Science and Spirituality: The Delhi Dialogues
Samvad India Foundation
Saket, New Delhi
This Society draws its members from the faculty and students of India’s three top-rated institutions of higher learning and research, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Regular meetings are held in rotation at these three institutions and at general venues to invite public participation. In the words of the Society Chair, “this initiative serves to promote one of the basic objectives of the host institution, Samvad India Foundation. Samvad, a Sanskrit word and now a part of most modern Indian languages, means ‘speaking together,’ ‘conversation,’ ‘dialogue,’ ‘colloquy,’ ‘discussion and debate.’ This program is born out of a deep two-fold concern: First, to explore seriously the interaction, interrelationship, and interface between science and spirituality. Second, to espouse and engender the values of tolerance and mutual respect not only among different religious and belief systems in India, but also between these and science.” This group examines topics ranging from Yoga and consciousness studies to ethics and science, adopting a comprehensive view of historic and contemporary themes in religion and science from the perspective of traditional Indian spirituality. The dialogues are filmed, publicized widely, and published in hardcopy format.