Press Release of the Sixth World Scientific Congress (6th WSC)

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Press Release

of the Sixth World Scientific Congress (6th WSC),

On 10th, 11th & 12th  November 2014, St. Petersburg, Russia

IUFS and Intergovernmental Higher Academic Council (IHAC) of IUFS carry out another 6th World Scientific Congress.

The theme of the Congress: «The traditional and the new in modern science». The main problem of the Sixth World Scientific Congress is especially topical nowadays, when in both theoretical and practical understanding, which can be considered as something traditional and new, the unilaterally-limited and irrelevant to the reality interpretation of «the traditional» and «the new» takes place.

Quite often «the traditional» is considered to be conservative and stagnant, «the new»- groundless and experimental.

The Sixth World Scientific Congress hopes to bring clarity into the comprehension and explanation of «the traditional» and «the new» as organically cooperating phenomena and concepts, to make truly effective and really beneficial for human beings their understanding and true use in various human life.

The Organizing Committee of the 6TH WSC,

Tel. +7812-9870437, 812-998-6055, 812-988-6069




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K. Santosh,  PhD, Professor                     

Director general, Brahma Kumaris Centre, St. Petersburg

“There is a deep connection between my inner world of thoughts, feelings, vision and attitude with my outer physical world, starting with my body. Our thoughts and feeling affect our lifestyles. Our lifestyles affect our performance and our health. Understanding this connection will help us to conquer stress and guide us back to an overall state of health at all levels, i.e. spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

These words by Dadi Janki, a 97 years old (or better to say, 97 years young) chief of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, reflect the basic principles and approaches that the Brahma Kumaris team of “3D Health Care” project have been using for a number of years in the field of prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of premature mortality and disability in both developing and developed nations. CAD is now widely recognized as a lifestyle disease; hence its management should be lifestyle modification. The lifestyle intervention studies in small number of CAD patients have shown that dietary modifications, physical exercise and stress relaxation techniques can curtail progression of coronary blockages and decrease the frequency of angina and heart attacks. Recent investigations have provided convincing evidence that the present prevalent outer self (body, role, material) conscious approach can lead to activation of psychosocial factors like depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, isolation and chronic life stress. These factors can contribute significantly towards development and promotion of CAD by encouraging adoption of unhealthy lifestyle behaviours like smoking, cholesterol-rich diet and sedentary habits.

The objective of the “3D Health Care” study held by the Global Hospital and Research Centre affiliated to the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University has been to develop a user friendly healthy lifestyle program and to determine its efficacy in regression of established CAD. The unique feature of this program is that it focuses on self-responsibility and self-empowerment as the basis for regression of coronary atherosclerosis and reduction in coronary events through intensive information, education and counseling provided to patients of CAD.

123 angiographically documented CAD patients were chosen to participate in this study at the Global, Mount Abu, India. The inclusion criteria were: angiographically documented stable CAD with more than 50% stenosis in at least one major artery, coronary angiography having been performed within the last 6 months to one year.

Four principles, intrinsic to Rajyoga, which underlie the program ethos are:                  1. Self-responsibility through self-empowerment. The word ‘healthy’ is derived from two words: ‘heal’ + ’thy’ i.e., to heal yourself. To heal oneself, one needs to be empowered by appropriate and proper information about heart, mind-body connection, psychological and conventional risk factors, stress-management, diet, exercise, sleep, substance abuse and usual medical care.

  1. Self-awareness.The Hindi word for healthy is ‘swasth’, which consists of swa-, meaning ‘inner self’, and -sth, meaning ‘conscious’, so the word ‘healthy’ could also mean ‘inner self-conscious’. Outer self-consciousness (of body, role or material things, which are ever-changing and mortal) leads to instability and insecurity, which in turn leads to anger, anxiety, depression, type A behaviour, isolation and chronic life stresses. Conversely, inner self-consciousness (of spirit, which is enduring and immortal) leads to stability and security, which in turn leads to peace, love and happiness. So, by abstraction, a healthy lifestyle means an ‘inner self-conscious lifestyle’.
  2. Multi-dimensionality.The current medical approach addresses only one dimension, the physical body, which might explain why despite medical advancements the epidemic of CAD has not been curbed. A human being is not one-dimensional. Therefore, a new model of health, ‘Soul-Mind-Body Medicine’ (three dimensional healthcare) is called for. As per this new model, health is a dynamic process of harmony in flow of spiritual energy (knowledge of truth, purity, peace, love, happiness, bliss and power), mental energy (Positive T.E.A.M.: thoughts, emotions, attitudes and memories) and physical energy (healthy diet, exercise, sleep and medication).
  3. Biological clock. When activities are in rhythm with one’s biological clock, they reduce energy expense and stress, and prove beneficial for the health of mind, intellect and body.  All four principles should be sustained as far as possible in daily living.

