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A Symposium on Sacred Geometry and Design in Nature: An Interplay of Art, Science and Philosophy
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A Symposium on Sacred Geometry and Design in Nature: An Interplay of Art, Science and Philosophy

25-26th October 2017



Continuing to the tradition of dialogue, and sharing of knowledge on fundamental questions of nature and reality, CUTS organized two day Symposium on Sacred Geometry and Design in Nature: An Interplay of Art, Science and Philosophy on 25th and 26th October 2017, in collaboration with Centre for Indic and Agamic Studies in Asia, Delhi and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. The idea of such an interdisciplinary dialogue on Sacred Geometry used in different faith systems and Design in Nature and Science was implemented to provide a common platform to the Scientist, Philosophers and Practitioners of different school of thoughts for discussing their view points on the topics.

The inaugural session of the symposium was held in Atisha Hall of the University whisch aws presided by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Geshe Ngwang Samten, a learned scholar of Indology Prof. K. D. Tripathhi of IGNCA was the Guest of Honor the inaugural session, a renowned physicist Prof. Sisir Roy of NIAS and prof. Madhu Khanna of CIAS were the co-chair of the session.

In his presidential address Prof. Geshe Ngwang Samten said that it is an unique symposium to analyze the sacred designs and geometry of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist schools from scientific perspectives. He further added that every form is geometry, but art is an expression therefore behind every art there is metaphysical nature, which must be understood from different perspectives to have a holistic idea about the human creation and its relation with nature. In every form there is an order because nothing in the universe happens without causal system of happenings, either at micro or at micro level. The realist school of thoughts could not contemplate on our inner thoughts and emotions which are the root causes of our good or bad karmas. Therefore it’s necessary to discuss the wisdom of philosophical traditions with modern world science to address the questions of the time in better ways. As India has a great tradition and long history of exploration of internal as well as external existence, this symposium will ignite the young brains of different disciplines to get an insight on the perspectives of other disciplines regarding their philosophies and wisdom.

In his address the Guest of Honor of the inaugural session Prof. K. D. Tripathhi, quoting the Vedic and agamic tradition, said that there is an order in the cosmos so our spiritual and religious life must be in order and where there is an order there must be symmetry. This philosophical speculation is knowingly or unknowingly ever followed in all types of creations. He further said that there are two levels of creation, one is physical creation and other one is the creation with in self and both the levels of creation must be understood to have a better idea of theory of creativity and such types of interdisciplinary symposiums are the powerful means for refinement of understandings.

Presenting the keynote address the co-chair of the session, the Tagore national Fellow and Chairman of CIASA Prof. Madhu Khanna said that all arts including dance, poetry, sculptures are based on the deep understanding of structure.

Addressing the inaugural function renowned Physicist of NIAS Bangalore and co-chair Prof Sisir Roy, presented on Ontology of Geometry and Physical World in his presentation he pointed out the need of multidisciplinary dialogue to unveil the nature and traditions in holistic way.

In the technical sessions on Geometry and Forces of Nature, Geometry in sacred Arts – Cosmology and Architecture; Natural Ecology and Ecocosm; Geometry in Sacred Arts – Buddhism; Geometry in Buddhist Arts, scholars and scientists namely Prof. Sisir Roy, Prof. Kanchi Gobinath, Dr. V. K. Ghanapaathi, Prof. Madhu Khanna, Prof. Maruti Nandan Tiwari, Dr. Srikumar M. Menon, Prof. Vikram Soni, Prof. Rana P. B. Singh, Dr. Niraj Kumar, Prof. Wagchuk Dorjee Negi, Prof. Bodo Balsys, Dr. Jampa Chophel and Mr. Kunga Nyingpo presented their research papers and discussed the topics in length.


The Valedictory session was presided over by Prof. L. N. Shastri, addressing the session Prof Shastri said that this the high time to approach and address the questions of time in a holistic way. Dr. V. K. Ghanapaathi, Prof. Vikram Soni, Prof. Madhu Khanna, Ms. Priya Singh and Prof Sisir Roy also expressed their views regarding symposium in this session. Prof. Sisir Roy pointed out that it is needed to engage the younger generation with such interdisciplinary dialogue, but while we are advocating it, we must clearly define, the insights which younger people will get from such interactions and also from the study of Ancient Indian Wisdom. It’s a big question, which need to be addressed in deeper sense.   

Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Mr. Kunga Nyingpo. Dr. Jampa Chophel convened the symposium and Prof. Wagchuk Dorjee Negi was the Chairman of the Symposium.