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The Divine Feminine at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

by Joel Pitney

Amy EdelsteinThe following post is from Amy Edelstein, a former editor for EnlightenNext magazine, who spent the past week in Melbourne, Australia at the Parliament of the World’s Religions with Andrew Cohen and the rest of the EnlightenNext team:

From UN Millennium Development Goals to an exploration of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and a call for integral education to start informing our higher education systems to new visions for women of faith, the Parliament themes bombard participants at all kinds of different levels and dimensions of the mind, psyche, and self.

The session on the Divine Feminine was one that perhaps the most disturbing and confusing of all the sessions I attended or heard of. Continue reading…

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Spiritual Activism on a Global Scale

by Joel Pitney

Amy EdelsteinToday is the closing day of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Over the past week, our team (EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen, director of education Jeff Carreira, and former EnlightenNext magazine editor Amy Edelstein) have spoken to many of the world’s leading religious voices gathered in Melbourne about how the religious traditions can begin to address some of the world’s largest problems. One of these is poverty. And as Edelstein writes in the following post, the combination of international cooperation and spiritually rooted moral conviction expressed at the Parliament make the goal of dealing with global poverty in a significant way seem more than possible:

In this massive Parliament gathering of mahatmas, saints, pundits, theologians, and practitioners of all kinds of faiths, there are approximately twenty sessions on poverty. Continue reading…

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Satsang at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

by Joel Pitney

During one of the evenings at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen was invited to participate in a special Satsang (teachings given by spiritual teachers) at the ashram of Swami Shankarananda just outside of Melbourne. In what turned out to be a very magical evening, seven different Hindu masters each gave a short talks about Enlightenment and the spiritual path. Andrew Cohen was invited to speak as a master in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi. The following video includes short talks by Swami Shankarananda, Andrew Cohen, and Swami Murugananda Saraswathi:

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The Impulse to Evolve vs the Impulse to Survive

by Joel Pitney

This past Sunday, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen gave a talk at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. Check out the excerpt below in which Cohen speaks about the subtle, yet significant difference between the innate human impulse to survive and the newly emerging impulse to evolve:

To read a recent dialogue between Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber on the topic of evolution versus survival, click here.

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A Conversation with Philip Clayton at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

by Joel Pitney

In their latest conversation at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen and director of education Jeff Carreira, spoke with process theologian Dr. Philip Clayton. Clayton is a Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Claremont Graduate University, focusing specifically on the combining the idea of emergence with Christian theology. Dr. Clayton believes that only a religion that is constantly evolving—or emergent–will be valid in the upcoming decades. The following video includes a short clip from the opening presentation he gave at a panel discussion and then an interview that EnlightenNext conducted with him afterward:

Please stay tuned to the EnlightenNext Editors’ Blog for more updates from EnlighteNext at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions!

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Michael Beckwith at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

by Joel Pitney

Check out this video of Michael BeckwithNew Thought Reverend, evolutionary spiritual thinker, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles (and perhaps best known now for his role in the movie The Secret)–from his talk at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The video includes his keynote presentation about the plight of indigenous people throughout the world and a short interview with our EnlightenNext team about what he sees as the future role of spirituality:

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Parliament Update: Andrew Cohen & John Stewart

by Joel Pitney

On the day prior to the start of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen and Jeff Carreira, EnlightenNext’s director of education, had the opportunity to meet with evolutionary philosopher John Stewart. John is a Melbourne native and the author of the book Evolution’s Arrow: The Direction of Evolution and the Future of Humanity and has been featured in the pages of EnlightenNext magazine. During their time together they talked about evolutionary activism, the relative merits of materialism vs. spirituality, and the need for human beings to consciously take control of the evolutionary process. Here is a short video clip that will give you a sense of the conversation:

To follow EnlightenNext at the Parliament more closely, check out our special 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions Blog.

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Field Report: Opening Night at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

by Joel Pitney

Picture 1As we mentioned in a previous blog post, a generous donor has made it possible for EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen and a small team from EnlightenNext to travel to Melbourne, Australia to participate in the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Over the coming week, we’ll be posting notes from the field written by former EnlightenNext editor Amy Edelstein and EnlightenNext’s Director of Education, Jeff Carreira. Here’s the first one from Edelstein, describing the opening ceremonies: Continue reading…

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