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Category Archives: Beyond Religion

Humanity in Transition

Jean-Yves Lung opened 'Matter Precipitates' with his ideas on the present status of humanity. Today, he says, the world is coming together through technology, economy, education, ecology... as well as the problems. But we are drifting away from the solution with our reliance on technology, finance... At one time, humanity was considered at the peak of evolution, today we see much irrelevance in what we have become. What is the true development we seek? And of what? Is there an answer in Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's ideals of human unity?

Includes introduction speech by Aster Patel, an Aurovillian who is deeply involved in organization of the series "Matter Precipitates... It is in a hurry to transform itself!".


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2012

Stem Cells: Evolution of the Body

Dr. Ashok Mukhopadhyay from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, has been studying stem cells extensively, and alongside finding correlations between the human body's natural survival behavior and experiences of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He explained certain biological process and demonstrated how the natural tendency of the cells to multiply, evolve, fight against threats and heal is what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother may have called 'physical transformation of biological matter and the yoga of the cells'!


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2012

Divine Feminine

Dr Elizabeth Ursic has been visiting Auroville during the month of January as a visiting scholar in residence and hosted an interactive session on Friday 13th January at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies, Bharat Nivas on the Divine Feminine. During this session, Elizabeth shared her latest research describing 3 Christian communities in the USA that have adopted a contemporary approach to prayer and worship by bringing the feminine to the forefront, sometimes generating controversy among the more conservative members of their faith.

Elizabeth then guided a meditation inviting the group to recall personal encounters with feminine Divinity and a rich and touching sharing of experiences followed. Common elements of experience were highlighted including the embodied nature of such experiences which we identify as arising from the feminine aspect of the Divine. Dr. Elizabeth Ursic is a professor in world religions at Mesa College Arizona and an adjunct faculty member in the Womens Spirituality program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a cellist and pianist and has recorded a CD, Unspoken Touch.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jan 2012

Square Foot of Light

Manoj Pavitran, an Aurovillian, once used to run away from technology. Today he sits in front of his 'square foot of light', his computer, connects with the whole world, and even develops web programs for Auroville. We have a love-hate relationship with technology, he says, and directs our attention to the technology-led knowledge economy and what it represents. For example, Wikipedia and open-source are examples of a radical shift in human consciousness, where people come together to create wealth for humanity and earn joy by 'giving'.

Note: at 12.26 minutes, a short power cut occurred for about one minute.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2012

Matter Precipitates

As every year in the second week of February also this year Sri Aurobindo Centre for Studies... India and the World Bharat Nivas, prepared series of talks and cultural events with the read thread "Matter Precipitates... It is in a a hurry to transform itself". Starting with Thursday 9th of February for three days many scientists and researchers, as well as artist will share with us their particular view on fluidity in our beings, transitions which so adventurous lead into unknown world of changed matter, so much palpable with its new qualities.


Comments: 0 Date: 07 Feb 2012

Peace

Humanity on planet Earth spent past weekend in different gatherings, meditations, prayers ... for humanity, human unity, ecological awareness .... and of course for peace. One of those special occasion was a common gathering at the same time on three continents around three tables of peace made by George Nakashima. Irene Goldman welcomed those gathered in Moscow, Julian Lines had guests in New York and Shivaya welcomed those in Auroville. Greetings were followed by Vera playing on Russian bells and the reading of prayers and messages.

- A Table for Peace for each continent - Peace, peace upon all the earth. Not the peace of an inconscient sleep or a self-satisfied inertia; Not the peace of a self-forgetful ignorance And a dark, heavy indifference, But the peace of the omnipotent force, The peace of perfect communion, The peace of integral awakening. (The Mother) In 1984, George Nakashima, the internationally acclaimed Japanese-American woodworker from New Hope, Pennsylvania, encountered an extraordinary walnut log and dreamed that it should become Altars for Peace. He dreamed that there should be one for each continent of the world, a monumental "symbol, a token of man's aspirations for a creative and beautiful peace, free of political overtones; an expression of love for his fellow man." MAKING THE DREAM A REALITY The first of these Altars was consecrated and installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1986 during a New Year's Eve celebration for the continent of North America. The second, a Sacred Peace Table, was marked "for Russia" by Nakashima. Built to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1995 at an event at The Cathedral, it travelled to the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999. It was finally installed at the Russian Academy of Art in Moscow in 2001 to help inspire peace in the new millennium for the continent of Europe. In 1996, a Sacred Peace Table, was sent to Auroville, India. The "City of Peace" is an international offshoot of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram where George was once a disciple. This third one resides in the Unity Pavilion and serves as a unifying force for the continent of Asia. It is our hope that the next Sacred Peace Table will soon find a home in the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, as a monument to the end of apartheid and a inspiration for peace in all dimensions for the entire continent of Africa. We believe that through the gifting of concrete symbols of Altars and Sacred Peace Tables - formed by nature aspiring to the Divine, worked by human hands and consecrated to peace - universal peace may some day permeate the entire earth. http://www.nakashimafoundation.org/


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Sep 2011

Genes and Life

A presentation by Dr. Anand Kumar, Professor & Chairman, Department of Reproductive Biology, AIIMS, New Delhi. Also a student of Life Divine, Dr Kumar discussed how Science has used several connection, metaphors and simile to explain the wonder of human life. Often 'life' has been reduced laws of chemistry and physics, sometimes DNA, genes and proteins. But do they explain our being? 'No', comes the clear answer from Dr Kumar. Perhaps there is no definite 'program' that explains the 'higher beings' that we are.


Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2012

The Hour of God and LOVE

..."But the hour is often terrible, of fire and whirlwind and the tempest, a threading of the winepress of the feed of God..." says Sri Aurobindo on the Hour of God which Loretta quote in our interview or reflections on recent cyclone Thane raging over Auroville and nearby villages. And as she says that when something happens that hurts you, and it hurts you much, you stop and ask, although the Hour of God is not physical thing but it does crush down something inside of us. The bottom line is LOVE, which made and manifest the Universe.


Comments: 0 Date: 27 Jan 2012

100 Thousand Poets for Change

World Poetry Movement organized for 24th of September World Poetry Reading day, and 283 poetry reading in 80 countries occured that day. Unity Pavilion with the Tamil Heritage Centre with Anandi was the host of one in Auroville, starting by reading of Savitri in many languages. B while reciting his poem Today also wanted to join this event with The Moving Planet event, which is trying to reverse global warming, and was organized for the same day. And as the need for the kind of global solidarity, the need for ecological push is here.


Comments: 0 Date: 24 Sep 2011
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