Science, Biotechnology and Yoga: An Aurobindian Perspective

The development of society demands an increased public interest in the interplay between spirituality and science. However, scientists and professionals of different fields are usually either openly sceptical or do not know how to respond to this issue in the professional practice. The concepts of science and spirituality, closely linked in the past, seem to fall apart in separate and irreconcilable categories. For some professionals, spiritual concerns may impede scientific progress, creating an apparently unbridgeable gap. Simultaneously, scientists may feel isolated and overburdened with intractable human dilemmas where spirituality could have a role to play. Emerging literature is demonstrating a healthy interrelationship between religious belief and scientific practice when relating to the new quantic paradigms. Even more, if as Sri Aurobindo reminds us, spirituality is seen as the search for transcendent meaning, then science is the correlative that searches for transcendent meaning in the spatial and temporal reality. Yoga and biotechnology seem to be the pragmatic expressions of spirituality and science. Our proposal will analyze the role of yoga and its interpretation as a new kind of biotechnology in the light of Sri Aurobindo´s thought.


Olga Real-Najarro, Ph.D., Center for Asian Studies
Autonomous University of Nuevo León


Mario A. Rodríguez-Pérez,Center of Genomic Biotechnology
Instituto Politécnico Nacional , México


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