This is an Ongoing Free Live Webinar Video-based Course on one of the six Darshanas- the Vaisheshika Darshana. This is for a study of Vaisheshika Darshana Sutras of कणाद and Bhashya (wherever applicable) according to the source texts of the same. Prashastapada Bhashya will be taken for main reference which follows the source text closely but also gives much more detail. Shankara Mishra’s Upaskara Vrutti will be followed for explanation of the source text.
Schedule of the Classes –
Weekly one class – Every Saturday evening 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
(May change based on the schedule of the Teacher. It will be communicated through the course related WhatsApp group.)
Language of Instruction-
Ability to understand shastric Sanskrit.
Good background knowledge of other shastras.
After attending this course you will be able to-
know about the ancient Indian philosophical systems.
understand the basics of Vaisheshika Darshana.
comprehend how Vaishehsika darshana contributes to our understanding of the physical or material world.
be exposed to various theories around the Padartha shastra.
compare and contrast some inter-shastric ideas and thoughts upon various siddhantas.
apply the Vaisheshika Shastra to our modern world.
You can watch the Video of the First Session that was held on 8th July here-
For the convenience, an introduction will be given to the students who have no background in Vaisheshika Darshana at all. Other scholars who are attending may be involved in the discussions and seeking opinions in matters of contradictions in the propounded theories (in the same shastra or related to other shastras). Questions can be asked in the session for clarification during the question and answer session.
Brief Introduction to the Shastra
काणादं पाणिनीयं च सर्वशास्त्रोपकारकम्।
The काणादशास्त्र or Vaisheshika system is one among the major shad dasshanas or six philosophies of Bharat, the others being – Nyaya, Meemamsa, Vedanta, Yoga and Sankhya. It is Sage Kanada who propounded the Vaisheshika system popularly called as Padartha shastra. It deals with material entities and the Physical World. Kanada holds that one will attain the Liberation by knowing the characteristics of the entities. Means of valid knowledge is what the Nyaya system deals with. Though scholars understand Nyaya and Vaisheshika systems as identical ones, they are different in many respects. The Vaisheshika system deals with the establishment of Isvara by inference, explanation about Dharma & Adharma, the necessity of Samavaya, Vishesha and other entities like Shabda in contrast to Nyaya shastra.
The Vaisheshika has categories not only for space-time- matter but also for attributes related to perception of matter. It starts with six nameable and knowable categories (Padarthas). The categories are: Dravya (substance), Guna (quality). Karma (motion), Samanya (Universal), Vishesha (particularity), and Samavaya (inherence). The first three of these have objective existence and the last three are a product of abstraction and intellectual discrimination.
The classes will be conducted online through a tool called Zoom. Students can join the classes through their computers or smart-phones.
2. Are the classes live?
Yes. Live Online sessions are conducted between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM every Wednesday. Only 500 attendees can enter the live webinar room.
3. Can I ask questions/doubts?
Yes, you can ask questions. They will be duly replied by the teacher.
4. What if I am unable to attend the live classes because of time-difference? I came to know of this course late, and a few classes have already happened? What do I do?
Recordings of the sessions will be made available on YouTube. They can also be accessed from the course page afterwards. The recordings will be made available and posted based on the availability of volunteers for processing and uploading.
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Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi is a well-known researcher in the world of Shastra, Computational Linguistics, multidisciplinary studies and application of shastras in the modern world.
His leadership qualities, communication skills in Sanskrit domain are well-recognized.
He is a part of the strategic Team in formulating the “VISION And ROAD MAP for the Development of Sanskrit- Ten year perspective Plan” by Ministry of Human Resources, Govt. of India.
He has held many offices at various levels from an Assistant Professor to Director at various institutions and is presently working as the Vice Chancellor of Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, in Ramtek, Maharashtra.
He is awarded the prestigious Maharshi Badarayan Vyas Samman, 2007, Conferred by the President of India for the contributions to the interdisciplinary field involving Sanskrit.
He holds a Ph. D. Vidyāvāridhi in Nyāya shastra.
He is Triple MA in Darshana, General Sanskrit and Navya Nyaya.
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