Sreejit Datta

Sreejit Datta is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Civilisational Studies at the Rashtram School of Public Leadership.

On Vinaya

Would it not be a conceited gesture, highly counterproductive to the purpose at hand, if one were to commence some kind of an ‘exposition of vinaya’ – a formulation which implicitly carries an air of being an authority on the subject? One fears that such an approach itself may end up becoming an obstacle on […]Read More

Modhuro Modhuro Dhwoni Baaje

Translator’s note: The literary tradition of the Indian mystic that originates in the Vedic Samhita, right at the fountainhead of our national culture, continues uninterrupted all through the inspired creative utterances of many Kavi-s right up to this day. The word Kavi itself embodies the vastness and unbroken continuity of this tradition; it is a […]Read More

Tathāgata, or the Buddhāvatāra of Hari

In an age of radical doubt, when nihilism took hold of our country’s collective spirit, when our ancestors turned cynical of their once-revered, life-giving traditions, and grew weary of the powerful mystical utterances contained in their immortality-bestowing scriptures, when their rituals became divorced from their hearts, Hari’s Buddhāvatāra descended on this land.  He healed Man […]Read More

Brāḥmaṇa by Rabindranath Tagore (Part II)

(continuing from Part I) A discussion on whether the European society is indeed operating this way may seem unnecessary, but it is not entirely futile. It is difficult to uphold the ideal of duty in a set-up where each moment every man has to fight under the compulsion of competition, driven by the urge to […]Read More

Surdas: Love, Music, Bhakti

इतने हरि आय गए बसनन आरुढ़ भये । सूरदास द्वारे ठाढ़ो आन्धरो भिखारी ॥ Chanting Hari-naam, the many exalted Names of God, Surdas the singer, the poet, and the ascetic, deprived of physical eyes but possessor of the most penetrating metaphysical vision and thus a true Seer, begged for alms from door to door in […]Read More

Brāḥmaṇa by Rabindranath Tagore (Part I)

Translated into English by Sreejit Datta Everyone knows that recently [c. 1902 – translator] one Marathi Brahmin was beaten up with a shoe by his English employer; the matter was taken to the highest court for hearing – finally, the judge has dismissed the matter as trifle. The incident is so shameful that we had […]Read More

A Plea to Hanuman

You, in whom India, (or whatever is left of Her) Finds shelter in distress; You, who are revealed In a most magnificent form Of the Celestial Simian; You who are faster than thought, Strong as the thunder, Subduer of the senses; You, who are Guardian To the Gates of God’s abode, The ever-awake sentry of […]Read More