Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
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  • An Introduction to Hindustani (North Indian) Classical Music

    with Aditya and Ashidhara Das, and Anoop Bhattacharjya on Tabla

    Date: 11/19/2017


    This program, focused on Guru-Shishya Parampara (Heritage), will start with a brief presentation on Guruji Shrimati Lakshmi Shankar by Ashidhara Das on the Cultural Ethos and Background of her Music. The second part will include a formal lecture demonstration (Vocal) by Aditya Das with a presentation of Raga Bhimpalasi covering the Vilambit (Slow) Khyal in Ektaal (12 beats), Madhyalaya (Medium speed) Khyal in Teentaal (16 beats) and Drut (Fast) Khyal in Teentaal (16 beats), accompanied by Anoop Bhattacharjya on Tabla and a demonstration of Raga Behag by Ashidhara Das in a similar format.


    Aditya and Ashidhara Das are Senior Disciples of the Internationally renowned Vocalist Shrimati Lakshmi Shankar (Patiala Gharana). Aditya was introduced to Rabindrasangeet by his mother, Amita Das, one of the preeminent disciples of Shri Niharbindu Sen and Shrimati Gita Sen of “Gitabitan” in Kolkata. He obtained an initial introduction to Hindustani Instrumental music (Sarod) from his father, Shri Pradip Das, a disciple of Ustad Bahadur Khan. Aditya studied Rabindrasangeet at “Prangan” (Mumbai), for 15 years (1974-1989), under the guidance and tutelage of Shrimati Shukla Mitra. He received additional training and guidance periodically from Shrimati Gita Sen of “Gitabitan”at Kolkata. Aditya has performed in several programs and concerts in India and in the United States.


    Ashidhara Das has been a student of Hindustani Classical Vocal music for over two decades as a disciple of Pandit Judhisthir Nath (Rampur Gharana). She has performed in several Rabindrasangeet programs in both Southern and Northern California. Her interest and further development in Rabindrasangeet took place when her father Sabyasachi Bhattacharya was the Vice-Chancellor of Vishwa Bharati University in Shantiniketan (1990-94). Ashidhara is currently learning from Shrimati Shubhangi Sakhalkar.


    Notable performances include California Center for the Arts (Escondido)-accompanied Pandit Ravi Shankar on the occasion of India’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations in a vocal presentation of “Sare Jahan Se Accha” and NABC ’99 (Santa Clara).

  • Closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Date: 11/26/2017

  • Sanskrit - The Washing Machine of the Mind

    with Shanta and Indira Bulkin

    Date: 12/03/2017


    Our teacher, the late Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (formerly known as Dr. Mishra) described Sanskrit as the Science of Vibration, stating that the language has a relationship with Nadam (Cosmic Energy) which is connected to the Stream of Consciousness. He would say, ‘Chant and Feel. Don’t try to interpret with words because as soon as you do you have lost contact with that purist part.’ For this program, we will lead you in Sanskrit Chanting and direct you through some experimentation with the pureness of this Electromagnetic Energy.


    Indira and Shanta Bulkin met Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati in 1971 and 1972 respectively and have studied the Sanskrit language since then. Indira began teaching in the 1970s and Shanta has been teaching since the 90s. They founded the East-West Sanskrit Institute in 2010 and teach individual and group classes in Northern California and via distance learning.


  • The Birth of the Divine Child in Integral Yoga

    with Stephen Julich, PhD

    Date: 12/10/2017


    “We are sons of God and must be even as he:
    His human portion, we must grow divine.” Savitri 15.10

    This is the final part of a series of talks prsenting the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in comparison with other religious and spiritual systems. In past talks we have looked at the nature of the divine mother and the syzygy of the divine couple. In this talk we will look at the offspring of the great father and mother pairs throughout history. This child is often depicted as a savior god whose mission is to unify the worlds and save humankind. As in the earlier presentations, a wealth of images will be used to show comparative similarities between integral yoga and other world traditions and to inquire into whether the gnostic or supramental being, the signal, revolutionary realization of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, might be understood symbolically in this way.

    Stephen Lerner Julich is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, receiving a PhD in East-West Psychology in 2013. He is currently an adjunct professor at both CIIS and at the University of Philosophical Research (UPR) in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on topics in Jungian Psychology.