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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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MOROZOVA Galina Vladimirovna

19.00.07 – Age-related and Pedagogical Psychology.

Abstract for a PhD thesis

Relationships issue is one of the most global psychological problems, because the process of forming a personality sufficiently depends on the actual system of relationships with others he or she is included in. Our research the problem of development person’s attitude towards another person is studied in the context of broader problem of forming person’s subject activity. A person can act as a subject of activity, when human acts consciously, makes a choice in alternate situations, plans his activities. A person also can act as a subject of relationship, when human defines his attitude towards his surroundings. Personal subject activity can be directed to promoting outer world changes, in the same way, to promoting changes in the inner self. The issue of how child’s relationships towards other people (parents, friends, significant adults (including teachers)) develop within the scope of forming one’s subject activity is not studied enough, experts prefer to study specifics and efficiency of outer influence on the child and pay less attention to the child’s personality. Our work focuses on junior schoolchildren relationship towards teacher dynamics as an indicator of one’s subjectivity development.

Psychological research shows that links among subjects are very complicated. Subject relationships can function in different aspects. It is possible to differentiate subject-subject relationships into two aspects: evaluative and emotional. Evaluative aspect of subject attitude towards another one is based on specific view of one’s personal qualities and personality as a whole. While forming evaluative relationship towards another person, one like admits possibility and right of another person to be independent subject, possessing certain psychological and physical peculiarities, and evaluates that person, when that evaluation reflects this or that degree of one’s admittance. Emotional aspect of relationship “lies” deeper than evaluative, but exists simultaneously with that, and, moreover, is based on that. It includes the degree of other personality admittance, and also intimate-personal level of relationship, which acts as a unique expression of trusting relationship, prerequisite of readiness or unwillingness to make a “step” forward towards another subject, open him one’s inner soul, let other become participator of one’s personal life. We suppose that two described aspects of subject-subject relationships and their components not only exist simultaneously but can also be characterized by different types of ratios.

The research is focused on a pupil as an independent subject of relationship towards teacher as a socially significant person. The research is aiming at studying junior schoolchildren relationships peculiarities dynamics, opening of structural-dynamic aspects of child attitude teacher during one’s junior school age. The subject of research is junior schoolchild as a subject of association, possessing own view on partner of association, certain emotional and social expectations linked to the process of association.

For the first time systematic experimental research of structural-dynamic aspects of child attitude towards teacher during junior school age is realized.

It is revealed that attitude of junior school child towards teacher is a complicated psychological phenomenon, with its structure being divided into evaluative and emotional components; and each of them is characterized by certain indicators and undergoes strongly pronounced dynamics during junior school age. The evaluative component reflects the specifics of junior schoolchildren view on the teacher, his or her personal and professional qualities. The emotional component represents the degree of child admittance of the teacher, intimate-personal attitude towards him or her. Junior schoolchildren admittance of a teacher functions mostly in positive modality and increases by the upper border of age, at the same time, intimate-personal aspect of attitude is realized most often in negative modality and is characterized by increasing negative trends. The phenomenon of pupil “distancing” from the teacher at the intimate-personal level is determined as by teacher’s social position, potentially including a possibility of authoritarian effect on the child, as well as reducing interaction of children in junior school age. The novelty of the research is also connected to opening of junior schoolchildren structurally peculiar view on teacher’s role position, to defining the most valuable personal qualities of a teacher as factors determining the dynamics of their attitude towards teacher, to them.

The data received expand the view on child formation as a subject of association, let study one’s attitude towards another person (towards the teacher in our case) as a complicated establishment, functioning in different forms, which are determined by specifics of child’s view on other person, his or her inclinations and personal qualities value differentiation. The data of the research can be used in solving such problems of pedagogical and age-related psychology as self-realization development and subjectivity establishment while determining the factors optimizing child’s association. Methodical recommendations for teachers on studying junior schoolchild relationships are worked out, they are used in practice by Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University and Ulyanovsk Teacher Development Institute .

For the first time systematic experimental research of structural-dynamic aspects of child attitude towards teacher during junior school age is realized.

