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SCIENCE AND SPIRITUAL QUEST
By Bhaktivedanta Institute
(His Holiness Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami)
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Subhash C. Mishra, Srikant Nagulapalli and Sudipto Ghosh
Inquisitive capabilities of different types of living entities are manifested in the day-to-day affairs of the world. The inquisitive nature of insects, birds and animals is reflected in their drive towards awareness, social organization and many more activities in addition to their basic needs of life. On the other hand, human beings are bestowed with higher intellectual capabilities surpassing the capacity any other living being possesses. Rapid and consistent advancements in the twenty-first century in the fields of science and technology is a mere glimpse of the intellectual capability of human beings. Several examples of modern science that indicate higher intellectual capability of human beings are building spaceships and satellites, heart transplantation, unlocking genome sequence, cloning, etc.
On the other hand, the extent to which spirituality and philosophy has spread and established its prime bondage with different systems of beliefs and practices in the world clearly emphasizes the quest of human intellect to understand the Ultimate Reality with a prime emphasis towards its meaning and purpose. A scientific endeavor attempts to unlock the mysteries of the nature via experimentation and hypothesis to theorize generalized laws in an attempt to comprehend the Ultimate Reality. On the other hand, spirituality involves experimentation with the self to realize the same Ultimate Reality based on axioms of the revealed scriptures. Therefore, as science cannot be ignored in the context of modern society, spirituality also cannot be wiped out due to its prime bondage with humanity in constructively guiding our actions and essence of our very existence. In other words, both scientific and spiritual pursuits will be partners in our quest for fanthoming the secrets of life and universe.The present volume is dedicated towards this cause and aims at fostering an open and exploratory dialogue between science and spirituality. Presented
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUAL QUEST
in four major sections, the volume contains 15 keynote papers from the '3rd All India Students' Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest' to be held at Tirupati, A.P., India from Dec 22-23, 2007 and three invited articles for the volume. The conference is being organized as a tribute to Dr. T.D. Singh (His Holiness Bhaktisvaruap Damodara Swami), the visionary and pioneer in science-spirituality dialogue, on his 70th Birth Anniversary.The volume covers diverse scientific disciplines, and faith traditions including consciousness, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, biology and biotechnology, physics, cosmology, vedanta and philosophy of science and spirituality, all with the aim of exploring the fundamental questions of humanity, the cosmos, and the divine. We hope that this volume will have a significant archival value and will help encouraging researchers and inspiring genuine seekers in their quest for the Ultimate Reality.