Our Patrons

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Dr. Anand

Dr Anand was born in the state of Bihar , India in 1946. His schooling includes attending St. Xavier’s in Patna for secondary education, St. Stephens in Delhi for education in physics, and Patna Medical College for his medical education. He has practiced family medicine and taught medical students in the UK since 1983.

Dr. Anand sees things from the patient's perspective. He resolves patient problems, not merely offers symptomatic relief. He sees doctor patient relationship as an evolving journey. His medical practice is not limited merely to the prescription of pharmaceuticals and surgery. It is holistic in nature including counseling, stress relief and complementary therapies. Dr Anand thinks that stress causes 90% of patient visits to the doctor. He believes that medicine without health is like religion without spirituality.

It is Dr. Anand who introduced SHEN to the use of HeartMath's emWave heart rate variability monitor for biofeedback in the stress management process.

Dr. Neil Arya

Dr. Sanjeev Bedi

Dr. Sanjeev Bedi

Rory Dickson

Rory Dickson

Dr. Hendrik Hart

Hendrik (Henk) Hart, Ph.D. (Free University), A.B. (Calvin College), joined the Institute of Christian Studies (ICS) at Toronto, Ontario in1967, and is professor of systematic philosophy at ICS. Hart is also the Academic Dean and Director of Doctoral Studies at ICS.

Before coming to ICS, Henk served as the Head of the Philosophical Institute at the Free University in the Netherlands. He is the author of Understanding Our World: An Integral Ontology; Communal Certainty and Authorized Truth: An Examination of John Dewey's Philosophy of Verification; The Challenge of Our Age; and Setting Our Sights by the Morning Star. Henk has a long list of articles, contributions to books, popular academic publications and papers. He is currently at work on a new book about change.

Dr. Doris Jakobsh

Dr. Doris Jakobsh teaches at the University of Waterloo 's Department of Religious Studies. Her area of specialization is Gender in Sikh Studies. She teaches a variety of courses, particularly on Women in the World Religions, Eastern Religions, and Religion in North America . Doris has degrees from the University of Waterloo , Harvard University and the University of British Columbia .

Didi Chaitanya Jyoti

Didi Chaitanya Jyoti received her M.A. (1967) and an M.Ed. (1971) degree, both from the Punjab University, Chandigarh in India. She taught at a post secondary institution for 22 years. During her teaching career, she got introduced to Brahmarishi Vishwatma Bawra of Brahmarishi Mission at Pinjore, Haryana, India who accepted her as a disciple.

Didi Jyoti's spiritual training began under the guidance of her guru in 1969 culminating into her initiation into the Sanyasa order on April 30, 1980. She has travelled afar, both in India and other countries, teaching vedantic spirituality and the practice of yoga. She has been the resident incharge of the Brahmarishi Mission of Canada with its head office in Kitchener ON, Canada.

Dr. David Seljak

Born in Toronto in 1958, David Seljak is now assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. He is currently director of the St. Jerome's Centre for Catholic Experience and the Istitute for Studies in Theological Renewal. He is also the Secretary of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion. He teaches courses in religion and ecology, social ethics, sociology, history, and world religions. He is currently working
on a CD-Web Distance Education course on religion and ecology. The course will unite scholars in a number of Catholic colleges and universities from across Canada.

Dr. Seljak earned his PhD in the Sociology of Religion at McGill University in Montreal. His thesis addressed the reaction of the Catholic Church in Quebec to the secularization of nationalism in the 1960s. His current research interests are in the field of religion and modern society, social ethics, religion and ecology, and the Christian churches in Canada. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books on these topics.

Professor Paul Socken

Professor Paul Socken received his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto in 1974 and has been on the faculty of the University of Waterloo for 26 years. He is currently Chair of the Department of French Studies and Chair of the Dean's Advisory Committee on Jewish Studies. He has published numerous articles and books on his specialty, French-Canadian literature, and has spoken at academic colloquia in Canada, the United States and Europe.