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Pt Gopinath Kaviraj – ATribute

Pt Gopinath Kaviraj – ATribute

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Pt Gopinath Kaviraj
ATributeBy Vidya35 years ago today, the world incurred a huge loss in learning, scholarship andwisdom. The remarkable fact about this loss was that this erudition existed within the mind of one individual
Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj(7 September 1887
12 June 1976). Today, June 12th 1976 marks the 35th death anniversary of Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj one of the foremost thinkers, mystics and tantrika/saiva/sakta philosophers and upasaka-s India has ever produced.He was born in Bangladesh in 1887 and completed his BA at Jaipur. He arrived inVara?asi the place which was to be his home for a long time to come in 1910 andcompleted his MA at the University of Allahabad. He began his career as a librarian under the guidance of Dr.Arthur Venis at the Sarasvati Bhavan Library and then taught at the Post-Vedic studies department. He served the Saraswati Bhavan as Librarian for six years (1914-1920) and then was appointed Principal of the Government College of Sanskrit which later on came to be known as the SampurnanandSanskrit University. After a stint of 17 years, he voluntarily retired in 1937to pursue research. Many are the texts he has edited as the chief editor of theSarasvati Bhavana. He was awarded the title of
?ahamahopadhyaya
and soon other honors like the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and the Sahitya Academy Award in Sanskrit followed.His comprehensive vision straddled the various darsanas and schools of philosophy and thus his writings spanned a huge range of subjects including but not limited to ?akta, tantra, saiva, nyaya-vaise?ika, pasupata, nathasiddhanta, vaiyakara?a.A brief survey of his life and work and his approach to various philosophicalsystems and subsystems fills us with the same kind of awe we experience when weencounter the mind of acarya Abhinavagupta. His work has guided many a scholar.Many scholars like Jaideva Singh owe their interest in Kashmiri Saivism throughPandit Gopinath Kaviraj. Musicologist and Scholar Dr.Prem Lata Sharma acknowledges his role in enabling her understanding and interpretation of some words andconcepts that occurs in musicological texts such as the B?haddesi. One of his students, Prof.Debabrata Sen Sharma, in
?ahamahopadhyaya Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj, MyTeacher: As I Saw Him
, calls him a
seeker of truth
and says that Kavirajji would describe himself as
merely an explorer of the realms of consciousness
. He is furtherdescribed as
a rare and unique person who combined in himself a wonderful scholarship with a deep spiritual realisation, and, for this reason, he was regarded people as a
living Visvanatha
in the holy town of Vara?asi
.Several of his writings and articles appeared in the Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Institute and were later compiled and edited in the form of books. He edited several diverse works in the Sarasvati Bhavana series including the bhedaratna, sapi??yakalpalatika, anandakanda champu, siddhantaratna, nyayakaustubha, tattvasara, vratakosa, upanidanasutra to name a few. The one aspect that distinguishes him from the regular academician was that he was a seeker and an upasaka too. For him, philosophy and religion and these ideas were a way of life and not something that had to be analyzed purely by letter for he learnt the scriptures under the likes of inspired personages like sivaramakinkara yogatrayananda and wasinitated in yoga by Svami Visuddhananda paramahamsa.His introduction to the philosophy of the Tripura Tantra for example explains the value systems he holds with regard to the philosophical subsystems and the motivations for continuous research and study..It is a truism that every system of theocratic culture in India has behind it aconsistently evolved system of philosophic thought. It is difficult, in the present state of our knowledge, to give a definite idea of the number of such systems in ancient and mediaeval times and even of the extent of literature comprised

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