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Spirituality Program Schedule
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Spiritual & Philosophy Activities
1 Dr. S.N. OMKAR
2 Anil Deshpande
3 Dr. Krishnamurthy Jois
4 Dr. Sree N. Sreenath
5 Swami Sukhabodhananda
6 Dr. C. L. Prabhakar
7 Dr. Sri. Shivananda Shivacharya Swamy
8 Dr. Marehalli G. (M.G) Prasad
9 Swami Nirbhayananda
12 Dr. Harish Chandra
13 DR. KRS Murthy
14 Dr. Saraswathi Hegde

AKKA WKC 2008 - Spiritual & Philosophy Activities


Topic:- Scientific Aspects of Yoga

Bangalore – 560 070
Tel. No: 26713478
e-mail: omkar@aero.iisc.ernet.in
URL: http://www.yogaonweb.com

B.E(Mech.) MS(Engg.) Ph.D
Diploma in Nutrition and Applied Dietetics


Principal Research Scientist
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore – 560 012

Special Interest: Yoga and Bio-mechanics


  • Yoga Ratna Award from Nivarana Social Organization
  • Appoorva Yoganidhi Award from Jayanagara kannada Sanga
  • Jnana Ratna Award from Bharatiya Samaja Seva Trust
  • Nada Sanmitra Award from Brain Center


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Anil Deshpande
Chicago, USA
e-mail: anildeshpande@anildeshpande.net

Topic:- Spirituality in kannada.


M Tech Indian Institute Of Science Bangalore

Software, Management

Special Interest:

  • Reading : Philosophy, Upanishd studies., (English and Kannada)
  • Discourses : Hindu Philosophy, Heritage, Kannada history, Vedic Literatures, Kannada Harate, Daas Sahitya, Vachana sahitya..
  • Organizing : Philosophical Discourses, HSS Bala Gokulam
    Kannada Harate, Daas Sahitya, Vachana sahitya, Navvya Sahitya
  • Traveling : Visited 14 different countries, Toured all over India, Himalayas.
  • Trekking : Himalayan Mountains
  • Yoga : Yoga and Meditation

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Dr. Krishnamurthy Jois

Topic:- Hinduism 101

Veterinary Medical Science

Veterinary Medical Officer & Chief Microbiologist
Federal Government

  • Lived in U.S. for last 35 years with wife and three children
  • Hindu Vedic priest at Rajdhani Mandir, Chantilly, VA, from 2000 to 2006
  • Presently, Hindu Vedic Priest at Durga Temple, Fairfax, VA
  • President of Kaveri - Kannada Cultural Association of Washington D. C.
  • President of Association Indian Veterinarians in America, 2002 to present
  • President for Asian Association from 2000 to 2002
  • Lectures on Hinduism at Universities and High schools in Washington D. C.
  • Member of religious committee & Vedagosha group,Orlando, FL during WKC
  • Born in Videka family, Vedadhyaana for 10 years and continuing.
  • Conducts Ganesha, Durga and Dewali poojas and lectures in Universities
  • Counseling for High School and College students
  • Teching, shlokas, Ramayana, Mahabharatha and puranas to young adults
  • Religious Committee member at S S V T, Lanham, MD. From 1995 to 2000:

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Dr. Sree N. Sreenath
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106-7071
(216) 368-6219
E-mail: n.sreenath@case.edu

Topic:- Vedic Mathematics.

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
University of Maryland,

M.E. Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India,

Currently, he is a faculty in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. His conducts research in Systems Biology focusing on Leukemia, inflammation, prostate cancer, and coordination of the Heart-Brain interaction. His also the Director of Case Complex Systems Biology Center, and, a recipient of the US NIH Research Career award. He is the Co-Director of UNESCO GENIe (Global Problematique Educational Research Initiative) Program - an international network of educational institutions. He consults with many developing countries on issues of water, energy and policy development. He has received the best undergraduate teaching award at Case Western. He has lectured in more than 20 countries.

