International Seminar on Bhagavad Ramanujacharaya2018-10-28T01:49:40+00:00

International Seminar on Bhagavad Ramanujacharaya

As part of the continuing celebrations of the 1000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanuja (1017 CE – 1137 CE), an international seminar on his philosophy, social reforms and contributions towards society was organised on the days of 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th of August 2018. The purpose of the seminar is to discuss, enable people to take interest in, and understand the key message of Ramanuja – that all of humanity is equal, under the Divine, and we all should live harmoniously serving God, and serving each other.

Almost 40 scholars from many parts of India, and 3 distinguished professors from USA were chosen and invited to the seminar, and they all participated with great enthusiasm. Among the participants are 5 Vice chancellors or former Vice Chancellors of Universities/Institutions, 12 professors and heads of departments from various universities in India, more than a dozen traditional scholars, and many budding young scholars in Ramanuja’s philosophy. 3 professors from USA, including Francis Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, Jon Paul Sydnor – Chairman of the Department of Theological studies at Emmanuel University, and Professor Gopal Gupta, Associate Professor at University of Evansville also participated and conveyed their depth of knowledge about Ramanuja’s contributions.

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Speeches

Prof. Jon Paul Sydnor – “ The relationship between God and souls as established by Ramanuja

Prof. Francis X. Clooney – “ The relevance of the mode of worship in everyday practice advocated by Ramanuja in his Nithya Grantha

Prof. Gopal Gupta – “ The place of the world, Leela Vibhuti, in the theosophy of Ramanuja


Prof. K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu – “ Sabda Pramanyam according to Ramanuja

Prof. Lakshmi Tatachar – “ The impact of works of Yamunacharya on Ramanuja

Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi – “ Narayana as the supreme God in Vedic literature


Prof. K.E.Devanathan – “ The concept of avidya in Ramanuja’s philosophy

 Day 1

Mangalasasanam By Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Chinna Sriman Narayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji

Inauguration Ceremony  :  9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Welcome and Introduction to the Program By Dr. S.V. Rangaramanujacharyulu, Director, JIVA Research and Publications, Inaugural Address By Prof. K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu, Former VC, JRR Samskrit University
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Speeches by Special Invitees :

1. Prof. M.A. Lakshmi Tatachar , Founder Director, ASR, Melukote
2. Prof. K.E. Devanathan , former VC, SV Vedic University, Tirupati
3. Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi , VC, KK Sanskrit University, Nagpur
4. Prof. Francis X. Clooney , Harvard University

Session 1  :  11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. Lakshmi Tatachar – The impact of works of Yamunacharya on Ramanuja
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Participants :

1. Sriman S.V. Sudarsanacharya – “ A synthesis of the 3 shatkas of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, according to Gitartha Sangraha, and Ramanuja’s expansion on that”
2. Prof. M.A.Venkatakrishnan – “ The complete and unconditional surrender as advocated by Ramanuja in hisworks ”

Session 2  :  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. K.E.Devanathan – “ The concept of avidya in Ramanuja’s philosophy ”
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Participants :
1. Prof. M.A.Alwar – “ How Ramanuja developed the concept of Bhakti by synthesizing Karma Kanda with Jnana Kanda”
2. Sriman Velukkudi Ranganathan – “ Refutation of Anumanika Iswara by Ramanuja in Sri Bhashya”
3. Sriman M.A. Madhusudhanan – “ Social Reforms initiated by Ramanuja”

Sastra Charcha :  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
A discussion on the sruti “Sadeva…” according to Siddhitraya and Ramanuja Bhasyhya Chairperson Sriman M.A. Alwar
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Key Participants :
1. Sriman Bharathan
2. Sriman Umesh Purushottaman

Day 2

Session 1  :  09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. V.Kannan
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Participants :

1. Sriman Ayee Narasimhan – “How Ramanuja was inspired by Dravidian works in writing commentaries on Bramha Sutras”
2. Dr. K. Anantha – “Commentatorial literature on Sri Bhashyam”
3.Prof. Penna Madhusudan – ” The impact of Ramanuja on Vijnaneshwara “

Session 2  :  11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. Jon Paul Sydnor – “ The relationship between God and souls as established by Ramanuja ”
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Participants :

1. Sriman T.K. Parthasarathy – “Pantheism or Pan entheism in Ramanuja’s philosophy”
2. Sriman T.A. Srinivasa Varadhan – “The impact of Siddhitraya on Vedartha Sangraha”

Session 3  :  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi – “ Narayana as the supreme God in Vedic literature ”
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Participants :

1. Prof. Sripada Subramanyam The Utility of Anumana pramana in Sribhashya
2. Sriman Thirupullani Narasimhan – ” Impact of Prabhakara Mimamsa on Ramanuja”
3. Sriman S. Manivannan – ” The topics of Sri hashya dealt in accordance with Naya Dyumani of Meghanadaari Suri “

Sastra Charcha  :  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
A discussion on Sareera Lakshana of Ramanuja Chairperson Sriman K.E.Devanathan
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Key Participants :

1. Sriman Vishnuchittan
2. Sriman S.Raghavan

Day 3

Session 1  :  09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. Francis X. Clooney – “ The relevance of the mode of worship in everyday practice advocated by Ramanuja in his Nithya Grantha ”
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Participants :

1. Sriman K.E. Gopala Desikan – “ Concept of Paramapada according to Ramanuja”
2. Prof. Bhagavat Sharan Shukla – “ Ramanuja and non-Ramananda Vaishnava Sects”

Session 2  :  11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu – “ Sabda Pramanyam according to Ramanuja ”
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Participants :

1. Sriman Sogathur P. Ramanujan – “ Validity of perception in Ramanuja’s philosophy”
2. Prof. Umesh Purushottaman – “ Parinama vaada in Sankhya philosophy in comparison with its treatment in Ramanuja Darsanam”

Session 3  :  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Chairperson :  Prof. Gopal Gupta- “ The place of the world, Leela Vibhuti, in the theosophy of Ramanuja”
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Participants :

1. Sriman Karappangadu Varadarajan – “ Relevance of Ramanuja’s philosophy in today’s world”
2. Prof. Jaikant Singh Sharma – “ Ramanuja and Ramananda”
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. Sriman Achi Pandurangacharya – “Ramanuja and Manipravala Literature”

Sastra Charcha  :  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
A discussion on Geetha Charama Sloka Chairperson Sriman Araiyar Srirama Sharma
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Key Participants :

1. Sriman Chakravarthi Ranganathan
2. Sriman Mukundan

Day 4

Sastra Charcha 1  :  11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
A discussion on Veda Apourusheyathvam and Vedapramanyam Chairperson Sriman Ramakrishnamacharyulu
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Key Participants :

1. Sriman K.E.Madhusudhanacharya
2. Sriman Velur Eeyunni Vijayaraghavan

Sastra Charcha 2  :  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
A discussion on Parayattadhikaranam Chairperson Sriman Kandadai Ramanujacharyulu
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Key Participants :

1. Sriman Paravastu Varadarajan
2. Sriman Krishnamacharya, Nepal

Special Note : Prof. S. Lakshmana Murthy – Special observer to all the sessions.

Valedictory Function  :  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

1. Concluding Speeches of selected invitees
2. Mangalasasanams of HH Jeeyar Swami’s

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