1. Essay Competition – Cum-Young Scholar’s Seminar – 2018-19 ……. Details….


Essay Competition-Cum-Young Scholar’sSeminar – 2018-19
Indian Council of Philosophical Research invites Young Scholars (between the age group of 20-25 years as on (25.11.2018) to participate in an Essay Competition–Cum- Young Scholars’ Seminar for the Year 2017-18 on the theme““Equality and Justice for Conductive Social Order”

or सामाजिक व था बनाये रखने के जिये समानता और

याय”. The competitors standing First, Second and Third on the basis of their essays and performance in the seminar will be awarded prizes of Rs. 25,000/-, Rs.20,000/-and Rs.15,000/-, respectively. Essays in Hindi or English of about three thousand words on the theme along with the proof of date of birth are to be submitted by 25th November, 2018. Essay may be sent to:-

The Director (A)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research,

Academic Centre : 3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010Advertisement in detail may be seen on our website http://www.icpr.in

Indian Council of Philosophical Research ACADEMIC CENTRE
3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow – 226010


The essays will be evaluated by three judges independently, mainly on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Logical and systematic analysis of the Theme;
2. Relevance of the subject under reference within the context of contemporary thought;
3. Impartial elucidation of issues, briefly and pointedly;
4. Constructive, creative and synthetic approach to issues without prejudice or bias of any kind.

Interested eligible participants may submit their essays along with the prescribed format filled with required information and authorization and the supporting documents as specified below. The essay along with all attachments may be sent through speed post / courier only to
The Director (A), Indian Council of Philosophical Research, ACADEMIC CENTRE, 3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow – 226010

The last date for receipt of essays is 25th November, 2018. On the basis of evaluation, approximately 40-45 competitors will be invited to participate in a seminar. The competitors shall present their papers in the seminar by reading it in 10 to 15 minutes (approx.) or by power point presentation, and take part in the discussion on the papers. The final award shall be decided on the basis of the quality of the essay and the participation in the seminar.

The ICPR will make arrangements for the boarding and lodging for the young Scholars participating in the seminar. The final decision for the awards will be on the basis of the overall performance of the participants in the seminar. First Prize -Rs. 25,000/-, Second Prize -Rs. 20,000/-, Third Prize -Rs. 15,000/-.

Documents to be prepared and sent for the competition:
(a) The application filled in hand writing by the candidate and certified by the authority. This should be

kept as first page.
(b)The Essay should be prepared in English or Hindi with clear and legible hand written format keeping

sufficient space between lines, consisting of about 3000 words (approx.), using one side of A4 Size papers and keeping left, right, top and bottom margins. Word count of each page by the candidate must be written at the left side margin of the same page and under it the candidate needs to sign with date. Quotations, if any, must be kept within double inverted commas (at beginning and at ending of the quoted contents); the quotations should be numbered in the super script, and the original source of the quotations must be mentioned with full bibliographical data at the end of the essay. The bibliographical data will not be counted within stipulated word count. A typed script of the same essay may also be provided, if possible. The same may also be asked for at any later stage, if required.

(c) A self-attested copy of Institutional ID Card of the candidate clearly showing the batch, course and enrolled no. of the candidate.

(d) A self-attested copy of any ID Card issued by Govt.(e) A self-attested copy of any age proof certificate.

The initial submission of the Essay should be accepted in hard copy, through speed post / courier only. The centre will not be responsible for any postal delay missing of receiving the essay. The candidate can track delivery of their postage online. After one week of dispatching their essay, if the candidate could not receive any email confirmation, then an enquiry may be sought over 05222- 2392636 in official hours, between Monday to Friday. The same number and timing may be used for any other clarification / help. All correspondence regarding receipt of essay, selection, etc., will be conveyed through email of the candidate.

