Sri Aurobindo - The Rishi Of India's Renaissance

A Year-Long Course On His Life & Works

Language: English, Hindi

Instructors: Dr Sampadananda Mishra

Duration:  1 Year Course, 12 Modules spread across 12 months



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Overview

Sri Aurobindo’s teachings transcend time and space. As we approach the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, on 15th August 2022, this 150 hours course will reflect on his life & diverse works in the fields of politics, Indian civilisation & its renaissance, education, arts & literature, consciousness and evolution, Integral Yoga, Vedas and shastras among many others. It attempts to spread Sri Aurobindo’s knowledge for solving contemporary problems and attaining spiritual unity of mankind. This course will give you an insight on the thoughts of one of the greatest intellectuals to tread amongst us.

1 -Year Course

12 Modules spread across 12 months

14 Sessions Per Module

5:30 - 6:30 PM IST | Monday to Friday

Beginner Level

No prerequisite knowledge

“What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not even a revelation; it is a decisive action direct from the Supreme.” -The Mother

Despite centuries of progress, nations and people across the globe are encountering the same old problems. The established intellectual frameworks and the institutions have only languished. The world is constantly being buffeted by the rise of newer belligerent nations dreaming of world domination, virulent diseases, technological hazards, economic and religious turmoil, and social conflict. We have mistaken the symptoms for the deeper causes of our problems and overlooked the lasting solutions that have always been within reach.

Indeed, Sri Aurobindo, widely known as nationalist, revolutionary, philosopher, poet, yogi and guru, wrote clearly in 1947 that what was required was “a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society”. To understand the implications of this statement it is necessary to know deeply about the works of Sri Aurobindo whose sesquicentennial birth anniversary will be celebrated on 15th August 2022.

Who should enrol for the course?

  • Youth
  • Do you aspire to solve problems? Do you have an inquisitive spirit? First soak in the life and works of Sri Aurobindo. Then be a part of India’s renaissance in whatever field you are. The integral education of Sri Aurobindo will empower you.

  • Spiritual Seekers
  • What is Bhakti? Sri Aurobindo says it is complete surrender to the Divine Mother. Who is the Divine Mother? How and why surrender? The secret knowledge of the Gita, Upanishads, Life Divine, Savitri will be revealed.

  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Are you a student of humanities and social sciences? As literati, have Sri Aurobindo’s poetry and epics touched you? Do you want to scrutinize current ideologies and policies and get challenged? The course will enable you to publish quality research and influence academics and policies. 

  • Students of Science
  • What is the next step of evolution? Can machines become conscious? Do new disciplines like string theory, epigenetics and neurosciences excite you? Then use Sri Aurobindo’s ideas of Integral Yoga and Super Mind to sharpen your understanding.

  • Politically Inclined
  • Is Westphelian nation-states the only model for nationalism? Expose yourself to Sri Aurobindo’s nationalism. Travel to the Swadeshi movement of India’s freedom struggle. Be a revolutionary. Unlike the mainstream ideas of revolution that contemporary academics and media preach.

  • Professionals and Homemakers
  • The pandemic has changed your life. Why don’t you start changing your way of life, too? Let us remove the veil of ignorance and explore life. The Divine Mother will help you only if you help yourselves. The course is designed to suit your schedules and taste. This is your right time.

Learning Objectives

The course is aimed at

  • Providing an overview of the life and works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

  • Enabling the participants to have better appreciation for the language, literature, art, culture, polity, psychology and philosophy of India

  • Making the learners familiar with the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.

  • Creating more awareness about the Sanatana Dharma and Spirituality.

  • Helping learners to be familiar with the Indian Knowledge System in the light of Sri Aurobindo.

  • Creating a strong base for the Indian culture through the writings of Sri Aurobindo on the Foundations of Indian Culture.

  • Contextualising Sri Aurobindo’s teachings in order to find solutions to many problems that the humanity faces.

  • Facilitating understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts on Life, Education, Indianness, Poetry, Yoga etc.
  • Creating a base for academicians and youth interested in the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.
  • Facilitating deeper understanding of the Veda, Upanishads and the Gita.

