Evelin's 2017 pictures

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Evelin basically dislikes taking pictures or posing for pictures, however, has been persuaded by the HumanDHS network members, particularly by Judit Révèsz, that she should make an effort. The reason is that pictures offer an easily accessible way to document her work, in the spirit of what now has become known as "blog." These pictures are thus meant to share Evelin's efforts and whereabouts with the HumanDHS network (many photos are made by accidental bypassers, she kindly asked to take a picture). Evelin is willing to make an effort not least to honor Judit Révèsz, who kindly gave her a camera as her gift.

A note with regard to the permission to upload pictures with people other than Evelin:
We only upload pictures on the HumanDHS website for which we have received permission. During our conferences, for example, we always ask for permission.
This page serves as a preliminary showroom. It is only linked to the main web site and accessible to the public when no permission is pending. By using this page as a preliminary showroom, the person who has been asked for permission can form a comprehensive impression of what he or she is giving permission for. We have received legal advice that this procedure provides the most comprehensive information on which to base a permission.
Everybody who is depicted on this picture page, please let us know if you have changed your mind and no longer wish to have your picture included on these pages. Then we will remove your picture as soon as we can. Thank you for your kind understanding!

The year starts at the bottom of this page and the most recent pictures are at the top.



18th September 2017: What a privilege to meet with dear Ongmu Tshering at the airport of Mumbai!
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18th September 2017: Saying good-bye to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India... wih Vinita Raj and Dr. Atul Bhat, who were so very kind to come to the airport!
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18th September 2017: Saying good-bye to Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, trying hard not to cry... with dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav!

See a tiny video...
Evelin Lindner Waving from the Dialogue Home of Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav

• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.




17th September 2017: We made the 'Message to the World' that we did not find time to create during our conference.

See the videos:
• WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (Hindi)
• WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (English)

• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.




17th September 2017: Pooha! One of he favourite dishes in Indore! Together wih dear Amita and Rajesh!
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28th August 2017: I have the great privilege of living in Mussoorie. I am waving from the yellow balcony in the middle!
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Mussoorie is also called 'the queen of hills' and this picture is taken from the Internet.
Indira Gandhi was in Mussoori already as a child, and her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, wrote her letters from prison in 1928 when she was 10 years old:
Nehru, Jawaharlal (1929/2004). 'Letters from a Father to His Daughter'. New Delhi: Viking.
Also later, she used to retreat into the guest house Ekant Bhawan, just behind my home.
She was later the one who, as I was told, motivated the authorities to protect Mussoorie from the fate of other famous hill cities that are being spoiled by high-rise concrete blocks that bring brutal aesthetic uniformity into a place that is praises itself for its beauty of diversity. Here, no house has an elevator, and trees are not allowed to be cut down. Unsightly and ugly hotel structures are absent. What local people do, however, is turn their homes into guesthouses.

Mussoorie was the Dalai Lama’s first home in India. Then he was invited to search for another place, as far as I learned, a place where he was not in direct proximity with governmental institutions, such as the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. What I learned also is that India's support for the Dalai Lama is one of the main reasons for the hostile relationship between China and India. Just during the recent days, a hot border dispute between both risked to turn even hotter.
See: 'Chinese and Indian troops face off in Bhutan border dispute', by Michael Safi in Delhi, The Guardian, 6th July 2017. Regional rivalry escalated as forces mobilised near borderland that China claims but India says is in Bhutan. Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed at a border crossing. Analysts say armed conflict is, however, unlikely in the near future.
See also:
'When "Queen of Hills" was the resort of celebrities', by Jaskiran Chopra, Daily Pioneer, State Editions Dehradun, 11th June 2017.

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21st - 23rd August 2017: This is the view from the home of dear Latha and her husband! Three glaciers can be seen at the horizon. Glaciers that were once one single entity, are now divided as the ice has melted. On the left side of the horizon one can see Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini (see the pictures above), on the right side it is the Gangotri range, and further to the right it is the Kedarnath mountain.
See also the many photos taken by Latha's dear husband on TrekEarth and Foto.no.
• Please click on the photo above or here to see 11 pictures altogether.




This is the Gangotri range of the Garhwal region in the Uttarkashi-Tehri Garhwal district. The Jaonli mountain, for instance, which I see from the home of Latha and her dear husband, is 6,632 meters high.
• Please click on the photo above to see the Wikipedia page.





20th August 2017: These are pictures out of the car during a car drive from Delhi airport to Mussoorie in the Himalayas! From Mussoorie one can see the Gangotri range of the Garhwal region in the Uttarkashi-Tehri Garhwal district. Mussoorie was the first place where the Dalai Lama stayed after leaving Tibet. On the way out of Dehradun, one passes in front of the Sakya College, Institute of higher Buddhist studies, and the Shiv Temple.

Wherever I am in the world, I ask myself how we might imagine a better future for humankind on our planet. I ask myself many questions, such as:
— How should we organise our global and local economies in the future so that we are spared to be assaulted by such appalling sexualised advertisements for loans as you can see on the picture at the bottom left? How can we prevent that global power elites use local power elites to manipulate and exploit the rest, just as the British colonisers used the Rajas and made them complicit in raiding the resources of the colony? When I speak with young people, I hear that they have three main wishes: (1) more individual freedom from traditional rules, (2) love marriage, and (3) money. The wedding advertisement at the bottom right shows their dream: to become like Rajas! Enough money to be free and marry for love. Unfortunately, this dream, as understandable as it is, is bound to increase the world's deadly race for competition for domination...

— What about the unsafe and unsightly 'cable salad' you see all over the world? Will we have decentralised sources of electricity in the future, such as solar panels?

— What about the world's roads? We have unsafe dirt roads and ecologically unsound asphalt roads...?
— What will we have instead of cars on roads? Bicycles on smaller pathways? Two wheelers?
— What will we have instead of trucks?

— How can we overcome the rural/city divide? How can we, in the future, prevent that people are being 'forgotten'? How can we prevent that 'forgotten people' take 'revenge', for instance, by voting for extremist leaders?
— Who should be responsible for the city floor (streets and sidewalks) in a city? I learn that also in India, adverse possession laws allow people to appropriate land if they have used it for several years, and therefore people avoid taking responsibility for common space, as this can be misinterpreted as wanting to appropriate common land.

— What will we have instead of concrete as building material for houses? What will we have instead of the aggressive rectangularity of concrete buildings? In India, as in other parts of the world, I observe that rectangularity is missing where it should be, and is overdone where it should not be: doors and windows are not fitting, for example, while the aggressiveness of concrete buildings is readily accepted. How come that local approaches to building houses are being despised and neglected? Koti Banal is not just advisable for a better India, but for the world! Thank you, dear Latha, for showing me this! After Dehradun, we saw Gurjar or Gujjar people at the road side, a pastoral agricultural ethnic group, who builds their houses from local materials. Local materials and local designs seem to be the answer to my question, rather than the global uniformity of concrete boxes that violate the human soul!

