Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai invites you for the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Mythological Round table, Group of Mumbai; India.

Speakers –

1) Dr.Radha Kumar on “Mythology From Sangam Literature”

Dr.(Mrs.)Radha Kumar has been teaching at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai for over 25 years. She is an important member of the Ancient Indian Culture faculty.

2) Mr.Anjum Rajabali on “Mythology and Movies”

Mr.Anjum Rajabali is a film script writer for the last 23 years, with about a dozen films to his credit, including ‘Drohkaal’ and ‘Raajneeti’. He has been teaching screenwriting since 2004, and heads the screenwriting departments at FTII Pune and Whistling Woods Mumbai.

Date – 28/03/2015 Time – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Venue – Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai, Kalina – Santacruz (East), Mumbai – 400098
Entry is Free for all. RSVP as soon as possible.
Contact jcfmrt.india@gmail.com / 9819 82 44 78 for more details.


Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai organized a lecture on ‘Gaudiya Bhakti Tradition’ by Shri Shaunak Rishi Das on 20th March 2014 between 11.00-1.00 p.m. Shaunaka Rishi Das is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS), a position he has held since the Centre’s foundation in 1997. He is a Hindu cleric, a lecturer, a broadcaster, and Hindu Chaplain to Oxford University.

He took an analytical overview of origin and development of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in a very lucid and intellectual manner. He expounded various concepts like Bhakti, philosophy and literary tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. He explained how the philosophy of achintya bhedabheda stands different from other Bhakti cults. Sources for this cult are Bhagavadgita and Bhagavata Purana.

Bhakti is the end and means for Gaudiya Vaishnavas and Krishna as Supreme Reality and not the avatara of Vishnu. Bhakti is defined in very unique manner as ‘participation or sharing’ with the Lord. It’s a doctrine which makes one act and not a passive one. He explained the spiritual significance of krishna’s rasa lila and how divine love between Radha and Krisha indicate the mystic relation between jiva and Ishavara as they are one as well as different.

Significance of rituals, samkirtana and surrender to God are different dimensions of Gaudiya Bhakti. He also touched the topic from social perspective. Spread of Gaudiya Vaishnavsim in different parts of country and outside country.

Apart from this, he emphasized the need of theological enquiry, interfaith dialogue in academic scenario. He while giving answers to the queries of audience, rightly pointed out the importance of ahimsa and environmental awareness present in Hindu thought.

Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai organizes a lecture on ‘Gaudiya Bhakti tradition’ by Shaunaka Rishi Das. Shaunaka Rishi Das is from Wexford, Ireland. He is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies since its inception in 1997. He maintains the vision and ethos of the Centre on behalf of the Board of Governors, and encourages the Centre’s continued growth and development in all spheres.

This lecture is open for all. All are cordially invited for this lecture.

Date: 20th March 2015, Friday

Time: 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Ramkrishna Bajaj Sanskrit Bhavan, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East)