The three major components of “3D Healthcare: Healthy Lifestyle” program were:

  1. Stress-management through Rajyoga meditation. Stress is defined as mental state in which the internal and external pressures exceed the inner strength (coping mechanism) leading to sympathetic over activity and release of stress hormones which in turn leads to vicious cycle of mental dis-ease and physical disease. Inner strength can be increased by Rajyoga. Rajyoga word has been derived from “Raja” meaning “king” and “yoga” meaning “union” between Soul (spiritual energy) and Supreme Soul (ocean of spiritual energy). Rajyoga meditation harmonizes spiritual, mental and physical energy, thereby increasing inner strength to lead a stress-free and healthy life. It enhances individual’s power of determination to manage and practice positive thoughts, emotions, attitudes, memories and adhere to healthy diet, exercise, sleep, medication and cessation of smoking.                                                                            Expert Rajyoga teachers from the Brahma Kumaris taught Rajyoga meditation to the participants of the study in three different stages.                                                        During Stage-I (Inner self empowerment), patients were provided knowledge about Soul and Supreme Soul and trained to forge a link with the Supreme Soul to draw spiritual energy.                                                                                                               In Stage-II of opening and healing the mind, patients were made to understand the role of non-physical factors like depression, anger, cynicism, hostility, ego, jealousy, hurry, worry, anxiety, fear, isolation, lack of social and emotional support, job and family stress etc, in the development of CAD; as these negative traits are acquired from the environment and are not part of the original inner self. They were trained to inculcate the positive mental energy thereby enhancing willpower to adhere to healthy and happy lifestyle program.                                                                                          In stage-III of opening the coronary blockages by Rajyoga meditation, they were asked to focus the inner, radiant spiritual energy on various organs of the body including the stenosed arteries for regression of the disease. A meditation commentary was provided to guide the mind in a positive direction. They were encouraged to maintain an inner self (soul) conscious mental state even while engaged in day-to-day work activities.
  2. Low fat, high fiber vegetarian diet.The essential components of diet program were: what? (low fat, high fiber vegetarian), when? (as per biological clock) and how? (proper chewing in inner self conscious state). Beneficial effects of the prescribed diet were explained both to the patients as well as their spouses by audio-visual means and practical demonstration sessions by the experts. The spouses were given the recipes of the diet used and also taught the cooking methods. Smaller and more frequent meals were provided. Diet was served in silence with light music played to enhance the quality of environmental ambiance.
  3. Moderate aerobic exercise.Patients were individually prescribed brisk walk for 30-45 min in the morning after the sunrise and 30 min of stroll during the evening before the sunset according to their baseline exercise tolerance. The exercise routine included warming-up period of 5 min, walking for 20-35 min, and cooling down period of 5 min. They were advised to walk in silence (inner self conscious state) and avoid walk after the meals or during extreme cold or hot climatic conditions.

Follow-up:                                                                                                                        After the first 7 days in Mount Abu (the Brahma Kumaris headquarters in India), patients participated in daily support sessions, of 30-45 minutes, at their local Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga centers. To ensure proper adherence, weekly group support sessions facilitated by Regional co-ordinators and Rajyoga teachers addressed their day-to-day challenges. Every month the CAD project team visited three tertiary medical centers in Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai for follow-up, assessment of clinical status and program adherence. Those inaccessible were sent questionnaires with self-addressed, stamped envelopes. At 6-monthly intervals, patients and their spouses were invited for follow-up and reassessment. The study parameters were repeated at 6,12,18 and 24-month intervals, and patients were advised to have repeat angiography after two years of follow-up. These patients were monitored for cardiac events until 30 June, 2006.