The decision of the panel of experts with regard to the evaluation of essays and the selection of the prize winners will be final and no appeal for reassessment will be entertained

The Council holds an Essay Competition-cum-Seminar every year for the young scholars on the selected themes. For the year 2017-18, the theme of the competition is “Equality and Justice for Conductive Social Order” or सामाजिक व था बनाये रखने के जिये समानता और याय to be held in last week of February 2019 (tentative)”. Young scholars belonging to any discipline,

in the age group between approximately 20 – 25 years (i.e., born between 24.11.1993 and 24.11.1998) may send their essays on the above theme.


Director (A)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research ACADEMIC CENTRE
3/9, Vipul Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow – 226010


  1. Name of the Candidate:
    (Any personal ID Card issued by Govt., must be provided.)
  2. Mother’s Name: Fither’s Name:
  3. Address of correspondence (in capital letters):
  4. Mobile No.:
  5. (a) Email ID (please mention legibly & clearly as no misreading will occur):

    (b) Repeat the same Email ID as above in clear capital letter:

  6. (a) Date of Birth: (b) Age as on 25th November, 2018:

    (Self attested copy of the age proof certificate must be provided.) (DD/MM/YYYY

  7. (a) Gender: (b) Nationality:
  8. (a) Qualification / Degree (already passed):(b) Qualification / Degree currently pursuing:

    (Discipline & Class / Batch / Course / Stage ):

  9. Name and address of the affiliated Institution / College / University (Institutional ID Card must be provided):
  10. Self Certification of the Candidate: This is to certify that the Essay entitled…………………………………………………………………………………………is my original writing and is not given for publication or is published anywhere.

    Date: (Signature of the Candidate with date)

  11. Institutional / authorized Certification by the authority, to be given by a Teacher / HOD / Principal of Institution / Department / College / University, concerned with the student / candidate:
  12. This is to certify that the candidate Mr / Ms. ……………………………………. is a bonafide student of the Institution / College / University as specified above. To the best of my knowledge he / she has written the essay by himself/herself. His / her age proof certificate and institutional ID Card are also appropriate for consideration.

    (Signature of the certifying authority with date) Name of the certifying authority:

    Designation of the certifying authority, if Official Seal is not available.






International Journal of Legal Developments and Allied Issues (IJLDAI) is delighted to announce a call for papers for its Volume 4 Issue 6, which will focus on contemporary issues of law in the field of Contemporary Law (National & International).

Submission Are Invited In Form Of

  1. 1. Articles
  2. 2. Research Work/ Academic Projects
  3. 3. Case Comments/ Case Analysis
  4. 4. Case Review
  5. 5. Book Review
  6. 6. Translations
  7. 7. Essay
  8. 8. Short Notes
  9. 9. Critiques


  • • Authors should not mention their name or any kind of identification mark in the manuscript. Any manuscript found to have any details of authors shall be rejected upfrontly. 
  • • Article shall be of 2500-10000 words, book reviews: 1000-1500 words, short comment: 1000-1500 words.
  • • All submissions have to be made in MS Word format with Font size 12 and 1.5 line space.
  • • Co-authorship is allowed to a maximum of 3 Authors. 3 separate certificates will be provided to each author. 
  • • The piece should not be overly technical, but practical and engaging.
  • • Papers must be written solely by the candidate, in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
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  • • Submission should also mandatorily include the author’s view, in the conclusion, taking into considerations the aspects/contentions discussed throughout the manuscript.
  • • Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and shall lead to immediate rejection.

Paper Submission Procedure

  • The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Indian Standard Time on October 31, 2018
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The Peer Review Process & Other Information

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  • • The Editorial Board reserves the right for modification of the manuscript to maintain the standard and quality of the submission. The board will notify its decision and other relevant information through email.

Article Processing Charge/ Publication Fees [To Be Paid After The Paper Is Accepted For Publication]

The author/s are expected to deposit publication fee, once the research paper is accepted for publication. The mode of payment will be intimated to the author/s via email.

