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Title: Understanding Consciousness (Recent Advances)

Author: Sri Ramakrishna

Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture

Pages: 479

ISBN: 9788187332541

Edition: 2009

Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch

Cover: Hardcover

About the Book

Understanding Consciousness: Recent Advances consists of the proceedings of the fourth biennial International Seminar on Consciousness held at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, in January 2008. The participants included not only philosophers and scientists but also mystics. Their illuminating papers will be read with profit and pleasure by scholars and lay persons alike. It is hoped that this volume will be as well received as the three earlier volumes.

About the Author

Sri Ramakrishna showed through his own experience that consciousness as cit or caitanya is one and undivided, and it is transcendent consciousness that has become immanent consciousness. In order to realize Brahman as transcendent consciousness it is at first necessary to negate the world as neti, neti, 'not this, not this'. But after realizing transcendent consciousness, one comes back to the world and sees that Brahman itself has become the whole universe. Sri Ramakrishna gives an example to illustrate this point: a person who wants to reach the roof of a house at first leaves behind the steps of the staircase one after the other. But after reaching the roof when he comes down, he finds that the steps of the staircase are also made of the same material as the roof.

Publisher’s Notes

The word consciousness, derived from Latin, literally means 'knowledge of things together'. This concept, it has been rightly said, is commonly invoked but imperfectly understood and contradictorily defined. In recent times, apart from the philosophers and psychologists who have been traditional investigators of consciousness, it has also received the attention of researchers in neuroscience, information theory, and cybernetics. So the topic of the fourth International Seminar on Consciousness, held in January 2008, at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture-'Understanding Consciousness: Recent Advances' -seems to have been a happy choice for global discussion.

The topics of the three earlier biennial International Seminars on Consciousness are: 'Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness' (2002), 'Life, Mind and Consciousness' (2004), and 'Consciousness: A Deeper Scientific Search' (2006). The proceedings of all the three Seminars have already been published by the Institute.

The fourth Seminar was inaugurated by Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, on 18 January 2008. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor P. N. Tandon, President, National Brain Research Centre, New Delhi, and Professor N. Mukunda, Vice-President, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, delivered the Presidential Address.

It may be pertinent here to take notice of the recent re- searches by Dr V. S. Ramachandran in the realm of mystic experiences. He emphatically asserts: 'I'd like to argue that there is in fact no such barrier, no great vertical divide in nature between mind and matter, substance and spirit.' He is in tune with the realization of Sri Ramakrishna that the entire universe was immersed in the Ocean of Consciousness, as it were, and there was no distinction between matter and spirit in the realm of superconsciousness. This belief was enthusiastically shared by Swami Vivekananda.

One of the salient features of our interdisciplinary Seminars is that we cast our net wide enough to invite as speakers not only philosophers and scientists but also mystics. This seems to give the Seminars a holistic dimension.

We are grateful to Professor N. Mukunda and Professor Jonathan Shear for taking the trouble of editing the Seminar proceedings for this volume. Professor Benoy Banerjee and others of the Publication Department deserve due gratitude from us for assisting in further editing the volume.

We would also like to thank the East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd, Kolkata, the Department of Science and Technology (New Delhi), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Pusa), both departments of the Government of India, and the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, for extending their helping hands in the form of financial assistance.

It is hoped that this volume will be as well received as the three earlier volumes on Consciousness.

Contents

Publisher's NoteV
Inaugural Session
Welcome Address3
Inaugural Address6
Keynote Address11
Presidential Address27
Brief Report on Progress till now33
Vote of Thanks39
First Academic Session
Knowledge and Consciousness: An Integral Approach45
The Veil of Avidya106
Secod Academic Session
Ethics, Meditation and Development of Consciousness131
From Yogic Integration and Control to Metaphysical Holism148
Third Academic Session
Study of Consciousness from the Point of View of Visistadvaita Philosophy167
Persistent Puzzles of Consciousness : What is it? Where is it?178
Fourth Academic Session
Consciousness Science: An Eclectic Perspective195
Consciousness and Mental States According to Abhidharma and Pramiina Texts212
Fifth Academic Session
Consciousness: Dominant Metaphors and Research Methods225
Consciousness in Cognitive Science246
Sixth Academic Session
Molecules that are involved in Cellular Consciousness263
Images, Reflections and Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Dialogue271
Seventh Academic Session
Geometry of Brain Function and Consciousness289
Play of Unconscious : Classical Yoga and Jungian Analytical Psychology309
Eighth Academic Session
Images, Reflections and Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Dialogue329
Discussion
Discussions on the Paper of Swami Bhajanananda341
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Ulrich Mohrhoff344
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Jonathan Shear349
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Stephen Phillips355
Discussions on the Paper of Professor M. A. Lakshmithathachar359
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Sangeetha Menon364
Discussions on the Paper of Professor L. Clark Johnson369
Discussions on the Paper of Lama Doboom Tulku Rinpoche374
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Amita Chatterjee376
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Narayanan Srinivasan380
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Samir Bhattacharya385
Discussions on the Paper of Professor David Bates389
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Sisir Roy395
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Audrius Beinorius401
Discussions on the Paper of Professor N. Mukunda407
Valedictory Session
Concluding Address421
Summing-up of the Proceedings424
Panel Discussion:432
Presidential Address446
Vote of Thanks453
Appendix
Consciousness and the New Math459
The Contributors467

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Title: Understanding Consciousness (Recent Advances)

Author: Sri Ramakrishna

Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture

Pages: 479

ISBN: 9788187332541

Edition: 2009

Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch

Cover: Hardcover

About the Book

Understanding Consciousness: Recent Advances consists of the proceedings of the fourth biennial International Seminar on Consciousness held at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, in January 2008. The participants included not only philosophers and scientists but also mystics. Their illuminating papers will be read with profit and pleasure by scholars and lay persons alike. It is hoped that this volume will be as well received as the three earlier volumes.

