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Ananta Kumar Giri
(More than 50 co-authors from more than 20 countries)
R. Sunder Rajan Maulana
Johannes D. Smith
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Truth is not that which is demonstrable. Truth is that which is ineluctable.
—Antoine de St Exupery
Her tortured invisible spirit continues still
To toil though in darkness, to create though with pangs She carries crucified God upon her breast.
—Sri Aurobindo, 1950:180.
The conception of justice in Western, patriarchal tradition is of a set of absolute laws that transcend the world, that are imposed on the world from outside[...]
The immanent conception of justice is not based upon rules or authority, but upon integrity, integrity of self and integrity of relationship.
The worldview of immanence values each self as a manifestation of Goddess, as a channel of power-from-within. People of integrity are those whose selves integrate both the positive and the negative, the dark and the light, the painful emotions as well as the pleasurable ones. They are people who are willing to look their own shadows instead of flinching from them. They honour the shadow because they know that its very distortions reveal the shape of the Ground underneath.[...]
So I speak of the Goddess as weaver, as spider, and I begin topay attention to the spiders who build their webs in my corners. I experience the web as a rhythm of strands and spaces.
—Starhawk 1988:34-35, 74.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
—APJ Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari 2015:190.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Harmony is a multi-dimensional reality, possibility and calling in our lives. But many a time this is locked up in structures of domination and closure andwe need to interrogate and transform this so that it helps us realise our self and collective potential. Transformative Harmony is concerned with such processes of critique, creativity and transformations. It is a multi-dimensional dance with light and darkness, bondage and struggles for liberation. It is a practice and movement for realisation of beauty, dignity and dialogues in self, culture, society and cosmos in the midst of ugliness, disrespect, violence and monological assertions of many kinds. As Mata Amritanandamayi Devi lovingly known as Amma around the world tells us in her evocative address,
Living in Harmony:
No one is an isolated island; we are all links in the great chain of life. With our without our knowledge, each action we perform has an effect on others. The vibrations of joy and sorrow, as well as the good and evil thoughts emanating from each living being, permeate this entire universe, influencing each one of us. This entire cosmos exists in a state of mutual dependence and support. Living in accordance with this principle of universal harmony is what is known as dharma. The sorrow of every living being in this world is our own sorrow, and the happiness of every living being is our own happiness. We cannot harm even a small ant without harming ourselves. In harming others, we harm ourselves. Similarly when we help others, we are helping ourselves.
Like many of us I have always been intuitively drawn to the call of harmony in life. My journey with the theme of harmony began with my meeting and unfolding friendship with Leo Semashko from St. Petersburg. We first met on the rooftop of a youth hostel in Beijing in July 2004 as both of us were staying there and taking part in World Congress of Sociology organised by International Institute of Sociology. Leo then started nurturing Global Harmony Association as a forum of like-minded friends and co-travelers from around the world to work, walk and meditate further with the calling of harmony. As part of this, I contributed an essay on transformative harmony to the book ABC of Harmony edited by Leo. I then shared this essay with many friends and we held a symposium on this theme in the form of a special issue in Gandhi Marg in 2013. Our present book builds upon this special issue with further participation of more contributors many of whom I met during my journey in different parts of the world who have brought their own unique contribution to this epochal challenge of our times. Now we present this gift of a much expanded discourse and exploration of harmony to all interested friends and to our striving Humanity.
I dedicate this book to Leo Semashko, R. Sunder Rajan, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Lois Holzman and Johannes D. Schmidt. Leo has been nurturing the vision and practice of harmony with love, care and dedication for years. R. Sunder Rajan was a great philosopher of India and the world he explored deeper dimensions of human condition by bringing critical philosophy and process of creative mutuality together which contributes to realisation of harmony. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is a great striver for peace, harmony and justice in our contemporary world. He has inspired many efforts in peace building across borders. Lois Holzman is an inspiring explorer and creator who has created social therapy as a way of deep communication and realising harmony. She has co-nurtured East Side Institute in New York as well as All Stars Programmes as creative efforts creating harmony in lives and communities. Johannes D. Schmidt who teaches at Aalborg University is a friend of the world as he has connected so many friends and students from different parts of the world with webs of love, humour and quotidian dreams for a better human future. Johannes is a living dance with a different drum of harmony as our other friends in this journey. It has been my blessing to have walked a few steps with these friends of the world. In dedicating our book to these strivers and seekers of humanity we express not only our personal gratitude but what we collectively owe to these sons and daughter of our Mother Earth.
This book has been long in the making and I thank all the contributors for their patience. I thank Leo for our initial journey and all the contributors fortheir kindness and patience. I am grateful to Professor Fred Dallmayr for his Foreword and Professor John Clammer for his Afterword. I thank Professor John Moolakkattu for nurturing our special issue in Gandhi Marg. I am grateful to Akshay Jain of Studera Press for helping the book series Creative Horizons as well as this book dance with the Light of our Lives and the Universe.
Our world today is full of conflicts and violence as well as movements to overcome these and I hope this book helps us realize transformative harmonyin our lives and the world and on the way sing and dance together possibly the following two poems by the author:
Alphabets of Creation
A for Aleph, Aum, Allah B for Beginning
C for Creation
A is also Annihilation B, Banning and Bigotry C, Cunning andCruelty
How do we work with Aleph and Annihilation Together
In the alphabet of creationTowards a New Tapasya ofTransformations
Ripples arise When we touch think and write
Meditate and Listen Ripples of Heart Waiting for our kissing Kissing Lips and Earth Beings and Co-Beings
Co-Walking and Co-Meditating With and across the water
Body and Spirit Forests and Peaks
Looking at each other’s eyes Pining for Intimate Whispers to Come
A New Movement of Love With and Beyond Hatred Spirals of a New Consciousness Words, Worlds and Cosmos
Holi, Festival of Color, 2019 Ananta Kumar Giri
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Starhawk.1988/1982.DreamtheDark:Magic,SexandPolitics.Boston:BeaconPress. Sri Aurobindo. 1950. Savirti. Pondicherry: Sri AurobindoAshram.
