Petersburg University in 1992, MA in Sanskrit and General Linguistics, has been teaching ever since the Sanskrit Grammar and Literature.
Nishtha Muller, a scholar of the Vedic Sanskrit and Literature for the last 30 year. Teaching Sanskrit Grammar and the Vedas in Auroville (Savitri Bhavan) and Pondicherry (Indian Psychology Institute).
About the Students We expect from students a commitment in regular study, completing exercises in time and attending the classrooms online. Any irregularity will make it difficult to succeed. On the other hand we guarantee that the students who followed regularly the course will have all necessary knowledge and ability to read by themselves any Classical text of Sanskrit Literature with the Dictionary.
 
Course Calendar - Sanskrit Grammar
 
A Calendar of the course presentations, conferences, classes online, exams with exact dates.

Lesson 0 12.09-10.10.10 The Phonetics of Sanskrit and the Devanagari script. The four weeks
course before the Grammar course. Varṇa-mālā. Guṇa and Vṛddhi. Basics of Sandhi.
Online classrooms two times a week (timing is to be determined by the teacher).
Learning to write and read.

PART I
1) Presentation of the lessons online: every Sunday 11.30 AM -12.30 PM
2) Homework weekly: Translation from Sanskrit and English, and work on mistakes.
3) Questions-answers sessions weekly on Skype every Friday 7.30 -8.00 PM

Lesson 1 10.10-17.10.10 Introduction to the Verbs. TING System. Sārvadhātuka and
Ārdhadhātuka. Verbs of thematic classes; the 1st class. The System of Adverbs. Rules of Sandhi. New Vocabulary.
Lesson 2 17.10-24.10.10 Introduction to the Nouns. SUP system. Rules of Sandhi. Vocabulary.
Lesson 3 24.10-31.10.10 Verbs of the 6th class. Sandhis. Nouns: m.,n. ending in a-. Vocabulary.
Lesson 4 31.10.-07.11.10 Nouns m.,n. ending in i-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 5 07.11.-14.11.10 Verbs of the 4th class. Nouns m.,n. ending in u-. Sandhis. Vocabulary. Prepositions.
Lesson 6 14.11.-21.11.10 Irregularities of the 4th class. Nouns n. ending in u-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 7 21.11.-28.11.10 Verbs of the 10th class and Causatives. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 8 28.11-05.12.10 Verbs of Present Indicative Middle (Ātmanepada). Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 9 05.12.-12.12.10 Nouns of Feminine gender (strīliṅgam) in ā-. Sandhis. Prefixes (upasargas) and prepositions. Vocabulary.
Lesson 10 12.12-19.12.10 Verbs: Passive Voice. Vocabulary.
Lesson 11 19.12-26.12.10 Verbs: Past Tense or Imperfect Active Voice (Parasmaipada). Nouns of Feminine gender in ī-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 12 26.12- 02.01.11 Feminine substantives in i- and u-. Adjectives in i- and u-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 13 02.01-09.01.11 Verbs: Imperfect Middle (Ātmanepada). Nouns: declension of
monosyllabic words in ī-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 14 09.01-16.01.11 Verbs: Present Imperative Active. Nouns: monosyllabic words in ū-. Feminine gender in ū-. Sandhis. Vocabulary.
Lesson 15 16.01-23.01.11 Verbs: Present Imperative Middle. Nouns ending in ṛ-. Vocabulary.

Exam 23.01.11 Examination of the 15 lessons. Going through the texts and freely translating sentences from Sanskrit to English and English to Sanskrit.

