All posts tagged: Indic Philososphy

The Garland of Knowledge: A glimpse into Brahmajñānāvalīmālā of Adi Shankaracharya

||Śrī Gurubhyo Namaḥ|| This short work of Brahmajñānāvalīmālā by Adi Shankaracharya is a heartfelt pouring of a Jivanmukta, who is eternally established in the bliss of Atman. This song of the mukta, aptly titled “a garland of long lines of knowledge of Brahman” is an inspiring call to all people to renounce attachments and become mumukshus [1] in the pursuit of brahma-jnana, which alone truly frees an individual. This work also serves as a tool of nidhidhyasa [2] for the mumukshus, who are striving hard to realize their innermost Self. While a detailed examination of the text is beyond the scope of this article, let us try to get a glimpse  of the beauty and depth of this composition. Examining in detail just the opening verse of the text provides an insight into the intellectual and spiritual stature of the revered Acharya. सुकृत् श्रवणमात्रेण ब्रह्मज्ञानं यतो भवेत्‌ । ब्रह्मज्ञानावलीमाला सर्वेषां मोक्षसिद्धये ॥ १ ॥ sakṛt śravaṇamātreṇa brahmajñānaṃ yato bhavet‌ । brahmajñānāvalīmālā sarveṣāṃ mokṣasiddhaye ॥ 1 ॥ Meaning: Just by hearing (श्रवणमात्रेण) which even once (सुकृत्), …

Fulfillment through Yoga

We are all aware about Yogacharya T.Krishnamacharya being a pioneer in using yoga (specifically asana and pranayama) for therapy and well-being. But little did we know that he was a great scholar of our sacred knowledge and traditions. One of his long-standing students Raghu Ananthanarayanan has put together an interesting note about how can one use yoga as a tool for deeper fulfillment and meaning in life? He has used the device of an innocent conversation between a young, curious child, Chiku who is Gayatri Iyer, and an elderly teacher Rita, just like the dialogues that used to take place between student and teachers at ashrams. In my discussions with Raghu who is Rita in the writings, I learnt how symbols and rituals of our Hindu culture have been misinterpreted for long and once you know the real meaning, you can only marvel at the profundity of the entire meaning and how it is part of the larger divine order. ChiKu: I am very confused Rita. I read a lot of posts about the health …

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 …