Single Author Rs. 1200 [30 USD for International author]
Co-Authorship for 2 Authors Rs. 1600 [40 USD for International author]
Co-Authorship for 3 Authors Rs. 2100 [51 USD for International author]

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Oct.31, 2018

Intimation of Acceptance: Nov. 05, 2018

Date of Publication of Volume 4 Issue 6: Nov. 20, 2018



Creative Connect International Publishers brings to you

South Asian Law & Economics Review

Volume 3 [November 2018]

ISSN:  2581 6535

Deadline for Submission – November 10, 2018


South Asian Law & Economics Review [SALER] is delighted to announce a call for papers for its Volume 4, which will focus on contemporary issues of law and economics (National & International).

South Asian Law & Economics Review (Volume 3 – 2018) publishes

• Articles,

• Translations,

• Projects (newly added in volume 3 especially for Asian Students)

• Book Reviews,

• Essays,

• Case Notes, and

• Comments

on current as well as contemporary topics in comparative, national and transnational Law as well as Economics focused on one or more of the following countries or geographic entities: The whole of Asia, Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macau Special Administrative Region), East Timor, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam.


SALER welcomes submissions of unsolicited, unpublished manuscripts within our scope as described above.  We give preference to submissions less than 25,000 words in length including text and footnotes.  SALER will not publish articles exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances. Manuscripts must be of generally publishable quality in English language grammar and usage, although selective use of foreign terms is permissible where appropriate. Submissions must reasonably comply with the latest edition of The Bluebook:  A Uniform System of Citation and provide attribution for all sources, whether legal or factual, outside the author’s own reasoning process.


• Authors should not mention their name or any kind of identification mark in the manuscript. We will collect all the Author Details from the Submission Form. 

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SALER carefully reviews and considers all submissions that it receives. Our selection process includes several stages. At least three editors initially review each submission. Our Publication Committee then votes on candidates for publication.  SALER will notify all submitters whether or not they have been selected for potential publication.  As a matter of policy we do not discuss the reasons for our publication decisions.  Authors invited to publish next execute a Publication Agreement with the Publishing Company.  An editorial team is assigned to each article. However, the following things should be kept in mind while submitting your paper –

• It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all references and citations are correct, and the submissions do not contain any material that infringes copyright or is defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful or litigious.

• The copyright of the manuscript will vest with Creative Connect International Publishers Group. Due accreditation will be given to the authors.

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• The submissions will undergo a multi-stage peer-review process.

• The Editorial Board reserves the right for modification of the manuscript to maintain the standard and quality of the submission. The board will notify its decision and other relevant information through email.


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One Day International Seminar on Human Rights & Persons with Disabilities, 2ndDecember, 2018 at The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi in academic collaboration with CASIHR (Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab), MaharashtraNational Law University, Nagpur & International Council of Jurists, London




Chief Guest

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri

Judge, Supreme Court of India


Prof. (Dr.)Vijender Kumar                                                                       Prof. (Dr.)Paramjit Singh Jaswal

Vice-Chancellor, MNLU-Nagpur                                                        Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL-Punjab



About Law Mantra

“Law Mantra” (headquarters New Delhi) (Registration No 150 in Book No.4 Vol No 3, 603 0f 2018) is not for profit organisation running for the purpose of enhancing legal academics and legal awareness in the society and in the practice of the same.


“Law Mantra” is a body of Jurists, Advocates, Academicians and Students running for the purpose of enhancing legal academics and legal awareness in the society and in the practice of the same. We at Law Mantra enable people to take responsibility for the situation of the deprived Indian women and children and so motivate them to seek resolution through individual and collective action thereby enabling women and children to realize their full potential.


