Education and Academic Degrees
1996 B.A. Hebrew
1999 M.A. Tel Aviv University
2004 M.Litt. Oxford University
2007 PhD. Haifa University
2008 Post Doc. University of Cambridge
Theistic Thought and Philosophy and especially the Bhagavad gita and
the Bhagavata Purana
Hindu Theistic Thought, Vaishnavism and especially Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Classical Indian literature and especially Epic and Puranic literature, Indian aesthetics and especially the rasa tradition, Theology and especially Comparative Theology, Ancient and Contemporary Asian Spirituality, Ancient and Modern Indian History and thought, Comparative Indian-Chinese Philosophy, Indian and Asian Ethics and Applied Asian Ethics
in a classical Indic language: Sanskrit
Papers Delivered in Conferences and Colloquiums - A Selection
India – A Journey to the Soul (Hebrew), Noam-Gilad, Jerusalem,
1999, 80 pp.
2. The Bhagavad gita – A Verse Translation and Commentary
(Hebrew), Carmel, Jerusalem, 2002, 195 pp.
3. Exploring The
Bhagavad gita: Philosophy,
Structure and Meaning. Ashgate Publishers, Surry, 2010, 224 pp.
Articles in refereed journals
- "The Philosophical Theological Structure of the Bhagavad gita: Deciphering the Structure of the Bhagavad gita Through Comparative Theology", Nidan – International Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 17, December 2005, University of KwaZulu-Natal, pp. 1-17.
- "The Parinama Aesthetics as Underlying The Bhagavata Purana", Journal of Asian Philosophy, Routledge, London and New York, Vol. 17, No. 2, July 2007, pp. 109-125.
- “Ascending Notions of Personhood in the Bhagavata PuraŠa”, Religions of South Asia, Equinox Publishers, London, Vol. 2. no.1, 2008, pp. 45-63
- "The World of the Cows; the Highest Heaven in the Krishnaite Tradition" (Hebrew), in Elior, R.(ed.),"Concepts of Eden in Various Religions and Cultures from Antiquity to Now Days, Magnes, Jerusalem, 2010, pp. 301-315.
Articles in conference proceedings
- “Application of the Social Philosophy of the Bhagavad gita”, Iskcon Communication Journal, Vol. 8, no. 1, Oxford, June 2000, pp. 55-60.
- "Looking into the Structure of the Bhagavad gita as a Precondition for its Translation", in, Sarma, D. (ed.), Challenges in Translations of Classical Hindu Texts, Deepak Heritage Books, Hampton, Virginia, 2009, pp. 13-32.
- “The infiltration of Rasa into Vaishnavism”, Forthcoming in, Dasgupta Sherma, R. (ed.), Emotion, Imagination, and Transcendence: The Many Faces of Rasa Theory, Deepak Heritage Books. 16 pp.
- "Spiritual Discipline in Hinduism", The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, 2007, pp. 601-602.
- Mayseless, O., Ruah-Midbar, M., & Theodor, I., “Spirituality and Mothering” in: Andrea O'Reilly., & J. Geoffrey Golson (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Sage Publications Online, 2010, Article 628.
Work in Progress:
- The Bhagavata Purana: Parinama, Rasa and Personhood, 300 pp.
- “Resorting to Aesthetics: The Articulation of Brahman's Personhood by the Vaishnava Vedanta Tradition" 20 pp., Forthcoming.
- Editing the Hebrew Edition of: Klostermaier, K., A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Oneworld, Oxford, 1998. To be published with Carmel, Jerusalem.
- Brahman and Dao: Comparative Studies of Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion. Co editor with Prof. Zhihua Yao.
Impersonalism and aesthetics in the Bhagavata Purana”,
The Oxford Center for Hindu Studies Departmental Seminar, March 5, 2002.
2. "The Bhagavata Purana in light of Comparative Theology",
The Oxford Center for Hindu Studies Departmental Seminar, April, 2003.
3. “Masculinity in the Bhagavata Purana”, The idea
of the Masculine, International Conference, The University of Haifa,
May 15, 2003.
4. "The Theological Philosophical Structure of the Bhagavata
Purana", The Third Israeli Asian conference, University of
Haifa, February 1st, 2004.
5. "The Doctrine of Action in Indian Philosophy and its Potential
in the field of Applied Ethics", The Fourth Conference on Meaning
and its Various Meanings", University of Haifa, December 15th,
6. "The influence of the Rasa School on the Structure of the Bhagavata
Purana", The Fourth Israeli Asian conference, Hebrew University
in Jerusalem, May 30th, 2005.
