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Category Archives: Integral Education

Talk on Post-humanism

At Sunday's  talk at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies, Bharat Nivas we had an honor to listen to professor Makarand Paranjape, starting with reading of Savitri as opening remarks on the topic of ‘Sri Aurobindo and the Challenge of Post-humanism’. After his discourse into the topic a lively debate has emerge, dwelling in various directions. yet all revolving around hu-man, evolution, consciousness and super being.... humanism, and post-humanism.

Makarand R. Paranjape, Professor of English at the Centre at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, earned his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). Among his recent book publications are: Cultural Politics in Modern India: Postcolonial Prospects, Colourful Cosmopolitanism, Global Proximities (Routledge, 2016), The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi (Penguin Random House, 2015), and Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority (Springer, 2013).

Apart from books in criticism, Makarand has published six poetry collections and works of fiction (two novels and a collection of short stories). Among his latest creative writing publications are: Transit Passenger/Passageiro em Transito (Humanitas, 2016), and the novel, Body Offering (New Delhi: Rupa, 2013). His edited books include Swami Vivekananada: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge, 2015), and Healing across Boundaries: Biomedicine and Alternative Therapeutics (Routledge, 2015).

Makarand was the Inaugural DAAD Global South Visiting Fellow and Erich Auerbach Visiting Professor in World Literature, University of Tuebingen (May-July 2015 and July-December 2014), Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (January-April 2015), Inaugural ICCR Chair in Indian Studies, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore (2010-2011), CAPES Visiting Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (August-December 2011), and Shivdasani Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford (October-December 2009).

Makarand is also a columnist for Swarajya, DNA, and Mail Today.


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Sep 2017

Experience of Integral Psychology

As a weekly ongoing series of discussions on "Integral Psychology", this week the group was discussing on - their experience of integral psychology in Auroville. This was a special meet, lead by a profound researcher and guest to Auroville, Abha. The group explores on personal instances and insights they might have gathered while interacting and living in Auroville. A place where the integral yoga is not just a theory but also in practice, it is interesting to understand what experiences guests and researchers of various fields experience in Auroville.


Comments: 0 Date: 02 Feb 2017

Integral Psychology with Aster

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 09 Jan 2017

Divyanshi on Intergral Psychology

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'.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Dec 2016

Surya and Kenden talking on Life

Following is an interview or conversation between Surya and Kenden. They were talking about life in different places and how it is to be different.


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Jul 2017

Integral Education

Divyanshi Chaugh, as a part of her seminar "Integrality in all Spheres of Life", presents Integral Education, with guest speakers Shiva Kumar and Manoj.

Ideals for Human Unity with CIIS

Welcome to students from California Institute of integral Studies to a discussion with Aurovillians and guests on 'Ideals for Human Unity'. The gathering at this open discussion forum was quite unique and diverse which in itself was a hallmark of human nity. A space to speak your mind and offer patient listening must definitely be counted as a core ideal to achieve human unity, for that part, Auroville is definitely the right canvas. A topic which could have very easily become just a philosophical or a psychological stimuli, grew rather a practical and rational exchange of thoughts. Auroville which is playing a crucial role in world history by reasoning to become a cradle for human unity, the topic was right at home with everyone participating. Aurovillians gave quite a frank and honest sharing about their present state both physically and spiritually. A common premise that human unity is a goal to be achieved, a lot of the group had interesting inputs which could suggest, human unity is not a target but rather an eventual state of life, lead by the divine and the supramental force. In any case, it is sharing of such quality that strengthens ones hope in aspiring the unknown, as 'everything seems possible'.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Jan 2017

AV Education Survey: 1968 – 2013

An in depth questionnaire was formulated by Deepti and circulated to others who had been raised and educated in Auroville. This survey captures the voices of 81 Auroville youth over a span of 40 years of educational experiences.
Suryamayi then studied all of the feedback to bring it together in a cohesive manner for this presentation at Bhavisyate on the 14th March 2017.

Heidi Watts: Democratic Classroom

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jan 2017

Man is a transitional being

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.


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Jan 2017
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