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Varun Khanna

Varun Khanna

Doctoral Candidate

Sanskrit Grammar

Classical Vedanta (Advaita)


Subject area and speciality

Religious Studies specialists:

A Modern Advaita-Vedāntin: Locating Swami Chinmayananda and his understanding of Consciousness in the context of scripture and the contemporary world

The Indian religions specialists:

Consciousness in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita according to Swami Chinmayananda with special reference to Sankara


Taught Upanishadic philosophy at Queens' College 2013-2015

Taught spoken Sanskrit and Sanskrit grammar at Wolfson College and Queens' College 2010-2015

Taught Summer courses in London on Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta 2015

Key Publications

"Consciousness in the Upanishads," Prabuddha Bharata, July 2015, pp. 449-455.

Other Publications

Living Dharma in the 21st Century (Gantec, 2011).

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