Oprah Winfrey is joined by war veteran, entrepreneur, Rhodes Scholar and New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore for an inspirational conversation about discovering and pursuing your life’s purpose. As a combat officer in Afghanistan, a White House Fellow and a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis, Wes shares the lessons he learned along the way. He also discusses his journey of self-discovery, service and risk-taking that led him to walk away from financial success to create a more meaningful life for him and his family; and his new book, “The Work,” which inspire readers to find their own path to purpose.
Oprah Winfrey speaks with life strategist Tony Robbins about developing the skills to transform your life today. Tony lays out specific daily strategies people can use to overcome suffering in their lives, and how to manifest a beautiful state. He’ll also discuss his new documentary, “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.” Tony’s wife Sage also joins the conversation to talk about the insights they have discovered through their journey as a couple.
Oprah Winfrey talks with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Shefali Tsabary about the revolution of conscious parenting, creating an awakened family and raising confident children. Dr. Shefali discusses parenting in her new book, “The Awakened Family,” where she provides daily tools for parents on how to manage expectations, avoid the pressure to succeed and embrace the child they have rather than the child they want. In this interview, Dr. Shefali challenges myths of traditional parenting and provides skills that allow children to grow into their own authentic selves.
Interviews Feature DeVon Franklin and Megan Good, Tony Robbins, Nate Parker, Glennon Doyle Melton, Wayne Pacelle, Wes Moore, Geneen Roth, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Jeff Weiner, Cookie Johnson, Carl Lentz and Carole Bayer Sager
The all-new season of two-time Emmy award-winning series “Super Soul Sunday,” featuring Oprah Winfrey’s inspirational interviews with thought leaders, authors, spiritual teachers and visionaries, premieres Sunday, August 7 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
The new season of “Super Soul Sunday” features thought-provoking, in-depth interviews with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Shefali Tsabary (8/7); life strategist Tony Robbins and his wife Sage Robbins (8/14); The Humane Society of The United States President/CEO Wayne Pacelle (8/21); Hollywood power couple DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good (8/28); social entrepreneur Wes Moore (9/4); bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton (9/11); LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (9/18); wife of Magic Johnson and activist Cookie Johnson (9/25); bestselling author Geneen Roth (10/2); writer, director and actor Nate Parker (10/9); New York City’s Hillsong Church Senior Pastor Carl Lentz (10/16); and Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (10/23).
Join the conversation using @Oprah, @SuperSoulSunday and #SuperSoulSunday.
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK REMEMBERS ELIE WIESEL WITH SPECIAL RE-AIRING OF HISTORIC 2006 INTERVIEW FROM ‘A SPECIAL PRESENTATION: OPRAH AND ELIE WIESEL AT AUSCHWITZ DEATH CAMP’ THURSDAY, JULY 7 AT 10 P.M. ET/PT
In Addition, Winfrey’s 2012 “Super Soul Sunday” Interview with Wiesel Will Re-Air Prior to the Special at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In memory of Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will present on Thursday, July 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT a special re-airing of “Super Soul Sunday,” featuring Oprah Winfrey’s intimate one-on-one conversation with Wiesel, immediately followed by the historic 2006 interview “A Special Presentation: Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz Death Camp” at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
On “Super Soul Sunday,” Wiesel shares his thoughts on love, regret and abiding faith. And in the historic 2006 special, Winfrey and Wiesel travel to Poland to walk through the grounds of Auschwitz. Wiesel recounts his memories of internment and shares excerpts from his New York Times bestselling novel Night.
OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK TO AIR “SUPER SOUL SUNDAY” EVERY MORNING STARTING MONDAY, JUNE 27 AT 6 A.M. ET/PT
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced the launch of “Start Your Day with Super Soul,” as the Emmy award-winning series “Super Soul Sunday” will air favorite past episodes every morning on OWN starting Monday, June 27 at 6:00 A.M. ET/PT.
Viewers can start the day with uplifting conversations between Oprah Winfrey and the top influential leaders of today exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.
For more information, please visit www.SuperSoul.tv.
About “Super Soul Sunday”
“Super Soul Sunday” is the two-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. SuperSoul.tv is the online destination for spiritual content and conversation – because everyone has a soul story. An all-new season of “Super Soul Sunday” will premiere in August (Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT).
