Fr. Prashant Olalekar: InterPlay and Life Positive


Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ, Bombay/Vasai;;;

Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre, Diocese of Vasai

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves, Vasai;

Most Rev. Thomas Dabre, Former Bishop of Vasai, presently Bishop of Poona;;;

Jivan Vikas Sadan, The Retreat House, Bandra, Archdiocese of Bombay;

The Archdiocese of Bombay;;;;;;;

Atma Darshan, The Society of the Divine Word Fathers, Andheri, Mumbai;

Fr. Anthony P. D’Souza SJ, Jesuit Provincial, Bombay Province;

The Bombay Catholic Sabha, Kalina, Mumbai;;;;

Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca, Santacruz, Mumbai;;;;

Janet Pinto, Mumbai;

Marita Nazareth, Mumbai;

Hazel Fernandes, Mumbai;

Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ, “PRASHANT”, Ahmedabad;;

This is the most recent [others are reproduced on pages 35 through 40] communication about InterPlay that was forwarded to me by a concerned lay Catholic. I also located it on the Internet:


From: b sabha <> To:
Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM Subject:
InterPlay India – Invitation to an exciting evening programme – Tues, 7 Dec – 6:30 – 9:30 pm / From: Dear friends,

I recently had the opportunity to come across an amazing initiative called InterPlay India headed by the inspiring Fr. Prashant Olalekar and part of a larger international initiative, thanks to my good friend Marita Nazareth.

InterPlay is a very interesting initiative that empowers an individual to ‘reconnect with the wisdom of her/his own body’ through singing, story-telling, movement and stillness and to enable one to engage fruitfully and connectedly with the world in an atmosphere of fun and relatedness, free from stress. The use of Inter Play as a vehicle for peace and peace-builders has been a tremendous success across the world and is one of the primary reasons for Fr. Prashant’s foray into it.

Over December and January, an international team from the US, Australia and India are in Mumbai as part of the InterPlay India Peace Exchange 2010-11 programme, conducting several day long and two day workshops.

As a special programme, Fr. Prashant and his team have agreed to organise a small introductory participatory curtain-raiser to the workshop for all of us on Tuesday, 7 Dec at the Jivanvikas Sadan, 6 Kane Road, Bandstand, Bandra, Mumbai 400050. The programme will be held from 6.30 pm to 9 pm. There is no fee for the programme but participants can contribute whatever they want at the venue itself. The contribution will be used to promote InterPlay for marginalised groups. I am including you in this invitation since I strongly believe in your commitment to peace and your ability to create a large impact in the world. Do feel free to invite other kindred souls.

Please feel free to contact Fr. Prashant at 9820055968 (, Jaime & Liga da Fonseca at 92232 73045/ 92222 17906 or Hazel at 98200 55647 or email InterPlay at for further details.

I truly hope you can make it for the event. Please confirm your participation to any of the above at the earliest since there are limited seats for the event. Warm regards, Naresh Karmalker

Play for Peace, Play for Social Change

What would happen if we were to adopt a playful approach to life? At a time of escalating violence at all levels from the domestic to the global what would happen if we learnt to play for peace? 1.

Is it worth pondering about? Should we give ‘play’ a chance?

As peace collaborators, InterPlay India aims to “Co-create a Universe InterPlaying for Peace.”

InterPlay is an active, creative way to unlock the wisdom of the body developed by Cynthia Winton Henry and Phil Porter over the last 30 years and has spread around the world. It is a set of practical tools and ideas to help individuals and communities thrive and regain a sense of integration and connectedness – how all the parts of our lives can work well together. It is a peace practice that is the perfect antidote to stress and violence. It is a therapeutic tool for those who are most vulnerable and marginalized. The most precious resource that the poor have is their own bodies. InterPlay helps them discover the power they have to create their own future.

InterPlay helps us reclaim our lives and get more of what we want, whatever that might be. It reconnects us with the wisdom of our bodies– what we know from paying attention to our own experience. We are often cut off from that wisdom by the expectation of others, by external authorities, by fear, oppression or repression.

The InterPlay atmosphere is one of ease and fun, rather than stress and struggle. We gain huge insights from the simplest of activities—learning through playing—and regain confidence in our ability to respond in the moment. It gives us tools for dealing with unexpected or difficult situations. It reminds us to breathe. It also creates community—a web of relationships that can support us for personal and social transformation. It puts us in touch with
Mother Earth and the entire cosmic community. It gives us courage to stand up and speak out, to pay the price of our convictions and hope against hope.

Prashant Olalekar sj, the founder of InterPlay India, has introduced about 10,000 people in the past 5 years to Movement Meditation/InterPlay in India, Ireland, Canada and USA. We have facilitated several workshops in Mumbai, Vasai, Talasari, Pune, South Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Nagercoil, Kochi, Kannur, Delhi and Chandigarh for NGOs, social workers, marginalized women, sex workers, tribals, mentally ill, physically challenged, street children, slum dwellers, teachers, students, counsellors, trainers, parents and religious personnel.

As part of a global peace movement the co-founders of InterPlay from USA and Australia and their team come every year for the InterPlay India Peace Exchange (IIPE) program during which there are several opportunities to play with the poor.

The unique joy of interacting with the poor as playful equals is indescribable. The depth of empowerment is immeasurable.

Some of the Benefits of InterPlay are

•    Relax, play, connect, explore, create.

•    Learn how to get your body, mind, heart and spirit all working together.

•    Minimize stress and maximize ease.

•    Make wiser, more grounded decisions.

•    Find easy ways to change what you want to change in your life.

•    Discover your hidden resources.

•    Unlock the wisdom of your body!

•    creates strong, enduring, healthy connections between us

•    allows us room to claim our own gifts and to appreciate the similarities and differences of others

•    helps us “disarm”—to be less guarded and more open

•    creates ease, joy and fun in our lives

Everyone is welcome to join us for this embodied approach to health and wholeness to expand our awareness of interconnection with all of life.

Email us at Visit us at &

Nurturing Co-Creation, Playing for Peace!

Not having attended an InterPlay initiative, I cannot definitively state that InterPlay is itself New Age, though I am fairly confident that if I were to participate in InterPlay I would be able to do so.

However, it would not be fair to make an assessment of InterPlay from the brief free-of-cost “curtain-raiser” evenings that are an initiation to the expensive two-day sessions that follow them.

