An international conference organized under the aegis of Universities Special centre for Sanskrit Studies and held at Jawaharlal Nehru University saw more than 200 research papers presented on yoga and psychotherapy.
The conference was attended by imminent research scholars, scientists, psychotherapists and doctors from India, UK, Japan, Turkey and United States.
The theme of the three-day event, which began on September 24, was 'Science of Consciousness, Psychotherapy and Yoga Praxis: Ancient and Modern Perspectives'. The programme was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sudhir Kumar Sopori by the lighting of a lamp.
Professor Ramnath Jha told that the aim was to bring together scholars in a way so that the entire gamut of ancient and modern knowledge is covered well.
He said, "Life has become complicated due the changes in lifestyle and this is getting manifested in the form of various physical and mental diseases and the solution to this problem lies in centuries old wisdom which is packed in the Science of Consciousness, Psychotherapy and practice of Yoga."
He further added that the subject of the conference was chosen after a lot of deliberations so that it is connected to life's modern aspects where the focus is to find practical solution to the modern ailments using the entire gamut of wisdom as packed in the ancient Indian Scripture.
Professor Ramnath Jha was Secretary of the conference and Professor Ganesh Shankar Giri was the Director.
Chairperson of the Sanskrit centre, Professor Shashiprabha Kumar said, "Entire Vedic thought is the science of consciousness and focus of Veda, Upanishad and Indian Philosophy has been to clear human consciousness from the state of doubt. Thus helping human to rise to an improved state of all round consciousness."
Calling the conference succesful Professor Giri said that the papers will be published for the use of common people and scholars and the outcome of the conference be propogated amongst the youth.
He said, "We will take this knowledge to the youth in schools, colleges and Universities as the aim is to help every person attain health in terms of mind, body and soul."
Professor Jha highlighted that the health of the nation depends on the health of its people and the yoga will help the country in economic terms as with healthy people less money will be needed to be spent on medical services which can be used for the development of the country in other fields.
This conference being held in JNU is the 6th with the first held in 2003 at Sagar, India. It has been in between held in Iran, Japan, and Russia. Fifth conference was held in Chandigarh in 2010. Next conference will be held in Moscow, Russia in 2013.