Law Mantra runs under the guidance of Hon’ble Justice Mr. Deepak Verma, Rtd. Judge, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as Chief-Patron and Advisory Board Consists of Prof.(Dr.) Mool Chand Sharma, Founder and Former, Vice-Chancellor, Central University Haryana; Justice N.C Sil, Former Judge, Calcutta High Court & Former Acting Chairperson, W.B.H.R.C; Prof.(Dr.) M.P Singh, Chancellor, Central University, Haryana; Prof.(Dr.) Ranvir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi; Prof. (Dr.) R. Venkata Rao, Vice-Chancellor, National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore; Prof. Koh Kheng Lian, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Member Advisory Committee, Asia- Pacific Centre for Environmental Law; Prof.(Dr.) Faizan Mustaffa, Vice Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad; Prof. (Dr.) A. Lakshminath, Former Vice Chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna; Prof. (Dr.) Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab; Prof.(Dr.) Vijender Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur; Prof. (Dr.) Sukh Pal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, H.N.L.U, Raipur; Prof.(Dr.) Bhavani Prasad Panda, Vice Chancellor, MNLU, Mumbai; Prof. (Dr.) Subir K Bhatnagar, Vice-Chancellor, RMLNLU, Lucknow; Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director, Indian Institute of Law, New Delhi; Prof.(Dr.) J.S Patil, Vice-Chancellor, National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam; Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor, NLIU Bhopal; Prof.(Dr.) S. Surya Prakash, Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad; Prof. (Dr.) Rose Varghese, National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi; Prof.(Dr.) Nandimath O.V., Registrar, N.L.S.I.U, Bangalore; Prof.(Dr.) G.S Bajpai, Registrar, National Law University, Delhi; Prof.(Dr.) G.I.S. Sandhu, Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab; Prof. (Dr.) Mukund Sarda, Principal & Dean, New Law College, Pune; Prof. (Dr.) Naresh Kumar Vats, Professor of Law, HOD and Chairman-CPGLS,, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur; Mr. Deepak Thakur, Partner, HSA, Mumbai; Ms. Madhurima Mukherjee, Senior Partner, AZB, New Delhi; Ms.Nisha Kaur Uberoi, Ex-Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas , Mumbai; Mr. Rajan Raj, Partner, Luthra and Luthra, New Delhi; Mr Tom Valenti, Intentional Arbitrator, and other luminaries from the legal fraternity.


About Centre for Advanced Studies in Human Rights (CASIHR), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law RGNUL), Punjab


The RGNUL has established a Center for Advanced Studies in Human Rights (CASIHR) to undertake and promote advanced study and research in the emerging trends relating this area. With human rights and the principle of respect for human dignity at its core and taking many cross-cutting issues into consideration


Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), is a National Law University located at Patiala, Punjab, India. It was established in 2006 by the Punjab Government (Punjab Act No. 12 of 2006) as a university dedicated to the field of Legal Education.


About Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur

Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur (MNLU Nagpur) is a National Law University located at Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. It is the 19th National Law University established in India by The Maharashtra National Law University Act 2014, passed by Maharashtra Legislature under the Maharashtra Act No VI of 2014.



Human Rights & Persons with Disabilities

The great German Philosopher Immanuel Kant has quoted that human beings are rational beings, therefore worthy of dignity and respect. Every individual has the basic right to live a dignified life and to exercise his freedoms and choices. The same phrase is equally applicable to persons with disabilities. But despite of this fact, persons with disabilities are subjected to discrimination. The one major factor of such discrimination is stigmatized societal attitude.


A mechanism of social integration of persons with disabilities has been made by following different international conventions and documents. Now world has joined to consider disability jurisprudence as an inseparable part of the international law. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are few important documents justifying the aforementioned proposition.


In a recent report of WHO, an estimated 10% of the world’s population –approximately 650 million people, of which 200 million are children, experiences some form of disability. The number of people with disabilities is growing as a result of different factors including population growth, ageing and medical advances that preserve and prolong life.


Across the world, people with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is partly because people with disabilities are facing barriers in accessing services that many of us have long taken for granted. These services mainly include health, education, employment, transport and information. These difficulties are exacerbated in less advantaged communities.


To achieve the long-lasting, vastly better development prospects that also lie at the heart of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and beyond, we must empower people living with disabilities and remove the barriers which prevent them participating in their communities; getting a quality education, finding decent work, and having their voices heard.