Director, Vedic Math Academy:
Prof. Sreenath’s interest in Vedic Math dates back more than 20 years. Over the last ten years he has developed the VM materials to teach young children. To date more than 300 children have used this material. For three years he taught VM commercially through Vedic Math Academy (VMA) which he founded in 2001 using a "Kumon" format - i.e., students show up at the center for a one-on-one session, work for 15-30 min with the instructor and take home worksheets. He has given many lectures on VM and written columns in newspapers. Two VMA Centers have been established in Detroit, MI in Fall 2007. http://www.vedicmath.com

Special Interests:

  • Publications: books, journals, research papers
  • Symposia, conference and seminar presentations
  • Research advising
  • Patented invention and software disclosures


  • Case Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (nominated) 2005
  • CWRU Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award 1996
  • Who’s Who Among Teachers in America 2005, 2006
  • Engineers Without Borders, Founding Faculty Advisor 2003-Present
  • Undergraduate Indian Students Association, Faculty Advisor 2005-Present
  • NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship 1992
  • Founding Chairman, IEEE CSS, Cleveland Chapter 1991 – 2000
  • Systems Research Center Fellowship 1985 –1987
  • NASA-USRA Fellowship 1986
  • National Merit Scholarship holder, Tau Beta Pi

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Swami Sukhabodhananda


  • Swami Sukhabodhananda is the founder Chairman of Prasanna Trust. He is also the founder of the research wing of Prasanna Foundation, which focuses on the scientific aspects of meditation.
  • His several books have made many discover a new way of living life.
  • Swamiji’s English books “Oh, Mind Relax Please!” and “Oh, Life Relax Please!” are the top best sellers in the country .
  • Swamiji’s book “Manase Relax Please” has set an all time sales record in the history of Tamil, Kannada & Telugu books and has been included as a part of curriculum in some of the schools & colleges.
  • His self-development programs have benefited many in the corporate sectors of reputed institutions.
  • “Times of India” in their recent poll on “who talks the best” places Swamiji as the one, who tops the list on all counts as the best speaker.
  • “The Week” magazine acclaims Swamiji as one among the top five best exponent of spiritual knowledge.
  • Swamiji was invited as a dignitary on five different panels at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and was a special invitee to the United Nation World Millennium Summit of spiritual Leaders.
  • Swamiji is the only Hindu monk who was invited to participate in the program “Eye on India” showcasing the country by CNN.
  • His message on the Astha, Gemini, Sadhana, DD Chandana, World Space Radio and many other Channels is reaching a wide spectrum of people both in India and Overseas.
  • Swamiji was awarded 'Karnataka's Best Social Service Award' by Essel group & Zee network.

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Dr. C. L. Prabhakar

Topic:- Panel discussion on Hinduism.

  • Dr. C. L. Prabhakar is a Vedic scholar. He hails from Bangalore . He obtained his Masters Degree in Sanskrit from Dharwad University and Ph.D. for his thesis on 'Sukla Yajur Veda' from Poona University . He has over thirty years of teaching experience as a Professor and has published more than 300 research papers. He has also authored three books:
  • 1. Sukla Yajur Veda (Vol. I to IV)
  • 2. Tapo Anustana Manjari: A compendium of Vedic Mantras for Daily Worship
  • 3. Soundarya Lahari Prayoga Yoga: A Manual
  • He is also the Chief Editor of the monthly bulletin "Veda Nada Sarit" and the Annual Journal "Veda Ganga", all published by the Veda Sruti Publications.
  • He has served as Faculty and Head of the Sanskrit Department, National College . He is now an Adjunct Professor of Vedas at Hindu University , USA . As the Director of Nada Veda Adhyayana Kendra and President of Bangalore chapter of WAVES (USA), he is actively engaged in spreading the message of the Vedas to communities in India and USA .

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Dr. Sr. Shivananda Shivacharya Swamy

Dr. Sri. Shivananda Shivacharya Swamy

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Dr. Marehalli G. (M.G) Prasad
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
Email: mgprasad@comcast.net
Phone: (201) 216 5571

Topic:- Panel Discussion


PhD (Purdue University)
M.S (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)
B.E (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore)

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Director of Noise and Vibration Laboratory at Stevens
  • 100 publications in acoustics, noise and vibration
  • Received awards for two papers
  • Noise control expert for United Nations Projects
  • NSF travel grants to present papers in China, France and India
  • Faculty award at Stevens
  • Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Fellow of Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • Fellow of Acoustical Society of India (ASI)

Activities in Hindu Philosophy and Spirituality:

