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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 for all.

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 through Sunday
August 16-18
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

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center Los Angeles reserves the right to substitute speakers or rearrange events if necessary. All of the listed speakers are confirmed at this time, bu should any be unable to attend, for any reason, the Center  will provide substitute speakers and/or topics. The views of each speaker are personal, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers.

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