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In the interest of public health, we have suspended our Sunday morning services
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  • Experiencing New Consciousness: Next Step in Human Evolution

    with Anton Grosz, PhD

    Date: 07/24/2022

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    New Consciousness…knowing that the ‘I am’ we each feel inside is actually “I AM”… the Singular Universal Consciousness. Not just knowing it and believing it, but feeling it and living it. If humanity wishes to survive, we must learn to see each other ‘I’ to ‘I’.

    For believers, atheists, and everyone in between. This session will include group meditation. No prior study or practice is necessary.

    Anton Grosz has been a practitioner and teacher of Integral Yoga and New Consciousness for over 40 years. His focus is the experiential mode of this evolutionary way of being and the importance of its real time application for individuals, humanity, and the very future of our planet. He can be reached at www.rovingI.net.

  • The Intuitive Mind

    with Larry Seidlitz, PhD

    Date: 07/31/2022

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    This presentation will discuss the nature and development of the intuitive mind in Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and yoga. The intuitive mind is a part of the mind situated between the intellect and the supramental consciousness, and its development is a necessary precursor to the development of the supramental consciousness and is more within the scope of human endeavor and achievement. Sri Aurobindo describes four powers of the intuitive mind: “an intuition that suggests its idea, an intuition that discriminates, an inspiration that brings in its word and something of its greater substance, and a revelation that shapes to the sight its very face and body of reality”. True intuitions have their origins in the supramental consciousness and carry something of its infallible truth, though in limited glimpses, but in the early stages of its development this truth tends to get mixed and distorted by the lower operations of the mind, vital and physical consciousness. As the power of the intuitive discrimination develops, these mixtures and distortions can be gradually removed. Basic principles and practices for developing the intuition will be discussed.

    Larry Seidlitz, PhD is a devotee and scholar of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga and Philosophy, residing near and informally associated with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Formally a research psychologist in the USA, he has worked with the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research (SACAR) since 2004. He has written three books on Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga and Philosophy and articles for various journals, edits books for other Sri Aurobindo scholars, and was editor of the journal Collaboration from 2004 to 2019. He has facilitated many online courses on Sri Aurobindo’s teachings for SACAR and occasionally gives oral presentations online and at various venues.

  • Practical Applications for Solving the Existential Crisis of Humanity Through the Evolution of Consciousness

    with Santosh Krinsky

    Date: 08/07/2022

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    The crisis humanity faces as we create uncontrolled climate change, pollute the planet, deplete the resources, and allocate them inefficiently is one that is causing the 6th planetary die off (the last one killed off all the dinosaurs and was caused by an asteroid strike) that is eliminating species at an unparalleled rate, destroying the integrity of the food chain and harming the life-sustaining natural cycles and systems of the planet.  At the same time, we see the advent of a new consciousness that seeks to achieve new, global insights and find new ways to interact, both between people and their environment, and interpersonally as well. We will explore the evolution of consciousness, Sri Aurobindo’s vision of the next stage of evolution and how it is impacting the present and the future of humanity and the survival of our life on the planet. This new consciousness is leading to breakthroughs in many fields of endeavor. It has also led to the development of a dynamic intentional community in south India called Auroville, where people from over 70 nations have come together to try to build a community, and create a laboratory for experimentation in new ways of seeing and dealing with the world and its resources from a balanced perspective.

    Auroville has over 55 projects that span the range from re-envisioning food and food production, water management, architecture, reforestation, sustainable building materials, as well as setting up a resource sharing system among the residents.  The projects are focused on providing solutions accessible to the “developing” world as the high-tech, high-cost, high-maintenance approach of the “developed” world does not solve the issues for most of the people of the world.  The projects are being started and tested locally, and those that succeed are being reproduced and scaled to provide a model for development globally.

    At the same time, the challenges of bringing together people from numerous diverse cultural backgrounds, educational backgrounds, languages and religious training is an experiment in human unity that also takes up the almost impossible struggles we face in the world today to achieve peace and cooperation, and works through the inevitable difficulties that arise to eventually find a way to achieve understanding and cooperation, even after going through the normal human reactions of anger, opposition and attempts to impose one’s own viewpoints.  In this way we see the struggle between the old consciousness embodied in all of humanity and the new consciousness that is slowly making itself felt and guiding people toward solutions.