It is revealed that attitude of junior school child towards teacher is a complicated psychological phenomenon, with its structure being divided into evaluative and emotional components; and each of them is characterized by certain indicators and undergoes strongly pronounced dynamics during junior school age. The evaluative component reflects the specifics of junior schoolchildren view on the teacher, his or her personal and professional qualities. The emotional component represents the degree of child admittance of the teacher, intimate-personal attitude towards him or her. Junior schoolchildren admittance of a teacher functions mostly in positive modality and increases by the upper border of age, at the same time, intimate-personal aspect of attitude is realized most often in negative modality and is characterized by increasing negative trends. The phenomenon of pupil “distancing” from the teacher at the intimate-personal level is determined as by teacher’s social position, potentially including a possibility of authoritarian effect on the child, as well as reducing interaction of children in junior school age. The novelty of the research is also connected to opening of junior schoolchildren structurally peculiar view on teacher’s role position, to defining the most valuable personal qualities of a teacher as factors determining the dynamics of their attitude towards teacher, to them.

The data received expand the view on child formation as a subject of association, let study one’s attitude towards another person (towards the teacher in our case) as a complicated establishment, functioning in different forms, which are determined by specifics of child’s view on other person, his or her inclinations and personal qualities value differentiation. The data of the research can be used in solving such problems of pedagogical and age-related psychology as self-realization development and subjectivity establishment while determining the factors optimizing child’s association. Methodical recommendations for teachers on studying junior schoolchild relationships are worked out, they are used in practice by Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University and Ulyanovsk Teacher Development Institute .


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With a pray to the Lord, humble archbishop of Saint-Petersburg аnd Great Novgorod True Orthodox Church †Ioann (Abramenko), candidate of psychological sciences, grand-doctor of medicine in psychotherapy, Grand-doctor of theology in the area of Christian divinity, professor, academician

Lately modern human civilization has started to think and talk about nature ecology and our environmental habitat. Practically at all stages of his evolution, man has been connected with his environment, actively impacting it. This is why nowadays a place on Earth, that hasn’t been touched by destructive human activity leading to violation of Earth’ global ecosystem balance, is very hard to find. Nowadays we clearly see that our planet is in danger.

Spiritual imperfection pushes people to raise of  consumption and endless chase for profit. As a result there arrive many  dirty cities, tons of pollutions produced by manufacturing companies and plants, dirty water, thin ozon layer, exhaustion of natural resources.

Climate of our planet changes towards global heating and world ocean raise risk.

Many plants and animals have either already disappeared or are on the board of disappearing, human health problems sharpen. Human health is very much affected by heating pollution, noise, vibrations, radiation and especially electromagnetic waves the level of which in cities is from 30 to 70 times higher than natural. All of that together negatively impacts brain cell activity.

Human heart and blood system, immune system, nerve system, endocrine and sexual systems get the strongest negative impact from medicine that is used during decease treatment, especially highly toxic medicine that has multiple contraindications. As a result many young people die from cancer, heart attack, strokes and other terrible and sometimes incurable deceases.

It is only the beginning of impact to future generations and their destiny. Nowadays we sadly see how evolution of civilization ruins basis of human live along with basis of animal and plant life of out Planet. Human ego is the reason of all his troubles. Modern human must understand, that negative impact to the Planet is closely connected with his own sorrow, ecological problems and  even puts at risk his own existence.

Having understood that, modern human civilization starts some kind of activity in order to change it. It forms new culture of thinking and new understanding of the world based on harmony and relationship. Humanity having come close to the line of survival and seeing all the ecological terror, has started to think about destiny of our Planet, a small place in Universe, that became home for all of us. We want our planet to have rich soil, clean air and water, green forests, with variety of flora and animals. And most of all we want our Planet to have human as responsible and careful keeper, caring and loving owner of all the treasures. Radical world-wide changes that stop increasing nature disasters must take place in order to achieve that.

Ecology (from Greek «οἶκος» – home, «logos» – study) studies interaction between human, animals and flora, our planet Earth’ atmosphere changes. Planet Earth and near space is our home and it suffers from human activity. In the XXI century area of interest of ecology went far beyond its initial biological discipline. While studying environmental pollutions scientists realized that it is only a small part of ecological problem.

This is why ecology gave many new research directions and terms: global ecology, human ecology, social ecology, engineering ecology, culture ecology, religion ecology, ecology of mind, spiritual ecology etc.

