This 8-part seminar will compare and contrast faith and evidence-based knowledge systems by examining scientific paradigms through the lens of Bhakti-sastras, and vice versa. We will explore themes such as origins, evolution, cosmology, consciousness, the nature of evidence, burdens of proof, and the scientific practice of bhakti-yoga.


  • 8 Sundays beginning April 23, 2023
  • 10:00am – 11:30am (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Online & In-person


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Meeting ID: 849 4431 7615

Passcode: 0224


April 23   The Asymptotes of Knowledge

The first session will lay the groundwork for the entire series by exploring big-picture questions such as the nature of scientific evidence and theories, the causes of religious and spiritual faith, and the ontology of genuine knowledge.  We will explore these issues by taking a virtual trip to the Grand Canyon questioning the existence of Deep Time.

April 30   Hoaxes, Conspiracies, and the Flat Earth

May 7       Memes, Maps, Models, and Mandalas


May 21     The Bhagavatam Bang

May 28    Did Mouse Deer Really Become Whales?

June 4     Puranic vs. Geologic Time

June 11    Knowledge In the Information Age

June 18   “All this I declare to be knowledge”

June 25   The Science of Self-Realization

Presenter Bio:

Jonathan Banks (Pracarananda das) has a doctorate in geosciences. He studied renewable energy development as an academic research scientist for 15 years before moving to New Raman Reti in Alachua, FL to teach math and science at Bhaktivedanta Academy North America.