NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

A Successful Conference on Jain Philosophy and Science

Bhagawan Mahavira International Research Centre (BMIRC), Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan had organized a 3 day long International Conference under the benign auspices of Acharya Mahashraman as its Spiritual Mentor and Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar as its Spiritual Guide, in collaboration with IIT Bombay and University of Mumbai. It was held in VMCC, IIT Powai, Mumbai. Prof. Samani Chaitanya Prajna and BARC Scientist Prof. K. P. Mishra were the Director-General and Director of ICSJP respectively.

The Theme of the Conference was:

“AVENUES OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN JAIN PHILOSOPHY”

The conference was graced by many eminent personalities from all over the world. More than 100 scientists, scholars and academicians from 15 countries presented their research papers. Throughout the three days, the Conference was attended by more than 800 people.

Inaugural Function

Chief Guest: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

Inauguration By: Padma Bhushan, Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Member, International Court of Justice

Key Note Address By: Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar, Professor Emeritus, JVBI, Ladnun

Valedictory Function

Chief Guest: Justice Adarsh Goel, Sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India

Guests of Honour:

Justice Jasraj Chopra, Former Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court

Mr. Annurag Batra, Chairman, BW Business World

Eminent Speakers:

1. Sir Roger Penrose, (No. 2 scientist of the world) University of Oxford, UK*

2. Mr. Gary Zukav, Co-founder, Seat of the Soul Institute, USA (Famous Author of Books on Science and Philosophy)**

3. Padma Shri Dr. S. C. Manchanda, Former Head of Cardiology Department, AIIMS, New Delhi

4. Padma Shri Dr. Ashok Panagariya, Former Head of Neurology Department, SMS Medical College, Jaipur

5. Prof. Jeffery Long, University of Pennsylvania, USA

6. Prof. Robert Zydenbos, Munich University, Germany

7. Dr. Pankaj Joshi, Senior Scientist, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

8. Dr. Narendra Bhandari, (Scientist in-charge of Moon Mission of India) PLANEX, Ahmedabad

9. Dr. Kazuyuki Akasaka, Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan

10. Acharya Nandighoshsuri, the Eminent Jain Preceptor working in the field of Science & Jainism

*via video conference

** via video message

Research Sessions:

There were 11 Technical Sessions, 2 Panel Discussions, 1 Round Table, 1 Experimental Workshop, a special Young Researchers’ Session and Poster Presentations.

Technical Sessions ─

1) Relativism and Jain Logic

2) Soul and Consciousness

3) Relevance of Jainism in Modern Times

4) Science, Society and Ethics

5) Laws of Nature and Karma Theory

6) Macrocosmology: Universe, Cosmography, Cosmogony

7) Environment and Ecology

8) Science and Spirituality

9) Jain Mathematics and Its Importance

10) Microcosmology: Paramanu and Atom

11) Jain Culture, Literature and Science

Panel Discussions ─

1) International and National collaboration for Integrating Jainism and Science

2) Research Problems and Academic Curriculum in Science and Jain Philosophy

Round Table ­─

Developing Scientific-cum-Spiritual Technique for Inculcation of Moral Values and Development of EQ in Global Education Curriculum.

Experimental Workshop ─

Impact of Lifestyle Intervention, Preksha Meditation and Yoga in Achieving Holistic Health

The critical discussions on each paper followed by the question-answer session were so extensive, effective, interesting, knowledgeable and analytical, that their impact on future researchers would go a long way in opening innovative avenues of knowledge in all branches of knowledge.

Highlights

One of the highlights of the Conference was the Young Researchers’ Session where we had excellent participation. More than 20 young researchers presented papers on various topics related to Science and Jain Philosophy. In today’s time it is most important to rope in young people who are interested, curious and committed to the cause of conducting research in Jain Philosophy.

Another notable event was the hour long lecture by Sir Roger Penrose on Consciousness and Cyclic Universe Theory. This was followed by an extensive discussion of approximately 100 minutes wherein various scientific aspects of Jain Philosophy including that of Massless Matter, was discussed at length, which astonished Sir Roger Penrose. At the end of this discussion, he also agreed to become a Member of the Advisory Board of BMIRC.

Winners

YOUNG RESEARCHERS PROGRAM -

1st Prize: Mr. Akshit Shethiya

2nd Prize: Dr. Shubhada Neel

3rd Prize: Mrs. Shweta Lodha

POSTER PRESENTATIONS –

1st Prize: Samani Amal Prajna

2nd Prize: Mr. Ashutosh Nirvadyaachari

3rd Prize: Mr. Surendra Gogad

A lot of constructive and positive feedback has been received from people who attended the Conference. On the whole, it was unanimously considered as a unique event in the field of comparative study in Science and Jain Philosophy. We would like to thank all the participants for their enthusiasm and for making ICSJP a grand success!