LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, May 13, 2017 (LA Times): Ana Funes is a philosophy professor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She sat under a whiteboard she’d filled with flow charts and Sanskrit. Her graduate students had just spent more than an hour examining the ”Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” a 15th century manual. Now they were eager to understand how the ancient text could be translated into physical experience. They were studying to earn a master’s degrees in yoga studies in the only university in the country where it is possible to do so. Forty-million people in America say they do yoga — twice as many as five years ago — but how many of them really learn about what it is and where it comes from? It’s an important area of study, says the practice’s few (but growing number of) scholars.
At LMU, studying yoga takes two years and is more in the books than on the mat. Five professors — two full time, three part time — lead about 30 students through numerous disciplines. Students study health sciences. They learn Sanskrit in order to read the ”Yoga Sutras,” the ”Upanishads,” the ”Bhagavad Gita” in their original language. They grapple with Eastern philosophy and numerous Indian theologies.
Much more of this interesting article at ”source” above.
CHENNAI, INDIA, May 15, 2017 (YouTube, Press Release by Bharat Gupt): You will be happy to know that I have uploaded 25 hours of my lectures delivered in Kalakshetra Chennai, India. They begin with the first and go up to 53 videos. The lectures-interactions provided a detailed exposition of all the principles of performance in each of the 36 chapters of the Natya Shastra (Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts at least 2,000 years old) and have been related to the present genres of performance such as plays, cinema and sculpture. The text and the ensuing discussion made a springboard to analyse and contrast many classical ideas with Indian modernity not only in the area of performing arts but in the approach to life as a whole.
Introductory video at ”source” above.
Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.
— J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), theoretical physicist