The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace at the Hindu University of America, Orlando, USA, organized a two-day international conference on May 4 and 5, 2017, on the theme Relevance of Sri Aurobindo and the Grand Visions of the Ancient Indian Wisdom. Speakers from India and the US participated in the conference and focused on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and its relevance for the contemporary world.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle met and saw videos of The Mother, including a very intense interview with Satprem, who translated many of her works, and who shared his views about the failure of society and the success of moving into higher states of consciousness. The group also saw a amazing video of Auroville , “The City of Dawn” as envisioned by The Mother.
HUA professor, Dr. D. Aurobinda Mahapatra, gave a talk on Human Rights Day at The University of Tampa. The general topic was Conflict and Peace. He spoke about “Contested Borders, Refugees and Human Security: A Case Study of Kashmir.”
HU Emeritus Vice-President, Abhinav Dwivedi, gave a presentation on Hinduism for the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The Council is coordinating public talks on “Faith Traditions Today” to increase awareness and tolerance of different religions.
HUA received a beautiful 20 volume set of the “Illustrated World Buddhist Arts” for its library. HU Emeritus Vice-President, Abhinav Dwivedi, was invited to represent HUA at a ceremony given by the International Buddhist Progress Society, Orlando, FL.
HUA professor, Dr. Debidatta Mahapatra, interacted with the faculty from the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL and gave a lecture to the students for the class on the “UN and International Peace.”
Dr. Ananda Reddy, HUA Professor from the HUA Affiliate, SACAR (Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research), gave a lecture on the 25th Annniversary of the Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Kendra at Ahmedabad. In the talk “O Man Manage Thyself,” he was inspired to bridge spirituality with management based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle watched a video on “The Genius of India” with text by Sri Aurobindo from “The Renaissance of India.” This was followed by an inspiring explanation by Abhinav Dwivedi, HUA Emeritus Vice President, on the 3 basic ideals that were expounded here by Sri Aurobindo.
Dr. Manohar Shinde, M.D., Ph. D. Psychiatry, gave a lecture on “Making Academia Inclusive: Engaging with Hindu Civilizational Discourse.”
Dr. Jonathan Edelmann, Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, delivered a public lecture titled “Hinduism and Science: Reexamining Bhāgavata Purāṇa Concepts in Light of Contemporary Thought.”
HU Emeritus Vice-President, Abhinav Dwivedi, recently gave a presentation to The Hill School, Pottstown, PA that included “Quotes on India and Hindus by Various Prominent People of the World.” This provided valuable insight into contributions and ideas made by people from India.
The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace celebrated Democracy and Pluralism on India’s Republic Day and honored India as the world’s largest democracy and the US as the world’s oldest democracy. We watched a video of the parade in India and a presentation of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Aurobinda and Abhinav provided more information about the history and significance of these two major democracies.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle watched a video on Swami Vivekananda, who was a great inspiration to Sri Aurobindo. This was followed by a documentary on Sri Aurobindo and a discussion about his life and inspirations.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle listened to the 2nd part of the audio “India and Her Future” and discussed the impact that Aurobindo had on political figures like Mahatma Gandhi.
An inspiring Shiva Darshana workshop was conducted by Shri Aswath, acclaimed scholar in Sanskrit, Hindu philosophy and Dharmic traditions.
The fifth Sri Aurobindo Study Circle met at HUA on December 5th. This day was meaningful as on this day in 1950, Sri Aurobindo left his mortal body. This was an occasion to reflect on his life and teachings, and how we can play our part to carry forward his message. An audio “India and Her Future” was played.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle met and watched the video, “A New Birth,” which captures The Mother’s talk with S. N. Jauhar (founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram branch in New Delhi).
The International Conference on “Gandhian Perspectives on Contemporary Conflicts and Peace” was held at the HUA Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace. The Conference was led by HUA professor, Dr. D. A. Mahapatra and it involved many inspiring presentations and panel discussions that explored Gandhian principles and their problem solving potentials. It focused on the relevance of Gandhi for addressing global problems such as inter-state and intra-state conflicts, international peace, religious extremism, degeneration of human values, social and religious discord and violation of human rights.
Family Movie Night showing “The Man Who Knew Infinity.”
HUA professor, Dr. D. A. Mahapatra led the Sri Aurobindo Study Circle and provided Part II of the video on an interview on Sri Aurobindo as well as handouts about the life of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
The First Gandhi Memorial Lecture at HUA was delivered by Dr. Rajenda Dave. Dr. Dave did his PhD on Gandhi from Syracuse University and his family was closely associated with the Gandhian movement.
A presentation was given at HUA by K. Jagadish on “A Life of Zero Gravity.”
Part One: Spirituality, Mind, Brain and Time
Part Two: Astrology – Transits in Navamsa and the Power of Prasna (Horary Astrology)
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle met to discuss a chapter from “The Synthesis of Yoga” and to view Part I of an interview on Sri Aurobindo.
HUA Professor, D. A. Mahapatra gave a presentation on “India’s Culture and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century.”
HUA Professor, D. A. Mahapatra hosted a one day seminar on peace building at the HUA Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace. It engaged academicians, policymakers, business people and leaders from religious and other interest groups on challenges and prospects of peacebuilding.
The Sri Aurobindo Study Circle meets each month at HUA. Dr. D. A. Mahapatra gave an introduction to the event on Indian Independence Day. Kalyani Dwivedi delivered a presentation on Sri Aurobindo’s life and ideas.
HUA hosted a One Day Family Workshop (Atma Darshana) with Yogi Devaraj (M. Sc.-Yoga, M. Phil. Yoga).
HUA presented a “Healthy Living Workshop Series & Certificate Course” by Pranjali Sharma. She gave information packed talks on “Incompatible Diet as per Ayurveda,” “Detox Your Body and Reverse Aging,” a Certificate Course on “Restoring Health by Nutrition & Holistic Wellness,” and a workshop on eating right based on diet analysis and regulating your body weight.
Dr. Richard Grego delivered a thought provoking lecture at HUA titled “Comparison Between Scientific Achievements of Hindu India and the Secular West.” He is a philosopher and cultural historian at Southern New Hampshire University and his current research is on philosophy of mind and metaphysics, comparative philosophies of religion and science, and cultural history. He is currently completing an MA degree at HUA in Hindu Philosophy.
Congratulations to students of Parmanand Yoga institute for completing their Degree Programs in Doctorate in Hindu Philosophies and Doctorate in Yoga Philosophy and Meditation.
Staff members, faculty and students participated in an International Yoga Day event at HUA. The event featured a presentation by Dr. D. A. Mahapatra, followed by a guided meditation.
YOGA Day at HUA Affiliate SVYASA Institute
A Talk on “Conflicts, Organizations and Human Unity: Thoughts from Indian Philosophy and Sri Aurobindo” was given by Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra. The presentation was followed by discussion.
A talk session on “Holistic Medicine Progress and Challenges”
was given at HUA by Dr.Gururaj Mutalik.