Hi, welcome to the Sanskrit Studies website!
I am Vladimir Yatsenko, a creator and facilitator of the courses online in the Vedic and Vedantic Studies, Sanskrit language and literature. I work with different groups of people and individuals from all over the world conducting studies in the fields of Indian Philosophy, Integral Yoga Psychology, and Theoretical Linguistics. I am also closely aligned with various educational institutions in India: IPI Pondicherry, ICIS Delhi, SACAR Pondicherry, Auro University in Surat, UHU Auroville creating and facilitating the courses and studies of Sanskrit language and literature.
I completed MA in Oriental Languages and Literature (Sanskrit), General and Theoretical Linguistics from St. Petersburg University (1986-92), studied Sanskrit Grammar in Poona University (1991-1992) and became a life member of Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute in Pune in 1992, where I studied Nirukta of Yaska. I have PhD in Philosophy from M.S. University of Baroda (2007-2011), my thesis was “The Concept of Agni in the Rigveda in the light of Sri Aurobindo”.
My personal interest is going far beyond literary studies of ancient texts into the realms of psychological and spiritual experience and development of consciousness and its faculties. The study of the ancient texts has given me all necessary tools for such an exploration. My own practice of Yoga and Meditation for the last three decades became closely interwoven with the studies of the ancient texts, where the philosophy and linguistics are only a means for growth and change of consciousness. On the basis of this approach I developed a set of new methodologies in teaching Sanskrit language and literature, using extensively Sri Aurobindo’s psychological interpretation of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita and even Sanskrit Grammar. Sri Aurobindo’s etymological theory of Sanskrit language and its development became an essential element of my study, which now can be conducted with clarity and certainty, and the methods of Integral Yoga have become the foundation for new approaches to the ancient texts.
In this way the study itself becomes deeply psychological and transformative. It brings a change of consciousness, vivid and profound, giving a sense of unity and hope for greater and brighter future of humanity.