Encouraging Sikh Proposal Submissions for 2018 Toronto Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament Sikh Task Force of the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations (SCIR) calls upon Sikhs across the world to submit interfaith and intrafaith proposals (panel discussions, workshops, seminars, training sessions, religious performances, exhibits, films etc.) for presentation at the 2018 Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions to be held November 1 to 7, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

All interfaith and intrafaith proposals must be submitted online at https://parliamentofreligions.org/rfp by deadline of April 1, 2018.

The theme of the 2018 parliament is The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love:  Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change. Programming for the 2018 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:

  • broad critical issues of the Parliament¡¦s mission statement (justice, peace and sustainability)
  • critical constituencies (Indigenous Peoples, Next Generations, and Women and Girls)
  • signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Declaration Toward a Global Ethic.

Kindly note that the Guiding Principles of the 2018 Parliament are:

  1. respectful dialogue: we listen and speak with respect
  2. non-proselytizing: we do not attempt to convert others or speak derogatorily about any tradition
  3. willingness to explore a wide variety of topics: we embody compassion as we engage in difficult conversations.

 More than 10,000 people from across the world are expected to participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world¡¦s religious communities and cultural institutions. The Ontario Sikh and Gurdwara Council (OSGC) is planning to serve Guru ka Langar at the parliament during lunch time. For more information on the Guru ka Langar, please contact OSGC at manjit@ramrapsolutions.com.

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 Toronto Mayor John Tory with Dr. Satpal Singh

Having coordinated the Sikh participation and presentations at the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions, SCIR established a 2018 Parliament Sikh Task Force in February 2017. The charge of the Parliament Sikh Task Force is to coordinate and implement the active participation of the worldwide Sikh community at the upcoming parliament through:

  • significant international Sikh presence and engagement,
  • presentations at plenary and parallel sessions focused on interfaith and intrafaith issues, and
  • Guru ka Langar, if possible, at the parliament to be led by the local Sikh community.

 The task force members include Sikh representatives from Canada, US, and across the world. Suggestions and queries about Sikh participation in the upcoming parliament can be emailed to parliamentsikh@gmail.com.

 The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. More information about the 2018 Parliament of the World¡¦s Religions along with online registration is available at https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018.

If you need help with your Sikh proposal submission, please feel free to contact the Program Workgroup of the Parliament Sikh Task Force at parliamentsikh@gmail.com.

Parliament Sikh Task Force

Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations (SCIR)

POB 523, Dublin, Ohio 43017, USA

Phone: 614-753-3292

parliamentsikh@gmail.com


 

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Announcing Indian cultural events

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9/23/17, 5:00 pm: Natya Dance Theatre presents Mallika Sarabhai’s Out of Bounds  + Finding My Voice (double bill)
Location: Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego, IL, 60543

The lyrics for Bharata Natyam were written many hundred years ago, when humanity’s primary concern was the longing to find God or be united with the eternal One. The lyrics were primarily in Tamil and Telugu with later dancers bringing in the voices of Kabir, Meera and other medieval poets.

Today some of us wish to speak of other, more current issues and thoughts, still using the sophistry of the dance style of Bharata Natyam. Finding My Voice brings to audiences thoughts on global warming, live in relationships, an atheists relationship with the Goddess, sexual preferences and the growing intolerance in the world, all in the strictest and most complex Pandanallur Bharata Natyam vocabulary.

In Out of Bounds, Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit pose the question: what happens when you dissect Bharata Natyam to its core? The two dancers look for a new narrative, while their bodies still carry traces of the past. We see, in three chapters, a man and a woman transform the pure form of their dance to a story about relationships.
Choreography: Mallika and Revanta Sarabhai

“Sarabhai breaks open the language of classical dance” – De Volkskraant, 2015

10/7/17, 4:00 pm: Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance present Leela Samson’s NADI
Location: Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, 310 East Benton Avenue, Naperville, IL, 60540

Co-presented by Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance, Leela Samson’s Spanda Dance Company brings NADI to the Chicago area. Spanda Dance is a group founded in 1995 that presents works conceived and choreographed by Leela Samson, explores group dynamics in Bharata Natyam. Spanda seeks to establish a relevant dialogue between dance, music and stage craft.

From Sufi fakirs in the North to Baul singers in Bengal to Sangam poetry and classical composers in the South, an ocean of poetry has been penned inspired by the river. NADI explores the love and longing, the physical changes and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India’s poets. NADI includes eclectic selection of poems in different languages and musical genres from the thumris of Varanasi, to Tagore’s melodies and the Baul renderings of Bengal, to Sangam poetry, the previous centuries Dikshitar, and to modern-day Girish Karnad of the South. These pieces are tied together by Rajkumar Bharathi, who has used some traditional tunes and has re-composed others to create dialogue between music genres and between languages of the vast nation of India. NADI is a common link with elements like the river teaching man the usefulness and beauty of nature and our link to it.


 

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Janmashtami in America and around the world.

