Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was an Indian freedom fighter, philosopher and yogi who, with his spiritual partner Mirra Alfassa (aka The Mother) (1878-1973) practiced and taught a form of yoga known as the Integral Yoga. This retreat will introduce the lives of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and their teachings of the integral yoga. It will also introduce their vision of a future life on earth based on the transformation of consciousness through the practice of yoga. Workshops will include introductions to Sri Aurobindo’s synthesis of Indian traditions of yoga in his seven quartets of becoming and the Mother’s four austerities and four liberations.
Offered as 3 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change).
Debashish Banerji, Ph.D., is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and
Cultures and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies
(CIIS), San Francisco. From 1991-2006 he served as the President of the East-West Cultural
Center in Los Angeles, an institution that introduced Indian philosophy and culture, including the work of Sri Aurobindo from a scholarly perspective, to American audiences.
He has authored and edited several books on major figures of “the Bengal Renaissance,” as well as on Critical Post-Humanism, Integral Yoga Psychology, and a variety of creative and art-related projects. His most recent books are Meditations on the Isha Upanishad: Tracing the Philosophical Vision of Sri Aurobindo (Sri Aurobindo Samity and Maha Bodhi Publishers, 2019) and Integral Yoga Psychology: Metaphysics and Transformation as Taught by Sri Aurobindo (Lotus Press, 2020).
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