27 and 28 March 2010, a National Seminar on ‘Yoga Darshan:
Philosophical and Cultural Impact’ was organized jointly
by Somnath Sanskrit University (SSU) and AARSH, Gandhinagar.
Held at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Ahmedabad, yoga scholars
and experts from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya
Pradesh, as well as sadhus of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
gave effective guidance. The seminar covered four main topics:
In the inaugural session, Vice-Chancellor
of SSU, Shri Pankajbhai Jani, delivered the welcome address.
This was followed by a reading of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s
letter of blessings for the seminar.
- Yoga Darshan: Literature and
influence on Sampradayas
- Yoga: Influence in ancient
and modern times
- Yoga and Education
- Yoga and Health
Among the speakers during the 2-day seminar were: Pujya Ishwarcharan
Swami, Anandswarup Swami, Aksharvatsal Swami (AARSH), Shrutiprakash
Swami (AARSH), Bhadresh Swammi (AARSH), Dr. B. P. Gorji (Jain
Vishwavidyalaya, Ladnu, Rajasthan), Dr. Beeman Palji (Gujarat
Vidyapith, Ahmedabad), Prof. Dr. Vodheji (Kaivalyadham, Lonavala,
Maharashtra), Dr. Narendra Pandya, Prof. Dr. Devendranath Pandeji
(SSU, Veraval), Dr. Bansidhar Upadhyaya (Lakulish Pashupat,
Kayavarohan), Dr. Sadhna Dhamoriya (Bhopal Vishwavidyalaya,
Bhopal), Shri Didiji (Brahmakumari Sampradaya, Mt. Abu, Rajasthan),
Dr. Pravin Chaudhari (Kadi), Dr. Jadeja (Bhavnagar) and others.
The closing session of the seminar was attended by over 6,000
BAPS devotees, during which Mahamandaleshwar Swamishri Vedabhartiji
(Head, Shri Ramsadhak Gram, Rishikesh) addressed the gathering.
The delegates of the seminar were delighted and inspired by
the presentations and demonstrations over the two days.