Conferences, Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

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Yoga Psychology and Post-Modern Science
Achinta J. Yajnik, Ph.D.

Date: 2016-08-27 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Last modified: 2016-08-17

Abstract


Age of Enlightenment with the Herculean success of science and technology, though provided mankind with the life of comforts and physical amenities, it paralleled with the life of stress and anxiety filled with loss of meaning and purpose of human existence. The mechanistic world-view upon which the whole edifice of science is erected viewed universe as machine, life as mechanical byproduct of matter and human being as robot. The success of this mechanistic paradigm in description, explanation, prediction and control of phenomena belonging to physical sciences, life sciences and even psychology, sociology and politics ultimately led to existential vacuum which constituted the greatest complaint of 20 th century man as the American psychiatrist Victor Frankle says. Abrahm Maslow said that the root of this crisis lies in the wrong concept of man, i..e. the mechanistic one and it is a responsibility of a psychologist, according to Maslow, to provide mankind with a proper concept of man and he must take this responsibility with a  "weight of duty" and "sense of mission". This being so an attempt is made here to provide a holistic concept of man underlying consciousness principle, based on Samkhya-Yoga system of philosophy and its hypothetical constructs like tanmatras, senses, mind, soul or self as transcendental consciousness etc are validated through empirical findings of physics, biology, parapsychology and psychology. The parallels between Eastern psychology and Western sciences are drawn and holistic synthesis is presented.


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