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  1. Dr K. Parameswaran
    February 1, 2021 @ 2:32 am

    Dear Professors
    Elizabeth B
    Tim Hicks
    Leyla Navaro
    Avi Magidoff

    Greetings from Dr Param, Gujarat National Law University, India.

    Hope you are doing well.

    I am very happy to share my training program on Law, Religion, Spirituality and Justice details with your kind self.

    I am equally happy to say that this Training Program is growing with great strength.

    In addition to teaching this subject Law, Religion, Spirituality and Justice to my UG students in my university.

    As I know, your interest in this intersection, I thought of writing it to you.

    Now, it has acquired a kind of its own stature owing to my rigorous work in the last several years.


    Training Program: “Law, Religion, Spirituality & Justice” (LRSJ – 14 hours!)

    Who can join?: Law-students/ Graduates, Law-Teachers, Ph.D. Scholars, Advocates, Arbitrators, Mediators, Corporates, Judicial Officers, Policy-Drafters, Social Activists, Peace-Makers, Govt, etc.

    When & what are the timings of online training classes?

    Dates: Feb 13th – 20th, 2021 (7 Days – 2 hours per day)

    Online Timing: 6:00 – 8:00 pm IST

    Online Webex Link will be sent through Email

    What will Participants learn?

    1) Why study this integration of law, religion, spirituality & justice (LRSJ)?

    2) What are the challenges in the existing legal approaches?

    3) New Dimensions of Justice

    4) Implementation of LRSJ in Legal Systems

    5) Practical Illustrations

    6) LRSJ in our own Teaching Methods

    7) LRSJ in our own Research Methods

    8) LRSJ to fulfill Constitutional Guarantees, Human Unity & Universal Humanity

    What are the Benefits of this Training Program?

    Deeper Understanding of Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Interpretation, Crime-Prevention, Healing Victim-Offender, New Methods of Legal Research, Counselling, Conflict-Correction, Peace-Building, Higher Education, Collective Development.

    How to Join? Click Google Form Link below to Register (Check Brochure attached)

    Fees: Rs 3000 (India), USD 50 (International)

    Payment: GNLU Account Details will be emailed after Registration

    Renowned Personalities for Inauguration in Training Program (see brochure)

    Important Note: In order to bring joyful & fruitful learning, 14 hours Training Program is divided into 7 days, 2 hours per day, after Office / Working hours. It is a highly innovative & integral approach to law, justice, teaching, research & social values by introducing spirituality & religion.

    Register & you can enjoy creative thinking & learning exercises in your own areas of legal interest to boost legal thinking, justice-outcome & social harmony in life, career, research & world.


    I would like to collaborate with you and at your institution on this integration if it is possible.
    I can acquire a Fulbright fellowship from India to visit the USA and can come there for not more than 6 months at the maximum.
    It will be really great to work and learn from your kind self.

    Eagerly awaiting your kind reply…

    Dr K. Parameswaran
    Associate Professor of Law 
    Former Dean – Academic AffairsFormer Dean – Alumni & External RelationsGujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

    Governing Board, Auroville Foundation, Govt. of India (MHRD) & UNESCO
    Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law & Politics, USAWorld Commission on Environmental LawInternational Consortium for Law & Religion
    Email: Web Profile:  
    Mob: 812-8650-833 (Office) Mob: 94291-74064 (WhatsApp)

    Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)
    Attalika Avenue, Knowledge Corridor
    Koba, Gandhinagar – 382-426
    Gujarat, IndiaWebsite: 


  2. Kim Lincoln
    April 1, 2018 @ 12:52 am

    Beautifully expressed. Thank you, l appreciate your discerning clarity. Many would benefit understanding the nature of such virtue.


    • Elizabeth Bader
      April 1, 2018 @ 8:27 am

      We are honored to hear from you here.


  3. Elizabeth Bader
    November 12, 2017 @ 10:46 am


    I thank Avi for allowing me to share his reflections on my post on the Psychology of Spiritual Groups. I also wish to offer my own reactions to his profound post.

    1. I appreciate the way Avi uses emotional language to speak about the IDR cycle. Yes, in the spiritual context, “falling in love” with a spiritual teacher can be how it feels for a seeker.

    In this sense, the IDR cycle is different than the cycle we see in mediation. In mediation, we see activation and arousal in the service of aggression. On the spiritual path, we see activation and arousal in the service of a cherished goal of evolution. But both go through a process that is essentially dialectical.

    In the language of the Theory of Holes, in the case of the seeker on the spiritual path, “essence” or “being” may have been touched. Or more accurately, the seeker probably experiences a fusion of essence and ego-striving — often mistaking one for the other.

    The ego-striving we see in mediation and litigation is more a function of self-defense and personality. At least at the outset, ego-striving will predominate. But in both cases, there is probably a mixture of the two.

    I have written about the Neurobiology of Mediation, as many people know. I hope someday we will understand how the neurobiology in both cases is different. I see the issue as this: how the “can do” of Strength creates different physiological responses in both case.

    2. Avi’s reference to compassion in the IDR cycle rings particularly true. In my articles, in my description of the way the mediator responds to impasse, I did not name “compassion” specifically. When I read Avi’s reference to compassion, I understood he was speaking of my reaction (and those of other mediators) particularly during the phase in mediation when one is sitting with someone who is going through the experience we all must endure, the experience of finally seeing that one’s expectations and reality will not match.

    3. Compassion as a theme does seem particularly important to me in the context of leaving a spiritual group or becoming realistic about a spiritual teacher. In my own experience in leaving spiritual groups, it seems to me that self-compassion is what I lacked most that made the process difficult.

    In short, when there is a dispute, within a spiritual group or elsewhere, it is precisely compassion for ourselves that is often most necessary and most difficult to find.

    4. I found very profound Avi’s point that in some sense the student’s suffering passes to the teacher, who takes it on when the relationship is established. Again, this resonates with my own experience, and profoundly so. From that place, I believe, much of our optimism springs.


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