Since its founding in 1951, the Cultural Integration Fellowship has hosted a variety of special events on culture, religion, music, and dance. We continue to offer lectures reflecting the universal values and teachings of the world’s great religious, spiritual and wisdom traditions.
May 5, 2013, 11:00 am:
Tagore Jayanti: Influence of Ragas in Rabindrasangeet,
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 singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das and Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, 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.
April 14, 2013, 11:00 am:
Music of Love, Harmony and Beauty, Indian Music offering with spiritual singer Sri Karunamayee and Arshad Syed, Tabla, co-sponsored by Sur Laya Sangam - Study Center for Indian Devotional Music
Sri Karunamayee is renowned for her soul-empowering music. She refined her rendering of North Indian Classical vocal music under the revered tutelege of Pandit Pran Nath ji and holds Masters degrees in both philosophy and music, having served as an innovative educator in academic settings. Sri Karunamayee is a vital member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Delhi.
February 24, 2013, 11:00 am:
Mother's Birthday Celebration - Awareness, Intention and Collaboration in Healing Mind, Cells, World, with Vishnu Eschner, past president of the Sri Aurobindo Association
Mirra Alfassa, the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, was, among other things, the greatest explicator of Sri Aurobindo’s teaching. In Savitri, Sri Aurobindo has offered the vision of a World of Divine Beatitude. This vision itself has become the very conscious-force, chitshakti, which impels its own realization and fulfillment. In Mind of the Cells, Mother has provided the tools for us to work here in our evolving cosmos. This presentation will be a multi-media exploration of Mind of the Cells and recent Changes in the World spirit, reflecting on the meaning of mind, and cell, and how we may work with mind to support the evolution of material world and circumstances.
Vishnu Eschner is a founder and former director of Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham, an ashram for the practice of Integral Yoga and is actively involved in the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
September 30, 2012, 11:00 am:
Singing Mahatma Gandhi's Peace Prayers, with Sri Karunamayee and Vishal Nagar on tabla
Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram will lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Vishal Nagar will accompany on tabla.
Sri Karunamayee is a vital member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for 45 years. 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.
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.
August 12, 2012, 11:00 am:
The Significance of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, with Robert McDermott, PhD,This lecture will recount the life, works, mission, and spiritual significance of Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) and the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram (1876-1973). Sri Aurobindo was a poet, mystic, philosopher, and most importantly, the preeminent Indian spiritual teacher of the 20th century. The Mother, who was his complete spiritual collaborator, created and organized the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville.
President Emeritus of CIIS and chair of the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program
Dr. Robert McDermott is president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and chair of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. His publications include The Essential Aurobindo (1987) and The New Essential Steiner (2009). In 1975–76, he was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the Open University, where he co-produced an OU-BBC film on Sri Aurobindo, Avatar: Concept and Example. He has been chair of the board and president of many institutions.
Jan 29, 2012 11:00 am
World Religion Day: Religion Should be the Cause of Unity,
with Nushin Mavaddat, convener of World Religion Day in San Francisco
Please join us in a celebration of our collective spiritual heritage stemming from the revelation of the world’s great religions. The purpose of World Religion Day is to foster interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions. Observed in over 80 countries, World Religion Day provides the opportunity to seek a unified approach to the spiritual challenges that confront humanity. Representatives from diverse faiths will speak on the oneness of the world’s great religions and the spiritual principles that are a motivating force leading to world peace. We will share in the reading of sacred scriptures, honoring the founders of all religions who have come to guide humanity throughout history.
“on the wings of prayer and song...”
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