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Chaturmasya Vidwat Sadas

Sri Chakra Mahameru Peetham, located in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh is a prime seat of Mahameru and Sri Chakra worship. The pontiff of the Sri Chakra Mahameru Peetham, HH Sri Sri Satchidananda Tirtha Mahaswamigal is an Advaita Sannyasi belonging to the lineage of the Shankaracharya tradition. Swamigal is in Chennai this year and is performing the annual Chaturmasya Vratam at Adambakkam from the 16th of July and will be performing Chaturmasya Vratam until September 14th. Sri Matham’s camp is at Raja Vinayakar Bhakta Mandali premises, Brindavan Nagar, Adambakkam. During the Chaturmasya Vratam, it is customary for the heads of Mathams to conduct various programs for the benefit of the public where the Chaturmasya Vratam is conducted. One of such programs is a Vidwat Sadas. Sadas is a formal assembly of scholars. This year, the Vidwat Sadas is convened and headed by Mahamopadhayaya Dr Krishnamurthy Shastrigal. This year’s Chaturmasya Vidwat Sadas was jointly presented by Indic Academy. Indic Academy has commissioned a grant to honour the scholars, besides looking after their travel conveyance. The format of the program …

Glimpses of the 1st International Vakyartha Sadas

On July 12th  through 14th 2019 Indic Academy in collaboration with Bharatiya Shikhan Mandal and under the auspices of Sampurnanand Sanskrit University conducted the 1st  International Vakyartha Sabha. In this video we present glimpses of the 1st International Vakyartha Sadas. – The Vakyartha Sadas was the largest traditional confluence, since Independence, of eminent Sanskrit Pandits and Shastracharyas, who debated on the banks Ganga in the oldest living city of Varanasi. The grand confluence of erudite scholars saw the revival of the ancient and traditional form of scholarly debates in Sanskrit on 32 different subjects from 12 distinct Shastras, which was presided over by an esteemed panel of 15 distinguished Sanskrit scholars from across Bharat, Bhutan and Nepal, who evaluated and monitored the intellectual debates. Sanskrit scholars with expertise in varied subjects like Vyakarana (Grammar), Nyaya (logic), Jyotishyam (Astrology), Vaisesika (Physics), Ganitam (Mathematics), Vedanta (liberation), Mimamsa (hermeneutics), Ayurveda, Sahityam and more, came together to participate in the debate and deliberate on pressing issues relating to the survival, revival and propagation of traditional Indic Knowledge Systems (IKS).

Ganga Dasahara Retreat Festival 2019

Ganga Dasahara is a spiritual retreat organized by Purna Vidya Foundation. The location of the retreat is Tapasyalayam, Uttarakashi. Tapasyalayam On the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Tapasyalayam offers the spiritual seeker an opportunity to enjoy not only the rich culture of the Ganga Belt, but the spiritual truth behind their own inner desires. Here you will find Ganga Dhyana Mandir, a beautiful natural cave temple dedicated to Ganga Devi, where worship, pujas and bhajans are conducted daily. This retreat will also involve a dip in the Ganga, to seek Her blessings. The retreat also includes courses on Vedic chanting, meditation and the Mundakopanishad. Other recreational activities organized are trekking and visiting some local shrines in Uttarakashi. Indic Academy will sponsor one deserving candidate to attend this program. If you would like to avail our support to attend this retreat, please fill this form.

“Dispassionate Churning of Indology” – International Conference

The recently concluded three day conference – “Dispassionate Churning of Indology” was organized by Bharatiya Vidvat Parishad (BVP) and the Tattvasamshodhana Samsat, with support from Indian Council for Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi and Indic Academy, Hyderabad in Udupi on 4th – 6th January 2019. The carefully coined conference title by Prof Ashok Aklujkar, seemed like an ode to the the sagar manthan in purana given Udupi’s close proximity to the Indian Ocean. Not withstanding the practical challenges of combining modern expectations with spiritual ambience, the conference was a success with scholars debating, presenting and discussing various aspects of Indic studies. A total of 305 persons attended the conference, and 180 papers were presented in three days. The recordings of the sessions are available on YouTube. Indic Academy had provided travel grants of upto Rs 10,000 to 5 deserving candidates to attend this conference. The three days were an amalgamation of presentations, lectures/discussions, award ceremonies in the following order: Day I The conference was inaugrated with the traditional blowing of conch and other invocations followed by …

Vikasa: An Indic Youth Leadership Retreat

Swami Vivekananda was right when we said “Supreme value of youth period is incalculable and indescribable. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you. Your happiness, your success, your honor and your good name all depend upon the way in which you live now, in this present period. Remember this. This wonderful period of the first state of your life is related to you as the soft wet clay in the hands of the potter”. Youth across the world are filled with energy and enthusiasm. They also have a lot of questions, right from mundane aspects of life to existential ones. When encouraged and engaged with properly, these questions have the potential to transform into a deeper quest. Their energy and enthusiasm when put to the right use can transform the lives of the individual, the society, and nation at large. Adopting the right frameworks and worldviews can help them bring about this transformation. What they need are tools that help them act …

