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Integral Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo's Yoga and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West
Integral Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo's Yoga and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West

The documentary dvd Integral Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo's Yoga and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West ( director: Mark Kitchell, Producer: Alan Baiss (email alanbaiss@yahoo.ca )) tells about Haridas Chaudhuri and the establishment of what one might call the Integral Movement in the West. There is a trailer on youtube (Duration: 5:34 minutes).

Note that this is inspired by Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga, and not the Ken Wilber inspired Integral Project, which only came later.

From the blurb:

"The documentary Integral Consciousness: Sri Aurobindo's Yoga and how Haridas Chaudhuri brought it to the West is the story of a spiritual philosophy developed by one of the great sages of the 20th Century, Sri Aurobindo and how his yoga was brought to the West by Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri.The film includes a history of Integral Yoga, from Sri Aurobindo's origins as a revolutionary leader determined to free India from British rule, to his founding an ashram at Pondicherry and the beginnings of Auroville. The story also tells of Dr. Chaudhuri's twenty-five years in America, bringing together east and west. The film presents pivotal figures in America including Alan Watts and Michael Murphy, and recounts the birth of the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Esalen Institute, and the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF). The second part of the film is a concise explication of Integral Yoga and key concepts like the Psychic Being, the Supermind, and Conscious Evolution. Archival material of Dr. Chaudhuri is featured as well as interviews with highly regarded luminaries including Debashish Banerji, Hilary Anderson, Michael Murphy, Aster Patel, Brant Cortright and Rama Jyoti Vernon.This 55-minute film is the result of a grassroots effort by alumni of CIIS and CIF who wanted to preserve the legacy of Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri and spread the word about integral yoga. Highly respected documentary filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties) was engaged to write and direct the project.Integral Consciousness was shot in Pondicherry and Auroville, India, and in San Francisco, California. Portions of the film were nationally televised in the United States in April 2009. Proceeds from this film are helping to make a new film, now in production, featuring the evolution of consciousness and conscious evolution. This is the dawning of the Age of Integral Consciousness... And everyone should see this important and engaging film!"



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