Indian philosophy aims at the spiritual liberation of man and at the same time defines the path that leads to it. The path to freedom is based on three pillars, also known as the ‘three jewels’ – right vision, right knowledge, and right practice. But its division into a multitude of schools and traditions with often contradictory and conflicting theories and practices lies in the way they interpret the concept of “right.” Each school perceives the “truth” according to the teachings of its founders, firm and unchanging over time, but the study of the Indian philosophy as a whole enables us to see the other side – the relative – that harmonizes with the subjective and the constantly changing consciousness of man. The three pillars of righteousness not only support the elevation of human consciousness to the higher states of being, but also other purposes of life – the fulfillment of the individual duty, production of wealth and values, and enjoyment of the goods of life. The truth of the transcendental unity is expressed and realized through the colorful garden of mind and human existense.
Indian philosophy courses
The Indian philosophy courses are taught by Indologist Professor Dimitriοs Vassiliadis and invited expert teachers. The methodology used is critical and enlightening and is often accompanied by slide shows, films and documentaries. The courses are weekly and monthly and take place at the Athens Center for Indian and Indo-Hellenic Studies, as well as at affiliated yoga centers and educational and cultural institutions all over Greece.
The introductory seminars are intended for beginners who wish to gain a general knowledge of specific subject areas. The seminars taught are following: “Introduction to Indian Philosophy”, “Introduction to Yoga Philosophy”, “Introduction to Kashmir Shaivism Philosophy”, “The Central Philosophy of Buddhism”, and “Grand Masters of India and their Teachings”. Each seminar consists of 8 lessons that can be done on a weekly or monthly basis.
The study of philosophical texts is addressed to students who wish to specialize in certain areas of Indian philosophy, such as Yoga, Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Jainism, and modern Indian philosophers. The original texts are translated and commented on, with no requirement to know Sanskrit. Some of the texts taught to date are Upanishads, Bhagavat Gita, Sankhya Karika, Yoga Sutra, Shiva Sutra, and Spanda Karika. Classes are held on a weekly basis.
Study of Pratyabhijñā-hṛdayam (Course starts: October 2019)
Athens Center for Indian and Indo-Hellenic Studies
The pratyabhijñā hṛdayam is one of the most important texts of the pratyabhiijñā school of Kashmir Shaivism, which proclaims that the entire subjective and objective world of creation is a projection of divine consciousness. Therefore, the Sanskrit word pratyabhijñā (prati = towards, abhi = upon, within, jñā = knowledge) often translated into English as “self re-cognition” should be more accurately referred to as “recognition of the divine substance”. This interpretation is closer to Utpaladeva’s fundamental work, Īśvara-pratyabhijñā-kārikā, on which Kṣemarāja relied, in the early 11th century AD, to write pratyabhijñā hṛdayam (Heart of Divine Recognition).
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