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Meetups Every Weekday at 9pm ET & on Weekends at 12pm ET & 2:30pm ET

See all upcoming Meetups at a glance here: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/events/calendar/

Bring your curiosity, your love of learning, share what you have learnt and let us build a vibrant intellectual community. Looking forward to your active and ambitious participation. See you soon!

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Join us in Deep Conversations on Your The Design Way Journey & Design Practices

We will be discussing on our journey through The Design Way any chapter is fair game. You are also encouraged to talk about how you are working on improving your design ability.

These Thursday Meetups are companions to the Monday Meetups on the Chapter by Chapter exploration of the book The Design Way. On Thursdays, everyone who wishes will get to share the approach they are taking to improve their design ability and have a conversation with Shrikant exploring connections between approaches others are taking. This is an experimental format to see how deep a conversation can be used in integrating ideas into our lives. The purpose is to learn to design better—together.

Bring what you have learnt to share with everyone! See you soon!

Watch all our The Design Way Meetups here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqpF1l8gdXlFMRzRsFiQf1soJHyvSIONo

See all our Meetups at a Glance at: https://www.meetup.com/52LivingIdeas/events/calendar
A Meetup Every Day, Every Week, For Everyone!
Every Weekdayat 9pm ET; On Weekends at 12pm ET & 2:30pm ET

We record all our Meetups and post them on YouTube. Feel free to keep your video on or off as you prefer. Watch Past Meetups at: https://www.youtube.com/c/52LivingIdeas?sub_confirmation=1

Gospel of John: Chapter 1: Verses 14 to 51

Online event

Let us explore Gospel of John using the same method we have been using for exploring Dao De Jing. Gospel of John is a short work that can be listened to in 2 hours on YouTube. We will focus on 1 to 4 chapters each week and have many people read from translations they find most enlightening. Then we will discuss the chapter with each of us talking about what we get from it. Then go over the main themes people have identified. Let us try our best to get at its rich meaning, and connect it to everything else we have been studying.

See the first Meetup on Gospel of John here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ4fEr4xf5A

Asian Philosophies | Dialogue between Mencius and King Hui of Liang

Let's learn Mencius' Political Philosophy by reading the dialogue between Mencius and King Hui of Liang, one of the most powerful Feudal Lord in ancient China during the time of Warring States (300 BC).

** Please read any of translation of "Mencius" 1A (King Hui of Liang and King Xuan of Qi)




The biographical elements of the Mencius – and there are more of these than in any other early Chinese text – are entirely related to Mencius’s career as a “wandering persuader,” a thinker who traveled from court to court seeking a ruler who would employ his political and ethical ideas and give Mencius some position of authority to implement them. Book 1 (both parts A and B), is generally taken to be a chronologically arranged set of snapshots of this endeavor. It is, in this way, more unified than any other book of the Mencius. The book opens with Mencius first meeting with the long-ruling King Hui (r. [masked]) of Liang (that is, the great state of Wei, whose capital was at Liang), who, for much of his reign, was the most powerful ruler of his day. The King was old when he met Mencius, about 325 B.C., but he addresses Mencius as though he were older still, suggesting that at the start of his effort to travel in search of a ruler who would listen to his ideas, Mencius was already advanced in years. Mencius was a native of the small state of Zou on the Shandong Peninsula, and although there are some legends about the young Mencius, we know next to nothing certain about his life before he began to travel from court to court, seeking a ruler who would appoint him to high position and adopt the Confucian policies of humane governance that Mencius believed reflected ideal eras of the past. In the Analects, we see Confucius advise that when the way of these past eras does not prevail and the world is in chaos, the moral man bides his time in obscurity, waiting for signs of incipient order to signal that opportunities for moral progress exist. It may be that in the tumultuous era of the Warring States, Mencius followed this principle until, late in life, he came to believe that the duration and extremity of warfare and treachery that surrounded him were themselves signs of moral opportunity, a notion that is explicit in passages such as 2A.1, 2B.13, and 7B.38. From that point, Mencius became a “wandering persuader,” one of many men who traveled from court to court, seeking a ruler who would follow their advice and, they believed, thus restore order to the world by reviving the unified polity that had formerly constituted the empires of the Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties.

Integral Yoga & Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo - an Introduction with Neelesh Marik

To launch our exploration of Indian Philosophy, we are honored to have Neelesh Marik give us an overview of Sri Aurobindo's thought.

1) Can you tell us a little about the life of Sri Aurobindo?
2) How would you summarize the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo?
3) What is integral yoga?
4) How is inner and outer life related in the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo?
5) How is Sri Aurobindo’s thought related to Western thinkers?

Read more about Integral Yoga here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_yoga

"Integral yoga, sometimes also called supramental yoga, is the yoga-based philosophy and practice of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother (Mirra Alfassa). Central to Integral yoga is the idea that Spirit manifests itself in a process of involution, meanwhile forgetting its origins. The reverse process of evolution is driven toward a complete manifestation of spirit.

Sri Aurobindo finds that there has always been impulse or longings in humans in search for God, Light, Bliss, Freedom, Immortality which has presented itself in a right place in a sequence, which Nature is seeking to evolve beyond mind. This sequence on one end which depicts Life is already involved in Matter (or Matter a form of veiled life, i.e. life being evolved out of matter) and mind in life (i.e. mind being evolved out of life), leading to the understanding that currently the mind is also a veil of higher states which are beyond mind. Nature via the said impulses would gradually prepare for a higher living and a diviner life.

According to Sri Aurobindo, the current status of human evolution is an intermediate stage in the evolution of being, which is on its way to the unfolding of the spirit, and the self-revelation of divinity in all things..."

You can get a great overview of Sri Aurobindo's thought here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpKxR5rCjyQ&t=660s

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