Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dialogue between scholars and faith leaders

[International Seminar on "Hindu Organizations in Education, Health and Development Work" being held on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, March 2010 organized by the Indic Studies Project, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in collaboration with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library at Teen Murti House.
This is perhaps the first of its kind seminar. In addition to academic papers, we have also invited a select group of faith practitioners and spiritual leaders, many of whom are scholars in their own right, to speak about the inspirational philosophy of their respective organizations and faith traditions. We hope that this experiment at creating a space for dialogue between scholars and faith leaders will lead to a fresh approach to study of our faith traditions.
Shankracharya designate, Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati of Jyotirmath will deliver the inaugural address. The term "Hindu" is being used in its broadest sense and we include spiritual teaching in the term "education."  Many of the practitioners speaking in the conference do not identify themselves as "Hindu" but prefer terms like Sanatan Dharma.
Among the scholar practitioners scheduled to make presentations are … Shraddhalu Ranade of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Auroville 9:12 AM Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Director, Indic Studies Project]

The realization that the religious turn is inevitable now has sunk in, and hence academicians of the secular hue are fast catching up, it appears. [TNM]

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