Skip directly to content

Grammarians

Philosophy's linguistic turn

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Ashok Aklujkar
Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 16:30
Location: 
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Ashok

Yoga and vyaakarana

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Ashok Aklujkar
Date: 
Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 16:15
Location: 
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Ashok

The "Hindu" Goddess and Indian modernity

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy
Date: 
Thursday, May 15, 2008 -
09:30 to 17:30
Location: 
First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Sumathi

Ontological Issues in Samhita

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali Palit
Date: 
Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 17:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

In Indian tradition, oral transmission of the Veda unfolds the mystery of perfect linguistic behaviour, i.e., maintaining formal contiguity of syllabic structures or ‘ekavakyata’ and thereby avoiding possibilities of ‘arthabheda’ or misunderstanding. Reasons for such linguistic structure have been well expressed in Taittiriya Aranyaka followed by the vedangas, namely, siksa, pratisakhya, vyakarana and nirukta.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali

Ontology of Bhartrhari

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali Palit
Date: 
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 11:00
Location: 

In Bhartrhari, we find the only exception who delves into explaining nature of mantra-s. He formalizes the Mantrabhaga through his unique theory of aksara-brahman or Sabdadvaita without violating the cardinal form of ekavakyata in tune with the traditionalists view. He spells this ‘linguistic contiguity’ through statements like ‘anadi-nidhanam brahma sabdadvaitam yadaksaram’ etc. The concept of aksara unfolded in Paniniya-Varttika and Mahabhasya is also found to be very much relevant in the context of Bhartrhari’s Sabdadvaitavada.

 
In the Brahmakanda of Vakyapadiya, he illustrates the
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Piyali