The day started with Satsang with Swami Advayanandaji, the resident Acharya at CIF. He gave us an overview of the multitude of programs and activities CIF offers.
CIF’s academic programs and projects include:
– Advanced pure research at the doctoral and post-doctoral level – One of the projects nearing completion is the critical edition of the Brahma Sutras with Sankara Bhashya with English translation and notes
– Development of Sukti-sudha, a compilation of proverbs from Sanskrit literature and Vada-kosha, a compendium of Indian philosophical tenets, are some of the other ongoing areas of research.
– Compilation and popularization Sansk-net, a national network data base of Sanskrit classics is another area of work.
– Applied research in the form of Sanskrit and Vedanta home study courses through mail and the Internet offers an opportunity for individuals to easily initiate studies in Sanskrit and Vedanta.
– Exploring and facilitating the collection, preservation, digitalization and publication of rare palm-leaf and other manuscripts
– Anusaraka or Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a next level English to Hindi translation software which allows for recognition of the right context of speech along with appropriate suggestions taking into account usage scenarios
– Mastering Matrimony – The Chinmaya Art of Home Life – a manual for guidance to householders and marriage counseling based on the Indian scriptures.
We got a conducted tour of the library and were lead to the manuscript room. It was fascinating to see the manuscripts from centuries back lining up the shelves and learning about the process of preserving and archiving them made us feel socially conscious.
Next, we were captivated by Brahmachari Gagan Chaitanya, with his versatile skills, and using these many talents, he elucidated the past and future of the easy Sanskrit online course.
Manisha Makecha (Yuva Veer) and Shivani then explained the new CIF website and Anusaarika project. (Please visit their revamped website www.chinfo.org for more information about CIF.)
The chuttuvilakku and Paduka pooja set against a drizzly evening rounded out the evening.
Guruji’s satsang followed, where he talked about the similarities in the lives of Adi Shankaracharya and Gurudev.