Asst. Prof. Karthik Sharma Speaks at Vākyārtha Sabhā

Advaita Ashram, Kolathur, conducted a series of programmes under the title ‘namami shankaram‘ for 13 days from 09 to 21 December 2022. The programme was inaugurated in the auspicious presence of Swami Chidananda Puri (Advaita Ashram, Kolathur), Swami Medhananda Puri (Kailasashramam, Rishikesh), Swami Haribrahmananda Tirtha (Adishankara Brahma Vidyapeetham, Uttarakashi) and many other honourable delegates. The programme concluded on 21 December in the presence of Shri. Arif Mohammad Khan, Honorable Governor of Kerala. 

The objective of the event was to propagate the teachings of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. As a part of the programme, a vākyārtha sabhā was held on 11 in seven scholars from different institutions were invited to present their vākyārtha from the bhagavad-gītā-bhāṣyam authored by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Shri. Karthik Sharma (Assistant Professor, School of Vedic Knowledge Systems, CVV) was invited to present his vākyārtha on भगवद्गीतायां भगवता कृष्णेन विवक्षिताः अनुमानप्रयोगाः (The inferential statements intended by Bhagavan Krishna through the verses of the bhagavad-gītā).

In his talk, Karthik made a critical analysis of the selected six verses of  the bhagavad-gītā (from aśocyān anvaśocastvam to nāsato vidyate bhāvaḥ) and tried to formulate the inferential statements intended by Bhagavan Krishna  with a special focus on the verse nāsato vidyate bhāvaḥ. He pointed out that most of the verses in the  bhagavad-gītā are not just mere upadeśa but are deductive arguments with adequate logical backing. He focused on how the mithyātva (unreality) of the universe is established by formulating the deductive argument intended by the verse; ‘nāsato vidyate bhāvaḥ nābhāvo vidyate sataḥ. ubhayorapi dr̥ṣṭontastvanayoḥ tattvadarśibhiḥ’.   

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