     

    Santosh has been studying Sri Aurobindo’s writings since 1971 and has a daily blog at http://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com and podcast at https://anchor.fm/santosh-krinsky  He is author of 16 books and is editor in chief at Lotus Press.  He is president of the Institute for Wholistic Education, a non-profit focused on integrating spirituality into daily life. He has spent more than 48 years building and developing infrastructure for publishing, distributing and educating about the spiritual path of Sri Aurobindo, as well as developing and guiding companies at the forefront of publishing books and distributing books and products to support the natural market as well as the metaphysical market in North America.

    Informational Links related to the Talk:  For more information about the Auroville projects and overview of the comprehensive nature of these projects as experiments in developing a sustainable future, you can visit the website at https://aviusa.org/flourish/  and for more general information about Auroville, visit  www.aviusa.org/auroville

    For more information about the writings of Sri Aurobindo which underlie the approaches taken as humanity searches for a way to survive and thrive in the future, you can visit www.lotuspress.com as well as visit the daily blog postings at http://sriaurobindostudies.wordpress.com  and the web page www.aurobindo.net

  • Sri Aurobindo’s Contributions to India’s Independence

    with Kundan Singh, PhD

    Date: 08/14/2022

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    Before becoming a yogi, Sri Aurobindo was a political activist deeply committed to liberating India from the clutches of British colonialism. Educated in England, where he was sent at the age of seven along with his two elder brothers, he could have easily returned to India as a part of the British colonial machinery as he had qualified for the famous Indian Civil Service (ICS) examination; he, however, declined to join the ICS, or more accurately disqualified himself by not participating in the horse-riding test which was nothing but a formality, and came back to India to ignite and give direction to India’s freedom struggle movement. This talk will outline some of his contributions in this direction as we celebrate his one-hundred-and fiftieth birth anniversary on August 15, 2022.
    A scholar-practitioner of Integral Yoga and author of The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda, Kundan Singh, PhD is Core Doctoral Faculty at the Hindu University of America. He was earlier the Executive Core Faculty at Sofia University and Visiting Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union. He has presented extensively at national and international conferences and has authored many journal articles and chapters in edited books. His latest book chapter published by Brill is “There isn’t Only Cultural Blindness in Psychology; Psychology is Culture Blind.”
  • Celebrating Sri Aurobindo

    with the CIF Community

    Date: 08/21/2022

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    Continuing with our celebration of the one-hundred-and-fiftieth birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, we will show a documentary on Sri Aurobindo’s “life” curated by Lopa Mukherjee which will be followed by a brief discussion on Sri Aurobindo’s five dreams.

  • Redundant Bliss: Euphoria and the Addictive Drive

    with Dan Field, LCSW

    Date: 09/11/2022

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    In this lecture, the topic of how negative but undeniable blissful states are achieved through use of substances and ritualistic behaviors. Concepts of “Omnipotent Control”, “Euphoria”, “Euphoric Recall”, “Drive for Power” will be explained as useful constructs both for the clinician and layperson in addressing an addict who is suffering with managing compulsive impulses.  Citing examples from clinical practice with those affected by process addiction and chemical dependency, speaker will focus on patterns of addicts attracted to bliss and how best to cope with channeling these desires to prosocial avenues such as relationship building and spiritual practice.

    Dan Field is a licensed clinician in private practice (BBS #24114) who works primarily with gambling addiction. His training includes over five year’s work in residential substance abuse programs at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration and community-based outpatient treatment for addicted individuals near downtown Los Angeles. In addition to his clinical work, Dan serves as adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work. He also provides clinical supervision for gambling addiction counselors through the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.

  • Allow in the divine energy flow by clearing your unconscious vow to be perfect!

    with Dr. Tanya Chase

    Date: 09/25/2022

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    For spiritual seekers, one of our main aspirations is to see ourselves and others through the eyes of the divine. Yet limiting beliefs and fears can keep people stuck in negative thought patterns, blocking loving, inspirational and creative thoughts, feelings, and actions. The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as Tapping, uses the fingertips to tap on acupuncture points while emotionally tuning in to negative attitudes and past experiences, allowing people to transform their thoughts and feelings, which influence their actions. Dr. Tanya Chase teaches people how to harness the power of Tapping to identify and clear limiting beliefs and blocks to health, happiness, and the divine/creative energy flow.