InterPlay seems perfectly harmless — even salutary, despite the possibly unintended New Age-ese in the above communication — until one takes a closer look at InterPlay and its main actors.

What I can say with confidence is that InterPlay is an open door to New Age because its promoter in India, Fr. Prashant Olalekar, is closely associated with a leading New Age alternatives enterprise, Life Positive, and through it with practitioners of a number of esoteric meditations and therapies.

I also intend for my research to show that one has to be wary of at least some of those Catholics who have teamed up with Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ to introduce the Catholic faithful to InterPlay.

Apart from New Age, InterPlay poses other risks and dangers for Catholics. 2.

My reaction may appear to be alarmist, but I request the reader to be patient until the results of my research are presented and examined.

New Age error is often subtle. It does not openly flaunt itself, especially in the fields of psychology, stress management, corporate training, counseling, etc., in the human potential movement, in myriad practices like discovering/tapping one’s inner resources, dream analysis, relaxation and meditation techniques, certain “inner-healing” [“healing the inner child”] and “forgiveness” therapies, many self-help programmes, etc.

“[New Age] “does not demand any more faith or belief than going to the cinema”, and yet it claims to satisfy people’s spiritual appetites. But here is a central question: just what is meant by spirituality in a
New Age
context? The answer is the key to unlocking some of the differences between the Christian tradition and much of what can be called New Age. Some versions of
New Age
harness the powers of nature and seek to communicate with another world to discover the fate of individuals, to help individuals tune in to the right frequency to make the most of themselves and their circumstances. In most cases, it is completely fatalistic. Christianity, on the other hand, is an invitation to look outwards and beyond, to the ‘new Advent’ of the God who calls us to live the dialogue of love.” # 1.1, Vatican Document on the New Age, February 3, 2003

InterPlay has already admitted that the programme concerns not only one’s physical body but also “mind … and spirit“. Aren’t one’s soul and spirit in the realm of the spiritual?

As all the above issues have been dealt with at length in many of my earlier articles and reports, I will restrain myself from repetition in this study.

The reader would be greatly benefited from reading the Vatican Document on the New Age. See


#2.2.3 reads,
“Advertising connected with
New Age
covers a wide range of practices as
self-help groups.” While “self-help” is a pretty general, even vague, term,
a serious study of the Document will help one identify mind games like InterPlay as New Age. The Document specifically names only a few of the hundreds of New Age practices and therapies [in the portion of #2.2.3 that I have indicated with “” above, but some of them are promoted by Life Positive of which Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ is an associate. If these practices and therapies are listed in a Document issued by Rome, one can be jolly certain that the Holy See is writing out of concern for the SPIRITUAL well-being of its members; hence the issue at stake here is a SPIRITUAL one.

One has to educate oneself on its different metamorphoses before one can identify New Age.

Unless the New Age in one of these new-fangled systems is overtly recognizable, there are three factors that guide a researcher, and the reader can check out if InterPlay meets these conditions:

1. The language used in the promotion of the programme or therapy or product;

2. The spiritual/religious philosophies of their promoters; and

3. The compatibility of the programme or therapy or product with other New Age practices.

We will come to examining some of the specifics later, but a few general observations first:

New Agers unfailingly pursue “peace“. InterPlay too does so. Often a New Age pursuit of “peace” is combined with one for justice, unity, wholeness, etc. I have examined this in detail in my article


An extract from the Dharma Bharathi report:

QUOTE “Christ is the same force as Lucifer… Lucifer prepares man for the experience of Christhood… He is the great initiator.

The true light of Lucifer… can only be recognized when one’s own eyes can see with the light of the Christ, the light of the inner sun. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new age, which is the age of man’s wholeness, each of us is in some way brought to that point which I term the Luciferic
initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and wholeness.

Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it, then he is free and we are free. That is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age. It is an initiation of becoming whole and at peace because we have recognized our inner light… the light of God.” 3.

Reflections on the Christ, David Spangler, Findhorn Publications, 1978, pages 40-45.

David Spangler, a leading New Ager, and Findhorn, a New Age center are named in the February 3, 2003 Vatican Document on the New Age, “Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life”.

The rush to unite the religions of the world is driven by the belief that such unity will solve the problems of the world. Through the development of our human potential, we will usher in a New Era of Peace and Prosperity.

The Bible predicts (Daniel 8:25) that the Antichrist will come to power as a peacemaker. “And he will destroy many when they are at ease
[= at peace] (New American Standard Bible).

he shall destroy many
” (KJV).

will be his platform;
will be his bait.
Christ among Other gods, Erwin B. Lutzer, 1994, page 171

Peace issues play an ever-increasing part in international politics. Peace is an understandable desire of natural man; yet that peace is the peace which the world can give. Jesus said: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I come not to send peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34).

Yet, Christians can continue to possess “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

Understanding the New Age, Roy Livesey, 1986, page 28

“A nation of firm purpose YOU KEEP IN PEACE, in peace, FOR ITS TRUST IN YOU(Isaiah 26:3, NAB).

“When the Lord is pleased with a man’s ways, He makes even his
enemies be at peace with him”
(Proverbs 16:7).

Those who love your law have great peace, and for them there is no stumbling block” (Psalm 119:165).

“Peace I leave with you; MY PEACE I give to you. NOT AS THE WORLD GIVES do I give it to you”

(John 14:27).

Dharma Bharathi offers a futile pursuit of worldly peace, a peace without a trust in the God of the Bible and His Law, a peace that does not include the person and message of the Giver of genuine and everlasting peace, Jesus Christ.

The same can be said of InterPlay. Cannot Fr. Prashant Olalekar, a Jesuit priest, teach the means to personal and societal peace available to him within the Word of God [Scripture and Church tradition]? The words of Peter to the crippled beggar spring to my mind, “…but what I do have, I give to you” (Acts 3:6). One cannot give others what one does not possess. I, for one, cannot by any stretch of imagination, see myself going outside of the immense treasure of Catholic riches to minister to Catholics with the purpose of achieving any of the aims of InterPlay listed on page 2.

Other commonly occurring New Age paradigms occurring in InterPlay literature are “health“, “wholeness“, the “interconnectedness of all life“, “body-mind-spirit” [“holism“], “connecting/reconnecting with one’s own wisdom” [“inner-self“], a focus on nature, not God: “…Mother Earth and the entire cosmic community…” etc.

