- » Adrián Navigante
Director Alain Daniélou Foundation Research and Intellectual Dialogue
This text was composed as an introductory talk to the Alain Daniélou Foundation Forum Transcultural Encounters 2019, in which the conceptual opposition physis and antiphysis was discussed from a transcultural point of view. It is now published with minor changes in order to emphasize Alain Daniélou Foundation’s commitment to urgent and fundamental questions concerning ecology, but going way beyond the usual instrumentalist approach and tackling important philosophical, religious and spiritual problems behind it that point to a change of paradigm in today’s humanity.
- » Amanda Viana
Philosopher at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, collaborator of Alain Daniélou Foundation Research and Intellectual Dialogue
This is a slightly modified version of Amanda Viana’s talk at Alain Daniélou Foundation Forum “Transcultural Encounters 2019” on the subject of Physis and Antiphysis in Religion. It is also representative of Alain Daniélou Foundation’s approach to the problem of “ecology”, not reduced to finding or creating new measures to extend the damage to the environment, but encompassing another attitude to life to be learned from cultures that have been neglected, persecuted and destroyed for centuries.
- » Valentina Barnabei
Contemporary Hindi independent scholar
From time immemorial, the Himalayas and their surroundings have been a destination for different kind of pilgrimages. People from urban areas visit this region in a quest for experiences that will restitute a sense not to be found in their comfort zone (also the place of routine and alienation). Valentina Barnabei analyses two different expressions of this phenomenon in Hindi literature: Avāk. Kailāś- Mānsarovar: ek antaryātrā and Vah bhī koī deś hai maharāj.
- » Gioia Lussana
Alain Daniélou Foundation Grantee, Indologist and Yoga Teacher
Gioia Lussana approaches the question of the ultimate meaning of non-dual yoga in Kāśmīrī tradition from Abhinavagupta’s mediaeval lineage to the current community set up by Lakshman Joo in the 1930s. Yoga appears as a celebration of life and an exaltation of the vital principle (prāņa), regarded as identical to consciousness itself. The ever-vigilant (svodita) contemplative yogic attitude nourishes awareness that will unfold into a full awakening – embodied in ordinary life.
- » Alain Daniélou
This essay appeared in the Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie N°4, 1991. Alain Daniélou deals with the question of mantra from an integral point of view, bearing in mind metaphysics, cosmology, language, music and psychology. The first part was published in the Summer Solstice issue of Transcultural Dialogues (May 2019). This is the second part of the rather long essay, originally published in French.