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Life and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo
Among Indian thinkers, while Mahatma Gandhi remains popular in America, his contemporary and a major figure in Indian philosophy, yoga, and religion, Sri Aurobindo, remains obscure. A few prominent Americans were influenced by his ideas. For example, Margaret Wilson, daughter of President Woodrow Wilson, in a letter to Sri Aurobindo, in 1938, wrote, “Your Essays on the Gita have been a source of help and inspiration to me…Now I am writing to you to ask you humbly for direct help and inspiration.” In this talk, I will present an overview of the philosophy of this important 20th-century Indian thinker, while focusing on his evolutionary philosophy and Integral Yoga. I will also examine how his philosophy illuminates the problems of our times and offers possible solutions.
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra has a doctorate in global governance and human security from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received the Scholar of Peace Award (New Delhi) in 2007 and Kodikara Award for Young South Asian Researcher (Colombo) in 2010. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. His publications include Conflict Management in Kashmir (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and Conflict and Peace in Eurasia (editor, Routledge, 2013). He is Director of Mahatma Gandhi Center at the Hindu University of America. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida, and Valencia College, Florida.
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