Monday, April 26, 2010

Explorations towards a New Creation of the Society

The Awakening Ray
The Gnostic Centre brings out a journal focused on self-development, called 'The Awakening Ray' (since 1997). Each issue focuses on a new theme relevant for application of Integral Yoga concepts in one's daily life and work.
Current Issue : Vedas: a promise for the future (online)
Editorial : Ameeta Mehra
The Awakening Ray : Sri Aurobindo
Unveiling the Veda: Sri Aurobindo
The Three Creations : Vladimir Yatsenko
Night and Dawn : Vladimir Yatsenko
Lost Herds of Light & Angirasa Rishis : Sri Aurobindo
The Promise of the Vedic Age: The Mother
An Introduction to the Vedas : Nolini Kanta Gupta
Recent Events WORKSHOPS 
29th January EDUCOMP
Facilitated by Ameeta Mehra and Vladimir Yatsenko 
6th December GARDENING FOR BEAUTY & THERAPY
Facilitated by Mr. Satish Mathur 
21st November LEADING THE CHANGE
Facilitated by Anuradha & Roohi Kapur 
14th November EVOKING YOUR CHILD'S TRUE POTENTIAL
Facilitated by Anuradha & Roohi Kapur 
7th November AIM OF LIFE
Facilitated by Ameeta Mehra 
25th October HARNESSING THE POWER OF NATURE
Facilitated by Mr. Satish Mathur 
24th October THE WILL TO LEARN
Facilitated by Anuradha & Roohi Kapur 
20th September THE GREEN EDGE
Facilitated by Satish Mathur 
13th September NURTURING YOUR CHILD'S NEEDS
Facilitated by Anuradha & Roohi Kapur 
PROGRAMMES & COURSES 
08th February onwards
THE UPANISHADS IN THE LIGHT OF SRI AUROBINDO
Online PG Certificate programme (16 credits, 6 months) by ICIS:
Course 1: Isha & Kena Upanishads
Course 2: Aitareya & Taittiriya Upanishads
Course 3: Research Practicum in the Upanishads
accredited by IGNOU; facilitator: Vladimir Yatsenko
(This course is 6 credits, 2 months) 
08th February onwards
AN INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRAL STUDIES: KEY PERSPECTIVES
FROM THE WORKS OF SRI AUROBINDO & THE MOTHER
Online Pre-requisite Course (4 credits, 2 months) by ICIS:
online, accredited by IGNOU; facilitator: Monica Gupta
(This course is a part of the PG Certificate programme for those without a prior background in Integral Studies) 
TALKS 21-26 January
HYMNS TO SURYA-SAVITRI
by Vladimir Yatsenko 
17 January MEDICINAL USES OF TREES & PLANTS - NEEM, PEEPUL & BANYAN
by Dr. Shashibala 
20-24 December KENA UPANISHAD
by Prof. Chandrasekhar Rath 
12 December MEDICINAL USES OF TREES & PLANTS - GOOLAR, AMLA, HABISCUS & HARSRINGAR
by Dr. Shashibala 
8th August OUR TIMES & SRI AUROBINDO'S VISION
by Prof. Manoj Das 
CLASSES & STUDY CIRCLES
'Explorations towards a New Creation of the Society (Wednesdays 6.00-7.00pm) by Ameeta Mehra' study circles are being held every Wednesday, 6.00pm to 7.00pm) (facilitator: Ameeta Mehra)
'Savitri: A Legend & a Symbol' study circles are being held every Saturday, 9.00am to 10.00am) (facilitator: Ameeta Mehra)
FITNESS CLASSES 
7th February FOLK & STREET GAMES OF INDIA 5-10 YEARS OLD by Durjee 
24th January FOLK & STREET GAMES OF INDIA 5-10 YEARS OLD by Durjee 
20th December ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES FOR 5-10 YEARS OLD by Durjee 
6th December ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES FOR 5-10 YEARS OLD by Durjee 
SPECIAL EVENTS 
28th March GNOSTIC CENTRE ANNIVERSARY
Short film on 'new perspectives in higher education', display of ICIS online courses fallowed by Meditation 
21st February THE MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY: Darshan day Meditation 
5th December SRI AUROBINDO'S MAHASAMADHI DAY Meditation 
17th November Mother's Mahasamadi Day Meditation 
15th August SRI AUROBINDO'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 'Savitri' reading & Special Meditation

Monday, April 12, 2010

Human body tends to adjust to an addiction

 August 21, 2007 By Mad Max (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews

In this book, the author quotes a variety of experts & demonstrates that brain physiology, social function, etc., of some religious activities can parallel other addictions such as drugs and alcohol. This is the "high" of self-righteousness.

If you're unfamiliar with this concept (called "process" addictions), you might want to take a look at some of his sources. The most accessable readings include: When Society Becomes an AddictThe Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover Up, Pick Up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate SEscape from Intimacy: Untangling the ``Love'' Addictions: Sex, Romance, Relationships, & Incest and Sexual Addiction. Permalink

April 10, 2008 By J. Craddock (Burnsville, MN USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: When Religion Is an Addiction (Paperback)

He also points out how some Christian beliefs may be contributing to that fanaticism. Christianity teaches that even though humans are created in "God's perfect image," we are still broken, depraved and flawed beyond any capacity to change anything ourselves. In other words, while taking personal responsibility is considered to be a virtue, Christianity teaches we have absolutely no "human" ability to repair ourselves. We can't feel valuable unless God loves us. […]

After all, God tells us we are living under a death sentence and deserve unimaginable abusive punishment for an unimaginable time period if we don't believe and perform correctly. In the end all this very conditional love, that is fed as the "good news," generates the very shame that often leads to addictive behaviors. It takes a lot of energy to constantly run from a brutal and vengeful God, who can never be appeased, and from the hated incessant devil that never gives up.

Since the human body tends to adjust to an addiction, it eventually requires an ever larger dose. Just like the consumption ritual of alcohol, the religious fanatical rules, rituals and prayers also only work temporarily, so they must be repeated again and again - first weekly, then daily, then hourly, then more potent, and harsher, and more rigid, which must also be imposed onto or adopted by others. Permalink