April 20-22, 2016
‘International Yoga Festival—a Curtain Raiser for the International Day of Yoga–2016 organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi’
Dr. Sampadananda Mishra, Director, SAFIC was invited as a speaker to give a talk on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga in a 3-day International Yoga Festival organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. On April 20, 2016, the topic of Dr. Mishra’s talk was ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga’ in which he very briefly touched on the life and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother; aims and objectives of Integral Yoga and on how we should incorporate Integral Yoga in our daily life. The festival’s venue was Talktora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi where more than 3,000 Yoga professionals, eminent Yoga experts, students and delegates attended.
Union ministers, heads of leading Yoga institutions and eminent Yoga exponents participated in this mega event that comprised Yoga discourses, Yoga demonstrations, parallel Yoga workshops by eminent Yoga masters, meditation sessions, Yoga quiz, Yoga-music-dance fusion programmes, Yoga-based cultural programmes and so on. On April 21, a daylong seminar ensued on the ‘Life Sketch and Contribution of Padma Vibhushana Dr. B.K.S. Iyengar for the Promotion and Development of Yoga’. The event was co-organized by the Indian Yoga Association.
As a representative of Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), Dr. Mishra also attended the annual meeting of Indian Yoga Association of which SAS is a founder member.
May 12-14, 2016
The Government of Madhya Pradesh invited Dr. Sampadananda Mishra as a special speaker to deliver a talk on ‘Spirituality, Values and Education’ at Vichar Mahakumbh in Ujjain from May 12 to 14, 2016. More than 3,500 delegates from over 150 countries including India attended this huge event. Dr. Mishra spoke on Sanskrit as a one stop solution to the crisis in the field of spirituality, values and education.
May 22-28, 2016
Dr. Mishra facilitated Spandan—Level 2 workshop for learning Sanskrit that took place at the Society House in Puducherry from May 22 to 28, 2016. SAFIC organized this intensive workshop which was attended by 16 participants, some of whom had earlier attended Spandan—Level 1 workshop.
‘Sanskrit—A Language of Yoga’ was the subject of the workshop‘s introductory session. Speaking about the attributes that make Sanskrit a mantric language, Dr. Mishra further elaborated on the concept of the triple nature of Human, that is, the Human-Animal (Pashu), the Human-Human (Veera) and the Human-Divine (Divya) by going into the root sounds of Sanskrit words and their meanings.
The first session of each day of the workshop involved an introduction to one of the following topics—Panini and his grammar, the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Epics, and the poets and dramatists of the Classical Age. By highlighting the philosophy of ancient scriptures and poetry and drama composed by well-known writers of the Classical Age, the participants were given to understand the wider aspects of Sanskrit literature. Especially interesting was how Dr. Mishra guided the participants by taking the example of and explaining some of the unique features of Panini’s grammar via the analysis of the ‘sutras’.
In the four sessions dedicated to the basics of Sanskrit grammar, the participants learnt about ‘Sandhi’ (a feature related to the combining of two sounds, especially in poetry) in far greater detail than that which was dealt with in the beginner level workshop. These sessions were particularly helpful in analyzing some of the words in the verses of the ‘Mantras’ and the ‘Subhashitas’ (wise sayings) which were introduced and recited every day during the workshop.
The final session each day of the workshop was dedicated to conversing in Sanskrit, where new words in the plural form were introduced along with a general revision of some of the words learnt in the singular form. A variety of other activities such as singing nursery rhymes, comprehending passages of simple stories, sentence constructions via word exercises were incorporated in the workshop as a means of practicing Sanskrit. These sessions were particularly helpful since the participants could dedicate considerable time to spoken Sanskrit.
The final day of the workshop ended with a session on various Sanskrit resources available on the Internet to facilitate further learning of the language. The workshop ended with the participants sharing their feedback and the distribution of participation certificates.
May 30, 2016
Dr. Mishra gave a talk on the Power of Sanskrit to a group of teachers from PSBB Millennium School, Puducherry.
May 31, 2016
Dr. Mishra addressed a group of students from Vallabh Vidya Nagar, Gujarat, at the Society House in Puducherry and explained the beauty and practical value of Sanskrit to them.