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“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 …

Shakta Mantras

Tasting Śākta  Tantra – an amateur’s experience

The East has always been a land shrouded in attractive mysticism. Religions, cultures, traditions, cuisines and most importantly, Knowledge of the Self have pulled millions from across the world over centuries, or millennia even, towards discovering the shortest path to the East and, in effect, discovering the Self. The tremendous diversity and depths of approaching the Divine that exist in the East cannot be understood by merely labeling all that is endemic to modern day nations with socio-political boundaries under the one single umbrella term of “religion”. Even the term religion is a subject of controversy, which the author wishes not to cover in this article. bhārata[i], the land of sanātanadharma, with temples of all (and no) sizes and shapes dedicated to countless deities, has a matching number of perspectives of understanding the Divine and the Self. All these perspectives, called darshana-s, showcase the freedom of choice that is an inherent quality of the Indic culture. These darshana-s cover the entire range of possible personal spiritual philosophies – theistic, atheistic, agnostic, and non-theistic. Of these, …