Brief results:                                                                                                                       1. Highly significant improvements in symptoms like angina, breathlessness, palpitations etc.

2. Healthy improvement in psychological parameters.

3. Highly significant reduction in drugs required for management of angina, hypertension and diabetes.                                                                                              4. Highly significant opening of coronary blockages.

The results of the study were acknowledged by Mr. Abdul Kalam, ex-president of India. In his inaugural address at the World Congress on Clinical Preventive Cardiology hosted by the Brahma Kumaris in September 2006, he said, “The outcome appears to be quite rewarding. A visibly marked improvement in cardiac health of these patients could be seen within seven days of the commencement of the intervention. Their requirement of drugs prescribed by their cardiologists decreased markedly. The symptoms of chest pain and uneasiness reduced. Their capacity to exercise improved dramatically. I understand that after six months of intervention some of the patients were even able to take to swimming. The so-called bad cholesterol, stress hormones profile improved noticeably. The psychological or mental health showed considerable improvement… Thus this experiment clearly gives us ample evidence to confirm our hypothesis about the efficacy of lifestyle intervention in promoting sustainable healthy hearts. However, I would suggest that the specialists gathered at this Congress should extend this experiment to their establishments in their countries so that what benefit a limited number of people have got today can be shared by the entire universe. This will definitely lead to savings in billions of dollars of expenditure as a large number of diseases are now well recognized to be due to faulty lifestyles.”

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is an international spiritual organization offering a wide range of educational programs through its more than 8500 centers in 130 countries. A practical method of meditation taught here helps individuals understand their inner strengths and values. Rajyoga meditation helps people to look inside to rediscover and reconnect with their original spiritual essence.




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Prof. Jayasekera Santhi (Mahatma Shanti), PhD, Grand PhD.

Recognition is an amazing phenomenon of public opinion expression. It is a response to the outstanding activities of a person, his merits and achievements.

Recognition crowns fame and determines the duration of communication with an author regardless of the time of his actual existence. The chosen by fame are paid bonuses, awarded, stand out on the screens, magazine covers.

But there is a more modest but lasting recognition – a memory. The memory of actions, thoughts, all that remains in the inheritance.

Cultural heritage retains author’s individuality, coming in a common human collection of world art, in its spiritual treasury. Contribution of a worthy creator or artist can be either a standard product or an incentive of improvement of followers’ activities.

Cultural heritage like a gift of nature: sunlight, spring water, gentle sea breeze –people, it is all yours, enjoy the benefit.

Recently departed this life, Tonino Guerra, just a moment in time – left us a rich and inspired heritage of his work.

In Russia he is known as a writer, as one of the brightest members of becoming a new trend in Italian film industry, which had an impact on the film world as a whole.

But Guerra is primarily a poet. And you can be sure that he will still give a joy of communication fellowship with him to connoisseurs and lovers of poetry.

Definitely poetry, because no matter how his work in cinematography is expressed, in general in literature, painting and communication – anytime and anywhere you will find lyrical beginning, melodies of poetry and beauty of thought. And yet, or, above all, love for people and all his surroundings.

He is a philosopher, he discovers and explains the laws of life. His philosophy is clear and simple in its presentation, and deep in content, meaning. Meditation, philosophical reflections, his own vision of everyday life is always present in his work.

Guerra describes and talks about things and people who are known best of all. He tells Russians about St. Petersburg and Moscow, about Kizhi, but he says something new and significant that Russians adopt.

Having a skill to present modern and exciting, Guerra talks about his friends Ulysses and Penelope, and about Hellas.

He reveals us Italy, opens up the world he sees – and we accept his discoveries. No officialese and patterns, you can hear a sincere voice of Guerra: “We need to shout Big words that will reach the heart of every person. The words, full of living water for people, animals and plants, which will revive the gestures of hands, frozen without work; the words, full of attention to a desperate childhood”.

And the life Tonino Guerra began naturally and normally, in a poor family in a small town.

Childhood flashed quickly, but imprinted in the mind. Great Duce, great Italy, and then a rout.

And for Guerra – captivity. And finally, a peaceful life, University – education and knowledge.

“It was able to learn,

Only thanks to my mother,

She put a cross in the place

Where the name is usually written in words“.

