Australasia and Oceania
Dada Gunamuktananda appeared at TEDxNoosa 2014:
… and gave a follow-up meditation intro and course at the Brisbane Yogafest
… and Cairns Beaches Yoga in Cairns:
An inspiring Meditation Surf Camp was held recently in Yamba, on the east coast of Australia.
This documentary showcasing the practice and philosophy of Ananda Marga was filmed at the New Year’s Gathering in Tyalgum:
The Sunrise Kindergarten in Melbourne has been upgrading its playground and resources with the help of parents and the Ananda Marga Melbourne community:
Our awesome kiirtan group was performed at the VoSe festival in February 2014. Groups such as Shakti, Amma, Sahaja Yoga, Hari Krishna and Sufis as well as Ananda Marga performed kiirtan on the Willow stage as part of the multi-faith akhanda kiirtan. Our Ananda Marga kiirtan group performed twice and we were the only ones to include dynamic lalita marmika dance in the kiirtan performance.
Various other activities have been taking place on the scene in Aotearoa:
Local AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) volunteers responded to the Christchurch earthquake by distributing rescue remedy to psychologically traumatised victims.
Download the response reports here:
Acarya Narada Muni recently produced a documentary telling the story of a white-skinned Aboriginal woman discovering her roots. The documentary was aired on Australian TV ABC’s Message Stick program.
The Prout Institute of Australia recently published the
online journal Understanding Prout: Volume 1
Volume 1 contains four excellent essays on various aspects of Prout, written by two associates at Prout College. All the essays are very readable and easy to understand.
The Biospychology of Cooperation by Michael Towsey starts by reviewing the history of the cooperative movement then contrasts cooperation with capitalism and communism. The final part explores various aspects of cooperation, including the theory and science of cooperation, the concept of progress, egalitarianism, and the future of cooperation. The essay is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand cooperation from an ethical, social and cultural perspective.
Education for Liberation by Marcus Bussey begins with the paradox of a modern education then introduces the philosophy of Neohumanism as the essential ingredient of an education for cooperation and liberation. Much of the essay focuses on the relationship between Prout and Neohumanism, exploring in particular the educational implications of the Five Fundamental Principles of Prout and the concept of sadvipra, the ideal for a Proutistic education.
The Three-Tier Enterprise System by Michael Towsey introduces cooperatives from the traditional economic perspective and compares them with the more usual private and public enterprises. The essay then moves on to expand our understanding of the cooperative sector and to explore the governance and regulatory issues that are likely to arise in a cooperative economy. The essay provides new insight into how best to structure the enterprise system in a modern economy.
Water and Land Management by Michael Towsey argues that a cooperative global society cannot be achieved without due attention to the local economy and the local economy depends first and foremost on water and land management. Whereas 20th century water policy focused on hydraulic engineering, so the 21st century approach will be about ecosystem management and biotechnology. The essay clearly sets out the fundamentals necessary for localised planning.