International Journal of Yoga

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83-

Response to book review "The Astonishing Brain and Holistic Consciousness: Neuroscience and Vedanta Perspectives"


Vinod D Deshmukh 
 Emeritus Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Vinod D Deshmukh
3600 Rustic Lane, Jacksonville, Florida 32217
USA




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Deshmukh VD. Response to book review "The Astonishing Brain and Holistic Consciousness: Neuroscience and Vedanta Perspectives".Int J Yoga 2014;7:83-83


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Sir,

This letter is in response to a recently published review in your journal of my book, "The Astonishing Brain and Holistic Consciousness: Neuroscience and Vedanta Perspectives." I was, disappointed to read such a scathing review of my well-intentioned book.

My book was not intended to review all aspects of human consciousness. For such an encyclopedic review, your readers may refer to "The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness" (2007) and "The Oxford Companion to Consciousness" (2009). Even these volumes may not be complete, if one just looks for what is not mentioned in them about a particular aspect of consciousness. The reviewer is welcome to refer to those two big volumes to fulfill his own curiosity.

Western philosophical literature and the quantum physics literature on consciousness were certainly beyond the intended scope of my book. Although, I had read many of the articles and books by Chalmers, Shear, Hameroff, Penrose and Goswami, I did not find them relevant to the thesis of my book. That is why those references were not included. I also had to limit many references from the exhaustive literature on Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, Yoga and other schools of Eastern philosophy as well as modern physical and biological sciences, even though they are related to Vedanta.

My book is soundly based on the principles of neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroecology and the classical Sanskrit texts on Vedanta. I have tried to understand and interpret the introspective insights and wisdom of ancient Vedantic seers, in terms of modern neuroscience. This has been my lifelong passion.

Many of my original poems and short essays were spontaneously inspired during my everyday life. They gave me a glimpse in the meaning of Life and the Laws of Nature. They were expressed in a free-verse style of poetry. Hopefully, they will be meaningful and inspiring to many readers.

I have done my best to express my deep admiration, love and respect for both modern Neuroscience and the ancient Vedanta. Hopefully, your readers will find my book informative and valuable in their own search and pursuit of truth, peace of mind and happiness.