  • Spiritual disciple of seer-yogi Sriranga Sadguru, Karnataka.
  • Four Books: Garland, 108 Thoughts to Ponder, Daily Prayers & Vedic Hinduism
  • Teaches prayers, chanting, scriptures for all ages.
  • Co-founded and directed a youth camp at N.J. Temple for 15 years.
  • Instructor at youth camps in Houston, Albany, and Pittsburgh
  • Invited speaker at Cornell, MIT, Rutgers, Columbia, Rochester
  • Hindu representative at Inter-faith forums in churches and colleges
  • Coordinated the Hindu group at the 50th anniversary of United Nations.
  • Featured speaker at “Bharat Darshan: a weekly radio program in N.Y.
  • Outreach associate for “Religion and Science” program at PBS T.V.
  • Delivered invocation at the New Jersey General Assembly (May 2008)
  • Has produced (with Mrs. Geetha Prasad) about 25 plays and dance-dramas.
  • For further details on activities, please visit our website: www.taranga.us

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Swami Nirbhayananda
President Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashrama
Gadag & Bijapur
Vivekananda Free Residential School for Destitute and Orphaned Children
Managoli, Bijapur Dist. Karnataka
Phone: 9449634496 (Cell, India) 408-246-4118 (USA)

Topic:- The Relevance of Spirituality in Everyday Life.


Bachelor of Science, The National College, Bangalore

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Academic Contribution Speaker on invitation from The Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • Spoke at the 4th Parliament of World Religions at Barcelona Spain on the subject – India’s Educational Initiatives in July 2004.
  • Universal Peace Federation (UPF), New York, invited to offer prayers on behalf of Hinduism for 9-11 martyrs in September 2007 .
  • Universal Peace Federation (UPF), New York has conferred in 2007 the title Ambassador for Peace.
  • Was invited by Genoa & Turin Universities, Italy to speak on the subjects of India’s contribution to Science and Modern Thought and The Essence of Vedas.
  • Have functioned in Sun Moon University Seoul as advisor from Hinduism during their inter-religious peace and sports festival in July 2007.
  • Have been conferred by the Italian Hindu Union their honorary membership

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Topic:- Panel Discussion

  • Daivajna K.N. Somayaji is a distinguished Vedic scholar, specialising in Karma Kanda, Jyoutishya, Vastu and Tantra Shastra. He is associated with publications like Rashtriya Panchanga (a Government of India Publication), Asthana Panchanga Kartha (Kannada) and Sastra Siddah Panchanga (English) published by T.T. Devasthanam, Tirupati, in the capacity of an Editor.
  • He was a central government nominee member for the National Standing Committee (CAPART - New Delhi) and for the Kendriya Samskrutha Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. The Kalpatharu Research Academy, an oriental learning centre established by Somayaji in 1981 in Bangalore for promoting and studying the Agama, the Vedas and the Sastras was incorporated with the blessings of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthanam Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sringer in October 1997.
  • Currently, Somayaji is Director of the Academy, which is a division of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham. He has set up a Vedic school on traditional lines in his hometown for the study of the Shastras.
  • Somayaji is an expert in Vastu and the Astrological sciences and is committed to the preservation of ancient Indian Culture and Sciences. He has more than 80 publications of world-wide accolade to his credit, published between 1982 and 2000 under the auspices of the Kalpatharu Research Academy.

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Topic:- Panel Discussion

  • Guruji is the founder of Spiritual Solutions center. He made its presence felt ten years ago through Transformative Education and Social Services. His captivating style of speaking is full of real life instances, humor and truth. Guruji’s simple message of love, practical wisdom and compassion continues to inspire people universally from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, cult, color or sex. He encourages everyone to follow their chosen religious or spiritual path while honoring the path of others. Guruji has meditated in the peaks of the Himalayas . He is the recipient of the “Seva Ratna” award from The National Council of Alternative Medicine, Bangalore for the year 2004 in recognition of his outstanding contribution in serving for the development of Yoga and Meditation. In the year 2002, the Bank Officials Association, Karnataka, honored Guruji with the “Yoga Kala Ratna” Award for his service of spreading Yoga and Meditation in Rural areas.
  • Based in Bangalore , India , he has been serving throughout the globe by spreading his unique meditation concept, personality development, yoga, and self-hypnosis and pranayama techniques. We have extended our services to various Schools, Colleges, Organizations, Lions and Rotary clubs globally. Our service has also been received by the prisoners in the jails of Karnataka.
  • In an age where stress and depression are wide spread, the negative effects on physical and mental health are extremely high. Stress, anxiety and depression, beyond certain acceptable levels are known to be the key factors which become obstacles to the way of systematic progression. Here Spiritual Solutions plays a vital role in bringing together the self with the reality while expressing divinity.

