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  • Integral Yoga and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 08/25/2019

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    Inspired by divine revelations, Sri Aurobindo synthesized various yoga traditions, naming his formulation “Integral Yoga.” In the process of writing, Sri Aurobindo would silence his mind, allowing himself to become an instrument of the higher divine force and scribing the divinely-inspired writings as they flowed through him. Given this process as well as Sri Aurobindo’s training in Victorian English, his writing can be difficult to follow and comprehend. His disciple, Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, who presented Integral Yoga in a lucid manner without simplifying his ideas, beautifully filled this gap. In addition, Dr. Chaudhuri made his own unique contributions to Integral Yoga, adapting it to western audiences. Based on Dr. Chaudhuri’s book Integral Yoga, this talk outlines some of his renditions on Integral Yoga and celebrates his profound contributions to what has come to be known as “The San Francisco Renaissance.”

    Kundan Singh, PhD, is a scholar-practitioner of Integral Yoga and a professor who teaches Transpersonal Psychology, Integral Psychology and Philosophy, Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The intersection of postmodern and postcolonial thoughts, including postmodern philosophy of science, with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Integral psychology and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo is a motivational area of academic interest for him.

  • Closed for Labor Day holiday weekend

    Happy Labor Day!

    Date: 09/01/2019

  • Integral Group Yoga Session #1 of 4, ‘I’ Am…Experiencing New Consciousness

    with Anton Grosz, PhD

    Date: 09/08/2019

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    Historically, Sri Aurobindo developed the concept of Integral Yoga and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West.  Today, more than ever in our divided and confrontational world, this advanced understanding of how to experience reality must become more than just a philosophy, that is, a way to live and a way to be. CIF will offer these evolutionary teachings and practice sessions for both new and experienced yoga practitioners once each quarter during the coming year.  We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity.

    This session will be the first of CIF’s ground-breaking Integral Yoga Practice Sessions. The program will not be a lecture about Integral Yoga but an opportunity to actually experience this new and evolved way of seeing and experiencing life from the inside out, consistent with both science and spirituality.

    Anton Grosz, PhD, is a teaching practitioner of Integral Yoga.  He is a 1995 graduate of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) whose dissertation, Consciousness in Evolution: Living the Integral Reality of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, focuses on Integral Yoga’s application in real time.

  • Karma - Yoga: Freedom from anxiety and tapping our hidden potential

    Swami Tattwamayananda

    Date: 09/15/2019

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    The practice of Karma yoga helps us to encounter our everyday problems without anxiety and worry. It is the technique of combining efficiency in action, a sense of unselfishness, non-attachment, a sense of sacredness to our duties and obligations in all spheres of life, and a sense of inner contentment by looking beyond reckless pragmatism and short-term goals. A Karma-Yogi is able to confront reverses and failures with a smile, and go ahead with his or her daily duties, by making use of the hidden mental resources. Karma yoga in actual-life situations expresses itself in the form of ‘Swadharma’. The practice of Karma yoga is the path to creativity and contentment. It is the creative utilization of human energy resources by combining the secular and the spiritual into one integral whole.

    Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, (originally founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900) served in various centers of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya’s commentaries on the ‘Prasthanatraya’ (the fundamental Sanskrit texts of Vedanta philosophy), Buddhism and Indian philosophy.  He underwent traditional training in Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit, Vedic and Vedantic literature for many years, from his early days.  Before coming to the United States in January 2012 he was teaching Sanskrit, Vedantic scriptures and Indian philosophy at the Training center in Belur Math, the institution that trains the monks of the Ramakrishna Order at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, India. Apart from his traditional education, the Swami has also received modern University education in English literature, psychology, European history, and Western philosophy.  He is frequently invited for lectures on Yoga, Vedanta, and traditional Hindu scriptures and for participating in interfaith dialogues.