The Dharma of Activism
with Narayan Chaitanya
Dharma — Virtue,
righteousness, and duty;
Cosmic Order. . . the Way.
Activism: The use of direct, often confrontational action in
opposition to or support of a cause.
In 1969, Swami Vishnudevanada, the founder of the International
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center established the "True World Order," a
symbolic membership in "a new world without borders, where equality
and justice, with love for all humanity" would one day become the
norm. In years to come Swami Vishnu-devananda performed symbolic
"peace missions" by flying over "hot-spots" and man-made barriers in
an aircraft so that he could deliver his message of peace. The
Swami's message was, basically, that the human spirit-like his
little ultra-lite craft could be made to transcend man-made barriers
like the Berlin wall as long as it bore a message of love and peace
Come join Narayan to ask: what are our assumptions about
spirituality and activism? Is it an either/or proposition? What does
"Love in Action" look like? Feel like? In these workshop sessions we
will explore peace activism through story, meditation, and
conversation positing the question: What is the dharma of activism?
Narayan is a yoga teacher, holding multiple certifications
from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and director of
the San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. He is an
experienced Classical Hatha Yoga teacher and is also a Ayurveda Yoga
Therapist with training in India and Yoga Psychology training under
the wing of Swami Sitaramananda. His background prior to being a
full time Yoga teacher is to work as a Social Artist. Narayan holds
a Master of Fine Art in Art & Consciousness, awarded by John F.
Kennedy University in Berkeley, USA. He has multicultural experience
and is an enthusiastic and articulate teacher.
Friday - 7:15pm - Free Introductory Talk
Saturday and Sunday - 2:00-5:00pm Dharma of Activism Sessions
suggested donation: 20 members/30 non-members each day
Sunday - 6:30pm - Free Talk as part of Satsang