Scholars urged to take up advanced research on Vedic literature
TIRUPATI: Speakers at the inaugural session of the three-day international Vedic conference that began here on Wednesday shed light on the nature of the hitherto-unknown content of the Vedic literature and laid emphasis on the science hidden in it.
Around 1,000 Vedic scholars and students are taking part in the conference conducted by Sri Venkateswara Vedic University, run by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).
In his keynote address, T.N. Dharmadhikari, former director of Vaidika Samshodhana Mandal (Pune), explained that apart from sacrifice and philosophy, Vedic literature dealt with contemporary subjects like arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, astrology, cosmology, weaponry, management and atmospheric sciences also. He urged the scholars to focus on taking up advanced research to find solutions to the ‘real time' ailments plaguing the society.
Kanchi Kamakoti Peethadhipathi Sri Jayendra Saraswati, who unveiled the logo of the seminar, said that the Vedas provided solutions for a better society by addressing the civic, economic and ecological issues.
Former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Y. Bhaskara Rao appealed to the researchers to make comparative studies of Vedas with the literature of other philosophies and also get the essence translated into foreign languages. In his presidential address, TTD Chairman D.K. Audikesavulu announced that the TTD would set up three more ‘Veda Pathasalas' in the State as part of propagating and preserving Vedas. “We have launched a unique programme for digitalisation of Vedic scripts and literature so that the younger generation can get the benefits”.
Mislav Jezic, a Croatian expert on Vedic studies, presented a paper on the ‘Poetic techniques of Vedic rishis with a special reference to Rigveda Samhita'.
TTD Executive Officer I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishat secretary R.Kavita Prasad, Vedic University Vice-Chancellor S. Sudarsana Sarma and Registrar N.Yuvaraj were present.