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1 Do we need to be spiritual? Can we be spiritual without being religious?

2 Chaitanya Charan Das has done his Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from the Govt College of Engg, Pune. He subsequently served as a software engineer in a multinational software company, Patni Computer Systems. He also secured 2350 out of 2400 in the GRE exam, bagging the top rank in Maharashtra. Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction and overall misdirection - all caused by a lack of spirituality, he felt inspired to dedicate his life to the cause of jnana daan, offering systematic spiritual education, under the aegis of ISKCON. He has done the Bhakti Shastri course and is also a teacher for Bhakti Shastri courses. Presently he conducts seminars at various reputed educational institutes all over India including IITs and NITs as well as leading MNCs like Tech Mahindra and Idea Mobile. He serves as the spokesperson for ISKCON, Pune. He has presented papers as an invited ISKCON delegate at national and international conferences, speaking on the interface of science and spirituality. He runs an international cyber magazine called ‘The Spiritual Scientist’, which has published over a hundrd gives a scientific presentation of Vedic philosophy. His writings have been published in newspapers like Times of India (in the prestigious Speaking Tree Column), Indian Express, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, and The Maharashtra Herald as well as global spiritual magazines. His writings in English have been translated into several foreign languages including German and Chinese and several Indian languages including Kannada, Telgu, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. He is the author of six books including ENERGY – Your Sutra for Positive Thinking, Science and Spirituality and ‘The Spiritual Scientist’ series, volumes 1 & 2. Seminar Presenter : Chaitanya Charan das

3 3 You know in the west we have built a large, beautiful ship. It has all the comforts in it, but one thing is missing: it has no compass and does not know where to go.


5 Since 1960,  The divorce rate has doubled.  The teen suicide rate has tripled.  The violent crime rate has quadrupled.  The prison population has quintupled.  The percentage of babies born outside marriage has sextupled.  Depression has soared - to ten times the pre - World War II level.

6 Soul in the Body Dr. Wilder Penfield – Canadian surgeon, Noble Laureate “The brain is a computer…But it is programmed by something that is outside itself.”

7 Spirituality, a Higher Dimensional Science Science Theory Experiment Spirituality Religion Philosophy

8 Srila Prabhupada - “Philosophy without religion is just mental speculation” Spirituality Philosophy Religion

9 Srila Prabhupada - “Religion without philosophy is at best sentimentalism and at worst fanaticism.” Spirituality Philosophy Religion

10 “It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way.” Sir Arnold Toynbee

11 “I am convinced that India could become once again the cradle of a new school of thought that may significantly influence the fate of the globe during the third millennium. Perhaps the contribution of India to nuclear power technology and space science will turn out to be irrelevant, but the contributions toward a new ethical foundation could be turning the wheel of history in the proper (balanced) way." - Dr Richard Ernst, 1999 Noble Laureate in Chemistry

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