About The Seminar

“Sustainable Existence & Shrimad-Bhagavadgita Philosophy”

Shrimad Bhagawadgita forms a unique portion of the epic Mahabharata whose study has enraptured generations of men and women. Kurukshetra, the land of this great epic and the land of Gita fascinates historians, researchers, ascetics, tourists and common man alike to visit this place and sense the vibes of the eternal message of Lord Krishna. Bhagawadgita deals with the subtle and recondite details of ethics and metaphysics relating them at the same time to the most fundamental aspirations of man. This is not done by means of any abstract disquisition, but by selecting a specific situation involving a moral dilemma and pointing out how it can be overcome. This concrete mode of treatment has made its appeal universal, which led to numerous commentaries, interpretations and translations in almost all languages of the world. At the outset, Arjuna resolves to renounce the world and withdraw from the battle. He fails to realize that his decision has put the fate of righteousness at stake. At this time of utter confusion, Lord Krishna gives the message of Gita which is of utmost value for this universe. He preaches that one is bound to work for the cause of a wider entity to work for no profit to oneself especially when one is in a responsible position. Thus Gita is not restricted in its application to a particular situation; its message is eternal and for universal welfare leading us not to individuality but to comprehensiveness through a deep sense of duty. In this way, its unfathomable depth spellbinds the researchers to look for deeper meanings. Gita Jayanti has been traditionally celebrated in Kurukshetra as an important occasion that was elevated to international level through International Gita Mahotsav. The annual festivities of this occasion include many programmes associated with Gita including intellectual deliberations in the academic seminar. This is the fifth seminar in the row. The earlier seminars have been attended by the galaxy of experts who shared their research and contributed with new inputs. The seminar for the year 2020 is planned with the objective(s) of sharing insights from Bhagawadgita in respect of handling the issues and concerns of the pandemic period and resolving to build a sustainable, healthier and happier society. The theme for the seminar is set to reveal the central idea of Bhagawadgita philosophy for the welfare of mankind.

The International Seminar on Sustainable Existence and Bhagawadgita Philosophy is being organized by Kurukshetra University from December 21-23, 2020 as part of International Gita Mahotsav 2020. Kurukshetra University, situated in the land of Mahabharata is ideally suited for debates and discussions on Bhagawadgita. It started in 1956 with the Sanskrit department but soon grew into a multi disciplinary university and its vast expanse and extensive research base provides perfect settings for free thinking and interdisciplinary learning. This seminar on Bhagawadgita is being organized by the Departments: SanskritPali-Prakrit, Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Philosophy, Management, Tourism and Hotel Management, Commerce and English with the objective of getting inputs from traditional and modern streams of knowledge. The valuable knowledge of experts shall be widely shared to make contributions towards the theme of the seminar.