     

    Dr. Tanya Chase is a psychologist and spiritual seeker who specializes in addiction and codependency treatment, and she has spent more than 25 years working in the field of behavioral health. Using an interdisciplinary model, she synthesizes the energy centers of the Chakras, EFT Tapping, behavioral health training, and the Law of Attraction to teach people how to unlock the power of the Chakras, overcome obstacles, and create a fulfilling life of meaning and impact.

  • The Seven Jewel Centers of the Earth Mother

    with Dr. Michael Miovic

    Date: 10/02/2022

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    This talk will explore Sri Aurobindo’s geo-spiritual understanding of the Earth’s consciousness, which suggests that the seven major continents are the chakras of planet Earth. Examples from various cultures will be used to demonstrate how these jewel centers deeply affect human psychology and cultural diversity. The importance of human unity and a peaceful cross-cultural exchange of geo-spiritual energies will be highlighted.

    Dr. Miovic is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He trained at the Harvard Longwood Program and is now Medical Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health in VA Boston. He has written extensively on Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness-based approach to psychology and has a special interest in geo-spiritual studies.

  • Female Saints of India and the Middle East

    with Bharti Kansara, PhD

    Date: 10/16/2022

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    This presentation will explore the lives, poetry and divine worship of two women saints of India and the Middle East, Mirabai and Rabia of Basra. At first glance they are utterly different: one was a Princess, who married into the Royal House of Mewar in India, and then gave up everything for love of Krishna as her Lord Giridhara. The other came from a desperately poor family and, when her parents passed away for lack of medications, Rabia was sold into slavery. And even when freed and with several marriage offers, she chose to live in the desert a life of poverty, dedicated to Allah. And yet their worship, poetry and the devotional tone of their songs echo each other’s in a radical freedom of spirit that breaks all boundaries.

     

    Dr. Bharti Kansara has a BA in History from Cambridge University and a PhD from SOAS, London University. She has worked in publishing and in distance and internet learning both in England at the Open University and in her company, FlashpointInteractive. She was also on the General Advisory Committee of the BBC and Co-Director of the Academy of Indian Dance in London. Bharti is currently the Vice-President of American Friends of SOAS and the President of Cambridge Alumni for Northern California. She has organized many Alumni events and helped create over a dozen Webinars showcasing the talents of SOAS Alumni and lecturers. She has recently become a yoga instructor and meditation teacher, and is engaged in translating a key work of Bhakti Yoga from the Sanskrit into English.
  • Roar Like a Goddess

    with Acharya Shunya

    Date: 10/30/2022

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    Acharya Shunya’s most recent book titled Roar Like a Goddess explores the concept of feminism in Hinduism, especially as represented by Hindu Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is based around their empowering mythology, which when retold, empowers women everywhere to step into their divine immensity and lead powerful, abundant and wise lives through a revolutionary revisioning of ancient India’s primary goddess archetypes. Here is the following from the cover page of the book: “You may be feeling small, invisible, frightened, or estranged from your own true feminine power. Society’s belittling and limiting scripts, coupled with loss, fear, and negative experiences, can really do a number on our feminine minds. The result: we fall out of touch with our own spiritual power. This book will enable women worldwide to correct this negative trend. A great feminine energy fuels everything – inspiring and compelling action and change. It is my task as a traditional goddess priestess, author, and teacher of the Vedic way to introduce you to this transpersonal feminine force and how to unite with the fullness of the divine feminine in all life circumstances. This omnipotent, omniscient and ultimately protective power will become activated the moment you remember the Divine Feminine, sincerely from your heart.” The talk will cover the contents of the book. 

