Author: Swami SarvabhutanandaEminent Contributors/Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of CultureYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 469ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788187332541
This volume consists of fifteen papers and the discussions thereon at 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 paper 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.A Profound Backgrounder: 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 NoteINAGURAL SESSIONWelcome AddressSWAMISARVABHUTANANDAInaugural AddressSWAMI PRABHANANDAKeynote AddressPROFESSOR P. N. TANDONPresidential AddressPROFESSOR N. MUKUNDABrief Report on Progress till nowPROFESSOR DEBABRATA SEN SHARMAVote of ThanksPROFESSOR SAROJ GHOSEFIRST ACADEMIC SESSIONKnowledge and Consciousness: An Integral ApproachSWAMI BHAJANANANDAThe Veil of AvidyaPROFESSOR ULRICH MOHRHOFFSECOND ACADEMIC SESSIONEthics, Meditation and Development of ConsciousnessPROFESSOR JONATHAN SHEARFrom Yogic Integration and Control to Metaphysical HolismPROFESSOR STEPHEN PHILLIPSTHIRD ACADEMIC SESSIONStudy of Consciousness from the Point of View of Visistadvaita PhilosophyPROFESSOR M.A. LAKSHMITHATHACHARPersistent Puzzles of Consciousness: What is it? Where is it?PROFESSOR SANGEETHA MENONFOURTH ACADEMIC SESSIONConsciousness Science: An Eclectic PerspectivePROFESSOR L. CLARK JOHNSONConsciousness and Mental States According to Abhidharma and Pramana TextsLAMA DOBOOM TULKU RINPOCHEFIFTH ACADEMIC SESSIONConsciousness: Dominant Metaphors and Research MethodsPROFESSOR AMITA CHATTERJEEConsciousness in Cognitive SciencePROFESSOR NARAYANAN SRINIVASANSIXTH ACADEMIC SESSIONMolecules that are involved in Cellular ConsciousnessPROFESSOR SAMIR BHATTACHARYA Coma, Sleep and Consciousness: A Neurologist’s ViewPROFESSOR DAVID BATESSEVENTH ACADEMIC SESSIONGeometry of Brain Function and Consciousness PROFESSOR SISIR ROYPlay of Unconscious: Classical Yoga and Jungian Analytical PsychologyPROFESSOR AUDRIUS BEINORIUSEIGHTH ACADEMIC SESSIONImages, Reflections and Suggestions for Interdisciplinary DialoguePROFESSOR N. MUKUNDADISCUSSIONDiscussions on the Paper of Swami BhajananandaDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Ulrich MohrhoffDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Jonathan ShearDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Stephen PhillipsDiscussions on the Paper of Professor M. A. LaksmithathacharDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Sangeetha MenonDiscussions on the Paper of Professor L. Clark JohnsonDiscussions on the Paper of Lama Doboom Tulku RinpocheDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Amita ChatterjeeDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Narayana SrinivasanDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Samir BhattacharyaDiscussions on the Paper of Professor David BatesDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Sisir RoyDiscussions on the Paper of Professor Audrius BeinoriusDiscussions on the Paper of Professor N. MukundaVALEDICTORY SESSIONConcluding AddressSWAMI SARVABHUTANANDASumming-up of the ProceedingsDR B.P. CHATTERJEEPanel Discussion:Swami BhajananandaProfessor N. MukundaProfessor Ulrich MohrhoffProfessor David BatesProfessor Narayanan SrinivasanProfessor P. K. MukhopadhyayPresidential AddressPROFESSOR J. N. MOHANTYVote of ThanksPROFESSOR A. K. SHARMAAPPENDIX Consciousness and the New MathPROFESSOR RALPH ABRAHAMTHE CONTRIBUTORS