India and The West Literary Encounters
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The first lecture "Vagartha" was delivered at the Regional Institute of English, Bangalore as the Inaugural Speech of a conference. So it is mainly about the Word and Meaning. "Vak" and "Artha" in the Sanskrit context of Bhartrihari's V AKYAP ADIY A, connecting it with T.S.Eliot' perception with the "Word". The second assay "Panini and Chomsky" deals with the Sanskrit Grammarian, Panini and the American Panini", Noam Chomsky. Panini of the sixth century B.C. of India codified classified and presented the language and is famous as the author of the Astadhyayi.
Chomsky of the present day is the 20th Century Panini and associated with the M.LT. and his Syntactic Structures marks an epoch making achievement. I would think about it when I used to walk past the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on my way from Boston to Hayward University which resulted in the paper delivered at the Sanskrit Department of Bangalore University. The third, The Impact of the Upanishads on English Literature was presented as Lecture arranged by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and ISKON. The National Week-long Conference was on the theme of the Upanishads and my lecture was fairly lengthy, as it covered the entire gamut of quotations in Sanskrit from the various Upanishads on the one hand and Literary works, Poetry as well as Drama in English Literature. No major English Poet is omitted and this firsthand knowledge of Sanskrit and English dealt with the subject extensively. This emerged as a "Revaluation" of English Literary History from the beginning to them, ends. This, therefore, is one of the lengthy articles in the book. In our tradition, Suit is followed by Smriti and therefore, after the lecture on the Upanishads the Bhagavad-Gita is taken into consideration. Smriti followed Sruti in its footsteps and this lecture tries to show how this happens in the, Bhagavad-Gita. As in the previous lecture, a large number of ~Sanskrit quotations are used in the parallel context and it is sought to be as specific and accurate as possible for me. Shankaracharya is described as the" Alaya" of Shruti, Smriti and Purana. It is natural that after Sruti and Smriti comes "Purana". There are eighteen major Puranas and the Garuda Purana is special as it deals directly with death, hell, rebirth etc. It is not popularly discussed and is conditioned to be inauspicious - to be read only in a house when death has occurred. The lucid picture of various hells to which the sinners are punished is blood-curdling. There is the concept of Hell in Western Literature - in Marlowe, Milton, Dante, Swedenborg, and Jean-Paul Sartre, each in his own way has written about Hell and an attempt has been made in this paper to present a comparative view.
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