About Us7th International Conference Science and Scientist - 2019

About Princeton Bhakti Vedanta Institute of Spiritual Culture & Science

The modern material conception of life is based on the abstract idea that the Absolute or Ultimate Reality is Substance, while Vedanta concludes that the Absolute is sentient, or Subject. We advocate the scientific study of Reality within the Vedantic Bhagavat conception. Thus everything turns on grasping that the certainty we have that the Absolute is Substance, must be superceeded with the certainty that the Absolute is Subject, sentient, self-conscious Spirit or Divine Personality.

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About Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Institute of Spiritual Culture & Science

We propose that Life is an organic unity that appears in a myriad of forms throughout the planet displaying its inherently determinate nature (as a unity in difference) as a variegated display of species from the lowly microbe to the dominate Bhumi conception, and beyond to encompass the rest of the universe. This is in keeping with the Vedantic worldview. Thus Life is a universal organic unity that exhibits itself as a complete spectrum of living unities, as much as white light when passed through a prism exhibits itself as a rainbow of colors. One color does not evolve from another, and so too does Life exhibit itself in a variety of forms that constitute the wholeness of Life in its full determinateness.

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About World Vegan Vision

World Vegan Vision is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, founded in 1992 as Vegetarian Vision in New York, NY, with the mission to promote vegetarianism among people of the US and spreading this message to the world. The organization, now known as World Vegan Vision is currently 26 years old, serves as a resource network and a think-tank for vegans worldwide, with the objective of a healthy future for all of mankind and Planet Earth. We aim to serve everyone and collaborate with other vegan/vegetarian organizations to strengthen the cause.

Here is a short video on the progress of World Vegan Vision over the last 25+ years.

The mission of World Vegan Vision is to promote, encourage and inspire people to become vegan or vegetarian and provide educational information on the benefits of a plant based vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Through a pool of dedicated volunteer members the organization serves all existing and aspiring vegans and vegetarians. It is a non-partisan, apolitical group that serves anyone regardless of race, color or national origin.

The founder of World Vegan Vision, Mr. Harshad K. Shah, a vegan himself, has burning a desire to make people healthy and compassionate. He is a visionary and a firm believer in being healthy through a healthy plant based diet and in saving animals from abuse and slaughter for use as food, clothing and entertainment.

Over the last twenty six years, World Vegan Vision has grown to form a large membership spread across the USA and India. The dedication of our patrons, life members, annual members and active volunteers have contributed to the success and growth this organization.

Some highlights of past events organized by World Vegan Vision are worth a mention here. Our first major event held in 1996, the International Vegetarian Food Festival, was held in New York Coliseum in Long Islad, NY. Almost 17,000 people attended this event and 150 stalls filled up the coliseum.

In 1998, Second International Vegetarian Food Festival was held at New York Armory, NY with repeat numbers. Similar events were organized utilizing speakers, exhibits and vegetarian Cruises. These activities have created greater awareness and conversion of many new vegetarians and vegans.

World Vegan Vision sends out quarterly health newsletters, invites nationally recognized speakers and authorities on speaking engagement, educates people the benefits of being vegetarian and vegan. Every year we have our Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner, an event that highlights our activities, unites members, presents new ideas, with influential speakers invited to encourage healthy life style by being vegetarian and vegan.

During the past many years, we have collaborated with various local vegetarian and vegan organizations, supported their cause and also helped teachers in education programs on benefits of adopting a compassionate lifestyle.

We also have collaborated with other organizations in the tri-state area. We have arranged speakers on yoga, breathing techniques, vegan recipes and cooking demonstrations. All the activities of World Vegan Vision are supported by volunteers who devote their time and efforts and is solely run by volunteers.

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About Science and Scientist Conference Annual Conference Series

The Bhagavat Vedanta concept rejects the objective theory of evolution as not only misconceived but an impediment to the actual scientific comprehension of Nature. The Vedantic conception of Life is a fully differentiated one that displays its determinations in and as a dynamic organic whole that integrates subject and object, or thesis and its antithesis, within their original synthesis as Spirit, which as dynamic is not to be misunderstood as a paralyzed stasis or monism but the ever restless and living movement that characterizes Spirit. Organic holism is a conception that has its inception as far back as the writings of Śrī Īśopanisad, where the invocation states: oḿ pūrnam adah pūrnam idaḿ, pūrnāt pūrnam udacyate. The Organic Whole produces organic wholes. An organic whole cannot arise from parts that have to be assembled. That process can only produce inorganic, mechanical machines or chemical processes, not living organisms.

Those who embrace the metaphysics of materialism believe that the mechanistic atomic, molecular and evolutionary conceptions of physics and chemistry can explain not only the physical but also the mental life that exists in the universe. Despite the partial successes of science as currently developed within such philosophical constraints, it is unable to demonstrate how a mechanical system can effectively explain, much less produce, a single living cell or a simple blade of grass. But philosophical knowledge as developed in ancient and modern times has never established that the concept of life can be comprehended as a mechanical system. Reason or rational thought recognizes that a living entity is the very embodiment of an internal cause or teleological end (purpose), which Kant termed Naturzweck, or natural purpose as distinguished from externally or contingently imposed purpose. Living entities are naturally constituted to maintain themselves for their own survival. Such a teleological wholes may have many parts or members but they are unified, mutually integrated and held together by an internal bond or purpose. This individual [literally, un-dividable] whole is considered simple because it cannot be reduced any further without breaking the teleological unity that would disrupt it as a unified [differentiated yet integrated] whole or individual. This unity in difference is what is essential to life as a whole, which is not comprehended by either an abstract monism (oneness), or a purely differentiated atomic or molecular aggregate mechanically held together by external forces, or a dualism of unity and difference, but a unity that is intrinsic to difference – a unity in difference, that is neither a monism nor dualism, but a synthetically dynamic unity of both. This unity which overarches and permeates the whole in its differentiated determinations may be more properly referred to as the soul or Concept.

Therefore, to understand life, its origin, its purpose and biodiversity we need a wider, more inclusive and integrated approach for the advancement of science beyond it present stage. The ancient philosophy of Vedānta-sūtra advises that one will have to continue the search, athāto brahma jijñāsā, until one reaches brahman – Spirit, the underlying spiritual source, janmādyasyayatah, the fountainhead where all inquiry will satisfy its purpose. Then beyond knowledge Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam will guide us to the ultimate goal of our search – rasovaisah, the search for highest fulfillment, sweetness and love. The ‘Science and Scientist’ annual conference series is mainly focusing on the complete conception of the true reality of the Sweet Absolute, which is the ultimate goal of science, philosophy, religion and art.
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