Amongst all of these ecology scientific directions the most pressed is ecology of state of human personality, i.e. spiritual ecology as one of Earth’ ecology parts. Our planet is not only our place of living, it is also a place of our spiritual evolution. It is intended for understanding of divine appearance of contemporary civilization, it is our temporary home, where all the souls pass their short – in terms of Universe – way of spiritual ascension leading us to the Lord.

It is sometimes too difficult for modern people to understand and realize the deep meaning of «spiritual ecology». Some people are frightened even by the term «spirit». Sometimes they try to connect it with religious fanaticism, psychological deceases and «being not in this world».

For modern human spiritual ecology is about realization of one’s place in this world, thinking and consideration of necessity and goals of one’s life in material world, one’s definition as a spiritual personality and one’s union with the whole world. Only such approach could bring such a human a real deep understanding of major responsibility for not only his words and actions, but also – and mostly – for his thoughts. And it is the right way for humanity. Deep understanding of this way would form a certain mindset focusing on gentle and responsible attitude to our environment, our friendly relationship with other peoples on both interpersonal and inter-country level. It would for sure lead people to spiritual search, to the thoughts about the reasons for living, unquestionable love to each of Divine creations including people, plants, animals, and as overall result – to significant improvement of spiritual climate of our civilization.

Once being in a distance Orthodox monastery I was happy to talk to monastic elder, monc-megaloschema great ascetic. We talked about our Planet as a result of Divine creation. He was slowly telling me about perfectness of our Earth, about it’s inhabitants, about season change, day and night, temperature and water balance maintenance, gas structure of our atmosphere, and overall perfection of this creation existing for billions of years.  All of it was created long ago, before appearance of human who has been here for a very short – in terms of universe- period of a few millions of years. Earlier human who came to Earth was weak like a child and couldn’t damage our Planet significantly and on the contrary required protection.

But modern developed humanity on current industrial times became strong and powerful along with losing its spiritual sources, and in such a state it can serious and unrecoverable damage to the ecology of the whole Planet. Earlier the impact was insignificant, and nature could recover itself, whereas every year raises intensity and capacity of that impact.

Along all humanity history different conflicts and wars based on political, religion, race, territory and inter-personal relationship reasons took place. These types of conflicts and crimes of governments against people and of people against other people have violated all moral, ethical, spiritual and as a result – Divine rules.

The monc said that God is watching all human activity with deep sorrow and is waiting for us to understand our mistakes. Then he said that He who created Earth is so powerful that He could destroy the whole humanity that has separated from His rules in one move if He got angry with us. And then the monc smiled and asked my opinion on why He does not do that.

No one had ever asked me such amazing questions before. After some time he gave the answer himself and said: «God loves us, with all our sins, very much, grieves and is waiting for a very long time for us to change and become His children, following His Commandments». And it is really so. It would be great if we loved Him back the same way.

We must care about our Planet just as He, who created this perfect place, does. Its power and endless beauty amazes people and makes them happy.  It raises best feelings even in the hearts of atheists.

Modern science brings straight connection between ecology of environment and ecology of human soul. In other words, if or planet is polluted, so is the energy of our soul.

All negative power-information radiations and vibrations of our civilization are more or less absorbed by our soil, water, atmosphere, along with plants and animals. Humanity that lives on Earth has been constantly polluting and poisoning it with their dirty thoughts, words and actions all of which are a sort of energy for millions of years. Noosphere that is protective and even Earth cogitative substance, is trying to process and neutralize all negative information, but is failing to fulfill its functions on such giant volumes of negative information flows, and therefore starts to store huge mass of negative energy and vibrations. At the same time Earth feels this negative impacts and reacts as a living being. Now evil energy produced by humanity turned out to be so strong that it broke protecting cover in some places. Modern science explaining appearance of new ozone holes says that they come from phenol. But this really isn’t true, because one can’t measure it.  New ozone holes appear as a result of spiritual trash and vibrations of evil produced by our souls. And these vibrations, that can’t be neutralized, return back, having significantly increased, quickly or after some time, as nature disasters and cataclysms. For example large-scale heavy rain and floods, or vice verca droughts, sometimes leading to big fires, volcanic eruption and heavy earthquakes, strong and powerful tornadoes, naval and ocean storms and tsunami. Considering the terrifying amount and destruction force of those disasters nowadays we can obviously see the quality of thinking of modern humanity.

