Monday, November 23, 2009

The Many Faces of Krishna – A course at Texas Christian University

Last Thursday I hosted about 10 students from TCU who were taking a course by the name of  “The Many Faces of Krishna” 
Long time friend and colleague of His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami, Professor Andy Ford, called up several weeks ago to set up his yearly college field trip to the temple.  Professor Ford has PHD in Hinduism and this year decided to have a course entirely about Krishna.  His syllabus consists of studies of Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and many other Krishna related literature.  
The following is a course description form TCU’s website:
RELI 30753 - The Many Faces of Krishna
This course considers the many images of the god Krishna in the literary and religious imagination of the Indian people. After introducing some background of Hindu thought and practice, we shall look at how Krishna appears in different versions and interpretations of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, including the famous portion called the Bhagavad Gita. We then examine how Krishna appears in later devotional literature and poetry in the classical Sanskrit tradition, and finally Krishna in popular and regional understandings up to the present day.

The students were really nice and enjoyed the temple and the kirtan.  Over  a delicious dinner of eggplant parmesan at Kalachandji’s we discussed the glories of Sri Krishna.   One student also spoke with me about his upcoming trip to India. 
After the dinner the Professor asked if we could come to their campus and give a presentation in December.  It was perfect timing for His Holiness Prahladananda Swami, my spiritual master, will be in town that week. 
I keep you in tune. 
Hare Krishna
Your humble servant,
Nityananda Chandra Das

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