Research Papers

Brahman

The Gods and Brahman

The role of the concept of bráhman in Indian theology and philosophy is frequently adduced as a reason why Hinduism should not be regarded as polytheistic. The present essay attempts…

Bhakti and Henadology

Abstract In henadological Platonism, the significance of “the One” is understood to lie, not in an eminent singular entity, but in the modes of unity and the ways of being…

Charaka- The Wandering Monk Ayurveda

Charaka – A Wandering Monk

Dr. Bhavana Raghavendra talks about the Charaka Samhita as a travelogue of Sage Charaka, a Wandering Monk. The paper was presented at the Yatra Conference jointly organized by Indic Academy and Bharat Adhyayan Kendra, BHU, at BHU, Varanasi during 15th-17th November, 2019.

Advaita and Rituals

Advaitic Overtones In The Gṛhya Rituals

Dr. S. Ramaratnam writes about the Advaitic Overtones In The Gṛhya Rituals. This paper was presented at the ‘Conference on Oneness’ jointly organized by Indic Academy and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, held in October 2019 in Kochi.

Yatra

Yātrā For svāsthya: A Perspective From Āyurveda

After elaborating the holistic and composite nature of the āyurvedic concepts of ārogya and svāsthya, the paper interprets yātrā as a journey that begins with a visit to a tīrtha of one’s chosen deity but ends in return to the self within (ātman) in svāsthya using the literary device of metaphor. Tīrthayātrā constitutes a major socio-cultural concept in the Indic thought world that sets the jīva on the road to mokṣa and that also assures its health and wellbeing as well as that of its family and community.

Sarvajna

Reflections of Advaita Vedānta in Sarvajña Tripadis

Sarvajña was a Kannada poet and philosopher of the 16th century. He is famous for his three-lined vacanas or poems called ‘tripadi’. His poems deal with a variety of subjects ranging from philosophy and devotion to ethical guidelines and useful nuggets for daily living. Nithin Sridhar in this paper explores the philosophical teachings of Sarvajña, especially his views on īśvara, māyā, jñāna and mokṣa and try to discern the ideas of Advaita Vedānta present in some of his vacanas.