In fact, God finds no mention in the InterPlay scheme of things. If the defenders of InterPlay will argue that InterPlay is a purely secular program, having no connection with the spiritual, we will see later that that is not true. Fr. Prashant Olalekar himself agrees that InterPlay is “an integrated form of personal development and
spiritual practice.” [See page 5]

“The important thing to note is that God is reduced in certain New Age practices so as furthering the advancement of the individual.” Vatican Document on the New Age #1.1

From the section # 2.2.3 Health: Golden living: “Alternative therapies have gained enormously in popularity because they claim to look at the whole person*Holistic* health, as it is known, concentrates on the important role that the mind plays in physical healing*body, mind, spirit

In a New Age
perspective, illness and suffering come from working against nature; when one is in tune with nature, one can expect a much healthier life…”

[InterPlay] puts us
in touch with

Mother Earth and the entire cosmic community
“, page 2.

From the next section,
# 2.2.4
Wholeness: A Magical Mystery Tour: “…New Age alternatives are called “holistic”. Holism pervades the
New Age
movement, from its concern with holistic health to its quest for unitive consciousness, from ecological awareness to the idea of global “networking”.


Interplay by Father Prashant


Interplay is about play a creative process for personal and communitarian transformation. It awakens the inner child, thus stimulating the natural urge to be playful. This technique is being used by educators, justice and peace activists, artists, health professionals, organisations, and religious communities all over the world, as an integrated form of personal development and spiritual practice.
Father Prashant is Director of Jivan Vikas Sadan Retreat House, Bandra, and has completed a doctorate in peace studies at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in May 2006. Besides various cities in India, he has conducted Movement Meditation/InterPlay sessions in Ireland, Canada, and USA.
His activities include practicing regular meditation on the personal and communitarian levels to facilitate the awareness of
the Divine Breath that permeates our entire being and pervades the whole cosmos.
Reaching out to those who need the divine healing touch
Building a local community of peace

Responding non-violently at all levels to the increasing violence
Acknowledging that mindful walking leads to the realization that peace is the way.
Following an inclusive approach that draws on resources of all faith traditions as well as the healthy aspects of science and technology.
Networking with other Peace Meditation groups and collaborating with other groups of peacemakers as part of a global movement for peace.
Forging a partnership for peace between USA and India through intercultural exchange programs
Sowing seeds of peace and justice from the perspective of the poor and marginalized
Fostering awareness that justice and peace are intimately connected with integrity for the environment
Highlighting the potential of women, eastern approaches in promoting a culture of dialogue, harmony and peace

Using interplay, art, humor, song, dance, meditation as creative ways of promoting peace.
Take a step to peace with him. END

Fr. Prashant Olalekar admits that InterPlay is a SPIRITUAL practice; the “peace” part — a human peace without the admission of and repentance for sin [the primary cause of suffering, violence and discord] and reconciliation with God — is stressed ad nauseam; “the awareness of
the Divine Breath that permeates our entire being and pervades the whole cosmos” is New Age-ese; and the Graduate Theological Union [GTU], Berkeley, California, at which the priest obtained his doctorate teaches “Integrated Spirituality”. Founded in 1962 by four seminaries, including the Presbyterian San Francisco Theological Seminary [SFTS], the consortium now consists of nine theological schools representing the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions, three institutes of Jewish, Buddhist, and Orthodox studies, and five research centers. SFTS is considered a pioneer in ecumenical education and encourages “interfaith studies”. [More on the GTU on page 27]

The GTU conducts a graduate-level class in “Spirituality and Healing in the Pacific Asian Traditions“. Kyle Miura has taught at this GTU class and at other Protestant churches in California. And what does Kyle Miura teach? This is what his profile says about him:

Kyle Miura is presently a yoga instructor at the downtown Berkeley YMCA. He teaches restorative yoga and basic yoga.
His philosophy?
Body and spirit have never been separated in spirituality and healing in the Pacific Asian traditions. The subtle sensitivity and understanding of the movement of energy or spirit through bodies and creation expands one’s own theological worldview and appreciation for life. Learning the spiritual traditions through recent research and practice are major components of the course. Its application to community life, ministry, spiritual directions and practice, health care and personal self-care will also be addressed.

So GTU is not a good place for a Catholic, especially a priest, to have studied.

Hence, don’t be surprised that Fr. Prashant Olalekar is “following an inclusive approach that draws on resources of all faith traditions“. It means that he “draws” or is prepared to “draw” from Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, any “ism” if necessary. Now, is that an OK thing for a Catholic priest to do?

So, who is Fr. Prashant Olalekar, the founder of InterPlay India?



Jivan Vikas Sadan, 6, Kane Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400 050 Email:
Website:; Director:
Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ.

The Jivan Vikas Sadan of which Fr. Olalekar is the Director is also on the Archdiocese of Bombay website at

Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ is esteemed not only by his Jesuit order who appointed him as Director of the Retreat House, Bandra, and the Archdiocese of Bombay, but also by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India [CCBI] and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India [CBCI] as we can see from their news report on his InterPlay workshop:

Rights Centre to Hold Interplay for Peace Workshop at Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD (CBCI* News) February 08, 2008: Prashant, a centre for Human Rights will be holding a 2-day InterPlay for Peace Workshop on “Training Leaders for an Embodied Spirituality” conducted by Fr. Prashant Olalekar in Ahmedabad. Fr. Prasahant Olalekar is a Jesuit priest based at Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre**, Vasai. Fr. Olalekar has completed doctoral studies at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California in May 2006.

Besides Vasai, Nashik, Pune and Mumbai, he has conducted Movement Meditation sessions in several cities of the US and Canada. InterPlay is about play – a creative process for personal and community transformation. It honours our desires to be whole people leading whole lives in connection with each other. Inter-play is non-denominational and non-sectarian. For more details, please contact: Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*** at:

*Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India ** Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre: See page 10


Who is this Fr. Cedric Prakash, the Jesuit priest who took InterPlay to Ahmedabad?

He is a highly-acclaimed social activist of the “justice and peace” type. On February 3, 2010, Bishop Thomas Macwan of the Ahmedabad diocese conferred the ‘Human Dignity Award’ on him.