Holiday 24.01.2011-20.02.2011

PART II
1) Presentation of the lessons online: every Sunday 11.30 AM -12.30 PM
2) Homework weekly: Translation from Sanskrit and English, and work on mistakes.
3) Questions-answers sessions weekly on Skype every Friday 7.30 -8.00 PM

Lesson 16 20.02-27.02.11 Verbs: Present Optative Active. The nouns of relationship in ṛ. Vocabulary.
Lesson 17 27.02-06.03.11 Verbs: Present Optative Middle. Declension of Nouns ending in long vowels. Vocabulary.
Lesson 18 06.03-13.03.11 Causative. Participle Present Tense. Pronoun of the First Person. Vocabulary.
Lesson 19 13.03-20.03.11 Pronoun of the Second and Third Person. Other pronouns and nouns with pronominal declension. Relative pronouns. Vocabulary.
Lesson 20 20.03-27.03.11 Declension of the Nouns ending in consonants. Phonetic changes. Vocabulary.
Lesson 21 27.03-03.04.11 Declension of the Nouns ending in consonants (part 2). Phonetic changes. Vocabulary.
Lesson 22 03.04-10.04.11 Declension of the Nouns ending in -r, -in, -min, -vin, -as, -is, -us. Phonetic changes. Vocabulary.
Lesson 23 10.04-17.04.11 Comparative Adjectives and their Declension. Declension of Participle Present Tense Active, and stems ending in –mant (-mat), -vant (-vat). Vocabulary.
Lesson 24 17.04-24.04.11 Nouns ending in –mant (-mat), -vant (-vat), -an, -man, -van and their Declension. Phonetic changes. Vocabulary.
Lesson 25 24.04-01.05.11 Verbs: Perfect Active Participle in vāṃs. Nouns śvan, yuvan, maghavan, ahan. Compounds with -ac, -añc and their Declension. Vocabulary.
Lesson 26 01.05-08.05.11 Some irregular Substantives: ambā, sakhi, pati, akṣan, asthan, dadhan, sakthan, lakṣmī, strī, ap, div, rai, etc. Vocabulary.
Lesson 27 08.05-15.05.11 Demonstrative pronouns: ayam, asau, idam, adah. Defective pronominal stem ena. Past Passive Participle (ppp) in -ta and -na. Vocabulary.
Lesson 28 15.05-22.05.11 Past Passive Participle (ppp) part 2. Set and Anet forms. Vocabulary.
Lesson 29 22.05-29.05.11 The Gerund or Absolutive ending in -tvā, -ya, -tya. Vocabulary.
Lesson 30 29.05-05.06.11 Infinitive (ending in -tum). Future Passive Participle or Gerundive (ending in –ya/-tya, -tavya, -anīya). Phonetic changes. Vocabulary.

Exam 05.06.2011 Examination of the 15 lessons Going through the texts and freely translating sentences from Sanskrit to English and English to Sanskrit. 

Holiday 06.06.2011-03.07.2011

PART III
1) Presentation of the lessons online: every Sunday 11.30 AM -12.30 PM
2) Homework weekly: Translation from Sanskrit and English, and work on mistakes. 
3) Questions-answers sessions weekly on Skype every Friday 7.30 -8.00 PM

Lesson 31 03.07-10.07.11 Numerals. Cardinals. Ordinals. Vocabulary.
Lesson 32 10.07-17.07.11 Comparison of Adjectives. Suffixes: -īyas, -iṣṭha, and -tara, -tama.
Comparative construction of sentences. Vocabulary.
Lesson 33 17.07-24.07.11 Compounds: Copulative or Aggregative (dvandva); Determinative compounds: Dependent (tatpuruṣa), and Descriptive (karmadhāraya). Possessive (bahuvrīhi) compounds. Vocabulary.
Lesson 34 24.07-31.07.11 Secondary Adjective Compounds. Possessive compounds. Compounds with governed final member: Participal and Prepositional. Vocabulary.
Lesson 35 31.07-07.08.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Classes. (Sārvadhātuka forms). Class 5 Sv-ādigaṇa, ending with suffix -nu-. Vocabulary.
Lesson 36 07.08-14.08.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 9 kry-ādigaṇa, ending with suffix –nā-. Vocabulary.
Lesson 37 14.08-21.08.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 8 tan-ādigaṇa, ending with suffix -u-. Class 2 ad-ādi-gaṇa (root-class). Vocabulary.
Lesson 38 21.08-28.08.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 2 ad-ādigaṇa (root-class) Part 2. Emphatic pronoun. Vocabulary.
Lesson 39 28.08-04.09.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 2 ad-ādigaṇa (root-class) Part 3. Vocabulary.
Lesson 40 04.09-11.09.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 2 ad-ādigaṇa (root-class) Part 4. Vocabulary.
Lesson 41 11.09-18.09.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 3 juhotyādi-gaṇa (reduplicating-class).
Vocabulary.
Lesson 42 18.09-25.09.11 Verbs: Non-thematic Class 7 rudh-ādigaṇa (infix-class). Vocabulary.
Lesson 43 25.09-02.10.11 Verbs: Ārdhadhātuka System. Perfect. Perfect Participle (active and middle). Periphrastic Perfect. 
Lesson 44 02.10-09.10.11 Verbs: Ārdhadhātuka System. Future-System. Simple Future. Conditional. Periphrastic Future. Future Participle. Aorist System: 
1) Simple Aorist (root-aorist)
2) A-class Aorist
3) Reduplicated Aorist
4) 4 Sibilant Aorists (on –s-, -iṣ-, -siṣ- and –sa-) Aorist Passive Voice.
Lesson 45 09.10-16.10.11 Verbs: Ārdhadhātuka System. Derivative or Secondary Conjugations:
1) Passive
2) Intensive
3) Desirative
4) Causative
5) Denominative

