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Introduction to Vedanta - Live Interactive Group Class

Introduction to Vedānta

The term Vedānta literally means the end, conclusion of the Vedas or the complete knowledge of Vedas. Vedas are considered as earliest Hindu texts and the most ancient literature of Hindu civilization. Vedic Literature includes the Saṃhitās, Brāhmaṇa-texts, Āraṇyaka-texts and Upaniṣads. Vedānta indicates the final portion of Vedic literature, i.e., Upaniṣads. Vedānta is known as jñāna-kāṇḍa of Veda, the chapters of knowledge. Yajña or Sacrifice is indeed the main theme of Vedas but we find the philosophical thoughts in Vedic hymns which are in the scattered form. These scattered principles and doctrines of the truth are discussed in the Vedānta. Therefore Vedānta is considered as the base of Hindu Philosophy which deals with the subjects like Soul, Super-soul and the Universe. The texts of Vedānta or Upaniṣad reveal the truth of unanswered mysteries and enlighten a being who seeks the unanswered quest of life. The philosophy of Vedanta amazes the readers with its epistles of true knowledge. The course aims at providing a detailed introduction to ten principle Upaniṣads with the main themes, stories, and explanation of the doctrines of the texts.

Starting in: February 2019



  • 11-Hour Course

  • A Series of 11 Classes

  • Sunday, 8 pm IST

Registration Cost: USD $99

Students Get a Certificate of Participation on Successfully Completing the Course!

Recorded sessions available for the duration of 6 months.

16th February: last date to register. Late fee applicable thereafter.

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  • Session 1: Introduction to VedāntaWhat is Vedānta or Upaniṣad? Meanings and interpretations of the term. Significance of Upniṣads being the final portion of Vedic literature. Upaniṣads and Āraṇyakas. Number of Upaniṣads.

  • Session 2: Īśavāsya-UpaniṣadDiscussion of the main concepts of Īśa-Upaniṣad: the Lord (Īśa); concept of Karma: action; Brahman: the highest reality and how an individual should elevate himself after knowing these doctrines.

  • Session 3: Kena-UpaniṣadDiscussion about the nature of individual through sense organs; principle of Brahman; story of battle between Gods and demons which leads a reader to story of Umā Haimavatī and Indra.

  • Session 4: Kaṭha-UpaniṣadThe famous story of Yama and Naciketā and its philosophical interpretation; pertinent questions asked by Naciketā on death, state of an individual after his death, etc., and illuminating answers by Yama; Discussion of Ātmavidyā which elaborates the sense-organs, concept of individual (Jīva) and the highest reality.

  • Session 5: Praśna-UpaniṣadThis Upaniṣad includes the questions raised by six sages to sage Pippalāda. The female principle Rayi and male principle Prāṇa as the cause of the creation of the world; the role of Prajāpati; origin of Prāṇa; the three states Jāgrat (waking), Swapna (dream) and Suṣupti (deep sleep); worship of Oṁ; the concept of ṣoḍaśakalapuruṣa (person who possesses 16 digits or parts) will be discussed in this session.

  • Session 6: Muṇḍaka-UpaniṣadThis session elaborates the principles of Parā-vidyā and Aparā-vidyā; Understanding the principle of Highest Reality through the questions and answers; Creation and dissolution as the aspects of Highest Reality; Sādhanā for the individual; the relation between Jīva (the individual) and Īśvara (the Lord).

  • Session 7: Māṇḍukya-UpaniṣadThe great mantra Oṁ is discussed in all twelve mantras of this Upaniṣad. The importance of Oṁ will be discussed in this session as it covers all the three foremost principles namely Jīva, Jagat and Jaganniyantā. The session also elaborates Oṁ as one syllable and its existence as three phases of Time (Past, Present and Future) and Oṁ as Brahman: the highest reality.

  • Session 8: Taittirīya- UpaniṣadDiscussion about the Śikṣā: the phonetics in cosmic sense with reference to the first chapter of the Upaniṣad, i.e., Śikṣāvallī. Discussion on the subjects of second chapter, i.e., Brahmavallī: Discription and definition of Brahman, theory of Creation, concept of Pañcakośa (five sheaths) and concept of Ānanda (the bliss). The story of Bhṛgu and Varuṇa with reference to the third chapter of Upaniṣad, i.e. Bhṛguvalli.

  • Session 9: Aitareya- UpaniṣadDiscussion on the concept of Creation which is the main theme of this Upaniṣad. Idea of ‘Birth’ from the stage of conception, and the doctrine of Brahman and Jīva will be discussed in the session with reference to Aitareya-Upaniṣad.

  • Session 10: Chāndogya-UpaniṣadThe worship of Sāma, Significance and worship of Oṁ and the famous stories such as Satyakāma Jābāla will be discussed with their significance.

  • Session 11: Bṛhadāraṇyaka- UpaniṣadThis Upaniṣad which is huge in size is divided into six chapters. The cosmic Aśvamedha sacrifice, dialogue between Gārgya and Ajātaśatru, Yājñavalkya and Maitreyī, Janaka and Yājñavalkya will be discussed in this session.


Is there any prerequisite to attend this course?

There are no prerequisites - The course will be delivered in the English language. Anyone who has a zeal to understand the Vedanta can join this course!

Is knowledge of Sanskrit language necessary for this course?


When will the classes happen?

The classes will happen on Sunday at 8 pm IST. The first session will be on Sunday, 17th February. If you stay in a different time zone, you can check your local time here - Sunday, 8 pm IST to my local time.

Where are these classes conducted?

These classes will be conducted on Zoom video conferencing tool. Download it here Zoom on PC/Mac, Android and iPhone/iPad

What is the procedure for joining these classes?

Once you enroll in the classes by filling up the form below, we will reach out to you for further details on how to join the class and the online payment.

What happens if I miss a class?

The classes will be recorded and made available for a duration of 6 months.

Can I get a refund?

The course is non-refundable.

Does everyone get a Certificate of Participation?

Attending 70% of the classes is necessary to get a certificate.

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