Category Archives: Integral Education
Heidi Watts taught in different settings in the United States for decades. Once she was the head teacher of a small alternative school in the US in which she intensively encouraged democractic decision making processes among her students. In democratic schools students make decisions with varying importance and varying methods, depending on the setting and their experience. Group discussions sometimes include the use of talking sticks and exceed the classic majority rule by far. Limits for students' decision were usually around topics of health and safety as well as academic issues.
Students from California Institute of Integral Studies, are visiting Auroville to learn and share more about Sri Aurobindo, Integral yoga and overall development of Auroville as a center of Integral studies. Aster hosted the students to a knowledge sharing session at Bhavishyate Hall, Bharat Nivas. The group of students were presented with lot of vital writings by Sri Aurobindo and the mother, to enable them to get an insight into deep philosophical and fundamental theories. The group had quite a good sharing of ideas and showed keen interest to resolve pondering questions of their own. Auroville welcomes the group and looks forward to more cultural sharing opportunities.
Interviews with Ms Anusuya Kumar Ph.D. (School of Culture & Society, Aarhus University, Denmark) recently presented the fascinating and meticulous research work on Johannes Hohlenberg (1881-1960) encounter with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. (the actual presentation can be heard here http://www.aurovilleradio.org/close-encounters/).
..." It was as if he belonged to all worlds and cultures at once.... But this was only one side of his personality. Another seemed to live in infinity. I seemed to sometimes notice a slight hint of a smile on his face when he saw my amazement at his penetrating words. It was like I had been shot through the heart and mind." J Hohlenberg
Johannes Hohlenberg was a Danish artist and philosopher's journey during 1907-1915 from Paris to Pondicherry where he interviewed and painted Sri Aurobindo; and the resulting origins of Integral Yoga in early twentieth-century Scandinavia.
The students from The Institute of Integral Studies were having a discussion with Aster on various aspects of integral psychology. The common pool of knowledge within the group was incredible and great insights in store.
A presentation on Integral Psychology by Divyanshi Chugh. Divyanshi a Psycholigist by degree has conducted a presentation, to create dialogue in the direction of Psychology prevailing all other science. She suggests, the psychic of a person is potent enough, has enough data and more than sufficient computing capability to fundamentally solve each and every issue of life. She presents integral psychology as presented by Sri Aurobindo, and how by performing our intrinsic yoga we can accomplish all our extrinsic circumstances as well. To end the presentation she chose to a visually marvelous video , created by Manoj Pavitran to drive in her point and to fill any gaps in theory, if so. Next week she is planning for a workshop on 'Daily habits'.
THE INTEGRAL PARADIGM OF KNOWLEDGE: Day 3
Natalia Pavlovskaya -Science and Sociology
Ananta Giri -Philosophy and Psychology
Arnab Chowdhury- Music and Poetry
Tong Schraa-Liu -Business and Society
Matthew Rich-Tolsma- Metatheory and Educational Praxis
Final day presentations of a seminar on the integration of senses, the faculties, the individual, universal, and transcendent Self; the approaches and disciplines of knowledge -seeing, hearing , speaking, thinking.
An exploration in the light of Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of Upanishads and Vedas.