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Consciousness, Gandhi and Yoga

An Interdisciplinary, East–West Odyssey of K. Ramakrishna Rao by: K. Ramakrishna Rao

This authoritative sourcebook reflects the extensive contributions of K.R. Rao over sixty years of professional engagement, blending theory and empirical research, leadership and scholarship, and classical and contemporary perspectives of Eastern and Western thoughts in a trans-disciplinary setting.



ISBN: 9788124607152
Year Of Publication: 2013
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvi, 384 + [16] p.
Bibliographic Details : 39, Colour photographs; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 900 gm.


Consciousnes, Gandhi and Yoga explores the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary Odyssey of K. Ramakrishna Rao spanning over a period of sixty years. Rao’s journey is a voyage of discovery of hidden treasures of consciousness in both the East and the West; and this volume is an authoritative sourcebook detailing and discussing that voyage by scholars from around the world. We find here reflections on the extensive contributions of K.R. Rao which contain a rare, and in some ways unique, blend of theory and empirical research, leadership and scholarship, and classical and contemp-orary perspectives of Eastern and Western thoughts in a trans-disciplinary setting.
Ramakrishna Rao has carried out extensive empirical research collecting data on hidden human potentials and is engaged in providing for them appropriate conceptual framework and theoretical base in cross-cultural consciousness studies. Further, he creatively anchors Gandhian thought and practices to the current developments in consciousness studies.
The authors include Prof. Rao’s colleagues and contemporaries scattered around the globe and experts in consciousness studies, Gandhian thought, Yoga and parapsychology. They provide interesting insights into the life and work of Prof. Ramakrishna Rao.
The present volume is offered as an academic tribute as Prof. Rao crosses the 80th milestone in life’s journey and completes sixty years of professional engagement as a teacher and researcher.


— Karan Singh
— Sudhir Kakar
— B. Sambasiva Prasad
1. K.R. Rao on East-West Expressway: A Journey of Sixty-plus Years
— Gowri Rammohan
2. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao: A Philosopher–Scientist–Leader
— Hanu Rao and H. Kanthamani
3. Contributions of Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao to Indian Psychology
— Anand C. Paranjpe
4. Yoga and Parapsychology
— Jerry Solfvin
5. How to Arrive at an Eastern Place from a Western Direction: Convergences and Divergences Among Samkhya Dualism, Advaita Non-dualism, the Body–Mind–Consciousness (Trident) Model and Reflexive Monism
— Max Velmans
6. The Search for Authentic Self: A Key Concern of Indian Psychology
— Girishwar Misra and Shivantika Sharad
7. K. Ramakrishna Rao’s Mission to Link the Wisdom of East and West
— Jean Kristeller
8. Perspectives on Nature of Consciousness: Contributions of Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao
— Janak Pandey
9. Striving to Connect with the Roots: A Mentor Makes the Difference
— Ajit K. Dalal
10. Gandhi, Rao and Applied Spirituality
— R.C. Pradhan
11. Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao’s Conception of Philosophy and His Contribution to It
— G. Vedaparayana
12. Spirituality: The Essence of Gandhi’s Thought and Action
— Ashok Vohra
13. Science and Spirituality: Complementary Thesis of Prof. Rao Re-examined
— Alok Tandon
14. Yoga, Parapsychology and Gandhi: Some Reflections
— B. Sambasiva Prasad
15. Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao: A Philosopher–Psychologist Extraordinaire
— T.S. Devadoss
16. Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao: An Outstanding Person and Scholar
— V.V. Raman
17. Large Strides: A Short Note from His Younger Brother
— Matthijs Cornelissen
Literary Works by Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao

Meet the Author
Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao is currently Chancellor of GITAM University. His previous assignments include Chairman, ICPR (2006-12); President, Institute for Human Science & Service (1998- ), Executive Director, Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, USA (1988-94); Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University (1984-87); Director, Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, NC (1976-84) and Professor of Psychology, Andhra University (1968-82). Prof. Rao was thrice President of Parapsychological Association, the US-based international society of scientists involved in parapsychological research and twice President of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. He is currently President of the Asian Congress of Philosophy. Prof. Rao received numerous academic and civic honours, including Padmasri, D.Lit (Honoris Causa) by Andhra University and Kakatiya University and honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Acharya Nagarjuna University. Prof. Rao published twenty books and over 200 research papers. His major books include Cognitive Anomalies, Consciousness and Yoga, Gandhi and Applied Spirituality, Consciousness Studies: Cross-cultural Perspectives, Gandhi and Pragmatism, and Experimental Parapsychology.