KaivalyaDhama

Philosophico Literary Research Department

PLRD focuses on conducting in-depth qualitative research in Yoga philosophy and literature. As one of the forerunners in analysis of Yogic ideologies, PLRD earned the status of Philosophico-Literary Research Department in 1944.

Having deep admiration for Yogic literature, Swami Kuvalayananda collected texts from all over, with the purpose of creating a global information databank on Yoga. His systematic approach to Yoga, continues to be followed in the ethical, social, philosophical, and spiritual applications of Yoga by various schools of thought.

Taking forward the legacy, PLRD ensures that Yogic principles and values of are made available in a relevant manner, while retaining the essence of traditional Yoga. By way of research, at PLRD we aim to enhance and uncover various Yogic concepts. PLRD has a team of experienced and authortitative subject matter experts, inlcuding academicians, researchers, authors, and scholars.

The scope of work at PLRD involves conducting methodical inquiries across textual, reconstructive, bibliographic, and encyclopaedic aspects of Yoga. The department engages in the collection, preservation, and dissemination of ancient and modern Yoga texts. Through instruction, publication, translation, and reference material on Yogic principles, PLRD makes Yogic wisdom accessible across the globe.

PLRD has an extensive Yoga research library with a collection of over 30,000 books and 240 Yoga manuscripts dealing with Yoga and Yoga-related subjects. PLRD today, is a comprehensive Yoga archive with a fully-digitised catalogue.

PLRD Core Competencies

Teaching

Academic courses in the Kaivalyadhama college
Week-long workshops for visitors

Research

Collection and preservation of manuscripts
Analytical literary research, translation, and referencing
Critical interpretation and critical editions
Cataloguing and organising Yoga Kosha

Publications

Reference guides, Text books, Yoga indexes, anthologies, and reprints

Outreach

External workshops, guest lectures, seminars, and conferences Central research library Contribution to Kaivalyadhama’s Scientific Research Department (SRD)

Research Advisory Committee

The Advisory Board of PLRD comprises erudite scholars and a nominee of the Government of India to augment the and viability and quality of Yoga research at Kaivalyadhama.

The current members are:

  1. Prof Ravindra Muley
    Director, Centre for Advanced Studies in Sanskrit, Savitribhai Phule University Pune
  2. Prof Vijay Shankar Shukla
    Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Varanasi

Collaborations

Academic collaboration with NRCVEE, IIT Delhi on two major projects:

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

Kaivalyadhama Central Research Library

The Central Research Library, is located in the PLRD department. The Library houses both ancient and modern collection of material and texts on Yoga that helps in easy access for research. The library also caters to college students of Kaivalyadhama. The library team currently maintains and manages a total of 30,116 books with around 1000 photocopies of original manuscripts on Yoga related subjects; and 240 photocopies of manuscripts only on Yoga.

The PLRD Team

Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee

Asstt. Director of Research & Dept. Head

Dr. Bandita Satapathy

Research officer

Archana-Sinha

Mrs. Archana Sinha

Asst. Librarian

Recent Publications, Reprints, Articles

  • Quintessence of Yoga
  • Amrtasiddhiyogah
  • Siddhasiddhantapaddhatih
  • Asana by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Pranayama by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Yogic Therapy by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Commentary by Dr. Karambelkar on Patanjal Yoga Sutra
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Satkarma Samgraha
  • Devayajan (Hindi)
  • Hathapradipika (English, Hindi)
  • Asana: published with several improvised illustrations
  • Devayajan (hindi), GherandaSamhita, ShatkarmaSanghraha, Pranayama and Yog Therapy
  • AUM in Gayatri Mantra: Astrophysics Model of Universe by Dr. Raghavendra Bhat
  • Impact of Sanskrit scriptures in English Literature with reference to Aurobindo’s work on Yoga in the National Seminar CASS, Pune University on 15th to 17th Feb. 2018 by Dr. Bandita Satpathy
  • World as the Animation of Ananda: A Scientific Exploration, Accepted by ICPR for presentation in ICPR seminar on ananda Mimamsa and publication in JICPR by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee
  • Bhavamukha: A Unique dimension of Samadhi by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee
  • Research Article on Shunya revised and modified for publication in the Springer book published by ICCR by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee
  • Quintessence of Yoga
  • Amrtasiddhiyogah
  • Siddhasiddhantapaddhatih
  • Asana by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Pranayama by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Yogic Therapy by Swami Kuvalayananda
  • Commentary by Dr. Karambelkar on Patanjal Yoga Sutra
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Satkarma Samgraha
  • Devayajan (Hindi)
  • Hathapradipika (English, Hindi)
  • Asana: published with several improvised illustrations
  • Devayajan (hindi), GherandaSamhita, ShatkarmaSanghraha, Pranayama and Yog Therapy
  • AUM in Gayatri Mantra: Astrophysics Model of Universe by Dr. Raghavendra Bhat
  • Impact of Sanskrit scriptures in English Literature with reference to Aurobindo’s work on Yoga in the National Seminar CASS, Pune University on 15th to 17th Feb. 2018 by Dr. Bandita Satpathy
  • World as the Animation of Ananda: A Scientific Exploration, Accepted by ICPR for presentation in ICPR seminar on ananda Mimamsa and publication in JICPR by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee
  • Bhavamukha: A Unique dimension of Samadhi by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee
  • Research Article on Shunya revised and modified for publication in the Springer book published by ICCR by Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee