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Sat 25 Mar 2023
Sun 26 Mar 2023

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Sphotavada: The Philosophy of Vyakarana

Vyakarana Darsana, or Sphotavada is one of the ancient darsanas. Though Vyakarana is a Vedanga and a necessary tool for other Sastras, is well-studied, the Philosophy of Grammar is not all that well-known. In it’s essensse it posits Sabdabrahman as the ultimate entity, non-different from Atman, and the material and efficient cause of this universe, which is a vivarta of Sabda. In this 4-lecture mini-series Dr. Nori Siva Senani gives a detailed exposition of Sphotavada including it’s central tenets developments and relationship with other Darsanas. The language of the lectures would be English, with Sanskrit quotations from relevant works being shown in Devnagari script. Both the recordings and material presented would be made available later.

Morning Sessions: 11:00AM to 01:00PM | 25 & 26 March 2023

Evening Sessions : 05:00PM to 07:00PM | 25 & 26 March 2023


Dr. Nori Sivasenani

Dr. Nori Sivasenani is an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad who is presently working as a Data Science Manager in Microsoft at Hyderabad. Hailing from a traditional, observant family, he studied Sanskrit formally by taking a sabbatical from his work. He completed MA in Sanskrit (Gold Medalist) from Osmania University and then did an M. Phil in Translation Studies from University of Hyderabad, studying Sanskrit to English translations in Vedanta. His Ph. D. in the area of Philosophy of Grammar and Advaita Vedanta was completed under the guidance of Mahamahopadhyaya Prof. Korada Subrahmanyam in 2016, under whom he studied Vyakarana and Mimamsa extensively along with Vedanta. Following the footsteps of MM Korada, and the traditional framework, he uses a holistic approach to a given issue applying concepts from all the Vidyasthanas and not restricting oneself to the field subject at hand. This can be seen in all his works ranging from an estimate of Swatii Tirunal to the Philosophy of Kalidasa or the interaction amongst Vyakarana and Mimamsa, with ultimate effect on Vedanta in examination of a simple sandhi (Dadhyatra is not dadhi atra). His areas of interest are Vedic studies, Vedanta, Vyakarana, Mimamsa, and  Dharmsastra He also discovered that Sabarasvamin's understanding of sound propagation matches perfectly with the modern scientific description.

He served for many years on the Executive Committee of Sura Bharati Samiti, Hyderabad which is involved in the propagation and promotion of Sanskrit, apart from publishing many books in Sanskrit and translations from Sanskrit. He is the Vice President of Nori Charitable Trust, which amongst other things, has been conducting an annual Bhagyanagara Veda Sabha for the last eighteen years in Hyderabad, where Vedic scholars from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh participate. He taught courses in Linguistics, Translation Studies and Sanskrit at under-graduate and post-graduate level in Osmania University (Nizam College and Arts College), University of Hyderabad and Telugu University as guest-faculty and part-time lecturer, apart from teaching Sanskrit to many students at Sura Bharati Samiti and elsewhere and delivering lectures for the ePGPathasala on a wide range of topics.

He recently translated the Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta Sara Sangraha from Sanskrit to English, which is available at https://stage.srirangadigital.com/sss_advaita/display/prakarana/sarvavedantasiddhantasarasangraha. His other works are available at https://uohyd.academia.edu/SivasenaniNori