Oprah Winfrey speaks with legendary writer and producer Norman Lear, who brought the groundbreaking and socially conscious shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” to television, about changing the TV landscape and his life as a spiritual seeker and political activist. In the episode, they discuss our desire to lead more purposeful lives, preparing the next generation for the world we live in and maintaining our humanity. They also discuss his new documentary film “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” and his first-ever book, the memoir “Even This I Get to Experience.”
Oprah is joined by Iyanla Vanzant, best-selling author, spiritual life coach and host of OWN’s Iyanla: Fix My Life, for a conversation about one of life’s most difficult lessons: learning to trust.
Don’t miss the new episode of SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Oprah speaks with religious scholar Reza Aslan, best-selling author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about the universal power of faith and the human desire to seek out spiritual connection. They also discuss Islam and what it means to be Muslim in a post-9/11 world.
Don’t miss the new episode of SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday, April 17, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Oprah is joined by number one New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed for a conversation about finding inspiration in the written word, the importance of exploring our own stories, the adjustment to becoming one of the most well-known authors in the country and her most recent bestselling book “Brave Enough.” In the interview, Cheryl discusses her admiration for quotes, which she describes as “mini instruction manuals for the soul,” and that whenever she needs consolation, encouragement or a clear-eyed perspective, quotes are what she turns to. Cheryl’s bestselling memoir “Wild,” which recounted her triumphs hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, was chosen as the first selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and went on to become the critically acclaimed film starring Reese Witherspoon.
Oprah Winfrey talks to acclaimed actor/comedian Tracy Morgan for a rare and intimate conversation as he begins to step back into the spotlight following a devastating multi-car crash in 2014 where a tractor-trailer struck his tour bus on the New Jersey Turnpike. Tracy sustained a life-threatening brain injury and suffered the loss of his close friend and fellow comic, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, who was tragically killed in the accident. Oprah and Tracy discuss the spiritual encounter he had with God while in a medically induced coma, as well as the details of his personal transformation and how his outlook on life has changed through the recovery process. They also discuss the outpouring of love and support he received following the accident and how the medicine of humor and laughter helped in his remarkable recovery. Tracy is best known for his seven years as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” starring on the hit comedy “30 Rock” and was named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015.
Oprah speaks with Pastor Joel Osteen, one of America’s most influential religious and spiritual leaders, about his most recent bestselling book “The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today” and the meaning behind this core principle. As Senior Pastor of the 16,800 seat Lakewood megachurch in Houston, Texas, the largest congregation in the U.S., Pastor Osteen shares with Oprah that whatever follows “I am” will always come looking for you. In this uplifting conversation, he shares the power behind the words we speak and how joy can manifest into strength.
OPRAH INTERVIEWS NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR DANIEL GOLEMAN
Oprah sits down with psychologist, journalist and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Goleman to discuss his groundbreaking research on emotional intelligence. Daniel reveals how we can sharpen our emotional intelligence and improve our relationships, our work and even the empathy we have for others.
Don’t miss the new episode of SuperSoul Sunday on Sunday, March 20, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET/PT.
In 2014 Courtney Walsh’s poetic Dear Human meme went viral. It was shared over 10 million times by people like Elizabeth Gilbert, The Chopra Center and websites like Global Conversation. It was used in wedding vows, yoga studios, 600,000 German advent calendars, was turned into a one woman show and even tattooed the length of one fan’s torso!
Now you can read her extended love letter to humanity in – Dear Human: A Manifesto of Love, Invitation and Invocation to Humanity (Findhorn Press, $12.99) Filled with humor, sass and irreverence the book reveals Courtney’s tender heart and simple message: Let go of spiritual perfectionism and embrace our glorious humanity. Love needs no conditions…not even, she argues, ‘the condition of being unconditional’.
Refreshingly candid, hilarious and insightful, Dear Human is the key necessary to unlock a whole new way of thinking… It is progressive and expansive. It provides insight to the soul that many of us have either: A) never seen or B) overlooked in our travels on this earthly plane.
In Dear Human, Courtney A. Walsh asks the reader to embrace our glorious messiness, to love to the best of our ability, to continue to learn and grow, to be willing to show up AND get out of the way. It blows up old programs and conditioned ways of thinking and expands the reader into new ways of thinking about timeless themes. It asks us to merge and honor our divinity and humanity equally.