He runs a centre called “Prashant” — nothing to do with the Fr. Prashant — in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is a member of two yahoo groups – Mangalorean Catholics [MC] and Konkani Catholics [KC] of which I happen to be also a member, and he posts messages in them frequently. In response to the news of the award, KC moderator Austine Crasta posted in KC digest no. 2160 of February 9, 2010:

Dear Fr Cedric, Congratulations! You really deserve the award for all that you are doing. Congratulations once again!

Without prejudice to the good work that Fr Cedric Prakash might be doing among the tribals and dalits, what is this priest’s manifested spirituality like? Read on:

OVERCOMING OUR PATRIARCHAL MINDSET by Fr. Cedric Prakash sj* March 7, 2010

[Harping on “patriarchy” is
New Age. See excerpts from a Vatican Document on page 17.]

There will be much to cheer on March 8th when (hopefully) the Women’s Reservation Bill is passed in Parliament. A giant leap indeed after a delay of almost fourteen long years! A wonderful present on the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day. There are added reasons to cheer: the ‘Save the Girl Child Campaign’ has indeed highlighted the stark reality of the widening gap in the female – male sex ratio. Laudable efforts by several, are definitely in place. However, any radical change needs radical action; such concrete action will emerge only if and when we are willing to change the patriarchal attitude and mindset that exists in society.
A significant majority of girls in our society are still not given the opportunities to complete their formal schooling, leave alone going in for higher or professional studies. A little over a year ago, the Gujarat Government had identified 85 of 225 talukas of the State as Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB). These 85 talukas covered almost 40% of the State and the literacy rate of girls, in this area was below 50%. In spite of a Central Government scheme on the anvil to construct and run girls’ hostels in these areas, practically nothing was done by the State Government to address this reality.
Domestic violence against women continues unabated. In Gujarat, according to official statistics, one woman is raped and fifteen die unnatural deaths daily. A good percentage of these deaths take place inside their homes. The State, however, invests precious little in ensuring the implementation of the Domestic Violence law.
Religion continues to play an important role in discriminating against women. Most institutionalized religions are controlled by men. It goes without saying that women exercise little or no influence in the decision making processes, be it in the Church, Masjid or Temple. Unfortunately, sometimes Sacred Scripture is also selectively quoted in order to legitimatize male domination over women. Several other instances can be highlighted making it an endless list.

It is great to have a more gender-balanced Parliament! We do need it. The fact, however, remains that if we have to truly go beyond cosmetic changes, we need to break through mindsets and attitudes which are heavily patriarchal. A difficult step – but a must! 6.

*Fr. Cedric Prakash is the Director of PRASHANT, the Ahmedabad based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace.

Posted in MangaloreanCatholics [MC] Digest no. 1914 of March 8, 2010

Significantly, the KC moderator Austine Crasta did not permit this diatribe against the institutional Church to be published in his group. For an explanation of this priest’s problem with “patriarchy”, “male-domination” and “discrimination against women in the Church”, read NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 15 PRIESTHOOD UNDER ATTACK DEMAND FOR ORDINATION OF WOMENPRIESTS

I wrote this letter to the MC yahoo group and to Fr. Cedric Prakash under Bcc to the KC moderator:

Cc:; Fr Cedric

Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 10:59 AM BCC:;;


Dear Father Cedric Prakash, other social workers and those who support the promotion of the ‘gospel’ of social justice and social work at the cost of the full Gospel,

It is good to carefully read what our Pope says. And also the comments of three good lay Catholics on

Regards, Michael Prabhu


EXTRACT: A Catholic priest cannot be reduced to a “social worker,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of priests in Rome on March 12. Adopting that model of priestly ministry, he said, runs “the risk of betraying the very priesthood of Christ.” Speaking to participants in a theological conference organized by the Congregation for Clergy, the Holy Father said that clerics must not “surrender to the temptation of reducing [the priesthood] to predominant cultural models.” In today’s world, “widespread secularization” has cut into appreciation for the priest in his pastoral and ministerial role, and accentuated his public activities, he said.

COMMENTS IN It’s nice to hear the Holy Father’s guidance on this, as very many priests of Council, believed and still believe, that there true vocation is to help people survive in this world, and not concern themselves with the next. This is particular true in North America, where many priests busy themselves with making sure that people rent is paid, that their immigration papers & status is correct, etc., instead of preparing them for salvation. What a waste. by M.C.

I agree! There’s a mistaken notion that the mercy and forgiveness of God saves everyone. If everyone’s saved already, then all we have to do is feed the hungry and clothe the naked, but we don’t need to preach the gospel, both in season and out of season, and to offer easy access to sacraments, confession and Mass. So priests become social workers and often short-shrift their sacramental work, the only work the laity just can’t do, to accomplish temporal work! Try to find confessions in mid week! by Gregory

I humbly request the Holy Father send a copy of this statement to every priest and bishop in the United States. Not that they all are in need of this counsel, but that action would ensure all who do need this reminder gets it!! by Ken

The KC moderator did not respond.

MC banned my perfectly legitimate posting although a liberal Mumbai Catholic journalist named Allwyn Fernandes and a dissenting Dominican
Fr. Claude Saldanha OP,
encouraged to flay the Pope and the
position of the Catholic Church on issues such as the ordination of women as priests and the pedophilia scandal, on the
MC forum.

On September 17, 2010, I had sent a detailed report listing dozens of their attacks on the Church to the Archbishops and Bishops of Bombay, Vasai, Mangalore, Belgaum, Karwar, Bellary and Goa, under copy to Ancy D’Souza, owner-moderator of MC. None of the addressees responded. The letter will be made available in its entirety on this ministry’s web site as a separate report because Fr. Claude Saldanha OP posts articles by notorious Catholic modernists, dissenters and feminists.

[While KC takes pains to assert that they are in fact a Faith-based conservative site, MC doesn’t.]