Contemporary science pays more and more attention to studying forming and impact of human thoughts to environment.  If previously thinking processes were considered as only physical and chemical reactions in brain, nowadays researches and outcomes significantly change the whole understanding of this process, sometimes bringing us back to ancient understanding of it.

As a result of big amount of scientific researches and experiments performed by different institutes and labs over the world, scientists have come to conclusion that human thoughts is material, it has a form, color and dynamic energy, acting according to given goal and direction.  Scientists understood that thoughts depending on emotional condition of a person can be either weak or strong, in never disappears, can live independently like a conscious being having energy connection with the person who produced it. Human organs of perception of environment– excluding rare exceptions – are not able to understand it.

In 1947 spouses Kirlian opened new scientifically reasonable method of the gas-discharge visualization in a high-frequency electro-magnetic field, that enables to identify also human thoughts on a photo-sensitive material. Due to significant progress of this technics nowadays it is not a problem to identify and picture somebody’s thoughts that are quite far from the one who produced them.

With the help of those pictures we can clearly see positive, constructive and clean mind of a person, creating kind, beautiful, positive thoughts that work for the improvement of the environment. We can also see pictures of negative thoughts of a person, raising evil, suffering from hate, with his disgusting and ugly dark creatures taking strong negative energy not only to environment, but also to near space. Let’s remember how easily people say rude words with strong negative emotions. Every rude word and every fight feed negative energy flow and strengthen negative power. There is a saying: «Cutting knife is not at the belt, but at the edge of the tongue».

Dirty thoughts of humanity get attracted together, forming clots and whole clouds of negative energy damaging everything on its way.

Modern information technologies although often used to manipulate people play significant role in impact on people. Role and volumes of information consumed by people increase rapidly from year to year. Human brain can hardly handle this flow of information from internet, TV, radio and news-papers. It would be good if that information had good quality, was positive and had to impact to health. Computer and TV addiction appears, even on unconscious level. On the screens of TVs and computers there is flow of violence, seх, lies, cheating, forming our consciousness and defining a moral norm. This is why we can see many unhealthy people in the metro, sometimes witness nerve breakdown and hysterical attacks, and more often – discussions that are far from common sense. Maybe the time has come, that was predicted by one wise-man who said: all the world will go crazy, and rare normal people will be considered insane.

Nowadays many strange and unexplainable facts take place. Earthquakes have started to happen in places of war conflicts that were never considered to be seismodangerous. It is the way for our Planet to reply on modern crisis in all areas of human lives, defined by transition from spiritual values to material ones.

This really is very serious. That is why – while there still is time for changes- human return to the correct understanding of spirit should become one of the primary tasks of human ecology. It can only be achieved through deep cultural changes, especially in educational and educational process, focusing on spiritual change and evolution of personality based on spiritual traditions of our ancestors. This change requires deep personal spiritual motivation, based on caring, loving attitude to good will, and confident formation of both spiritually mature personality and humanity. And this is only possible with participation of highly-mature spiritual teachers and mentors, who clearly recognize approach of new spiritual era in evolution of human and humanity.

For this we need variety of the most up to date scientific achievements in different areas that not only don’t contradict the texts of scripture but add and broaden them, providing opportunity to consider historical events of our Planet evolution, analyzing reasons of change of civilizations. It is a whole area of metahistory of civilizations and religions, based on purely scientific and theological analysis, and it lets human see the same events under different points of view. This approach opens and broadens one’s mind and clarifies the whole picture of the world. Thinking about all of that human himself becomes broad-minded, harmonic spiritual personality leading other people with his knowledge. Nowadays spiritual ecology is a vital necessity of current times, forming spiritual evolution of future human with brand new understanding of the world and confident look to eternity.

