Theme: Transformation of Innerself (Spiritual) for the transformation of the External World (Environment)
To understand the need for finding solutions to all environmental problems through inner transformation as world is a projection of our own minds and the external environment is only a reflection of the environment within ourselves.
We welcome all the environmental and spiritual gurus and scientists and all those interested in the preservation of the environment and sustainable green planet.
The main objective is to initiate an action that emerges from deep awakening of wisdom and compassion for nature that occurs through inner transformation and realization of our universal inter-connectedness with each other and with the planet. This will lead to finding new long term solutions to support sustainable life style that can help mitigate and minimize the environmental degradation.
We invite all the presenters to show case different ways and means and strategies to achieve this goal.
Dr C V Chalapati Rao
Seniormost Chief Scientist
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
Spirituality & Environment
|Aim: Transformation of Inner self (Spiritual) for the transformation of the External World||8:00 – 10:00||Registration|
|10:00 – 11:00||Inauguration|
|11:00 – 12:00||Session I||Scientific and academic studies of eco-spirituality in having an expanded understanding of nature and it’s importance|
|12:00 – 13:00||Session II||Spiritualization of environmental activism for a better earth|
|13:00 – 14.00||Lunch||Vegetarian lunch|
|14:00 – 15:00||Session III||Panel Discussion: Recognition of sacredness in the mineral,plant and animal kingdom|
|15:00 – 16:00||Session IV||Clouding of the ideas of spiritual leaders, reformers, environmentalists in the protection of bio-diversity|
|16:00 – 17:00||Session V||Open House Discussion: Emergence of EcoSpirituality wing|
|17:00 – 18:00||Valediction and Closing Ceremony|
Dr AK Chatterjee
"One God, One Religion, One World, One Man" Yogacharya Vacaspati Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee was born on 24th December 1933 in West Bengal. The sudden demise of his mother when he was away in service intensely agonized him. He grew averse to material pursuits and became spiritually inclined. He received initiation in Kriyayoga in April 1961. He reached the pinnacle of Kriyayoga within a short span. Being an ardent devotee of Sanatana Dharma'Polestar, Yogiraj Shama Churn Lahiree and to propagate His ideals and tenets before the masses so that they derive the right path, the right enlightenment, he has penned many books in Bengali, illustrating the science of Kriyayoga. Most of his books have been published in Indian languages like Hindi, Oriya, Telegu, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, and Malayalam. 'Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree'has been published in English and French also. His other book 'Who is this Shama Churn?' is published in English. He has authored quite a number of articles delineating the science hence rationality of Kriyayoga. He has authored several books, poems, detailing the life, ideals, precepts, sadhana realisations of Yogiraj and expounded the innate significance of Prana, dharma and God concept. His writings have unfolded a new chapter on indology.
Subhash Palekar's Spiritual background is inspired by Saint Dhnyaneshwar, Saint Tukaram & Saint Kabir. He was searching for the absolute truth. Meanwhile, He studied the Gandhi & Karl Marx and done their comparative study. Then, he found that Karl Marx's thinking is not so near to the truth as of Gandhiji. He found that Gandhiji's philosophy is too much nearer to truth i.e. nature. Marx has denied the nature's owner ship law.When, he heard that, in Russia during Communist movement, thousands of farmers were killed.Then, he confirmed that, there is no alternative to Gandhiji’s philosophy, which was based on the truth & nonviolence. Great Indian personalities like Gandhiji, Shivaji, Jyotiba Phule, Vivekananda and Tagore had built up his thinking infrastructure towards absolute natural truth and nonviolence (Satya & Ahinsa). Since 1972-1985, while practicing the chemical farming, his agricultural production was continuously increasing. But, after 1985, it started declining. He was surprised that, if he is following the technology of chemical farming i.e. Green revolution totally, then why the production was decreasing? After searching the causes for three years, he came to the conclusion that, Agriculture science is based on the false philosophy.Some thing is wrong with Green revolution. Then he had started searching alternate technology to chemical farming.
Sandeep Pandey is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi. Thereafter he did his Master’s in manufacturing and computer science from Syracuse University, followed by doctorate in control theory at the University of California, Berkeley, which he completed in 1992.
After completing his education, he moved back to India, to started teaching at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1992, later he founded a registered organization named Asha Trust which has several centers/chapters across India. His team has launched a people's group named Asha Parivar in 2008 that focuses on strengthening democracy at the grassroots.
Sandeep Pandey's work at Asha Parivar is focused on Right to Information and other forms of citizen participation in removing corruption and improving the efficiency of governance. He leads National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), the largest network of grassroots people's movements in India.
He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (often termed as 'Asian Nobel prize') in 2002 for the emergent leadership category. Pandey led an Indo-Pakistan peace march from New Delhi to Multan in 2005.
He has served as an adviser to the Indian government's Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE). His idea of education is based on empowerment by imbibing the spirit of cooperation instead of competition. Currently he is working as a visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar
C.V. Chalapati Rao
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Macaco Tamerice (Martina Grosse Burlage) has been living in the Federation of Damanhur as a full time citizen since 1993. For several years she has been working in international relations for the Federation of Damanhur and is the Coordinator of International Community Relations. In 2008, she became Vice President of GEN Europe, and in 2010 was elected President. Macaco is an international speaker and facilitator.
Trained in music and voice, she has toured as a professional jazz singer in Europe, Japan and Canada, for over twenty years. She has also taught voice and led classes and seminars since 1984. Fluent in five languages, trained in community-building and conflict resolution during the last 17 years, Macaco has held roles of social and artistic responsibility in the community of Damanhur. In 1992, she graduated from the Damanhur School for Spiritual Healers.
Swami Chidanand Saraswati
H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji's motto in life is, "In the Service of God and humanity." He left his home for the Himalayan jungles and forests at the tender age of 8 years, under the guidance of his spiritual master, in order to live a life devoted to God and in the service of humanity. Today, he is world renowned as a spiritual leader, visionary and divine guide. Pujya Swamiji is President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India of the largest spiritual institutions in India. He is also Founder/chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), an international, non-profit, humanitarian foundation. Under Pujya Swamiji's leadership, IHRF runs and sponsors free schools, women's vocational training programs, a medical clinic, orphanages/gurukuls, frequent free medical health camps, "Clean, Green and Serene" programs, organic gardening programs, Cow-Care programs, an extensive rural development program, and innumerable other humanitarian projects including the first ever Encyclopedia of Hinduism as well as ashrams and medical clinics in the sacred land of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.