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Introduction to Nitishatakam

Introduction to Nitishatakam

This Indica Course will provide an introduction to Nitishatakam, one of the Shataktray, composed by Bhartrahari.

It is relevant for anyone interested in understanding various human natures, social values, and their impact on an individual and the society.

30 Hours

Course Fee: ₹7000
Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
One year from the beginning of the course
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
Contact Details



Bhartrahari’s Nitishatakam , as the name itself suggests, is a set of hundred verses on morals and ethics of human behavior. He has divided these hundred verses into ten topics of ten verses each.

Each topic concerns itself with a particular aspect of human mind which are vital for good social behavior.

There is subtle humor also in his writing.


To generate an understanding and appreciation of social values in a society for  people to follow and live a guilt free, prosperous and harmonious life.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the course, the learners would gain knowledge of how ancient Bharata pursued values of life, reconciling the sensory and the Para sensory worlds, something that is still in vogue in this sacred land of Bharata.


A detailed study of the ten aspects of social life under the cultural umbrella of Bharata will be taken.

  • Murkaha paddhati ( on stupidity) 
  • Vidvat paddhati (on scholarship)
  • Maana shourya  paddhati (on self-respect )
  • Artha paddhati (on wealth)
  • Durjana paddhati (on wicked people)
  • Sajjana paddhati (on pious people)
  • Paropakaara paddhati (on helping others)
  • Dhairya paddhati (on valour)
  • Daiva paddhati(on fortune)
  • Karma paddhati (on work)

Reading List

The Smriti texts and other historical narrations of Bharata including the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.


Dr. M.A.Jayashree

Director, Anantha Research foundation, Mysore

Dr. M.A.Jayashree a retired Professor of Sanskrit, currently the director of Anantha Research foundation, Mysore, an institution engaged in foundational research work in the field of ancient sciences of India and also in the field of Sanskrit and Indian culture, holds a doctorate degree in Sanskrit from Bangalore University on the topic, “Concept of Mind in Indian philosophy” done under the guidance of Prof K. T. Pandurangi. She has many books, monographs and papers to her credit in the fields of Sanskrit, Ancient Sciences, Indian history, Culture, Music and so on. She holds a vidvat (master) degree in Carnatic classical music and is a Performing Musician. She is an accomplished artist in Mysore school of painting. She is the Vidwatpramukh for ItihasaSankalanaSamiti, Karnataka chapter. Currently she is the director of Anantha Research Foundation, an institution exclusively meant for research in the field of ancient sciences of India and also into the philosophical and cultural roots of Bharata. She is an accomplished speaker in Sanskrit and an avid teacher propagating learning of spoken Sanskrit through simple methods. She has a large following of overseas students to learn Yoga Sutras of Maharshi Patanjali and SrimadBhagavadgita. She has presented papers in national and international seminars and conferences. She has conducted many workshops along with her brother Prof. M.A.Narasimhan on chanting of Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, given lectures on Yoga Philosophy and taught Sanskrit in an easy way in many parts of the world like Hong Kong, Thailand, America & Europe. She has also given several sessions in the “Evolution – Asia Yoga Conference ” in Hong Kong for 3 consecutive years. She has produced many CDs and books as learning aids in the traditional method of oral chanting in the name ‘Srutiparampara’.


Prof. M. A. Narasimhan

Director, Itihasa Bharati, Mysore

Prof. M. A. Narasimhan, Director, Itihasa Bharati, Mysore, an institution meant to do research work in rewriting the history of Bharata exclusively from the Indian perspective, is a science graduate holding Master’s Degree in Education with specialization in advanced psychology and research methodology and in Sanskrit. He has specialized in Indian philosophical systems and a yoga practitioner. He has been a disciple of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He has taught the TM technique to more than 25,000 people and has trained more than 1000 teachers of Transcendental meditation. He has held many responsible posts in the then Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence. He was the director for the TM operation in the entire south India, the four states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka with more than 600 teachers helping him in spreading the message of TM. He was instrumental in opening small scale industries and many schools in different parts of India. He has been a Siddha practitioner and reaping the benefits of advanced techniques which are termed as Siddhis. He is a research scholar specializing in the fields of Indian culture and the Sciences of ancient India. He has a considerable number of books, monographs, and papers in the fields of Indian history, Science, Sanskrit and philosophy to his credit. He is one of the editors to the journals like Ithihasasamachar, IthihasaRashmi’ He has conducted many workshops along with his sister Dr. M.A. Jayashree on chanting of Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, given lectures on Yoga Philosophy in many parts of the world like Hong Kong, Thailand, United states & Europe. He has also given several sessions in the “Evolution – Asia Yoga Conference” in Hong Kong.