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Cognition And Spirituality: By A Scientist And Vedantin

Dr. K. Sadananda

A questioning mind always wants to know the underlying truth in all aspects of our life. It will not stop until it finds a satisfying answer. The desire to know forms the fundamental pursuit of life until the mind discovers the absolute truth, knowing there is nothing more to know. In all objective sciences, the more one knows, the more he recognizes that there is much more to know. Hence, the thirst for knowledge will never end.

In contrast, a Vedantic student approaches a teacher and asks, ‘Sir, Please teach me that knowing which I will know everything.’; The teacher was happy to teach that substratum, that absolute truth that forms the foundation for everything. This book presents a variety of questions asked by seekers of divergent backgrounds on Quora, and the author answers all from the perspective of scientific and absolute truth.

Dr. K. Sadananda is a Material Scientist by profession, and worked at the United States Naval Research Laboratory as Head of Deformation and Fracture published extensively in Science, and received many awards.

He retired in 2005, and now works as a private consultant in the United States for six months of the year. He was also a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

He is a disciple of Swami Chinmayanandaji, was a founding trustee of the Chinmaya Mission’s Washington Regional Center as well as Shree Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland, USA. He served as Secretary and Treasurer of SEVA, Inc., a philanthropic organization formed around 1980 by Chinmaya Mission, to fund projects in India and elsewhere. Currently, he is an Acharya or spiritual teacher of Chinmaya Mission, and splits his time between the USA and India. Advaita Academy has been sponsoring many of his talks on Vedanta and has made them available on You-tube under Acharya Sadaji. He is also author books, Introduction to Vedanta, three volumes of ‘Journey Beyond: A Non-Dual Approach, available on Amazon, USA, UK and India. He is married to Mrinalini Sadananda, who is a well-known Kuchipudi dancer and Choreographer.