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Item Code: NAB907
Author: M.A.S. Rajan
Publisher: Academy of Sanskrit Research, Melkote
Language: English
Edition: 1987
ISBN: 9788185929439
Pages: 211
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 270 gm
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Book Description

These proceedings are the record of a Workshop which took place on 16,17 & 18 June 1987 at Melkote. For us in the Academy the gathering was a watershed in our progress. In its decade—long career the Academy had organized many a Vidvatgosthi ( Vidvatgosthi -gathering of scholars). They were confined to Vedantic topics. In this Workshop however the subject matter extended to both science and Vedanta. The Academy was entering a new arena as it were.

The seed of the idea of a multi-disciplinary workshop on Consciousness was sown in our minds by Dr. R.M. Varma, Emeritus Director of the National institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, with the active support of Dr. E.C.G. Sudarshan, eminent physicist. We are greatly beholden to them. That the germ of the idea could sprout at Melkote was due to the expert ground-work of Prot. M. A. Lakshmithathachar, the Registrar and mainstay of the Academy. The learned scholars who are members of the Managing Committee of the Academy backed his efforts enthusiastically.

When the first intimations of the Workshop were circulated, our objectives were stated in these terms: " ..... to analyze the viewpoint of both the Scientists and the Vedantins, to examine if a common approach to the concept of Consciousness could be found and in any case to define the Vedantic concept of Consciousness in Terminology acceptable to the scientific world."

When the workshop actually took place, it covered wider ground. This was very gratifying. The papers and discussions were so interesting and thought filled that it was thought fit to prepare the proceedings as a full publication rather than a brief report.

Compilation of these proceedings was a daunting task. That it has taken so long is because the translation work and the job of transcribing the taped talks and discussions into readable script proved very time consuming. Much team work has gone into this follow up effort under the leadership of Prof. Lakshmitanthachar who also did most of the Sanskrit of English translations dispite numerous demands on his time. Much thanks are due to him more than all the entire task of editing raw transcriptions and the papers organizing the overall structure and doing even some of the Sanskrit to English translations apart from proof correction was an enormous burden willingly borne by the President of the Academy Sri M.A.S. Rajan. He also tackled the uphill task of putting the different strands of thought together into in overview. This publication owes a great deal to his zeal and hard work.

We are in debt also to all the eminent scholars who participated in the workshop the esteemed people who attended it as well to all those who worked of its smooth progress.

The academy hopes that the proceedings will prove to be a useful addition to the literature on the subject consciousness.




Part I : The Conspectus
1 Preface by Sri R.B. Manvikar i
2 The Proceedings An Episodic Account iii
3 Overview by Sri M.A.S. Rajan vii
Part II: The Lectures Papers and Discussions
1 Consciousness the Issues Inaugural Address by Dr. K.S. Narayanacharya 1
2 Nature of Science by Dr. E.C.G. Sudarshan 14
3 Nature of Physics by Dr. E.C.G. Sudarshan 21
4 Consciousness the interdisciplinary Effort by Dr. R.M. Varma 31
5 The Iridescence of words by Dr. Raja Ramanna 41
6 Status of Research on Consciousness by Dr. R.M Varma 43
7 Concept of Consciousness in Vedanta by Vadvan K.S. Varadacharya 58
8 The Consciousness problem as seen from Set theory (Lecture) by Dr. Raja Ramanna 71
9 On a statement of the consciousness Problem (Text of Paper) by Dr. Raja Ramanna 87
9A Extracts from the discussion session following Dr Ramanna’s lecture 92
10 Concepts of Consciousness in Science by Dr. T. Desiraju 106
11 Concept of Sentient Insentient and Supreme Brahman in Vedanta by Vidwan S.M.S. Varadacharya 117
12 Anubhuti (experience) A Synopsis by Swami Tryambakeswarananda 126
12A Excerpts from the discussion session 128
13 Consciousness and Dance by Smt. Usha Narayan 130
13A Excerpts from the Discussion Session following Smt. Narayan’s lecture 134
14 States of Consciousness perspectives from modern psychology by Dr. S.K. Kiran Kumar 141
15 The Concept of Attributive Consciousness or Dharmabhuta Jnanam by Vidvan H.S. Varada Desikacharya 161
16 Consciousness and Ayurveda A Synoptic Outline by Dr. K.N. Srinivasa Iyengar 173
Part III: Supplementaries
1 Excerpts from the Farewell Addresses delivered at the Concluding Session 179
2 List of Participants 181

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