Saturday, June 11, 2011

Meaning of the term ‘Integral’

June 12 The Pilgrimage to Pandharpur: Bhakti on the Road 
with John M. Stanley, PhD, professor of Religions and Anthropology
Dr. Stanley made many trips to India to study the popular devotional sects and the religious practices of the devoted worshippers of Vitthoba whose yearly pilgrimage to the village of Pandharpur demonstrates the devotional intensity of the bhakti traditions. Dr. Stanley’s power point presentation includes exciting photos of the pilgrimage and underscore his vast knowledge of the bhakti traditions of India.
John M. Stanley is the recipient of an M Div degree, summa cum laude from Pacific School of Religion and a PhD from Columbia University in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. A professor of History of Religions and Anthropology of Religion at Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin from 1961 to 2000, he was five times the director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest India Study Program and twice received year long grants to conduct research in India. Professor Stanley has been the recipient of a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship and has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is the author of several published articles on Bhakti practices in Maharashtra.
June 26 Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Memorial concert offering
with Sri Karunamayee, Sur Laya Sangam and Arshad Syed on tabla
Sri Karunamayee is renowned for her soul-empowering music. She refined her rendering of North Indian Classical vocal music under the revered tutelege 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.
Jul 10: Mother Sees that the Psychic Being Materializes into the Supramental Being with Loretta Shartsis, long-time practitioner of integral yoga and resident of Auroville
Friday, July 8, 2011, 11:00 - 3:00 The Integral we move ahead
Please join us for an interactive workshop with Aster Patel, PhD. Aster is a long time resident of Auroville and member of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation. We will explore the meaning of the term ‘Integral’ and explore its significance as it reveals itself in discoveries made by the natural sciences and our potential for human growth and evolution.
Dr. Aster Patel is a long time resident and member of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation. For over three decades, she has been engaged in the experiment of Auroville where she is in charge of the Centre for Research in Indian Culture and Centre of Indian Studies in Bharat Nivas, in the International Zone of Auroville. Aster has taught for many years at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry and has participated in seminars and conferences at various centers and universities in India and internationally—including UNESCO, Paris and the United Nations— as well as other institutes in the U.S. Aster has written and published papers in philosophy, integral psychology, education and yoga. As a child, she lived with her parents at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and studied at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Aster received her doctorate from the University of Paris (Sorbonne), where she wrote her doctoral dissertation titled: A Comparative Study of the Philosophies of Sri Aurobindo and Henri Bergson. Among numerous other accomplishments, Aster received the ‘Sri Aurobindo Puraskar’ in 2005 for a collection of papers and graphics that was published in 2006 under the title – The Presence of Time.

Foundations of Indian Psychology (in two volumes) edited by: Matthijs Cornelissen, Girishwar Misra, & Suneet Varma, published by: Pearson Education, New Delhi 
This chapter traces the history of pychology in India and discusses how it can be enriched by drawing from the classical Indian texts.
Dalal, Ajit K. & Cornelissen, M. (2010). Sri Aurobindo: A Yogi and a Poet
The chapter discusses the biography of an eminent Indian yogi and a poet, Sri Aurobindo. It also throws light on his creative genius as evident in his writings, particularly in his classic work, Savitri.
Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2009). Sri Aurobindo, A short biography
Cornelissen, R. M. Matthijs (2007). In Defence of Rigorous Subjectivity
This article gives the basic argument why rigorous, yoga-based, research of first person experience is necessary to take Psychology further. It is based on a keynote given at the Annual Conference of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the BPS in 2007.
This article looks from an experiential angle at the different types of knowledge that are involved in yoga-based research. A slightly shorter version has been included in Matthijs Cornelissen, Girishwar Mishra and Suneet Varma (eds.) (2011), Foundations of Indian Psychology (Vol. 1), New-Delhi: Pearson.

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