08-OCT-2018: Symposium in AMU to celebrate Indian Philosophy Day-2018
Aligarh, October 8: The Department of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in collaboration with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) today commemorated the Indian Philosophy Day-2018 with a symposium on 'Multifarious Trends of Indian Ethics' in which eminent speakers proposed their views on the rich, complex and diverse thoughts of Indian philosophy.
Prof Lallan Singh Baghel from the Punjab University emphasised that Indian philosophy has been occupied with ontological and metaphysical questions such as 'Who are we?', 'What is the relation between the body and the self?', 'What is this world all about?', 'Who is the creator?', 'What is knowledge and its nature?', 'What are the various levels of reality? and 'How does one attain knowledge?'
He added that unlike western systems of philosophy, the various branches of Indian philosophy of the Astika (Orthodox) and the Nastika (Unorthodox) schools co-existed over centuries, and sometimes evolved after intense debates among them.
Speaking on Buddhist metaphysics, Prof S D Kaushik, Department of Sanskrit, AMU said that Buddhist school of philosophy teaches us that 'life is Dukkha (suffering, pain, impermanence)'. "According to the Buddhist teaching, life is often beset with sorrow and trouble, and even at its best, is never completely fulfilling and pain is caused by 'Tanha' - our cravings and selfish grasping after pleasure," said Prof Kaushik adding that complete liberation from life's sorrows is possible through the path leading to Nirvana (utter extinction of pain).
ICPR member, Prof U S Bist delineated the Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Purva-Mimamsa and Vedanta schools of philosophy. "Upanishadic or Vedantic thought shifts the centre from God to the Atma (Self) and the entire endevaour is to realise this Self," said Prof Bist explaining works of various Vedanta commentators such as Sankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhavacharya and Vallabhacharya
Giving introductory remarks, Prof Tariq Islam, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy said that since Indian philosophical thoughts comprising general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason and mind are influencing the world in many ways, it was imperative to have an Indian Philosophy Day.
Dr Aquil Ahmad delivered the welcome address, while Mr Bodhendra Kumar proposed the vote of thanks.
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