The following table gives a brief description of the Course Talks delivered by Swami Samarpanananda.

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Hinduism (English) 26 – Philosophy – Intro, Charvaka (Materialists)Indian philosophy is known as darshan, meaning to see correctly. The goal of every Indian philosophy is to enquire in the nature of man, world, and the ultimate reality – and from there to acquire unbounded joy. For some, this joy may lie in sense pleasure, while for others it may be in nirvana, and mukti.
This talk discusses the philosophy of the materialists, known as Charvak.
Do Hindus worship idols?This a clip from the talk on Vedic prayers. It has some interesting observation.
Hinduism (English) 27 – Philosophy – SamkhyaSamkhya philosophy is considered to be the oldest organised philosophy of the Hindus. In its long run it has influenced Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra deeply.
Indian philosophy is known as darshan, meaning to see correctly. The goal of every Indian philosophy is to enquire in the nature of man, world, and the ultimate reality – and from there to acquire unbounded joy. For some, this joy may lie in sense pleasure, while for others it may be in nirvana, and mukti.
Hinduism 28 Philosophy 3 YogaYoga philosophy is the art and science of spirituality. One does not have to believe anything in religion, nor does one have to follow the herd; one can see the results of spiritual practices directly, here and now.
Indian philosophy is known as darshan, meaning to see correctly. The goal of every Indian philosophy is to enquire in the nature of man, world, and the ultimate reality – and from there to acquire unbounded joy. For some, this joy may lie in sense pleasure, while for others it may be in nirvana, and mukti.
Hinduism (English) 29 – Philosophy – Nyay – Logical RealismThe philosophy of Nyay is Logical Realism. It is famous for its adherence to logic, without letting go of the principles of the Vedas.
Hinduism (English) 30 – Philosophy – Vaishesika– The AtomistsVaishesika, the Atomists of India, look at the universe as the play of atoms and molecules, with the idea of God fully enveloping the system. This philosophy is, however, markedly different from the Greek atomists.
Hinduism (English) 31 – Philosophy – Mimamsa – The ReflectiveMimamsa, the reflective philosophers, focussed at finding the correct interpretation of dharma – religion – as comes to us from the Vedas. Strong ritualists, these philosophers had a robust theory of knowledge, and great reasoning.
Hinduism (English) 32 – Philosophy – Vedanta -- Origin and GrowthVedanta is the ultimate philosophy of the Hindus. Based on the spiritual experiences of the sages as recorded in the Upanishads, along with sound reasoning, Vedanta has come to be seen as the main spiritual outlook of the Hindus. Vedanta comes in two forms – the non-dual, and the Devotional. This talk gives an overview of Vedanta – how it originated, and grew into becoming the all powerful philosophy of India.
Hinduism (English) 34 – Philosophy – Visishta Advaita (Ramanuja)Ramanuja, the great philosopher sage, was not satisfied with Acharya Shankara’s interpretation of the sacred texts. Keeping in line with the ancient tradition, he formalised the Visisihta Advaita system, which belongs to Bhakti school of Vedanta.
Hinduism (English) 35 – Philosophy – DvaitaDvaita philosophy, i.e. Bhakti school of Vedanta, is highly appealing to the masses. As with other schools of Vedanta, it has been current in India since Vedic times, but was made into a formal system of philosophy by Madhva.
Hinduism (English) 33 – Philosophy –Advaita VedantaAdvaita Vedanta is the crowning glory of human achievement in the realm of spirituality. Man is divine, and is one with it – thunders this philosophy. This truth is not based on some brainwave, nor it is some wishful thinking, but is based entirely on verifiable realisation, reasoning, and the words of the masters.
Hinduism (English) 35 – GodHow Hinduism perceives God? This talk discusses the issue.
Hinduism (English) 36 – Rebirth and ReincarnationRebirth is an integral part of Hinduism.
This talk discusses the layout of this profound fact of life.
Hinduism (English)– Law of KarmaThe principle of cause and effect, when applied to science, is known as determinism, and when applied to life, it is addressed as Karma. This talk discusses the basics of this grand theory/model/law.
Hinduism (English) 25– Hindu way of Life 3 – Self Knowledge (Isavasya Upanishad)The most important way of life is to know one’s self as all pervasive, Conscious and blissful atman. Only by knowing oneself as such, one can overcome grief and sorrow that assail us every day. This talk presents the outlook of life according to Hinduism. Based on Isavasya Upanishad, it presents the philosophy of life systematically, and in a simple way.
Hinduism (English) 25B – Hindu way of Life 4 – Life of the active, and prayer at deathbedThe goal of every practising Hindu is to be spiritual, either through renunciation, or through action. This last part of the talk on Isa Upanishad shows the ideal of an active, religious Hindu. It reveals how one has to synthesise his sadhana, lead an intense religious life, and be self conscious at the time of death.
The poetry and philosophy towards the end of this Upanishad is mind blowing.
Introductory Talks on the Indian Philosophical Systems (Darshana Sastra) – Recorded Class Videos

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