Jose Antonio Pando, MD, will present insight on the Evolution of Incan Spirituality at the Summer Spirituality Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 31. The weekly presentations are held in the Parish Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 211 Mulberry St. in Lewes.
The Incas developed an amazing civilization that covered a large portion of Latin America. At the time the Europeans arrived in the Americas, the empire consisted of over 10 million people who lived happily and in harmony with nature. They lived by three basic rules and practiced Ayni, which, in its basic form, represents the principle of reciprocity. There was an obligation to take care of friends and neighbors in their time of need, and they would do the same in return.
The Incas' cosmologic vision was that all human beings are children of the Sun and enjoy the warmth and light of the Sun. Behind the Sun there is God Wiracocha, the "Sun behind the Sun," which sends life-force energy through the Sun to Mother Earth (Pachamama) for all people and all of nature. Because of that relationship, all humans are related and should live in harmony.
Their evolution of their conception of Pacha (the universe) throughout the centuries, from pre-Inca to Inca cultures, will be explained. The presentation will conclude with an explanation on why the Inca Empire knowledge and their teachings are relevant at this transition time.
Pando was born in Lima, Peru. He trained as a medical doctor in Latin America and completed his internship, residency and fellowships in the United States at Yale University, Georgetown University and NIH. Since an early age has been exposed to and interested in the history of Peru and the healing arts of the Andean people. He currently lives in Lewes with his wife and three children.
Each Thursday night through Aug. 28th, expert presenters will engage participants in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fellowship and locally owned King's ice cream will follow each presentation. Organizers invite and encourage everyone to attend these free sessions, which are designed for reflection and dialogue. It is a chance to learn more about a fascinating topic and engage in subsequent discussion.
In addition to providing spiritual resources for those seeking greater understanding of their own religion, or learning about others, Seekers uses the net proceeds from their store to help those in need, including the Cape Henlopen Food Basket, Doctors without Borders, work in Haiti and Centro Infantil in San Miguel de Allende.
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