School for Democracy invites you to a 2-day online lecture on “The Basis of Hinduism”. We will revisit the scriptures which form the basis of the religion, and know what they really say in terms of main tenets and values.
The problem lies in people not knowing what the roots of Hinduism are – the Vedas, Upanishads and Gita, Brahmasutras. They go by Ramayana, Mahabharata, the Puranas, Manusmriti and other smritis, temples, rituals, local popular beliefs, etc.
In the series, we will look into what the essentials of Hinduism are and ignore all the superstition and rituals. We will also talk about Universal human values as inferred from Hinduism – tolerance, love, compassion, ahimsa, etc. The Bhakti saints from Kabir, Nanak, Meera, Tyagaraja and Vemana and Annamaya and other Telugu saints, the Maharashtrian saints like Gyaneshwar, Tukaram, Namdev, Chokamela, Gujarati saints like Narsing Mehta, the Bengali saints and Bauls, the Tamilian Alwars and Nayanars and others, all talk of this.
Date & Time
The 2-day lectures will be delivered on 17th November (Tuesday) and 23rd November (Monday) for 90 minutes on each day (11:00 AM-12:30 PM).
About the Speaker
Prof. Trilochan Sastry was formerly the Dean (Academics) at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is also a political activist, chairman of the Association for Democratic Reforms, and a frontline leader of the Right to Information campaign.
Sastry is a professor of Quantitative Methods and Information Systems at IIMB since 2003, and as of 2012, also teaches a course on Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining IIMB, he was a professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Prof. Trilochan Sastry is conferred with Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award from IIT Kanpur (2011–12) for his contributions to bringing about transparency in public life.