PRAKRTI : THE INTEGRAL VISIONISBN : 81-246-0036-8Edited By :General Editor Kapila VatsyayanRs.3,000.00
Why do we feel warm in the sunlight? Why does the sun feel warm? Is it a physical phenomenon? Is it the body that feels warm? Is it nature that provides warmth? Is it only the sun that provides warmth? Or are there other elements in interaction with the body which produce the warmth?If it is the body that feels warm, then what is body? Is it matter?…..Read MoreIs it an aggregation of five elements?” These ostensibly simple, childlike questions — asked by the distinguished scientist, the late Professor D.S. Kothari, at the very outset of an enlightening talk about three years ago — lead us to one of the mankind’s universal concerns: Prakriti: a Sanskrit equivalent of Nature, in its broadest connotations
Ever since man’s first conscious awareness of the phenomena of nature around him, and yet more of his indispensable dependence in primal elements (bhutas/mahabhutas), Prakriti has evoked varying responses in science, philosophy, religion, arts, and in civilizations as far apart as Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Indian — permeating expressions through the written or the oral words, generating a language of myth and symbol which communicates across cultures. Already countless myths of the origin of the universe, creation, cosmology and cosmogony have been developed on the concept of the Elements/Bhutas: earth, air, water, fire, and space (ether). Already there exists a vast body of sources and an equally extensive, highly complex history of critical discourse on the nature of primal elements and their indispensability not only to man, but to all life on earth.
Supporting the Rigvedic verse: “Truth is one, (though) man knows it by different names”, Prakriti: The Integral Vision explores, through “different paths”, a single universal theme: the concept of Primal Elements (Bhutas/Mahabhutas): earth, air, water, fire and space, and how this concept has, over the ages, been viewed in different cultures which, undoubtedly, have shaped the evolution of human civilization. The authors, representing a whole variety of academic disciplines, look afresh at folklorist accounts, scriptural literature, religious traditions, and different genres of art to conjure an intergal vision of prakriti — with insightful perspectives on the ‘nature of matter’ and ‘man in nature’.
Prakriti: The Integral Vision assumes an added significance today, when man is threatened by pollution: inner and outer, of his own making. Though contemporary idiom and through illustration, it revalidates the vital importance of primal elements: the very fundamentals that make human life possible on the earth — emphasizing that the maintenance, sustenance and purity of these “primary and primal” elements are not matters of intellectual discourse alone, but have to be the objectives of our life, lest death overtakes us!
Indisputably a monumental work, offered in five inter-locked volumes, Prakriti: The Intergral Vision carries insightful, at once stimulating reflections of the internationally known physicists, biologists, astronomers, chemists, geophysicists on the scientific side, and of the equally renowned scholars of humanities, holistic medicine, ancient Indian literature, Ayurveda and other disciplines — on the traditional side.
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Primal Elements : The Oral Tradition Vol. 1 Vedic, Buddhist and Jain Traditions Vol. 2 The Agamic Tradition and the Arts Vol 3 The Nature of Matter Vol.4 Man in Nature Vol. 5
Primal Elements The Oral Tradition VOL. 1ISBN : 81-246-0037-6Edited By :BAIDYANATH SARASWATI
This is the first volume that focuses attention on the articulation of cohesive communities communicating the elements in continuous unceasing dialogue…Read MoreTo them the nature is not a matter of intellection; it is a question of life here and now. This is manifested in their primary myths and rituals which sacralize nature so that man can live as an integral part of the Universe.
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ṚTA: THE COSMIC ORDERISBN : 81-246-0252-2Edited By :MADHU KHANNA ,Distributor: D K Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi - 15
(2004, x+326pp., 34 b&w figs., 21 col. Photographs; index; )
This volume contains the articles, presented in a seminar at IGNCA on Ṛta: The Cosmic Order in which a panel of distinguished Indian and foreign scholars interpret the Read Moremultifaceted theme of Ṛta from a wide range of perspectives, comparing notions of order in Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese and Islamic speculative thought and with references to ancient Indian Hindu writings and modern science. Combining sound scholarship with a penetrating insight, these essays are a fine example of integrated studies. They give alternative viewpoints on the unity underlying this ancient concept as well
as, its relevance in the modern age.
RŪPA-PRATIRŪPA: MIND, MAN AND MASKISBN : 81-7305-192-5Edited By :S.C. MALIK,Distributor: Aryan Books International, New Delhi -2
(2001, xli+334pp., line drawings, col. and b&w plates,)
An ancient Indian hymn describes Man’s first conscious reflection on creation as: ” … the contemplative mind conceives of everything from nothing … only Mind was there … neither existent nor non-existent……Read More… That the Truth is hidden in a golden jar.
… That which covers the Truth, the Mind and the Man, is the Mask”. There are so many traditions all over the world that have basic ground of existence. From this theoretical base several questions may be raised within the contemporary cultural context when alternative ways of future scenarios are being considered: Who is man? What is the Person/Self? The answers may be given in terms of Purusa (cosmic man) in India; in Greece the word Prosopon and the Latin word Persona assumed the meaning of personage. Thus Mind, Man and Person are closely interlinked; and in this context there are diverse concepts, notions and paradigms to the query-”What is Mask?”
