EASTERN AND COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS: ORIENTATION FOR WEEK 6 (February 22-26)
Your focus this week should be on reading the Bhagavad Gita and in organizing your Journal-In-Progress to make it presentable to me at the beginning of next week (March 1).
Your responsibilities for the week are the following:
1) Read the Bhagavad-Gita for Thursday's class (February 25). Our particular edition has a thoughtful introduction and is the most accessible translation I have read : Gavin Flood and Charles Martin, eds., and trans., Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation (New York: W.W. Norton, 2012). It is acceptable to substitute a different edition, but the experience will vary widely here.
2) Watch the excellent short video, "The Bhagavad Gita," Invitation To World Literature. [30 mins] Ideally, also listen to the following audio documentary: "The Bhagavad Gita," Heart And Soul, BBC World Service, July 18, 2011.
3) Your Journal-In-Progress is due on March 1. This is an ungraded but mandatory hand-in. You should strive to be completed with the Hinduism unit by the time of your submission, though it's ok if this is not the case. I do expect, however, to see that you have been working on this assignment throughout the first weeks of the semester. Note that there is a large selection of Hinduism materials that can be accessed through Week 5 of the Syllabus. Your Journal ultimately should include a response to the Bhagavad Gita, whether or not that is completed in time for the Journal-In-Progress submission.