Acharya Abhinavagupta millennium year celebrations inaugurated

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar launched the millennium year celebrations of Acharya Abhinavagupta at a function at Vigyan Bhawan today. Union Minister of State, PMO, Dr Jitender Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Haryana Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar and member of British Parliament Bob Blackman also participated in the function. Swami Parmatmanand Saraswati, convenor of the Hindu Dharm Acharya Sabha was also present on the occasion.

Jammu Kashmir Study Centre president Padamshri Jawaharlal Kaul’s book ‘Abhinavagupta and the Shiva Renaissance’ was released on the occasion.  

Prominent personalities of India including artists, litterateurs, philosophers and spiritual gurus have come together to celebrate the amazing contributions of Acharya Abhinavagupta to the Indian culture…and in fact, to the global society. Jammu Kashmir Study Centre and Art of Living Foundation, in collaboration with several other supporting organizations, are organizing millennium year celebrations of Acharya Abhinavagupta throughout India. For this purpose, a pan-India Millennium Ceremony Committee has been formed, which will be presided over by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation.

Acharya Abhinavagupta from Kashmir was one of the world’s greatest philosophers and literary critics. He was also a mystic and aesthetician par excellence, who exercises strong influence on the Indian culture since last thousand years. He is to South Asia what Plato or Aristotle is to western civilization. The versatility of this genius was such that his works are even today being researched in over fifty countries worldwide.

Best known as the proponent of Kashmir Shaivism, Acharya Abhinavagupta also authored many books on tantra and theatre. His commentary on Bharat Muni’s Natyashastra forms an essential part of the Indian discourse on poetry, drama, dance and music.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Navjivan Rastogi, former head of Department of Sanskrit and Prakrit Languages at the Lucknow University, said Acharya Abhinavagupta was an encyclopedia himself. He studied at least 250 manuscripts of ancient books and Vedas and presented them in a simplified format to the common man. His ‘Tantralok’, for example, is a complete encyclopedia on tantra, Dr Rastogi said. Dr Rastogi has himself authored many books on Acharya Abhinavagupta’s works.