Saturdays 8 to 9:30 AM - Continuation of the current Advanced Vedanta class
This is aimed at the students who have been regularly attending weekly classes for several years. In the due course of time, we hope to cover the major Upanisads and some notable texts that directly reveal the nature of the. Currently we are studying the Dakshinamurti Stotram.
- Lord Dakshinamurti (link)
Saturdays 9:30 to 10:45 - Class on short topics of Vedanta
This is a new class, replacing the Introduction to Vedanta class. I find value in taking up important, diverse topics of Vedanta, and focusing on them for relatively short periods of time. Choice of topics will depend upon the experience level of students. Meditation will be one of the topics.
Saturdays 10:45 to 12 Noon - New Sanskrit class
The emphasis will be on a `working knowledge' of the language, aimed at preparation for studying Vedanta. Having learned from teaching previous Sanskrit classes, I see this new syllabus as a multiple-year course, partially following a particular text, and partially as a workshop. As a workshop we hope to give help with on-line references, supplementary reading and practice exercises. It will be divided into segments, starting from the very basic and then more advanced in time. Each segment will have a test.
Tuesdays 7:30 to 9 PM - Class on Sri Rudram - chanting and meaning
This is a class that replaces the Vishnu Sahasranama class, and also moves to Tuesday nights to accommodate those who cannot make it on Saturday mornings. The first hour of the 1 hour class will be on teaching/practicing the chanting of Sri Rudram with the correct Vedic svaras (intonations). The next hour will be devoted to analyzing the words and sentences and seeing their meaning. This text is to help improve our means (primarily the mind) so that the self becomes clearer. Students who already know the chanting of Sri Rudram can opt to come to the whole class, or just come to the last hour.