About the Talk
Svadhyaya is one of the important practices enlisted in the second chapter of the Yoga sutras that includes Tapas and Ishwarapranidhana as part of its Kriya yoga. Even the Vedic corpus time and again emphasize the importance of Svadhyaya. The term Svadhyaya which may be translated as self-study, is primarily used to refer to the study of scriptures, which play a significant role in shaping the individuals by impregnating certain virtues in him, which in turn cultivate self-introspection, self-awareness etc. It can be easily seen that this process eventually leads us to our greater wellness of the mind-body-sense complex. This session aims to explore the various dimensions of Svadhyaya to see how this quest for self-study can act as a powerful tool to help us experience our highest potential!
About the Speaker
K. Ramasubramanian is an Institute Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He holds a doctorate degree in Theoretical Physics, a Master’s in Sanskrit and a Bachelor’s in Engineering—a formidable combination to do multidisciplinary research. He was honoured with the coveted title ‘Vidvat Pravara’ by the Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Karnataka, India, for completing a rigorous course in Advaita Vedanta (a 14-semester program), in 2003.
He is one of the authors who prepared detailed explanatory notes of the celebrated works Gaita-Yuktibh, Tantrasangraha and Karanapaddhati, that bring out the seminal contributions of the Kerala School of Astronomy and Mathematics.
In recognition of his outstanding scholarship, the prestigious Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman was conferred upon him by the President of India in 2008. He is a recipient of several other awards and accolades as well. Since 2013, he serves as an elected council member of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. In 2018, he was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA). Currently, he is also the editor of the Indian Journal of History Science.