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TALK : Two lectures by Dr. Lauren Michelle Baucsh at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), 11, Mansingh Road > 4pm on 22nd & 23rd June 2017

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Time : 4:00 pm Add to Calendar 22/06/2017 16:00 23/06/2017 17:00 Asia/Kolkata TALK : Two lectures by Dr. Lauren Michelle Baucsh Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/06/talk-two-lectures-by-dr-lauren-michelle.html Lecture Hall, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi - 110001 DD/MM/YYYY

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Venue : Lecture Hall, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi - 110001

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Two lectures by Dr. Lauren Michelle Baucsh (Assistant Professor, Dharma Buddhist University, California) under the following subjects has been scheduled under the Vedic Heritage Portal:

22nd June : On Being Firmly Established in the Brāhmaṇas and Āraṇyakas
In Sacrifice in the Brāhmaṇa-texts, G.U. Thite affirmed that the sacrificer strives to be firmly
established both temporally (saṁsthā) and spatially (pratiṣṭhā). This paper focuses exclusively
on the latter. The concept of pratiṣṭhā occurs frequently in the Brāhmaṇas, where it refers to a firm foundation, basis, ground, or support. In his article “Pratiṣṭhā,” Jan Gonda remarked that the meaning of this term is straightforward. But on what is one firmly established? This paper takes a closer look at what it means to be firmly established in heaven and earth and in prajā (offspring) and paśus (cattle). Analyzing passages for being firmly established spatially in the Brāhmaṇas and Āraṇyakas sheds light on man’s original nature and why he seeks stability by means of the ritual and at the same time cosmic-offering. While man in his body and sense organs is a holding place for brahman, the Vedic sacrificer endeavors to become firmly established in the full expanse of his being.

23rd June : Varṇa as Internal Powers in Vedic Texts
In Crossing the Lines of Caste, Adheesh Sathaye characterizes Viśvāmitra as a brāhmaṇa in the Ṛgveda and as both a brāhmaṇa and a kṣatriya in the Brāhmaṇa texts. In the Ṛgveda, he is a famous purohita to whom numerous hymns are attributed. However, in the Pañcaviṃśa Brāhmaṇa (21.12.1-2), Viśvāmitra is called the king of the Jahnus (viśvāmitro jāhnavo rājā) and when he saw a particular rite, he attained rāṣṭram. In the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa (7.13-18) Śunaḥśepa calls Viśvāmitra a prince (rājaputra) is promised a twin inheritance: to be a kṣatriya with the Jahnus lineage and a brāhmaṇa with the Gāthins. Finally, in the Jaiminīya Brāhmaṇa (2.219), Viśvāmitra wished for his offspring to attain rājyam. After directly seeing a special stoma equated with royal power (kṣatram), his offspring attained rājyam and were consecrated.
Sathaye concludes, “during most of the Vedic period being both a Brahmin and a Kṣatriya was not such a social impossibility” (36). In Classifying the Universe, Brian Smith defines varṇa as a classificatory scheme to order and connect different parts of the cosmos. This paper examines varṇa taxonomies in Vedic texts to suggest that the possibility of having a dual varṇa in the Vedic period was due to the understanding of brahman, kṣatram, and viś as inherent powers, often incorporated in the body, which refashioned older Vedic mythology and religious goals.

About the Speaker : Dr. Lauren Bausch is an assistant professor at Dharma Realm Buddhist University in California, where she teaches Sanskrit, Indian Classics, and Buddhism. She completed her Ph.D. in Sanskrit in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 2015. Her dissertation, Kosalan Philosophy in the Kāṇva Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and the Suttanipāta, explored causality and modes of knowing in late Vedic and early Buddhist texts. Her areas of scholarly interest include early Indian literature and philosophy, with special attention to both Brāhmaṇa-texts and early Buddhism. 

Chairperson : Prof. Shashiprabha Kumar (Ex. Vice-Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Madhya Pradesh)

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