A Workshop on Sanskrit Grammar for Understanding Philosophical Text

Date: 15 to 19 February 2020 
Venue: ICPR Academic Center, Lucknow

As a part of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR’s) ten day workshop on Sanskrit Grammar for understanding Philosophical texts,  Dr. Sampadananda Mihsra, Director, SAFIC was invited as a resource person to conduct a special workshop on ‘Understanding the Key-words as used in the spiritual, religious and philosophical texts in Sanskrit.  The purpose of this five day workshop Dr. Mishra was to introduce a good number of key-words of Sanskrit as used in the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and other philosophical texts which could help understanding the deeper significance of the teachings contained in these texts of the ancient Indian seers, sages, thinkers, poets and philosophers.

Though the key-words selected for presentations were from a numbers of texts but in this workshop a special emphasis was given to the words from the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. As the Gita presents the essential teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads and the Vedantic philosophy in a simple yet profound manner, understanding of the Gita itself is a great entry into the profound wisdom of the ancient Indian seers and sages.

Around fifty young participants along with some Professors were present full time during this five day workshop. Many a concepts like karmayoga, samarpana, nirashraya, namas etc. were elaborately dealt in this workshop. The participants were extremely happy with the content delivery mechanism and the clarity with which many Bhagavadgita terms were explained. It was heartening to listen to the positive feedback of the participants:

-After attending this workshop I have decided to read the Gita every day.

-The clarity with which the words of the Gita were explained was amazing.

-The way the spiritual depth of the words was combined with the grammatical explanation was inspiring.

-The way of teaching was inspiring.

-There was much learning from this workshop.

– The practical value of learning the Gita was very clearly explained.

-Theory and practice were blended nicely.

-This is the first time that we could hold on to a workshop for five days without moving here and there.

-It would not be an exaggeration to say that your talks have changed my life quite a lot. I was struggling with several questions here and there since a long time, and they all seemed to be resolved through your words of inspiration.

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