People with disabilities report seeking more health care then people with without disabilities and have greater unmet needs. For example a recent survey of people with serious mental illness showed that between 35% and 50% of people in developed countries and between 76% and 85% in developing countries received no treatment in the year prior to study. Health promotion and prevention activities seldom target people with disabilities. For example women with disabilities receives less screening for breast and cervical cancer than women without disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities are less likely to have their weight checked. Adolescents and adults with disabilities are more likely to be excluded from sex education programs. These factors from world report on disability by World Health Organization clearly indicates that there is need to work at the ground level so that persons with disabilities can enjoy their human rights without any difference from others.


The present seminar is aiming at highlighting different issues underlining disability jurisprudence from human rights perspective. We welcome different stakeholders including persons with disabilities, disability law activists, academicians, researchers, lawyers, medical professionals and bureaucrats.  This seminar is a noble initiation of Law Mantra in association with RGNUL Punjab through its Research Centre for Advanced Studies in Human Rights, upcoming Centre for Disability Studies and Health Laws and MNLU, Nagpur. We are considering this seminar as a platform to initiate a RIGHT discourse, expecting thought provoking, multidisciplinary, quality research papers.


Students Rs 800/-
Faculties/Professionals/Research Scholars/Others Rs 1200/-
Registration 25thOctober, 2018
Seminar Date 2nd December, 2018


Who Should Attend?

Students, Research Scholars/Faculties/Academicians, Disability Rights Activist,Corporate Delegates, Business entities, Lawyers.


Rules for the Participants:


·      Participants have to register after the acceptance of abstract with payment of required fees.

·      For participation, registration is mandatory on confirmation of the participation. Only registered participants will be allowed to take part in Conference.

·      All the registered participants will be provided a participation certificate, conference kit, lunch and tea.


Timing: 09:00 A.M to 05:00 P.M


The registration fee includes conference kit, lunch, High Tea, entry to all Technical session, and Certificates.


Registration:Submit can copy of registration form to editor.lawmantra@gmail.com with Subject line ‘Human Rights &Persons with Disabilities”.


Coordination & Organizing Committee:

1.     Prof. (Dr.) Naresh Kumar Vats, Professor, HoD & Chairman-CPGLS, Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur.

2.     Dr. Shilpa Jain, Assistant Professor of Law, RGNUL Punjab.

3.     Mr. Sachin Sharma, Assistant Professor of Law, RGNUL Punjab.

4.     Mr. Kishor Kumar Mishra, President, Law Mantra.



For any queries, feel free to drop email to editor.lawmantra@gmail.com Human Rights & Persons with Disabilities or call on +91- 9310053923,              +91-9667822453.

Website: http://lawmantra.co.in/law-mantra-events/



Date: 2ndDecember, 2018

Venue: Indian Law Institute, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi.


1. Workshop on “Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s Siddhāntabindu”

Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s Siddhāntabindu

Madhusūdana Sarasvatī is best known as the author of the Advaitasiddhi, the last of the four monumental works that comprise the siddhi literature of Advaita (the others being theBrahmasiddhi of Maṇḍana Miśra, the Naiśkarmyasiddhi of Sureśvara, and the Iṣṭasiddhi ofVimuktātman). He was a monk and a follower of Śankarācārya’s non-dualist school of vedānta, and was an outstanding polemic writer who wrote many commentaries and independent treatises on non-dualist vedānta philosophy. He was also a great theologian and composed an extended commentary on the Bhagavadgītā, a commentary on the first verse of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and a monograph on bhakti theology, the Bhakti Rasāyana. He was a renowned philosopher who was proficient in all systems of traditional Indian philosophy.

The works of Madhusūdana Sarasvatī reveal him to be a versatile genius, a faithful commentator, an independent writer on Śankarācārya’s school of monism as well as an upholder of the concept of bhakti. His was a powerful polemical style popular amongst the philosophers of his time, and it made him a formidable writer on the advaita-vedānta dialectics.