But, here is Fr. Cedric Prakash complimenting Allwyn Fernandes in KC,
even though Fernandes is not even a member of the KC forum and KC members would be ignorant about who he is:
KC digest no. 2263, May 27, 2010
1a. Re: Statement on the Sentencing of DGP Rathore

Posted by: “Fr Cedric Prakash sj”
cedricprakash Wed May 26, 2010 10:13 am (PDT)

Allwyn has been waging a lone battle … we need not ONLY to salute him but also to follow his inspiring leadership… Fr Cedric Prakash sj

…and actually feeding feminist stuff [ from the liberal National Catholic Reporter] to Allwyn Fernandes, [an article that he did not himself post directly in MC]; but Fernandes let the cat out of the bag by thanking his mentor Fr Cedric for it:

MC digest no. 2064 July 11, 2010 Liberating nuns of India – Goa’s Institute Mater Dei shapes a genera

Posted by: “Allwyn Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:58 pm (PDT)

Liberating nuns of India – Goa’s Institute Mater Dei shapes a generation
Sent to me by Cedric Prakash, S.J. Thanks Cedric – nice way to begin Sunday with this constructive piece! Allwyn F

post was repeated
MC a few minutes apart from Fernandes’ on the same day, this time by Fr. Claude Saldanha. Coincidence? Or, enemies of the Church collaborating?

following post from
Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ is copied from KC:

KC digest no. 1615 dated September 15, 2008

On…..”BEING PREPARED”…..Do circulate this to your Parishes

Conduct/join inter-faith prayer (Sarva Dharma Prathna)

Participate in Festivals/Prayers of others and invite them to ours-
Fr Cedric Prakash sj

Fr. Cedric Prakash is apparently a closet feminist. He also apparently adopts the
inclusive approach … of all faith traditions“. It is but natural that he would ally himself with Fr. Prashant Olalekar.

I have written a few letters to Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ. I have taken up issues in both MC and KC that concern matters that present spiritual dangers to Catholics. He has never replied or commented.

Following a lengthy post of his in KC, in which he called for Catholics to “play a ‘prophetic role’ in our country”, I had written a letter to the two moderators of MC under copy to Fr. Cedric and a few others. Fr. Cedric had responded using “Reply All”. Here, in brief, is the exchange:

KC digest no. 1660 dated October 13, 2008 “CHURCH IN INDIA: BE PROPHETIC!”
Fr Cedric Prakash sj

Derrick D’Costa; Ancy D’Souza
prabhu; misc. others

Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 1:18 AM Subject: Re: Thank You & Lets Get Set

Thanks Derrick…for your appreciation… What I am trying to do is very insignificant… But you too are doing plenty… Keep it up… We all have to do our bit… I am leaving for Mangalore early tomorrow… Love and prayers, Fr Cedric

Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 9:58 PM Subject:

BCC:; Derrick D’Costa; Ancy D’Souza; misc. others;

Dear Fr. Cedric,

Your letter to the group of addresses was in response to my forward to Ancy D’Souza [Mangalorean Catholics, MC]. But, I had also preserved one of your postings [“CHURCH IN INDIA: BE PROPHETIC!”] in Konkani Catholics [KC], and I was waiting for what would be the right opportunity to write to you.

After I received your response to the group, I checked with a friend who is active in both MC and KC and also in the forefront of the Catholic response to the attacks on Christians, and after that only I am writing to you.

I want to say first of all that I greatly appreciate the contents of your write-up that was posted in KonkaniCatholics.

The questions that you have asked are very relevant. They mostly concern the Church’s lack of organized re-action to external events based on the facts of current situations that are in the news, mainly the attacks on Christians.

I would like to point out that we lack even basic pro-action on important human issues, but first…

At the risk of being considered conceited and arrogant, I wish to draw your attention to my ministry that is, I believe, playing a prophetic role WITHIN the Church.

For almost 10 years now, I have been writing to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and to Rome about aberrations and liturgical abuses, questionable experimentations in inculturation, New Age etc., practised and propagated by individual priests or Catholic organizations like Dharma Bharathi and CHAI, or allowed by Bishops like the Catholic Ashrams.

My ministry could find a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of letters written by an individual to his Bishops as well as for the number of responses received from them.

Would you think that this interest shown by a layperson in the Faith of the Church might be considered prophetic?

I will not burden you with the accounts of the attitudes of a majority of Bishops to my letters/ministry.

What about the Indian Catholic media?

You must be aware of my campaign to have the commentaries of the New Community Bible [NCB] withdrawn.


To the best of my knowledge, barring one forum [MC], no other forum would even touch the news of this ministry’s crusade against the errors and controversial commentaries in a Bible!

No Catholic magazine would publish the story of our crusade, even after interviews with me/our team were published in many leading national secular dailies and by UCA News. Prophetic Role?

The Bishops have ordered some revisions of the NCB commentaries, and one Bishop has responded to my critique, but despite my requests to him and to other Bishops, and a total of 750 letters to the Bishops on the subject of the NCB alone, I am yet to receive a copy of the Bishop’s response to our critique even a month after its release.

The Examiner which is the Archdiocesan weekly of Bombay published at least three pro-NCB letters to the editor but has declined to publish the responses to them — around twenty letters written in favour of the NCB’s withdrawal.

Prophetic Role?

The Catholic-run Daijiworld published an article a couple of days ago. I found it offensive to Catholic orthodoxy and against the First Commandment. My comment was not posted [meaning censored; the same is done by other Catholic fora when one writes the Truth] but no less than 27 comments from Catholics favoring the article, were posted. Prophetic Role? 8.

The OT prophets you named, if they were unfortunate to be around today, would be called fundamentalists [courtesy some theologians describing us], etc. and lacking in Biblical scholarship [courtesy some Bishops describing us]. They would be, in the words of the leader of one Catholic forum* who recently described people like me, as those “who venture into pointing out “errors” within the Church… which cause great damage and scandalize the weak in the faith. They pursue a revolt of a militant nature, place themselves above every authority, and use every possible means to reach their end.

*This was KC

So, what is being prophetic for some is a scandal for another.

Who are the latter? They are those who play safe because they want their activities/ministries to be popular with the authorities.

A lot of good priests like you are active in issues concerning social justice. But NOT ONE of the same, including your good self, all of whom I wrote to on the NCB issue attaching our team’s report, responded to me. Prophetic Role?

My letters, especially to Our Lordships and Our Graces and Our Eminences may be firm, but not in the strong language of the prophets [just imagine if they were!] that you named. Yet, the above-referred Catholic leader who guides a large flock of mostly mindless lambs would describe in terms as above [in red] what others consider to be prophetic.

If you read our team’s analysis of the NCB, it pointed out that the Church was silent when abortion was legalised, is silent on the greatest blot on Indian society and the Indian Church — the caste system — in the NCB [though there is talk of “liberation” on almost every other page, and MANY OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES, and is silent now when legalized euthanasia and homosexuality are being considered.
Prophetic Role?