That is why nowadays when humanity realizes that future of our Planet and survival of humanity is under significant risk, it is vitally important to seriously consider spiritual ecology and briefly remind everyone of main thesis of ancient world-famous philosophy:

– our planet has been existing for over 4 billions of years, whereas human has been living for only 3 millions years, and within just one century he brought Earth to dangerous condition;

– two thirds of our Planet are covered by seas and oceans, our body for 75% consists of water, and we can’t exist without it;

– forests – are lungs of Earth, producing oxygen that  we use for breathing, and without them there would be no atmosphere and no life;

– animals have been living on our Planet for millions of years, before appearance of human, and human survival depends on them, and besides we should remember that they are reasonable and have feelings;

– existence of our Planet is not a result of mistake or coincidence, it is a part of plan created fulfilled by God

– Earth is not only a place where we can live, it is also a place where souls can come and experience their spiritual evolution;

– Our Planet is a true masterpiece of Creation, and even if it is not the only one in universe, it still is rare, and living on it is a privilege for humanity;

– Earth doesn’t belong to us, it is at our disposal just for the period of our lives, it is the most precious gift that we can leave to future generations;

– we don’t have any rights on Earth, only duties: to respect it, keep and protect it… in one word – love it.

We have to remember all of it and remind it to our children.



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Shanti Jayasekara, PhD, Grand PhD

When somebody asks him who he is and where he comes from, he says that he is nobody and comes from nowhere. His name is Emir Kusturica, also known as «the Fellini of the Balkans» and «Gypsy Tarantino». While Kusturica considers himself to be a man from the past, critics reckon the film director among the cinema of the future.

He is Muslim and was born in Sarajevo, but he is ethnic Serbian. He calls himself Yugoslav, Emir of the non-existing land (Emir is an Arabian name that means «master», «the ruler of the kingdom»).

The films by Kusturica, which were shot before the collapse of Yugoslavia, predicted the inevitability of outburst. Yugoslav cinema had been in the grip of «guerilla pathos» for many years, but still it produced some masterpieces of the military theme.

Following the Soviet cinema of the period of «thaw», innovations in Polish, Hungarian and Yugoslav cinema took place. Kusturica was studying at the department of directing at the Prague Academy after the breakdown of the Prague Spring.

-his first film «Guernica» (thesis project) won a prize at Student’s Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. Critics had already noted that the films by Emir Kusturica didn’t have any illusions of the 60s and didn’t reflect disappointed hopes. The young director’s films easily won the prizes, which Tarkovsky and Besson dreamt about. He is one of the few filmmakers in the world, who won the two awards – Golden Palms Cannes Film Festival not for long-term service, but being still young. (In 1985 for the film «When Father Was Away on Business» and in 1995 for the film «Underground»)

Successfully combining religious exotics and folklore, of which people beyond the Balkans had vague view, Kusturica impressed his audience with ethnical identity of national life and inner nobleness of the poor.

– His second film «The Brides Are Coming» was prohibited for moral reasons. So, on the one hand, Kusturica became famous and won a lot of prizes, but, on the other hand, the government disapproved of him. Emir Kusturica reciprocated this attitude and used to say: «These people have been playing at petty politics all their life. Yesterday they were ultra-left, today they are shirakists and tomorrow they are someone else. It was they who formed Yugoslavia after World War I, and it was they who ruined it». It seemed strange to Kusturica why the West, which advocates the multicultural world, supported the collapse of Yugoslavia – the only multicultural country in the Balkans? In his film «Underground» he answers this question and provides a clear explanation for his position. Critics called this film a real boom. A brilliant tragicomic entanglement (bombardment of the Zoo), an endless chain of the baroque images, which sometimes go beyond the border of poor taste, but inexhaustible inventiveness and pervasive erotism intoxicate a viewer better than strong brandy.

Europe accepted such esthetic chaos, but, at the same time, it caused fear of this happy sadism and inexhaustible energy, which looked great on the screen, but less attractive in the chain of endless Balkan conflicts. In the film a war lasts half a century. Tito’s functionaries convinced the residents of the underground of the continuing World War II. When «prisoners» escaped, they found that the war in the Balkans was still going on, but this time it was Yugoslav Civil War. «A war is not a war until a brother kills a brother» – this is the main idea of the film «Underground» by Emir Kusturica.

Kusturica brought fresh blood to the decrepit veins of the cinema and became the living classic of the global European style in his new, post – modernistic variant. Hardly had he turned 40, when he became one of the most highly-acclaimed film directors.

His gypsy theme

In 1989 in Cannes Kusturica presented his film «Time of Gypsies», where identity of national life was shown from the different angle. The Yugoslav film director revealed that gypsies have some kind of aesthetics, which is very close to absolute kitsch.

