संस्कृतेर्मानवाः संस्कृता भूरिदा:।। Cultured people share abundantly.
Founder – Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
On June 14, when Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji launched the website of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions, the awareness of Pujya Gurudev’s sacred sankalpa was palpable among all present.
Following an invocation by Smt. Pramodini Rao, Campus Director of Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula, Shri Suresh Subramanian, the Registrar, kicked off the launch by describing the event as a Guru dakshina to Pujya Gurudev who expressed the sankalpa of having a Sanskrit University many years ago. He introduced Pujya Guruji as the Chancellor of the Chinmaya University, Swami Brahmanandaji as the Chairman of the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), the sponsoring institution, Swami Advayananda as the President of the Executive Council, Swami Mitrananda, trustee of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Prof. B. Mahadevan, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi, the Dean of Faculty at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula located at CIF.
In his inaugural address, Pujya Guruji said that several years ago Swami Advayananda asked for permission to accept a donation Chinmaya University saying that Pujya Gurudev had spoken about it at the time of establishment of the Chinmaya International Foundation. “I told him, ‘Since that was Pujya Gurudev’s sankalpa, it will happen. Accept the donation.’ Today is the fructification of that sankalpa!” Guruji went on to describe the dhyeya-vākya “Vidyayā Saṁskritiḥ”- Culture is protected, nourished and nurtured by true Knowledge.
विद्यया रक्षिता संस्कृति: सर्वदा ।
संस्कृतेर्मानवाः संस्कृता भूरिदाः ।।
vidyayā rakshitā saṁskṛtiḥ sarvadā ।
saṁskṛtermānavāḥ saṁskṛtā bhūridāḥ ।।
Explaining the vision verse that he composed, Guruji said that
“A culture is protected by Vidya, true Knowledge. Because of this vidya, a person is called cultured. The sign of the cultured is that they become bhūridāḥ, that is they become givers. Like we say in the pledge, ‘giving more than what we take, producing more what we consume.’ The sign of culture is the magnanimity, large-heartedness, and the generosity to share with others.
Guruji said that the vision of the Chinmaya University would be marked by:
Pujya Guruji concluded by recognizing the hard work put in by Swami Advayananda and Shri Suresh Subramanian and Smt. Prarthana Saran of Chinmaya Mission, Delhi.
Swami Advayananda in his address presented the genesis of the University going back to the time when Pujya Gurudev expressed his vision for a Sanskrit University at the time when CIF was established. At the end he reiterated that the purpose of the University is to “Go into the depths of Indian Knowledge Traditions, bring out the best of what our great rishis, mahatmas and vidvans have given for centuries and amalgamate this wisdom with present day knowledge fields, so that we benefit not only the Indian Knowledge Traditions but also the world pool of knowledge.” He recalled the tremendous contributions of Shri G. V. Eswar in enabling us to collect the required Rs. 25 crores and the magnanimous and spontaneous contributions from the overseas Chinmaya Mission Centres especially from USA when Pujya Guruji made his appeal for the Chinmaya University.
Swami Mitrananda narrated a couple of fascinating stories about how Koundinya, from Tamil Nadu, went by sea to what is modern-day Cambodia and was probably responsible for the creation of the Angkor Wat temple complex, the largest Hindu temple complex outside India. He declared that “It’s time that we teach our own students to understand both aspects, para and apara vidya of this glorious tradition in India.”
Prof. Mahadevan, the Vice Chancellor, appropriately began his address in Sanskrit and went to make significant commitments on behalf of the University. He thanked Pujya Guruji for giving him the opportunity to be involved in this sacred initiative. “There will be a single-pointed focus to open up the vast treasure of Indian Knowledge traditions to the modern world. The Chinmaya University will do meaningful and serious research on Sanskrit, on Ancient Indian Knowledge Traditions and synthesize all of them for creating new ideas for the emerging world.” After describing the first set of proposed courses, Prof. Mahadevan went onto state that the “Sanskrit fraternity in this country can look up to Chinmaya University when it comes to innovation in pedagogical aspects of running a Sanskrit Program. We will create a wonderful ambience for cross disciplinary research riding on the platform of applied Indic Knowledge Traditions. Lastly, we will create a very compelling academic environment.”
At that point, Pujya Guruji clicked on Chinmaya University link and launched the website to loud applause. Shri NM Sundar, the Campus Director, for Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula, went onto describe the salient features of the website and invited everyone to explore the website www.chinmayauniversity.ac.in – any information required may be got by emailing email@example.com.