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Celebration of 85th Foundation Day of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Lecture on 'Place of Vedanta Philosophy in Human Life'
by Ms. Sangeeta Rau

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's 85th Foundation Day was celebrated on Monday, 7-11-2022. On this occasion, the recitation of Lalita-sahasranama-stotra and other hymns was performed by Dr. Girish B. Jani, Director, Sanskrit Studies & Research, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and Shri Krishna Kumar Jha, Asst. Exam. Officer, Bhavan's Sanskrit Exams. Dept. A lecture on 'Place of Vedanta Philosophy in Human Life' was delivered online by Ms. Sangeeta Rau, Sanskrit scholar, and former Faculty-member, Ananthacharya Indological Research Institute, Mumbai.
Dr. Shivgopal Mishra, Asst. Examination Secretary, Bhavan's Sanskrit Exams. Dept., rendered the Vedic prayer and delivered the welcome address. Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, Asst. Director, Bhavan's P.G. & Research Dept., introduced the speaker and compered the programme of the function.
In her interesting lecture, Ms. Rau briefly introduced the basic elements of Vedanta philosophy and elucidated its various facets related with day-to-day life of common man. Quoting profusely from the Vedas, Upanishads, epics and devotional hymns, she discussed the topics like role of noble virtues, causes of sorrow, means for understanding the real nature of worldly objects, and soul, importance of Sadhana (spiritual pursuit), art of meaningful living, characteristics of supreme reality--Brahman and path of self-realization.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Ganapati V. Hegde, In-Charge Principal, Bhavan's Mumbadevi Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya.

Happy Classroom Training

Bhavan’s V. M. Public School, Vadodara was the venue for the one-day capacity building programme on Happy Classroom organised by CBSE, Centre of Excellence, Ajmer on September 24, 2022. The training session was attended by 75 participants which included Principals, Vice Principals, Coordinators, HODs and teachers from 49 CBSE schools in Gujarat. The two resource persons Shri Rajeev Kumar Garg, Principal, Datta Meghe World Academy, Navi Mumbai and Dr Rashmirekha Saha, Principal, Jaipuria School, Vadodara conducted the training session covering various sub-topics like happiness index, difference between pleasure, well-being and happiness and how teachers can enhance their emotional skills to empower students in their classroom.

Homage to Acharya Pt. Bhaishankar B. Purohit, and Lecture on ‘Vishaya-vakyas of Brahma-sutra and Advaita-vedanta’ by Prof. Dr. Vijay Pandya

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan paid homage to Acharya Pt. Bhaishankar B. Purohit (26-10-1922--14-7-1998), the veteran Sanskrit scholar, and former Principal of its Mumbadevi Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, on his 100th birth anniversary on Wednesday, 26-10-2022. On this occasion, Puja and Rudri-path were performed at Chandramaulishvara temple, Bhavan’s Campus, Andheri (W), Mumbai. On Friday, 28-10-2022, the Parayana of Rudradhyaya and other sacred hymns was performed at the Central Bhavan, by Bhavan’s staff-members including Dr. Girish B. Jani, Director, Sanskrit Studies and Research, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; Dr. Shivgopal Mishra, Asst. Examination Secretary, Bhavan’s Sanskrit Examination Dept., and Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, Asst. Director, Bhavan’s P. G. and Research Dept. Prof. Dr. Vijay Pandya, the eminent Sanskrit scholar (from Ahmedabad), delivered online a lecture (in Hindi) on ‘Vishaya-vakyas of Brahma-sutra and Advaita-vedanta’. Dr. Ganapati V. Hegde, Principal I/C, Bhavan’s Mumbadevi Adarsh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, rendered the Vedic prayer and delivered the welcome address. Dr. G. B. Jani, paid homage to his Guru Acharya Pt. Purohitji, who devotedly served at the Bhavan’s various Sanskrit Depts., for more than five decades (1948-1998), in different capacities, and briefly spoke on his life and works. He also introduced the speaker Prof. Dr. Vijay Pandya, Retd. Professor, Dept. of Sanskrit, University of Gujarat, Ahmedabad.
In his inspiring and lucid lecture, Prof. Dr. Vijay Pandya paid tributes to Pt. Purohitji and appreciated his contribution to the Vedantic studies. He discussed at length the topics like ascertainment of the Vishaya-vakyas (the authoritative statements from the Upanishads) referred to in the Brahma-sutra, the core subject of the Brahma-sutra and its structure, extent of its source material, and varieties of the Vishaya-vakyas. Quoting profusely from the works of great commentators of the Brahma-sutra including Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Bhaskaracharya, Madhvacharya, Baladeva Vidyabhushana, and modern scholars including S. Radhakrishnan, Paul Deussen, E. A. Solomon, B.N.K. Sharma, S. M. Bhatkhande, and others, he emphatically analysed the major role of the Vishaya-vakyas in the systematisation of the Vedantic philosophy as shown in the Brahma-sutra. He briefly highlighted the various facets of the Upanishadic Advaita-vedanta philosophy and its place among the different philosophies of the world.
Pt. Purohitji’s two sons -- Shri Kirit and Shri Satish paid homage to their father, and humbly thanked the Bhavan for organising celebration of the birth centenary of Pt. Purohitji. Dr. Hitesh Trivedi, compered the programme of the function and proposed the vote of thanks. The function was well attended by staff-members and students of the Bhavan, and family-members of Pt. Purohitji.

NEET Topper

Zeel Vyas, student of Bhavan’s V.M. Public School emerged as the state topper securing an All-India Rank of 9 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2022. She scored 710 out of 720 marks and has a percentile score of 99.99.
It was her first attempt and she is testimony to the fact that students can clear NEET whilst preparing for their Class 12 boards at the same time.
Zeel is always exemplarily well-behaved and demonstrates positive values in her actions. She is the recipient of Shri C. Subramaniam Award for Excellence in Character (2017-2018) and Shri Pranlal Devkaran Nanji Award for Excellence in Harmonious Behaviour (2019-20).

Saraswati Puja

The Saraswati Puja was organized at the Bhavan’s Munshi Saraswati Granthagar (Bhavan’s Library), on Monday, 3rd October, 2022. This Puja is organized every year in Sharadiya Navaratri for seeking Goddess Saraswati’s blessings for progress and prosperity of the Bhavan’s mission of the promotion of education.
Shri Jagdish Lakhani, Joint Executive Secretary & Registrar, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, performed the Puja as the host. Shri Hitesh Trivedi, Assistant Director, Bhavan’s P. G & Research Dept., conducted the rituals of the Puja, as the priest. Shri Ramesh Oza, Ms. Niyati Shah, Smt. Anjali Ambekar, Smt. Heena Sarang, Smt. Dhanashree Ghadge, and other staff-members of the Library participated in this Puja.
Shri I. R. Khandwala, Dr. Rajendra Singh, Dr. Girish B. Jani, Shri Yogesh Kamdar, Shri P. M. Madkaikar, Shri S. V. Vaid, Shri Deepak Doshi, Shri Ramesh Kumar, Shri Niranjan Mehta, Shri Lalit Shah, Shri Ajeenkya Sampat,, Dr. Ganapati V. Hegde, Smt Meera Chikhalikar, other staff-members of the Bhavan, Dr. Urmi Desai, Ms. Aban Mukherji, a few library-members, and Prof. Dr. L. N. Pandey, Director, Central Sanskrit University, K. J. Somaiya Campus, Vidyavihar, Mumbai, attended the function and offered floral tribute to Goddess Saraswati.