Transformative Harmony: An Introduction and An Invitation
Ananta Kumar Giri
Part one: The Calling of Transformative Harmony
1. The Calling of Transformative Harmony
Ananta Kumar Giri
2. Revealing the Hidden Harmony: The Heart of Transformative Harmony
3. Harmony Rediscovered: Transformation on the Path with No Goal or Finding a Way Back to What We Are
4. on the Focus Imaginarius of the Nascent Global Society and Contemporary Social Theory: What is the Status and Role of the Idea of Harmony?
5. Harmony After Modernity: A Self-Critical Western View
6. Transformative Harmony: Culture and Prama
7. Biopsychology of Sadhana and Cooperation: Foundation of Transformative Harmony for Our Individual and Collective Welfare
Sid Vishwamitra Jordan
8. Transformative Harmony: Reflection on Ideas and Practices
9. Archaeology of Harmony
10. Harmony is a Dynamic State of Being
Henk de Weijer
11. Walking Towards Transformative Harmony: A Meditation with Paul Ricoeur and Beyond
12. From Unity to Harmony: Raimon Panikkar’s Advaitic Trinitarianism
Anthony Savari Raj
13. on Transcending Dualism Towards Harmony: Walking and Meditating with Charles Hartshorne
Part Two: Transformative Harmony, Human Development and Social Transformations
14. Understanding Nature of Action and Harmony in the Bhagavad Gita: Kãma, Samnyasa and Karma
Binod Kumar Agarwala
15. Harmony and New Horizons of Human Development
16. Transformative Harmony and the Community-Making Process
Julie M. Geredien
17. The Fresh Stop Project: An Oasis in a Food Desert of Louisville
18. Perspectives on Bioregional Urbanism: Transformative Harmony with Living Systems
Sarah Howard with Ninian R. Stein and Stephen Bissonnette
19. Biohappiness and Holistic Harmony: The Vision and Mission of M.S. Swaminathan
20. Self-Knowledge—Balancing Subjectivity and Objectivity—as the Key to Social Harmony
21. Social Harmony or Cooperation as the First Principle of a Happy Society
W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz
22. Towards JHS Vision for Social Harmony Without Hierarchy
23. Harmony of Individual and Collective: A Philosophy of a Future Civilisation
Part Three: The Work and Dance of Transformative Harmony in Self, Culture and Cosmos
24. Towards Harmony Between Communities
25. Towards a Culture of Transformative Harmony
S. Painadath S.J.
26. Realising Transformative Harmony: Vipassana, the Art of Self-Transcendence, and a New Social Mutuality
27. Harmonising Body, Mind and Soul: Healing and Developing New Consciousness
Manisha A. Mehrotra
28. Harmony and a Journey with Wholeness
29. Mandala Art, Healing and Harmony
30. Human-Nature Harmony, and Nature Worship: Reappraisal of Indigenous Faith in Eastern Himalaya/Northeast India
31. Harmony and Deep Ecology-Based Corporate Social Responsibility
Agung Wibowo, Ravik Karsidi, Bani Sudardi, Mahendra Wijaya
32. Freedom, Culture and Transformative Harmony: The Dialectical Dichotomy of Christianity and Pre-colonial Igbo Culture
33. Transformative Harmony: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Indigenous African Communities
Part Four: Politics, Poetics and Spirituality of Transformative Harmony
34. The Politics of Transformative Harmony
35. Harmonious Conflict
Tom H. Hastings
36. Conflict, Harmony and Transformation
37. Dialogue, Sacrifice and Reconciliation: A Study of Kandhamal Violence, Odisha
Arun K. Patnaik and Rajesh Bag
38. Collective Trauma and Narrative Harmony: Mapping the Legacy of Trauma and Displacement in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
39. Transformative Harmony and Inharmony in Nepal’s Lost Transition
40. Peace and Harmony: A Case Study of Tharu Community of Nepal
41. Peace-making Revolution: Towards a New Politics of Transformative Harmony in the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle
42. ‘Stop this Nightmare, I Pray. ’: Armed Forces Special Power Act – the Tablet for ‘Harmony’ and Northeast India
43. A Feminine Approach to Conflict Transformations and Harmony
Sudha Sreenivasa Reddy
44. Harmony: A Pessimist’s View
45. Finding Harmony to Live In: From Noise to Music
Sara J. Wolcott
46. Communitas Harmonia in Wordsworth: A Musicosociological Glance
47. Music, Cosmopolitanism and Transformative Harmony
48. on the Possibility of a Global Political Community: The Enigma of ‘Small Local Differences’ within Humanity
49. Migration and Transnationalism: Justice, Security and Harmony
Abdulkadir Osman Farah
50. Jamming with the Universe: A Journey and a Paradigm Shift Towards a New Song of Harmony for Humanity
David Pepper Sarnoff
51. Becoming Agents of Togetherness: Working and Meditating for Peace and Harmony
Afterword: Harmony, Society and Transformation
Notes on Editor and Contributors