Ultimately, Dear Human is Courtney A. Walsh’s love letter to humanity written as a loud and insistent wake-up call to move us from surviving into thriving. We learn through pain; we remember through joy. Letting go of spiritual perfectionism: embracing our glorious humanity. Love needs no conditions… not even, argues Walsh, ‘the condition of being unconditional!’
ALL-NEW SEASON OF TWO-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNING SERIES ‘SUPER SOUL SUNDAY’ PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 13 ON OWN
Episodes Feature Oprah Winfrey’s Interviews with Tracy Morgan, Shaka Senghor, Joel Osteen, Cheryl Strayed and More
The all-new season of two-time Emmy award-winning series “Super Soul Sunday” premieres Sunday, March 13 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. “Super Soul Sunday” features Oprah Winfrey’s inspirational interviews designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.
The new season of “Super Soul Sunday” features thought-provoking, in-depth interviews with criminal justice activist Shaka Senghor, psychologist Daniel Goleman, Pastor Joel Osteen, actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Strayed, and religious scholar Reza Aslan.
“Super Soul Sunday” is the two-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world. “Super Soul Sunday” is produced by “Super Soul Sunday, LLC” and executive produced by Jenna Kostelnik.
OPRAH WINFREY AND DEEPAK CHOPRA LAUNCH NEWEST “OPRAH & DEEPAK 21-DAY MEDITATION EXPERIENCE” TITLED “SHEDDING THE WEIGHT: MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT”
“Her lap is a sacrificial altar; her hairs, the sacrificial grass; her skin, the soma-press. The two labia*(lips) of the vulva are the fire in the middle.” [Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad, 6.4.3]
“This man (ama) am I; that woman (sâ), thou!
That woman, thou; this man am I!
I am the Sâman; thou, the Rig!
I am the heaven; thou, the earth!
Come, let us two together clasp!
Together let us semen mix,
A male, a son for to procure!” [Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad, 6.4.20]1
Whenever the issue of Love, Nudity, Sex and Hinduism comes into picture, we usually get any one of the following reactions-
1] The Westerners in general and Western scholars doing South Asian studies [for example RISA2] in particular, and their Indian counterparts who consider Hinduism to be mix of voodoo and pornography.
2] The Hindu orthodox which thinks sex is a taboo.
Now I will examine, how valid is both of these perspective.
Purusharthas means objectives of a human being. They are the canonical four ends or aims of human life. They serve as pointers in the life. The four Purusharthas from lowest to highest-
? Kama – pleasure or desire3
? Artha – wealth
? Dharma – righteousness or morality
? Moksha – liberation from the cycle of reincarnation
According to Kama Sutra, “IN the beginning, the Lord of Beings created men and women, and in the form of commandments in one hundred thousand chapters laid down rules for regulating their existence with regard to Dharma, Artha, and Kama.” 4 Further it says- “MAN, the period of whose life is one hundred years, should practise Dharma, Artha and Kama at different times and in such a manner that they may harmonize together and not clash in any way. He should acquire learning in his childhood, in his youth and middle age he should attend to Artha and Kama, and in his old age he should perform Dharma, and thus seek to gain Moksha, i.e. release from further transmigration..”5
So, according to Hindu scheme of thing, even though Enlightment is the ultimate goal of life, it encourages people to enjoy everything and fulfill all material desires. Moksha is a long process. It can be achieved only when all material desires are quenched. And hence, Hindu religion prescribes 2 methods, the path of renounciates, the path of householder. There is one more less popular but more maligned path of within “Tantras” which accept everything material, everything condemned as taboo and hence aims to rise above the animalistic desires.
Sex as Yajna:
Yajna or sacrifice is derived from root word “Yaj”. It means Worship or offering an oblation.
Max Muller defines Yajna is an act by which we surrender something for the sake of gods”6.
Sex is worship. It is an act by which the couples surrender their ego, in order to gain pleasure, progeny, eventually even enlightment.