— Unity in diversity: What is cultural diversity? If we take biological diversity as guidance, how can we then best identify those cultural 'species' and their habitats that call for protection? Is language a suitable marker? What about the human tendency to destroy diversity for the promise that becoming part of global uniformity will provide them with higher status? Nynorsk and Sami languages are but two examples of languages whose speakers strive to save them from extinction. Those speakers attempt to rescue cultural diversity. On the other hand, diversity can also become divisive: Did Urdu, Bengali, and Hindi create hostile division, division that militated against unity? Thank you, dear Latha, for giving me this question! Would unity be achievable if all people learned Esperanto in addition to their indigenous language?

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29th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
16th - 19th August 2017
'Dignity in Times of Globalisation'

Inspirer
Deepak Tripathi

Hosting Institution
Renaissance University

Still photos:
We so much thank Amit Singh, Donna T. Fujimoto, Amita Neerav, Mike Morgan, Suraj Pillai, and many others for taking such lovely photos!
The still photos come in several web galleries:

Day One, Wednesday, 16th August 2017
• Please click here to see the ten Press photos
• Please click here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click here to see the programme for the entire conference that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...

Day Two, Thursday, 17th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click here to see the 197 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
• Please click here to see the 229 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

Day Four, Saturday, 19th August 2017
• Please click here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took

• All of the conference
Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

Videos:
Thank you so much, dear Suraj Pillai, for doing such wonderful video-recording!

'Messages to the World' for the World Dignity University initiative
Day One, 16th August, 2017:
• 01 WDU Message: Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh
Day Two, 17th August, 2017:
• 02 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 03 WDU Message: Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge
• 04 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner
• 05 WDU Message: Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj
• 06 WDU Message: Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner
Day Three, 18th August, 2017:
• 07 WDU Message: Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner
• 08 WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Michael W. Morgan
• 09 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (Hindi)
• 10 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (English)

Documentation of the entire conference

Day One:
• 01 Amol Mishra Welcomes Everybody
• 02 Evelin Lindner Welcomes Everybody
• 03 All Are Watching Linda Hartling's Welcome Video
• 04 Evelin Lindner's Introductory Talk
• 05 Janvi Jain Sings the Beloved Film Song 'Lag Jaa Gale' from the Movie ''Woh Kaun Thi'
• 06 Getting to Know Each Other
• 07 A Student Plays Guitar
• 08 Participants Present Each Other
• 09 Pranjali Singh Parihar Teaches 'Kathak' Dance to Nira Shahaf
• 10 Evelin Lindner Explains the Dignilogue Format
• 11 Preparing the Dignilogues
• 12 Dr. Amita Neerav Sings the Beloved Film Song 'Dil Ka Diya Jala Ke Gaya' and then Speaks on Dignity
• 13 Vinita Raj Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 14 Nira Shahaf Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 15 Mamta Siwakoti Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 16 Mike Morgan Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 17 Shashi Kumar Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 18 Chandra Siwakoti Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 19 Navneet Dubey Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 20 Avi Shahaf Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 21 Katyayani Singh Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 22 Dr. Rajesh Dixit Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 23 Donna T. Fujimoto Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 24 Parth Jain Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 25 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings Two Beloved Film Songs
• 26 Dignilogue of Vinita Raj
• 27 WDU Message: Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh

Day Two:
• 28 Dignilogue of Avi Shahaf
• 29 Thanking Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 30 Dignilogue of Mike Morgan
• 31 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 32 WDU Message: Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge
• 33 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner
• 34 Dignilogue of Donna T. Fujimoto
• 35 WDU Message: Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj
• 36 Donna T. Fujimoto Sings a Japanese Song
• 37 The Students Sing a Punjabi Folk Song
• 38 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings a Beloved Film Song
• 39 The Students Sing
• 40 Dignilogue of Katyayani Singh
• 41 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings Another Beloved Film Song
• 42 Mahendra Sharma and Anoop Swarup Visit
• 43 WDU Message: Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner

Day Three:
• 44 Dignilogue of Mamta Siwakoti
• 45 Dignilogue of Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 45.1 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (Hindi)
• 45.2 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (English)
• 46.1 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 1)
• 46.2 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 2)
• 47.1 Sunita Kasliwal Explains Shahi Paneer Masala
• 47.2 Sunita Kasliwal Explains White Gravy Paneer Masala
• 47.3 Sunita Kasliwal Explains Yellow Pulses
• 47 Students Receive Chocolate
• 48 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Inside the Conference Room
• 49 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Part Outside of the Conference Room
• 50 Pranjali Singh Parihar Teaches Nira Shahaf to Dance 'Kathak'
• 51 WDU Message: Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner
• 52 WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan
• 53 Mamta Siwakoti Sings a Nepalese Song
• 54 The Students Sing
• 55 Nira and Avi Shahaf Sing a Song from Israel
• 56 Dignilogue of Parth Jain and Navneet Dubey
• 57 Saying Good-Bye to Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 58 Swapnil Kothari Visits with His Students
• 59 Evelin Lindner's Comments
• 60 Swapnil Kothari's Comments
• 61 Amol Mishra Rounds Up Day Three

Day Four:
• 62 Amol Mishra and Swapnil Kothari Open the Public Function
• 63 Evelin Lindner Speaks on 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation'
• 64 Honouring Donna T. Fujimoto
• 65 Honouring Mike Morgan
• 66 Honouring Chandra and Mamta Siwakoti
• 67 Honouring Shashi Kumar
• 68 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav
• 69 Honouring Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 70 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 71 Honouring the International Post Graduate Diploma in Management Students
• 72 Honouring Evelin Lindner
• 73 Honouring Amol Mishra
• 74 Honouring Swapnil Kothari
• 75 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 76 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 77 Honouring Pooja Upadhaya Vyas
• 78 Honouring Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj
• 79 Honouring DeepakTripathi
• 80 Honouring Menika Soni Jadon
• 81 Honouring Rachana Ghadge
• 82 Saying Good-Bye
• 83 Amol Mishra Sings a Beloved Film Song
• 84 Dr. Amita Neerav Sings 'Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Dunia Ko Hai Bhilaaye Hue'


Picture taken by the press photographer from the Independent Mail

'German Evelin Thinks That the Whole World Is Her Home', in Independent Mail, 18th August 2017



Day One, Wednesday, 16th August 2017
• Please click on the photo at the top or here to see the ten press photos
• Please click on the photo in the middle or here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click at the bottom or here to see the programme for the entire workshop that we created together on Day One, and all 20 Dignilogue posters - thank you, dear Avi Shahaf and Yashasvi Dhand, for making such a great programme poster!
• Please click here to see the four photos Chandra Siwakoti kindly took
• Please click here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference

We had the great privilege of having wonderful classical singing and dancing in our conference, together with wonderful poetry! Indore and Ujjain are ancient cities, known for their very high level of knowledge and skill in these areas. A person, to be considered knowledgeable, has to reach a much higher level in Indore and Ujjain than elsewhere. These arts is being taught considerably more superficially in places such as Delhi or Mumbai.

