MIRI AT THE FRENCH INSTITUTE OF PONDICHERRY
The identification, preservation, and dissemination of the treasure-house of knowledge preserved in the ancient manuscripts of India require urgent attention. The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute (MIRI), in its mission to safeguard and digitize sacred Sanskrit manuscripts, has proactively worked in collaboration with other institutions similarly involved in the conservation of India’s great philosophical inheritance. Two such eminent organizations are the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP) and Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Pondicherry.
Both these institutes were set-up through a co-operation between the French and Indian governments, and focus on Indological studies. The IFP’s large collection of 8,500 palm-leaf Śaiva manuscripts is included in the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Register and is acknowledged as a prominent source of material on the Śaiva Agamas. READ MORE
DIGITAL LIBRARY UPGRADE APPEAL
We, at Muktabodha, are launching a fund drive to support the upgrade of our Digital Library
As you may know, at the heart of Muktabodha’s mission to protect and preserve India’s great spiritual legacy, lies its Digital Library. A free-to-access resource for scholars and lay-persons, it enjoys global recognition for its invaluable collections of over 2,600 Sanskrit manuscripts.
First created in-house in 1995, when digital archiving technology was still in its infancy, the Digital Library has since grown exponentially. Today, in order to ensure the long-term protection of its precious collections of digitized manuscripts, it is imperative that Muktabodha move quickly to upgrade its existing technology that supports the Digital Library.
Muktabodha’s Digital Library holds one of the most important collections of Kashmir Shaivism texts in the world, as well as over 2,000 mostly Shaiva Siddhanta paper transcripts from the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP). The IFP’s Shaiva Siddhanta collection has been designated part of the ‘Memory of the World’ collection by UNESCO.
Our intention over the course of 2021, is to develop customized software to migrate our current collections into a new and robust preservation archive.
We will also develop a new user interface, which will improve the library’s efficacy as a research tool for scholars and those with an interest in India’s scriptural wisdom.
Furthermore, we intend to extend Muktabodha’s searchable e-text function for its various collections in the digital library to include both Devanagari and Roman scripts. This additional capability will greatly enhance the facility of scholars to navigate the various collections in its Digital Library.
The sheer magnitude of such a transition - from an increasingly obsolete platform to a new, secure, state-of-the art archive with improved user-experience - demands substantially increased resources. In order to ensure the speed with which we can make this much needed transition, we are actively seeking to raise $150,000 over the next five years in order to advance the long-term preservation of our Digital Library and offer uninterrupted access to scholars and others interested in the great wisdom contained in India’s scriptural heritage.
Muktabodha depends on contributions from private donors like you to fulfil its mission to save from destruction, endangered manuscripts and the wisdom they contain. The extent of resources and work required to successfully migrate the current Library, means that we need to raise $50,000 by April 2021.
We count on your continued support to help us reach our target goal and protect India’s priceless spiritual heritage for generations to come.
The Muktabodha Indological Research Institute (MIRI) is dedicated to preserving the philosophical and scriptural texts of classical India and the wisdom they contain. It uses digital technology to preserve and protect these texts, and make them accessible to scholars and seekers worldwide - now and for generations to come.
The Indian subcontinent is home to a vast legacy of ancient manuscripts and orally-transmitted knowledge grounded in the profound wisdom and scholarship of its sages, yogis and philosophers. However, because only a fraction of the texts that comprise this legacy has been preserved, translated, or published, the roots of this heritage, and the wisdom it embodies, are in danger of being lost to the world.
Muktabodha was inaugurated in 1997 by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path. It is an expression of her gratitude for the wisdom revealed in the Indian scriptures, and for the sages who articulated this wisdom. The Institute is a reflection of Gurumayi's commitment to preserving this wisdom for future generations.
Whether you are a professional scholar, a lay student, or simply concerned for the preservation of India’s rich philosophical and scriptural heritage, we warmly invite you to learn more about Muktabodha’s preservation projects and how you can contribute to this work.