It is clear to all that the Mask has the power to reveal as also the power to conceal the “self/Self’. The present volume containing the proceedings of the seminar held at IGNCA in 1998 on “Rūpa-Pratirūpa: Man, Mind and Mask” reflects a turning point in the series of seminars held earlier at IGNCA on the themes: Time (Kāla), Space (Ākāśa), Form (Ākāra) Primal Elements (Prakṛti), Chaos and Order (Ṛta-Ṛta) and Sound (Dhvani). It now deals directly with the human being. It also deals with how humankind has attempted to move into the inner realm of the self/Self and the Mind of Man . Contributors have responded from the viewpoint of their own field of specialization and they reflect views of diverse cultures and societies.
THE CONCEPT OF ŚŪNYAISBN : 81-7305-240-9Edited By :A.K. BAG and S.R. SARMA ,Distributor:Aryan Books International,New Delhi.
The concept of śūnya in India has a long history and varied manifestations in different dimensions, in mathematics, in philosophy and in mysticism. In mathematical literature it is used in the sense of “zero”……Read Morehaving no substantial numeral value of its own but playing the key role in the system of decimal notation, to express all numbers with nine digits, one to nine and the śūnya as the tenth.The application of śūnya in this system of notation was discovered in India some time in the pre-Christian era. Its concretization in the form of a dot or a small circle and its use in decimal place value system was first transmitted to the Middle-East and thence to Europe to supplant the Greek and Roman systems, and the whole world slowly recognized it as the most scientific system of numeration.
The present volume is the outcome of a joint seminar organized by Indian National Science Academy and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and aims at a documented account of various facets of śūnya in mathematics and astronomy and its various ramifications in philosophy and arts.
THE NATURE OF MATTER VOL. 4ISBN : 81-246-0040-6Edited By :JAYANT V. NARLIKARRs.600.00
The fourth volume in the series offers a much-needed critical appraisal of modem scientific concepts with reference to traditional thoughts…Read MoreIt contains invaluable discussion of quantum theory and elementary particles, evolution of living matter, nature and function of matter, scientific philosophy and Buddhist thought, Sarilkhya theory of matter, ancient and medieval biology, mysticism and modern science, traditional cosmology, matter and medicine, matter and consciousness, etc. The dialogue created between the method of science and the method of speculation is invigorating.
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THE SILK ROAD : Trade, Caravan Serais, Cultural Exchanges and Power GameISBN : 978-81-7305-528-7Edited By :Mansura Haider
(2014, xxvi + 330 pp., Figs. & Maps 16 )
The Silk Road not only developed and enhanced trade and commerce between the East and the West, but was also a significant factor in facilitating cultural and social interaction across continents…..Read MoreGiven the historic and cultural importance of this transcontinental route, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts(IGNCA), along with the Eurasia Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India had organised an International Seminar on ‘Cities, Roads and Caravan Serais – An Emblem of Relations through the Ages” which was held during 8-12 January 2008. This volume contains the proceedings of the seminar.
XUANZANG AND THE SILK ROUTEISBN : 978-81-215-1186-5Edited By :LOKESH CHANDRA and RADHA BANERJEE
China as we know is a great civilization and Xuanzang’s (who is popularly known as Hsuan-tsang) visit to India was a great event. The noted Chinese traveller and Buddhist pilgrim, Xuanzang, reached India in CE 630, having undertaken arduous journey across Central Asia. A Chinese emperor called him “the jewel of the empire”……Read MoreNearly fourteen years of his life (from CE 630 to 644) were spent visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries, cities and places of interest in the Indian subcontinent. He was a keen observer of men and affairs. Apart from being a devout monk, he has left behind a fascinating and authentic account of India’s history, geography, economy and society of the times when King Hara ( CE 606-47) ruled over northern India. This volume contains articles on the life and achievement of Xuanzang. Dharma master Xuanzang came to India particularly in search of Buddhist texts which were not available in China. He studied his favourite text Yogācārabhumiśāstra under the famous teacher Sllabhadra of Nalanda. He was a great recorder of historical sites of the Silk Route. His description of the Silk Route countries in Afghanistan and Gandhara are valuable for the political and cultural history of these lands. The study of Bamiyan monasteries and colossal buddhas have inspired art historians to make a thorough study of the cultural history of Afghanistan.
The articles in this volume show, through wide range of studies, not only Xuanzang’s love and knowledge of Buddhism, but also an account of various countries and their cultural heritage.
ध्वनिः नेचर एंड कल्चर ऑफ साउंडISBN : 81-246-0111-9Edited By :S. C. Malik (ed.)
(1998, viii+175pp., figs.,)
Assembled in this volume are the presentations of IGNCA seminar exploring the various complex conceptual dimensions of sound, ranging from its mystical and traditionally metaphysical to its present-day developments, from its perceptions in indigenous musical theory to its futuristic applications….Read MoreWith focus around five thematic areas of the seminar: (a) Sound as the Source of Creation and Sources of Sound, (b) Sound and the Senses, (c) Sound and Space, (d) Sound and Time, and (e) Symbols of Sound and Sonic Designs, the contributors open up the possibilities of interaction among different disciplines involved in the study of dhvani-phenomenon.