Vedas are great source of scientific ideas: Prof. Shastri
SMVDU Katra: A One-Day National Seminar on ‘Vedic Sciences: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ held on 6 April at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. The organizer of the Seminar Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Head School of Philosophy & Culture, emphasized upon the need of working together to explore the Vedic Sciences to address contemporary problems. Prof. Vishva Murti Shastri, Chief Guest on the occasion, highlighted that Vedas are great source of scientific ideas and they are the source of various scientific discipline such as language science, phonology, grammatology, cosmology, semiotics, social sciences, governance and knowledge theories. He extensively dwelt upon interpretation of Vedic Symbolism, meaning of hymns, meaning of science, environmental concerns in the Vedas, and need connecting the Vedic wisdom to the contemporary curricula. He also spoke on the Vedangas: siksha, kalpa, nirukta, vyakarana, chhanda and jyotish. He interestingly explained the motto of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University – Vigyanam Brahma. Vigyana – the science is best cauterized in terms its creativity and the Brahma also means – that creates, that expends. And with these insights the two terms are connected.
Dr. Rajeev Garg, Head, School of Architecture & Landscape Design spoke on ‘An overview on the quest for research in Vedic Sciences’; Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Asst. Prof. School of Biotechnology spoke on ‘Ayurveda and life style diseases’; Dr. Bhupendra Heera, Lecturer, GHSS, Panthal spoke on Mystery and meaning of Vastu in the ancient Vedic and Post-Vedic literature’; Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Head, School of Languages & Literature spoke on ‘Nirukta’. Komal Sharma, Nitika Singh, Manisha Devi also delivered their talks on various issues like workplace spirituality and Vedic Mathematics. The seminar concluded with a symposium in which scholars from Rashtriya Sanskrit Santhan, Kot Bhalwal, Jammu, namely Dr. Ghanshyam Mishra, Dr. Krishna Murari Mani Tripathi, Dr. D. Dayanath participated. Dr. Narayan Prasad Bhattarai from SMVD Gurukul, Charan Paduka, spoke on the impact of Vedic chanting. The symposium was chaired by Prof. Shiv Nirmohi. Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Asst. Prof. SOPC, conducted the sessions and delivered vote of thanks.