Course Curriculum

List of all 12 modules 

  • Module 1: Introduction to the Life and Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (12 Hours)
  • Module 2: An Introduction to Principles, Theory & Practice of Integral Yoga (12 Hours)
  • Module 3: An Introduction to principles of Integral Education (12 Hours)
  • Module 4: An Introduction to the Foundations of Indian Culture (12 Hours)
  • Module 5: An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo’s Social and Political Philosophy (12 Hours)
  • Module 6: Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts Poetry, Drama and Poetics (12 Hours)
  • Module 7: An Introduction to Synthesis of Yoga (12 Hours)
  • Module 8: An Introduction to the Essays on the Gita (12 Hours)
  • Module 9: Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts on the Upanishads (12 Hours)
  • Module 10: Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts on the Veda (12 Hours)
  • Module 11: An Introduction to Life Divine (15 Hours)
  • Module 12: An Introduction to Savitri (15 Hours)

 Curriculum Details

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of the course

  • Will have a greater understanding of Indian Knowledge System as propounded by Sri Aurobindo
  • Will find in them enough preparedness for delving deep into the teachings of Sri Aurobindo
  • Will be able to find the missing links between the past and the future
  • Will be able to discover wider applicability of the knowledge provided by Sri Aurobindo
  • Will become familiar with many ways of looking at the teachings of Sri Aurobindo
  • Will develop immense love for the Indian Knowledge, Spirituality, Yoga, Psychology, the Sacred Texts of India, Indian way of thinking and knowing
  • Will have fair knowledge of the life, vision and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time period of the course?

The course will run from July 2021 to July 2022. The participants will be certified on August 15th, 2022 i.e. 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo.

How will the classes be conducted?

The classes will be conducted through an online medium. Zoom and Teachables or Google classroom will be used.

Who are the faculties for this course?

The course will be anchored by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra. Many renowned experts from across the world, in the field of Sri Aurobindo Studies, will be teaching various topics.

What is the eligibility criteria?

There are no eligibility criteria of age or educational qualifications. Anybody interested in Sri Aurobindo can take the course.

Can interested persons from outside India take the course?

Yes, as the course is via online medium, learners from all around the globe are subscribing to this course.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover the major works of Sri Aurobindo. It has 12 modules from diverse subjects. Again each module is sub-divided into 12 specific topics (the last two modules have 15 topics).

How many classes will be held in each month and correspondingly in each week?

Each module will be covered in one month. So each week will have three to four lecture classes.

On which specific days and time, the classes will be conducted?

Tentatively, the classes will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 pm -6 pm IST. But as numerous external faculties will be lecturing so these timings are subject to change.

How long will each class be?

Each class will be of one hour duration, including the 15 mins discussions at the end.

How many hours one needs to dedicate for this course in one year?

There are 150 lectures. Thus it totals to 150 hours.

What if I miss a class?

Recorded videos of each class will be available to the learners.

Will there be attendance?

Yes, attendance includes presence either in live or recorded videos.

Is there any minimum attendance requirement?

Those who either attend any 7(out of 12) modules completely or 90 lecture classes(out of the 150 lectures) will be awarded a course completion certificate.

Will there be any assessments?

There will be no examinations as such. But learners will be motivated and supported to write papers, articles, blogs, participate in discussions, make videos, posters or undertake projects etc. according to their respective interests.

What is the fee charged for the course?

The fee charged for the course is Rs 23,988. Currently, we are providing a 25% discount for those who pay the entire year(12 modules) fees. They need to pay Rs. 17,999. Also a premium yearly feature is available for Rs 18,999.

What special features are available for those opting for the premium feature at Rs 18,999?

Those opting for premium feature will be having special discussion sessions with Dr. Sampadananda Mishra apart from the regular lectures. They will be given additional learning opportunities in Rashtram in the form of conferences, short courses and webinars. They will be specially mentored and felicitated on 15th August 2022.

Can I pay the fee in instalments?

Yes, you can opt for a monthly subscription. The subscription will be auto renewed after the end of every month. The fee charged is Rs. 1,999 per month. There is no discount offered in this.

What if I join late after the start of the course?

You can pay the yearly fees at Rs 17999 or opt for the premium service at Rs 18999. You will be given access to past lectures too.

What materials will be supplied to me?

Pre-reads and handouts for each class will be supplied. Apart from that suggested readings and materials will be given at the end of the class. Learners wanting further exploration will be supported by experts.

 

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