Siddhāntabindu or Siddhāntatattvabindu is Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s commentary on ŚriŚankarācārya’s Daśaślokī, also known as the Cidānandastavarāja or Cidānandadaśaślokī orNirvāṇadaśaka. In spite of being a commentary, the text deserves an independent status for its exhaustive exposition of advaita philosophy in its totality. It presents all the basic principles ofadvaita in the prima facie views (pūrva-pakṣa) and their refutations (khaṇḍana), and is a reliable and comprehensive digest of advaita vedānta. Numerous commentaries on it by eminent followers of this school substantiate this assertion.

The very meaning of ‘Siddhāntabindu’ suggests that it is a summary or digest of the conclusions of advaita philosophy. The nature of the work, as is found in its brief refutation of other views in order to establish its own, places it under the category of polemical works (vāda-prasthāna), rather than under topical works (adhikaraṇa- prasthāna) in Indian philosophical literature.Madhusūdana Sarasvatī appeared at the height of the great controversy amongst the Indian philosophers over the question of the illusoriness of the empirical world. Philosophers of all other systems contested the notions of the illusoriness of the world and of māyā/avidyā/ajñāna, which is the source of this illusion. The ritualist Mīmāṁsaka-s and the Sānkhyā and the Nyaya

Vaśeṣika realists, on the one hand, and the theologians of the various sects who believed in thereality of God’s creation, on the other, all attacked Śankarācārya’s theories based on illusion.Madhusūdana Sarasvatī rose to his eminent position because of his perfect defense of the system in the neo-logical style of disputation.

Daśaślokī conveys the import of the Upaniṣadic great sentence ‘That thou art’ (tat-tvam-asi).Madhusūdana Sarasvatī, following Śankarācārya, elaborates its import in the Siddhāntabindu. He presents the viewpoints of various schools beginning with cārvāka and others on the nature of the Self, decisively examines them, and finally discards them in order to establish the advaitaview that the Self is absolute and pure consciousness that is also devoid of any attributes. Due to ignorance (avidyā/ajñāna), the Self comes to be bestowed with the attributes of agency (kartṛtva), etc. However, these do not concern the Self at all. The empirical existence (jagatprapañca) is a mere superimposition on Brahman by nescience. Madhusūdana Sarasvatīestablishes (i) the positive (bhāva) and indeterminable (anirvacanīya) nature of avidyā; (ii) the mutual superimposition (tādātmyādhyāsa) of the Self and the not-Self, which is the cause of ‘I’ and ‘mine’; and (iii) the various methods on the interpretation of the great sentence, ‘That thou art’, such as the exclusive implication (jahallakṣaṇā), non-exclusive implication (ajahallakṣaṇā), exclusive-non-exclusive implication (jahad-ajahad-lakṣaṇā), etc. The commentary expounds the various theories about the nature of the individual self (jīva), e.g. the reflection theory (pratibimbavāda), semblance theory (ābhāsa-vāda) and limitation theory (avaccheda-vāda), though Madhusūdana Sarasvatī admits the theory that perception is creation (dṛṣṭi-sṛṣṭi-vāda) to be the chief vedāntic doctrine (mukhya-vedānta-siddhānta). It also elaborates the theories of various schools with regards to the cause of the universe, while expounding the import of theterm ‘tat’ (in ‘tattvamasi’). Here, Madhusūdana Sarasvatī establishes the vedāntic view thatBrahman associated with illusion (māyā) is both the material (upādana) and efficient cause (nimittakāraṇa) of the universe. Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s commentary thus advocates thetranscendental unity between ‘tvam’ and ‘tat’ (in ‘tattvamasi’).

