Sponsored By: Infinity Foundation

13th International Congress of Vedanta

Thirteenth International Congress of Vedanta
September 12-15, 2002
Marcum Conference Center
Miami University, Oxford, OH

Sponsored by The Infinity Foundation

International Congress of Vedanta, founded in 1986 at Miami University , Oxford, Ohio, is the focal point for meeting of North American scholars specializing in all aspects of Indian philosophy and religion. In the past, the Congress has also celebrated the birth centennial of S. Radhakrishnan 1988), the 1200th anniversary of Sri Sankaracharya (1990), the centennial of Swami Vivekananda’s sojourn to America and his participation in the World Parliament of Religions (1992), birth centennial of J. Krishnamurti (1995), and the 700th anniversary of sanjeewan samadhi of Sri Jnaneswara (1996). International Congress of Vedanta also held its meetings in Madras, Rishikesh and Hyderabad, India, and in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in order to facilitate better interaction between scholars in India and the West.

Location: The 13th Congress will be held in the Marcum Conference Center of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, between September 12 and 15, 2002. Oxford, Ohio, is situated near Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, a 30-45 minute drive from each. The Cincinnati and Dayton airports are an hour’s drive from Oxford. The Marcum Conference Center offers excellent modern conference facilities with conference, seminar, presentation, dining and guest rooms. The Congress includes in its program plenary presentations, panel sessions, symposium discussions and individual papers on (a) Yoga, (b) Meditation and (c) Ayurveda (d) and general topics in Indian philosophy and religions.


Wednesday, September 11, 2002

From 2:00 p.m. CHECK IN (Marcum Conference Center/Hotels)
Conference Reception Desk Open
On-site Registration

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Early Risers: Jogging/Walking – plenty of beautiful trails
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Invocation
9:30 – 9:40 a.m. Welcome: John Skillings, Dean, College of Arts & Science, Miami University
9:45 -10:00 a.m. “2002 Vedanta Congress”
S. S. Rama Rao Pappu, Founder-Director,
International Congress of Vedanta
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Inaugural Lecture: Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawaii
“Logic, Morality, Meditation : Tarka, Dharma and Yoga
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Inaugural Plenary – I (East Wing)
Chair: Karl H. Potter, University of Washington

Stuart Sovatsky, Assoc. for Transpersonal Psychology
Kundalini, Consciousness and Bodily Development

Jonathan Shear, Virginia Commonwealth University
Meditative Experiences and Western Philosophy

T. S. Rukmani, Concordia University
Dharmameghasamadhi : A Critique based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break
1:45 – 3:45 p.m. Plenary Session – II (East Wing)
Chair: Eliot Deutsch, University of HawaiiRajiv Malhotra, Infinity Foundation
Native Informants Talk Back : Cross-Cultural Interactive Hermeneutics

Deen Chatterjee, University of Utah
Is Karma a good justification for Rebirth?

Carl Olson, Allegheny College
The Disappearing Self : The Postmodern Vision of Mark C. Taylor and the Vedantic Vision of Sankara

Mandakranta Bose, University of British Columbia
The Body as Paintbrush: The Idiom of Classical Indian Dance (based on Visnudharmottara Purana).”

3:45 – 4: 00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Panel Session – I
Gita and Gandhi
Chair: Sandhya Chakrabarati
Export, PA
Room 186

Hope Fitz, Eastern Connecticut State Univ.
Importance of Ahimsa in Yoga Sutra, Gandhi and the Modern World

Sitansu Chakrabarti, Univ. of Toronto
Amartya Sen on the Gita

Kathy Tiege, Monmouth University
Interpretations of Gita : Gandhi and Oppenheimer

Studies in Hinduism – I

Chair: Sushil Mittal
Millikin University
Room 112

Shive Chaturvedi, Ohio State University
Meditation on Human Nature : Vedic vs. Western Rational and Existential Traditions.

D. R. Sharma, Little India Foundation, Chicago
Zero, Infinity and God : A Vedantic Perspective

Gopala Rao, John Hopkins University
Why Hinduism in an Age of Monotheism?

Yoga – I
Chair: Michael Brannigan
LaRoche College
Room 184

Veena Howard, University of Oregon
Hesychasam : A Christian Yoga?

