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

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Science of Fulfillment
Bhakti Niskama Shanta, Ph.D.

Date: 2016-08-26 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM
Last modified: 2016-08-17

Abstract


The inner hankering towards attainment of fulfillment (ānanda) is an intrinsic goal (telos) of all living entities and it is more exclusively manifested in human form of life. It is our inner motive towards fulfillment that drives us to create science, philosophy, culture, religion and so on. Without any such inner motive why we would at all bother to do all these activities? Without our inner hankering towards fulfillment we would not feel any need or negativity. Therefore, fulfillment is the fundamental quality of life. Influenced by the Darwinian line of thinking, psychologists have unsuccessfully tried to understand fulfillment from the angle of vision of genetic determinism and hedonic adaptation. There are many failed attempts to understand fulfillment from the perspective of extraversion (trying to seek satisfaction from things outside the self) and neuroticism (a fundamental personality trait in the study of psychology, which is assumed to be related to physiological differences in the brain). Depression and many mind body problems are affecting more and more people in recent time and yet, surprisingly we do not have any viable solution within the materialistic conception of life to overcome this dangerous trend. Therefore, a scientific understanding of real nature of life and its goal is essential to address the difficulty that our civilization is witnessing at present. The main focus of this essay is to diagnose psychology’s (based on molecular paradigm of life) epistemological woes in addressing our inner hankering. The essay makes an attempt to provide an overarching conception from Bhagavat Vedāntic philosophy that can serve as an efficient quenching means for our inner hankering for lasting fulfillment.

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