From January to March, I took Oxford’s Vedas and Upanishads introduction online, and wrote the final essay: a 2,000-word paper, exploring any selected Vedic or Upanishadic excerpt in depth, relating the text to the other literature we had studied and to Hindu thought overall. The instructor’s corrections were helpful, and my final grade was a (British) 69, equivalent in the American/Canadian system to an 89/B+; I’m not disappointed, given six years since my last university coursework and an amateur attempt besides.
Since it is relevant to the content of this blog – a brief explanation and interpretation of one of my favourite Vedic hymns, Ṛgveda X.54, to Indra – I’m posting it here, without edits. Anything inspired is Indra’s; anything facile, dumb, or just plain wrong, I take full credit!
The paper is located here.
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