Free Lecture: Vedic Poetry and Its Journey Toward Yoga by Rati Saxena
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3700, Wednesday April 30th, 8:00 p.m.
Rati Saxena is a Vedic scholar, poet, translator, editor, and Director of the Kritya Poetry Festival. Saxena received her Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the University of Rajasthan and focused her study on the Vedas, with an emphasis on the Atharvaveda. Saxena received the Kendriya Sahitya Akedemy award for translation in 2000 and has published eight collections of poetry in both English and Hindi, including one Travelodge and a critical work on the renowned Malayalam poet Balamani Amma. Her work on the Atharvaveda, entitled: The Seeds of the Mind: A Fresh Approach to the Study of Atharvaveda, was published under the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts fellowship. Saxena is a founding member of: Asia for the World Poetry Movement - Medellin, as well as both an editor and managing trustee for the bilingual poetry web journal Kritya (www.kritya.in), through which she has organized eight national and international poetry festivals. Saxena has been invited to prestigious poetry festivals, including "PoesiaPresente" in Monza (Italy), the Mediterranean Festival, the International House of Stavanger (Norway), the Struga Poetry Evening, Macedonia, and the renown Medellin Poetry Festival in Colombia.
Free Lecture: Unpublished Manuscript Evidence on the Practice of Many Asanas in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries by Jason Birch
Theological Studies Village, University Hall 3700, Wednesday May 14th, 8:00 p.m.
Rati It is often noted that the myriad postures (asana) of modern yoga are not to be found in the well-known scriptures of Hathayoga. This has prompted some to assert that relatively few asanas were practiced in Hathayoga and those we see today are largely the invention of twentieth-century Indian gurus. There is certainly some truth in these assertions, but they need to be assessed in the light of three unpublished manuscripts which contain long lists of asanas.
Jason Birch, DPhil (Oxford), BA (Sanskrit) Hons (USyd), is a visitng scholar at Loyola Marymount University where he is currently teaching on the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies program. His doctoral research was on the earliest known Sanskrit text on Rajayoga and he is currently working on reconstructing the history of yoga on the eve of colonialism.
Free Community Offering: The Bhagavad Gita within the Great Narrative by Dr. Chris Chapple
YogaGlo (1800 Berkeley Street, Santa Monica 90404), Thursday, May 15th. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Bhagavad Gita, best known for its teachings on the four Yogas of Knowledge, Action, Devotion, and Meditation, takes place as a song within a song. This series of talks will explore the great epic the Mahabharata as well as the Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita. By helping Arjuna understand his place within the larger context of family and society, Krishna brings freedom of action to the world.