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Category Archives: Beyond Religion

Feelings and Fears

Dr. Don Hanlon Johnson encountered various methods of deepening body experience and changing body structure-Feldenkrais, F.M. Alexander, Rolfing, Sensory Awareness, Orgononomy, Authentic Movement, Middendorf Breath Work, Rosen Work, Continuum, Body-Mind Centering, Osteopathy, and a host of others. In today's afternoon session of the workshop organized in Auroville, he explores with the participants breathing techniques and the feelings and fears connected with this very important part of our daily life.


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2013

Molecules of Love

Dr. Anand Kumar, from The All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi is talking about love. Dr. Kumar says that there are scientific researches about love and way to measure it (with advanced tools) on the physiological level. In the past Plato was trying to define love with mathematical formulas. Now brain scan (funcional IMR) is defining the part of brain involved in this very important sentiment. For sure love it's the most powerful driving force of the human being . Listen to Dr. Anand & download the presentation clicking here.

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Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2013

Kabir Satsang in Auroville

Just few hours before the first Kabir musical event in Kalabhumi. Listen to Parvathy Baul, Shabnam Virmani and Prahlad Tipanya sharing (in Hindi & English) their spiritual experiences. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Satsanga, Satsangam, Satsang (Sanskrit ??????? sat = true, sanga = company) in Indian philosophy means the company of the "highest truth," the company of a guru, or company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth.

This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into ones daily life. Contemporary spiritual teachers in the West frequently come from the East but can come from any part of the world. The idea of satsangam was first spread by ancient Rishis such as Vedavyasa and Valmiki who explained its value in many different ways. For info about the Auroville Sacred Music Festival please visit the web site: http://aurovilleperformingarts.com/kabir.html


Comments: 0 Date: 07 Apr 2012

Loretta at Tibetan Pavilion

Loretta, an Aurovillian since 1972, interacted with students at the Tibetan Pavilion. She introduced them to the life and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and to an extent, also demystified the concepts such as 'consciousness', 'aspiration', 'supra-mental' and 'transformation'. Some insightful questions were put up by students and Loretta explained more about Sri Aurobindo's life, books written by him and the Mother, their vision of the future and much more.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Feb 2012

Touch as Spiritual Transformation

Professor Dr. Don Hanlon Johnson is in Auroville. Today was the first day of a two days workshop about the role that body practices play in the spiritual transformation of the individual. The participants explored how be consciously aware in the physical body. Followed by a discussion on how physical touch can heal the physical body and also emotional scars of the past. Professor Johnson is the founder of the Somatics Program, the first of its kind, established in 1983.

After a brief career in teaching academic philosophy, he encountered various methods of deepening body experience and changing Sensory Awareness. Fore more visit: http://donhanlonjohnson.com


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2013

Mediation for Unity and Peace

Following is the recording of session with Russian Singing Bells on African Land in International Zone - the land appointed for the Africa House / Pavilion of African Culture. After short introduction of bells by Vera and Ashesh to the participants, the whole session, which purpose was meditation for peace and unity, has developed and grown into its own special harmonious melody. Of course recordings are many times merely the pale reflection,' in which so often we cannot feel the special energy present in interaction at the time.

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Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2013

Kabir Message

If one tries to understand what really awaits us with the first sacred music festival Kabir, stumbles upon something that is not reachable by words, it is something that will need to be experienced on our own. For sure for three days the next weekend of 6th, 7th and 8th of April we will be busy with it. In the mornings and afternoons they will screen films on Kabir, which could give us the key to the beginning of understanding. Evenings full of different musicians and artist, and since the group is big it will be hard to avoid them in all.


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Mar 2012

Back to Future

Dr. Christopher Macann, re-traces the journey to the Vedas. He is a European philosopher, with original work that carries the inspiration from Sri Aurobindo. Christopher Macann was born in India to a diplomatic family, educated at an English boarding school and trained in philosophy at Oxford University. Since completing his doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris, he taught philosophy at several Universities in the USA, spent two years in Heidelberg on a Humboldt Foundation research fellowship, and lectured extensively in the UK and France.

Being and Becoming is Christopher's major philosophical programme, the bulk of which is complete. He is now writing supplemental parts of the programme, whilst residing in a glorious chteau in the neighbourhood of Bordeaux, teaching philosophy at Bordeaux III, running marathons, and occasionally wind-surfing in Corsica.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2013

Celebrate Oneness Through Breath

Have you ever noticed the one, undeniable action, that involuntarily, all humans share? Yes, our breath. Rabia Hayek of Do As One, breathed with Auroville on his world tour. This recording is a two-part presentation, the first half an informative talk about the concept of breath and how it was serve as a bridge between humans, and the second half an experiential workshop guided breathing session in which we reached toward our oneness through breath. More information can be found on the project's website at www.DoAsOne.org

Along with the International One Day Coordinator Jenna Grayson, Hayek came to Unity Pavilion Wednesday the 19th of September to share his vision of connecting to "the feeling tones of Unity and Love" in creation of an international "holiday" in which humans from all continents celebrate our common humanity through breath.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Sep 2012

Mystic Kabir

Auroville will be richer from this year on also for the first sacred music festival - Kabir, which will happen on 6th, 7th and 8th of April. Moghan, one of the Auroville Performing Arts Group member, and one of the organizers talks with us on the festival itself and shortly about Kabir, a mystic poet, who was beyond any religion but had a beautiful mystic experience being one with the Divine. The poetry and music itself is very touchy, simple and speaks directly to the heart. It is joyful as the meeting with the spirit of Divine should be.

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees, and it never winds down. Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon; ages go by, and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life. Kabir Kabir - Mystic Philosopher/Kabir ranks among the world's greatest poets. In India, he is perhaps the most quoted author, with the exception of Tulsidas. Kabir has criticized perhaps all existing sects in India, still he is mentioned with respect by even orthodox authors. His "ramaini" "shabda" "sakhi" (sections of his "Bijak") are accepted by Hindus and Turks alike. He spoke without discrimination for the good of all. He lived perhaps during 1398-1448. He is thought to have lived longer than 100 years. He had enormous influence on Indian philosophy and on Hindi poetry. His birth and death are surrounded by legends. He grew up in a Muslim weaver family, but some say he was really son of a Brahmin widow who was adopted by a childless couple. When he died, his Hindu and Muslim followers started fighting about the last rites. The legend is that when they lifted the cloth covering his body, they found flowers instead. The Muslim followers buried their half and the Hindu cremated thier half. In Maghar, his tomb and samadhi still stand side by side.


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Mar 2012