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Study Course at the Institute starting November 2006:

Rebirth and Karma

Rebirth, or reincarnation, is a concept that has attracted humanity through the ages. The ancient Greeks, the Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and even modern scientific societies have taken up the question of rebirth and come to varying ideas about its reality and its mechanism.

The importance of this issue lies in the fact that without some kind of rebirth, the value and meaning of human life on earth is very hard to define. Our deepest search for meaning and significance for our lives forces us eventually to address this question and determine how it affects us, here and now.

“It is rebirth that gives to the birth of an incomplete being in a body its promise of completeness and its spiritual significance.” Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine

A related concept, known as “karma” or the “law of cause and effect” is deeply tied to the question of rebirth. While almost everyone can agree that there is an operative law of cause and effect in life, the significance of this law needs to be seen in relation to “what came before” and “what comes after” to have its true value for us.

“This evolution is not possible if there is not a connected sequence from life to life, a result of action and experience, an evolutionary consequence to the soul, a law of Karma.”

We have all had occasion to question providence; to ask “why do the good suffer, why do the evil prosper”. Such fundamental questions of life take on a new significance when viewed with an understanding of rebirth and karma.

The Course and the Text

We intend to take up the study of these concepts, using Sri Aurobindo’s Rebirth and Karma as our basic text. At the same time we intend to review and evaluate the various viewpoints on rebirth and karma from around the world and over time, including a review of Greek, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist (including Tibetan Buddhist) teachings, and modern viewpoints.

Books will be available for purchase, or can be borrowed from the Institute library.

Timing and Process

The course will start in November 2006 and will take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month with some exceptions. Please refere to the below schedule. We will systematically work through the text but without a predetermined number of pages or chapters per session. We will update all attendees prior to the next session as to where we are taking up the next class and where the reading starts, as well as providing a brief overview of the theme or focus of the next session. Note that each class will be ‘self standing’ so you need not attend every prior class to get a benefit from an upcoming class.

Course Facilitator

Santosh Krinsky has been a student of yoga since 1971, or 35 years. During that time he has lived for various periods of time at Ashrams in Germany, USA and India, including almost a year at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. He is a student of Sanskrit and has studied religion, philosophy, and metaphysics extensively over the years. Since 1978 he has been publishing books on yoga, spirituality and Ayurveda and he is now the editor in chief of Lotus Press of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, one of the leading publishers in the West for books on Ayurveda, Reiki and alternative health, as well as being the US publisher of Sri Aurobindo’s writings.

Schedule: (individual subjects to be covered will be announced prior to each individual class)

November 8, 2006 - Introduction to rebirth around the world

November 29, 2006

December 13, 2006

December 27, 2006

January - NO CLASSES

February 14, 2007

February 28, 2007

March 14, 2007

March 28, 2007

April 11, 2007

April 25, 2007

May 9, 2007

May 23, 2007

Classes meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at: 3425 Patzke Lane, Racine, WI 53405


Dates are subject to change. Please be sure to call ahead or inquire via e-mail.

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