A three day 27th international conference on the topic “The position and relevance of Vedanta philosophy in present era” commenced at Jammu University (JU), here on Friday.The programme was inaugurated with the lightening of ceremonial lamp by Prof Manoj K Dhar, vice -chancellor, Jammu University.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dhar said that Vedanta is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy and it doesn’t stand for one comprehensive or unifying doctrine rather it is a umbrella term for sub traditions. He said Vedanta Philosophy was relevant in ancient age and so is it this day. Although we are living in digital age, but our living style belongs to Sanatana Paddhati. We have different view regarding Vedanta Philosophy but lastly when we go to the old age we return again to Advaita Philosophy.
Prof Dhar said that the University is in the process of establishing digital laboratory dedicated to languages which will allow students and scholars to reinforce material learned in class by putting them into practice through interactive activities.
Prof Jatashankar Tiwari Ex-HOD, Department of Philosophy, University of Allahabad and president Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad “Saraswat Atithi” in his Keynote address began with the three foundational scriptures of Vedanta tradition i.e Upanishads, Bharmasutra, Bhagwad Gita.
Prof Kishor Kumar Chakrawarti Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of California, USA was special guest on the occasion. Prof Kishor cited several examples where classical Greek thinkers have been influenced by Vedantic wisdoms of India, He quoted some points from plato where the impact of Vednatic traditions is visible.
Swami Vishwatmananda Saraswati was guest of honor, and he enlightened the participants with an episode from Upanishad where humans, and demons reached prajapati Brahma and requested him the path of a good happy life.
Prof Keshav Sharma dean academic affairs, University of Jammu also spoke o the occasion.
Earlier Prof Ram Bahadur HOD Sanskrit, University Of Jammu and the organizing secretary of this conference delivered welcome address.Among others delegates from different part of India , faculty members scholars and students from department of Sanskrit and other institutions were also present.