The Bishop who wrote the response to my critique has thrown my question back at me: If Michael Prabhu is so interested then what is HE doing about these issues, he asks!

Fr. Cedric, we are more concerned now only for our physical safety, not for the threats to the Faith of our Fathers.

We are more concerned about the saffron without than for the saffron within, the Trojan horses in the Catholic Church.

I disagree with you when you commend some of our Bishops for their “prophetic” speaking out. They were just protesting. If my family were to be attacked by outsiders what prophetic aspect is there if I protested against the attack? I am only protecting my own interests.

You accept that most of our leaders fled into security. Leaving their sheep. A few delegations that inspected the atrocities seem to have received adequate police protection. Father Cedric, It is different when you train your guns on the enemy and they know your address. In my ministry I oppose the Brahminisation of the Church/Faith. To make it clear, I have no problems with Hindus believing their myths but I do have a serious issue with Catholicism getting Hindu-ised. I also publicise myself as a Catholic apologist and EVANGELIST! My address is available to every Hindu extremist.

However there are the rare Catholic apostolates like Joseph Dias’ Christian Secular Forum and Ancy D’Souza’s Mangalorean Catholics who have taken up the issue of the attacks on Christians while also endorsing my crusade against the NCB.

A Mangalorean lay group called the White Doves are conducting a PUBLIC programme of STREET EVANGELISATION.

They are conducting it for the fourteenth year running!!!

They also concern themselves with the liberation aspect of the gospel [they serve the poor, orphaned, aged, homeless]; AND they also support initiatives like mine.

Now that is prophetic considering the violent and organized attacks that were made on Christians in that very city recently.

Compare them to the organised Church.
No need for me to elaborate here.
Prophetic Role?

I strongly disagree with those who described the victims of the carnages as “martyrs”. In my opinion, they just happened to be in the line if fire. There might be individual exceptions, but a large number of the clergy and religious out there are in professions. Unlike their Pentecostal counterparts, they were doing neither proselytizing nor baptizing. Recently there was the testimony, which you must have read, of a prominent Hindu who could not get a priest to baptize him into the Church for many years. That is the rule rather than the exception.

Contrast this with the other denominations. For almost a whole week I watched the TV channels interview both Catholics Bishops and priests, and Protestant pastors, on their reactions to the violence against Christians.

The Protestants without exception spoke about Jesus, how they were Hindus and were “touched by the Lord”, how they were sick and were healed, how they were in sin and Jesus saved them, how they were searching and how they found peace. What they did was to testify to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of their lives. They were actually USING the TV interview to EVANGELISE LIVE.

The Catholics without exception had one refrain, parrot-like: we are doing a lot of good work, social service, interfaith dialogue; in our institutions we encourage secularism; we do not convert, we do not convert.


Thank you for hearing me out, Father Cedric.

At your service in Jesus’ Name, Michael Prabhu

Fr. Cedric Prakash did not reply to my letter.

Here, Fr. Cedric Prakash writes in KC, wishing Catholics on the occasion of a Hindu festival: 9.

KC digest no. 2050 dated October 16, 2009 HAPPY DIWALI!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

*MAY THE LIGHT* of this *FESTIVE SEASON* fill you and your dear ones:
with *HOPE* that the darkness around us be dispelled with* JOY* that comes when we respect the dignity of every single human being with *JUSTICE* to help make our world a better place with *PEACE* that flows from the depth of one’s being
with *LOVE* that reaches out to ALL and above all with *THE FIRE* that *WILL ENKINDLE OTHER FIRES* with
Fr Cedric Prakash and all at PRASHANT

After a KC moderator Rupert Vaz also posted his greetings, I protested to the moderators of KC:

Austine J. Crasta
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:41 PM


Dear Rupert,

I am sorry that I had to be wished on KC for the “Festive Season” of Diwali. I celebrated Diwali when I was living as a Hindu many years ago, but never since I started living my Catholic Faith.

It is “either/or”, not “both/and”.

Important: Note that peace-and-justice crusader Fr Cedric never mentions Jesus [though you did].

It would have made all the difference had he done so.

If KC is a Catholic Faith-based group, there is no need to wish anyone for Diwali on this forum.

Diwali is the Hindu celebration of the “triumph” of “good” over “evil”. We all know very well, in the light of the Resurrection of Jesus, what the Hindu-Diwali “good” really is.

There can be only one “good”. If the Christian good is the real good, then the other good is in fact its opposite. Otherwise there would be no need for Jesus and no need for us to cling to our Catholic Faith.

Either we talk exclusively of the Light of Christ, or we don’t. Please, let us not syncretize our Faith.

And, since when is Diwali the New Year for Catholics? Does it mean that we now have to wish each other a happy New Year on all other religious groups’ new year’s days?

It has now become a regular practice for some archdioceses like Bombay and even for one dicastery in Rome to issue letters wishing Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists on their feasts.

Even the “PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE MESSAGE FOR THE FEAST OF DEEPAVALI 2009” of Cardinal Tauran posted by Austine in the same KC digest fails to mention Jesus as the true Light of the world.

But even that message was addressed to “My dear Hindu friends” and not to Catholics!
Note that Fr Cedric was wishing us [CATHOLICS, not Hindus] for Diwali. Error is very subtle. Let us not compromise even on small things because it will only lead to greater errors.

Let us not blindly follow the example of priests like Fr. Cedric who propagate a social gospel devoid of the
true evangelization of the Great Commission.

Regards, Michael Prabhu

PS. You must believe me on this, but only AFTER completing the above letter to you did I scroll down to message no. 15 of the same KC digest “ILLUMINE ALL WITH THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL – MOST REV. PEDRO LOPEZ QUINTANA” which says EXACTLY what I said above, even quoting the exact same Scripture passage [Mt 28:19] that I referred to.

So, why did I include so much information about Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ in my report on InterPlay?

To satisfy the requirements of point 2 [about the disposition of promoters of Interplay] on page 3;

And because Fr. Cedric himself insists that silence encourages error. If, as the priest avers, one must speak up in the face of social injustice, how much more must a Catholic speak prophetically when priests themselves are a threat to genuine Christian spirituality and the Catholic Faith?