Yes, his mother was illiterate, and from his father’s side, the workers. “My grandfather laid bricks, my father built walls, and I lay bricks and built walls”. He sadly finishes this poem: “But still I have not built a house for myself”. Let us not agree with the poet: Tonino Guerra built a house. Built for himself and for many connoisseurs of nor pretentious or contrived poetry. Yes, and Guerra once confessed: “My house stands so high that you can hear the cough of God”.

His first collection of poems, on paper was seen in 1946, then came out a few books of poetry. He published poems in the nineties, too, and in fact had been composing all his life, combining prose and poetry. He has published more than ten novels and plays, and collections.

And Guerra enriched cinema by presenting more than one hundred scenarios. Hundreds of articles are written about his literary works, reviews, and findings. His work has been studied and already investigated in several dissertations. Guerra’s work received numerous awards and honors, such as:

  • 2 “Oscar” awards (“Amarcord” and “Blow-Up”) and six nominations;
  • 8 awards at festivals in Cannes (5 of them – “Palme d’Or”);
  • 3 awards in Venice (“Golden Lion” and “Silver Lion”);
  • 2 awards “Donatello” – Italian “Oscar”.

It happens that such prizes are awarded to fleeting flared, but screen stars shining not so long. But creativity of Guerra rather did not get enough attention from the general public, and to some extent limited by the recognition of art lovers. But by the true recognition and reverence.

When studying filmography of Guerra you notice which outstanding directors he worked with and who he wrote for. Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, Andrey Tarkovsky and many other famous directors. Difficult to assess and to “share” the authorship in scripts, written in conjunction with, say, Antoniani or Fellini, and it is not accepted.

But when we watch “Amarcord” Fellini, we learn both thoughts and practice of Guerra, daydreaming and childhood memories – from Guerra.

His presence is evident both in the “Orchestra Rehearsal“, and in early films shown on the screens of the Soviet Union, such as “Matrimonio All’Italiana” (“Marriage in Italian way“), “I Girasoli” (“Sunflowers”).

Tonino Guerra is one of the leading representatives of the Italian cinema, a new trend in Italian and then in world cinema. This new direction was preceded by neorealism.

The meaning of neorealism goes far beyond the artistic phenomenon. The basis of neo-realism is morality, the search of social justice, the lives of ordinary people.

Post-war Italian neo-realism in cinema, having revitalized basic ideas of philosophical neo-realism was the creative breakthrough. During his short but brilliant life he defined future directions of cinema evolution.

But he eventually began to go into the shadows. Viewers ceased to be excited by the post-war poverty and suffering. New characters and new times came instead, new names: Antoniani, De Santis, De Sica, Fellini and others.

They have not only absorbed the ideology of neo-realism, but also made his new ideology in cinema.

Fellini wrote: “The artist is projected on the galaxy of an unknown origin … The main objective is to recognize the sounds, colors, signs, corresponding to that voice, which was called an artist … and then you do not have to do anything but in a medium way performing heard from above.

And then comes the turn of practical experience, which an artist has, skill and professionalism”.

These words could be signed by Guerra, too. But he is a poet, whose thoughts and words are not even limited to the shores of the most significant trends in art. Once in St. Petersburg Guerra was saying (citing his Russian language): “You should not only be a writer, then you will write them (directors) scenarios as they want, what they need. And you have to be a poet, so they ask, beg”.

It is not a whim of the poet, is the desire to express his thought and bring it back to the viewer and reader.

Tonino Guerra is a poet, a great poet. And Piero Paolo Pasolini included his poem “Over a cup of coffee with milk” in the encyclopedia “100 best poets of our time”.

Let’s go to the cafe for the poor, like us,

Where matches are stricken against a wall,

With a cup of coffee with milk we will talk

And admire it …

We go to him and talk. Tonino invites us. And there is something there to talk about.

It is difficult to name friends and acquaintances of Guerra. But you can count the countries and people, which he visited, where he found friends and appreciation. It seems he was everywhere, willing to see, hear, and understand. And then comprehend and retell, fascinating, smart and beautiful.

