Spirituality and Science of Consciousness

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Item Code: NAD806
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788187332961
Pages: 510 (32 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 720 gm
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Swami Vivekananda, a man of scientific temperament, upheld the modern view and pleaded for a scientific approach to study consciousness in its entirety. According to him 'We must take up the study of the super conscious state just as any other science. One reason we must have to lay our foundation; we must follow reason as far as it leads, and when reason fails, reason itself will show us the way to the highest plane.' Since the unconscious, conscious, and super conscious states belong to one and the same mind, one state does not disallow the others. Moreover, it has become possible for a trained mind to intentionally cross the boundaries, leading to a transcendental state of consciousness.

Publisher’s Note

The issue of Consciousness remains a major challenge for human intellect. Eminent philosophers and scientists have been exploring consciousness for years, yet it still remains, to an extent, elusive. That is one of the reasons why the Institute has made arrangements for biennial International Seminars on Consciousness.

The topics of the earlier such Seminars were: 'Philosophy and Science: An Exploratory Approach to Consciousness' (2002), 'Life, Mind and Consciousness' (2004), 'Consciousness: A Deeper Scientific Search' (2006) and 'Understanding Consciousness: Recent Advances' (2008). The proceedings of all the four Seminars have already been published by the Institute.

The fifth Seminar 'Spirituality and Science of Consciousness' was inaugurated by Swami Prabhanandaji Maharaj, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, on 8 January 2010. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chairman, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi and Dr Bikash Sinha, former Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata, delivered the Presidential Address.

Among the participants, Swami Veda Bharati and Professor Jonathan Shear were unable to attend the Seminar.

However, their papers were read out by Dr.Jan Brzezinski and Professor P.K.Mukhopadhyay respectively.

We hope that this latest book on Consciousness will be as well received as the four earlier books on the subject.


Publisher's NoteV
Inaugural Session
Welcome Address3
Inaugural Address6
Keynote Address14
Presidential Address64
Vote of Thanks76
First Academic Session
Swami Vivekananda's Concept of Spirituality: Transformation of Consciousness, from the human to the Divine through Synthesis of Yo gas81
Consciousness: Measurable or Immeasurable?116
Second Academic Session
Consciousness and Spirituality: A Samkhya-yoga Perspective145
Nature of Consciousness as Revealed in Spiritual Experiences of some Yoga-Practitioners177
Third Academic Session
Approach to Consciousness in Vipassana Tradition: A Meditator's Perspective197
The Mystery of Soul and Consciousness: An Appraisal in Sufi Viewpoint203
Fourth Academic Session
Can Science 'Explain' Spirituality?227
Anomalous Cognition: Towards a Physical Mechanism238
Meditation and Neuroscience of Consciousness267
Fifth Academic Session
Knowledge, Consciousness and Faith: A Catholic Point of View277
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Questions-Vedantic Perspectives in Consciousness Studies285
Sixth Academic Session
Rabindranath Tagore's Quest for Spirituality307
Understanding Consciousness and Spirituality through Sun-consciousness322
Seventh Academic Session
On Mindfulness, Spirituality and Psychotherapy341
Consciousness as a Force: Its Nature and Working365
Eighth Academic Session
Mind and Brain377
Spirituality, Ethics and Inner Awareness389
Discussions on the Paper of Swami Bhajanananda407
Discussions on the Paper of Swami Veda Bharati411
Discussions on the Paper of A. P. Chattopadhyay415
Discussions on the Paper of Debabrata Sen Sharma416
Discussions on the Paper of Rakesh Sharma419
Discussions on the Paper of Md.Sirajul Islam422
Discussions on the Paper of Amit Ghosh424
Discussions on the Paper of Edwin C. May430
Discussions on the Paper of P. N. Ravindra434
Discussions on the Paper of Fr George Pattery, sj436
Discussions on the Paper of Swami Sarvapriyananda440
Discussions on the Paper of Audrius Beinorius443
Discussions on the Paper of Indrani Sanyal449
Discussions on the Paper of Geshe Dorjee Damdul453
Discussions on the Paper of Jonathan Shear455
Valedictory Session
Concluding Address461
Summing-up of the International Seminar463
Special Observations476
Special Observations484
Presidential Address488
Vote of Thanks496
The Contributors499
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