Videos:
• 01 Amol Mishra Welcomes Everybody
• 02 Evelin Lindner Welcomes Everybody
• 03 All Are Watching Linda Hartling's Welcome Video
• 04 Evelin Lindner's Introductory Talk
• 05 Janvi Jain Sings the Beloved Film Song 'Lag Jaa Gale' from the Movie ''Woh Kaun Thi'
• 06 Getting to Know Each Other
• 07 A Student Plays Guitar
• 08 Participants Present Each Other
• 09 Pranjali Singh Parihar Teaches 'Kathak' Dance to Nira Shahaf
• 10 Evelin Lindner Explains the Dignilogue Format
• 11 Preparing the Dignilogues
• 12 Dr. Amita Neerav Sings the Beloved Film Song 'Dil Ka Diya Jala Ke Gaya' and then Speaks on Dignity
• 13 Vinita Raj Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 14 Nira Shahaf Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 15 Mamta Siwakoti Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 16 Mike Morgan Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 17 Shashi Kumar Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 18 Chandra Siwakoti Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 19 Navneet Dubey Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 20 Avi Shahaf Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 21 Katyayani Singh Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 22 Dr. Rajesh Dixit Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 23 Donna T. Fujimoto Explains her Dignilogue Topic
• 24 Parth Jain Explains his Dignilogue Topic
• 25 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings Two Beloved Film Songs
• 26 Dignilogue of Vinita Raj
• 27 WDU Message: Vinita Raj and Katyayani Singh


Day Two, Thursday, 17th August 2017
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click on the photo at the bottom or here to see the 197 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference!

Videos:

• 28 Dignilogue of Avi Shahaf
• 29 Thanking Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 30 Dignilogue of Mike Morgan
• 31 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 32 WDU Message: Avi Shahaf and Rachana Ghadge
• 33 WDU Message: Michael W. Morgan and Evelin Lindner
• 34 Dignilogue of Donna T. Fujimoto
• 35 WDU Message: Donna T. Fujimoto and Vinita Raj
• 36 Donna T. Fujimoto Sings a Japanese Song
• 37 The Students Sing a Punjabi Folk Song
• 38 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings a Beloved Film Song
• 39 The Students Sing
• 40 Dignilogue of Katyayani Singh
• 41 Dr. Atul Bhat Sings Another Beloved Film Song
• 42 Mahendra Sharma and Anoop Swarup Visit
• 43 WDU Message: Katyayani Singh and Evelin Lindner
Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three
• Please click on the photos at the bottom or here to see the 229 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference!

Videos:
• 44 Dignilogue of Mamta Siwakoti
• 45 Dignilogue of Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 45.1 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (Hindi)
• 45.2 WDU Message: Dr. Rajesh Dixit, Dr. Amita Neerav, and Evelin Lindner (17th September 2017) (English)
• 46.1 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 1)
• 46.2 Dignilogue of Shashi Kumar (Part 2)
• 47.1 Sunita Kasliwal Explains Shahi Paneer Masala
• 47.2 Sunita Kasliwal Explains White Gravy Paneer Masala
• 47.3 Sunita Kasliwal Explains Yellow Pulses
• 47 Students Receive Chocolate
• 48 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Inside the Conference Room
• 49 Dignilogue of Nira Shahaf Part Outside of the Conference Room
• 50 Pranjali Singh Parihar Teaches Nira Shahaf to Dance 'Kathak'
• 51 WDU Message: Mamta Siwakoti and Evelin Lindner
• 52 WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan
• 53 Mamta Siwakoti Sings a Nepalese Song
• 54 The Students Sing
• 55 Nira and Avi Shahaf Sing a Song from Israel
• 56 Dignilogue of Parth Jain and Navneet Dubey
• 57 Saying Good-Bye to Nira and Avi Shahaf
• 58 Swapnil Kothari Visits with His Students
• 59 Evelin Lindner's Comments
• 60 Swapnil Kothari's Comments
• 61 Amol Mishra Rounds Up Day Three

What a wonderful idea to have lunch in the garden! Thank you so much, dear Sunita Kasliwal and Pandey-ji! And for supplying us with tea, coffee, and cookies throughout the entire conference!
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 189 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day One
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 254 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Two
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 344 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Three

Videos:
You see from left to right the most delicious vegetarian dishes! Thank you, dear Sunita Kasliwal, for explaining!
(1) shahi paneer masala, (2) white gravy paneer masala, and (3) yellow pulses

Day Four, Saturday, 19th August 2017
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 82 pictures from Evelin's camera of Day Four
• Please click on the photo at the bottom or here to see the 216 photos that Amit Singh kindly took
• Please click here to see all 112 pictures taken by Mike Morgan througout the entire conference!

Videos:

• 62 Amol Mishra and Swapnil Kothari Open the Public Function
• 63 Evelin Lindner Speaks on 'Dignity in Times of Globalisation'
• 64 Honouring Donna T. Fujimoto
• 65 Honouring Mike Morgan
• 66 Honouring Chandra and Mamta Siwakoti
• 67 Honouring Shashi Kumar
• 68 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav
• 69 Honouring Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 70 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 71 Honouring the International Post Graduate Diploma in Management Students
• 72 Honouring Evelin Lindner
• 73 Honouring Amol Mishra
• 74 Honouring Swapnil Kothari
• 75 Honouring Dr. Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit
• 76 Honouring Vinita Raj
• 77 Honouring Pooja Upadhaya Vyas
• 78 Honouring Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj
• 79 Honouring DeepakTripathi
• 80 Honouring Menika Soni Jadon
• 81 Honouring Rachana Ghadge
• 82 Saying Good-Bye
• 83 Amol Mishra Sings a Beloved Film Song
• 84 Dr. Amita Neerav Sings 'Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Dunia Ko Hai Bhilaaye Hue'
 
Thank you so much, dear Amita for so generously dressing Evelin up with YOUR wonderful clothes during the entire conference! And thank you, dear Vinita, for your loving interest in her long hair! And in her first official appearance in a sari! She apologises that she frightened everybody in the morning of Day Four with making a 'drama' of how difficult it is to wear a sari! She so much admires the women in India for wearing this most complicated attire! She learned that a sari can be worn in many different ways. The current fashion originates from the Tagore’s family who made an art of draping saris, at a time when Bengal and Kolkatta were still a cultural hub.
• Please click on the photo on the left or here to see the four photos Vinita Raj took of Evelin getting her hair in order...
• Please click on the other photos to see them larger.


Evening of Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 23 pictures from Evelin's camera of the evening of Day Three
• Please click on the photos at the bottom or here to see the 5 photos that Amita Neerav kindly took
Morning of Day Three, Friday, 18th August 2017: On the way to the conference!
On the left side, you see Agrasen, a legendary Indian king (Maharaja) of Agroha, a city of traders. The Agrawal and Agrahari communities claim descent from him. He is credited with the establishment of a kingdom of traders in North India named Agroha, and is known for his compassion in refusing to slaughter animals in yajnas.
• Please click on the photo above or here to see all 63 pictures from Evelin's camera of the morning of Day Three

15th August 2017: What a WONDERFUL moment! Donna T. Fujimoto and Mike Morgan have arrived! And how wonderful that they find a home with our dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.