“Her lap is a sacrificial altar; her hairs, the sacrificial grass; her skin, the soma-press. The two labia of the vulva are the fire in the middle. Verily, indeed, as great as is the world of him who sacrifices with the Vâjapeya (“Strength-libation”) sacrifice, so great is the world of him who practises sexual intercourse”7 (Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad)
These verses clearly shows that, sex was treated as a form of worship, an act to not only fulfill one”s desires and gain pleasures, but also as an act of sacredness.
Sex as Meditation:
In Vigyana Bhairava Tantra8, during a conversation between Shiva and Shakti,
O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder-filled universe?
What consttutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?
How may we enter it fully,
above space and time,
names and descriptions?
Let my doubts be cleared!
So, Shiva explains her 112 methods of meditation to attain enlightment. He says-
At the start of sexual union
Keep attentive on the fire in the beginning,
And so continuing,
Avoid the embers in the end.
When in such embrace your senses are shaken as leaves,
Enter this shaking.
Even remembering union,
Without the embrace.
These verses clearly indicate how sexual act can be utilized for achieving enlightment. Enlightment is a state, when all egos vanish. As in a sexual act, the couple leaves behind their ego and unites with each other and achieves sexual ecstasy. This very thing can be utilized to achieve spiritual ecstasy.
It is the study of “Sixty Four9” arts like- Singing, Playing on musical instruments, Dancing, Union of dancing, singing, and playing instrumental music, Writing and drawing, Tattooing, etc. “Kamasutra” or the “art of lovemaking” only a part of this Shastra.
Is Hinduism pornography and Tantra a sex manual?
The straight answer is a simple No. It is Victorian mentality which condemns any depiction of sex. Hinduism recognizes the role of sexual desires in human lives. The sexual depictions in some of the temples were mean to not only educate the people, but also to help those who were involved in sexual sadhanas for enlightment. There is a difference between Nudity and expression of beauty and pornography. What appears in Hindu puranas and Itihasas are the expressions of genuine beauty and not pornography.
“Tantra” is a much maligned word. “Tantra” actually refers to vast body of literatures called “Agamas” which are practical manuals for meditation. There are many Shaiva, Shaktha, Pancharatra Agamas. Using sex for meditation is prescribed in only few of the so many different paths described in Agamas. So, it is very wrong in equating Tantra with Sex.
Some Social Issues:
Sex Education: Sex education had always been present in Hindu history. Vatsayana says, both men and women should learn Kamashastra10.
Pre-Marital Sex and Love Marriages: In Hindu society sex was always considered to be individual choices. There are many instances in our history and scriptures depicting pre-marital sex and love marriages. So, crying out against them as being anti-Hindu is not quite proper. Manusmrithi recognizes 8 kinds of marriages of which “Gandharva Marriage11” is one of them. It is the voluntary union of a maiden and her lover, which arises from desire and sexual intercourse for its purpose.
The same can be said about extra marital affairs. As they are personal affairs, we should let individuals to decide about it. Hindu society has always given this much freedom to its people.
In Hindu society sex is neither a taboo nor pornography. Sex is sacred. Sex is recognized as human desire which should be satisfied and which can be used to attain the ultimate goal of enlightment.
References & Notes:
1 Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad forms part of the Satapatha-brâhmana. The verses are taken from chapter titled “Incantations and ceremonies for procreation”
2 Religions In South Asia (RISA), a department under the American Academy of Religion (AAR), has been sponsoring studies for years now to deride Hinduism. Our gods and goddesses like Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Laxmi and Kali, our rituals like Upanayana our saints like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and scriptures, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Gita all have come under such distasteful sexual connotation and nauseating voyeurism that one begins to wonder if it can at all be called academics.
3 Kama in general means material desires and pleasures- Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Psychological.
According to Kama Sutra of Vatsayana- “Kama is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul. The ingredient in this is a peculiar contact between the organ of sense and its object, and the consciousness of pleasure which arises from that contact is called Kama.”
4 Chapter 1, Preface, The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana, Translated by Sir Richard Burton.
5 Chapter 2, Observations on the Three Worldly Attainments of Virtue, Wealth, and Love, The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana, Translated by Sir Richard Burton.
6 Max Muller, Sacred Books of East series.
7 Brhad-Âranyaka Upanisad
8 Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.
9,10 Chapter III. On the Study of the Sixty-Four Arts, The Kama Sutra of Vatsayayana, Translated by Sir Richard Burton.
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