Krishna Ramadas is an Indian American who cherishes his native heritage. His role as a researcher-writer began as a fun diversion during a sabbatical break from his Engineering work. He did not then know that the diversion would bring him to a second career. You can find his writings under the brands Conscious Cosmos and Ancient Skies. He says the following about his work
“India has inherited 40 million manuscripts from its past. These do not fit the standard mold and are therefore not useful to historians and archeologists. Firstly, the subject matter in them is diverse. Secondly, a scientific mindset is needed to follow their methodology. Many topics in these manuscripts are precious, especially in the context of recent discoveries in science and technology. However they are quickly fading from our collective consciousness. Therefore I feel a sense of urgency in contributing my bit. Further, to create awareness, I post my shorter writeups on Social Media Platforms (handles Conscious Cosmos, Ancient Skies). Certainly, complex topics need a standard medium.
Krishna Ramadas published his first book, eight years ago, with topics from a Sanskrit text related to ancient astronomy. The draft of his most recent book covers ideas from the text of a Tamil Siddhar master. This text discusses ways to achieve altered states of consciousness, especially through mineral and herbal formulations.
Researchers in this field need to know the mechanics of meditation, to a certain extent. Firstly, intellectuals in the past believed in the intertwining the domain of consciousness and matter. Secondly, some texts have sections related to science and spirituality side by side. Fortunately, Krishna had been exploring the field of meditation before writing books. In addition, he draws his inspiration from SriSri, the global humanitarian and spiritual master. He says this about SriSri “Gurudev has the ability to lucidly explain matters from the Vedas in a modern context. He believes that the wisdom from the past is a gift to humanity. I am fortunate to have his guidance. He helps me prioritize my research work.” Krishna Ramadas also teaches the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation and the SKY breath.
“When we shut off the mystery or awe factor in life, we not only curtail growth but also unknowingly make life mechanical. Sri Sri Ravishankar”
Peter Wohlleben, the author of The Hidden Life of Trees, explains the first part of the question well ” The hierarchical ranking of living beings is totally unscientific. Plants process information just as animals do, but for the most part they do this much more slowly. Is life in the slow lane worth less than life on the fast track?”. He makes a good case that a forest is a living entity. All ancient civilizations extended this idea to the earth being an organism.
I conduct online talks related to the conscious cosmos once a month, usually on a Saturday or Sunday. Being on my email list is the best way get notified. You can subscribe to this site to get on the mailing list. I post my talks on Event Brite. You can search for my page and follow it.
The Fertile Shore – an article in the Smithsonian magazine summarizes how evolutionary genetics is challenging outdated narratives about when the American continent was populated. When a different branch of science starts theorizing, it can lead to a drastically different conclusion. Similarly, we have to revisit many assumptions about the about the Indian civilization. In addition, Ancient Indians harnessed the cognitive ability of the human brain. This is obvious from the texts which we have not studied with an open mind.