DIGITAL LIBRARY UPGRADE APPEAL
We are delighted to announce that the funding campaign for the upgrade of the Digital Library has gathered great momentum. We have almost reached our goal of raising $50,000 by the end of April, with $40,000 already committed! This exciting success has been made possible because of you, and others like you, who care deeply about preserving ancient texts and making them accessible to the entire world.
The Digital Library upgrade is now well underway, but more support is needed. Please consider making a meaningful gift to help us reach our April goal. You need only click on the “Support Digital Library” button below to make a donation and help us raise that last $10,000.
Muktabodha depends on contributions from private donors like you to fulfil its mission to save from destruction, endangered manuscripts, and the wisdom they contain. We thank you, in advance, for your continued support to help us reach our target goal and protect India’s priceless spiritual heritage for generations to come.
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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.
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 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.