The film director grew up next to the Roma community, and he received the first life lessons of friendship and freedom from gypsies. He felt that these poor but free people are noble inside. Gypsies can steal, kill, rape but their way of living is still different. «Money, love and family- that’s everything that only matters for gypsies. That’s it. Never anything extra. » – says Kusturica about gypsies.

The film «Time of Gypsies» («Home for hanging») is about a destiny of a young gypsy, who has come a long way from poverty to fabulous wealth and from spirituality to the loss of moral values. «Time of the gypsies» is purely tragic: for the first time we see an inverted figure of the Christ, the symbol of Yugoslavia, which was left by God.


The next films by Emir Kusturica became more optimistic. For a small project called Music-acrobatics for the German television Kusturica had to tell about gypsy music, but the idea ended up with the film «Black cat, White cat»

The film director didn’t conceal that he was escaping from the gruesome world of politics to the utopia of happiness, to the familiar «time of gypsies». While «Time of Gypsies» is an outstanding ethnographic fresco and «Underground» is an outstanding tragicomedy of Yugoslav modern history, «Black cat, White cat» – is an outstanding ode to kitsch and happiness. Love, drugs, delicious food, wedding near the house, where two living corpses are lying, a black cat, a white cat… «In this film even the dead come alive. By making this film I get rid of tragedies and admire everything natural».-says Kusturica. At Venice Film Festival «Black cat, White cat» won Special Jury Prize for Best Director. But the film received recognition among spectators, who gave Kusturica a standing ovation.

His animals theme

In the films by Kusturica even animals had a role of a great importance: to the point of sometimes naming a film in honor of cats. Dogs, goats, monkeys and even elephants «play roles» in his films. In the film «Time of Gypsies» a turkey can execute orders, in «Black cat, White cat» – a pig eats the paneling of «Trabant». In the first scene of «Underground» bombs are dropped on the Zoo, and animals, overwhelmed with survival instinct, escape to the city. And how comical was the moment, when during the bombardment of the city one of the main characters was polishing his smart lacquered boots with the cat he accidentally saw. «There is some magnetism in animals. They exist between our past and present», -says Kusturica.

His music theme

The music to Kustunica’s films wrote his composer – Goran Bregovic. However, Kusturica didn’t share fame with him and they had to stop working together. It had an impact on music partition of Kustunica’s latest films. It became less inspired, repeating old themes.

From easy hand of internationally acclaimed film director of the legendary films «Underground», «Black cat, White cat», «Life is a Miracle», Emir Kusturica, fashion of Balkan music appeared. Balkan music, which Kusturica used in his films, is a melodious cocktail of gypsy, Serbian and Turkish rhythms «flavored» with rock-n-roll.

His orchestra

Kusturica – rock star is known not less than Kusturica-film director. He was a bass guitarist of Sarajevo rock group called «Zabranjeno Pušenje» («Smoking forbidden»). Life wasn’t a bed of roses for the young musicians: the first repetitions took place in the cellar and the musicians didn’t have enough money for the instruments. After the group’s breakup Emir created a new group called «The No Smoking Orchestra». It became famous immediately: for the first time the music of «The No Smoking Orchestra» sounded in the film «Black cat, White cat», and after that it gained popularity all over the world. In 2014 Emir Kusturica and his group took part in Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi.

His films and awards

– 1981 – Do You Remember Dolly Bell? – Golden Lion, Venice

– 1985 – When Father Was Away On Business, Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival

– 1989 – Time of Gypsies – Best Director award at Cannes Film Festival

– 1993 – Arizona Dream – Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival

– 1995 – Underground – Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival

– 1995 – Underground – Lumiere Awards, France

– 1997 – Underground – Kinema Junpo Awards, Japan

– 1998 – Black cat, White cat – Silver Lion, Little Golden Lion and Laterna Magika Prize, Venice

– 2001 – Super 8 Stories – Silver Plate of best documentary at Chicago International Film Festival

– 2004 – Life is a Miracle – Cinema Prize of the French Education System at Cannes Festival

– 2005 – Life is a Miracle – Best European Union Film at César Awards, France

– 2005- Life is a Miracle – Best Balkan Film at Sofia Film Festival

Emir Kusturica has been wandering around the world all his entire life: he lived in Czechoslovakia and in America, where he taught directing at Colombia University. Now he lives in Paris, but he prefers to speak English only. However, he has his motherland. This is a marvelous country, where people perform noble deeds, have fun and deeply love each other. And the main thing – they don’t die (but if they do – it serves them right). This is life, and Kusturica is its best artist.


