Swati Arun is a media enthusiast who has worked extensively on social and civic issues as a journalist. She is also a published writer, who takes inspiration from people and happenings around her. Presently, she is an active swayamsevika at the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and also works as a social media/ public relation volunteer at the John James Audubon Center.
MGC 5101 – Reporting on Hinduism
HNP 5004 – Introduction to Vedanta
Dr. Satya Narayana Dasa
Satya Narayana Dasa received a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University in Agra, India in 2002. He has been a professor in Sanskrit and Vedic Philosophy at Bhaktivendanta Swami Gurukula in Vrindavan, India. From 1996 to the present, he has been the Founder-Director of the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies in Vrindavan, India which teaches Sanskrit and Gaudiya Vaisnava literature to international students. He has published 6 books including: Bhagavat Mahatmya from Padma Purana, In Vaikuntha Not Even the Leaves Fall, Hitopadesa of Narayana Pandita, The Yoga of Dejection, Nama-tattva and Tattva-sandarbha. He has also written several papers including: The Philosophy and Theology of the Caitanya School of Vaisnavism and The Concept of Saranagati in the Caitanya Schoool of Vaisnavism. He is affiliated with the editorial board for Bilingual Sanskrit Series to be brought out by Global Scholarly Publications, USA.
HNP 5003 – Philosophy of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita
YPM 5002 – Kapila’s Samkhya Darshana
Dr. Shilpa Datar
HIN 5521 – Personality Assessment from the Indian Tradition
Shivani is an adoring wife, the proud mother of two healthy children, a relentless serial entrepreneur, and scholar of Ayurvedic medicine. Shivani studied business at Babson College in Boston, which is ranked #1 for entrepreneurship.
AYS 5001 – Introduction to Ayurveda
Dr. Narayan B. Khadka
Associate Faculty at the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace at HUA.
Narayan B. Khadka, PhD has been involved in conflict resolution for over 25 years as a lawyer, mediator, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, researcher and professor. He taught labor, public international, family law, and legal environment of business courses at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Currently he is a Program Specialist/Researcher in the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). He is a Research Fellow for the Center for New North Carolinians, UNCG, and Senior Researcher/Clinician/Trainer for Valka-Mir, a research and development company. His research interests are about displacing collective trauma through stories told by the marginalized, the impact of caste dynamics in South Asian communities of Guilford County NC and a qualitative and explorative case study of indigenous conflict resolution models. He served as a Legal Officer in the Nepal District Court and as a human rights attorney representing citizens in Nepal’s Supreme Court. He is President of Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) in High Point, NC, and an active voice in refugee resettlement and reintegration with a special emphasis on elders.
Dr. Ravi Khangai
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, India (Oct 2013 to date). He was an Assistant Professor (History) at Ambedkar College, India, (April 2008 to Oct 2013) a Post Graduate Teacher (History) in Navodaya Vidyalaya School (2007 – 2008) and a Trained Graduate Teacher of Social Studies in Navodaya Vidyalaya School (2006 – 2007).
Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra
Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace at HUA.
Dr. Mahapatra has two PhD degrees – from the University of Massachusetts, USA (in Conflict Resolution) and from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (in International Studies). He received the Scholar of Peace Award (New Delhi) in 2007 from the Dalai Lama Foundation. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast in March-April 2010. He worked as a consultant for Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Geneva in 2006 and 2010. He taught courses on conflict management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Mahapatra has published extensively, in the form of books, articles and opinion-pieces, on the issues related to international conflicts and peacebuilding. One of his publications was referred by a US Congressional Statement in 2014, and his comments were published by Reuters in 2012. His recent publications include Conflict and Peace in Eurasia (editor, Routledge, 2013), Making Kashmir Borderless (RCSS, Colombo, 2013), and The Mandate and the (In)Effectiveness of the UN Security Council and International Peace and Security (Geopolitics Journal, 2016).
HUC 5001 – Principles of Hinduism
MGC-5001 – Introduction to Conflict and Peace Studies
MGC-5002 – Theory of Gandhian Conflict Resolution
A monk of the twin-organization Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission started by Swami Vivekananda, he is currently the editor of Prabuddha Bharata, an English journal founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1896. He writes regularly on philosophy, social sciences, religion, Indology, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Vedanta. He has translated old Sanskrit texts hitherto unpublished in English. He is actively involved in formulating an Indian perspective on various disciplines of humanities and social sciences, especially Philosophy, Religious Studies, Comparative Religions, and Sociology of Religion.
HUC 5003 – Basic Sanskrit
HIN 6101 – Katha Upanishad
Dr. Martha Orton
Dr. Martha Orton has studied the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother for many years and also lived for some years in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and values incorporating a spiritual perspective into her work. Her publications include poetry and journal articles on aspects of the Integral Yoga, as well as The Quest for Knowledge and Mastery: A Comparative Study of Motivation in the Light of Sri Aurobindo, Journey to Oneness, and Oneness. She is on the faculty of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, as well as Hindu University of America. Dr. Orton holds a BA degree in Classical Languages, MA in Semitic Languages, MSW in Clinical Social Work, and PhD in Sri Aurobindo Studies.
HNP 5702 – Introduction to the Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo
Dr. Ayyagari Prabhakara Rao
JYO 5101 – General Astrology & Astronomy
JYO 5102 – Mathematical & Predictive Astrology
JYO 5201 – Birth Time Rectification, Yoga & Transits
JYO 5202 – Delineation of Charts, Vimshottari Dasha
JYO 5205 – Divisional Charts
JYO 5401 – Medic-al Astrology
Dr. Ananda Reddy
Dr. Reddy is a professor from the HUA affiliate – SACAR (Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research).
Dr. Venkat Reddy
Dr. R. Venkat Reddy was born in Andhra Pradesh. He holds two Master’s degrees, one from Osmania University (Psychology, 1964) and another from the University of Delhi (Philosophy, 1967). He was a scientist in the Defense Institute of Psychological Research for 18 years, Head of the Department and Chairman, Board of Studies, Osmania University. Dr. Venkat Reddy was the Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Asmara, Eritrea, North East Africa (2001-03). He has attended International Conferences and presented papers in Canada, America, West Indies and North East Africa. He has guided candidates for doctoral degrees and candidates for Master of Philosophy degrees. He has published fourteen books including two dictionaries. He was awarded the Best Teacher award from the Andhra Pradesh Government (2000) and Emeritus Professorship from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. He is the editor of The Indian Journal of Philosophic Studies published by the Philosophy Department, Osmania University and also an Emeritus Professor of that University.
YPM 5003 – Yoga Philosophy & Meditation
Dr. Swami Sarvaananda
Swami Sarvaanananda, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She spent fifteen years in the medical and hospice chaplaincy field and is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Satchidananda Ashram. She is active in several national chaplaincies and involved with various projects concerning the ashram. She serves as the founding Dean of the school of Divinity at HUA.
HNP 6201 – Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy
HNP 6202 – Basic Pastoral and Spiritual Counselling
Saraswathi (Veena) Singaram
Dr. Melukote Sridhar
Mark served as an adjunct professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the University of Central Florida system (Lake-Sumter State College) and is currently on the staff of the Hindu University of America, sharing Buddhist perspectives and philosophies with students pursuing advanced degrees in the Vedic studies.
HIN 5302 – Buddhism: Buddha Dharma – A Practical Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism