Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pranab da: The Uttar Sadhak, A talk by Sri Ananda Reddy

Events Two Certificate Courses in Indian Psychology organised by the Indian Psychology Institute
-         "Pondicherry course": 8-day intensive + 5 weekends , all in Pondicherry
-         "Delhi course": 8-day intensive in Pondicherry + 5 weekends in Delhi
8-day intensive:
June 6-13, 2010. 5 weekends: June, July, August, Sept, October 2010 Further information 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Integral Yoga and Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

The University of Human Unity will be a platform for exploration and discovery in all areas of human knowledge and activity where students themselves may conceive and pursue programs of study in a supportive and contemplative atmosphere with the participation and cooperation of other students and facilitators in their respective fields of interest. Through this University, we will explore new approaches to knowledge and new ways of being, self-educational methods and learning modalities which may lead us to a new perspective and expression, a deeper understanding and a truer force of consciousness that is manifesting in Auroville and the world.
To further support an integrated and continuing learning process, UHU programs will be offered to the world through the development of a comprehensive cyber-platform. This online universe-city will offer personal portals, group collaboration centres for study and research, an interactive speaker/mentor bureau, a comprehensive library of data that includes text, images, audio, video and self-study tutorials. In addition, the site will include international program and event calendars, topic specific forums, bulletin boards, blogs and live webcasts. Integral Philosophy Psychology Science Art Linguistics Sociology Miscellaneous List of UHU Events (click any title for detail)
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STUDIES OF THE RIG VEDA Hymns to the Rising Sun, Surya‐Savitri  Aug 8, 2010, 12:00 am       Feb 8, 2011, 12:00 am
ICIS Courses of the Fall Semester 2010  Aug 8, 2010, 12:00 am    Feb 8, 2011, 12:00 am
The Study of The Bhagawad Gita in the light of Sri Aurobindo  Feb 1, 2010, 12:00 am   Aug 1, 2010, 12:00 am
The Upanishads in the light of Sri Aurobindo. Online Course.  Feb 12, 2010, 12:00 am Aug 12, 2010, 12:00 am
Post-Graduate Programmes offered by SACAR in collaboration with IGNOU  Feb 1, 2010, 9:00 am                                                                                                   Jul 31, 2010, 5:00 pm
UNIVERSITY OF HUMAN UNITY/EARTH DAY: PRESENTATION and DISCUSSION  Apr 24, 2010, 9:30 am                                                                                    Apr 24, 2010, 12:30 pm
MUSIC THERAPY PRESENTATION    Mar 20, 2010, 5:00 pm   Mar 20, 2010, 6:30 pm
Mutation ... a process. Conference in Auroville. February 12-14, 2010   Feb 12, 2010, 9:00 am   Feb 14, 2010, 6:00 pm
"Spirituality Beyond Religions" International Congress Program  Jan 5, 2010, 9:00 am     Jan 8, 2010, 6:00 pm

Haridas Chaudhuri's Triadic Approach to Integral Psychology

Symposium on Integral Consciousness Dedicated to the pioneering work of CIIS Founders April 16, 2009 by bshirazi California Institute of Integral Studies 
This symposium provides a forum for CIIS community members and friends to exchange and deepen their understanding of integral consciousness, its evolution and its relationship to the planetary challenges and transformational processes currently taking place. 
Friday April, 9  2010 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
CIIS Mission Building, Namaste Hall (3rd floor) 1453 Mission St. , San Francisco, CA 94103 
Co-sponsored by: CIIS Library, Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham ( Lodi center), Cultural Integration Fellowship.  Free Admission For more information please contact Bahman Shirazi (415) 575-6253

Dr. Chaudhuri's unique approach to integral psychology is rich with perennial wisdom integrating the personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal dimensions of the self in a whole-person framework in which integral self-realization can be understood and practiced. This presentation explores how a healthy balance between these dimensions is essential to development of a healthy personality as foundation for integral yoga.
About the Speaker: Bahman Shirazi, Ph.D., is a faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies and Institute of Transpersonal psychology. Bahman has been researching the emerging field of integral psychology for the last two decades. He has published several articles and book chapters highlighting and extending Dr. Chaudhuri's pioneering work in integral psychology.
June 27 Dr. Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Memorial Sacred Music of India
About the Presenter: Sri Karunmayee is renowned for her soul-empowering music. She has refined her rendering of North Indian Classical vocal music under the revered tutelage of Pandit Pran Nath ji and holds Masters degrees in both philosophy and music, having served as an innovative educator in academic settings. Sri Karunamayee is a vital member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Delhi.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Am I my body, my feelings, or thoughts?

A spirit that is a flame of God abides,
A fiery portion of the Wonderful,
Artist of his own beauty and delight, [...]
About one hundred years ago, Sri Aurobindo withdrew from active politics in order to pursue a line of development that he realised was far more important for the humanity. Having passed through a series of experiences, [...] a transcript of the talk
Human evolution has reached a point of crisis in which there are only two possibilities left: a radical change in human nature, or the extinction of the human species. As if to precipitate the positive future and establish it as an inevitable certainty [...]
Am I my body, my feelings, or thoughts? Or am I something more than all these? We are led to introspect and go behind, layer by layer, into some inmost psychic essence that we know to be ourselves. Beyond that, we are all united in a Oneness. [...] 
What's New
Sraddhalu who is a longtime Ashramite
Sergey Aurovilian and co-founder of Wisdom-Splendour
Narad a longtime member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville, is an expert on landscaping and horticulture. He is a past President of the USA Plumeria Society and author of books on plumeria and oleander. He founded Matrimandir Nursery.
Mirajyoti Aurovilian, editor and advisor of Wisdom-Splendour
Vytas a friend of Wisdom-Splendour, helps with transcriptions
Namah Aurovilian, researcher
John Robert a friend of Wisdom-Splendour for proof-reading and design

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The future must be someone's responsibility in the present

by Debashish on January 10, 2009 11:25AM (PST)
Corrections to textual excerpts of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Peter Heehs
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside by Doris Lessing - an Introduction by Diane Christine
Auroville Today Interview with Peter Heehs
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism by Robert Jay Lifton
Explanation of my Stand wrt The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Debashish
Competing Visions of History in Internal Islamic Discourse and Islamic-Western Dialogue by Abdullahi A. An-Na'im
Representing Swami Vivekananda: Some Issues and Debates By Makarand Paranjape
The Lives of Sri Aurobindo: the aggrieved victim by Rich Carlson
The Greyscale Between Religion and Spirituality by Rick Lipschutz
A Cultural Misunderstanding by Angiras
The Strange case of Dr. M and Mr. S by Angiras
  Larger Issues of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" Controversy
Against the grain and With the Grain: A Short Review of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" by J. Kepler
Reflections of an Evolutionary Activist: The Shadow of Fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga by Savitra
The Core Problem by Angiras
Jihad Vs. McWorld - the Introduction by Benjamin Barber:
Yoga, religion, and fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga Community by Lynda Lester:
The Evolution of Discourse and The Lives of Sri Aurobindo by Rich Carlson:
Religious Nationalism and Transnationalism in a Global World by Mark Juergensmeyer

Friday, April 16, 2010

‘Auro-Ratna’ awards by Overman Foundation for 2009-10

From Overman Foundation to date 15 April 2010 18:43 subject For Savitri Era Open Forum and Aurora Mirabilis

K.D. Sethna (Amal Kiran), Prof. Arabinda Basu and the late Jugal Kishore Mukherjee to receive the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award. 

Overman Foundation aims to recognize the contribution of the scholars, writers and workers of the Aurobindonian movement in various fields. For this purpose, the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award has been created to felicitate the ‘true children’ of the Divine who, as defined by the Mother, are those few who have consecrated all of themselves and all they have—soul, life, work and wealth.

Today, on behalf on Overman Foundation, I take this opportunity to announce the names of the first recipients of the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award. For the year 2009-2010, the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award will be given to K.D. Sethna (Amal Kiran), Prof. Arabinda Basu and the late Jugal Kishore Mukherjee for their invaluable and outstanding contribution in the field of literature, research and philosophy. It will be our privilege to hand over the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award, named after Sri Aurobindo, to three of his most faithful followers. 
Regards, Anurag Banerjee

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Overman Foundation

from Overman Foundation to date 14 April 2010 16:09 subject For Aurora Mirabilis and Savitra Era Open Forum

A new organization named the 'Overman Foundation' has come into existence on 29th March 2010 with the view of conducting research and workshops on the topics of Integral Management and Social Unity in the Light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and also to recognize the contribution of eminent scholars and workers of the Aurobindonian movement. It also embarks on the spiritual mission to inculcate the 'urge' to rise over our mundane aspects of life and delve deeper into our inner 'I'. The Foundation reaches out to the society with its sole aim of conceiving species of Overman –a transitory state in the creation of Superman. The association firmly believes that it is the duty of every individual to empower himself /herself with an urge for seeking the divine. One needs to replenish herself/himself amidst the trivialities of our surroundings and reach out to a knowledge seeking, a prerequisite to be a ‘Superman’. The Foundation painstakingly indulges in this knowledge seeking through knowledge sharing of Aurobindonian philosophy.
    Founded by Shri Anurag Banerjee, the organization is proud to have Shri Nirmal Singh Nahar, Founder-Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Kolkata, Prof. Kittu Reddy and Shrimati Krishna Chakravarty of Sri Aurobindo Ashram,
Pondicherry, as the esteemed members of the Advisory Board with Shri Kushal Sinha as its Honorary Secretary and Shri Anurag Banerjee as the Chairman.

    The objectives of the organization are as follows:

1. To promote spiritual progress in its absolute sense for everyone without any discrimination based on caste, creed and gender.

2. To spread the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with respect to the establishment of a divine life in a divine body in all fields of life.

3. To spread and help to spread the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in the towns and villages of
West Bengal.

4. To conduct researches on the lives of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and the eminent sadhaks of the Integral Yoga and collect and preserve documents related to them.

5. To conduct seminars and workshops to promote the views of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral Management and Social Unity.

6. To recognize the contribution of the scholars and workers of the Aurobindonian movement in various fields. (For this purpose, the ‘Auro-Ratna’ award has been created which would be given out every year based on the recommendation of the Advisory Board.)

7. To publish literature and books for the promotion of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Interested persons are welcome to contact us at the following email addresses for information and refer to the link given beneath for more details about Overman Foundation:   (Chairman)    (Secretary)

  Head Office: 36/3 Prince Ghulam Mohd. Shah Road,
Golf Gardens, Kolkata 700033.
  Branch Office: 235/1/2A
N.S.C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700047.
Best regards, Kushal Sinha
Secretary, Overman Foundation