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Special Events

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: October 04th 2015

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee, spiritual singer, and Vishal Nagar on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Vishal Nagar, distinguished tabla maestro, will accompany.

Sri Karunamayee is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her soul-inspiring music. In her youth, she and her family regularly attended Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer gatherings in New Delhi

The Ethics, Sustainability and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Advaita

sri aurobindo

Event Date: August 16th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

The Ethics, Sustainability and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Advaita, with Debashish Banerji, PhD, Dean of Academic Affairs, at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles ( View Video of talk)

While the practice of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga has been largely conceived as being “beyond ethics” and focused on individual spiritual attainment, this attitude has amply revealed its dangers in terms of moral blindness and unconscious violence for the majority of practitioners, who struggle to transcend their egoic ignorance. By revisiting the Vedantic basis of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy (darshan), this talk will attempt to reconceptualize his yoga in terms of an ethical and environmentally sustainable praxis.

Debashish Banerji is Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles. He is also Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Pasadena City College and Adjunct Faculty in Transformational Studies at the CIIS, San Francisco. Since the 1970s, Banerji has been a student of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s teaching.

What do you Really Want from Life?

Event Date: June 29th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Cultural Integration Fellowship cordially invites you
to a special talk by Ambassador V. Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco

“What Do You Really Want from Life?”

We spend our lives chasing our desires, seeking Happiness. But often happiness eludes us because we are going the wrong way. Do we really know what we want?

Celebrating Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri

Event Date: May 31st 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Celebrating Dr. Haridas and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri, Indian music offering with Sri Karunamayee from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Vishal Nagar on tabla – Co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam Study Center for Indian Devotional Music

Sri Karunamayee and friends will offer a program of Indian music celebrating the legacy of Dr. Haridas and Bina Chadhuri. Their years of dedication through the Cultural Integration Fellowship have blessed and continue to bless so many, providing a pathway to integral spirituality and global peace.

Sri Karunamayee is a renowned artist of Indian music and a life-long sojourner on the spiritual pathway of music. Highly regarded for her deep and soul-inspiring singing, she is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for over four decades. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her music. She travels internationally offering music as a sacred pathway and as a bridge to interfaith understanding.

Vishal Nagar is one of the most gifted Tabla musicians of his generation. Son of the renowned Kathak danseuse and vocalist Vidushi Urmila Nagar, Vishal has been trained under his mother, Late Ustad Latif Khan and Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan.

a concert honoring Mothers Day

Event Date: May 10th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Brian Wallace & Aushim Chaudhuri in a concert  honoring Mothers Day

The Heavens on Earth
Are the Mamas Giving Birth

-from “No More War” by Brian Wallace

from The Mother’s Day Proclamation, Written in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, originating the celebration, an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world.

“…Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. …”

Tagore Jayanti

Event Date: May 03rd 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Tagore Jayanti: concert offering of songs written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Poet Laureate

Please join us for this celebration In honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.

Our artists this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, Abhra Roy and Anoop Bhattacharjya. All are outstanding artists who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

 

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

Event Date: February 15th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda, bhajans with artists Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, Abhra Roy and Anoop Bhattacharjya

This program celebrates the life and times of Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) (1863-1902) commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of his birth. Regarded as India’s first great spiritual ambassador to the West, Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …” delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

We have selected Songs, Shlokas and Bhajans reflecting the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, generating a secular social order through Religious and Ethnic Pluralism that would transcend differences of caste and creed and result in a unique place for India in the World.

Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, and Abhra Roy, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artists who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

Durga Puja, a Celebration of the Goddess

Event Date: October 01st 2014

Time: 6:00 PM

Durga Puja, a Celebration of the Goddess, worship to be officiated by Ramen Chakrabarti, and Sri Chandi recital by Indira (Ann) Bulkin

Please join us for our annual Durga Puja celebration. Durga Puja is a major festival in Bengal
and is celebrated all over India honoring the Goddess Durga, Ma Durga, the Mother Goddess.
Created and empowered by the gods, she is fearless and protects us from harm.