In this workshop, Menas C. Kafatos and Debashish Banerji explore the fundamental and practical aspects of two great world systems, those of Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Aurobindo. Both these monistic systems provide a spiritual cosmology and emphasize practical aspects of human transformation. Both also hold that the human being carries within itself the structures and instruments of consciousness that can enable identification with the transcendental and transformation at the mental, emotional, volitional, and physical levels.
The Friday evening and Saturday morning sessions will cover the theory of consciousness in the two systems. Saturday afternoon and evening sessions will deal with yoga/praxis, and the Sunday morning session will summarize the findings and provide steps for contemplation and practice. The course will consist of in-depth sessions offered by the teachers, followed by dialogues and interactions with the participants for joint considerations and comparisons.
Note: In advance of the workshop, please familiarize yourself with at least one book written by each instructor.
Recommended reading: Dyczlowski, The Aphorisms of Siva; Banerji, Seven Quartets of Becoming; Chopra and Kafatos, You Are the Universe.