India Express Buzz , Sunday, February 01, 2009 2:39 AM IST
CHENNAI: A three-day national seminar on Agamas-Theory and Practice was jointly organised by The Art of Living International Centre, Ved Vignana Maha Vidya Peeth, Bangalore, and the Department of Sanskrit of the University of Madras from Wednesday on.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spiritual master, and founder of the Art of Living, inaugurated the seminar.
The seminar was aimed at dispelling the general impression that Agamas are meant only for worship.
Inaugurating the seminar, Ravi Shankar said, “Even in Varanasi, Agamas don’t exist. They’re coming from Tamil Nadu.” He wished that 20 research scholars at the University of Madras should become 200 and then 2,000 research scholars.
He said that today there’s a great need for the knowledge. We left Gnanakandam in Agamas and are into karmakandam. There’ll be strength only if gnanam and karma kandams are used together He also added that in a country where 85 per cent of Hindus are living, we could just count the Padasalas and Sanskrit schools. He later released the book on Agama: Dhyanapuspanjali The Registrar of the Madras University M Ranganatham presided over the function, while Dr R Nagaswamy, former director, ASI, TN Circle and Vice-Chancellor, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Vishwamahavidyalaya Enattur, Kanchipuram, delivered the key-note address. Agama Research Scholar Sambandha Sivacharyar was honoured at the seminar.
A multimedia presentation on Evolution of Indian Architecture by director of Bharat Gyan D K Hari was very interesting.Several scholars and 500 Samskrit students from various colleges and Agama Padasalas participated in the seminar.