Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinite is native to it. India saw from the beginning, —and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight,—that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities. She was alive to the greatness of material laws and forces; she had a keen eye for the importance of the physical sciences; she knew how to organise the arts of ordinary life. Sri Aurobindo, The Renaissance in India and Other Essays on Indian Culture.
AuroBharati, Sri Aurobindo Society, Union Territory of Puducherry organized a special session for the students, teachers and inmates of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Kalupadaghata, Odisha on Scientific Heritage of India, Creativity and Sustainability at Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry on 6th June, 2023.
Dr. Kishor Kumar Tripathy, Member Secretary, AuroBharati, Sri Aurobindo Society welcomed the participants and briefed them about the aims and objectives of Sri Aurobindo Society to bring dynamic Spirituality into material life and all its activities. He briefed about the initiatives undertaken by AuroBharati for the promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage. Sri Sanjay Kumar Mohapatra, Principal, Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Kalupadaghata, Odisha said about the significance of the integral education system based on the teaching and Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He emphasized on Skill education, creativity and integral development.
The Interactive session was conducted by Dr. Kishor Kumar Tripathy and was divided into different aspects including the scientific heritage of India, creativity and Integral development, Spirituality and nation-building. Highlighting the scientific heritage of India, he said that ancient India was a land of sages and seers and we find several references on cosmology, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, medical sciences and many other disciplines. There is a need to rediscover the ancient knowledge system for sustainability.
The principles of creativity and integral development were focused on Spirituality. He mentioned Sri Aurobindo’s teachings ‘Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind.’ Theoretical and practical aspects of Spirituality and its application were discussed based on the scriptures including the Vedas, Srimadbhagavadgita and writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Speaking on nation-building, he said that each one of us has a great role to play in the development of Bharatavarsha. We have to work for the glory of the land through our activity so that the country will be developed. We have a rich culture which is incredibly rich and diverse. The ancient inventions and technological advances are still in use today. The two-fold application of the teaching-learning system including the traditional knowledge system and its scientific application was discussed in detail. In a question-answer method, emphasis was given to intellectual growth and stimulating dialogue among participants.