Medha 2017

Sanskrit, in true Dharmic traditions, does not have a dogmatic set of rules in terms of religion, spirituality, nature, culture, science and so on. The quest to knowledge, constantly questioning the known, seeking to understand the unknown is inherent in Dharmic and is reflected in Sanskrit literature. It is no coincidence that all issues of Medhā reflect this spirit in questioning spirituality. This is to be viewed as a thirst of knowledge towards perfection the inner self (Atman) than dismiss it as speculative and ignorance.

In this 8th edition of Medhā, we once again present a diverse set of articles that delve into various topics. Medhā begins with the annual report and it is very encouraging to see that the school is progressing well taking on new projects every year. There is a significant increase in number of students joining Sanskrit school.

‘Camp Report’- Written by Skanda, one of the Sanskrit school senior students, provides vivid description of happenings in the autumn camp. Clearly depicts how all the children who attended the camp enjoyed all the activities. ‘Acquisition of Happiness’ – Chandresekhara Sastry talks about how one should control their ‘índriyas’ and ‘attachment’ to desires can lead to misery. Chandresekhara Sastry has quoted a verse from Bhagavad-Gita second chapter in this context. ‘Sankara Digvijayam’ – This article exemplifies His Divine nature right from birth taking slokas from MAdhavIya Sankara Dig Vijayam, written by the 12 th Pontiff of Sringeri SArada Peetam, Sri VidyAraNya MahA SwAmi ji. ‘Shabda Pramanam’ – Six pramanas of Hindu philosophy are identified as correct means of accurate knowledge and to truths. This article touches upon them and “Theories of Errors”, i.e. why human beings make error and reach incorrect knowledge. ‘I don’t believe in God’ – A thought provoking article on God and belief. Swamiji (author) places various ideas and thoughts on the topic and concludes by saying “God or ईश्वर is to be understood and, perceived in and through everything” ‘Ramanuja Digvijayam’ – This article covers Sri Ramnujacharya’s digvijayam, starting from Kancheepram to Tripathi.