A One Day Seminar on Kashmir Shaivism
2 May 2017
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jain University in collaboration with Kashmir Ashram Trust organized a one-day seminar on Kashmir Shaivism on 22 April 2017.
Sri. Rakesh Koul of the Ishwar Ashram Trust and Dr. Mythili P Rao, Dean and Director – School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Jain University welcomed the audience after the inauguration of the program. Addressing the audience Dr. Mythili P Rao emphasized on the need for such discussions which would explore the philosophical and wisdom heritage of this country.
The Seminar began with the presentation of Dr. Anusheel Munshi, Director – Radiation and Oncology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon who gave a brief overview of the history and the development of the Kashmiri Shaivism. This was followed by an enlightening discourse by Prof. Ramakant Angiras, an erudite scholar of International repute, Ex. Professor of Kalidas Chair, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Prof. Meera Chakravorty, an International scholar of Cultural Studies, Retd. Prof. of Sanskrit, Bangalore University, chaired the session and threw light on the principle features of this school of thought. She also set the tone for the next session by speaking on the intersections of Advaita and Kashmiri Shaivism. The next speaker Prof. Srinivas Varkhede of Karnataka Sanskrit University introduced Abhinavagupta’s commentary on Bhagavadgita.
Prof. T.G. Prabhashankar, Retd. Prof. of Hindi, Bangalore University and known for his translations of the Vachanas of Basaveshwara, gave an exposition on the influence of Kashmiri Shaiva thought on the poetry of Jaishankar Prasad.
The great Hindi poet. Dr. Rajani Jairam, Prof. of Sanskrit and Dean – Student Welfare of Jain University while dealing with the inter-relationship between the Advaita philosophy and the Kashmiri Shaiva philosophy enlightened the audience about the similarities and variations in the two schools of thought.
In the final panel discussion, the audience posed questions to the scholars. The one underlying concern for all the scholars was, as to how such traditions could be sustained and preserved and how to create an interest in the younger generation towards such intrinsic aspects of our wisdom tradition.