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65th Anniversary Celebration June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm; 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

The Cultural Integration Fellowship celebrates its 65th anniversary with a dinner honoring
Sudarshan Kapoor, PhD

Inspired by the philosophy of integral living, the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) was founded in 1951 by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and Mrs. Bina Chaudhuri as a center of universal religion and spiritual practice. Honoring the spiritual traditions of diverse cultures and religions, CIF promotes the interchange of ideas between the cultures of east and west, creating a greater sense of cross cultural harmony and world peace.

This year we are privileged to honor Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor for his outstanding contributions in building a culture of peace and non-violence at home and around the world.

Dr. Kapoor is professor emeritus and former founding director of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at California State University, Fresno. He also helped establish the university’s Peace Garden. Known popularly as the “Peace Man of Fresno,” Dr. Kapoor’s long career in the field of social work stands testimony to his popular title. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kapoor has played an important role in creating an atmosphere of peace and goodwill among groups from various walks of life. He worked in the post independence Gandhian Sarvodaya Movement as a chief organizer in Punjab, India, and is a founding member of several peace and civic organizations in Fresno including Fresno Center for Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee, City of Fresno, the Interfaith Alliance of Central California, and the Council of Indian Organizations of the Central Valley. He currently chairs Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley and teaches ‘Peacebuilding’ at Fresno State.

Dr. Kapoor has been honored by the legislature and congress for his outstanding contributions. He has also been honored by Fresno Bee, the largest newspaper of the Central Valley, during its 75th Anniversary Celebration as one of the 75 most important persons of Central Valley who made a difference.

for further information, please contact Sandy Kepler at 415.668.1559 or culturalfellowship@sbcgloblal.net

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

Event Date: January 31st 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

Durga Puja

Event Date: October 21st 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco

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 the biggest annual festival in Bengal and is celebrated all over India in worship of the Goddess Durga, the Mother Goddess who can protect and redeem in situations of utmost distress. She has been empowered by the gods and manifests fearlessness and strength. The Cultural Integration Fellowship has been offering a Durga Puja celebration since 1971.

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: October 05th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee and Arshad Syed 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. Arshad Syed, 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.

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.