Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homeschool History, Religion, and Culture Studies (Part 5): Hinduism and India

So far, we have studied Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Romethe Hebrews, the birth of Christianity and the Middle Ages. Over the last four or five months, we have been studying Hinduism and India and this week we got back from the most amazing trip to Tamil Nadu, South India! (more on our trip later)

As usual, we used Gloria Fiero's Humanistic Tradition to start us off with our studies of Hinduism, but then we read and watched lots of other cool stuff too and went on museum tours. And, of course, this time we went to India too! 

Books and Audio

Modern Scholar lectures on Hinduism: Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment
Bhagavad Gita, trans. by Stephen Mitchell
Upanishads, a translation by Patrick Olivelle
Introducing Hinduism, by Hillary Rodrigues
Ramayana, audio version read by Ram Dass
Chicago Addresses, by Swami Vivekanda
Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi, foreword by C.G. Jung
American Veda (about how Vedanta Hinduism has come to the West), by Phillip Goldberg
A Very Short Introduction to Hinduism, Kim Knott
Bede Griffiths: Essential Writings, selected by Thomas Matus
The Essential Aurobindo: Writings of Sri Aurobindo, edited by Robert McDermott

Books for Kids

Ramayana (kids version), by Mathuram Bhoothalingam,
Sita's Ramayana (graphic novel), by Samhita Arni
The Ramayana and Hinduism (introductory book for kids) by Anita Ganeri
Stories for Children by Swami Vivekananda
A Boy Sage (about Sri Ramana Maharshi), by Geeta Bhatt
Bhagavan Ramana: The Friend of All
Sri Ramana, Friend of Animals: The Life of the Cow Lakshmi
Sri Ramana, Friend of Animals: Nondi and the Monkeys of Arunchala

Films and Documentaries
Apu Trilogy - Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
The Music Room - Satyajit Ray
Selected episodes from Bharat Ek Khoj, a 53-episode Indian historical drama based on the book The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Earth, Deepa Mehta
Fire, Deepa Mehta
Monsoon Wedding, Mira Nair
Bride and Prejudice, Gurinder Chadha
"Abide as the Self" Documentary about Sri Ramana Maharshi
"The Life of Father Bede Griffiths" Documentary about the Benedictine Monk who lived in ashrams in India and became a famous yogi.
RamaKrishna and Vivekananda Documentary

Tours and Lectures
Hindu and Buddhist Art tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vedanta Society of New York

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