     

    Acharya Shunya is a truth-teller who facilitates authenticity, self-remembrance, and divine feminine pathways to awakening. The first female head of her spiritual lineage that traces its roots to 2,000 years in India, the imparter of goddess archetype theory as a pathway to soul-ascension, Shunya reinterprets and re-contextualizes ancient Vedic wisdom and dharma teachings of Advaita Vedanta (nondual teachings), Ayurveda’s lifestyle wisdom and Yoga philosophy, to create a learning and awakening path for contemporary seekers, empowering people everywhere to lead spiritually fearless, fulfilled and enlightened lives. Her teachings acts like a bridge between ancient wisdom and issues faced by modern humans, today.Acharya Shunya is the author of three bestselling books: Ayurveda lifestyle Wisdom (2017), Sovereign Self (2020), and her newest book Roar Like a Goddess: Every Woman’s Guide to Becoming Unapologetically Powerful, Prosperous, and Peaceful. In this book, Acharya Shunya honors her progressive Vedic roots while breaking the shackles of tradition to bring modern-day women, an inclusive, feminist spirituality.Acharya Shunya is the founder of The Awakened Self Foundation, a learning, empowering and awakening platform and Vedika Global, a 501c3 religious not-for-profit, both headquartered in Northern California.  She is a highly rated motivational speaker, podcast host, workshop facilitator, and retreat leader with 20+ years of experience as a spiritual, wellness, relationship and women’s empowerment coach and group facilitator supporting individuals, groups, and organizations in amplifying their authenticity and empower them to become a better version of themselves, utilizing goddess archetypes from her culture as tools for unapologetic living. Shunya lectures on Hindu/Vedic spirituality, psychology, and wellness modalities (Ayurveda and Yoga) and has presented at various conferences and at universities such as UCLA, UCSF, and Stanford.

  • Saint Francis of Assisi

    with Rita Pease

    Date: 11/06/2022

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    Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most venerated figures in Christianity. He is especially known for his kindness to animals and for his care for the natural world. In his early years he enjoyed his life as a son of a well-to-do prosperous family. He later dedicated himself to solitude and the will of God. His message of universal brotherhood, peace, and harmony remains relevant today. Our city of San Francisco is named in his honor.

     

    Rita Pease is the eldest daughter of Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri who founded the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) to promote the interchange of ideas and ideals between East and West. Seeking a dynamic synthesis of the cultural and spiritual values of all people, CIF celebrates our unity in diversity.

  • Experiencing New Consciousness: Next Steps in Evolution

    with Anton Grosz, PhD

    Date: 11/13/2022

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    New Consciousness…knowing that the ‘I am’ we each feel inside is actually “I AM”… the Singular Universal Consciousness. Not just knowing it and believing it, but feeling it and living it. If humanity wishes to survive, we must learn to see each other ‘I’ to ‘I’.

    For believers, atheists, and everyone in between. This session will include group meditation. No prior study or practice is necessary.

    Anton Grosz, PhD has been a practitioner and teacher of Integral Yoga and New Consciousness for over 40 years. His focus is the experiential mode of this evolutionary way of being and the importance of its real time application for individuals, humanity, and the very future of our planet. He can be reached at www.rovingI.net.

  • Following in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth

    with Ted Nordquist, PhD

    Date: 12/04/2022

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    The essence of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth are in the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount. We have touched on these teachings in the past but will focus today on how these teachings can help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth. If he were to walk among us today, he might be mistaken for a homeless person without a permanent address, car, steady job, computer or cell phone, or any means of living according to what this society expects. Walking around in sandals and dirty feet, accepting food where it is given and no “job description.” This talk will draw upon Ted’s experience as VP and Chairman of the Board of www.homelessactionsonoma.org, an organization focused upon creating a path from homelessness to a respectable existence. How does “Sat Chit Ananda” equate with “Love”?

    Ted Nordquist, PhD worked with Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri from 1971-1973 at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), then the California Institute of Asian Studies (CIAS). Ted’s parents, Gladys, and Leo Nordquist were members of the Cultural Integration Fellowship since the mid-1960s and Leo Nordquist was Chairman of the Board of CIAS until his death in 1976. In addition to Asian Studies, Dr. Chaudhuri was Ted’s spiritual guide beginning in 1969. Other influences in Ted’s life were Mahatma Gandhi, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Ted taught at the University of Uppsala, Institute of Religious History, from 1976 to 1985. He founded Sweden’s first tofu manufacturing plant in 1980 and Northern Europe’s first non-dairy soy-based frozen dessert in 1988. Ted moved his Swedish family, his wife Anne-Marie and their three children, to Sonoma, CA in 1994. He continues working as a consultant in the organic plant-based food industry.  He is VP and Chairman of the Board for Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc., building a transitional shelter for the homeless in Sonoma, Ca.