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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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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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The Poetry of Sri Aurobindo: Mantra, Metrics and Meaning
 

Abstract: 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. The Future Poetry, originally serialized in the magazine Arya from 1917 to 1920, was revised by him in 1950 and first published in book form in 1953. On Quantitative Metre was written and published in 1942. This is an attempt to introduce the theories presented in these works and also to introduce a wide and representative selection of Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, both as illustration and in order to provide a relatively substantive sample of his poetic achievement. The pre-recorded aural lectures were based on minimal notes and presented rather informally over a period of three months, and rely more on the verbal context and auditory association than on academic rigor or literary analysis. Like the poetry itself, this content was meant to be heard rather than read, although the accompanying transcription has been edited to some extent for readability. It was Sri Aurobindo’s gift, and his intention, to create for us an inspired word-music which he believed had the potential to transform consciousness. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the reading and understanding of that intention and possibility of Sri Aurobindo’s poetry.

Some important topics

Lecture 1

  1. Sri Aurobindo’s theory of mantra
  2. His theory of poetry
  3. His theory of quantitative metre
  4. His theory of Overmind inspiration

Lecture 2

  1. The form and meaning of quantitative metre
  2. The metric structures of English poetry
  3. The relationship of accent, stress and quantitative weight
  4. The importance of rhythm to convey meaning

Lecture 3

  1. The necessity of hearing the meaning of poetry
  2. Quantitative length and weight are natural
  3. Typical English prosody misses the meaning
  4. Using weighty words to express weighty ideas

Lecture 4

  1. Mantric poetry is transformative
  2. Scanning poetry for quantity and meaning
  3. Hearing the vibrations of poetry
  4. The transmission of spiritual experience

 

Lecture 5

  1. Classical poetic forms – lyrical, dramatic, epic
  2. Ranges of poetic experience
  3. From the lyrics of life to the lyrics of the soul
  4. The values of spiritual poetry

Lecture 6

  1. The form and spirit of poetry
  2. The soul of the body of sound
  3. The language of Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley
  4. Seeds of the soul’s epic in Shelley

Lecture 7

  1. Poetry as spiritual guide
  2. The epic metaphors of journey and conquest
  3. The soul’s journey in Savitri
  4. The soul of suffering, mercy, love and sacrifice

Lecture 8

  1. The major themes in Savitri
  2. Sacrifice and suffering in Christianity and Buddhism
  3. The Vedic sacrifice – underlying structure
  4. Self-extinction and transformation

Lecture 9

  1. The being of Savitri – inspirer and guide
  2. The Yoga of Aswapathi and Savitri
  3. The transformation of death
  4. The transmission of spiritual knowledge

Lecture 10

  1. Ilion and the Overmind inspiration
  2. The gods of the ancient Greeks
  3. Sri Aurobindo’s technique of Overmind speech
  4. The power of Overmind poetry

Lectures 11 and 12   A variety of options will be available to students.

 

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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