Monday, 23 August 2010

Veda Nidhi Project - Info 5

in the form of Shaastras


1.      To Create awareness about the existence and importance of Saastra Texts as part of Vedic Heritage
2.      To promote the study of Samskruta, which is basic requisite to learn Sastra
3.      To encourage Students/ Pundits to achieve erudition by the study of Saastra
4.      To sponsor the study of authoritative commentaries (higher learning) of Veda
5.      To spread the message and philosophy of Veda, its rituals, customs in correct perspective
6.      To organise Annual Scholarly congregations, to redefine various practices and customs to suit current day contexts (in a method non-violative of the Core Principles in Veda Dharma)
7.      To institute a Parishad (consisting of learned scholars and pontiffs) to issue timely clarifications in matters that affect the religious life of a common man
8.      To effective repudiate unfounded criticism of Indian Traditions
9.      To correct the maladies in the traditions and practices in the society, by realigning the practices with the core principles of Dharma; as per the necessity of the context. 

Stage 1 Mode of Action

1.      To constitute a team of Pundits to prepare a Abridged Text containing the gist of Each Text Book of Every Sastra, which will acquaint the general Samskruta Reader about the subject and essence of each Sastra.
2.      To translate this book into various languages including English to disseminate knowledge in order to kindle interest and to initiate efforts to include the book in Social Studies in schools
3.      To promote the study of this abridged text book in all the Veda Pathasala
4.      To produce audio and video recording of  30 minute lecture series (in native languages,  apart from Simple Sanskrit), about various subjects contained in each of the Sastra Text, so as to promote general understanding of the culture, traditions and customs along with underlying philosophy
5.      To arrange telecast in mainstream media and publication in print media

Stage 2 Preparation of Text Books

1.      To train qualified Sanskrit Students/ Pundits in Desktop Publication, Computer Typography and allied subjects, so as to create a pool of skilled work force
2.      To Constitute a team of Scholars to edit and typeset the Text Books and commentaries, hitherto unpublished and retype old text books (out of print), using day modern day punctuation and publication amenities
3.      To provide for inclusion in Browsers, so that the content could be published in Internet; with the permission of the publishing houses.
4.      To create PDF model, with index and tagging to display entire text, marked by content list with search capability. This would enable viewers, users and researchers to reach the required chapter of any specific text, sorted/ searched by the order of alphabet, chronology and content
5.      To host the content on web and also to make available copies of the texts along with commentaries to students, at nominal cost (Since the content has limited usage/ reference – the texts will not be printed, unless there is a demand for 100 or more copies).

Stage 3 Education in Sastra

1.      To coordinate with Government agencies and leading organisations, engaged in the promotion of Samskruta to formalise an action plan to increase the scope of Samskruta Study from literature/ grammar to other branches of knowledge (Saastra)
2.      To compile a list of available scholars with specialisation
3.      To encourage Scholars to undertake study of other Sastra Texts, so as to gain wider exposure to other branches knowledge
4.      To provide incentive to learned scholars, who are willing to run the traditional Saastra Paathasala to impart education to students
5.      To provide stipend to eligible students (Number of Sastra Pathasaalas, can be counted on fingers)
6.      To organise Annual/ Bi-Annual/ Quarterly Sastra Sadas, to supplement the existing Sadas. (From time immemorial, Sastra Vaakyaartha Sabha (Sastra sadas in short) was conducted in the format of current day seminar/ workshop/ symposium. In this Sabha, scholars with multi faceted talents and vistas of knowledge used to partake in the Sabha and give presentation on various subjects.)

Note:   In contemporary ages, Sastra Sadas is confined to Vyakarana, Nyaaya, and Poorva
Meemamsa and Uttara Meemamsa Saastras. Accordingly debates and presentations are limited to these four Saastras. It is highly desired to expand the activities to other branches, to foster wider inter-disciplinary understanding.

Info: Annually Datta Peetham conducts Sastra Sadas, on the occasion of Dattatreya Jayanti Celebrations (December).

What is the relevance of Vedic Texts in the contemporary world?
Do they have any Socielogical, Scientific value, in the current state of Materialistic world?

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