March 01, 2009

AUM 2009 Conference Speakers: July 8-12, 2009

AUM 2009 Conference at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina: July 8-12, 2009
Speakers Dr. Alok Pandey Sraddhalu Ranade Dr. Sakar

"Sri Aurobindo: His vision 'Towards the Future'" by Dr. Alok Pandey Pondicherry, India
Dr. Alok Pandey is a seeker for the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. His true identity is that of being The Mother's child as all other identities are temporary formations of nature subject to mutation and change.
For purpose of record however, he has graduated in medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College Pune in 1981,and then completed his postgraduate in Psychiatry from the same college. He is presently engaged with the Indian Air Force as associate professor of Psychiatry in Bangalore.
Besides his vocation, he has an interest in poetry and is also contributing editor of NAMAH (New Approaches to Medicine and Health), a journal dedicated towards developing a new vision of health as inspired by Sri Aurobindo. Towards this end he has been writing articles as well as delivering talks on subjects related to yoga, psychology, education, health etc.
He hopes and aspires to become a bridge between the new knowledge of the future and our present paradigms born of the recent past. RETURN TO TOP

Sraddhalu Ranade Pondicherry, India
Sraddhalu Ranade is a scientist, educationist and scholar. He has been an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram since he was six months old, where he grew up in the care of late Sri M. P. Pandit. He is presently involved in various activities including video productions, teacher-training programs, and software development.
He has been involved in various research projects including artificial intelligence based on neural networks, multimedia search and retrieval, and educational tools. Apart from his responsibilities in editing the Service Letter, publication of books, and related activities, he also devotes time to teaching at Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education.
A multi-faceted personality, he delivers talks and conducts workshops on numerous themes including Integral Education, Management, Self-Development, Indian culture, Science and Spirituality, Yoga. Over the years he has addressed many thousands of students in numerous schools, colleges and universities all over India on these themes, conducting intensive teacher-training workshops in Integral and value-based education. He has also addressed special interest groups including management associations, educationists, lawyers, doctors and scientists worldwide. RETURN TO TOP

"Science of Yoga Therapy" by Dr. Dilip Sarkar Hampton, Virginia
Dr. Dilip K. Sarkar, a long time resident of Virginia, has been a practicing Vascular Surgeon in Portsmouth, Virginia for the last 28 years. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery (retired) at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Teaching is also a large part of his work; he has taught medical students, residents, care-givers, and patients along with his patient care. He was also awarded the best teacher award by the Portsmouth family practice residents. Due to his success as a surgeon and a teacher, he was made Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital and placed on the board of directors of the Maryview Foundation and Tidewater Health Care.
Dr. Sarkar is also very active within the Hampton Roads community. He has played an important role in the American Heart Association’s public awareness program and was a guest speaker on heart disease and wellness in a local TV and Radio programs. From January, 2005 to June, 2006 he was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Heart Association. Since then he remains as the member of that board.
Dr. Sarkar is a design team member for last seven years and participant of discussion of Nexus, an interfaith dialogue group at Virginia Wesleyan College, whose program spirituality and health is being broadcasted by COX 11 TV channel several times. He is also a member of president’s advisory council at the same college.
Governor Mark Warner of Virginia appointed Dr. Sarkar as a member of the Governor’s Virginia Asian Advisor Board (VAAB) for the term July 1st, 2001 to June 30th, 2005 and the next governor Tim Kaine reappointed him until June 30th, 2009.
Dr. Sarkar has strong spiritual beliefs and has practiced western-style wellness throughout his life. He had been exercising four to five days a week, had been eating a balanced diet, was having regular medical check ups, and had absolutely no risk factors of heart disease and no family history of heart disease. However, in September 2001, he suffered a heart attack and immediately received heart bypass surgery. Since then, he has retired from surgical practice and has developed a profound interest in Ayurvedic medicine which is a part of Integrative Medicine. Initially he learned Ayurvedic Medicine in the Tidewater area from an Ayurvedic physician, then traveled to India and worked with an Ayurvedic physician there. Since then he is taking Ayurvedic Practitioner Course and became a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner in October, 2008. He is a founding member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and sits on it’s research and standard committee. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) he teaches yoga therapy locally. Now Dr. Sarkar continues to practice Ayurvedic Wellness with positive results and has been devoting much of his time to teaching others in his community about the mind/body connection, Ayurvedic Wellness, and Integrative Medicine. Currently he is the Executive Director, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha Institute, Hampton, Virginia. RETURN TO TOP

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