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Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit

Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages
SavitribaiPhule Pune University

International conference on
24-27 February, 2016

Dear Scholar/Mr./Ms..


Aswe all know the word Yoga has great prestige value. It is frequently associated
with the acquisition and exhibition of supernatural powers. It is customary to look at yoga
as a curious ancient teachings, which combines a set of religious beliefs with a strange and
mysterious practical discipline. To the orthodox Hindu mind, it represents something very
high, beyond the ken of the man on the street-indeed, something very auspicious and to be
achieved only by virtue (puya) gathered over many past lives. It is an amazing fact that,
even in the land of yoga, superstitious and fanciful notions of the subjects seem to have of
its aspects. The reasons for this profound ignorance are not far to seek.

First, yoga is full of facts of which the scientific background is as yet very imperfectly
understood. Years ago it was very hard going to say that the subject of yoga has
implications, which could be approached with modern scientific procedures. Thanks are
due to the pioneering efforts made by Swami Kuvalayanandato arouse an interest in yogic
research. This approach is not yet fully developed, however, and much experimental work
will be required before we can assess the value of claims made by the followers of yoga.
Many of its concepts are indeed still enveloped in obscurity. Second, it is the lesser
followers of yoga who usually emerge before the masses as Yogins, and what they say
and do becomes popularly known as yoga. Third, there is no general agreement among
present-day workers in the field about the subject matter of yoga itself. Until this is
achieved on the basis of scientific information, yoga is bound to be mixed up with myth and
superstition.Recently the first World Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June 2015. On this
day our beloved Prime Minister appreciated the universal relevance of Yoga. In his words:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It
embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony
between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about

exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By
changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let
us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

On the back drop of this introduction,we propose to give a platform to

Doctors,Psychologists, YogicPractitionersand teachers of Yoga ,management experts to
come together and deliberate upon a theme of commoninterest, by organising an
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. The presentation in the conference will be three
dimensional-theoretical, practical or experimental and therapeutic. Primarily Yoga
Philosophy in theory on the basis of Indian Text traditions will be discussed. For practical
aspects it will concentrate on different trends and traditions of Yoga -eastern as well as
western. For example different methods of meditation, practice of sanasor meditation
etc. in Chaina, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Varma, Srilanka from outside India and Jainas, Baudhas
from India will be highlighted.

1. The treatment of the theme will be multi-dimensional namely,

logical,epistemological,psychological, spiritual, metaphysical and biological.
The prime objective of the Seminar will be to present and prepare authentic
textual materials to enhance the theoretical knowledge domain of Yoga thus
preparing a tool of reference for yoga practitioner.
2. To try to establish a link between western and eastern method of Yoga in theory

3. To re-examine and re establish or otherwise the claims of the yogic

practitioners regardingthe scientific basis of Yoga in attending all needs-
physical, psychological, sociological as well as intellectual- of the present

4. To acquaint the usefulness and relevance of the subject to the

common mass.

Focal theme


Sub Themes

1. Different Yoga Traditions,

2. Jaina theory of Yoga,
3. Buddhist theory of Yoga
4. Advaita Yoga,
5. Yoga thoughts in early Upanishads,

6. Yoga theory in Yogopaniads

7. Yoga theory in Tantra, Ntha Traditions,
8. Evolvement of Yoga in its historical perspectives,
9. Yoga and its meaning,
10. Yoga in Dharmastra texts (smrta yoga)
11. Yoga in Rmyaa and Mahbhratas
12. Text Traditions in Classical Yoga, namely Yogastra and its commentaries.
13. Yoga Mysticism.
14. Facts and Fictions in Yoga.
15. Less known Yoga concepts and theories,
16. Yoggas, like Yama, Niyama, sanas, etc.
17. Sadga Yoga,
18. Meditations in different Traditions : Ease and West,
19. Vipaan Meditation,
20. Evolvements of sanas in its historical perspectives,
21. Innovations in Yogic Practices
22. Modifications in Yogic postures
23. Modified sanas need based
24. Use of Props in sanas
25. Advantages and disadvantages of using different props, etc,
26. Yoga for differently-abled,
27. Yoga for Women,
28. Yoga for elderly persons,
29. Prnyamas,
30. Important Yoga Concepts like Mudrs, Badhas, Ndis, Cakras,
31. Yoga Therapies based on experiments
32. Yoga and Psychology,
33. Un published Manuscripts in Yoga,
34. Yoga Manuscripts in different Manuscripts libraries,
35. Yoga and Symbolism,
36. Yoga and Metaphor,
37. Yoga and Rituals
38. Reflections on researches in Yoga.
39. Management and Yoga
40. Health management
41. Stress management
42. Time management

These are merely indicative,and one can choose any topic related to the theme as per ones
choice. Paper may be written in Sanskrit, English, Hindi, and Marathi Languages. The presented
papers will be published in a special volume in the Golden jubilee series by the Centre.


Duly filled in Registration Form along with a brief summary of the research paper and the
Demand Draft drawn from any Nationalized Bank infavour of the Registrar,SavitribaiPhule Pune

University, payable at Puneshould reach the undersigned on or before 30.11.2015. No late

entry will be entertained.

Registration fee:

Teachers and others : Rs 1000/-

Students : Rs 500/-

Submission of complete papers (10 pages app. on A 4 size paper) :

Language : Sanskrit, English,Hindi, Marathi.

Font : Times New Roman ( For English )
: BarahaDevanagari, Sanskrit 2003 for Sanskrit and Hindi )
Letter Size : English 12 , Sanskrit / Hindi 14
Paper Size : A4
Last date : 30.12.2015

The soft copy of the complete papers should be senton E-mail to and hard
copy to Prof. B.K. Dalai, Director, CASS, S.P.Pune University,/ Prof. R. A. Muley, Convener and
Coordinator, / Dr. ShailajaKatre, HOD, Deptt. Of Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages, Ganeshkhind,
Pune-411007, India.

For further details. please contact :

1. Prof. R.A. Muley 09860941006,

2. Dr. ShailajaKatre 09767962878,
3. Dr. DeonathTripathi 08806272611,
4. Dr. DivakarMohanty 08806746117,
5. Shri Dinesh Rasal
Prof. R.A. Muley Dr. ShailajaKatre Prof. B.K. Dalai
Convener HOD, Skt&PktLan. Director, CASS

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