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ANCIENT SCIENCE OF NON-DUALITY FOR THE MODERN TIMES


The beginning of the 21st century marks the obvious intensification of global crises impacting personal to planetary wellness, and a search for its lasting solutions. Can the modern science and technology simultaneously tackle the crises of environment, energy, food, health and economics that are interdependent? What can be learnt from old cultures that developed ancient and indigenous wisdom, which guided the thoughts and actions of the people centuries ago. How it can help to raise the collective consciousness of humanity now? Is there a unified scientific framework to achieve this goal? This is the greatest challenge our world faces today.

Yoga and Ayurveda have attracted tremendous worldwide attention of people to bring balance into their every-day life. The underlying ancient science of both these traditions is observational and experiential (J. Vaidya, 1892; I.K. Taimini, 1961, H. S. Palep, 2004). Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi made unique contributions by simplifying the philosophy, the science and the practice of yoga for the modern age (Y. Vethathiri, 1992). He explained the three inherent qualities of the absolute space: Plenum, Force and Consciousness, and how it blossoms into the universe with three unfailing functions: Evolution, Mutation and Cause and Effect system (Y. Vethathiri, Unified Force, 1995). We call it "Ancient Science of Non-duality", or in short "Ancient Science". Recently, his teachings have been instrumental in introducing "yoga for human excellence" in educational curricula in eight public universities of Tamil Nadu, India.

During the past 300-400 years, developments in the modern science and technology have shaped our world - view that guides human thoughts and actions. It has led to a highly materialistic approach to all the facets of life. In addition to many benefits that modern societies enjoy, unregulated use of modern technology is causing serious environmental, agricultural and health problems globally. In order to balance this one-sided approach, the ancient science needs to be introduced from K-12 to universities for solving contemporary problems. To meet this challenge, a series of international conferences are being organized beginning in 2011. The organizers would make the conference abstracts accessible to the scientists and the general public. As the conference series evolves in the future years, proceedings would be published in order to maintain continuity. The first international conference is being convened at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA on August 20- 21, 2011.

The conference will be organized around four over-arching themes: (1) What advances are bringing the ancient science and the modern science closer together?; (2) How does ancient science unify self, society and nature? (environment, business, behavior, activism...); (3) How would ancient science bring balance in human existence through life style changes, reducing consumerism, preventing diseases?; (4) What would be the potential impact of practices rooted in ancient science (adopting holistic diet, leisure, stress management....). Special sessions will be planned around invited speakers from each of the four themes. The conference will provide a relaxed environment for attendees to network and be inspired from exchanging novel ideas and concepts. Arrangements to attend the conference electronically will be made for those who are unable to attend in person.

References:

J. Vaidya, Forceps used by Ancients in India, Bombay, 1892

I.K. Taimini, The Science of Yoga, Theosophical Publishing House. Madras, 1961

H. S. Palep, Scientific Foundations of Ayurveda, Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratisthhan
Publishers, New Delhi, 2004

Y. Vethathiri, Journey of Consciousness, Vazhga Valamudan Publishers, Erode. 1992

Y. Vethathiri, Unified Force, Vazhga Valamudan Publishers, Erode. 1995.