KC digest no. 1610 dated September 11, 2008:

…what we ultimately end up doing by our sins of silence, is to allow the fundamentalist and fascist forces, to take charge of our lives and of our country.
…Let future generations not accuse us of not doing enough on this matter… Fr. Cedric Prakash sj

Austine J. Crasta; RUPERT VAZ; Rohit D’Souza
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:26 PM Subject: NCB

Isn’t this almost exactly what I wrote on the New Community Bible matter? “Let future generations not…” “Let history not…” [hold us guilty for our having chosen silence]

So will we still remain passive and silent and let liberal and modernist theologians destroy the Indian Church?

Michael Prabhu

I did a Google search for the “Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre“, Vasai, [see page 6] which hosts InterPlay, but this is all that I could find. Information from readers will be welcomed.

Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre:

Pasayadaan, Holistic Spirituality Centre,_Holistic_Spirituality_Centre

Contact information: Nala PO (Via Sopora West), Thane Dt., Vasai, India Postal code: 401 203

It is most definitely an institution run by Catholics, probably by priests or religious. Since it is described as a “Holistic Spirituality Centre“, I am certain that one will find New Age used there.

The YOGA* connection! The Times of India story on InterPlay:

Let your inner child have a free run November 24, 2008, Joeanna Rebello, TNN

MUMBAI: You walk into this workshop with your eyes closed. Figuratively, you don’t know what to expect; literally, the opening injunction directs you to “Join the circle and close your eyes”. And you do so. “Now walk”. This, you try to do.

You’re on the rim of a human circle, all spaced evenly at first, until the participants start to circumambulate “slowly, coordinating each breath with the forward motion of each foot”. Easy? You think? Tight-walking the road divider, eyes wide shut, would’ve been easier. If you don’t cheat, prepare either to collide lightly with the person ahead, trip the person behind, or stray out of the circle entirely and embrace the furniture or a wall. Apparently, you can’t duplicate blind sight. But you can trust the wisdom of your body to show you the way to InterPlay.
Conceptualised in 1989 by two Americans, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, in Oakland California, InterPlay is a movement of body and thought that unhinges the being from its learnt history of quotidian convention, and returns it to its original skin through play to resurrect instinct and intuition and let the body decide, and narrate.
The founders write that InterPlay is the ability to hold life both deeply and lightly. Without amusement we lose perspective, buoyancy and flexibility. In short: Yank out that inner child and give her broad latitude to express herself. How long do you think it took the group of adults to doff their inhibitions and do before each other what they wouldn’t dare do before a mirror? To simulate, on command, the actions of a bird or a fish; to walk backward, forward, then in a wholly original way; to dance in abandon to music? No time at all.
Well, to have a middle-age priest run you through the motions really helps thaw that intransigent exterior. Fr. Prashant Olalekar of the Jesuits wasn’t himself so pliant at his first InterPlay experience in America in 2004. The gnawing question then, ‘How can a priest dance?’ was superseded by the more troublesome ‘How can a priest dance with a woman?’ One of the techniques of InterPlay, an areligious concept, requires you to join your palms with another InterPlayer’s and dance in synchrony and Fr. Prashant’s partner happened to be Winton-Henry. Reservations thwarted, he danced and danced the concept all the way home.
“Dance is a medium for peace,” Fr. Prashant explains, paying out the corollary that communing with other people somatically helps dissolve isolationism. “We restrict our communication to our intellect, and disparities and conflict can arise from there, but when you interact at the level of the body, you interact as equals.”
And so, the methods of InterPlay have been recruited across five continents for the edification of industry, education, the arts, healthcare, peace activism and religion. In India, Fr. Prashant plugged the compatible programme of his self-devised ‘Movement Meditation’ (alchemy of mindfulness and yoga) into the mainframe of InterPlay. The result: Instant relaxation. This could explain the participants’ readiness to dance like free radicals.
It has therapeutic virtues as well. “In America, my workshop was frequented by a 90-year-old woman who invariably fell asleep and started snoring when we got into guided relaxation (where the participant reclines on the ground in shavasana),” Fr. Prashant recounts. “I gently suggested she rest at home if she was so tired, and she replied, ‘I suffer from insomnia and no treatment has worked so far. The sound of your voice puts me to sleep, and so I come to your workshops for the much-needed rest.’ I didn’t know whether to be offended or pleased,” says the priest, laughing.
Fr. Prashant has taken Interplay to a slum settlement in Dahisar, the catacombs of Kamathipura, the clergy house of Vasai**, a tribal village in south Gujarat, and everywhere the naturalness of this method, its ability to peel off the social straitjacket, and the peace it is capable of brokering among I-Players have won many to this `game’. He hopes to win more through an intensive 3-day workshop in concert with American InterPlayers, from January 9 to 11, at Atma Darshan, Andheri. **The BISHOP’S HOUSE
And so, the ones who’ve explored the hitherto undiscovered contours of body wisdom emerge from these sessions and continue to play privately, making animal shapes in the seclusion of their bathrooms or free-dancing before the telly. After all, why should kids have all the fun?

We now understand that the innocent sounding “Movement Meditation” [see pages 2, 5, 6] is none other than an “alchemy of mindfulness and yoga“. Shavasana is a yoga posture. *Yoga is New Age.

On page 1, we have seen the 2010 Bombay Catholic Sabha intimation about InterPlay against the invitation of one Naresh Karmalker. A year ago, there was a similar intimation from the Bombay Catholic Sabha, but this time from an eminent Catholic couple, Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca:

Mangalorean Catholics digest no. 1797 dated December 6, 2009
Programme for Caregivers, Wed 9th Dec

Posted by: “Bombay Catholic Sabha, Kalina” Sun Dec 6, 2009 1:52 am (PST)

There are numerous caregivers amongst us, persons who are taking care of their elderly and infirm in their own home. This continuous care giving can at times get quite stressful. Therefore, we have arranged at the Retreat House, Bandra, a recollection for half a day from 9 am to 1 pm followed by lunch on Wed, 9-Dec-09. There will be time for meditation and destressing as well as inputs by a psychiatrist! It will be well worth for the such caregivers to spend this half day at the retreat house.
We have kept this on a weekday because we have found that the caregivers normally are unable to come out on a Sunday.
I am attaching a pdf file giving the details of the recollection. Kindly circulate in your ME*
network and exhort members to attend. Thanks for your support, With much love, Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca, DEV CHAYA, 73, 2nd Hasanabad Road, Santa Cruz (W), MUMBAI – 400 054, (India). Res. #: +[91] (22) 65238306 Mob. #: +[91] 9223 273045 / 9222 217906
E-mail: &
*Marriage Encounter, a Catholic worldwide apostolate

I also found the following on the Internet:

Interplay Workshops in Mumbai*

InterPlay is a creative way to unlock our holistic body wisdom.