15th August 2017: What a WONDERFUL moment! Avi Shahaf arrived! And he met with dear Tejas Kumar Jain and Yashasvi Dhand!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.











14th August 2017: What an amazing event! The teachers of the Renaissance College in Indore, India, prepared a large table of gifts for the 'circle of love gifts' of the global dignity family! When I saw the table full of love-gifts, I was speechless! It was such an incredibly beautiful surprise!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, dearest friends!
• Please click on the photos at the top or here to see many more pictures of the college's wonderful faculty!
• Please click on the row of photos at the bottom or here to see more pictures of Menika Jadon's lovely team!
• At the very bottom you see a photo taken on 19th August of dear Ankur Chaurasiya, who gifted a Taj Mahal sculpture to the circle of love gifts!




14th August 2017: The streets of Indore, India!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.





13th August 2017: My first time in a sari! Thank you so much, dearest Amita! And a huge thank-you also to dear Sarla Dixit, Dr. Rajesh's loving mother! I learned later that a sari can be worn in many different ways. The current fashion originates from the Tagore’s family who made an art of draping saris, at a time when Bengal and Kolkatta were still a cultural hub.
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures.



12th August 2017: Thank you so much, dearest Amita, for sharing your wonderful clothes with me, so that I can turn into Evamita!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see them larger.



11th August 2017: Thank you so much, dearest Amita, for sharing your wonderful clothes with me, so that I can turn into Evamita!
And thank you so much also for sharing wonderful music with me:
• Pt. Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi (4 February 1922 – 24 January 2011) was a legendary Indian vocalist from Karnataka in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs).
• Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna (6 July 1930 – 22 November 2016) was an Indian Carnatic vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor.
• Please click on the photos above or here to see them larger.





11th August 2017: Thank you so much, dear Amol Mishra, for introducing Pranjali Singh Parihar to our dignity work!
Her passion is passon for life is 'kathak' and she is working for her PhD in that field. See her work on YouTube, among others, here.
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11th August 2017: Thank you, dear Jyoti Gupta, for bringing a lovely gift for the 'circle of love gifts' that she made herself, two little plaques that can be glued on a surface, a door, for instance. On every door of a shop, labh (profit) is placed first, on the left side, and then comes shubh (good) on the right side. Brahmans, however, would place those two messages in the inverse order: first 'good' and only then 'profit'! Thank you, dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit, for explaining this!
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8th August 2017: What a privilege to be with Menika Soni Jadon in town to buy what we need for our upcoming conference! Thank you, dear Menika, for a wonderful day! And another big thank-you for you beautiful gift of earrings from the great Indian Fabrics shop!
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8th August 2017: Pictures of the Indore, where you see both, India (left) and Bharata (right). India is a Western name, while the name of the country in Indian languages is Bharata, after the emperor Bharata. The Westside store has a Western and an Indian section for women's clothes.
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8th to 12th August 2017, in a Mall in Indore, India
(the left side offers vegetarian fillings for sandwiches, the right side non-vegetarian fillngs):

Evelin Lindner wrote to Linda Hartling on 11th August: What pains me most, personally, is when the West is being imitated to the detriment not just of indigenous 'Bharata' practices, but to the detriment of human health and well-being altogether. Western practices provide the illusion of status at the price of health! The photo you see shows a Subway shop in a mall, serving terrible "plastic"-food, while I assume it is exploiting its workers and siphoning off the profits to a wealthy few somewhere outside of India... The fact that people here in India (as everywhere else in the world) accept such exploitation, and even are proud of it, is what I call 'voluntary self-humiliation'... (I do not wish to 'hang-out' Subway here; I do not know enough about its corporate ethics. I use it only as an example for wide-spread practices.)

Linda Hartling responded on 12th August: This situation breaks my heart. It makes me ill to see the 'plastic'-food practices being exported by U.S. corporate predators. They are never held accountable for the harm that they are doing in the world. Corporate predators seduce people into participating in voluntary self-humiliation. Perhaps this is why Mahatma Gandhi emphasised the importance of 'non-cooperation with everything humiliating' (from 'The first principle of nonviolent action is non-cooperation with everything humiliating'). Our dignity work as a community is our form of non-cooperation with everything humiliating!

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7th August 2017: Rakhi or the bond of relationship between brothers and sisters! From top left to bottom right: approaching a Rakhi shop, the shop from the inside, a dish for the ceremony, a set for a brother and his wife, the festive hand decoration!
This is a temporary tattoo which is called 'Mehndi' in Hindi and 'Heena' in Arabic, and it is an ancient art to decorate hand and legs on special occasions. It is made with a paste of leaves which can be used in dried and in fresh form. Thank you so much for explaining, dear Menika Jadon!
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7th August 2017: Rakhi or the bond of relationship between brothers and sisters!
Above: A BIG thank-you to Amita's sister-in-law Swati Taksali for making these wonderful earrings!
Below, left, from dear Rajesh: Shagun means 'omen' or 'presage' and represents a 'holy gift' (a gift of money becomes a shagun when one rupee is added, otherwise it is just money).
Below, right: Damaru, a little drum that Lord Shiva used as his instrument, a lovely gift from dear Amita!
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7th August 2017: Rakhi or the bond of relationship between brothers and sisters!
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6th August 2017: See this very special and creatively decorated 'Rajesh coconut drink'!
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5th August 2017: Flowers, flour, and vegetables (bitter gourd and garlic)!
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5th August 2017: I was in heaven in these wonderful fabric shops in the Sindhi colony of Indore! They no longer exist in Western countries! Thank you so so much, dearest Amita and Rajesh, for taking me there! And for helping me buy wonderful gifts for our 'circle of love gifts'!
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4th August 2017: The streets of Indore! First from the Indore Indira Group buildings (newly transformed as Renaissance University) to the Renaissance College, and then from there to my new home with dear Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit. You see both: India and Bharata. India is a Western name, while the name of the country in Indian languages is Bharata, after the emperor Bharata. Thank you, dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit, for explaining to me that both names also stand for two different Indias, the Westernized and non-Westernized. These photos show both. At the bottom you see the IT Park of Indore.
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4th August 2017: 'Induction' ('Introduction') for the new students at the newly formed Renaissance University, previously Indore Indira Group of Institutions.
For the first time, I met its Founder and Group Chairman, Swapnil Kothari. Even though his address to the students was in Hindi, I had no problems understanding that he is an exceptionally gifted orator and inspirational speaker! The students were totally mesmerised!

Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj opened his talk to the students by saying that they have to work hard, with enthusiasm, to learn as much as possible in these two years before graduation: 'You have to be tough on yourself, then life will be easy on you, but if you are easy on yourself then life will be tough on you'.
Then Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj talked about five philosophies for self inspiration:
1. Always expect more from yourself. Expectations should be introvert and not extrovert.
2. Align yourself towards the highest of work ethics. One should have empathy, team work, quality driven work etc.
3. Both of these philosophies should be backed by relentless intelligent effort. Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj quoted a story of Socrates and the Noble Prize Winner Professor Chandrasekhar: learning is successful when a person starts enjoying the position in the business instead of enjoying the business.
When all these three philosophies inspire you, there is a maximum chance of success.
But some time failure may still occur. Therefore Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj concluded:
4. Treat every success as motivation gain and don't let it feed your ego.
5. Treat every setback as maturity gain, don't see it as failure.

As a gift for my contribution to the event, I received a sacred Tulsi plant,
and two books that the students are required to read:

1. Radjou, Navi and Jaideep Ahuja Simone Prabhu (2012, seventeenth impression 2016): Jugaad Innovation: A Frugal and Flexible Approach to Innovation for the 21st Century, Gurgaon, India: Random House. This book outlines six principles of 'jugaad' innovation: Seek opportunity in adversity, do more with less, think and act flexibly, keep it simple, include the margin, and follow your heart.

2. Covey, Stephen R. (1989/2013). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. London: Simon and Schuster.

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July and August 2017: Approaching the Renaissance College in Indore, India, which, since a few days, is part of the newly formed Renaissance University.
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1st - 3rd August 2017: Please see Evelin transforming into a true sister of Amita Neerav!
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30th July 2017: Welcome to the new Dialogue Home for our global dignity network in the home of Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India!
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Thank you, dear friends, for explaining this to me:
• 4 varna (system of social divisions of people in Hinduism): brahman (traditionally: priests, scholars and teachers, surname mostly: Kumar), kshatriya (traditionally: rulers, warriors and administrators, surname mostly: Singh), vaishya (traditionally: agriculturalists and merchants, surname mostly: Chandra), and kshudr (traditionally: laborers and service providers, surname mostly: Lal) (Dalit, meaning 'oppressed' in Sanskrit and 'broken/scattered' in Hindi/Urdu, is a term for the members of lower castes in India. The term is mostly used for the ones that have been subjected to untouchability. Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and thought of themselves as forming a fifth varna, describing themselves as Panchama.)
• 4 ashram (stages of life): brahmacharya (to study, to get knowledge), grihasth (build a family), van prasth (go to nature), and sanyas (know yourself)
• 3 rhin (debts needed to repay): devrhin (repay to god), rishirhin (repay to whoever gave you knowledge), and pitra thin (repay to your parents)
• 4 purusharth (duties/efforts): dharm (correct living), arth (make a living, see also the traditional Hindu joint family system), kama (reproduction), and moksha (salvation, becoming part of the supreme soul)
• 6 ritu (seasons): basant (spring), grishm (summer), varsha (raining season), sharad (autumn), hemant (winter), and shishir (winter)
• 6 svad (tastes): mitha (sweet), namkin (sour), khatta (tamarind), kadva (bitter), kasaila (fenugreek, styptic), and tura (tasteless)
• 7 sur (musical notation): sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni
• 8 vivah (types of marriage): brahm (platonic soulmate love), dev (divine love), arya (arranged marriage), prajapatya (), asur (one-sided love marriage), gandharv (love marriage), rakshas (rape marriage), and pishach ()
• 9 ras (expressions in drama and dance): shant (calm), shringar (love), hasya (laugh), raudra (anger), karun (pity), vir (fight), bhayanak (fear), vibhats (ugly), and adbhut (astonishment)
• 10 disha (geographical directions): poorva (east), paschim (west), uttar (north), dakshin (south), vayavya (north-west), nairutya (south-west), ishanya (north-east), agneya (south-east), prathvi (earthwards), and aakash (skywards) (five important elements of vastu shastra – fire, water, earth, wind and space are mutually related to the four cardinal directions and four inter-cardinal directions of the compass. Each direction is associated with an element and an area of life.)

See also:
• 5 holy animal: have been traditionally considered sacred in Hindu culture, The symbolic significance of animals in India are as vehicles of god or deities themselves. Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva,Tiger the vehicle of “Maa Durga“, mouse* is also considered as one of the holy animals in India, It is vahana (mount/vehicle) of the Lord Shri Ganesh. The Karni Mata Temple is very popular as the temple of rats in Rajasthan. Indian Eagle Garuda and peacock are considered as the sacred bird of Hindu. Not only animals are worship as sacred in India, Holy rivers, Sacred trees, land and birds are also worship in Indian culture. Street show of animals like monkey, bear and snakes used by the tribe people for living hood. Still in the rural parts of the country,buffalo, goat and chicken’s are sacrificed to deities by the various tribes. The animals are sacrificed as part of an old annual tribal custom or tradition in India and some time there are incident of killing of wild animals by the villagers too. To describe the Significance of animals in Indian culture “Sacred Animals of India” book has been published. The book “Sacred Animals of India” authored by Dr. Nanditha Krishna and released by Maneka Gandhi the animal rights activist.

*The house mouse was originally native to Asia (probably northern India), and spread to the eastern Mediterranean about 13,000 BC, only spreading into the rest of Europe around 1000 BC. This time lag is thought to be because the mice require agrarian human settlements above a certain size. They have since been spread to all parts of the globe by humans.



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30th July 2017: Dr. Rajesh Dixit is a deep-thinking poet. He generously sends his poetry to our Dialogue Home of Linda Hartling and Rick Slaven in Portland, Oregon. The title of his book is: 'I am Jealous of the Ocean'. The woman on the front cover is his wife Amita Neerav.
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30th July 2017: Article by Amita Neerav in the weekend edition of Naidunia ("New World"). The title of the article is 'A Global Saint Connects People of the World with a Circle of Love Gifts: A special talk with Evelin G. Lindner, who has been nominated consecutively for the third time for the Nobel Peace Prize'.
Wikipedia: Dainik Jagran (Hindi: दैनिक जागरण) is an Indian Hindi-language daily newspaper. It is the largest read newspaper in India and the second-largest newspaper in India by circulation... It has also been declared by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) as one of the most read newspapers in the world. It was named the most credible newspaper source in India in a survey commissioned by BBC-Reuters. The newspaper is owned by Jagran Prakashan Limited... Jagran Prakashan Limited also acquired Mid Day in 2010 and Naiduniya in 2012.
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29th July 2017: What a gift it is to have found a new home! Thank you, dear Dr. Amita Neerav and Dr. Rajesh Dixit, for declaring your house to be a Dialogue Home for our global dignity network!
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Gorgeous and brilliant Amita Neerav.
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On 28th July 2017, my dear friends Dr. Rajesh Dixit and Dr. Amita Neerav took me to the Khajuri Bazaar near the historical palace of Rajwada, a seven storied structure built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire, therefore also known as Holkar Palace, one of the oldest structures and major historical sites located in the heart of the city of Indore close to the Chhatris. See the marvellous Malhari Martand Temple. In front of the palace, there is the holy tree kadamb, the favourite tree of Lord Krishna.

