Take a peak at our new Shaivism course. Years in the making, this course gives you expertise in one of Hinduism’s most important and fascinating traditions.

Let’s start with an introduction…

Session one begins with the representation of Rudra (Śiva) in the hymns of the Vedas. We will see the the dual identity of Rudra as both destructive and benign. This helps identify the divine with the human experience of the natural world. We pay particular attention to the ŚataRudriya prayers of the Yajur-veda.

Here’s a taste of that session…

Session two continues our consideration of Vedic texts with a careful analysis of the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad. This text is unique amongst the major Upaniṣads because it elevates Śiva to the position of the Supreme Deity who creates and controls the entire world.

Here’s just a part of that discussion…

Session three moves on to consider Śiva as represented in the Mahābhārata. Although the Mahābhārata is generally regarded as having a Vaiṣṇava orientation, Śiva also plays a significant role. The thirteenth book of the Mahābhārata contains important passages dedicated to Śiva as the Supreme Deity who is worshipped by Kṛṣṇa…

These are just some segments of this course. There are also extensive notes and the opportunity to interact with our tutor and other students in the discussion forum.

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