24th October 2015: Conference on Aurobindo and Vivekananda

The conference “Impact and Internationalism: The Life and Thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda” aims to explore Sri Aurobindo’s and Swami Vivekananda’s life and thought. We are going to elaborate on Aurobindo’s philosophy and views of human evolution, commentaries on Indian classical texts, his poetry and Integral Yoga.

Aurobindo and Vivekananda
Aurobindo and Vivekananda

We will further explore Vivekananda’s approach to Indian philosophy and look at how he introduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and thereby rose interfaith awareness as well as reviving Hinduism in India.

We will furthermore aim to demonstrate how both these influential figures have changed life in India, for example Indian nationalism, and the international perception of India and its thoughts.

Through this conference, we want to provide a forum for networking among scholars and the wider public who are interested in Sri Aurobindo’s and Swami Vivekananda’s life and thought.

The conference is jointly organised by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, and the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies, Edinburgh Napier University.