At the bottom you see 5 photos of gifts for our 'circle of love gifts'. From left:
1. Betel nut dried and cut in slices, to be used as mouth freshener
2. Koriander pulses, used as mouth freshener
3. mixed Indian mouth freshener
4. Green berries grow on tries, kharparevdl, and black berrie
5. Rakhi or the bond of relationship between brothers and sisters

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After being in touch with Vinita Raj for years via email, it is almost unbelievable that we finally are together in person!
What a great privilege it is for me to meet her and be welcomed into her wonderful family!
"Humanity is our identity" is their motto!
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On 26th July 2017, it was a great privilege to meet Sarabjeet Singh Bharaj, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Renaissance College and the Indore Indira Group.
I thank the principle of the Renaisssance College, Dr. Rajesh Dixit, for taking this nice photo!
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On 15th July 2017, what a privilege to arrive in Indore, India, and be included as a family member in so many homes and to be allowed to wear my hosts' wonderful clothes wherever I am welcomed!
These pictures were taken on 20th and 21st July in the loving home of dear Dr. Rajesh Dixit and his extraordinary wife Dr. Amita Neerav. Thank you so much, dearest both of you, for giving me a new home! What a gift this is to me!
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On 3rd August 2017, what a privilege it was to learn about Hindu worship!
In the middle, you see Sai Baba of Shirdi, Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and an incarnation (avatar) of God. He is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime.
At the bottom, please see two holy books, on the left side, Shri Ramcharit Manas, and on the right side Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Mahapuran.
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1. A Puja kit includes the following items, see from the top left to the bottom right (thank you, dear Poojaram for explaining this to me):
- Ittar scent bottle
- White (abir) powder for Lord Shiva, orange (kesar) powder for Lord Ganesh, red (gulal) powder for other gods, yellow (turmeric) powder for gods (read more about colors in Hinduism here and here)
- Incrense (loban) sticks
- White cotton (bati), to dip in oil or butter and burn
- Ready-made candles of butter
- Moli threads, to be tied on the rist
- Campher
- White cotton (bati)
- Incense (loban) stick to burn

2. Chanting mala made from tulasi wood

3. White cotton (bati), to dip in oil or butter and burn

4. Toran, or Bandanwar (bandan is 'to tie', and war means 'your gate'), this is a decorative door hanging that it is placed above the entrance door of a house or an apartment to invite positive vibrations into the house. It has an image of God Lakshmi and of Lord Ganesha, signs of prosperity and knowledge.

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When I lived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Burma in 1981, I got so used to squat toilets that I could no longer sit on a Western toilet. Upon returning to the West, I had to climb up on the seat, exactly in the way depicted in the picture on the left side as 'don't do'. Coming to India now, I am very surprised to see not only squat toilets, but also combi-toilets, as shown on the picture on the right side.

I am very glad that the myth that Western toilets supposedly are more 'civlised' is finally being dispelled! See:
'The Great Sit or Squat Debate: ... squat toilets are more effective and better for your health'.

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See also 'How to Use an Indian Bathroom'.




On 26th June 2017, it was a great pleasure to be invited to the "red sofa" in front of the museum of Hamelin in Germany. The invitees were the Pied Piper of Hamelin, or, to be precise, his contemporary personification by Michael Boyer, together with the director of the museum, Stefan Daberkow. See the flyer of the event and its announcement.
It is a privilege to be born into a family that was forcibly displaced from Silesia in 1946 after WWII to Hamelin. When I was a child and went to school in Hamelin - I was born in 1954 - I was not aware that my family was not alone and that the population of the city had almost doubled to more than 51,000 persons by the year 1950, with the majority of the new citizens beings expellees from Silesia. Only today, I learned from my mother that my grandparents were indeed active in the gatherings that those Silesians of Hamelin regularly held. My lack of awareness clearly proves that my parents succeeded in shielding their children from the burdens of a past full of traumatic loss and humiliation.
If we look at the legend of the Pied Piper, then historical evidence shows that there was indeed such a person as a Pied Piper. It is possible that he was a recruiter for German settlement into the East, the so-called Ostsiedlung (settlement of the East), that took place during the High Middle Ages. This settlement included also what later became known as Silesia. As it seems, the historical Pied Piper left Hamelin in 1284 with 130 of the city's young people, perhaps taking them eastward (perhaps not, there is no evidence of what happened to them after they disappeared). During the years after World War II, from 1945 onward, the arrival of masses of forcibly displaced people people arriving precisely from that east could be interpreted as a "return" of those youths that left in 1284, albeit many hundreds of years later. Michael Boyer reminded me of the relief above the entrance to the Bürgergarten, where, as he explained, Hans Walther made a connection between the legend and this "return." See the picture at the bottom.
Clearly, however, for my parents, to be forcibly expelled from their homeland Silesia was not a happy "return" but a traumatic displacement. On reflection - and this I can only say after forty years of global experience - this traumatic family background constitutes the motivational force behind my life work. In a way, I have become a "recruiter" like the Pied Piper, or, in my case, I would rather call myself an "inspirer." I did precisely what a recruiter ought to do: A recruiter's first task would be to make himself familiar with the overall life situation of the people he would like to recruit. He would have to identify whether there would be any reason for people to give up what they have, and venture into something new. This indeed describes my life path. When I finished high school, still in Hamelin, I was nineteen years old. At twenty, I began with what I call "global living," which means that I attempted to learn about the world we live in on all continents, about its nature and its people. One could also say that I continued with displacement. Until the age of forty-five, my identity was that of so many people who also today have no place to go: "Here, where I am, I am not at home, and there is no home for me to return to." Roughly at the age of forty-five this identity changed: it transmuted from "I belong nowhere" into "I belong everywhere." By now, the entire planet Earth is my home. After forty years of global living, at the age of sixty, my global "apprenticeship" is accomplished and I can enter into "adulthood," in the sense that I now have a "recruiting message." The Pied Piper, in 1284, might have called out: "Dear young people of Hamelin, look at all the problems you have here! I would like to invite you into a new life!" This is also what I say: "Dear citizens of this Earth, look at all the problems you have created for yourself - from sociocide to ecocide. I would like to invite you to join our global dignity movement and co-create better ways of living together, and being in synchrony with our planet, so that our children will find a future worth living in."

• Video:
The Red Sofa with the Pied Piper of Hamelin and Evelin Lindner

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It feels ages ago that I was on MS Fantasy the last time! Here I am, from Oslo to Kiel, on 29-30th March 2017. My first experiences with Color Line connecting Oslo and Kiel, back in 1994, were so different, not to speak of the time when Even and I took the ferry to and from Larvik from 1978 to 1984! Now the Color Line ships are no longer ferries, they are luxurious and expensive cruise ships (I got the last inexpensive ticket for a day before the prices rise for the season). And they committ all the crimes we as humankind perpetrate at this historical juncture: inviting people into frantically overusing our planet's resources ("shopping"), and keeping people entertained while the Titanic sinks (pun intended) by way of bread and circuses (so-called "shows," now with impressive digital effects, rushing through their programme as if the devil were chasing them...)
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What a privilege and honour it was to be together with Aase Myrtveit and Bernt Hagtvet on 24th March 2017! Thank you so much, dear Aase, for inviting us! And for you brilliant questions! And thank you, dear Bernt, for your brilliant answers!
Hva et privilegium og ære det var for meg å være sammen med Aase Myrtveit og Bernt Hagtvet på 24. mars 2017 og lære av dem! Tusen takk, kjære Aase, for at du inviterte meg! Og for dine strålende spørsmål! Og takk, kjære Bernt, for dine fantastisk flotte svar!

