Wednesday, 4 December 2013

5th National Conference Convened by Ärsha Vidyä Vikäs Kendra - 2014

5th National Conference Convened by Ärsha Vidyä Vikäs Kendra 
on February 7th (Friday), 8th (Saturday), and 9th (Sunday) 2014 

In order to appreciate the richness and diversity of Indian Culture in the contemporary society, AVVK is planning to host yet another Conference on various aspects of Vedic Culture, Post-Vedic Indian Culture, Sanskrit/Odia Literature, Buddhism, Bhakti Movement etc. Thrust Area of the Conference "Dimensions of Indian Philosophy, Literature and Culture’’ 

1. The Vedas 
Division of the Vedas - Rgveda, Yajurveda, Sämaveda, Atharvaveda
Division of the Vedas - Samhitä, Brähmana, Äranyaka, Upanishads
Subject matter of the Vedas
Apaurusheyattvam of the Vedas
Vedic Culture
Vedic Society
Vedic Rituals

2. The Vedängas 
Chandas/Sanskrit meters: their evolution
Chandas – Their divisions
Vedic Chandas and Classical Sanskrit Chandas
Vyäkarana – Ashtädhyäyi of Pänini
The spiritual outlook of Sanskrit Grammar/ Ashtädhyäyi

Brief introduction of the (10-15) Major Upanishads
Mahäväkyas in the Upanishads
Upanishadic Meditation (Upäsanäs)
Brahmavidyä in the Upanishads
Ekaväkyatä in the Upanishads
Adhikäritvam in Study of Vedänta - Sädhana-Catushtaya
Sruti as Pramäna

 4. Buddhism 
Some aspects of early Buddhism
Various Schools of Buddhism – Hinayäna, Mahäyäna, Yogächära, Sunyaväda
Emergence of Mahäyäna Buddhism
Mahayänic Pantheon
Introduction of Tantra in Buddhism
Karma and Nirväna in Buddhism
Buddhism in relation to Vedänta
Buddhism in Indian life and thought
Shramana or Non-Brahmanical sects

5.Sanskrit Literature 
Classical Sanskrit as a vehicle of Indian Culture
Sanskrit Kävya literature: A general survey
Sanskrit Drama: General characteristics
Sanskrit Prose Sanskrit Fables/Kathä Literature
Sanskrit histories and chronicles (e.g.Räjatarangini)
Sanskrit Poetics

6. The Epics – Rämäyana and Mahäbhärata 
The Rämäyana: its history and character
The culture of the Rämäyana
The Mahäbhärata : its history and character
The Mahäbhärata : Some aspects of its culture
Change of matrix of dharma in Mahäbhärata (compared to Rämäyana)
Religion and Philosophy of Rämäyana and Mahäbhärata
The influence of Rämäyana and Mahäbhärata on Indian life and literature
The Rämäyana and the Mahäbhärata in South-East Asia

Bhagavad-Gitä as part of Prasthänatraya
The teachings of the Bhagavad-Gitä
Karmayoga in Bhagavad-Gitä
Synthesis of various Philosophies in Bhagavad-Gitä
Bhagavad-Gitä: Shankara’s commentary
The two lifestyles in Bhagavad-Gitä – Karmayoga and Sannyäsa
Dialogue as a teaching method in Bhagavad-Gitä

8.Women in India Some aspects of the position of women in ancient India 

9.The Puränas 
The subject matter the Puränas
The Puränas as chronicles of Indian History

The Dharma-sütras
The Smärta-sütras
The Manu-Smrti
The Hindu Samskäras
Subject matter of Arthashastra
Various Nitishästra
The State in relation to Religion in ancient India

11.Indian Philosophical Systems
Rise of the philosophical schools
Materialists, Sceptics, and Agnostic
Philosophy of Sämkhya
Philosophy of Yoga (not äsana and pränäyäma)
Philosophy of the Nyäya and Vaisheshika
Pürva Mimamsa (w.r.t. works of Jaimini, Shabara, Kumärila Bhatta, Prabhäkara)

12. Essential of Vedänta
Philosophy of the Advaita
Philosophy of Shankara
Advaita and its spiritual significance
Post-Shankara Advaita (of Padmapäda, Sureshwara and continuing Äcäryas)
The continuing Teaching Tradition of Advaita

13.Vaishnava Vedänta 
Vishishtädvaita of Rämänuja
Dvaita of Madhva
Dvaitädvaita of Nimbarka
Shuddhädvaita of Vallabha
Acintya-Bhedäbheda school of Caitanya
The philosophy of Saivism
Philosophy of the Yogavasistha
The philosophy of Mysticism

14. Ethics and Values 
Indian ethics and Values
Non-separation of Religion from Philosophy in India

15. Indian Hymnology 
Rituals of worship
Indian Hymnology (Vedic Süktas, Classical Sanskrit Stotras, Sahasranämas)
Various Festivals and their importance in Cultural Integration
Pilgrimage and Fairs: their bearing on Total Indian life

16. Bhakti Movement 
Philosophy in popular literature
Early history of Vaisnavism
Bhagavata Religion: the cult of Bhakti

17. Religious/Philosophical Literature 
Buddhist Literature
Advaita Vedänta Literature
Vaishnava Literature

18.Odia Literature

Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati
Founder Acarya
Arsha Vidya Vikas Kendra
A 1/1 Palaspalli
Bhubaneswar - 751 020
Mob - 094370-62034
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Registration Form
5th National Conference on
Dimensions of Indian Philosophy, Literature and Culture
on February 7th (Friday), 8th (Saturday), and 9th (Sunday) 2014 
organised by
Arsha Vidya Vikas Kendra

Name of the Participant:

Educational Qualification:

M.A./ M.Phil./ Ph.D./D.Litt.

with address

Area of Specialisation:

Specific area of Indian Culture -


Complete Mailing Address

Mobile No.: (mandatory)

Email address: (mandatory)

Title of the Paper:

Theme of Paper:

Certified that the Paper to be

.presented is an unpublished one.



 Participation details

Faculties of the Universities, Research Scholars, and Independent Researchers are invited to participate in the Conference.

Submission of Abstract
Abstracts not exceeding 300 words along with Registration Form may be sent by email to so as to reach by 15 January, 2014, followed by the hard copy and the CD/DVD by Speed Post/Courier.

The final paper in around 3,000 words (10 pages) may be sent by 1st February 2014 by email to Followed by the hard copy and the CD/DVD through Speed Post/Courier.

Address for Correspondence/Contact
Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati (Mob +91-094370-62034)
Arsha Vidya Vikas Kendra
A 1/1 Palaspalli
Bhubaneswar - 751 020, Odisha

Instructions for Delegates

Delegates are requested to furnish ‘Suggested Readings’ in the paper, which will be of immense benefit for the audience/readers/scholars.

They are further encouraged to present a visual presentation through Power Point, which will arouse more interest in the audience. Papers found suitable may be published by AVVK.

Last date for Submission:
The abstract by 15th  January, 2014
Final paper by 1st February, 2014 must reach the Convenor.

Registration Fees -
Delegates      - Rs.500/-
Students       - Rs.150/-   

Arsha Vidya Vikas Kendra does not receive any support from any organisation, Government or Private or Corporate to organise the National Conference. Payment of Registration Fees will encourage us to continue holding such Conferences in future.


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 Tentative Schedule

7th February 2014
Inaugural Session
Session I

Session II

8th February 2014
Session III
Session IV

Session V
Session VI

9th February 2014
Session VII
Poetry Reading

Session VIII
Valedictory Session