Krishna Ramadas, an Indian American, cherishes his native heritage. His role as a researcher-writer began as a fun diversion during a sabbatical break from his Engineering career. 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 ideas extracted from a Sanskrit text related to ancient astronomy. His latest two books present ideas from the text of Agasthiyar, a Tamil Siddhar master who lived several centuries ago. Agasthiyar’s texts present ways to achieve altered states of consciousness, especially through mineral and herbal formulations.
Krishna’s books about Siddhars
Any researcher who works with the texts of Siddhars needs to know about meditation, at least to a certain extent. This is because, intellectuals in the past believed the domain of consciousness to be intertwined with the space of matter. Secondly, many texts from the past discuss science and spirituality side by side. Krishna Ramadas has been a meditator long before he began writing books. In addition, SriSri, the global humanitarian and spiritual master has been his guide. 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 teaches Sahaj Samadhi Meditation and SKY breath Meditation. since the last twelve years through the Art of Living Foundation, an organization founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar. You can find a list of free sessions offered by him at this link
Some common misconceptions about Conscious Cosmos
“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.
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.