• Ydmykelse - følelsens atombombe, NRK P2, verdibørsen, opptak 24. mars, sendt den 28. mars 2017
• ...hva gjør ydmykelsen så farlig? ...sammenhengen mellom terror og ydmykelse ...terror handler ikke bare om ydmykelse, mens også heltemot og ære: hvordan? ...hva med politikken og ideologienes rolle? ...følelser i politikken; DE føler seg ydmyket, mens VI er redde? (hva gjør denne redselen med oss?) ...hvor viktig er følelser i politikken ...fører globalisering til mer konflikt? ...om å vende seg vekk fra den globale landsbyen ...hvorfor ikke vende seg vekk?

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Dearest Fanny Duckert! I am so touched by all the gifts you give me! Thank you so much for having me in your lovely home on 23rd March 2017!
I am so glad that you take your responsibility seriously, namely, to be an influential Elder now! The world so much needs the wisdom and insights of Elders like YOU!
On behalf of humankind and of our planet, let me thank you for your crucially important sense of responsibility and service!
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Det var en stor ære å bli invitert til å holde foredrag på Litteraturhuset i Oslo av Oslo Human-Etisk Forbund, Oslo og Akershus fylkeslag, den 22. mars 2017! Se invitasjon. En stor takk til dere, kjære Inger Marie Helle og Moa Myklebust!

Video:
Åpent temamøte: Om ydmykelse
Takk til Lasse Moer for å gjøre videoopptaket!

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Tusen takk, kjære Heidetraut von Weltzien for de fine bildene du tok!





On 13th March 2017, it was a great privilege to be invited by Inga Bostad to talk about 'Honour, Humiliation, and Terror' at the Monday lunch / Mandagslunsj at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights / Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter, University of Oslo, Cort Adelers gate 30, 0162 Oslo, Norway, Seminarrom Asbjørn Eide, see the announcement of this talk.
Thank you to Zuzana Luckay for coming all the way from Slovakia! And what an honour to have Nils Butenschøn with us, together with Trine Eklund, Lisbeth and Per Glad, Barbro Bakken, and Inga's dear friend Annette!
Thanks a lot also to Lisbeth and Barbro for taking such lovely photos, and to Zuzana for doing the video recording!

Video:
• Honour, Humiliation, and Terror

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Dearest Trine Eklund! You have no idea how thankful I am to you for opening your Dignity Home for me in February and March 2017, and for letting me share your home with you! How can I ever thank you enough for including me so lovingly in your amazing circle friends, all pioneers for peace! Every day, you teach me new insights, and I grow into better understanding the shoulders on which I stand! Through you, it is as if my life-time is prolonged back into the past, I learn to deeply understand how it felt to work for peace, for example, during the Cold War, or even further back in time, the dilemmas that Norway faced when being attacked by Nazi Germany... (see, for instance, the 2016 film The King's Choice)
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Dearest Trine Eklund! How can we ever thank you enough for opening your home for all of us for a wonderful lunch on 12th March 2017! You opened your home for Lisbeth and Per Glad, Gerdelin Bodvin, and Zuzana Luckay who came all the way from Slovakia to be with us!
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Dearest Ragnhild Nilsen! Congratulations! Congratulations with so many wonderful achievements! Most importantly, with a new chapter in your life, a chapter that is crucially important also for Norway as a country, and far beyond Norway!
6th March 2017 was a great day!
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On 2nd March 2017, it was lovely to meet Sima Barmania!
Sima Barmania is a British Muslim medical doctor from London, with an intercalated BMedsci and a Masters in Public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD from Malaysia looking at HIV, interfaith and religion from a public health perspective.
Sima is in the process of setting up a peace education initiative for primary school aged children to help them understand different religions, cultures and ethnicities, and reverse the dehumaniSation process.
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On 2nd March 2017, what a wonderful gift to have dear Beth Maina with us, meeting her in person for the first time, after so many emails!
Beth Maina is of Kenyan origin, a holder of PhD in sociology, and Professor of International Health at the Unit of International Maternal and Child Health, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Our deep gratitude goes to you, dear Catherine Odora Hoppers (see us in May 2013 on the right picture!), for connecting us three in such a wonderful shared sense of loving Ubuntu!
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Thank you for your wonderful gift of a picture of a fern-hand, dear Esben!

On 2nd March 2017, 12.15-14.00, everybody was welcome to 'Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation: The Case of Rwanda', Evelin's lecture at the Department of Psychology, Harald Schjelderups hus, Forskningsveien 3, Oslo, Norway, auditorium 2. It is a privilege to be part of PSY4506 – Human Rights, Democracy and Reconstruction after Conflict; A community based approach, with Nora Sveaass and Inger Skjelsbæk. See the announcement of the talk.
It was a great honour to welcome not only the wonderful students, but also so many amazing intellectual pioneers and pillars of the Norwegian peace movement! And thank you so much, dear Beth Maina, for coming all the way from Uppsala to bring the message of Ubuntu to us all! And thank you also to you, dear Sima and Nooshin, for coming all the way from London with your peace work!
This lecture is also part of an annual series hosted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, Norway (until 2014 in the context of PSYC3203 – Anvendt sosialpsykologi, in 2015 as guest lecture; see the video site of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Oslo). In June 2015, the 25th Annual Dignity Conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

Video:
• Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation, 2nd March 2017
Thanks a lot also to Alan Serhan for wonderful support
See also a short video clip by Esben Østbye

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Please see Mai-Bente Bonnevie and her wonderful new book Magma!
Omtale: Mai-Bente Bonnevie er kjent som kunstner, feminist og fredsaktivist. Denne boken er vakkert illustrert med hennes kunst. Forfatterne Gunnar Danbolt og Paula Fure setter henne inn i en nasjonal og internasjonal kunsthistorisk kontekst. Mai-Bente Bonnevie skriver selv om sin angst og veien frem til det å bli kunstner. En vakker bok som vil glede mange og være til hjelp for mennesker som har opplevd angst som følge av vonde opplevelser i barndommen.
English translation by Lindner:
Book description: May-Bente Bonnevie is known as an artist, feminist and peace activist. This book is beautifully illustrated with her art. The authors Gunnar Danbolt and Paula Fure place her work into a national and international context of art history. May-Bente Bonnevie writes about her anxiety and the way forward to becoming an artist. A beautiful book that will delight many and be of help to people who have experienced anxiety as a result of painful experiences during childhood.
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• See also a vellykket kunstnersamtale in Tjøme, 18. august 2016.



