Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) ‘Philosophy of Yogic Science and Technology’

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) 'Philosophy of Yogic Science and Technology'

15th Nalanda Dialogue, 17-19 February 2021, Department of Philosophy, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) organizing on ‘Philosophy of Yogic Science and Technology’.

(Deemed to be University)
Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Nalanda
Bhikshu Jagdish Kashyap Marg,
Nalanda – 803111 Bihar, India.

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CONCEPT NOTE

Yoga as a Science of Health, Harmony and Happiness ( “HHH”)

Modern age is of science and technology. Here, yoga refers to the science of health, happiness and harmony. Yogic previews are widened up to the normal restorations of health, and using Yoga technique as therapeutic system up to the spiritual realizations.

But Yoga has been much popular in modern days as the science and art of Holistic Living, which includes all. Holistic approach of health care includes the following points: Preventive health, Promotive health, and Curative health.

  • Yoga may be said as Science and art of realizing The Absolute i.e. The Ultimate Reality or Supreme Consciousness. Yoga is also life philosophy for Holistic Living i.e. Physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being. It is in this sense may be said as Science of Health, Harmony and Happiness i.e. ( “HHH”).
  • Health (holistic health) includes factors like physical, emotional, mental, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing. Whereas, Harmony includes – Inner Harmony (body, mind and emotion) and outer harmony (social, professional).
Yoga for immunity, Community and Humanity

Shri Narendra Modiji, Honourable Prime Minister of India in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly of United Nations presented the proposal for International acceptance of Yoga spoke as

“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

Hon’ble Prime Ministry, Shri Narendra Modi ji has urged during the COVID-19 as Yoga for immunity, Community and Humanity. Yoga at Home and Yoga with the family.

Yogic Teachings were part of learning in ancient India:

Teachings of Yoga were the part of the curriculum and practice in the Gurukula in ancient Indian Teaching System. Prāṇāyāma and other specific postures were included in performance of Yajña, Swādhāyaya and other purificatory practices in traditional Hindu culture.

Oldest traces of Yoga related practice may be traced back to Indus valley civilization, where posture related seals are found. Yogic terminologies are also found in Vedas.

Yoga in Techno-Society

Underscoring the fact that global health is a long-term development objective that requires closer international cooperation through the exchange of best practices aimed at building better individual lifestyles devoid of excesses of all kinds, the UNESCO recognizing that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.

We live in techno-society. Ever growing nature of our needs/greed pave the way for expansion and science and technology has served a lot in daily life. Ho wever, this service has also been, at more or less extent, on the cost of nature, environment and inner peace & harmony.

Development, Metros and gadget-life-style’s demands have compelled us to pace up and match up with external factors so much so that original nature has been often ignored and imbalance in physical, mental, social existence finds the place.

Here, the disorders are generated and physical and mental health remains at stake. Yoga in its core philosophy represents union, cessation of the modification of citta (mind), removing of kleṣas, and attainment of kaivalya – original nature (self). Yoga is skill in action.

Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam:

In the authoritative ancient text of Yoga i.e. Yogasūtra of Patañjali and Śrīmad-Bhagavadgītā, yoga has been defined as transcending the mind for self-realization or equanimity of mind.

Also, according to Ṛṣi Patañjali, “yoga is the cessation of modifications of citta (mind)”. Yoga is skill in action. In another important text Yoga-Vaśiṣṭha yoga comes as “skilful method to calm down the mind”

In the thoughts of modern Indian thinkers, we find yoga as a system of conscious evolution and self-perfection. Swami Vivekananda has defined the Yoga as means of compressing one’s evolution into a single life or a few months or even a few hours of one’s bodily existence”.

Yoga opens to human welfare beyond the limits of nation, region, religion, faiths & beliefs

Yoga is known and evolved in India and remained cultural heritage and glory for the centuries. It contributed to the human welfare beyond the limits of nation, region, religion, faiths and beliefs.

The Yoga practices are very much relevant and useful to the present day’s problems for common man health benefits and to a spiritual aspirant.

Yoga is one of the fields of tourist attraction in India

Now-a-days, Yoga is popular world-wide. People practice Yoga in some form or the other, if not for spiritual purpose but for maintaining a good health or to overcome some of the health problems.

As an easy and heart friendly exercise or groups of Yogic practices like Āsan, Prāṇāyāma and Dhyāna etc. Yoga is one of the fields of tourist attraction in India.

Sub Themes

 Indian Knowledge System & Yoga
 Yoga & Tourism
o Yoga in Ancient Monuments, Sculptures, Temples and Heritage Places
o Yogic Mudra, Yogic Poses & their significance
 Yoga & Science
o Yogic Science and Consciousness
 Yoga & Technology
o Yoga & Intellectual Property Rights and International Patent
o Yoga in Techno-Society
o Yoga & Computers
 Yoga & Philosophy
 Yoga & Life Sciences
 Yoga Education & Research
 Yoga & Ayurveda
 Yoga & Sports
 NEP 2020 & Yoga
 Yoga & Therapy
o Yogasana
o Pranayama
o Meditation: Vipassana, Preksha Dhyana, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Sudarshan Kriya
o Yoga for Health and Well Being
o Yoga Practices during COVID-19

Papers may be submitted in up to 8-10 pages comprising of 10,000 words in Times New Roman Script 12 font size in words format. Abstract along with keywords may be submitted in 100 words. Paper and abstract may be sent to [email protected] by or before 07 February, 2021.

The Ruins of Ancient Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda

Nalanda was one of the world’s first residential universities. More than 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers resided in this monastic campus. The Mahavihara, built in red bricks, was considered to be an architectural masterpiece.

It had eight separate compounds and ten temples, along with many other meditation halls and classrooms. The library was located in a nine storied building where valued copies of texts were produced.

The subjects taught by the renowned teachers amassed every field of learning, and attracted pupils and scholars from all parts of the world-Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey.

Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army of the Muslim Mamluk Dynasty under Ikhtiyar ad-Din Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193 AD. Presently, the ruins of the ancient Nalanda Mahavihara occupy an area of 14 hectares and most of it remains unexplored.

The historical significance of Nalanda, Rajgir and Bodhgaya attract thousands of tourists every year from both India and abroad.

Vipassana Centre, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

Vipassana means “to see things as they really are”. It is a process of self-purification by self-observation. It is an ancient technique from India, which was originally taught by Gautama, the Buddha.

10 Day residential Vipassana Meditation Courses are now being organized regularly by Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (Deemed to be University).

Courses are open for students, faculty, friends, and family of students and faculty and anyone else interested in learning this great scientific meditation technique, discovered by Gotama, The Buddha 2500 years ago.

Visitors are anytime welcome at the Cultural Village, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara.

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) ‘Philosophy of Yogic Science and Technology’

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara Website: https://www.nnm.ac.in/

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