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India’s Intellectual Traditions and Contributions to the World

by: Bal Ram Singh , Surendra N. Dwivedi , Satish C. Misra , Bhu Dev Sharma , Dhirendra Shah

The thought-provoking articles contained in this volume present insights into the Hindu religious vision for nourishing mutual appreciation and respect among the various religious traditions. They also make up a presentation of Vedic and Upaniùadic ideas of understanding and ahi§sà to address some of the most urgent global problems of today.

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ISBN: 9788124604762
Year Of Publication: 2010
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiii, 846
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1200

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The conference papers make up a presentation of Vedic and Upanishadic ideas of understanding and ahimsa to address some of the most urgent global problems in today’s world. The scholarly articles elaborate on principles of ahimsa as practised by the Buddhist and Jain traditions and by the Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Scholars from India and other parts of Asia as well as the West here explore the scientific and systematic nature of life of the Vedic people. They examine aspects relating to linguistics, the Indian epic literature, and advaita, and study many individual topics like states of consciousness in Indian philosophy and concept of time in Indian heritage. They delve into the meaning and message of the Upaniùads as extremely relevant to us in the present century. A study examines festivals to determine the correlation between annual festivals and natural factors and conducts a scientific analysis that establishes a relation between lunar phases and human physiology, and more generally the relation between calendar and culture.
The thought-provoking papers present insights into the vision of Dharmic traditions for nourishing mutual appreciation and respect among religious traditions. They also reveal the abuses and distortions that the tradition has suffered from within over the ages. They call for a scientific analysis of human traditions so that their time-tested values can prove relevant to the present day.

Contents

Linguistics
Preface
1. Development of Mathematics from Sanskrit
— M.P. Chaudhary
2. Sanskrit, an Efficient Linguistic Code
— Narayan R. Joshi
Epic
3. Mahabharata: The Dharma’s Drama
— Indira Y. Junghare
4. The Sacred Tree of Existence in Mahabharata
— K. Sankarnarayan
5. Uniqueness of Valmiki Ramayana
— Tenneti C. Rao
6. Studies on the Antiquity of Ramayana
— Ramen Nandi
Religion
7. A Critical Review of Paul Courtright’s “Ganesha, Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings”
— Vishal Agarwal
— Karthik Kalavai Venkataramani
8. Teaching Hinduism : “The Authenticity of Representation in Pluralistic World”
— Joseph Schaller
9. The Taboo of Belief: Anthropological Methods and the Study of Religion
— Julia A. Jean
Philosophy
10. Advaita as Non-Dual Idealism
— Benjamin T. Root
11. Ipseity, Atman and Consciousness
— Vinod D. Deshmukh
12. Turiya: The Fourth State of Consciousness and Step Model of Self-Consciousness
— Vinod D. Deshmukh
13. From Unity to Multiplicity: Threshold Division as Vedic and Fourfold as Western
— Jack Engstrom
14. Quantum Potentiality and Importance of Consciousness in the Universe
— Lothar Schafer
15. Concept of Time in Indian Heritage
— S. Ram Mohan
16. What the Upanishads have to Teach us in the 21st century?
— Francis X. Clonney, S.J.
17. A Summary of The Author’s Theory of Foundations of Reality and Spirituality, with Applications to Vedic Statements
— Jagdish N. Srivastava
18. Unravelling Uncertainty: An Advaitic Paradigm
— Raju Chidambaram
19. The Indian Cultural Heritage and its Contribution to the World
— V.D. Misra
Modern Concepts
20. The Communion of Saints : Models of Holiness in a World of Conflict
— Thomas A. Forsthoefel
21. A Case Study on Personality Improvement through Vedic Teachings in Indian Corporate Bodies
— Harish Candra
22. The Hindu Vision as Framework for Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century
— Varadaraja V. Raman
23. Scientific Analysis of Correlation between Natural Factors and Annual Festivals around the Globe
— Bal Ram Singh
— Kalyan Chakravarthi
Abstracts of Papers Presented During the Conference held in 2002
Abstracts of Papers presented During the Conference held in 2004
Specially Organized Session Papers
The Contributors
Index

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Dr Bal Ram Singh is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at UMass – Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990, on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness. He has published three books and over 200 articles. He is the editor of the Journal Light on Ayurveda and International Journal of Indian Culture.
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Dr. Surendra N. Dwivedi is the Board of Reagents Eminent Scholar, Professor and the Director of UL Lafayette’s Virtual Reality and Product Realization Laboratory and also is a Professor in UL Lafayette’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. He has done extensive meaningful research in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, organized many technical workshops and seminars, and has consulted major corporations, such as Ford Motor Co., GM, GE, and IBM. He has published more than 200 research papers in the broad domain of Product Development, Green Manufacturing, Shipbuilding and Robotics and had edited several conference proceedings. He has guided over 100 students at MS and Ph.D. levels. Dr.Dwivedi has been involved in countless research projects from NSF, DOE, BoRSF, DARPA, NASA, US-Army, and Navy. He founded the International Society for Productivity Enhancement, International Journal of Agile Manufacturing and the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems and serves as Chief Editor of the latter. He was also a co-founder and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications. Dr. Dwivedi was the recipient of more than 30 awards for teaching and research, professional activities and community services including the Outstanding Researcher Award for 1990-91 and 1991-92 at West Virginia University, and he also received the Outstanding Leadership Award there in 1993. Recently he has been awarded with the most honorable award by Louisiana Engineering Foundation for faculty professionalism award. He has a passion to see every child receive an education, and he engages in many public services including his involvement in The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a program in India providing education to children across the country. In addition, Dr.Dwivedi is serving as President of the World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), a collective scholastic effort to explore and educate the past, present and future. As a professor, he teaches challenging courses, but also maintains an admirable relationship with his students. He believes that there is no shortcut in life, we have to work hard. Everybody can’t be Einstein, but everyone can work hard. As a professor, he teaches challenging courses, but also maintains an admirable relationship with his students. He believes that there is no shortcut in life, we have to work hard. Everybody can’t be Einstein, but everyone can work hard. LES has affirmed that Dr.Dwivedi is a person of great influence at the university, the engineering community and the global community at large.
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Satish C. Misra: an Expert Mathematical Statistician at the US Food and Drug Administration since 1989, is an Adjunct Professor at the American University, Washington, D.C, with over 40 publications. He is Secretary of International Hindi Association, and President of Federation of Indian Associations — National Capital Region.
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Bhu Dev Sharma: Founder President of WAVES, former President of Hindu University of America, Mathematics Professor in USA, West Indies, and India. Edited three volumes on Indian Studies, published over hundred articles on mathematics and statistics, guided 23 Ph.D. students, and is Editor of several journals.
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Dhirendra Shah: Graduate of London School of Economics and Harvard Business School, President of Suruj International Inc., USA, President of India Awareness Foundation, USA, and former Director and Treasurer of WAVES. He has written several articles for magazines and newspapers in India and USA.
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