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M.A. PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
(Total Credits = 64)

 

YEAR ONE

YEAR TWO

 


Semester

I

Semester
II

PCP I


Semester

III


Semester

IV

PCP II

Course

Sri Aurobindo and His Essential Thought (2)

The Philosophy of  Evolution
of Consciousness
(5)

Critical Review of
Sri Aurobindo’s Thought

Secret of Indian Scriptures
OR
Independent Study (5)

Principles of Integral Education
(5)

Contemporary Relevance of
Sri Aurobindo’s

Vision and Work

Course

Foundations of Indian Culture (5)

The Psychology of Yoga
(5)

Towards Human Unity
(5)

Poetry of the Future (5)

 

Course

The Rhythm of Social Development
(5)

Science of Living
 (5)

Adv. Course of Learner Choice
(7)

Adv. Course of Learner Choice
(7)

Credits Earned

12

15

1.5

17

17

1.5

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PGD 400: Sri Aurobindo and his Essential Thought
This course introduces the learner to some of the key details of the outer life and personality of
Sri Aurobindo. Learners also learn about his spiritual collaborator, the Mother, and gain a brief overview of their vision and work. Through the selected readings learners are exposed to the multiple facets of Sri Aurobindo as a political revolutionary, nationalist and globalist, philosopher, social thinker, psychologist, yogi and a poet.  They also write a short paper on any one particular facet of
Sri Aurobindo and his work in that area.

MSAS 501: Foundations of Indian Culture (5 credits)
This course will provide a broad overview of spiritual foundations of Indian culture from its ancient times to contemporary scenario. The learners will also have an opportunity to engage in cross-cultural study and analysis. In addition to the main text, Sri Aurobindo’s Foundations of Indian Culture, the course material also includes several articles and selections from other relevant books.

MSAS 502: The Rhythm of Social Development (5 credits)
This course provides students with an introductory knowledge of Sri Aurobindo’s theory of social development in the context of other theories, with a view towards understanding their application in today’s world. Learners will examine the theory in terms of self-understanding and how his concepts may be applied in the contemporary world.

MSAS 503: The Philosophy of Evolution of Consciousness (5 credits)
India has been a perennial source of spiritual philosophy wherein the experiences of the Reality, the World and Man have been analysed in a systematic manner. The different views, be they epistemological or dialectical, or cosmological, have had their own deep impact on the ideals and goals of an individual’s life upon earth.

The present course, while taking a cursory interest in the evolution of spiritual thought in Indian Philosophy, focuses upon Sri Aurobindo’s integral world-view and his integral Advaitism. What is of equal importance is his vision of individual and cosmic evolution and his faith in the higher destiny of man culminating in the descent of a supramental race. His views are at the same time essentially modern and synthetic in nature giving solutions to the present predicament of man.

MSAS 504: The Psychology of Yoga (5 credits)
The course will cover basic principles and important elements from each of four main branches of the Integral Yoga: the Yoga of Divine Works, the Yoga of Integral Knowledge, the Yoga of Divine Love, and the Yoga of Self-Perfection. In addition, the course will examine a selection of letters and conversations about yogic attitudes towards life, oneself, other people, work, difficulties, and spiritual practice.

MSAS 505: Science of Living (5 credits)
This course provides in great detail an analysis of the main parts and planes of the human being as a preliminary step towards knowing oneself, which, in fact, forms the first part of the science of living. The second part – to control oneself – is given as a fourfold discipline of the different parts of the being leading to an integral self-perfection.

MSAS 506: Secret of Indian Scriptures (5 credits)
This course is dedicated to the studies of Sri Aurobindo’s writings on the Vedas and Upanishads, particularly Secret of the Veda, The Upanishads, and Hymns to the Mystic Fire. It is based on a selection of chapters from these major works, as well as from letters written by Sri Aurobindo and talks of the Mother to their disciples.

The course will introduce the basic elements and imagery of spiritual symbolism of the old psycho-physical tradition of the Vedas and the Upanishads in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It will examine their views on the planes and parts of the being, and the symbolism of the Vedic Sacrifice, Angirasa Rishis and the Vedic Gods Agni, Vayu, Indra, Soma, Usha, Brihaspati, and all the Adityas: Mitra, Varuna, Aryaman, Bhaga, Daksha, Amsha, Surya etc., as well as the anti-divine forces Dasyus, Vritra, Vala, Panis, etc., and the transition from the Vedic to Upanishadic psychological symbolism.
The course will proceed through readings and discussions of the material, a research paper, and two essay tests on the primary concepts covered.

