BIHS Third Cosmology Workshop

The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies Sponsors its Third Cosmology Workshop

In 2019, the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies (BIHS) sponsored its preliminary cosmology workshop, “Taking the fifth… Canto!” This gathering explored the examine of Puranic cosmography inside ISKCON as an outgrowth of curiosity raised by the event of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur, West Bengal. The second workshop in 2020, “Models and Memes and Maps: A Modern Journey via Ancient Cosmography,” aimed towards growing a unified framework for mental discourse aspiring to counterpoint scholarship exploring Puranic cosmology.

This third within the sequence examined Puranic views on the character of spacetime and the origin and destiny of the universe. With a rising acknowledgment within the tutorial and scientific discourse of the chance for additional analysis, it is crucial for Vaishnava students to actively have interaction philosophical, mathematical, and experiential frameworks that respect each conventional Indic in addition to a contemporary scientific idea.

The Big Bang mannequin at the moment dominant inside up to date discourse begins with a singular occasion adopted by a fast interval of growth, generally known as inflation. While inflationary idea makes an attempt to resolve challenges to earlier fashions, inflationary fashions, in flip, invite quite a few empirical (and philosophical) issues. That being mentioned, arguably each purely bodily mannequin incorporates shortcomings in an try to clarify how or why the universe totally manifests. In response, this workshop put forth sastric views and their teleological implications in a collaborative examination of the potential for a fuller appreciation of cosmological origins and the character of spacetime.

Prior to the workshop on Friday, February 18, a number of native contributors made a go to to the University of Florida’s Physics Department to attend a lecture by workshop presenter Bhupal Dev, Ph.D., titled “A New Idea for Relic Neutrino Detection,” the place he mentioned new findings from his present analysis primarily based on information collected by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory on the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The night concluded with an off-the-cuff dinner and meet-and-greet on the Bhaktivedanta Institute Center.

This occasion, which was attended by contributors concerned in earlier Vedic cosmology initiatives, opened on Saturday morning with BIHS Director Bob Cohen (Brahmatirtha) welcoming native and worldwide presenters and attendees throughout totally different nations and time zones. Doug Watson, Ph.D. (Astrophysics) and workshop chair, launched Session 1: Sastric and Historic Perspectives Concerning the Nature of the Universe, along with his discuss, “Toward a Comprehensive Picture of the Nature of Spacetime and the Origin and Fate of the Universe,” the place he explored the overall panorama of the dominant cyclical modes within the present tutorial literature and mentioned the bodily and bodily implications of such fashions. Following this, Dr. Krishna Abhishek Ghosh, Director of the Institute for Vaishnava Studies, offered “Questioning Questions: A Vaishnava Epistemology of the Cosmos and Consciousness” and mentioned the totally different types of epistemes and the prominence of sabda inside Vedantic and different traditions.

The first session continued with “Views of the Universe, Defined in Space and Time” by S. E. Kreitzer (Sthita-dhi-muni), Ph.D. (History of Science), which examined shifting ideas of the cosmos by each Puranic and fashionable scientific thinkers, and “Viewing the Cosmos Through the Lens of Samkhya” by Edwin Bryant, Professor of Religious Studies at Rutgers, who argued that “any try to have interaction the Bhagavata in dialog with roughly any facet of contemporary science can solely contain Samkhya metaphysics.”

After a lunch break full of debate and connections, Session 2: Systematically Exploring the Creation of the Universe, was facilitated by Intel government Purushottam Goel (Parama Karuna), who launched a day of fascinating talks and discussions by “Exploring 2nd and third Canto Cosmogony Scenarios.” Other displays included “Vedic Perspective on the Origin of the Universe” by Pandu Santhoju (Pavaneshwar), member of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha and TOVP crew, “The Nature of Spacetime and the Evolving Universe: Exploring Puranic Cosmology” by Friedrich Silvia (Sriji) from Germany, and the video manufacturing, “What is a Brahmanda and How Large is It?,” by Richard Cole (Radha Mohan), Communications Officer at Bhaktivedanta Manor within the UK.

Workshop chair, Doug Watson, offers the opening handle 

Day 2, Session 3: Seeking Correlations between Space and Time within the Bhagavatam, started with the workshop’s featured speaker Vasyl Semenov (Dvija Govinda), Ph.D. (Acoustics and Computational Math), zooming in from Ukraine with “Space-time Dilation: A Proportionality Approach to the Relevance of ‘Height’ within the Puranic Cosmos,” which highlighted his latest analysis exploring mathematical transformations primarily based on the idea of the relative notion of distances. This was adopted by “Time in Vedic Culture” by Christopher Hayton (Krsna Bhajana), Ph.D. (Social Work), in Wales, and “Big Bang and the Sages” by Sidharth Chhabra (Siddha Hari), who offered in individual whereas visiting from the Harmony Collective positioned in Ypsilanti, MI. Continuing this theme, “Space-Time Correlation and Cosmology of the Srimad-Bhagavatam” by Punit Bhalla (Prema Gauranga), a researcher for Bhaktivedanta Research Center and TOVP, and “Cycles of Time: An overview of the Penrose Conformal Cyclic Cosmology Model” by Gopal Goel, a freshman in arithmetic at MIT and the youngest workshop participant, accomplished the Sunday morning session

Day 2, Session 2, BIHS Cosmology Workshop 

The closing Session 4: Conceptualizing the Experience of Space from a Vedic Perspective, was facilitated by Joseph Stover, Professor of Mathematics at Gonzaga University in Washington state. He launched the session by questioning the which means of “area” inside each consciousness-centric and fashionable scientific worldviews along with his provocative discuss, “Grappling with the Concept of Space.” This was adopted by “Modern Cosmological Evidence for an Egg-shaped Universe” given by Bhupal Dev, Professor of Astrophysics at Washington University in Saint Louis, and “Conceptual Space” by Venkatesh Chembrolu (Vrindavana Priya), ISKCON Silicon Valley, who drew a distinction between the important nature of area and its bodily counterpart.

Closing out the day and workshop have been the displays “Sankhya and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics” by Jack Dodson (Kala-Svarupa), a Ph.D. candidate in Particle Physics at Temple University in Philadelphia, and “The Five Elements of Matter and the States of Matter in Modern Science” by Michael Cremo (Drutakarma), a BI member since 1984 and the well-known writer of Forbidden Archeology plus many different books coping with the antiquity of humanity. Last however not least, Mauricio Gaurrido (Murali Gopal), Ph.D. (Physics), stunned the gathering with an unannounced discuss, “Spacetime and the Gunas,” which concluded, amongst different issues, that heights in Puranas could also be associated to the quantity of sattva-guna and that point could also be associated to the quantity of rajo-guna.

Impromptu workshop presentation by Mauricio Garrido (Murali Gopal) .jpg

The total workshop ended with a vigorous Q&A dialogue that included digital and native contributors from each days. The various nature of the displays and the rigor and scholarship of their analysis mixed to assist the BIHS in approaching the occasion’s goal: contemplating “sastric views and their teleological implications to collaboratively design a extra complete image of the character of spacetime and the origin and destiny of the universe.” As one of many attendees mentioned because the weekend got here to a detailed, “If we will proceed this degree of cooperation and energy, we simply may have the ability to really obtain such a lofty aim!”

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