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"Spirituality Beyond Religions" International Congress Program

Start: January 5, 2010, 9:00 am

End: January 8, 2010, 6:00 pm

Venue: SAWCHU

“Spirituality Beyond Religions” - International Congress

AUROVILLE,  January 5-8th, 2010 (SAWCHU - Building)

Tuesday - January 5

Morning: 9.00-12.30

Spirituality beyond Religions...

Meditation

Moderator:  Rudolf 

Bindu Mohanty  (Auroville)                                     Auroville as a Spiritual Society:
                                                                                 A Transdisciplinary Interpretive Inquiry
Georges Van Vrekhem  (Auroville)                        “God without - God within”

Tea break

Rudolf  Schmitz-Perrin (France/Auroville)               Opening and welcoming of the GB

Dr.Karan Singh   (Delhi)                                           Inaugural Address

Discussion

Silent Meditation

Afternoon:  2.30-6.00

The World’s Religions and the Mystics’ Attitude towards Spirituality and Religion

Meditation            

Moderator: Vladimir Iatsenko

Debashish Bannerji (Los Angeles)            Integral Anthropology and World Religions
Michael Lecker   (Jerusalem)                   Conversion Stories of Early Islam
Holger  Kersten   (Berlin)                         How much historical truth lies in religious legends?
Bhante D.Sumedho (Pondichery)             Dhammapada - In the Mother’s Perspective

Discussion

Silent Meditation

Evening:  7.45pm

Sri Aurobindo Auditorium:     Sree Lakshmi from Kerala. Kuchipudi Dance                                               


Wednesday - January 6

Morning: 9.00-12.30

Sprituality beyond Religions...

Meditation

Moderator: Rudolf

Gangalakshmi,  Martin  (Auroville)       Religion - Texts Readings from The Mother’s Agenda           
Marc Ghisi       (Brussels)                       On Spirituality beyond Religions                                
Doudou Diene  (Paris)                           “From Theology To Ethics”                  
Ameeta Mehra    (Delhi)                         On Spirituality beyond Religions                                                   


Discussion

Silent Meditation


Afternoon: 2.30-6.00

The World’s Religions and the Mystics’ Attitude towards Spirituality and Religion

Meditation

Moderator: Joseph Prabhu

Shanta Kumari  (Pondichery)       Reflections on Religion
Christian Hackbarth (Germany)   Gradual Path - Sudden Path. Aspects of Going the Spiritual
                                                      Path between Zen and Sri Aurobindo
K.P.Aleaz   (Calcutta)                  A Christology from Advaita Vedanta of India for a
                                                      Spirituality beyond Religions
Brother Martin   (Shantivanam)   The Way of Radical Love: A Spirituality beyond religions.

Discussion

Silent Meditation

Evening  7.45pm

In Front of Sri Aurobindo Auditorium:    
"What the bleep do we believe ? A Journey through the Evolutionary Story of our Worldviews"
                                                                     by  Véronique Guérin and Jacques Ferber

Thursday - January 7

Morning: 9.00-12.30

Experience and Language...

Meditation

Moderator:  Debashish Bannerji

Michael Bongardt   (Berlin)    The Conditions of Experience - language and spirituality
Edwin Zappe (Salzburg)         Spirituality, Man and Unity from an interreligious, Intercultural
                                                 Interdisciplinary and Interlinguistic Point of View - in all
                                                 Humility
Vladimir Iatsenko(Auroville)   Towards a New Psychology of Universals - The Discovery of                             Vedic Vision
Susan    (Auroville)                 Rumi’s Poetic Word 

Discussion

Silent Meditation

Afternoon: 2.30- 6.00

Theory and Experience of Transformative Practices

Meditation

Moderator Ingo  

Véronique Guérin,
Jacques Ferber  (Montpellier)     Experiencing religions and spirituality as a process of
                                                     consciousness development,"
Juan Girardi       (Los Angeles)   Spiritual Psychology : from Mind to Consciousness
Steve Hamlin     (Los Angeles)   Somatic Aspects to Religion versus Spirituality

Discussion

After the tea break
Optional workshops :

Shirin Ezaz-Nikay. (Berlin)          Dance as a Spiritual Experience  (Vérité - bus transport)
Claire Fening                                Vocal Yoga                             (SAWCHUI - building)

Evening:  7.45pm

Sri Aurobindo Auditorium   Film : LAYA Project.  ‘Human Unity through Music’


Friday - January  8

Morning: 9.00-12.30

Spirituality Beyond Religions and the Light of Sri Aurobindo

Meditation
Moderator Manoj Pavitran

Ananda Reddy (Pondichery)          “Back to the Rishi”
Rod Hemsell (USA/Auroville)       Spirituality and Evolution
Joseph Prabhu  (Los Angeles)        Sri Aurobindo and the Consciousness of Evolution
Markus Ford  (Flagstaff)                Panexperientialism, Panvaluism and Panspirituality

Discussion

Afternoon: 2.30- 6.00

Spirituality, Evolution, and Science

Meditation

Moderator: Rod Hemsell

Sraddhalu Ranade (Pondichery)     The Meeting of Science and Spirituality
Sergei  (Auroville)                          Science, Reason and Spirituality
Pier Luigi Luisi  (Rome)                 Science and Spirituality …

Discussion

Rudolf                                              Closing ...

Evening: 7.45pm
SAWCHU-building :    Bhajans, Music, Dance... with Jivan, Upa, Tejas and friends.