This is one of the most important “life projects” that drives me with an intense & deep “inner calling”. This is an evolving document of my aspirations with this project.

Purpose: Revive the Spirit of Seeking

Some quick notes on the purpose:

  1. Everyone is religious; there is even a religion of no-God
  2. There is even a religion of Science (and scientific thinking)
  3. Secularism has become about non-engagement of the state in religion; France as an example; India tries to stay away as well
  4. Actually, instead of avoiding religion and cultural discussions, we as a people need to discuss them — we need to learn about each other’s religions and perspectives. We need to change our world-views. We need to change our religious outlook to be more inclusive and tolerant
  5. “Religious Tolerance” and “Discourse & Dialogue” has been the foundation-stone of India for several thousand years. We’ve had centres of learning — Nalanda, Kashi, Srinagar, Ujjain, and so on — all over the country where religions and through leaders merged and discussed freely — without hurt, without blasphemy, without killing.
  6. We must revive this spirit

With this vision, i would like to start SparkCamp — a tentative name — for this life-project.

Nature of presentations

Firstly, i imagine these sessions to be presentations based. Just like tech conferences. The idea is to “light a spark” in the listener, and sow a seed of an alternate perspective to closely held dogmas. Here are some presentations that i imagine people from different religious and cultural backgrounds to be making:

  1. Conversations between Tagore and Einstein: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/27/when-einstein-met-tagore/
  2. Core concepts of the book “Road Less Travelled ~ Scott M Peck”
  3. Perspectives on Muhammad and Meditation
  4. Sufism in context of Islam
  5. Scientific Documentation of Impact of Meditation on the Human Body and Mind
  6. Tibetan Buddhist Meditators’ control of their body in the icy Himalayas
  7. Results of mapping the brain of Yogis in meditative states
  8. Homoeopathy — an alternate view point of its healing effects
  9. Commonalities and “uncanny” similarities between Hinduism & Islam
  10. Zen Diagram of Hinduism — paradox of it being polytheistic, atheist and monotheistic at the same time
  11. Light on the Bahai faith
  12. The many faces of Islam — Sufi, Salafi, Wahabi, Ahemmediya, Ismaili, Bohra
  13. The many faces of Islam — an exploration from the book “The Empires of the Indus ~ Alice Albinia”
  14. Meditative Practice of Christian Syrian Coptic Saints
  15. The life of mystic Mansur Al-Hallaj
  16. An introduction to Kaballah
  17. Systems Thinking — as presented by Fritjof Capra in his book “The Web of Life
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