Exam 16.10.2011 Examination of the 15 lessons Going through the texts and freely translating sentences from Sanskrit to English and English to Sanskrit.

Exam 30.10.2011 Final Examination Translating the unknown text from Sanskrit to English with the help of the Dictionary only.
 

2. World in Transition: Climate justice between efficiency and sufficiency ( Starting October 15, 2012 )

 
Teacher: Dr. Otto Ulrich 

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3. Philosophy of Evolution ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

An appreciation of the methods, and the importance, of philosophical thinking as such, is the underlying objective of the course. Through philosophical thinking a greater understanding and appreciation of the phenomenon of evolution, and of "nature" in general, including human nature, should be achieved.

Teacher: Rod HemsellIntroduction from the Teacher

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4. The Philosophy of Language in the Light of Sri Aurobindo ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

The Philosophy of Language is a course based on the studies of Sanskrit Language and Linguistics. It presents all major concepts of the Sanskrit Language and Linguistics from the times of the Vedas (more than 2500 BC) till the modern theories of language.

Teacher: Vladimir YatsenkoIntroduction from the Teacher

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5. The Poetry of Sri Aurobindo ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

This course of twelve lectures presents the poetry of Sri Aurobindo in the context of two treatises that he wrote on the theory of poetry.

Teacher: Rod HemsellIntroduction from the Teacher

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6. The Studies of the Rig Veda, Hymns to Brihaspati ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

The Study in depth of the hymns dedicated to Brihaspati in the Rig Veda in the light of Sri Aurobindo.

Teacher: Nishtha MullerIntroduction from the Teacher

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7. Studies of the Gita: The Karma Yoga ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

This is a thorough study of the first six chapters of the Bhagavadgita known as Karma Yoga. Basic knowledge of Sanskrit is required.

 
Teacher: Vladimir Yatsenko 

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8. The Studies of the Rig Veda in the light of Sri Aurobindo (in three parts) ( Open with free schedule for Individuals )

Vedic Studies in the light of Sri Aurobindo is a course which evolved over several years. It presents major concepts of the Vedic Knowledge in the light of Sri Aurobindo's interpretation.

 
Teacher: Vladimir Yatsenko 

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9. Scientific Approach to Knowledge

A close examination of our common objective perceptions, habitual assumptions and multi-layered rationality

Teacher: Keka ChakrabortyIntroduction from the Teacher

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10. An Introduction to Musicology

This course is prepared by Ladislav Brozman, a well-known musician and violinist from Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

 
Teacher: Ladislav Brozman 

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11. A Body Awareness Course

Body Awareness course is prepared by Hans, who is a Tai Chi practitioner. In his course he introduces the elements of Somatic exercises.

 
Teacher: Hans Baren 

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