February 7-13, 2023

Seven-day workshop on Varna-samiksha

Shri Shankar Shikshayatan organised a seven-day workshop on Varna-samiksha from February 7.2023. Varna-samiksha is a book of grammar and usage written by Pandit Madhusudan Ojha. The workshop was organised around seven themes and each theme was discussed by different experts. The workshop was conceived and conducted by Prof. Santosh Kumar Shukla, convener, Shri Shankar Shikshayatan and faculty member of School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

The themes and speakers were–matrika-vivechan–Prof. Om Nath Vimali, Delhi University; varna ka swarup–Prof. Bhagawat Charan Shukla, Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya, Benares, ranga-vivechan–Prof. Jaishankar Lal Tripathi,Kashi, Hindu Vishwavidyalaya, Benares, svar vimarsh–Dr Dayal Singh Panwar, vag-vijnana vichar–Dr Kuldeep Kumar, Himachal Pradesh Central University, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh,anantar-vidh --Dr Yaduvir Svarup Shastri of 

Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Darbhanga, Bihar and vakya-prayog ka swarup–Dr Ramachandra of Kurukshetra University. 

In the first lecture, Dr Ramachandra spoke about the forms of sentence usage. He said four elements were essential for using any language--varna, akshara, pada and vakya. The journey then concludes at maha-vakya. 

On the second day, the talk was on vag-vijnana by Dr Kuldeep Kumar. The essential element of vak is prana. He said it was prana from which the entire creation came into being. The entire creation is established in prana and in dissolution merges into prana. Prana is rishi. From rishi tatva is born pitr and from pitr devata and asura are created. From devatas emerged the visible universe. 

On the third day, Dr Yaduvir Svarup Shastri spoke on anantar-vidhi. Anantar means limitless or without any obstruction--how two meaningful words can join seamlessly. When two words join to create a new expression, the process is called anantar. He spoke on the various aspects of such words and expressions.

Chairing the session, Dr Pramod Kumar Sharma of Jawaharlal Nehru University, said Varna-samiksha was a complex work and should form part of syllabus in colleges and universities. He explained that svarith svar were of two types--nitya and naimitia, constant and inconsistent. 

On the fourth day, the subject was swara. Speaking on the subject, Dr Dayal Singh Panwar explained that there were nine types of svara or sound or vowel.These are: shvasa-lakshan, nada-lakshan, vivara-lakshan, sthana-lakshan, vyakti-lakshan, geha-lakshan, sruti-lakshan, savan-lakshan and bhaga-lakshan. On the fifth day, Dr Shailesh Kumar Tiwari spoke on ranga-vivechan. There are eight types of rang or colour, of which the speaker explained in detail ranga, hunkar, nada, antastah and ushma. He referred to Pandit Madhusudan Ojha’s definition of ranga. When we strike a copper vessel with a finger, we hear a particular sound.On the sixth day, Prof. Rajdhar Mishra spoke on the forms of varna. These are vivarti, svarabhakti, anukswar and yama. On the concluding session, Dr Pankaj Kumar Vyas spoke on matrikas and explained there were five types of matrikas--brahma-matrika, akshama-matrika, rudra-matrika, bhuta-matrika and yavana-matrika. 

The workshop was attended by scholars and students from different universities and educational institutions. The workshop was managed by Dr Mani Shankar Dwivedi, Dr Lakshmi Kant Vimal and Dr Bishnu Shankar Mahapatra of Shri Shankar Shikshayatan.

सप्तदिवसीय राष्ट्रीय वर्णसमीक्षा-कार्यशाला

श्रीशंकर शिक्षायतन वैदिक शोध संस्थान द्वारा दिनांक ७-१३ फरवरी २०२३ तक सप्तदिवसीय राष्ट्रीय वर्णसमीक्षा-कार्यशाला का समायोजन किया गया । पण्डित मधुसूदन ओझा द्वारा प्रणीत वर्णसमीक्षा एक भाषाशास्त्रीय ग्रन्थ है। इसमें भाषा के विविध पक्षों को समाहित किया गया है। संस्कृत वर्णमाला संबन्धी विवेचन वर्णमातृका नामक शीर्षक में किया गया है। वर्णों के उच्चारण के नियम के अन्तर्गत अयोगवाह के ९ भेदों को स्पष्टता से वर्णन किया गया है । जिसमें रंग और यम आदि विषयों के साथ-साथ वैदिक स्वरूप के नियमों पर विस्तृत चर्चा की गयी है। इस कार्यशाला में वर्णसमीक्षा ग्रन्थ के एक-एक विषयों को आधार बना कर विविध विद्वानों द्वारा इन विषयों का विवेचन किया गया। सभी विषय उद्घाटक विद्वानों ने विस्तार से एक एक तत्त्व का अपने व्याख्यान द्वारा स्पष्टता से प्रतिपादन किया। हिंदी में रिपोर्ट पढ़ें

May 15, 2016

A workshop was organised on Ojhaji's Maharshikulavaibhavam, a comprehensive work on the meaning and concept of the term, rishi. In his inaugural address, Prof Baldev Raj Sharma (Delhi University) said rishi was the primary source of Indian knowledge tradition. The rishis presented the matter as they perceived. The main points of discussion were: the use of the term rishi in Sanskrit poetry, reference to rishi in the puranas, in the nirukta, one of the six Vedangas, and rishi-tatva in Maharshikulavaibhavam.

January 17, 2015

Ojhaji's book, Brahmasidhanta, formed the basis of a workshop in Delhi, The first meeting was organised in collaboration with the Indian Archaeological Society. In his address, Prof. Shudhanand Pathak said Ojhaji in his book has explained terms and concepts as given in the Brahmasutra. The workshop saw discussion on the philosophical nature of relationships; the nature of maya, atma, karma and bala, among others.

April 22-23, 2014

Kadambini is an important work of Ojhaji. The term 'Kadambini' means cloud. The book describes the science of rain or monsoon.

The workshop was organised on the book in partnership with Delhi University. The main points of the discussion were: cloud formation, timing of rain, causes of monsoon, formation of clouds, description of annual monsoon and wind related to monsoon. Prof. Ramesh Bharadvaj chaired the meeting. During the discussion, speakers referred to the reading of five signs to predict monsoon in Kadambini—jyotish, loka (world), alekh (map), kshetramiti (geometry) and bhuvanakosh (geography).

December 20-24, 2011

The third workshop on Sharirikavijnana was organised in collaboration with Benares Hindu University at Varanasi. The discussion focused on the nature of avyaya, nirvishesh, prajapati, agni, soma, jeeva and ishvar.

December 16-22, 2010

The next workshop on this subject was organised in assosiation with Sardar Patel University, Anand, Gujarat. A renowned teacher from Varanasi, Acharya Narendra Nath Pandey gave a detailed description of the contents of Ojhaji's volumes and their meanings. The main points of discussion were—the nature of akasha (sky) as an alternative form of Brahma, worldly nature of purusha (man) and nature of parameshvara (supreme being), moksha and akshara 

December 10-16, 2009

Sharirikavijnana-bhashya is considered an important work of Vedic thought or Veda sutra. In the tradition of other commentators like Shankaracharya, Ojhaji has explained in these two volumes Vedic terms and concepts which help in understanding the true meaning of the Vedas. On these issues, a workshop was organised at Jaipur in collaboration with Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University. Several experts from Delhi, Rajasthan, Varanasi and Gujarat attended the meeting.