Jiva Institute has committed itself to teach various areas of knowledge that will help to establish a peaceful, harmonious society and make the understanding of life complete. One such body of knowledge is Vedic philosophy and literature, which traditionally one studies with strict discipline under a qualified teacher.
Since such facilities are rare these days and not everyone is able to come to India to study in the traditional manner, Jiva Institute is now offering e-courses on a variety of subjects which one can study from the comfort of one’s home at one’s own pace.
At present the following three courses are available:
Sāṅkhya is the oldest of the six traditional Indian systems of philosophy and has influenced every other school of Indian thought. Since Sāṅkhya forms the metaphysical and ontological foundation of both Yoga and Āyurveda, a thorough understanding of its principles is essential to fully be able to practice these more popular disciplines. Sāṅkhya explains the evolution of matter and the three levels of material energy in the human body and universe at large. It is rooted in the principle of cause and effect and clarifies the reason for human suffering and the ability to transcend it. Sāṅkhya teaches us how to remain peaceful and stress free while functioning in daily modern life.
The term “Metaphysics” refers to a branch of philosophy which attempts to describe the true nature of all realities. Metaphysics is beyond empirical science. It is the study of being and knowing, related to a universal law, to spirit and to social and physical science.
Sacred Texts such as the Vedas, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and Bhagavad Gītā describe the true underlying nature of everything. Vedic Metaphysics approaches this nature of reality from the Vedic perspective. It is the ultimate tool to explore the meaning of life, death, birth and rebirth, the soul, karma, pleasure and pain, the universe, time, the purpose of life, dharma and the creator, God.
Among the six tradition schools of Hindu philosophy and theology, Vedānta is considered the highest and most advanced school of thought. In Vedānta there are two major divisions, called personalism and impersonalism. The personalism school accepts Viṣṇu as the prime God and is thus called Vaishnavism.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
It is the most popular theology practiced in India and includes the most famous Indian scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gītā, Rāmāyaṇa, Mahābhārata, Bhagavata Purāṇa, and Upaniṣads. Many of the most prominent Indian teachers and sages over the past 1000 years were Vaiṣṇava including Rāmānujācārya, Madhvācārya, Nimbārkācārya, Vallabhācārya and Caitanya Mahāprabhu. This course gives an overview of the various schools of Vaishnavism and their respective teachings. It explains the nature of the Absolute Reality and its intrinsic oneness and difference with the world and human beings.