The Hindu festival season is upon us and Janmashtami, invoking the birth of lord Krishna will be celebrated by Hindus all around the world. Here is a recent poster from Pushti Margiya Vaishnav Samaj temple in Florida, US of one such celebration.

If you are looking for a Hindu temple near where you live, check out GaramChai.com ‘s extensive listings.

Janmashti

2017 Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation August 6-12

The Kriya Yoga Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda

LOS ANGELES— Several thousand Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) members and friends from 51 states and 41 other countries will convene at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, August 6-12 for the 2017 SRF World Convocation. The annual event is a weeklong immersion in the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda—widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West, author of the celebrated spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship. Yogananda established SRF in 1920 to disseminate his teachings on the ancient science and philosophy of Kriya Yoga, and its sacred tradition of meditation.

The SRF Convocation provides a unique opportunity for spiritual communion and practical instruction for attendees hailing from New Zealand to Nepal to Botswana to Peru. The program includes group meditations, “How-to-Live” classes based on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, kirtans (devotional chanting), fellowship, and spiritual counsel from SRF monastics.

The teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda have inspired many through the years to approach life with a sense of calm and peace, helping them to achieve their goals – personally, professionally, and spiritually. At the heart of the SRF teachings is the science of Kriya Yoga, which includes a sacred technique of meditation that serves to quiet both body and mind, making it possible to withdraw one’s energy and attention from the usual turbulence of thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions. In the clarity of that inner stillness, one comes to experience a deepening interior peace and attunement with one’s true self.

Among the evening talks that will be presented by SRF monks and nuns at this year’s Convocation are:

“Transforming Your Life by the Power of Consciousness and Positive Thought”
“Make Your Meditations Come Alive”
“Cultivating the Power of a Devotional Heart”
“Calmness: Spiritual Strategy for Overcoming Life’s Tests”
“Prayer: Embracing Our World With Compassion and Understanding”

While some of the program activities are open only to students of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, the evening talks are available to the public ($35 per class).

Attendees who have traveled from outside of the local region to attend Convocation are given the opportunity to participate in pilgrimage tours to several of the temples and sanctuaries established by Yogananda in Southern California, including the Encinitas Retreat and Hermitage, where Yogananda wrote most of his spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.

For more information about the 2017 SRF World Convocation in Los Angeles, please visit Yogananda-SRF.org and “Highlights from Past Convocations”
or call Self-Realization Fellowship’s headquarters in Los Angeles at (323) 225-2471.

Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) is the international nonprofit spiritual organization founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to introduce to people of all races, cultures, and creeds the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Through its spiritual and humanitarian service, the society seeks to foster greater harmony and goodwill among the diverse peoples and nations of the world, and a deeper understanding of the underlying unity of all religions. Together with its sister organization Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), SRF has grown to include 800 temples, retreats and meditation centers throughout the world.

Paramahansa Yogananda first arrived in America in 1920 from his native India, the invited delegate at an International Congress of Religious Liberals convening in Boston, Massachusetts, where he delivered a speech on the science of religion. It marked the beginnings of his profound impact on Western spiritual seekers and of the growing recognition of his role as the father of yoga in the West. Five years later, a transcontinental speaking tour brought him to Los Angeles, where he established the headquarters for his worldwide spiritual and humanitarian work atop Mount Washington. Interest in his teachings has grown steadily over the years, with readers of his numerous books (including the best-selling classic Autobiography of a Yogi) numbering in the millions. The highly acclaimed documentary, AWAKE: The life of Yogananda, was released in 2014.

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2017 UK-India Year of Culture

Prime Minister announces 2017 UK-India Year of Culture

MOVIE CASTING NOTICE: Opportunity for Desis in Canada!

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.

MOVIE CASTING NOTICE!

SEEKING: 13-16 YEAR OLD ACTRESS Singing & dancing talent is a plus.

TO AUDITION FOR THE LEAD IN A NEW MOVIE FOR TELEVISION FOR A WELL-KNOWN CABLE NETWORK NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY We are looking for a truly special, talented, feisty and intelligent girl who appears to be East Indian.

SEEKING GIRLS FOR THE ROLE OF “SUNNY SHAH”:

FEMALE, 13-16, to portray East Indian, the feisty waitress at her parent’s Indian restaurant in Queens. She constantly struggles with her identity: she feels too Indian for the world, but too American at home. She is naturally brilliant & clever, an A+ student who’s the head of the school’s coding club while having a secret passion for music. She’s able to create the hottest tracks with her ability to see music in everyday sounds plus her coding skills.

If interested please send us an email with your headshot and resume to:

sgorin@sgcasting.ca

If the Casting Director thinks that you are right for the role, you will receive an email with instructions on how to self- tape along with the materials for the audition.

**If you have already auditioned for this role it is not necessary to re-tape**

THERE IS NEVER A FEE TO AUDITION.



Note: The details came to us via Carly who works for Stephanie Gorin Casting Inc.  Please feel free to share with those who you think would be interested!

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