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Modern Perspectives on Vedanta

Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Vedanta (December 28-31, 2011, JNU, New Delhi) by: Girish Nath Jha , Bal Ram Singh , R.P. Singh , Diwakar Mishra

This volume is a compendium of highly insightful papers presented by leading and promising scholars at the 20th intenational Congress of Vedanta. The papers discuss a variety of topics ranging from the origin of the universe to the Vedàntic perspective on the spiritual quest and science as also the essence of Vedànta and its relevance to modern times.

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ISBN: 9788124606391
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvi, 876p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1850

Overview

Vedanta has retained its fundamental ideas as enshrined in the Upanishads over the centuries. But it is still extremely relevant in addressing the contemporary problems of globalised and liberalised societies. It is in this context that the Vedanta Congress has met at regular intervals to debate and discuss challenges faced by contemporary societies.
This volume presents a compilation of papers presented at the Twentieth International Congress of Vedanta, held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The papers cover a variety of topics in English, Hindi and Sanskrit: philosophy of the origin of the universe, the behaviour of matter, social structures, political systems, role of language, yoga and meditation, among others. The insightful papers discuss the Advaita concept of testimonial perception, the concept of maya, the notion of time and space in the cosmology of the Samkhya system of philosophy and the Vedantic perspective on the spiritual quest and science. They deal with the nature and theory of origin of varna in the Bhagavad-Gita, Vedantic perception of organisational behaviour, importance of Vedanta in the corporate world, and value systems in governance with reference to Indian dharmic perspectives. These papers also highlight the essence of Vedanta as it applies to modern philosophy, science and business and the influence it exerts on culture, language and lives of people in India and the world.
The volume will prove valuable to scholars and students of Indology, religion and philosophy, particularly researchers of Vedanta and its relevance to modern times.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Advaita Vedanta and Shaiva Darshan (in Hindi)
— Sudhir Kumar Sopori
Part I
Keynote Addresses
1. Scientific Analysis of Vedantic Dharma of Matter and Consciousness
— Bal Ram Singh
2. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Insight into Vedanta, the Ultimate Knowledge of Life, and Its Application to Bring World Peace From Philosophy to Science
— Lothar Pirc, Girish Momaya, Susan Brown
3. Spiritual Reconstruction in Philosophy: The Vedantic Way
— K. Ramakrishna Rao
4. How Much Adhikara Does a Commentator Have to Interpret a Shastra Text
— T.S. Rukmani
5. The Super Accelerated Learning Theory (SALT) Model of Education
— Pandit Ramadheen Ramsamooj
6. Philosophical Issues in Indian Identity and Current Version of History
— Subramanian Swamy
Abstracts
(a) Sanskrit Studies in India : Need for Preservation and Steps
— Aravinda Rao
(b) Interpreting Vedanta in the 21st Century: Issues and Solutions
— Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande
(c) Debating Patanjali’s Notion of Freedom — A Dialogue with Daya Krishna
— Daniel Raveh
(d) How Ancient India Sliced Air Variously
— Ashok Aklujkar
Part II
Articles
1. Learning Methodologies : Vedantic pedagogy
— R. Suresha
2. Pedagogy of Vedanta: The Education of Body, Mind and Spirit
— Mohammad Shaheer Siddiqui
3. Putting the Super Accelerated Learning Theory (SALT) Into Classroom Practice
— Maureen P. Hall
4. Itihas, Vedanta evam Bharatiya Sanskriti (In Hindi)
— Sangeeta Kumari
5. Shankara’s Philosophy: An Ethical Perspective
— Reena Kannojiya
6. Neo-Vedanta and its Social Significance
— K. Srinivas
7. Samasamayik Sandarbh evam Vedanta: Ek Darshnik Vishleshan (In Hindi)
— Autar Lal Meena
8. Reassessing the Notion of Time and Space in Cosmology of Samkhya, Vedanta and Globalisation
— Alka Saharan
9. Looking Beyond the Controversy of Creationism Versus Evolutionism: Some Remarks on Indian Cosmogony
— Ananda Mishra
10. The Advaita Concept of Testimonial Perception: Some Reflections
— Raghunath Ghosh
11. Asti kashchid Vishesh Jagratsvapryoh (in Sanskrit)
— Sachidanand Mishra
12. Advaita Vedanta and Ethical Implausibility
— Madhumita Mitra
13. Advaita Vedanta ki Tattvamimamsa evam Gahan Paristhitikiya Chintan (In Hindi)
— Mohan Singh Rajput
14. Triguna: A Ninth Perspective of Personality Psychology?
— Swaroop R.
15. Bharatiya Darshan Tatha Vigyan mein Parmanuvad (In Hindi)
— Sapna Jain
16. Understanding the Mystery of Life: Through Scientific and Vedic Explorations
— Sonam Grover
— Abhinav Grover
17. Advaitatattva mein Antahkaranvriti (in Hindi)
— Deepak Kaliya
18. Computational Lexical Resource Model for Ayurvedic Herbs — The Case of Vanaushadhivarga of Amarakosha and Bhavaprakasha Nighantu
— Baldev Ram Khandoliyan
19. Dynamic Indexing of Ayurvedic Text Sushruta-Samhita
— Rajneesh Kumar Pandey
20. Sanskrit-Russian Statistical Machine Translation: Using Bi-lingual POS Tagged Corpora
— Sudhir Kumar Mishra
— Ainura Asamidinova
21. Philosophical Contestations on Consciousness: Vedanta and German Idealism
— R.P. Singh
