As part of the continuing celebrations of the 1000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanuja (1017 CE – 1137 CE), an international seminar on his philosophy, social reforms and contributions towards society was organised on 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th of August 2018. The purpose of the seminar was to discuss, enable people to take interest in, and understand the key message of Ramanuja – that all of humanity is equal, under the Divine, and we all should live harmoniously serving God, and serving all species.
Almost 40 scholars from many parts of India, and 3 distinguished professors from the USA were invited to the seminar, and they all participated with great enthusiasm. Among the participants were 5 Vice chancellors or former Vice Chancellors of Universities/Institutions, 12 professors and heads of departments from various universities in India, more than a dozen traditional scholars, and many budding young scholars in Ramanuja’s philosophy. 3 professors from USA, including Francis Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, Jon Paul Sydnor – Chairman of the Department of Theological studies at Emmanuel University, and Professor Gopal Gupta, Associate Professor at University of Evansville also participated and shared the depth of their knowledge about Ramanuja’s contributions.