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  Dr. Harish Chandra

Topic:- Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Harish Chandra is a Combustion Scientist. After earning his BS from IIT Kanpur in 1974, he proceeded to Princeton University for a PhD in Combustion Theory. For more than two decades, his research and intellectual abilities have been utilized by some of the most prestigious “think tanks” in the field, including: VolksWagon Research in Wolfsburgh, Germany; the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway; and finally the Automotive Research Institute in Pune, India.
  • Since 1998, Dr. Chandra has dedicated his life to presenting the science, wisdom, and relevance of the Hindu Vedic scriptures to intellectuals and decision makers. He has used a very scientific approach to explain the importance of channeling Mental/spiritual energy for the purpose of optimizing every day business and/or personal life. He is currently engaged in conducting 1 or 2 day seminars, entitled SCOPE (Stress Control for Personal Enhancement), which includes essential concepts for enhancing self-effectiveness as explained in Vedic literature (sankhya and yoga shastra of sage patanjli.) with great emphasis on pranayam (breathing practices) and meditation. SCOPE has been conducted in the USA, Norway, Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands and India. His clientele includes esteemed companies such as Ford motors, Johnson and Johnson, Time Warner and Vistacom, etc.

His published books are:

  1. Enriching the LIfe
  2. Meat eating; An onstacle to our personal and global development
  3. Vedas for the people
  4. The human nature and Human food
  5. As Simple as it gets
  6. Laws of Karma and more.

Dr Chandra can be reached at Harish_divs@yahoo.com.

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Dr. K.R.S. Murthy DR. KRS Murthy
CEO, I Cubed

Founder of several Organizations and Public Speaker.

Music His is a musician, music director, musicologist, composer, researcher and inventor in music.

Major Awards and Recognitions:

  • Presidents Award, SVEC (Silicon Valley Engineering Council)
  • Distinguished Service Award - IEEE Engineering Management Society
  • Who is Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who Publications
  • Who is Who in the America, Marquis Who's Who Publications
  • Who is Who in Finance and Industry, Marquis Who's Who Publications
  • Distinguished Directors Service Award - IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society
  • Distinguished Achievement Award - President of India

Murthy has lectured and authored encompassing most literary genres like poetry, short stories, drama, vijnaana saahithya, criticism, and humor and daasa saahithya


  • Dot and Lines, Book of Short Stories, India Log Publications (Indian Literary Award Winner - English Translation) - 2004
  • Information Technologies for the 90's: Energy, Electronics, Computers, Communications, IEEE Publications, 1989
  • Talk back to Shakespeare - 2002 - Global Ideas Bank
  • Virtual Teams and Work Groups - 1992 – IEEE Management Society

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Dr. Saraswathi Hegde Dr. Saraswathi Hegde

Topic:- Pranic Healing.

M.A., M. Phil., (Sanskrit),
Ph.D., (Pranic Healing)

“The Open International University for Complementary Medicines” under the chapter Medicinal Alternative”.

In charge Dept.of Yoga & Yoga Vidya Pranic Healing M.S.Ramaih medical teaching & hospital

Founder President of Unnathi (Formerly known as Unnathi Healing Foundation Trust)

International Certification: Senior certified Pranic Healer and Trainer

Health, Wealth, Spirituality, life style, relationships and every other aspect of our life can be aligned to create our destiny. This is possible through Pranic Healing.

My journey from lectureship to healer-ship has opened up many avenues for me and has shown many, many miracles everyday in life while dealing with patients and students of Pranic Healing.

The founder of Modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, Master Choa Kok Sui was an embodiment of his teachings. These simple, scientific and systematic techniques, when applied yield fantastic results irrespective of one’s belief.

There are various Pranic Healing techniques to get proper answers for any practical or spiritual question which inspired us to begin this organization. The mission of our organization is to realize the vision of Our Master, “One Healer for a Family”. The vision of Unnathi is to build a society with healthy and spiritually conscious citizens.

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