Book of Abstracts

Posted: 15.12.2010
Updated on: 02.07.2015

About The Series of Seminars on

Integrating Modern Science and Spirituality for Social Wellness: A Challenge of 21st Century

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Religions and Sciences have been major driving forces in generating knowledge and enabling evolution of human civilizations. Today's dominant worldviews and lifestyles are, however, conditioned largely by spectacular advances in science and technology. The science and technological progress combined with global capitalism has provided us immense powers of creation and destruction (almost God-like, some may be tempted to believe), which may significantly affect the course of evolution in future, for better or worse. An analysis of the present world scenario and global trends warns that the unique opportunities for sustained all round development and welfare are also associated with great risks of peril or self-destruction. We stand at crossroads. Which path humanity is likely to take, we must pause and reflect for charting the right path.

The scientific quest for truth relies on objective and empirically verifiable/measurable observables of the physical world perceived by the senses. Scientific theories are based on the belief that all phenomena in the universe have a material basis. Modern science, however, has not been able to adequately address the issues of feelings, consciousness and morality in human conduct.

Religious knowledge and doctrines, summarized and interpreted in scriptures, are based on the spiritual experiences/ inner enlightenment of their founders/ rejuvenators and saints. In contrast to material science, most ancient and modern religions believe in the existence of non-material elements (soul/consciousness, divinity) as essential parts of reality. Religion specific ethics solely based on faith have served a valuable purpose in regulating human behavior in the past when we had little explicit knowledge of how nature works.

While religion generally implies faith in specific belief systems, formalized practices of worship and prayer, rituals and customs, spirituality, though having its roots in religion, involves a personal quest about the meaning and purpose of life, realization of the intrinsic qualities of the self, inner peace and bliss, feelings of interconnectedness of everything in a holistic sense, harmony with nature and experience of transcendence. Extension of spirituality beyond the private experience into the social domain may provide the foundations for morality and human values.

Both scientific and spiritual knowledge should impart complimentary perspectives necessary for a holistic view of reality, since science attempts to find the truth about the outer physical world whereas spirituality is concerned with the inner experiences.

Unfortunately, however, the prevailing apparent disharmony and conflicting views provided by science, spirituality and diverse religious traditions on vital issues of personal and social interests have been instrumental in causing confusion resulting in enhanced behavioral problems, unhealthy lifestyles, socio-economic tensions and violence in the global pluralistic society.
Our biggest challenge in the 21st century is, therefore, to integrate the religious, spiritual and scientific knowledge into a generally acceptable holistic world-view to form the basis for an ethical,nonviolent and eco-friendly way of life for maximizing social and personal well-being.

As initial step to meet this formidable challenge, we plan to encourage dialog between scholars from different disciplines of sciences, humanities, philosophers, religious and spiritual leaders by organizing series of seminars with the following objectives:

  • To critically review and evaluate various aspects of current interactions between different disciplines of modern science and spirituality in the context of social wellness.
  • To develop an ethical system based on a holistic world-view taking into account both the scientific and spiritual perspectives.
  • To establish a Multidisciplinary Task Force to develop an action plan, identify feasible research areas/problems.
  • Formulate projects for focused  and coordinated research, with national  and international collaborations.
  • Follow-up and monitor the progress.

The present seminar is the first in the series and has the focal theme "Consciousness and Knowledge: Scientific and Spiritual Perspectives".

The second seminar planned for 22-23 January will discuss "Scientific & Spiritual Basis of Behavior and its Modifications".

Committees:

Advisory Committee:

Prof. P.N. Tandon

President, National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon

Prof. Vachaspati Upadhyaya

Vice-Chancellor, LBSSVP, New Delhi

Prof. D.C. Jain

ADGHS, Ministry of Health, New Delhi

Prof. L.S. Kothari

Delhi University, Delhi

Prof. B.N. Gangadhar

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Prof. P. Krishna

Krishnamurty Foundation, Varanasi

Prof. S.C. Lakhotia

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Prof. I.L. Singh

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Dr. S.L. Gandhi

ANUVIBHA, Jaipur

Prof. K.C. Sogani

Jain Vidhya Sansthan, Jaipur

Prof. D.N. Bhargawa

Rajasthan Sanskrit University, Jaipur

Prof. Sophana Srichampa

Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Sulekh C. Jain

Mahaveer Vision, Texas, USA

Organising Committee:

Dr. Shugan C Jain

Director, International School for Jain Studies, New Delhi, Chair person

Prof. Veer Sagar Jain

Jaindarshan Vibhag, L.B.S.S.V, New Delhi

Prof. K. Murlidhar

Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Prof. Shirley Telles

Research Director- Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Haridwar

Prof. Suneet Varma

Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Shri Rajesh Jain

Director-Marketing Jindal World Wide Ltd., New Delhi

Prof. Viney Jain

Advisor-International School for Jain Studies, New Delhi, Convener

Secretariat:

Ms Chanchal Jain
Mr. Sushil Chandra Jana
International School for Jain Studies
D-28, Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi-110 017
Ph: +91-11-4079 3387, +91-99718 03638
Email: isis_seminars[at]yahoo.in

 


List of Speakers:

Dr. Rudi Jansma

Theosophical Study Center, Jaipur

Prof. S.R. Bhatt

Prof. Emeritus-Dept. of Philosophy, Delhi University

Prof. N.L. Kachhara

Emeritus Professor-Jain Philosophy and Science Study Center, Udaipur

Prof. Muni Abhijeet Kumar

 

Prof. R.S. Kaushal

Dept. of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi

Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta

Professor in Organizational Behavior, Faculty of Management Sciences, DU

Prof. Suneet Varma

Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Prof. Veersagar Jain

Head-Jain Dharshan Vibhag- S.L.B.S.S.V

Prof. Shirley Telles

Research Director-Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar

Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay

Head - Department of Laboratory Medicine, A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi

Dr. Shugan C. Jain

Director-International School for Jain Studies

Mr. Richard Hartz

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Archives, Pondicherry

Prof. Kambadur Muralidhar

Department of Zoology, University of Delhi

Prof. J.P. Jain

Visiting Lecturer at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Dr. Anekant Jain

Professor-Jain Dharshan Vibhag- S.L.B.S.S.V.

Prof. Paras Mal Agrawal

Research Professional, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, USA

 

Chair persons:

Prof. Nimesh Desai

Director-IHBAS, Delhi-95.

Prof. D.C. Jain

Sp. Sect. Health Services, Govt, of India.

Prof. P. Krishna

Krishnamurti Study Centre, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi 221001

Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar Ji

Professor - Jain Vishva Bharti University, Ladnun, Raj.

Prof. R.C. Deka

Director-AIIMS, New Delhi- 29

Prof. S.R. Bhatt

Prof. Emiritus-Dept. of Philosophy, Delhi University