I cannot help you but I wonder what you found. Since the thread is dated 01-08, I am curious if you found answers to your questions. I've been reading R.Veda for some time but I never talk about it except poetically when something reminds me of something I read. I cannot put any understanding into words. I had someone who helped me in the beginning and he would insist that I shut off analytical thinking in order to grasp the meaning, the essence; it requires aesthetics as a way to knowledge and we are not accustomed to that, perhaps gnosticism comes closest to that ie. knowledge that brings about transformation...they say by reading the Vedas, one gets the feeling of becoming immortal. Anyways, I am curious how it can be taught in a western university and it's nice to know that it is taught. There is also the problem of translation and unless we are born into the Hindu culture, it is almost impossible to comprehend the totality of what it's all about.