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Irina Kuris, Grand PhD, Professor (Sainkt-Petersburg)

There are many ways to creativity.  One can say surely that any kind of creativity  – is an exit into special state which is not always under our control. Depending on the state it can be named differently. For one person it’s a mystical experience or  insight, for  another one – exit to the upper or a breakthrough to higher creativity levels where one is conscious of Some higher body being the real Creator. All this we include in our personalized set of transpersonal experience.  It is a «here and now» event for one person and a process taking part in space and time for another one. The properties of transpersonal experience,  of course depend on the kind of creativity involved, on the tools that help one to enter The Field of Knowledge expanding one’s conscious experience.

Here we are speaking about a dance as a transpersonal creative experience which combines «here and now» state and aftereffects bringing us to another kinds of creativity. The Dance  is  a sacral action that discovers our inner world’s striking possibilities and expands the limits of perception of the outer world. It’s an unusual kind of relaxational holistic movement in which the performer realizes that he/she is led by a higher power. This is the rare case when such a power is not to be resisted as the performer in a way ceases to be a common man…

Meanwhile your consciousness is not dimmed it is more lucid than in everyday situations. The result of this trance experience of special kind is an expanded state of consciousness. This effect is surprising, unusual, unpredictable. It transforms you, leads to new horizons.  It brings you to a state of total happiness, blending the joy of the state that cures soul and body, with a joy of the motion, and a bliss of creativity. This understanding came to me by different ways, including automatic writing, spontaneous motion, meditation training and transpersonal experience.

This step by step experience started in a Dance that made me us look for explanations related experiences originating in the silence of meditation and in the post-meditation states.

The experience made me to perform a search in esoteric knowledge, mythology and psychology,  in the problems posed by creativity as a natural state of human beings in the information concerning not only the dance as such but also the dance as a metaphor.

So let’s consider turn to the dance. For the most of people it is a motion first of all. From this point of view dance is a sum of successive positions, gestures and movements that one performs in certain rhythm and rate according to a gestalt of composition.

From this point of view dance includes many levels of body motion in space, building certain imaginary forms and spaces blending body movements with the pre-designed dance that always suffers some spatial limitations be it a ring of mere 1,.5m diameter or a largest arena in the world.

Certainly one must learn to move graciously in a right way. And the dance needs music to be identified as such. Music is mediated by a rhythm (internal or external). The term Dance embraces many stylistic variations. Dance is divided to living, popular distinctive, classical, folk, modern and so on. It can reflect certain national traits or transcend them. It can be a result of long training or represent spontaneous and relaxed holistic movement. It is this movement, naturally transforming itself to a sacral, spontaneous dance that guides you to a trance state  governed by a different set of laws.

Relaxed activity is based on principles differing from usual practices. It is guided by an integral symphony of its components allowing to teach one’s body important lessons about lucidity of movements, and about building one’s energetic spaces—both inner and outer ones.

It allows to see and to feel one’s body in a different way, provides deep psychoemotional experience that leads to new intuitive knowledge of one’s Body.

In terms of transpersonal experience one can consider the dance: 1) as a sacral and (on higher level) even  spontaneous action, 2) as a process and as a result of dancer’s progress and 3) as an interaction with space connecting the dancers and the viewers (if any). One can notice both immediate impact and also after-effects of the dance. Here we would like to consider sacral dance as a kind of interaction with surrounding spatial energy. (This does not mean one is allowed to neglect more trivial matters like physical training).

The word sacral means not only ritual, divine but also implies, cryptic, hidden and secret. Sacral motion combines esoterics (alternative, exclusive knowledge given by initiation) and  spiritual aspect of the dancer’s  soul.

      Body language is inherently sacral. Learning it is like mastering intuitive knowledge. Body language like intuitive knowledge communicates stuff that is important and makes sense only for an addressee of the message. Possibly there is some another knowledge that only. The Sacral Dance can express in its plastic and that reaches the souls that are this or other way prepared for it.

