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Keywords:

  • Aurobindo;
  • consciousness;
  • Hinduism;
  • Indian philosophy;
  • quantum physics;
  • Varadaraja V. Raman;
  • Ravi Ravindra;
  • religion and science;
  • South Asia;
  • Tagore;
  • Vedanta;
  • Vivekananda;
  • worldviews;
  • yoga

Abstract.  The science and religion discourse in the Western academy, though expansive, has not paid significant enough attention to South Asian views, particularly those from Hindu thought. This essay seeks to address this issue in three parts. First, I present the South Asian standpoint as it currently relates to the science and religion discourse. Second, I survey and evaluate some available literature on South Asian approaches to the science and religion discourse. Finally, I promote three possible steps forward: (1) the literature must shift from high Hindu philosophical religion to the more prevalent bhakti traditions, (2) the Indian context must be understood in its own right without metaphysical assumptions attached to the concepts of science and religion, and (3) most importantly, concepts unique to the Indian worldview, such as dharma, maya, and cit, must receive better treatment in translation in order to facilitate a more accurate exchange of ideas across cultural boundaries.