NFSI 2019 – Panel Discussion 4 – Day 3

१८-१२-१९ दिनाङ्के  चिन्मयविश्वविद्यापीठे  NFSI अन्ताराष्ट्रीयसङ्गोष्ठ्याः तृतीये दिने प्रो.नारायणन्श्रीनिवासन्महोदयस्य दिक्सूचिभाषणं प्रवृत्तम् ।

‘कालस्यानुभूतिः’ इति विषयमधिकृत्य महोदयेन व्याख्यानं कृतम्। तेन च उक्तं यद्  विषयाणाम् अनुभूतिः काले भवति, तद्वदेव कालस्यानुभूतिः अपि भवति, न कालस्य अनुभूत्यर्थं चक्षुरादिवत् स्वतन्त्रम् इन्द्रियं अस्ति, चैतन्यं विषयशून्यम् इति भासते परन्तु न तत् तथा अस्ति,अनुकूलप्रतिकूलपरिस्थित्यनुसारं समये भिन्नता अनुभूयते अस्माभिः। कालमापने शाब्दिकपरिगणनाद्युपायाः उपयुज्यन्ते शास्त्रज्ञैः इत्यादयो विचाराः प्रतिपादिताः । विभिन्नप्रयोगैः महोदयेन प्रतिव्यक्ति कालस्य भिन्नता कथं अनुभूयते इति च दर्शितम्।

 व्याख्यानानन्तरं प्रश्नोत्तरेण सत्रस्यास्य समाप्तिः जाता।

The fourth panel discussion of NFSI 2019 was on the topic ‘Anubhuti: Consciousness and Well-being’. The Chairperson for the discussion was Prof B.Mahadevan, Professor at IIM Bangalore and the former Vice-Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. The Speakers were Prof. Kundan Singh from the Hindu University of America, Prof. Sam Manickam, who is a practising Clinical Psychologist, Prof. Ashish Pandey from IIT Bombay and Dr. Tulasi Kumar Joshi, Assistant Professor, School of Vedic Knowledge Systems from Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth.


The discussion started with Prof. Mahadevan giving his insights on the topic of ‘Anubhuti’. This was followed by the first speaker, Prof. Kundan Singh, presenting five theorems on binaries, pointing out that the Western thought of binaries is quite problematic as it says one is privileged while the other is suppressed. He substantiated his view with an example. He also elucidated the crucial role of the mind in the aetiology of diseases. The second speaker, Prof. Sam Manickam, focused on the transitional process of going from annamaya to anandamaya. He also briefly addressed the role of psychologists in attaining ‘Goal 3’ (health) of the UN’s  Sustainable Development Goals. He discouraged the idea that one Indian school of thought could represent the whole of Indian thought.


The third speaker, Prof. Ashish Pandey, proposed the use of research for the resurgence of tradition. He elaborated the role of Yoga-based practices (YBP) in impacting morality, psychological capital (subjective vitality and self-transcendence) and engagement in studies. He was certain that YBP could refute claims made by various Western theories. He concluded by presenting the problems in pursuing indigenous Social Science Research. The last speaker, Dr. Tulasi Kumar Joshi, gave an insight into the nature and the kinds of ‘Anubhuti’. He spoke about consciousness from the Advaita point of view and gave succinct points on how an anubhava could be understood to be pratyaksham or not.



The session ended with questions from the audience and concluding remarks by the Chair.

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