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Yoga & Consciousness


Let me begin with the Vedic prayer which marks a decision border of transition when the scientist of the ancient yoga happened to stand at a height of clarity of the mental and over-mental peaks of consciousness, but not deluded by the growth of that clarity stream to arrive at the Sun of Knowledge by crossing the golden lid that covers the Form and Face of the Supramental Truth.

हिरण्मयेन पाात्रेण सत्यस्यापिहितं मुखम्।
तत् त्वं पूषन्नपावृणु सत्यधर्माय दृष्टये।।

The face of Truth is covered with a brilliant golden lid; that do thou remove, O Fosterer, for the law of the Truth, for sight.

This prayer is to be found in the Ishopanishad, which is also the last Chapter of the Yajurveda, and it points to profound treasures that lie hidden in the hymns of the Vedic Seers. These treasures are particularly relevant to the theme of the Seminar, since they speak of subtleties and complexities of consciousness, rising from the Inconscient to the Superconscient, all explored through what may be called scientific methods of experimentation and verification, tested by repeatability and constancy of experiences and abiding realizations.

The reason why I am induced to invite scientists and philosophers to study the Veda is threefold: Firstly, since the great Indian scientist, Jagdish Chandra Bose, demonstrated the presence of consciousness in plants and even in metals, the Cartesian and Newtonian dualistic and mechanistic view of the universe was shaken and, consequent upon the latest developments in Quantum Mechanics, such as those in Bell’s Theorem, the one theme that has now emerged as the focus of frontline research is that of Consciousness in Matter, Life and Mind. Secondly, the quest of Modern Science has demonstrated that knowledge of Facts needs to be synthesised with the knowledge of Values, if the world is to be guided by

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