Of the two categories recognized in advaita, namely the seer (dṛk) and the seen (dṛśya), the seer is non-dual and pure consciousness, though it appears threefold, i.e. God (īśvara), the individual self (jīva) and the witnessing self (sākṣin), due to limiting adjuncts (upādhi). The three states of waking, dream and deep-sleep of the jīva are also discussed here in detail. The vedānta theory of

creation (sṛṣṭi), i.e. the theory of quintuplication (pañcīkaraṇa), is explained in detail together with the theory of triplication (trivitkaraṇa) which is also accepted by certain advaitic writers. The commentary also explains the concept of the witnessing Self, and maintains that Brahman, being the base of all proofs, cannot be spoken of. Thus, we get a brief and yet adequate account of advaita philosophy from this work.

At the end of the work, Madhusūdana Sarasvatī mentions that he undertook this work at the repeated request of his disciple, Balabhadra, and that this digest (nibandha), though brief and easy to understand, is pregnant with much content, like the wish yielding gem Cintāmaṇi (of Gaṅgeśa Upādhyāya, 1300 CE) — an assertion that can be corroborated if we view that theSiddhāntabindu only explains in a nutshell what is available in Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’smagnum-opus Advaitasiddhi, a landmark in the history of Vedānta dialectics. Thus, theSiddhāntabindu defends the basic tenets of advaita vedānta through reasoning (unlike hisAdvaitasiddhi that employs hair-splitting polemic) and brings out in brief the philosophic implications of this short work of Śankarācārya, viz. the Daśaślokī.

While the Daśaślokī expounds in a very simple and lucid way (by negating what is opposed to advaitic essence), the fundamental doctrine of advaita vedānta, i.e. the identification of individual self with the supreme reality, Brahman, the Siddhāntabindu not only brings out the terse philosophical import (as embedded in the Daśaślokī), it also shows the taste of the style and argumentative skill of Madhusūdana Sarasvatī. As through hair-splitting polemic inMadhusūdana Sarasvatī’s magnum-opus Advaitasiddhi the basic tenets of advaita vedānta are defended by refuting any objection that may raise against them (i.e. advaita vedāntins), theSiddhāntabindu presents Madhusūdana Sarasvatī’s non-dualistic views in a concise and yet exhaustive manner through reasoning—often leading as a guide book to the post- Śankarācāryaadvaita vedānta in general and its sub-schools in particular.

Among the famous available commentaries on Siddhāntabindu, mention may be made chronologically of the Bindusandīpana of Puruṣottama Sarasvatī (sixteenth century CE), a direct disciple of Madhusūdana Sarasvatī, the Laghuvyākhyā of Nārāyaṇa Tīrtha (seventeenth centuryCE), the Nyāyaratnāvalī of Brahmānanda Sarasvatī (seventeenth century CE), a disciple

of Nārāyaṇa Tīrtha, the Siddhāntasindhu of Rāmarāya Vidvatkavi (1875–1914 CE), and theBinduprapāta of Vasudev Shastri Abhyaṅkar (1863–1942 CE). Besides, a lucid summary of theSiddhāntabindu called Siddhāntabindusāra by Tārānātha Tarkavācaspati (composed in 1793Śakābda = 1871 CE) is also available.

The workshop will be structured thematically which will provide students with an informed overview whilst enabling them to focus on particular topics. The focus will be placed on acquiring a general understanding of the worldview, concepts and methods of advaita vedāntathrough Madhusūdana Sarasvatī. Whenever possible, the ideas expressed therein will be

discussed in the light of modern/Western ideas. Siddāntabindu encourages examination ofinteractions between different schools of thought, and this will be undertaken where appropriate. Translated Sanskrit texts will be provided by authorial explanations and contextualisations, giving the reader an understanding of the argumentative context and philosophical style of Indian texts.

While the workshop will aim to be an introduction to classical advaita philosophy suitable for the philosophically curious, the workshop will not aim to be an introduction to philosophy. Instead, the expected typical audience will include undergraduates who have taken at least a first course in philosophy, graduate students in philosophy seeking to broaden their philosophical horizons, and interested general readers with some prior background in philosophy. Thus, the workshop will be an essential resource for both beginners and advanced students of philosophy and Indian studies.

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