Øivind Hoff

On 28th February 2017, what a wonderful first meeting it was with dear Anne Lene Hompland! Thank you so much, dear Anne Lene for deep sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS with your crucially important peace work!
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On 24rd February 2017, what an honour it was to be together with eminent philosopher Inga Bostad, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights / Norsk senter for menneskerettigheter!
Inga’s visionary leadership and extraordinary efforts are an inspiration to every aspect of HumanDHS work in the world. Her life is a testimony for the power of dignity and peace. Inga Bostad embodies the indomitable courage, conviction, and spirit of Bertha von Suttner, the first women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Dear Inga! The world needs you now more than ever! YOU are our dignity hero! YOU are our model of the leadership we need to see, today and far into the future! How proud Norway can be, how proud can the University of Oslo be, to have people like YOU!
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Øivind Hoff

On 23rd February 2017, it was a great privilege for Egil Bergh-Telle and Evelin Lindner to honour Øivind Hoff for his extraordinary contributions to the global dignity work with his wonderful wide expertise in information technology!
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In March 2017, our dear Jingyi Dong very kindly created a seal for our World Dignity University.
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Please meet Jingyi Dong! Please see her Preface to the Chinese Translation of the book Making Enemies.
In March 2017, our dear Jingyi very kindly created a seal for E-lin Lin.
Since the family name goes first in Chinese names, it sounds: Lin E-lin, that is: 林艾霖

林 means woods, as one can see, it is composed of two trees.

艾 has multiple meanings. It may mean beautiful. It also refers to a grass called artemisia (Artemisia argyi H. Lév. & Vaniot). As one can see, the upper part of the word looks like a grass. It is a vegetation that may be used in medical treatment. Treatment with artemisia is a good care for elderly people. Therefore, the word means senior, or good care.

霖 means rain that lasts for more than three days. As you can see, it is composed of 雨 and 林. Rain is of course good for woods. So, this long rain is not the kind that will lead to flood, but will promote the growth of life. So this word is often used together with “sweet”, that is, at a time of drought, when you suddenly have rain, you call it a “sweet rain”, and you will use the word霖.

Evelin Lindner altogether has more than three syllables. When pronouced in Chinese, we may use six characters, like this: Lin-de-na E-ve-lin.

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Ink Orchid by an artist named Shi Tao

Please meet Jingyi Dong! Please see her Preface to the Chinese Translation of the book Making Enemies. Please see also her video 女侠林艾霖 "The Story of Evelin Lindner: Evelin the Knight,” made in May 2017 (video with English subtitles | Pdf of English subtitles).
In March 2017, our dear Jingyi decorated the photos that Tor Stenersen had taken in March 2016 with Chinese poems. She chose highly symbolic poems about orchids and chrysanthemum flowers.

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Zhang Jiuling, the author of this poem, was once a prime minister. He wrote the poem when he was excluded from the palace. The following is the English translation.
Orchid and Sinnamon
by Zhang Jiuling (678 – 740):
Tender orchid-leaves in spring
And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn
Are as self-contained as life is,
Which conforms them to the seasons.
Yet why will you think that a forest-hermit,
Allured by sweet winds and contented with beauty,
Would no more ask to-be transplanted Than Would any other natural flower?

The following is Jingyi's interpretation: Tender orchid-leaves in spring, and cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn, their rich lives respectively make their own seasons sweet. Can anyone understand the forest-hermit who is allured by the fragrance of the flowers and contented with the beauty of the flowers? The beauty comes from the nature of the flowers, whether or not a beauty would pluck the flowers to wear them, the flowers do not care, since a beauty could not add more beauty to the flowers.

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Poem written by a poet named Qu Yuan (343 – 278 BCE),
the first poet in Chinese history (before him, all poems were anonymous):
The way ahead is long;
I see no ending,
yet high and low I’ll search with my will unbending.

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The Song of the Orchid
by Confusius
(English translation unavailable)
Orchid plants bloom in the cold season and send out an elegant fragrance. They therefore symbolize a noble and pure character. But they have to suffer loneliness, because when they bloom, other flowers are gone.
Confucius' life was divided into two periods: During the first stage, he spoke about peace to the political elites. In the second stage, he was disappointed with the elites and turned to the population at large. This poem was written between the two periods. When Confucius finally turned to the wider populace, empowering talented youths from the underclass, his ideals were widely received and he had 3000 followers.

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Han Yu was a famous essay writer and politician and he wrote “The Song of the Orchid” using Confucius’ format. By his time, Confucianism already had become the orthodox view in China. For some time, Han Yu was excluded from the palace. In comparison with the original poem written by Confucius, we may sense some arrogance in Han Yu's poem. The following is the English version:
The Song of the Orchid
by Han Yu (768 – 824):
The orchid is flourishing, its fragrance spreads.
If no one plucks one to wear it, how could that harm the orchid!
My coming back today, who caused it?
I have been traveling everywhere, for years on end.
The luxuriance of the frost and snow (will bring) luxuriant crops (in spring)
If you are not sad I will not come to see you.
Luxuriant crops (mean) a good harvest
Although a gentleman may be sad, he keeps proper conduct.

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Chrysanthemum
by Yuan Zhen (779 – 831)
Flowering shrubs all around as if at Tao’s home,
They cluster at the fences in the declining sun.
No other reason for my special love of chrysanthemum
Than that all the other flowers have now been done.

Chrysanthemum flowers bloom in the cold season of autumn. Because they are so proud in the cold, they symbolize the character of a gentleman. Tao was a hermit who was famous for his poem about chrysanthemum. He was once a prime minister, but later was excluded from the palace. He planted chrysanthemum plants around his house.

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Ink Orchid
by Shi Tao (1642 - 1708)
The poet was a fine artist. He used ink to draw orchids, and the poems were used to decorate his pictures. He was a descendant from the royal family. When the Central Land was conqued by the Manchu aristocratis, local men were forced to adopt Manchu hair style: shave hairs off the forehead and keep a pigtail at the back of the head; otherwise their heads would be cut off. The peot refused to adopt Manchu haire style and shove all his hair: he chose to become a monk.
The two poems may be interpreted as: In the cold season when all the flowers are gone, the orchid may see me painting with ink; the orchid then becomes less lonely, and this poem is supposed to be a companion to the orchid. Every leaf of the orchid demonstrates the strength of the orchid; its amazing bravery challenges the wind. My ink and my paiting in fact compose a portrait of my own character.
The artist used ink only, without any color, to paint the orchid, to highlight its elegance, its highly elevated taste above the secular world. Ink, which is used by the literati, symbolizes the elegance that is unique to intellectuals.

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Ink Orchid by an artist named Shi Tao

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On 2nd February 2017, it was an honour to be in Hamburg with my dear friend of more than 40 years, Ellen, and to walk through the Elbphilharmonie, which had opened only very recently. Thank you so much, dear Ellen, for these lovely photos! On the photo on the right side, very faintly, you see the "old" landmark of Hamburg, the 'Michel', in the background on my left side. The Elbphilharmonie will be the new landmark of Hamburg from now on...
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