Vedic India - An Introduction

The Vedic period is often called as the golden age of Indic civilization, and for good reason. The time period of the Vedic era is debatable, but there is no doubt regarding the influence it still has on the Indian sub continent, be it in spirituality, culture, language as described in the Vedas. With the passage of time, a lot of the wisdom from that age has either been lost or misinterpreted. This course hopes to highlight some of those teachings passed on by the sages of a bygone era which we can hope to incorporate in our present lives.

Instructor: Stephen Knapp

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Unit 1: Vedic Spirituality

Vedic Descriptions of the Spiritual World 43 min

The spiritual world is simply for the transcendental loving relationships and recreational activities that expand the happiness and love of all, without the limitations found within material existence. Besides, what is the meaning of the word lord if there is no one to overlord? Thus, the spirit souls are the complimentary side of the Supreme Being, and are His parts and parcels. So it is natural that there are reciprocal feelings of love between the infinitesimal living beings and the infinite Supreme Being.
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Unit 2: Vedic Literature

What is Vedic Literature 51 min

The source of vedic literature dates back to 3500 - 2500 BC as when the Indus valley was flourishing though there are theories that suggest the it might even predate that era. The purpose of the Vedic literature is to reawaken that knowledge within us. Our spiritual position is of a very subtle nature and we cannot force our entry into the understanding of this knowledge simply by the deliberate manipulation of intelligence or logic.
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Unit 3: Vedic Economics

Economics the Vedic Way 0 min

Economics of a society determines its welfare and holds the ground for managing it fairly. Dharma is essential for living the vedic lifestyle and hence integrity in all transactions and business relations is paramount. Present economic system is nothing more than a struggle to survive and undercutting others to garner a larger profit. Thus, we must feel the influence of spiritual knowledge, for only then can society know what is real peace and happiness, and live together cooperatively.
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Unit 4: Vedic Enviornmentalism

Preserving Nature's Bounty 27 min

The environment and the material creation are supplied with all the potencies to produce all the necessities that we require, not only for humans but also for all species. Human society should not consider itself as the only enjoyer of all of God’s creation, and that no other creatures have a claim to it. The proper vision and Vedic understanding is that everything is the property of the Supreme Being.  
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