Author: Indic Today

Self Reflection – An Introduction To The Yogasutra

We continue to look externally for ways to live a meaningful life. But why look outside when you can engage with yourself at a deeper level? The philosophy and pragmatics of yoga as given in the Yogasutra is a complete source of becoming aware of the workings of the mind and body i.e. the self. The Yogasutra of Patanjali is one of the most influential texts on Yoga ever written. This aphoristic work explains the path of Yoga in a series of concise steps, making it an invaluable work for any sadhaka. Over the millenia, it has been a guide to many in India and in more recent times, it’s fame has spread throughout the world. Raghu Ananthanarayanan conducted a workshop on the Yogasutras from the 26th to 28th January, 2019 in Pune, which shed light on the path of the Yogasutras. Indic Academy gave a grant to two students – Mr Anandhu Krishnan and Ms Renuka Joshi, in order to attend the workshop.

DP Santhanam- Indic Academy Chair at KSRI Chennai

आत्मार्थं जीवलोकेऽस्मिन् को न जीवति मानवः । परं परोपकारार्थं यो जीवति स जीवति ॥ Which human being doesn’t live for own self? But, true living is the one that’s seeped in charity. Truer words could not have been written to describe lives like that of Shri D. P. Santhanam, a Dharmic man who lived his life with simplicity, honesty and benevolence.  As his last act of charity, he had ordained that a good portion of his savings be given away for Dharmic causes, and to honour his wishes Shri Santhanam’s family instituted an endowment of Rs 5 Lakhs in his name in 2017. Taking his vision forward, Indic Academy is pleased to announce the establishment of the DP Santhanam- Indic Academy Chair at Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute (KSRI) Chennai. Indic Academy converted the DP Santhanam endowment to a contribution towards this chair by matching the amounting and instituting this first chair for research on – Critical Edition of Hathasanketa Candrika of Sundaradeva; Varaha Upanishad; & Yoga Kundalini Upanishad. The Kuppuswamy Sastry Research Institute was founded …

माझे मृत्युपत्र (Maajhe Mrityupatra) – My Final Testament by Veer Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar nee Veer Savarkar, a name that churns deep emotions and respect in any regular deshbhakt Bhartiya’s heart. Also a name that causes infinite heartburn and resultant vitriol from the Left-Liberal-Nehruvian section of the country. Time and again they have tried their best to keep spreading vile stories against this towering hero of our independence struggle. But for anyone who’s not forsaken their roots or have been fortunate enough to make a pilgrimage to the infamous Cellular Jail or Kala-Pani in Andaman, there can be no confusion about the intent and contribution of those heroes incarcerated in the most inhuman conditions for years without hope. PM Narendra Modi on his recent visit to Andaman Island also resonated the same feeling in his speech saying, “The cells of the Cellular Jail where great freedom fighters such as Veer Savarkar, Baba Bhan Singh, Indu Bhushan Roy were tortured for years by the British are no less than temples.” While we all were moved by the poignant scenes of PM Modi visiting the cell of Savarkar ji at …

National Seminar on Literature and Society – The Madura College

In its constant endeavor to support Literary events, the Indic Academy Center for Indic Writers are pleased to support the two day national seminar on Literature and Society organized by The Madura College, Madurai on – January 24 & 25 2019. The Madura College is one of the oldest academic institutions in Madurai with over 125 years of existence. The college was established in 1889 and is a Tamil Nadu state government aided college affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University. The seminar is being hosted by the Department of English, which is one of most prestigious faculties of the College and has been around since the inception in 1889. The college offers undergraduate courses in eight disciplines, postgraduate course in four disciplines, M.Phil. Course in two disciplines and a postgraduate diploma course in Computer Applications in the self-financing stream of the college. Five departments of the college are recognized as research centers by the Madurai Kamaraj University. The inaugural address is set to be given by Dr. Kuldip Chand Agnihotri, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Himachal …

प्रत्याशा नितिन- एक साक्षात्कार

मैसूर की रहने वाली प्रत्याशा नितिन एक उभरती हुयी इस पीढ़ी की नौजवान चित्रकार और लेखिका हैं | इन्होने हालही में एक लघुकथा प्रकाशित की है और इंडिक टुडे ने इस मौके पे उनसे उनके लेखन और चित्रकारिता पे बातचीत की | इस साक्षात्कार के द्वारा हमने पायी एक झलक प्रत्याशा के जीवन व उनके बहुमुखी प्रतिभा की उनके ही बोलों में, आइये हमारे साथ मायापाश के इस दिव्य चित्रपट पे… प्र १ : आपने शिक्षण अभियांत्रिकी में किया हैं फिर आपने चित्रकारी और लेखन की तरफ कैसे मोड़ लिया ? यह एक बहुत ही रोचक प्रश्न है | आजकल ऐसा बहुत से लोग कर रहे हैं कि वे शिक्षा किसी और ही विषय की लेते हैं और बाद में किसी और ही विषय की और झुक जाते हैं | सच यह है कि मुझे भान ही नहीं था कि मैं चित्रकारी या लेखन जैसी कलाओं से कभी जुडूँगी या मुझमें इस प्रकार की कोई प्रतिभा है | अभियांत्रिकी तो मैंने भेंड़चाल में ले ली थी | मेरे भाई अभियांत्रिकी में थे | उन्हें उसमें बहुत …

