Bharatiya Darshana Shastravali

‘Indian philosophy’ is a term that is used quite freely today to mean many things. But what it really is, is not clear to most. To get the myths busted, doubts clarified and learn all about Bhāratīya Daṛśana’, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth organised a lecture series called भारतीय दर्शन शास्त्रावली or ‘Bhāratīya Daṛśana—An Introduction to Indian Philosophical Systems’.

These talks in English and Sanskrit, by eminent scholars, were held from 27 June to 26 July 2020. The talks were streamed live via Zoom.

Starting with ‘Introduction to the world of Darśana Śāstra’, the topics ranged from ‘Indian Materialism: Lokāyata’, Nyāya Darśana—The Science of Logic in Indian Philosophy, to ‘Relevance of Vedic Karma Today’, ‘Ishwara—God in Indian Philosophy’ and Decoding Vedānta from various perspectives, ending with ‘Message of the Upaniṣads for Modern-Day Education’.

The series was inaugurated with the blessings of Swami Sharadananda Sarasvati, who said that Darśana śāstra came as a means to ‘remove sorrow’ and ‘attain happiness—eternal bliss!’ Dean of CVV, Prof. Gauri Mahulikar briefly introduced the topic of ‘Bhāratīya Darśana’. Both the dignitaries set the tone for the entire series.


The moderator for the series was Shri Subramanian Chidambaran, an Engineer with a PG in Management, IIM Lucknow, working as Head of Strategy at an MNC in Mumbai. He has a Masters in Sanskrit and is a trained Carnatic musician. A student of Dean Mahulikar, Shri Subramanian has played a major role in organising this lecture series and coordinating with the speakers.

Read the synopsis of each lecture here: