तेजस्वि नावधीमस् | Let Our Learning Illuminate Us
Shri Shankar Shikshayatan
A Centre for Vedic Research
Veda Vijnana has illuminated life in Bharatavarsha since time immemorial. This profound knowledge, jnana and vijnana, is contained in the Veda-shastra, the most ancient record of human inquiry into mysteries of the Universe.
Jnana or wisdom is the knowledge of how this variegated and diverse universe evolves from one source, and vijnana (science) is the knowledge of how that one source grows into a diverse, plural world of great variety.
Pandit Madhusudan Ojha, an extraordinary seeker of Veda Vijnana, found the Vedas to be a living embodiment of Creation. He painstakingly rediscovered the language of the Vedas, revealing the true meaning of what the rishis discovered in their quest to fathom the mysteries of universe and life. Through his prolific writings and discourses, he ignited a renewed interest in the study of the Vedas.
To take forward the work of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha and his equally illustrious disciple, Pandit Moti Lal Shastri, and Shastriji’s chosen disciple, Rishi Kumar Mishra, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan came into existence in 2000.
At Shikshayatan, we believe that the study of the Vedas, undertaken with humility and with an open mind, offers hope for a simple and abiding transformation in today’s crisis-ridden world.
Our programmes are therefore focused on discussing this realm of knowledge explored and explained through the writings of our gurus. We are associated with well known Acharyas and students from different universities and institutions across India. We are now reaching out to foreign universities and scholars to participate in our activities.
Our effort is to bridge the span of time that separates Vedic wisdom and the modern world through research, publication and social media outreach.
Our Three Gurus
In the rich cultural legacy bequeathed to us by the seers and sages, the place of the guru is of paramount importance.
Generally the term `guru` is translated as `spiritual parent or preceptor` or a `venerable person`. In common parlance, guru is understood as a teacher, and shishya as a pupil or a disciple.
Like all Sanskrit terms, the meaning of `guru` is contained in the word itself. Gu means darkness, and ru denotes that which banishes it. The term `guru`, therefore, means someone who dispels darkness. It also connotes someone `weighty` or `big`, one who exudes greatness.
The guru imparts knowledge to the shishya, but is more than a teacher. A shishya learns from the guru, no doubt, but is more than a student. A guru is mentor, teacher and guide all rolled into one, and a shishya is student, seeker and explorer.
In a deeper sense, the real guru is the pure intellect within.
Bharat Goenka, Managing Director of Tally Solutions, a major software company.
Anand Bordia retired as an Additional Secretary, Government of India
Renuka Mishra is President, Sadbhavna Trust, a well known NGO working in the area of women and education.
Prakash Aggarwal is a practising Chartered Account and has been on the Board of Directors of Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank and Delhi Stock Exchange.
Santosh Kumar Shukla is Professor at the Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Dr Lakshmi Kant Vimal
Senior Research Associate
Dr Manishankar Dwivedi
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Bishnu Shankar Mahapatra
Shri Shankar Shikshayatan
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New Delhi- 110057