Over the course of
the civilized human history, there have been a number of philosophers,
saints and social and religious leaders around the world who have pondered
over the meaning of life, the nature of truth, the existence of God, the
ethical code of conduct, intricacies of human emotions and other
intriguing questions. Their answers vary depending upon their religious
beliefs, national origin and the time period in which they lived. It is
unusual to find one book, written by one person that has explored almost
all aspects of life and arrived at conclusions that are universally and
eternally valid. Thiruvalluvar lived about 2000 years ago in Tamil Nadu,
meaning the land of Tamils, currently one of the states in the southern
part of India. Thiruvalluvar was a unique genius who wrote the book called
Muppaal, later known as Thirukkural which has been hailed by many as the
greatest gift to mankind.
In many respects,
Thiruvalluvar is more comprehensive and covers the whole spectrum of human
experiences than the well-known philosophers like Buddha, Confucius,
Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli and others. In spite of the remarkable
nature of his contribution, Thiruvalluvar is relatively unknown outside
his native land.
The objective of
this conference is to create an awareness and understanding of
Thiruvalluvar and Thirukkural among the younger generation Indians and
people of other cultures in North America. This is also the first time a
conference of this nature is being held in North America. It is expected
that many Tamil Scholars and Thirukkural researchers will participate in
this conference from many countries in the world.
objectives of this Conference are:
understand how Thirukkural can be a guide to humanity.
create and promote awareness of Thirukkural in USA among Americans and the
youth of Indian origin.
compare Thiruvalluvar with other philosophers of the world.