About the Author

Sri Ramakrishna showed through his own experience that consciousness as cit or caitanya is one and undivided, and it is transcendent consciousness that has become immanent consciousness. In order to realize Brahman as transcendent consciousness it is at first necessary to negate the world as neti, neti, 'not this, not this'. But after realizing transcendent consciousness, one comes back to the world and sees that Brahman itself has become the whole universe. Sri Ramakrishna gives an example to illustrate this point: a person who wants to reach the roof of a house at first leaves behind the steps of the staircase one after the other. But after reaching the roof when he comes down, he finds that the steps of the staircase are also made of the same material as the roof.

Publisher’s Notes

The word consciousness, derived from Latin, literally means 'knowledge of things together'. This concept, it has been rightly said, is commonly invoked but imperfectly understood and contradictorily defined. In recent times, apart from the philosophers and psychologists who have been traditional investigators of consciousness, it has also received the attention of researchers in neuroscience, information theory, and cybernetics. So the topic of the fourth International Seminar on Consciousness, held in January 2008, at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture-'Understanding Consciousness: Recent Advances' -seems to have been a happy choice for global discussion.

The topics of the three earlier biennial International Seminars on Consciousness are: 'Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness' (2002), 'Life, Mind and Consciousness' (2004), and 'Consciousness: A Deeper Scientific Search' (2006). The proceedings of all the three Seminars have already been published by the Institute.

The fourth Seminar was inaugurated by Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, on 18 January 2008. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor P. N. Tandon, President, National Brain Research Centre, New Delhi, and Professor N. Mukunda, Vice-President, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, delivered the Presidential Address.

It may be pertinent here to take notice of the recent re- searches by Dr V. S. Ramachandran in the realm of mystic experiences. He emphatically asserts: 'I'd like to argue that there is in fact no such barrier, no great vertical divide in nature between mind and matter, substance and spirit.' He is in tune with the realization of Sri Ramakrishna that the entire universe was immersed in the Ocean of Consciousness, as it were, and there was no distinction between matter and spirit in the realm of superconsciousness. This belief was enthusiastically shared by Swami Vivekananda.

One of the salient features of our interdisciplinary Seminars is that we cast our net wide enough to invite as speakers not only philosophers and scientists but also mystics. This seems to give the Seminars a holistic dimension.

We are grateful to Professor N. Mukunda and Professor Jonathan Shear for taking the trouble of editing the Seminar proceedings for this volume. Professor Benoy Banerjee and others of the Publication Department deserve due gratitude from us for assisting in further editing the volume.

We would also like to thank the East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd, Kolkata, the Department of Science and Technology (New Delhi), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Pusa), both departments of the Government of India, and the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, for extending their helping hands in the form of financial assistance.

It is hoped that this volume will be as well received as the three earlier volumes on Consciousness.

Contents

Publisher's NoteV
Inaugural Session
Welcome Address3
Inaugural Address6
Keynote Address11
Presidential Address27
Brief Report on Progress till now33
Vote of Thanks39
First Academic Session
Knowledge and Consciousness: An Integral Approach45
The Veil of Avidya106
Secod Academic Session
Ethics, Meditation and Development of Consciousness131
From Yogic Integration and Control to Metaphysical Holism148
Third Academic Session
Study of Consciousness from the Point of View of Visistadvaita Philosophy167
Persistent Puzzles of Consciousness : What is it? Where is it?178
Fourth Academic Session
Consciousness Science: An Eclectic Perspective195
Consciousness and Mental States According to Abhidharma and Pramiina Texts212
Fifth Academic Session
Consciousness: Dominant Metaphors and Research Methods225
Consciousness in Cognitive Science246
Sixth Academic Session
Molecules that are involved in Cellular Consciousness263
Images, Reflections and Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Dialogue271
Seventh Academic Session
Geometry of Brain Function and Consciousness289
Play of Unconscious : Classical Yoga and Jungian Analytical Psychology309
Eighth Academic Session
Images, Reflections and Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Dialogue329
Discussion
Discussions on the Paper of Swami Bhajanananda341
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Ulrich Mohrhoff344
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Jonathan Shear349
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Stephen Phillips355
Discussions on the Paper of Professor M. A. Lakshmithathachar359
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Sangeetha Menon364
Discussions on the Paper of Professor L. Clark Johnson369
Discussions on the Paper of Lama Doboom Tulku Rinpoche374
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Amita Chatterjee376
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Narayanan Srinivasan380
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Samir Bhattacharya385
Discussions on the Paper of Professor David Bates389
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Sisir Roy395
Discussions on the Paper of Professor Audrius Beinorius401
Discussions on the Paper of Professor N. Mukunda407
Valedictory Session
Concluding Address421
Summing-up of the Proceedings424
Panel Discussion:432
Presidential Address446
Vote of Thanks453
Appendix
Consciousness and the New Math459
The Contributors467
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