What do we do at Institute for Science and Spirituality?
ISS is working with the main objective of rekindling interest in spirituality within the scientific community whereby the latter evolves a spiritual, anti-material perspective; while at the same time helping spirituality develop a scientific and dogma free outlook which is already built into its structure.
- We organise conferences, workshops and seminar that promotes cross talks between science and spirituality.
- We conduct philosophical and scientific research on the fundamental questions on life and cosmos.
- We conduct short term courses on different themes on science and spirituality
Our Research Activities
We conduct studies on many different areas related to science and spirituality, viz., consciousness studies, cognitive science, ancient indian history, artificial intelligence, vedic philsophy, western philosophy, etc.
Consciousness which gives meaning to our life had been a tough problem to deal in modern science. Most notably subjectivity that it brings in becomes a no go in the reductionist framework. Interestingly, consciousness studies is the summit of all of scientific disciplines, i.e., physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, etc.
The hard problem and the binding problem of consciousness might indicate a non-material origin of consciousness expressed through some subtle matter. Vedic framework suggests it to be mind-like matter which can be objectively studied in science.
Ancient Science and Technology
Our vedic scientific tradition offers plethora of technological applications, viz., advanced techniques of mining, metallurgy, etc. As per modern standards, these may appear works of primitive people. However, there is a great treasure house yet to be disclosed in its own right.
Sanskrit and Theology
Sanskrit is considered the root of all languages. Vedic theology and in fact all the teasures of Vedic scriptures are encoded in this language. Unlike western philosophy and theology, Vedic theology is far more complete and addresses all different subtle aspects of human curiosity. Since Vedic theological framework is the basis of the all of Vedic treasures of knowledge in its holistic approach to truth, it offers a great scope for research.
Some of Our Current Events
One of the primary events open to all is ISS Sunday Seminar which invites many guests from wide variety of disciplines. In these interesting sessions, we brainstorm on the fundamental questions related to life and cosmos in light of Vedantic philsophy. Apart from that, ISS conducts some regular courses, two annual conferences and several other activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to contact us if your queries are not answered below.
Why do you mix science and spirituality together? Is it not a pseudo-science?
Science is based on the so-called scientific method which is an bottom-up approach to truth. On the contrary spirituality grounds its epistemology on top-down process where the knowledge is revealed to bona fide teachers. Such knowledge does not wither away with the irrestible flow of time. On the contrary scientific picture of reality evolves. In case of spirituality, the same texts reveal deeper meaning as a spiritualist becomes more and more sincere and serious. As viewed from the perspectives of Vedic traditions, spirituality includes knoweldge about matter which is the domain of science. However, the language of spirituality is not really constructed out of mathematics, rather it is built out of a symbolic language rooted in conscious feeling for the truth.
How can I join ISS or contribute to its activities ?
ISS welcomes people who are rationally inclined and eager to learn. You can attend regular Sunday Seminars or enroll in an ongoing course. You can be part of research team after you fulfil certain minimum criteria set by ISS. If you have got some time and willing to volunteer for some service, get in touch with us.
How can I register for an event?
Please visit https://iss.iskcondelhi.org/activities
How can I download my participation certificate?
Please visit https://iss.iskcondelhi.org/certificate
Where can I check my profile details and change my password ?
Please visit https://iss.iskcondelhi.org/profile