Graduate (Master’s Degree) Courses Vedic Arts Division:

VP - Vedic Philosophy

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Srimad Bhagavatam Canto VI - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto VII - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto VII –VIII - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto VIII –IX - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto IX – X - Four Credits
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto X - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto X cont - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto XI - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto XI XII - Four Credits

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto XII - Four Credits

Bhagavad-gita As it Is (Advanced) - Four Credits

Selected writings of Bhaktivinode Thakkur - Three Credits

Tattva, Bhagavata and Krsna Sandarba’s of Jiva Goswami - Nine Credits

Sri Brahma-Samhita - Three Credits

Selected Devotional Texts by Rupa Goswami - Three Credits

Selected Devotional Texts by Sanatan Goswami - Three Credits

Sri Caitanya Bhagavat by Vrindaban Das Thakur - Six Credits

Vedanta Sutra I , commentary of Baladeva Vidyabhushana - Three Credits

Defeating Mayavada Philosophy Three Credits

Topical Study -Three Credits
This course is a Masters thesis for Philosophy majors in a topic of their choice. Admission and thesis by approval of Dean.

Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila - Six Credits

Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila - Six Credits

Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila - Six Credits

VP422 Introduction to Vaishnava Theology
Gaudiya Vaishnavism throught is studied in light of the principles of theology. The nature of divinity, human being, the world, and the relation between each of these with the others will be examinied.

VP423 Vaishnava Theology of Religion
The full spectrum of religious conceptions and experience are examined in light of the comprehensive and universal principles of Vaishnava theology. Methods of evaluating the truth claims of other religious traditions are explored. the Vaishnava view of other religions will be evolved and specifically the Gaudiya Vaishnava view of other religions derived from Prabhupada's writings will be studied.

VP424 Aspects of Classical Indian Philosophy
Approaches from Nyaya (Indian logic), Mimamsa (science of interpretation), Samkhya and Vedanta will be reviewed for their application in supporting the truth claims made within the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. The application of these approaches in modern day presentations of Vaishnava philosophy will be explored as well.

VP425 Bhakti Dimensions of Religion
Love is a universal quality of human being and acting. This course will examine the nature of human love and the full range of the human conceptions of loving God. A detailed study and analysis of bhakti in Gaudiya Vaishnavism will be conducted. Then the course will focus on those specific traditions within world religions that describe an experience of some type of conjugal love, sringara-rasa, within their practice of perfectional state.

VP426 Comparative Vaishnava Philosophies
This course will examine the differences and similarities between the Gaudiya, Vallabha, Madhva, Ramanuja, and Nimbarka schools of thought. These philosophical differences and similarities will then be understood within their greater historical and theological contexts. A brief examination of the ideas behind the Sahajiya movements and the influences of the Tantric and Buddhist sects on Bengal Vaishnavism will be made.

VP427 Comparative "Hindu" Traditions
This course will examine the differences and similarities between the Vaishnava, Saiva, Sakta, Brahmanistic, and other minor traditions. These philosophical differences and similarities will then be understood within their greater historical and theological contexts.

VP428 Vaishnava Ethics.
Understanding Vaishnava Ethics as found in the Vedic texts such as the Mahabharata, Bhagavad-gita, Puranas, Srimad Bhagavatam and Gaudiya Vaishanva corrollaries. Also comparasion of Vaishnava Ethics with the religious traditions of the Western World.

VP429 Vaishnava and Western Psychology of Religion
Vaishnava philosophy and scripture contain very powerful approaches to the nature of the self or soul, atman. The "conditioned" soul, the modes of material nature internal conflict and reaolution, the paradigmatic human predicament exemplified by Arjuna, conscience and ethics, the psychology of ecstasy, and the selfless love and service to God, are just some of the topics that will be studied. Ideas within the thought of specific neo-Freudians, William James, Carl Jung, Erik Erikson, and other Western thinkers will be examined for their ability to interpret and illuminate the veracity of the bhakti experience.

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VP431 Studies in the Mission and Writings of Srila Prabhupada
The specific contributions of Srila Prabhupada as the modern and first exponent of Vaishnavism to spread bhakti around the globe will be looked at. Prabhupada's literary-cultural, social-historical, and spiritual contributions will be delineated in detail and briefly compared to other "saints" well-known in modern times in order to discover what is objectively and powerfully unique in the mission and writings of Srila Prabhupada.

VP432 Explaining Religion: Academic Methods for the Study of Religion
Religion is a challenge for the western academic mind because its subject does not fit neatly within any one discipline or field of intellectural study because it impinges upon every dimension of human existence. Yet many famous contributors from different fields of knowledge have attempted to explain the nature of religion while excluding other important dimensions of religion. This course focuses on the variety of narrow or limited attempts to explain religious phenomena from the fields of anthropology, psychology, theology, history, and sociology; the ways they explain away, and what they truly understand.

VP433 Personalist and Impersonalist Vedanta
Key verses and commentaries from the Vedanta Sutra.

VP434 Advanced Studies in Bhakti Philosophy

VP435 Thematic/Exegetical Studies in Gaudiya Vaishnava Scriptural Texts


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