Independent Study
As an alternative to the course MSAS 506: Secret of Indian Scriptures (E 10), the learner may individually design a course of his or her choice, in consultation with SACAR faculty. Or the learner may choose to conduct research in a particular area under the guidance of faculty.

MSAS 507: Towards Human Unity (5 credits)
This course examines Sri Aurobindo’s theory of the evolution of political groupings of mankind that are leading towards the unification of the human peoples. It examines the relation of the individual and group in the historical development of societies, the problems of liberty and uniformity, the possibilities and problems of a world-government, and the necessity and possibilities of a free grouping of mankind. In considering recent political events and developments, it will examine the views of other social and political commentators and activists in international peace.

MSAS 508: Principles of Integral Education
This course covers the basics of Integral Education as developed by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. This educational philosophy and approach aims to develop the whole person, including the spiritual part, by bringing out what is latent in the being and seeking to emerge. Thus, it is a learner-centered approach, grounded in the individual student’s unique personality, capacities, and style and rhythm of progress. The focus of this course is on the nature and training of the spiritual, psychic, mental, vital, and physical parts of the being. Towards the latter part of the course, the student will also learn briefly about the educational philosophies of some other Indian and contemporary Western thinkers more for developing a broader understanding and appreciation of holistic approaches to education as emerging from within Indian thought.

MSAS 509: Poetry of the Future (5 credits)
This course introduces the learner to the basic principles of prosody, Sri Aurobindo’s theory of the future poetry, and his correspondence relating to his own poetry and that of others. It focuses on the nature of spiritual poetry that is inspired by higher levels of consciousness, and the various characteristics and signs of inspired poetry. It will also examine a selection of his and others’ poetry in light of these basic principles and theory.

 

Advanced Courses:
The following options are available for advanced courses:

ADV 603: Beyond the Human Species (7 credits)
Evolution is the eternal and the central dynamic law of earth nature. In the beginning there was the evolution of the instruments of the spirit in the medium of matter: it was an evolution of organised forms. Then, in these forms there began an evolution of life and there sprouted living forms. The next step in evolution was an evolution of mind in the living bodies and there was born the organisation of conscious lives by the mind-forces.

“But this is not the end; for there are higher powers of consciousness beyond mind which await their turn and must have their act in the greater play, their part of the creative Lila,” emphasises
Sri Aurobindo.

ADV 604: Integral Yoga Psychology (7 credits)
Building on the course “The Psychology of Yoga,” this course goes into greater depth and examines the subject in relation to Sri Aurobindo’s other writings as well as those of other authors. It focuses on a detailed analysis of Sri Aurobindo’s major work on Yoga, The Synthesis of Yoga, while drawing on complementary readings such as Letters on Yoga, and allows for the reader to select a portion of the course readings on a topic of particular interest.

ADV 609: The Five Suns of the Future Poetry (7 credits)
Building on the course on “Poetry of the Future,” this course examines Sri Aurobindo’s analysis of the evolution of English poetry, a selection of poems from major poets, and focuses on a detailed analysis of selections of Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem, Savitri. The course also allows for the reader to select a portion of the course readings on poems or other topics of particular

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The Upanishads is a collection of Sri Aurobindo’s final translations of and commentaries on every Upanishad or other Vedantic text he worked on. Upanishads are the ancient treatises on spiritual truths as envisioned by the seers, sages and rishis … Read more

Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching & Method of Practice US Edition One of the foremost Indian philosophers of the twentieth century, Sri Aurobindo was also a political activist, a mystic and a spiritual leader. Between 1927 and 1950, Sri … Read more

“Truth of philosophy is of a merely theoretical value unless it can be lived, and we have therefore tried in The Synthesis of Yoga to arrive at a synthetical view of the principles and methods of the various lines of spiritual self-discipline and … Read more


Tusar N. Mohapatra

Director, Savitri Era Learning Forum
SRA-102-C, Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014 (UP) India + 91 96500-65636
tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com
Aadhaar No. 3628 2075 7337
SELF posits a model of counselling and communicative action as an instrument in order to stimulate the public sphere. The model aims at supplementing the individual’s struggle for a successful social adjustment with more aspirational inputs so as to help one take an informed and balanced attitude towards life as well as society.
Savitri Era of those who adore,
Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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