22. Illusion of the Individual Self: Tracing Maya in the Neural Labyrinth
— Bins Sebastian
23. Nature of ‘that’ (tat) in ‘That Thou Art’ in the Gitagudharthadipika of Madhusudana Sarasvati
— Niranjan Saha
24. Mohamudgraradistotrtryasya Taulnikobhyas (in Sanskrit)
— Vipin Kumar Jha
— Dipesh Katira
25. Dhvanyaloklochan: Deepshikha Vyakhya ke Vishesh Sandarbh mein (in Hindi)
— Mayank Shekhar
26. Bhagavadgitabhashyasankshepakhya Upanishatsarbodhini (in Sanskrit)
— Natesh L.
27. Adhyasbhashyam — Ekam Vishleshnatmakalochanam (in Sanskrit)
— Vivek Karmkar
28. Varno ki Arthavatta ke Adhar par Purush-Sukta ki Vivechna (in Hindi)
— Pramod Kumar Agarwal
29. Shankar Vedanta Aur Islam ki Tattvamimamsa: Ek Tulnatmak Vishleshan (in Hindi)
— Afjal Ahmad
30. Symbolical Projections of Fire Element in the Art of Nicholas Roerich
— Zaitsev Vladimir
31. Basics of Natural Healings in Ayurveda and Taoism
— Monica Kuwar Rathore
32. Transformation of Vedantic Philosophy to the Muslim World: Through the Translation of the Mahabharata into Persian
— Nahid Akhtar Siddiqui
33. Vedanta aur Varna-Vyavastha: Ek Sukshm Vivechan (in HIndi)
— Ramsevak Dube
34. Nature and Theory of Origin of Varna in the Bhagavad-Gita
— Pravin Pralayankar
35. Vedanta aur Varna-Vyavastha: Upanishad tatha Gitakaleen Varna-Vyavastha (in Hindi)
— Sangeeta Gajanan Vaychal
36. Vedanta and Varna System
— Sachindra Mahto
37. Advaitavedanta ke mat mein Tarkikta: Brahmasutra Shankarbhashya aur Vedantasar ke Adhar par (in Hindi)
— Divakar Mishra
38. Spiritual Quest and Science: Vedantic Perspective
— Dewan Anjali
39. Aharchikitstapadhatau Panchshimbidhanyanam Upyogita (in Sanskrit)
— Paulomi Dasgupta
40. Yoga tatha Ayurveda (in Hindi)
— Manu Sharma
41. Vedanta and Music
— Sundari Siddhartha
42. Vedantic Perception of the Organisational Behaviour
— S. Ramaratnam
43. Vedanta and the Corporate World
— Sastry Kumara Swamy Kuppa
44. Nirvahanvigyanam Bhagavadgita ch — ekam Vaidantashastriyam Samikshanam (in Sanskrit)
— K.S. Vidvan Suman
45. Embedding Value Systems in Governance — The Way of Indian Dharmic Heritage
— S. Ram Mohan
46. An Excursion with Advaitavada’s Theory of Error
— Arup Jyoti Sarma
47. Samsamyik Vichardhara evam Unke Dvara Maya ka Khandan: Ek Avalokan (in Hindi)
— Hareti Lal Meena
48. Vedavigyandrisha Vaidicsrishtividyopanyasen Vaidictatvanam Vimarshah (in Sanskrit)
— Vishvabandhu Sharma
49. Sidhanta ka Parisheelan: Darshnik Pariprekshya mein — Nyaya Darshan ke Vishesh Sandarbha mein (in Hindi)
— Susheela Kumari
50. Dvaitavedante Sakshi (in Sanskrit)
— Srinivas Kumar N. Acharya
— Srinivas Varkhedi
51. Advaita-vedanta mein “Shravan” (in Hindi)
— Neelam Sharma
52. Patanjalayoga Parampara mein Pramata ka Svaroop (in Hindi)
— Anita Swami
53. Vishishtadvaita Darshan mein Tattvamimamsa (in Hindi)
— Jyotsna Srivastava
54. Agyane Pratyakshapramanapradarshanam (in Sanskrit)
— A. Venkataradheshyam
55. Perception as a Means of Valid Knowledge in the Upanishadic Philosophy
— Surjya Kamal Borah
56. The Doctrine of Karma-Samnyasa and the Theme of Renunciation in R.K. Narayan’s Fiction
— Soham Pain
57. Doctrine of Bhakti Rasa in Shri Caitanya Caritamrita
— Subhash Phogat
58. Bhartrihari ka Shabdabrahma Sidhanta evam Advaita Vedanta ka Brahmasidhanta: Ek Tulnatmak Vishleshan (in Hindi)
— Kanta Rani Bhatiya
59. Bhartrihari ka Shabdadvaitavad (in Hindi)
— Arun Kumar
60. Contribution of Bhartrihari’s Vakyapadiya to Indian Philosophy of Language and Meaning
— Ved Mitra Shukla
61. Agama Pramana in Advaita Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy
— Shruti Rai
Index

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Dr Girish Nath Jha is Associate Professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He has an honorary appointment at the Center for Indic Studies as Mukesh and Priti Chatter Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA. Dr Jha has studied computational linguistics from JNU and from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has publications from Springer Verlag, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, Lambert Academic Publishing, among others, and is on the editorial board of a leading journal from Springer.
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Dr Bal Ram Singh is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at UMass – Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990, on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness. He has published three books and over 200 articles. He is the editor of the Journal Light on Ayurveda and International Journal of Indian Culture.
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R.P. Singh is Chairperson, Centre for Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of specialization include Modern Western Philosophy, Postmodern Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, specially Upanishads, Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. He has to his credit 16 books and 125 articles published in India and internationally.
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Diwakar Mishra is a PhD student at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies in JNU in the area of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics. He is working towards developing a Sanskrit Text to Speech (TTS) system for his PhD. His M.A. and M.Phil degrees are in Sanskrit with specialisation in Sanskrit Computational Linguistics from the Sanskrit Centre in JNU.
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