Mahesh Mehta, University of Windsor
Consciousness and Intentionality : Yoga and Vedanta

Ira Schepetin, Woodstock, NY
Yoga and Advaita Vedanta

Science and Spirituality
Chair: B.D.N. Rao
Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.
Room 180

P. Venugopala Rao, Emory University
Dialog between Science and Religion : Indian Perspectives

Mark McDowell, Lourdes College
Duality and Cosmology

Adarsh Deepak, Science & Technology Institute
Dharma as Harmony in Diversity, in terms of scientific Bhasya

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception: Marcum Conference Center
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner (Cuisine of India at: St. Mary’s Church, High Street, Oxford)

Friday, September 13, 2002

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Meditation Session (conducted by Stephen Parker)
Marcum Conference Center
8:15 – 10:45 a.m. Plenary Session – III
Chair: Stephen H. Phillips, University of Texas-Austin

Sangeetha Menon, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Being and BEING : Current discussions on ‘consciousness’ and the Yoga Traditions

R. Puligandla, University of Toledo
What is it to scientifically study Consciousness

Walter Benesch, University of Alaska
Advaita Vedanta : The Possibility ‘of’ and Possibilities ‘for’ consciouness in a non-linear world

Anand Rangarajan, University of Florida
Pan-Awareness : Building a bridge between Panpsychism and Vedanta

Nick Gier, University of Idaho
Gandhi as a Postmodern Thinker

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Panel Session – II

Meditation – I
Chair: Nalini Bhushan
Smith College Room 180

Stephen Smith, Krishnamurti Foundation of America
Krishnamurti’s Meditation : A Quantum View of Mind

Satish Telegar, Towson State University
Krishnamurti on Meditation

Bart Gruzalski, Center for Pacific Living
Through the Eyes of a Butterfly


Chair: Alex C. Alexander, MD
Room 102

Gregory Fields, Southern Illinois Univ.-Edwardsville
Buddhsit Psychotherapeutics : Ayurvedic roots and Modern Applications

Arvind Khetia, Overland Park, Kansas
Essentials of Ayurveda

K. N. Dileepan, University of Kansas Medical Center
Science and Philosophy of Ayurveda

Indian Aesthetics

Chair: G. Bhamati
University of Texas-Austin
Room 184

John Quinn, Univ. of Dayton & Joseph Petrick, Wright State University
Aesthetic Theory and the Interpretation of Indian Art

S. V. Rama Rao, Artist, Palos Hills, IL
Yogic Mind and Art

William W. Higgins
The Idea Game : Religious and Symbolic Game Theory

Chair: Michael Myers
Washington State University
Room 186

James Robinson, University of Northern Iowa
Is There a Distinctive “Tantric Spirituality?

Robert Gordon, University of Oregon
Tantra and Transcendentalism : The Philosophies of Emerson and Aurobindo

Don Salmon, Greensville, SC
Sri Aurobindo and the Future of Consciousness Studies

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break
1:45 – 3:45 p.m. Panel Session – III

Bhattacharya, Buber and Quest for Self-Knowledge
Chair: Eliot Deutsch
University of Hawaii
Room 184

Stephen Kaplan, Manhattan College
Revising Krishnachandra Bhattacharya’s Absolute And its alternative forms : A Holographic model for Simultaneous illumination

Michael Meyers, Washington State University
Non-Duality: A commentary on Buber’s I and Thou : Part III

Sandhya Chakrabarti, Export, PA
Krishna Yoga – A form of Psychotherapy

Ramon Sewnath, Southern Connecticut State University
Quest for Self Knowledge

Indology, Radhakrishnan & Sri Satya Sai Baba

Chair: S. K. Singh
Savage, MD
Room 180

Arvind Sharma, McGill University
Indology: An Epistemological Approach

David Rodier, American University
Presenting Vedanta to the West : The Example of Radhakrishnan’s Commentaries

Boyd H. Wilson and Donald L. VanSlyke, Hope College
Radhakrishnan, Rauschenbusch and a New Christianity: Eternal Religion and Social Ethics

