About The Seminar

“Vishwa Guru Bharat: Lessons from Bhagvad Gita”
तानि सर्वाणि संयम्य युक्त आसीत मत्पर: |
वशे हि यस्येन्द्रियाणि तस्य प्रज्ञा प्रतिष्ठिता || 2,61||

They are established in perfect knowledge, who subdue their senses and keep their minds ever absorbed in me. (Srimad Bhagvadgita 2, 61)

“Having brought all the senses under control, he must sit in Yoga, wholly given up to Me; for whose senses are mastered, his intelligence is firmly established.” Such are the words of Lord Krishna uttered to uplift the spirits of Arjuna who became despondent in the battlefield at the time of war between Kauravas and Pandavas. In fact, over 18 chapters, Srimad Bhagavadgita presents an immense analysis of life, emotions, truth and adherence to duty. It practically teaches us to maintain calm at the times of emotional rollercoaster because life is all about managing emotions and developing rational thinking. It 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 its 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.

Gita Jayanti has been traditionally celebrated in Kurukshetra as an important occasion that was elevated to international level through International Gita Mahotsav. 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.The annual festivities of this occasion include many programmes associated with Gita including intellectual deliberations in the academic seminar. This is the sixth 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 2021 becoming a part of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence is planned with a broad theme “Emergence of Vishva Guru Bharat: Lessons from Bhagavadgita”keeping in mind the role of India in maintaining global peace through insights of Bhagavadgita 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 is being organized by Kurukshetra University from December 9 - 11, 2021 as part of International Gita Mahotsav 2021. Kurukshetra University, situated in the land of Mahabharata is ideally suited for debates and discussions on Bhagavadgita. 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 Bhagavadgita is being organized by the Departments: Sanskrit Pali-Prakrit, Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies,Gita Adhyayan Kendra, Hindi, 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.