North Delhi – One-day national seminar was organized on 9th March by the Sanskrit-Department of Hindu-College, University of Delhi, on the pedagogy of Philosophical texts of Indian Philosophy which was attended by more than 100 participants.
Dr. Anita Rajpal, coordinator of the seminar, told that the Rishi-Muni’s have written in their texts as they saw the creatures, the world and the world’s creator with their divine vision. There are six main orthodox schools of philosophy. The interpretation method of each school is different but the goal of everyone is self-realization. The aim of organizing this event was to make the general public aware with the various ways of their spiritual practice and this event was successful in achieving this objective.
Prof. Bishnupada Mahapatra, Lal Bahadur Shastri Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi, highlighted the classical nature of supposition along with its practicality in neo-logical writing style.
Dr. Satyamurti of Jawaharlal Nehru University, explained the nature of Indian philosophy in a wider perspective. Indian philosophy is divided in these three major forms: Nigam (philosophical schools based on Veda), Agam (Vaishnava, Shaiv, Shakta) and Shraman (Jain, Buddhist, etc.). Foremost thing is to understand their fundamental concept. Their theories and practices vary, but these are integral even though different.
Dr. Ved Prakash Dindoriya, Department of Sanskrit, University of Delhi, while clarifying the sutra of Patanjali ‘योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः’, said that the reason for the binding of the human soul is to come into contact with the subjects through its mind and become attached. The detention of the mind from the subjects itself is Yoga. Connecting Human soul with the God is only Yoga.
The concluding session was chaired by Prof. Ramesh Bhardwaj, Professor of Sanskrit-Department, University of Delhi. In his presidential address, Prof. Bhardwaj said that the scriptures without shelter of the Guru are not understood.
The seminar’s co-convenor Dr. Jagmohan, said that about 25 research papers were presented by the researchers and teachers of various universities and colleges on all the philosophical schools i.e. Sankhya Yoga, Nyaya-Vaisheshik, Mimamsa-Vedanta.
Dr. Shashi Sharma of Daulatram College presented her research paper on Gita. Dr. Pankaj Mishra had a special lecture on the teaching method of prescribed books in the syllabus of graduate and postgraduate courses.
Dr. A.D. Mathur of St Stephen’s College, in his presidential statement of the inaugural session, described this theory based discussion to be useful and beneficial for students, researchers and teachers. Such discussions give us an opportunity to transform and refine our knowledge.
Organizer of the event Dr. Anita Rajpal thanked all the participants for their contribution for making this event a great success. She remarked that we are glad to have the Principal Dr. Anju Srivastava who always encourages us for conducting these kind of seminars. It is an accomplishment and a purpose to look forward to a two day national conference on various topics of Sanskrit literature shortly.