This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Human development over one and many lives

Suvashisa Rana — Utkal University, Bhubneshwar.

Though the Vedas and Upanishads contain some seminal concepts of Indian psychology, the prevalent academic psychology in India is dominated by Euro-American natural-science traditions, concepts, approaches/theories, and methods. With regard to developmental psychology, the Indian worldview translates development as vikash, or blossoming\unfolding. As regards life-span development, the Indian perspective holds that life is an eternal stream of births and deaths, and the empirically-experienced current human life-span is determined (by past lives) and is also a determinant (of future lives). Indian psychology also holds that development is holistic and integrates physical, vital, mental, intellectual, spiritual, and cosmic aspects. The Indian concepts and theories of karma, dharma, yoga, samskara and punarjanma have valuable implications for the psychology of human development over one and many lives.

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