Witz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagn
Sri Satya Sai Baba on Mind and Atman

Yoga – II

Chair: Stuart Sovatsky
Assoc.for Transpersonal Psy.
Room 186

Stephen Parker, St. Thomas University
The Spiral Path Continua Versus Linear stages in Patanjali Yoga

Nalini Bhushan, Smith College
The Logic of Mourning : Mental Discipline and Liberationin the Yoga Sutra and Freud

Ed Barton, Michigan State University
Reinterpreting Mythopoetic men’s work And Kundalini Yoga

Ashok Malhotra, S.U.N.Y. at Oneonta
Yoga and Yoda : Star Wars Connection

Vedanta in the West and the Problem of Evil 

Chair: Wallace Martin
University of Toledo
Room 112

Joseph Thompson, Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks
Postanalytic Affinities : Indian and German philosophy in America

K. Sundaram, Lake Michigan College
The Vedas and the Vedanta in Pre-Revolutionary France

Joseph Bracken, S.J., Xavier University
Evil: Reality or Illusion?

Uday Rao, Pittsburgh
Evil and its Elimination in Molla Ramayanamu

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Plenary Session – III (East Wing)
Chair: P. Venugopala Rao, Emory University

E. C. G. Sudarshan, University of Texas-Austin
Language, Computing and Creativity

Jagdish Srivastava, Colorado State University
Derivation : Beyond philosophcial speculation of Basic Tenets

:Subhash Kak, Louisiana State University
Inner and Outer Cosmologies in India

D.V.L.N. Rao, University of Massachusetts-Boston & A.N. Murty, Grambling State University
Reflections of Reality

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner
Heritage Room, Shriver Center
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Spiritual Discourse and Bhajans by Prof. Prema Pandurang and group
“Kshetropasna” Madras, India

Saturday, September 14, 2002

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Meditation (Conducted by Stephen Parker)
Marcum Conference Center
Plenary Session – IV 
Chair: Jitendra Shah, L. D. Institute of Indology’
Ahmedabad, India
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Deborah A. Davis & Sarady Sonty, Telugu University
Introduction to the Harmonic Structure of the Veda
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. S. Yegnasubramanian, Sringeri Vidyabharati
Foundation, Pennsylvania
Vedic Chanting: A Perfectly formulated Oral Tradition
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Panel Session – IV

Swadhyaya & Environmetnal Ethics
Chair: Bart Gruzalski
Center for Pacific Living
Room 102

Bindu Madhok & Selva J. Raj, Albion College
The Cafeteria approach on environmental scholarship: Problems and Possibilities

George James, University of North Texas
Religious and Spiritual Dimensions of Environmental Movements in India

Betty Unterberger, Texas A&M University
Swadhyaya : Personal and Communal Transformation Through Self-Study
Film on Pandurang Shastri Athavale

Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism

Chair: K.L. Seshagiri Rao
University of South Carolina
Room: 184

K. R. Sundararajan, St. Bonaventure University
Embodiment : A Vedantic Perspective

Judy Saltzman, California Polytechnic State Univ.
Vedanta, Sufism and Spiritual Ecology

Omar S. Alattas & James W. Kidd, Univ. of San Francisco
The Metaphysics of Divine Love

Frank Hoffman, West Chester University
Buddhism and Non-Violence

Studies in Hinduism

Chair: Avinash Sathaye
University of Kentucky
Room 180

Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
Nectar of Wisdom : JnaneswaraAmritanubhava

William Jackson, Indiana Univ-Purdue University
The philosophical symbolism of H indu Temple Designs – especially fractal-like recursive shapes

Pasquale J. Simonelli, Monmouth University
The eschatological role of the son in the Vedanta philosophy

G. Mishra, University of Madras
From Ramanuja to Ramaraya : The Dialectical journey of Maya-Avidya in the history of Vedanta

Yoga and Meditation: Physiological Perspectives

Chair: A. R. Srikantiah, M.D.
Cambridge, OH
Room 186

Tom Egenes & Robert Oates, Maharishi University of Management
Consciousness, Physics and World Peace : How to stop terrorism throught he Field Effect of Consciousness