7. "Doing Ethics - Visioning a New Profession", A Conference
on the Occasion of Inaugurating A Program in the Study of Ethics",
University of Haifa, November 15th, 2005.
8. "The Bhagavad gita's potential for the construction
of post modern global ethics", The Second International Conference
on Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilization", India Habitat
Centre, New Delhi, December 20, 2005.
9. "Towards the Articulation of a Scientific Methodology for the
Research of Spirituality, Based upon Comparative Theology", The
Sixth Conference of the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy
of Science, The Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem, March 26, 2006.
10. "Towards the Articulation of a New Ethical Theory based upon
the Bhagavad gita", The Bar Ilan University Philosophy
Departmental colloquium, May 9th, 2006.
11. "Extracting an Applied Ethical Theory from the Bhagavad
gita", The Fourth Israeli Asian conference, Tel Aviv University,
June 11th, 2006.
12. "The Puranic Cosmology and the Abode of the Cows - The Supreme
Heaven in the Krshnaite Tradition", The Scholion conference - Hebrew
University of Jerusalem; Traditions of Heaven in Israel and beyond,
The Van Lir Institute in Jerusalem, November 6th, 2006.
13. "Looking into the Structure of the Bhagavad gita as
a Precondition for its Translation", The forth Dharma Association
of North America Conference, Washington DC, November 17th, 2006.
14. "The possible contribution of Indian thought towards peace
in the Middle East", The Peace Education Research Centre, The University
of Haifa, December 13th, 2006.
15. "Personhood and Aesthetics in the Bhagavata Purana",
Iskcon Academy for Arts and Sciences Second International Conference,
Radhadesh, Belgium, December 16th, 2006.
16. "Ontology, Ethics, Indian Philosophy and Post-Modernity",
The New Israeli Philosophical Society 10th annual conference, Bar Ilan
University, Feb. 22nd, 2007.
17. "The Contemporary Potential of Indian Philosophy in the Field
of Applied Ethics", The Second Haifa Philosophy Departmental Conference,
Beit Daniel, May 13th, 2007.
18. "The Indian Component as the Missing Asiatic Component in Israeli
Identity", India In Search and Loss of direction in Developing
Adulthood, Bar Ilan University, May 27th, 2007.
19. "Mahatma Gandhi's Charisma", The Second Jerusalem Conference
on Quality Government, Israeli Convention Centre, Jerusalem, June 10th,
20. “Can a serious alternative philosophy be constructed through
theology?”, The Clare Hall ASH (Arts, Society, Humanities) Colloquia,
Cambridge University, November 6th, 2007.
21. “The infiltration of Rasa into Vaishnavism”,
The fifth Dharma Association of North America Conference, AAR, San Diego,
November 17th, 2007.
22. “Towards the articulation of a Meta Comparative Theology Theory”,
The American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, San Diego, November
23. “The Fifteenth Chapter of the Bhagavad gita”,
The Cambridge University Krsna Consciousness Society, King’s College,
Cambridge, January 15th, 2008.
24. “The Parinama Aesthetics of the Bhagavata Purana”,
The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford, February 28th, 2008.
25. “Ascending notions of divine personhood in the Bhagavata Purana”,
The 33rd Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, Jesus College, The
University of Oxford, March 14th, 2008.
26. “Towards constructing a comparative notion of personhood:
Boethius and the Bhagavata Purana”, A Colloquium on ‘What
is Comparative Philosophy’, Wolfson College, The University of
Oxford, March 15th, 2008.
27. “Ganga’s descent from heaven to earth according to the
Bhagavata Purana”, A conference on ‘Fantasy and
Reality; representations of past, present and future’, The University
of Haifa, March 18th, 2008.
28. “Desire and Liberation in the Hindu tradition”, an invited
lecture in a seminar on ‘Desire and Liberation’, The Tel
Aviv University, May 6th, 2008.
29. “Personhood East and West”, the Clare Hall lunch time
seminar, Cambridge University, May 22nd, 2008.
30. “Epistemology and Authority in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition”,
The Bhaktivedanta Academy of Art and Science 4th conference, The Bhaktivedanta
College, Belgium, December 21st, 2008.
