Philosophico-Literary Research

Philosophico-Literary Research Department

The Philosophico-Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama is engaged in performing fundamental researches with an unflagging zeal to realise the dream of its visionary founder, Swami Kuvalayananda.

Aims and objectives:

The primary aims and objectives of the department are as follows:

  • To expand the horizons of knowledge leading to holistic wisdom.
  • To undertake hardcore research in Yoga and allied fields of Philosophy, Science and Literature.
  • Decipher the significant texts of Yogashashtra and allied areas written in
  • Traditional languages like Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit etcetera by the way of
  • Translation,  conceptualization, interpretation of various ideas and concepts.
  • Restoring the ancient manuscripts and preserve them for the use in the Research.
  • Study the beneficial effects of yogic practices and promote their awareness through publications.
  • Scientifically analysing the philosophical concepts of Yogashashtra and apply them in diverse research areas. 
  • Apply the research output for the wellbeing of the humanity in general.



The Philosophicho-Literary Research Department is a part and parcel of its mother institution Kaivalyadhama. Kaivalyadhama is recognised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

The institute has been recognized by the University of Pune, as a Research Centre from the year 1984. Looking at the research activities of the institute, University of Pune has granted permanent recognition from the year 2007.

It is also recognised as a SIRO ( Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) by the DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Furthermore the institute has MOU with S.N.D.T University in the areas of research and academic activities.


The department has established an academic collaboration with NRCVEE of IIT Delhi The departments has decided to jointly work together on two major projects:

  • Digitisation of Yoga manuscripts available at Kaivalyadhama
  • Scientific and Literary Study of the concept of Mind stuff

Research Staff

Ravindranath Bodhe

Raghavendra Bhat
Research Officer

Bandita Satapathy
Research Officer

Research Advisory Committee

The Advisory Board of PLRD comprises erudite scholars, profound exponents of diverse research areas and a nominee of the Government of India to look after the feasibility, propriety and relevance of the research proposals.  The Advisory Board, however, looks after the overall quality control of the research activities of the department. The members of the Advisory Board are-

  1. Dr. Sashi Kashyap
    Department of Sanskrit, S.N.D.T University, Mumbai
  2. Dr. B.K. Dalai
    Director CASS-Pune University
  3. Dr. Lalita Namjoshi
    Retired Professor of Sanskrit., K.J.S.B. Sanskriti Peetham

Review Committee

A Review Committee is formed every five year by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to assess the quantum work performed.  The review committee thoroughly assesses the fulfilment of the projects vis-à-vis their commitments recorded in the proposal.  The committee also evaluates the quality of the work done and approves the project plan for next five years.

Principal Research Collaborators

Dr. Balaji Srinivasan
NRCVEE, Indian Institute of Technology (IITD), New Delhi

Prof. Madhusudan Penna
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University
Ramtek, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Dr. Kakali Ghosh
Centre of Advanced Studies in Sanskrit
Department of Sanskrit
Jadavpur University

Dr. Madhvi Narsalay
Department of Sanskrit
University of Mumbai

“When the five cognitive senses together with the mind cease and the intellect itself does not stir, that, they say, is the highest state. This, the steady control of the senses, is considered to be Yoga”


Brief History of the Department

Kaivalyadhama Yoga Research Institute was established on 7th October 1924 by Late Rev. Swami Kuvalayanandaji, who pioneered the thought that it is high time for science and spirituality to play their role together in establishing harmony in society. This can only be done if Yoga – an ancient science of India – is meaningfully and exhaustively made available to the modern world through its research. He tried to establish a synthesis between the two by bringing Yoga to the Laboratory and Laboratory in the field of meditation. Towards the fulfillment of this mission a three-pronged approach was adopted by Swamiji.

  • The Scientific
  • The Philosophico-Literary and
  • Clinical

This three pronged approach towards Yogic Research, which was in vogue in Kaivalyadhama since its inception. During the course of Research experiences in subsequent years the Philosophico –Literary approach acquired full-fledged status of Research Department In 1944 named as Philosophico-Literary Research Department (P.L.R.D.) with the objectives as envisaged by the Founder Director, Rev. Swami Kuvalayanandaji.

The Philosophico-Literary Research Department (P.L.R.D.) is primarily concerned with the qualitative aspects of Yoga, which broadly has Ethical, Social, Philosophical, Therapeutical and Spiritual dimensions. To unfold and promote these dimensions, P.L.R.D. is continuing the legacy of Swami Kuvalayananda in following ways:

By way of unfolding the ancient yogic wisdom, which is embodied in Sanskrit language scattered in different scriptures or still hidden in manuscripts.

By way of critically editing of ancient yogic texts pertaining to the different concepts and practices and arriving at most authentic readings so that common people can apply this wisdom in their day to day life.

By way of Critical Interpretation, conceptualization, translation etc. of various concepts practices, their effects, ideas, values etc. with a view to promote yogic wisdom among the people.

By way of publishing Catalogues, Yoga Kosha and Concordances of Yogic Texts with a view to obtain comprehensive and analytical understanding of Yogic Knowledge.

By way of supplying information related to Yogic practices and other relevant material to Scientific Research Department of our Institute.

Kaivalyadhama Research Library

Kaivalyadhama LibraryThe Central Research Library also which is located in the building of the PLRD department. The work of PLRD is totally dependent upon the books in the library and the library is kept  equipped with the new arrivals. The library also caters the need of the college students and maintains the issuing and returning of the books. Our Library is having a total of 35000 books with around 1500 original manuscripts and around 300 Xeroxed Yoga Manuscripts. For upkeep of all these, a team of staff is engaged.

The work related to the digitization of Yogic and Sanskrit Texts being carried out under the auspices of ACIP has been completed. This year Digitization work has done with respect to the books related to Yoga, Tantra, Ayurved, Naturopathy, Philosophy (Vedanta, Sankhya, Nyaya Only three Cupboards) and Only One cupboard of Sanskrit.

The Expert group from Asian Classic Input Project (ACIP) visited the institute in connection with scanning of Old hand written Manuscripts and they were given proper support for the completion of the project. In this way the work which started in the year 2006 was completed in this year 2014.

Library Staff

Mrs. Archana Sinha

Asstt. Librarian

Mr. Ashok Sharma

Library Assistant

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