In the Soviet Union and New Russia he had a lot of friends. A famous clown Vyachelsav Polunin, a poetess Bella Akhmadulina and a historian Nathan Adelman, an actress Alisa Freindlikh and the President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Guerra knew Russia and loved Russians. Guerra wrote: “The capital of my heart is Moscow”.


The author of the present article was fortunate to meet Tonino Guerra. The Great Italian was awarded a title of Grand-Doctor at International University of Fundamental Studies, registered in Russia, and affiliated in Oxford and Cambridge.

Blessed memory of Tonino Guerra will stay in hearts of art lovers and deep understanding of life.

Awarding Grand PhD (Honoris causa degree)


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“The Register of the intellectual elite of the world”


The Foreword

The 21st Century – is a truly special age. It sums up comprehensive development of the mankind in the 20 centuries of existence, and at the same time paves the truly new, breakthrough ways to the future, until then unknown, and even unimaginable. There is an open show and mobilization of some kind of all the intellectual forces of the world, providing real diverse progressive development of the humanity.

In St. Petersburg (Russia) on the 20th of January, 2009 the World Scientific Congress was organized and conducted by the Intergovernmental Higher Academic Council (the IHAC) at the International University of Fundamental Studies (the IUFS). On the initiative and under the direction of the IHAC under the IUFS, now as a result of the Congress the “Register of the intellectual elite of the world” (the RIEW) is formed, which will include people who have already made, and continue making a significant and real contribution to the progressive course of modern history.

All the varied activities of the IHAC under the IUFS is based on fundamentally new “Philosophy of interaction” (PI) – the philosophy of the 21st century, which is really relevant at all levels and in all forms. Such philosophy is vital for the world, orienting it everywhere and anywhere on the interaction of a normal living.

The PI comes from the fact that reality represents the interaction of different principles, ultimately, material and spiritual ones, which are common to all animate and inanimate nature (of course, in varying extents). Interaction – is complementarity, mutual enrichment and partial mutual transitions of different principles into each other, in the latter end – of material and spiritual ones.

Fight – is just a special case of extreme and direct contact interaction, but not a universal law of development and a standard of life. In principle, struggle as violence, is hopeless and fatal for a man and the mankind. Violence inevitably causes violence, and this way, in the best case, is a dead end, but rather leads to even more cruel and deadly for people violence. Choosing the path is up to an each man and all the humanity.

It is the interaction, which is a natural standard of living for everyone, who lives on our planet.

Interaction, in essence, is an aim, an object, a path, and a result of all kinds of intellectual activity. The idea of ​​interaction determines its nature, makes it humanist orientated and also contributes towards the fullest realization of the intentions and capabilities of any intellectual, recognizing the idea of interaction.

The idea of ​​interaction internally organizes all the “Register of the intellectual elite of the world” (the RIEW).

The “Register” as the Census, signature – is interaction of different substantive material between a defined and stable structure of its information statement.

“Elitism” – is self-interaction between intellectual and real value of his work for material and spiritual development of the mankind.

“Intellect” includes a variety of types of focused, creative, creating new, spiritual activities (science and scientifically significant work, culture, arts, education, politics, etc.). All of them are in real and diverse interaction.

Spirituality – is an internal unit (predisposition, readiness), orientated on its material and practical realization. Spirituality is, in principle, common to all phenomena of the real world and can be very different in its orientation and real terms, can be positive and negative. The most valuable and really important for a particular person and everybody, is spirituality of the internal installation of the interaction and its implementation in various types of intellectual activity, which is actively promoting practice.

The measure of true intelligence is determined by a measure of the ability of a specialist in any field to interaction within itself, its spiritual components, and with the outer world, within its sphere of activity (an objective, a subject, etc.) and in other fields of activity, which are outside of the specialist.

The main criterion for selection in the “Register” – is a real human assistance in strengthening and developing an idea of ​​collaboration in their own operations and throughout the world. The criterion is both wide enough and sufficiently specific.

Such a criterion will let us create the “Register of the intellectual elite of the world” (the RIEW), as a genuine and everlasting value, which characterizes our era.

The “Register” – is an open system for all the intellectuals of the world, who meets the highest standards, according to which the “Register of the intellectual elite of the world” (the RIEW) is formed.

Prof. Santhi Jayasekera

Prof. Iezuitov Andrei

February 4, 2009