Sahitya Surabhi, a city-based literary organisation, conducted a seminar on ‘Prakjyothi Prathichi Drushti’, meaning oriental wisdom and western perspective, here on Saturday. Addressing the gathering, noted littérateur from the U.S. Sharadapoorna Shonti observed that oriental wisdom involved perceivable manifest truth and un-manifested truth. “Un-manifested truth is abstract and opaque and that which cannot be seen with the naked eye nor comprehended with carnal mind. It is also termed as local and non-local, meaning that which is seen and unseen.” She stated that in western perspective, truth is perceived through material and matter, and only in that context the westerners were branded as materialistic and did not necessarily mean that they are material minded or spiritually bankrupt.

She said that wisdom is viewed via study of material. The Americans are engrossed in the study of functions of the left brain and the right brain to determine which side of the brain is receptive to what. According to the left brain and right brain dominance theory, the right side is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of brain include recognising faces, expressing emotions, music, reading emotions, and creativity etc. The left side of the brain is associated with language, logic, critical thinking, numbers, and reasoning.

Referring to the outcry against violence against women in India and in several parts of the world in recent times, she opined that the un-manifested truth, which is dharma, sees beyond a bizarre act or an incident and reacts on the basis of wholesome view of dharma and the judgemental view it takes.

In dharma, the end of a catastrophe is not an end of everything but a beginning of another beginning. Literature exponent Peri Ravi Kumar, in his presidential address, stated that 25 per cent of wisdom acquired by a person was hereditary, from books, and by passage of time, which is experience. He termed wisdom as ageless and impersonal.

AU retired professor K. Venkateswarlu spoke.