Bharat Addhyan Kendra

Rationale behind establishing the "Bharata Adhyayana Kendra"

Bharata's contribution to various fields of studies is often underestimated, unrecognized, and often distorted to such an extent that the western world, and even Indian modern generation, fails to understand that Bharata has contributed in a variety of modern academic fields, not just in literature, metaphysics and mysticism. A great deal of confusion and lack of awareness persists. Studying and perpetuating our country's rich tradition, knowledge, and culture, should be a key goal of our nation, both as a source of stimulation to the generations to come, as well as to assure our place in modern and future global society.

अंगानि वेदाष्चत्वारो मीमांसा न्यायविस्तरः । अर्थषास्त्रं पुराणं च विद्या ह्येताष्चतुर्दष ।।

Despite the fact that Bharata had a long and glorified intellectual tradition, the present education system fails to equip the younger generation with the knowledge of our roots, traditions, culture and sciences. Our students are likely to be much more aware of Democritus, Archimedes, Plato and Newton, just to name a few, than Panini, Badarayana, Patanjali, Manu, Baudhayana, Kanada, Shankara, Aryabhata, Bhaskara, Varahamihira, Brahmagupta, Chanakya, Nagarjuna, Dhanavantari, Sushruta, Akalanka and many others. New research on the glorious Indian intellectual tradition is scant. It is because academic texts in Indian education system are mostly eurocentric. Several historians have recognized such omission of intellectual contribution of non-western cultures in various academic fields. It is felt that Bharata gradually lost touch with its ancient literature, and thus lost much of its hold on the precious knowledge. Besides the documented ancient literature, the ancient wisdom and knowledge stored and conserved, more in informal form is also slowly waning. This also needs documentation, preservation and interpretation for the general understanding of all. The wisdom and knowledge generated by the modern Bharata seems incompatible with the achievements and inventions of the ancient Bharata. Perhaps, with the passage of time, under the effect of natural degeneration and external rule, many discrepancies crept into records of our glorious past, and slowly we became unaware and disconnected with our acclaimed traditional knowledge in areas such as art, culture, language, philosophy, religion, polity, science, engineering, and medicine, etc. In modern times, especially with the emergence of a globally connected society, this disconnect with Bharata's foundations is glaringly perceptible. Many persons in the society don't even know what the real Bharata was centuries ago. Consequently, there is a need to investigate the reasons for this disconnect and also to take steps to build upon wisdom and knowledge of ancient Bharata, to bridge the gap between the modern and the ancient Bharata. This could be achieved by undertaking inter-disciplinary study of our ancient literature and thought, in order to rediscover our lost identity, and regain our national pride.

Mission

The Bharata Adhyayana Kendra (BAK) will study the 'Bharata' and its treasure of knowledge; further the aim is to document and communicate it for the enrichment of modern knowledge. The BAK will attempt to explore the ignored or lost ancient Indian literature on various disciplines and conduct multidisciplinary research. It would also attempt to find out why and where we lost contact with the past thought and tradition, how to continue further innovations and progress based on new leads emanating from the study of ancient knowledge system.

Objectives

With the above background, the Bharata Adhyayana Kendra shall have following objectives:

  1. To explore and research the rich indigenous intellectual heritage for holistic understanding of Indian Civilization and to conduct interdisciplinary research in philosophy, language, literature, culture, art, aesthetics, history & science.
  2. To bring together Sanskrit scholars who evince a great deal of interest into literary cultural heritage of Bharata, and modern scholars and scientists interested in Vedic knowledge, for coordinated synthesis of modern knowledge with the Vedic knowledge.
  3. To promote the rational scientific outlook and relevance of Vedic seers and scholars towards various burning issues concerning humanity at large and to resurrect the lost faith in our heritage; one of the aims is to generate appreciation and pride for the nation, particularly among the youth.
  4. To collect Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit and other Indian language manuscripts of importance for digitization, documentation and further study, translation, research, edit and publication.
  5. To look for references in Vedic literature on subjects familiar in Lokavidya (subjects that pertain to emotions, beliefs, faith practice of art forms and science preserved in oral traditions, etc).
  6. To project relevance of Indian knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of mankind.