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Bhuvaneshwari Shaji

Nationality: Indian

Gender: female

Date Of Brith: 06/01/1976

Present Position: Free-lance Guest Lecturer/writer

Awards Received:

1. State First in Advanced Sanskrit, Lady Sivaswamy Ayyar Girls Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai, 1992-93
2. Academic Proficiency, First Prize in Foundation Sanskrit, Stella Maris College, Chennai, 1993-94
3. Gold Medalist, M.A. Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 2004-06
4. Dr. T.M.P. Mahadevan Commemoration Endowment Prize, M.A. Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 2004-06.
5. Thiru S. Lakshmiratan Bharathi Endowment Prize, M.A. Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, 2004-06
6. University Research Fellowship, Ph.D in Indian Philosophy-Sanskrit (Inter-disciplinary), Department of Sanskrit, University of Madras, 2009-10

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Bachelor of Arts University of Madras 1996
Master M.A. in Public Administration University of Madras 1998
  M.A. in Philosophy University of Madras 2006
  M.A. in Sanskrit Karnataka Open University 2012
Ph.D Ph.D in Indian Philosophy-Sanskrit (Inter-disciplinary) Department of Sanskrit, University of Madras 2011
Others B.Ed (Hindi) Hindi Visvavidyalaya, Allahabad 1996
  C.L.I.S, Certificate Course in Library Science Department of Information Science, University of Madras 2005
  Diploma in Manuscriptology Department of Sanskrit, University of Madras 2008


About the Author

S. Bhuvaneshwari (b. 1976) has been studying the Prasthanatraya, Bhashya and Advaita Prakaranas from Swami Paramarthananda Sarasvati of Chennai since 1994. Having obtained a BA in Economics and MA in Public Administration, she later branched out and procured her Masters in Philosophy and Sanskrit as well. She is a Gold Medalist in MA Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras (2004-06). She is the recipient of University Research Fellowship for her Doctorate at the Department of Sanskrit, University of Madras (2009-10) and was awarded Ph.D. (2010) for her study on the Sanskrit text Vicharasagara.
Her other area of interest is Philosophy of Art, especially the aesthetic theories of Bharata, Abhinavagupta and Hegel, and has been teaching Aesthetics and Indian Philosophy as guest lecturer in various reputed institutions in Chennai since 1997.
She continues her study of Advaita works in Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil, and is currently working on some unpublished Advaita texts available as paper manuscripts at the Government Oriental Manuscript Library and Adyar Research Library, Chennai. She has over fifteen articles to her credit in both Advaita Vedanta and Aesthetics and has recently published a book A Treatise of Advaita Vedanta: English Translation of Vichara-candrodaya of Pandit Pitambar (2013).

Details of Articles

1.  ‘Bhakti in Natya Sastra’, Tapovan Prasad, Chinmaya spiritual Magazine, Feb. 2005.
2. ‘Natya Sastra - Part I to VII’, Tapovan Prasad, Chinmaya Spiritual Magazine, May to Nov. 2006.
3. ‘Natyasastra’, Samudra Magazin e on Music and Dance, Feb. 2007.
4. ‘South Indian Temple Music and Dance’ under the title ‘South Indian Art and Architecture’, Course Material for B.A. Correspondence – Christian Studies, University of Madras, 2007.
5. ‘Bondage in an error – Based on Niscaladasa’s Vicarasagara’, Voice of Sankara, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2008.
6. ‘Satyasya Satyam – An Advaitic Interpretation’, Voice of Sankara, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2008.
7. ‘Advaita Pancakam of Sri Sankaracarya with Balakrishnanda Sarasvati’s Kiranavali’, Sri Sankara The Liberator of Mankind, Shankara Jayanti Souvenir, Vol. 2007-08, Adi Sankara Vedanta Prastisthanam, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 2008.
8. ‘Upadesasara of Ramana Mahrshi’, Voice of Sankara, Vol. 34, No. 1&2, 2009.
9. ‘Sri Sankaracharya’s Satasloki with Anandagiri Commentary’ (List of Selected Verses), Shankara Jayanti Souvenir, Vol. 2009, Adi Sankara Vedanta Pratisthanam, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 2009.
10. ‘Concept of Brahmana as in Indravijaya of Shri Madhusudana Ojha’, Paper published in National Seminar on ‘Concept of Brahman’, Centre for Inter Disciplinary Studies & Research in Sanskrit Canara College, Mangalore, 2010.
11. ‘Kala’ and ‘Panchatantra’ articles in ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Asia Trading Corporation, Bangalore, 2010.
12. ‘Sri Sankaracharya’s Aparoksanubhuti with Svami Vidyaranya’s Dipika’, Shankara Jayanti Souvenir, Vol. 2010, Adi Sankara Vedanta Pratisthanam, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 2010.
13. ‘Sankara’, ‘Ramanuja’ and ‘Madhva’, Course Material for B A  Philosophy, IGNOU, Delhi, Nov. 2010.
14. ‘Ethics in Medieval India’, ‘Vedas and Upanishads’, Course Material for B A Philosophy, IGNOU, Delhi, 2010-11.
15. ‘Indian Aesthetics’, ‘Theory of Western Aesthetics – Ancient, Medieval, Modern-I, Modern-II’, Course Material for M A Philosophy, IGNOU, Delhi, 2010-11.
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The Pedagogical Concern

This book is a critical study of the Sanskrit trans-creation of Vicharasagara — by Vasudeva Brahmendra Sarasvati — of  Nishcaladasa in one of the dialects of Hindi and its tippani by Pitambar, again in the same dialect, imparting a unique teaching technique of Advaita to different types of aspirants. The book thus unfolds the teaching of Advaita depending on the need of different types of seekers — uttama, madhyama and kanishtha adhikaris. The volume focuses on two layers of concerns: first, of the appropriate modifications made by the trans-creator using simple Sanskrit and second, in the dialogue between the guru and the different adhikaris.
This critical study introduces us to: (i) the life and works of Nishcaladasa, Pitambar and Vasudeva Brahmendra; (ii) emergence of adhikari-based pedagogy system; and (iii) the employment of pedagogical tools by the guru, depending upon the character and needs of the seeker. The related questions and discussions found in different tarangas of Vicarasagara are pooled in and presented in a cohesive manner to arrive at the core of Nishcaladasa’s work. It also delves deep into topics such as meditation and its efficacy as a means to gradual liberation, and the nature of liberation.
The book, therefore, introduces the well-defined concepts of Vedanta in a simple pedagogical way as a dialogue between the preceptor and the student, helping even a layman to understand the nuances of Advaita, otherwise a hard subject to digest and grasp.