Workshop On Navya Nyaya

Indian epistemology acquired it’s depth because of serious dialogues among philosophical systems. By the 10th century AD, a need was felt to develop a precise methodology of communication in order to understand one another’s position or point of view to make the dialogue meaningful. These attempts resulted in the flowering of the Navya Nyaya school. After it took shape, almost all systems of knowledge in India began to write their treatises employing the language of Navya Nyaya. As it were, it became a universal language of scientific discourse during the second millenium and continues to be so even today in some traditional educational institutions. All our intellectual achievements of the last 1000 years were influenced by the Navya Nyaya school. However, our present Sanskrit education programmes do not offer any course on Navya Nyaya. As a result, several old works of our tradition lie neglected today. VidyVatika is offering a Four-Level graded course in Navya Nyaya Language and Methodology from 2019. The distribution of the Levels is as follows : Level-Zero : Foundation Course in …

Sankranti Sabha At The Veda Vijnana Gurukulam

Veda Vijnana Gurukulam has been organising a yearly Shastric exam since 2001. This event is called the Sankranti Sabha. It is a traditional exam which is oral in nature, in which a student studies a prescribed text and appears before the examiner. On the 2nd of February such an exam was held in the Gurukulam. On this day, the exam was conducted for 60 students studying in 7 different classes. Scholars from Vedanta, Vyakaranam, Nyaya and Purva-mimamsa disciplines were invited as examiners. Advaita Vedanta texts like the Shankara Bhashyam of the Prasthanatrayam and Vedanta-paribhasha were prescribed. In Vyakaranam Siddhanta Kaumudi, Mahabhashyam, Paribhashendushekharah and Laghu Shabdendushekhara were given to the students. The process of examination was a whole day affair. A small inaugural function was followed by the exams. which began at around 9:30 am. Each student was called up and examined individually. The teachers of the particular discipline were also present to gauge the performance of the student. The examiners also noted down the positives and negatives of each students performance. This was later discussed …

Mahabharata Immersion Workshop

Our personal energy is immense and can act in heroic ways, however, it is often locked up in our subconscious self. The Mahabharata Immersion is an invitation to experiment with oneself, delve unto the depths of the invisible, the in-articulated and the disowned parts of ones self by donning the traditional masks from the Koothu tradition. The Mahabharata Immersion Workshop is intended to enable the participant to engage with inner work and the Purana fron an “inside -out” location. One wears the masks of the Heroes and in playing out the archetypal drama that occurs at various turning points, views oneself in the mirror of the emerging “here and now re-play” of the eternal motifs of life and relationships with significant others. This programme offers participants the opportunity to: Discover and foster one’s hidden heroic potential Introspect upon the relationship between outer and inner process Develop a personal foundation of Role effectiveness, interpersonal ethics and interpersonal discipline Introspect upon the way one holds and gives meaning to one’s mission in life The Learning Theatre An …

Music and Artificial Intelligence – Workshop on Computational Music

Can music be coded? Can computer create music? Can you train a computer to create music? Rishihood University in collaboration with Indic Academy brings a workshop on Computational Music by Vinod Vidwans on 23rd & 24th February, Gurgaon. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, whether a musician or a technocrat, this is an intriguing workshop on artificial intelligence and music to find the answers. Prof. Vinod Vidwans has a PhD from IIT Bombay on Creativity as Design Intelligence. He is a multifaceted person commanding skills in fine arts such as Painting, Calligraphy, Hindustani Music, Graphic Design, User Interface Design, New Media design etc. on the one hand and skills in computer coding particularly in the areas of language technologies, web development, Artificial Intelligence etc. on the other. He is passionate about the theoretical knowledge embedded in ancient Indian Shastras such as VyaakaraNa, Yoga, Alankaarashaastra, sangeetashaastra, naaTyashaastra etc. along with practical aspects of them. Combining all these skills and knowledge, he did experiments in imparting creativity to machine, i.e., computer. About the Workshop Prof. …

Tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences

School of Vedic Sciences, MIT-ADT University, Pune in collaboration with Indic Academy announces a first of its kind two day tutorial on Vedic Social Sciences on Feb 23 – 24, 2019 (Sat, Sun) 9.30am to 5pm. Social science is the systematic study of human society and social relationships to predict social behavior. A comprehensive understanding of human psychological makeup and motives is crucial to deconstruct social behavior and address the multiplying social distress. This tutorial highlights the social and cultural biases inherent in mainstream social sciences and humanities today. It presents the Vedic approach and how it can transform the discipline in a fundamental way. The motivation behind this programme is – while the scientific community tries hard to keep the subjective bias out of its process, it is now well recognized that the social and cultural background of the researcher can greatly influence the methodology adopted in pursuing knowledge and the conclusions drawn. Their influence is more pronounced in mainstream social sciences and humanities, which have largely evolved under European social conditions. The academic world …