Some of the Major projects successfully Completed

1.  Project for the Preparation of a Comprehensive Dictionary of Yoga in Print and Electronic Formats.

India is the land that espoused the cause of spirituality from time immemorial. Spirituality is enshrined in the texts of Yoga, as Yoga itself, in a way, means spirituality. Yoga can also be called as the science of spirituality. Though Yoga is a complete and comprehensive science of spirituality, of late, more importantly, the Asana and Pranayama segments have become very popular and are being practised throughout the world. Due to this, the knowledge of the theoretical foundations of Yoga are still not taught or disseminated in the proper, prescribed manner. The causes for this are many. The original texts of Yoga are all in Sanskrit language, and today people who are well-versed in this language are diminishing by the day. This greatly hampers the proper study of the Yoga texts, which in turn leads to misinformation and misconceptions about the very foundations of Yoga. It is to overcome lacunae such as these that, the Samskriti Foundation, Mysore has embarked on this project to provide authentic meanings of the technical terms of Yoga. Extensive references from various accepted authorities are also provided to substantiate the explanations given. They are also supported by the etymological and morphological derivations of the words, according to the accepted lexicons of Sanskrit language. As per the information available, such a dictionary of Yoga has not been prepared so far by any organization.

2. Project for Preparation of a Classified, Electronic Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Manuscripts and Books on Yoga

In the last few decades, there has been a wide acceptance of Yoga in western nations. More and more people from all over the world are also flocking to India to get the Yogic solution to their health problems. As the demand for Yoga is increasing, there is also a corresponding increase in the number of scientists studying and conducting research in the field of Yoga.

Though the number of persons studying and conducting research in the field of Yoga has increased multifold, there has not been a matching increase to facilitate learning and research in this field. Necessary and efficient tools have not been developed to facilitate easy and correct understanding of the Yogic texts.

This is due to the fact that there are an incredible number of Yogic texts that deal with different aspects like the Asana, Pranayama, Hatha Yoga and so on. It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 texts that deal with Yoga and its allied topics in India. These works are predominantly in Sanskrit. Apart from Sanskrit, there are many works written in other regional languages and English also. Out of the ancient manuscripts that are both in palm-leaf, paper and other traditional forms, it is estimated that only about 150 – 200 works have been published. Even expert Yoga practitioners and scholars do not know even the names or other details about the remaining texts. Further there is no ready reckoner to know if a book has been published or not. There is also no Catalogue that readily gives even the basic details like name, author, sub-division of Yoga with which the text deals etc of all the manuscripts / books on Yoga available in the different libraries / collections of India and abroad. This is a big handicap as far as Yoga practitioners, scholars and researchers are concerned.

To overcome this acute and critical problem, it is proposed to bring out a comprehensive, Classified, Electronic Master descriptive catalogue of all manuscripts and books on Yoga. This Electronic Master descriptive catalogue will also contain information about all the works of Yoga, authored in Sanskrit, English and other regional languages of India. This will go a long way in helping Yoga practitioners, scholars and researchers in their respective professions and create awareness in the world about the original contributions of our forefathers to this field. This will also facilitate extensive research into the practical and theoretical aspects of the original texts of Indian systems of philosophy, especially Yoga philosophy.

This project is undertaken with support from the Govt. of India and the execution of the same is under full swing. In a way, this project is a natural progression of the Dictionary of Yoga prepared earlier.

3. Preparation of Comprehensive Bibliography of Sanskrit Manuscripts dealing with Science & Technology

As reported earlier, the Indian Scientific heritage has been extremely productive. India has one of the largest collections of Scientific manuscripts of any civilization in the world. While there is no precise enumeration of the number of manuscripts, estimates vary widely, putting it in the region of 20000 to 100,000 manuscripts. Unfortunately there is no detailed and accurate data about the number, extent and distribution of the Scientific manuscripts of India. The presently available published Scientific texts, which are in contemporary use, represent less than 2% of the Scientific literature that is available in the form of manuscripts. The present project envisages to prepare a bibliography of manuscripts dealing with Science and technology. It is a pioneering project that has search facilities to search, identify and locate such manuscripts and books. All those interested in exploring or trying to know more about the rich tradition of science and technology of Ancient India are welcome to access this site and enrich their knowledge about the same and also contribute academically to bring the invaluable knowledge housed in the texts of yore to the public domain. As part of the project, more than 8500 manuscripts pertaining to about 50 different fields of science and technology have been electronically catalogued and are available in a searchable form. A physical report too of the same has been generated and submitted to the Govt. of India which graciously sponsored the Project.

4. Project for the preparation of the History of the Philosophy of Visistadvaita

The Philosophy of Visistadvaita is one of the principal philosophical systems of Vedanta. Propounded originally by the great Sage Vedavyasa, it was systematized by Acarya Ramanuja, the famous mystic saint-philosopher and social reformer of the 11th Century AD. For long, there has been a void as far as the literary history of this philosophy is concerned. To fill this void, the Foundation has undertaken a project to prepare the literary history of the Philosophy of Visistadvaita. With financial support from the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi, and literary support from various scholars who are deeply interested in the topic, the Foundation is engaged in the task of authoring the literary history of the Philosophy of Visistadvaita, in a very unique manner, that can prove to be a very good model that is worth following for authoring the history of other philosophical systems. Currently the final text of the literary History of the Philosophy of Visistadvaita, bound in 2 Volumes is ready for printing.

5. Dasa Sahitya Project

The ‘Haridasa’ devotional movement is considered as one of the turning points in the cultural history of India. Over a span of nearly six centuries, several saints and mystics helped shape the culture, philosophy and art of South India in general and Karnataka in particular by exerting considerable spiritual influence over the masses and kingdoms that ruled South India. This movement was ushered in by the Haridasas (literally meaning ‘servants of Lord Hari‘) and took shape in the 13th century – 14th century CE, period, prior to and during the early rule of the Vijayanagara empire. The main objective of this movement was to propagate the path of Bhakti (devotion) to the masses through a literary medium known as Dasa Sahitya (lit. “literature of the servants of the Lord”)

The entire Dasa Sahitya is in Kannada language. Persons from Tamil Nadu who are not conversant with Kannada language, are at present, unable to savor the beauty of this great literature. To overcome this problem, Sri Mahaperiyaval Trust, Bangalore has associated with SF for implementing a project aimed at bringing out a series of publications with the Dasa Sahitya text in Devenagari script with meanings in Tamil Language.

6. Research on Food traditions and Neutraceuticals in traditional works of Sanskrit

‘Nutraceutical’ is a term is applied to products that range from isolated nutrients,dietary supplements and herbal products, specific diets and processed foods such as cereals, soups, and beverages. Under the direct leadership and active participation of Prof M A Lakshmithathachar, a detailed study-research is being conducted with regard to Food traditions and Neutraceuticals based on traditional works of Sanskrit. With close association of Dr. V.Prakash, former Director of the CFTRI, Mysore and Distinguished Scientist of the Govt. of India, the project is progressing well. It is also proposed to develop a software to give information about customized foods and neutraceuticals to individuals for specific health conditions.