 This knowledge is kept in our  primordial memory, reaches unconscious as a result of training and allows us to create the world of Beauty and Harmony in Dance. This way we open a new page of some internal Knowledge book, and  introduce ourselves to  new trance experience both in the process of dance and in its aftereffects.

Almost any ancient esoteric traditions, especially shamanism in which dance has an important part, contain safety measures. They are based on the gestalt of the dance as a set of successive interactions with space. At the same time dance closely corresponds to one’s world-view, reflecting the concepts of Chaos and Harmony, the unity of male and female principles human place in the world and so on. The dance reflects both the Universe and our interaction with it.

The sacral dance is essentially a spontaneous action. Maybe it sounds a bit strange for some of us. But the process is holistic and is rooted in “here” and “now”. The aim of spontaneous dance is to liberate yourself, to allow you to forget your physical body, to set you free, to initiate the power vibration so that you would enter the Flow not minding whether you set your foot correctly.

It’s like a wonder every time. And dancers themselves know that they are not only dancing but also mediating (a wonder passing through their body). Changing is the world around them, changing is their own point of view. Sometimes it proceeds gradually, sometimes happens instantly. This way or other, one comes to understanding that he is not the man he was before the dance. Again and again you return in dance to yourself, to your inner source(that was forgotten in daily routine), to your cryptic abilities.

All that allows to say that the dance is a one of the most potent natural tools for creating your Place of Power], allowing  to work with the energo-informational field (as we usually say in Russia). It can be named variously, but most of the practitioners agree it is a special state of consciousness allowing for co-existence of two opposite states — relaxation and mental activity — at the same time. We can say the dance is a conscious work with subconscious experience, and this hints at simultaneous existence on two planes: apparent (physical) and latent (fine).

Trance as one of altered states of consciousness (ASC) has no strict and comprehensive definition. Probably it is due to evaluation of this state from incompatible personal standpoints. Nevertheless, the very being in the trance gives us a much wider (extended) outlook. Immersing in the trance is one of the conscious ways to subconscious informational structures embracing wide ranks: from corporal plane to the fine latent ones.

Higher sensory capacities allow for more effective conscious work with the subconscious. In its turn the subconscious can be considered to be a bridge to the unconscious; and we can make the bridge wider by using certain techniques.

In the dance we can notice the possibilities for more effective probing into the state, abiding in it and understanding it. Relaxational movement leads to definite corporal, emotional and mental liberation, to shifts of rhythms and images, to coordination of space and movements. Being valuable itself  it’s an important tool for the next stage — entering the extended consciousness. It aims however not only at the deepest subconsciousness layers, but allows to extract definite cryptic information. Extended state of consciousness brings us a lot of transpersonal experiences including insight, spontaneous creativity etc.

One of these states reminds me an event that took place in India in 1996. I was learning The Shiva Dance (also known as Yoga Teacher, Shiva Dakshnamurti or Master of Dance, Shiva Nataraja).

During the training I learned that my teacher changed somewhat in dance every time. Finally I noted that I myself dance differently each time. But the most surprising for me was my teacher (Anant Pilai has family is involved in dancing for about 500 years) obviously enjoyed that and was glad as a child. We discussed the topic many times. He told me about motion figure in which horizontal 8 dominated (infinity or bee dance basic element). He made me repeat and remember rhythmical syllables – tala unaccustomed to my ears. I used to enter to special state that allowed me to move freely forgetting the need to follow the memorized gestures. It was not difficult for me to learn the dance language — quite specific one with very elaborate kind of coordination. Later I came to conclusion that teacher had led me to altered state purposely. He probably made me not to learn the dance but rather to get it otherwise, to let the movements “to dance me”. Having born inside, they passed through my body, my arms, legs, ever through my fingertips… Later I understood the sacral nature of the Shiva Dance. This process surprisingly combined motion training and a chance to re-create one’s life in the dance. The dance was a life in some sense. Like our life it brought us insights and mystical experiences.

Can we say the process is a creativity? I think yes, while it’s not to set a final point… The sacral spontaneous dance is a conscious interaction with the Space that every moment is new and unknown. So we tend to understand it by dancing again and again. And it seems to encourage us granting the pleasure of creation and something else, hardly expressed by words. Lacking of this encouragement  makes one’s life dull.