Patricia Reynaud, Miami University
Meditation as a Spiritual Discipline

Narayan Reddy, M.D., Pulmonologist, Dayton, OH
Being and Breathing

Gopala Rao, Johns Hopkins University
Yoga: Physiological Perspectives

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Special Plenary – IV (East Wing)
Eliot Deutsch’s Contributions to Indian Thought
Chair: John G. Arapura, McMaster UniversityFred Dallmayr, Indiana University
Eliot Deutsch’s Cross-cultural Meditations

Stephen Phillips, University of Texas
Creative Emotion : Rasa in the Philosophy of Eliot Deutsch
Kisor Chakrabarti, Duke University

Students of Eliot Deutsch:
Michael Myers, Washington State University
Ashok Malhotra, S.U.N.Y., Oneonta

Response: Eliot Deutsch, University of Hawaii

3:15 : 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Special Plenary of Philosophical presentations And discussions in Sanskrit
Chair: Arindam Chakrabarty, Univ. of Hawaii

Ashok Aklujkar, Univ. of British Columbia/Harvard Univ.
bharatiiya samaaja vijnaanam: vilhelm haalbafaasa-mata-samiiksaa” (Indian Social Theory: A Critique of the view of Wilhelm Halbfass)”

M. Narasimhachari, Universityof Madras
The commentary ‘Bhushana’ by Sri Govindaraja on Sri Ramayana

Arvind Sharma, McGill University
Sanatana-dharmasya caturmukhatvam

Vidyut Aklujkar, Univ. of British Columbia
Who am I?: A Riddle of Identity in Mahipati’s Bhakta-vijaya

Mahesh Mehta, University of Windsor
Role of Jnana and Karma : Two Advaitic Views

Kisor Chakrabarti, Duke University
Vyaptigrahopayavimarsah” ( the problem of Induction).

Ramesh Patel, Antioch University
Nasadiye Dasa Vadas-tesam Paramesthi-Prajapati-krtah Samanvayas-ca” (Ten Cosmogonies In the Nasadiya and their reconciliation by Pramesthi )Prajapati

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Banquet
Marcum Conference Center
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Remembering departed Vedantins
Current and future projects of Infinity Foundation
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Address and Second Infinity Distingusihed Lecture

Marzenna Jakubczak, Silesian University, Poland
Aspects of Subjectivity in Patanjali’s Yoga

Sunday, September 15, 2002

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Meditation (Conducted by Stephen Parker)
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Business” meeting
“Open Forum”
Room 186

Discussion Facilitators:
Rama Rao Pappu, Adarsh Deepak, Arvind Sharma, Rajiv Malhotra, Etc.

Among the one hundred participants who will attend the conference are:

  • Ashok Aklujkar (Univ. of British Columbia)
  • J.G. Arapura (McMaster University)
  • Anindita Balslev (Univ. of Copenhagen)
  • Mandakranta Bose (Univ. of British Columbia)
  • Arindam Chakrabarti (Univ. of Hawaii)
  • Fred Dallmayr (Univ. of Notre Dame)
  • Tom Egenes (Maharishi University)
  • Marzenna Jakubczak (Silesian Univ., Poland)
  • Subhash Kak (Lousiana State Univ)
  • R. L. Kashyap (Purdue Univ.)
  • Ashok Malhotra (SUNY-Oneonta)
  • Michael Myers (Washington State Univ)
  • M. Narasimhachari (Univ. of Madras)
  • Stephen Phillips (Univ. of Texas)
  • Olle Qvarnstrom (Univ. of Lund-Sweden)
  • Anand Rangarajan (Univ. of Florida)
  • K. L. Seshagiri Rao (Univ. of South Carolina)
  • T.S. Rukmani (Concordia Univ)
  • Judy Saltzman (California Poly. St.Univ)
  • Arvind Sharma (McGill Univ)
  • Stuart Sovatsky
  • Ian Whichler (Univ. of Manitoba)
  • Boyd Wilson (Hope College)
  • Klaus Witz (Univ. of Illinois)

Further details of the conference may be obtained from:

Professor S. S Rama Rao Pappu
Department of Philosophy
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio, 45056
Phone: 513-529-2439

To read about last years conference, please click here.