RAm Swarup

Ram Swarup- Sitaram Goel Memorial Fund

Indic Academy is honoured and happy to announce the formation of the Ram Swarup- Sitaram Goel Memorial Fund for research and publication on the  20th  death anniversary of Shri Ram Swarup. This fund will be administered under the aegis of the Inter University Center for Indic Knowledge Systems of Indic Academy. The fund will be managed by an Independent Editorial board consisting of Shri. Koenraad Elst as the Chairman and Shri. Shrikant Taalegri, Shri. R. Jagannathan and Smt. Meenakshi Jain as the other members. Legacy  Shri Ram Swarup and Shri Sitaram Goel are considered as the pioneers in the research of Indic history and politics in post Independence time frame. Ram Swarup is considered as an important thought leader for the Hindu revivalist movement. Born in 1920 to a banker father in Sonipat, Harayana his initial education was in economics and he worked extensively for India’s freedom movement.  Swarup was highly critical of the communist movement and the Communist Party. His book Gandhism and Communism  had a strong impact amongst the American policymakers as well as …

Indic Academy Scholarship support to Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha is a Deemed University in Tirupati established in 1961 by the Government of India on the recommendations of the Sanskrit Commission (1957) as an autonomous body under the name of Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati Society. Dr. S.Radhakrishnan, the then Vice President of India laid the foundation stone of the vidyapeetha on 4th January 1962. The objective behind setting up the Vidyapeetha was to impart and improve Sanskrit pedagogy, to accelerate the pace of higher Sanskrit learning and to combine the traditional Sanskrit education with modern scientific research. Indic Academy is pleased to announce scholarship support to research scholars & students at Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha for courses, internships, workshops & seminars. Considering its achievements and potential for research in Traditional Sastras the University was given the status of Center of Excellence in Traditional Sastras in 1989. It is the only university in the UGC list of “Centers with Potential Excellence in Particular Areas” (CPEPA), and has been recognized as an important centre for study of traditional shastras. Apart from the various disciplines and …

26/11 Unforgiven

26/11 Unforgiven: A Dedication to the Heroes of 26/11

Indic Academy’s Center for Indic Writers (CIW) announces its first author showcase with the release of 26/11 Unforgiven by Lt. Col. Manish Jaitly. The book is a fictional story of an ordinary citizen who takes on the task to extract revenge from terrorist. The backdrop of the story is based on the 26/11 attack on innocent citizens of Mumbai which was a watershed event in the history of independent India. Indic Academy through its various City Chapters announces the launch of the book. The first launch will be held in the city of Mumbai on December 16th 2018. Other city launches will be announced later through its social media coverage. 26/11 Unforgiven is one of the four projects announced by the Center for Indic Writers (CIW) in October, earlier this year.  CIW aims to identify, encourage, support new authors and also promote new and existing authors rooted in Indic ethos. The center is now working on a book on the Ancient Architecture of India and an anthology of Telugu poetry, both of which are expected …

Travel Grants For Seminar On Purva Mimamsa

Pūrva Mīmāṃsā is one of the oldest School of thought, probably dating back to the 3 rd century BCE, that engages deeply in the interpretation of Vedic texts for a pragmatic application of prescribed rituals in the daily life of a Vedic adherent. In the early phase of philosophical development in the Indian sub-continent, the Pūrva Mīmāṃsā or simply the Mīmāṃsā school reigned supremacy over other schools owing to its popularity of practical ritualistic application. The Mīmāṃsā, emphasizing on the karmakāṇḍa portion of the Vedas, found its systematic presentation in the aphoristic work of Maharṣi Jaimini (300 – 200 BCE) which emphasized the philosophy of life, viz., karma in the form of dharma in the very opening aphorism – athāto dharma jijñāsā. The pre-Jaimini preceptors who are identified as authoritative sources referenced by Jaimini are Bādarāyaṇa, Bādarī, Ātreya, and Kṛṣṇājini, thus claiming the presence of Mīmāṃsā thought at least two centuries before Jaimini. Not withstanding the overpowering of the Vedāntic philosophical thought, the Mīmāṃsā school re-emerged as a darśana bifurcating into two main schools viz., …

Registration Grants For Workshop On The Yogasutras

In the language of the Kathopanishad, most men look outward, but some turn away from the mundane and seek a higher law and life. They turn their gaze inward and behold the self face to face. They become aware of a larger, secret life buried within. They realize that through earnest endeavour and devout invocation, this life can be uncovered and made dynamic and manifest. For undertaking this inward journey, the soul has all the provisions in its possession. But different seekers are differently blessed and each has to make the best use of his own special blessing. India has, through the vehicle of the various religions and philosophies that have taken birth from her, has provided many paths for undertaking this inward journey. Raja Yoga, Bhakti, Tantra, Jnana Yoga, and many more paths have been lit by various masters down the ages in order to take the seeker on the journey of self-realization. The philosophy and pragmatics of yoga as given in the Yogasutras is a complete source of becoming aware of the workings …