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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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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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The Philosophy of Evolution, Part 1
 

The aim of this course is to present a coherent introduction to the subject of evolution from both the scientific and the philosophical points of view, primarily in order to stimulate philosophical thinking about the subject. 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, can be achieved. The texts that will be used in the course are taken from a variety of original writers on the subject of evolution, presented in chronological order to illustrate the development of evolutionary thought in general. Some of the authors referred to are Aristotle, Hume, Spencer, Darwin, Huxley, Haeckel, Bergson, Whitehead, Teilhard de Chardin, Mayr, Lorenz, Capra, Sheldrake, Dawkins, Dennett, and Sri Aurobindo. Although it is not the primary intention of this course to present the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo in a comprehensive way, his perspectives will provide a general context and background for this study. Twelve pre-recorded lectures will be presented in both audio and text format, with a variety of supporting texts for the student’s reference and study, along with questions and topics for additional study, research, and discussion. Rod Hemsell is the author and moderator of the course, holds degrees in philosophy and education, and is both a secondary school principal and a university lecturer, currently living in Auroville.

Some important topics to be explored

Lecture 1

1.      Definitions of philosophy

2.      Whitehead’s philosophy of values

3.      Sri Aurobindo’s solution to the mind-body problem

4.      Evolutionary thought as an expression of the values of the age

Lecture 2

1.      Species are the result of single acts of creation vs species are the result of natural processes

2.      Darwin’s definition and theory of Natural Selection

3.      The causes of variation in nature

4.      The concept of the eternity of species or essentialism vs empiricism

Lecture 3

1.      Haeckel’s theory of Ontogenesis

2.      Aristotle’s theory of causation

3.      Genetic vs formal causation

4.      Coordinated development and homologous variation

Lecture 4

1.      Identity and difference; unity and diversity

2.      Heterozygosity and genetic variation

3.      Causes of speciation: genetic and environmental

4.      Punctuated equilibrium and mass extinctions

Lecture 5

1.      Aristotle’s philosophy of nature

2.      The principle of homeostasis

3.      The flexibility of the phenotype

4.      The boundary of philosophy

Lecture 6

1.      The limits of rational knowledge

2.      The uniqueness of the faculties of “sight” and “language”

3.      Bergson’s philosophy of intuition

4.      Bergson’s philosophy of creative evolution

Lecture 7

1.      Mental evolution and human society

2.      What the human being essentially is

3.      Stages of social development

4.      Ethical mind, aesthetic mind

Lecture 8

1.      The reduction of knowledge to the frame

2.      Konrad Lorenz and animal behavior

3.      Constancy phenomena and concepts

4.      Energy exchange and cognition

Lecture 9

1.      What is consciousness?

2.      Organs of perception and consciousness

3.      Rational mind and transcendence

4.      Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of nature

Lecture 10

1.      Sri Aurobindo’s definition of Consciousness

2.      Mental awareness and super-conscience

3.      The evolution of the structures of consciousness

4.      The anthropic principle

Lectures 11 and 12

A variety of options will be available to the student.

 

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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