Pandit Madhusudan Ojha Memorial Lectures

Shri Shankar Shikshayatan has been organising the Pandit Madhusudan Ojha Memorial lectures in collaboration with Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The university has a dedicated research department on Pandit Madhusudan Ojha.

Sharirikavimarsha and its contemporary relevance
September 21, 2017

The Vedic vijnana was as relevant today as in the past, said Prof. Ganeshilal Suthar, well- known Vedic scholar and former director of Pandit Madhusudan Ojha Shodh Prakosht, Sanskrit Department, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, at the fifth lecture in the series. He highlighted the importance of Ojhaji's works on different aspects of Vedic vijnana. He specifically mentioned the book authored by Ojhaji, Sharirika-vimarsha. Prof Satyaprakash Dubey, Acharya, Sanskrit department, Jai Narain Vyas University, referred to the works of Ojhaji to drive home the point that it was not enough to learn the correct way of offering Vedic mantras; it was equally important to study their meanings. He dwelt on the meaning of dharma and stressed on the importance of the Vedas in contemporary times.

Psychology in Vedic literature
September 25, 2015

In the fourth lecture, Prof Ramanuj Devanathana, renowned Sanskrit scholar and former Vice Chancellor of Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University, Jaipur, talked about mana or intellect. He said all philosophers have accepted the presence of mana. He said Ojhaji had presented many facets of mana in his books. Ojhaji and Shastriji had described mana as shvovasiyas, the one that is forever changing.

Nabhikiya urja in the Vedas
September 12, 2012

The third lecture in the series was addressed by Mr Gulab Kothari, editor-in-chief of Rajasthan Patrika. Speaking on the energy generated from the navel, Mr Kothari pointed out that Ojhaji had described 'nabhya prajapati' or the supreme being (Brahma) that resides in the navel, in his books. He cited the example of a bicycle to clarify this phenomenon: Spokes in a cycle wheel merge into a centre point from different directions. In Vedic vijnana, the one at the centre is the indraprana or nabhya.

Shastriji's Veda-vyakhya padhati
March 10, 2011

In the second lecture, Prof. Dayanand Bhargava explained the concept of akshara and kshara. He pointed out that both Ojhaji and Shastriji had used simple terms to explain complex phenomena. He cited the following terms as illustrations—amrit-mrityu, sat- asat, abhu-abhva, rit-satya, kshara-akshara, rasa-bala, jnana-vijnana, agni-soma, brighu-angira and brahm-karma. Shastriji used a wide variety of references in his works but relied more on the Brahamana texts and puranas.

Shastriji's Veda-vyakhya padhati
March 10, 2010

At the first lecture, Prof. Dayanand Bhargava of Jai Narain Vyas University said Shastriji oration was so powerful that not a single person in the audience was left untouched. He cited Shastriji's description of universe as agnishomatmak. The fire in a living being consumes anna or food; the one who consumes anna is annada and the merging of anna and annada is yajna. Annada is fire or agni and anna is soma and hence the universe is created by the union of agni and soma. Pandit Anant Sharma said Shastriji's rendition of Shatpath Brahmana was an extraordinary work where he had explained complex Vedic terms without whose knowledge and understanding it was impossible to know the mysteries of the Vedas.