* Home
  * Speakers
  * Abstracts of Talks
  * Talks (PPT/Articles)
  * Manthan Survey
  * Contact US
  * Valmiki
  * Tulasi Das

Abstracts of Talks 

1. Garuda-Kakabhusundi Dialogue in Uttarakanda

           Shri Gopal Aggarwal

          In this talk, we will discuss philosophy of dialogue between Garuda and   Kakabhusandi in Uttarakanda of RamaCharitManas. Garuda poses several questions to Kakabhusandi and answers that he receives have immense learning for all us.


2. Ramayana’s Ram Setu – the Last Remaining Hotspot of Biodiversity

           Dr. Kusum Vyas

         The concepts of ecology and environmental protection are not modern phenomena to Hindus. Thousands of years ago, Hindu sages realized that preservation of the environment and ecological balance was necessary for the survival of mankind. The Ramayana, like the centuries old Vedas, Upanishads and Vedanta is replete with spiritual and poetic references to Mother Earth where the environment is alive and teems with life, where trees, mountains and rocks become shrines and the river is respected as a source and support of physical and spiritual life. In a world in which climate change and environmental destruction are threatening our survival, Ram Setu of Ramayana demonstrates a deep ecological awareness and great respect for the natural environment.


3. Kraunch Vadh: Inspiring Valmiki to write Ramayana

           Shri Nikhil Mehta

           What does the incident of Kraunch Vadh  signify? How does this incident relate with the killing of innocent by the hands of a few powerful in the world that we live in?  Why this phenomenon of injustice and unjust exploitation is happening? How it can be prevented? And who can prevent it or is it preventable at all on a world scale? 

Or, we just have to have an Eye (Drishti) to look at it?!


4. Lessons from Ramayana in our Daily Life

           Shri Ramaseshu Yaddanapudi

          Relationship between prakruti & Ramayana, Panchabhoota's memorandum to Brahma during Putra kameshti, Kama based on dharma and ardha, pitru devo bhava, mrudu basha, purva basha, madhura basha, etc.


5. Lessons from Vaali Moksha

           Dr. Partha Krishnamurthy

          One of principal episodes in Srimad Ramayana that brings mixed views is Vaali’s defeat in the hands of Sri Rama and the manner in which it was brought about. In my talk, I explore what one can take away from this episode about Sri Rama, Vaali, Raavana, Sugriva, in addition to broader lessons for life.


6. What is Dharma? Lessons from Ramayana for Young Generation

           Ms. Radhika Khanna

         Lord Rama is the epic hero of all times. Is it because his materialistic achievements or is it because of something else? The new generation empowered with the technological aspects in seeking materialistic pursuits and in the process we seem to forget true basic fundamentals of life that make us the human beings that we are. The talk will bring about lessons from Ramayana to understand what is Dharma and how does it apply to young generation.


7. Snippets from Ram Charit Manas- comments on some episodes

          Shri Ram Mohan Mallik

         Ram Charit Manas holds the foremost place in the modern Hindu Scriptures considering its prestige, popularity, literary value and wide outreach. Expression of doubts by Manas lovers on various narratives has been a long tradition. Discussions on such doubts their resolution popularly called  ‘Shanka Samadhan’ has been a subject matter of  Manas Congregations, oral Satsanga and Prabachans, as well as written literature. ‘Questioning Ramayanas’ has also become an important topic of study and research projects for the contemporary Manas scholars in India and abroad. In this paper questions and comments on three episodes have been presented (1) Sati’s bewilderment ending in self immolation, (2) Rama’s exile and role of king Dasarath and Kaikeyi and (3) Sita entering fire as a test of her purity- Agnipariksha.


8. भगवान राम का अहिल्या और सीता से मिलन

          Smt. Saraswati Mallik

        अहिल्या उद्धार और सीता राम मिलन रामचरितमानस की अतिविख्यात पवन गाथा है. गौतमपत्नी अहिल्या श्री राम के चरण लगने से पतिता से पवन बन गईं. इसके बाद राम का सीता से मिलन हुआ, स्वयंबर में विजयी हुए, और राम सीता का शुभ विवाह हुआ. जबतक राम का स्पर्श न हो सब अहिल्या की तरह पत्थर रहते हैं. परन्तु भगवान आकर सबपर अहिल्ल्या और सीता की तरह कृपा करते हैं.


9. Married Life: Lessons from Ramayana

          Smt. Usha Mehra

         The talk will focus on characters and behaviors  of a few of the couples in Ramcharitmanas to highlight core values in marriage.


10. Applications of Ramayana's Teaching

          Shri Shivam Dave

The presentation will focus on some of the teachings from the Ramcharitmanas which help us in our everyday lives and some that are more spiritual teachings. Additionally, it will analyze some of the characters in order to display how one should go about with certain activities. It will also tie in to the greatness of the Ramcharitmanas as a whole seeing as it is a spiritual scripture and as a valuable manual for life. Ultimately, it will help reveal the multiple dimensions of the Ramcharitmanas and Hindu scriptures as a whole.


11. Indexing RamaCharitManas in an Alphabetical Order-

    A Research Tool for Ramayana premis, students, and researchers

          Shri Omprakash K Gupta

          RamaCharitManas is undoubtedly the most widely read version of Ramayana - and therefore popularly known as Ramayana. Often one hears a Chaupayee, Doha, or Sortha and wonders where it is located in Manas. With about 13 thousand lines in Manas, it is often a guessing game. An effort is put in place, first to develop a referencing system that would uniquely identify every line of Manas. Second, Manas will be indexed using this numbering system. It is expected that some of this work be completed by the time of the manthan. (This presentation will be made only if time permits).



12. बरु भल बास नरक कर ताता। दुष्ट संग जनि देइ बिधाता॥… My Views

         Shri Sanjay Aggarwal

         This chaupayee of Sunderkand reflects on the ill effects by the company of evil people. It advises to prefer 'hell' over company of such people. The speaker will reflect his views on this chaupyee.



 Copyright 2010. INFOMS. All rights reserved Home  |  Contact Us  |  FAQs