31. “The Polemics Regarding
Spoken Sanskrit, Hindutva and Indian identity”, The First Israeli
Conference on Language, Culture and Society in Asia, The University
of Haifa, January 11th-12th, 2009.
32. “The Mahabharata’s
6th Book”, A Colloquium on the Mahabharata and its Translation, The
University of Haifa, March 5th, 2009.
33. “Unity and Diversity
in the idea of Avatara”, A Conference on Monotheism in Asia; Inter-Religious
Issues”, Bar Ilan University, March 18th, 2009.
34. “The Ancient Roots
of Modern Yoga”, The First Israeli Conference on Contemporary Spirituality,
University of Haifa, March 23rd, 2009.
35. “Personhood, Rationality
and Variegatedness; An Indo-European Comparative Perspective”, The
12th Annual Conference of the New Israeli Philosophical Society, The
Open University, Raanana, April 6th, 2009.
36. “Non Violence in Violence;
Mahatma Gandhi’s interpretation of the Bhagavad gita”, A conference
on “Mahatma Gandhi; Global, Indian and Local Perspectives”, The University
of Haifa, May 19th, 2009.
37. “Ascending Notions
of Personhood in the Bhagavata Purana”, The Haifa University Philosophy
Department Seminar, January 5th, 2010.
Asian Spirituality in Israel”, Or Hadash Centre for Progressive Judaism,
Haifa, January 6th, 2010.
39. “Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy of action and Chinese thought; Comparative reflections”, The First Asian Philosophy Congress, The Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, March 8th, 2010.
40."The Sattva Guna and Ren; Comparative Reflections", The Fifth Haifa Philosophy Departmental Conference, Beit Daniel, June 6th, 2010.
41."Forgiveness in Hinduism", A seminar on "Forgiveness East and West", University of Haifa, December 8th, 2010.
1. "Philosophies and Religions of India", Ascolot, The Open
University, Tel Aviv, 1996.
2. "Reading of Primary Indian Sources", East Asian dept.,
University of Tel Aviv, 1998-99.
3. "Bhagavad gita and Yogasutra of Patanjali", Ord Wingate
4. "Philosophy East and West" (With Dr. Nehama Verbin, Beit
Daniel, Open University, 2004.
5. "An Introduction to Pre Modern India; History, Philosophy and
Religion", East Asian dept., University of Haifa, 2002-2006.
6. "Modern Indian Thought", East Asian dept., University of
7. "A Historical Introduction to Modern India", East Asian
dept., University of Haifa, 2006.
8. "An Introduction to Indian Philosophy", Asian Studies Dept.,
University of Haifa, 2007.
9. "The Great Spiritual Traditions of the East", The Program
for Religious Studies, University of
10. “M.K. Gandhi; Personality, Thought and Ethos”, Asian Studies Dept.,
University of Haifa, 2008.
11. "An Introduction
to Indian Philosophy", The Dept. for the Culture of Creativity
and Productivity, Sapir College, 2008.
12. “The 19th-20th
c. Intellectual History of Bengal”, Dept. of Asian Studies, University
of Haifa, 2009.
to Indian History, Thought and Culture”, The Dept. of Interdisciplinary
Studies, The Yizrael Valley College, 2009.
14. “Self and
Identity in Indian Culture”, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2010.
15. “Yoga and
Meditation in Indian Tradition”, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Spring 2010.
16."Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Jewish and Arab Medicines", Dept. of Physiotherapy, University of Haifa, 2010-2011.
East Asian Studies Dept., University of Tel Aviv.
1999-2004: Member, The British Association for the Study of Religion.
1999-2004: Member, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.
2000-2004: Member of Common Room ,Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
2002- : Faculty, Asian Studies dept., University of Haifa.
2002- : Member, The Israeli Asiatic Society (This is not a formal
2004- : Member, New Israeli Philosophical Society.
2006- : Member, the Comparative Theology Study Group, American Academy
2006-2007 : Member, The Peace Education Research Centre, Haifa University.
2007 - Member, The American Academy of Religion.
2007-2008, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Advanced Theological and Religious
Studies, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.
2007-2008, Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
2008- Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
2009-2010 – Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
2009-2011 – Visiting Scholar, The Professorship in Indian Religions and Culture, Dept. of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
2009-2010: Member of New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Advising Research Students
Co-Supervisor for Mr. Shai Ferraro, MA thesis entitled “A New Age
for the Goddess? Goddess Religions and Cultural Feminism”, Dept. of
General History, University of Haifa.