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Kulapati Munshi Jayanti celebrated
Dr. G.B. Jani and Shri Ramesh Bhatt
Celebration of Kulapati Munshi Jayanti, and Lecture on 'Hymns of Shankaracharya and Advaita-vedanta' by Shri Ramesh Bhatt

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan celebrated 132nd birth anniversary of its Founder-President Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshi, on Monday, 30th December, 2019. On this occasion, the recitation of Rudradhyaya and few Shiva-stotras was performed by Dr. Vyas Prasad Pandey, Shri Krishna Kumar Jha, Dr. Shivgopal Mishra and other staff-members of Bhavan's Sanskrit Depts., and a lecture on 'Hymns of Shankaracharya and Advaita-vedanta' was delivered by Shri Ramesh Bhatt, Hon. Chairman, Mumbai Dhyan Kendra, Yogoda Satsang Society of India.
Shri Hitesh Trivedi, Assistant, Bhavan's P. G. and Research Dept., rendered the Vedic prayer, delivered the welcome address, and paid homage to Kulapati Munshi. Dr. Girish B. Jani, Addl. Director, Bhavan's P. G. and Research Dept., introduced the speaker Shri Ramesh Bhatt, and offered floral tribute to him.
In his inspiring lecture, Shri Ramesh Bhatt discussed many verses from Adi Shankaracharya's various hymns dedicated to Mother Goddess, Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Surya ad other deities; and pointed out the depiction of various elements of Advaita-vedanta in those verses. In his detailed elaboration of the subject, he discussed the topics like Maya, Avidya, Adhyasa (Superimposition), Saguna-upasana, Bandha (Bondage), Moksha (liberation), Bhakti, oneness of manifest forms and attribute-less state of ultimate reality - Parabrahman, as reflected in hymns of Shankaracharya.
In his presidential address, Dr. Girish B. Jani briefly discussed the various references to Advaita-vedantic peculiarities found in the devotional poetry of Shankaracharya, and his contribution to the non-dualistic unification of different sects of spiritual pursuit and worship. He paid homage to Kulapati Munshi, and spoke on his rich contribution to Gujarati literature, and the propagation of Sanskrit studies and modern education.
Shri Hitesh Trivedi compered the programme of the function, and proposed the vote of thanks.
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