Facilitators: Fr. Prashanth Olalekar, Trish Watts, Cynthia Winton-Henry

Venue: Retreat House, 6 Kane Road, Bandstand, Bandra, Mumbai 400 050

Timing: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

There are several theme-based events…

Workshop Investment inclusive of Lunch:
Rs. 1,200 for 1 day
Rs. 2,200 for 2 days
Rs. 3,500 for 3 days

For further information please contact:
Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca
– 92232 73045/ 92222 17906 or
– 98200 55647

*The site belongs to the “Heal Empower Foundation” founded by Jasmine Bharathan.

Jasmine Bharathan has a background in Psychology and the emerging field of Energy Psychology*.

She has been using Emotional Freedom TechniqueEFT® extensively in her work for many years as she discovered that combining Energy Psychology methods with her classic training brought incredible changes that support Life.
In addition, she has extensively explored Naturopathy, Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming; has a keen interest in neuro-Science and has been practicing mindfulness meditation and awareness for 28 years.


She conducts and also organizes self-help programmes.
is only one of them.


*What is Energy Psychology?

Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, biophotons, biofields, etc…

Among the most widely known energy psychotherapies

Advanced Energy Psychology™ (a.k.a. Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods or EDxTM™)

Negative Affect Erasing Method (NAEM)

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)

Energy Consciousness Therapy (ECT)™


Leading New Ager Deepak Chopra endorses EFT:

“EFT offers great healing benefits.”


Feng Shui consultant endorses EFT:

Karina Sirimanna Vithanage
Feng Shui Consultant


The InterPlay invitation of Catholic couple Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca was found on the Heal Empower site. The Heal Empower site is New Age. Heal Empower is also associated with the New Age alternatives enterprise Life Positive. But, who are Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca?

My enquiries reveal that Jaime was ordained a deacon by the Bombay Archdiocese in 2008 or 2009.

They are a leading Team Couple in the international Marriage Encounter [ME] apostolate.

They were in charge of preparing couples in all Bombay parishes for pre-baptism catechesis.

They were working in the Archdiocese’s Catechetical Centre in Bandra and were contributors to the Archdiocesan magazine “Awakening Faith”. I understand from reliable sources that they had to leave after accusations of impropriety were leveled against them. 12.

And, they are members of the Pontifical Academies of Life and the Family:

Members for Pontifical Academies of Life, Family

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2009 ( EXTRACT Here is a list published today of new members Benedict XVI appointed to the Pontifical Academies of Life and the Family…

Jaime Armando Miguel and Ligia Maria Moniz da Fonseca, India

Error and deception are in the highest places.

I had written to them recently, but I did not get a response:

Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2010 4:08 PM


Apparently, they are more interested in inducing Catholics to InterPlay [they responded to me, see page 40] than in the exodus of many of their fellow Mumbaiites to the Emperor Emmanuel cult.


In India, all InterPlay is taught only by Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ. And, wherever I find InterPlay, there is New Age. Some examples follow:

Interplay in India – Reflections by Gary Field* *See page 35
[Also at

Gary Field went to India with the soul intention of meditating and studying at Bodhi Zendo, a Zen Buddhist retreat centre in the hills of Tamil Nadu, South India. On Easter, Gary read the April 2007 edition of Life Positive: Your Complete Guide to Personal Growth, an Indian magazine. There, on page 34, was an article “The Dance of Life”.

It told the story of Prashant Olalekar, a Jesuit priest based in Vasai, India, who learned InterPlay while studying Integrated Spirituality in Berkeley, California.

Gary and Prashant communicated over email to co-lead InterPlay workshops in Mumbai.
They met each other on the first day of the InterPlay workshop and together they led five InterPlay workshops in four days.

Here are some reflections from Gary about his experience:

I first met Prashant four hours before our first workshop. We clicked. We had to!

…It was the first day of the school year at St. Joseph’s [Bombay]. The Principal wanted to try something new.

… That evening we got back to Vasai… A man all in white joined us. Thomas was his name. The Bishop.

…He said, “Do I need to do this (InterPlay workshop). Do I need to learn something new? My intention is that we the clergy are open to new things.” After the workshop we all went upstairs for dinner. The bishop shook my hand, “You’re a good man”, he said. “Are you a priest?”

Saturday, again Vasai, 43 men and women at St. Andrew’s

The fifth and final workshop happened on Sunday, again in Bombay… At St. Joseph’s about thirty people took part… some spunky, feisty nuns… Prashant’s Provincial was there taking photos…

I’m in Delhi now… about to return to the Buddhist centre in the South, to embrace some demons, the father, the son and the holy ghost. Much love, Gary Field.

A critical analysis of Gary Field‘s “reflections”, from a Catholic perspective:

Gary was studying Zen meditation under Jesuit priest Fr. Ama Samy when he took up InterPlay.

It is interesting — but not surprising — that all the priests indicted in this report are Jesuits.

Gary Field came across InterPlay in Life Positive magazine, a New Age alternatives enterprise.

Along with Fr. Prashant Olalekar, he co-led five workshops in Mumbai and Vasai dioceses with absolutely NO formal training in InterPlay, knowing nothing more than what he had read about him and InterPlay in a magazine! Yet, people actually pay thousands of rupees to attend these sessions.

All sessions were conducted at Catholic venues [St. Joseph’s, St. Andrew’s, Vasai Bishop’s house].

The Vasai bishop, Thomas Dabre attended InterPlay. He allowed himself to be guided by a person who himself was encountering InterPlay only for the first time in his life. Even worse, Bishop Dabre did not know anything about his guru, enquiring only AFTER the session if he was a priest!

On December 21, I wrote to Cynthia Winton-Henry
Phil Porter, InterPlay co-founders
and to six certified leaders in Adelaide asking if Gary Field is a certified trainer and since when. No response.

It is evident from the reflections of Gary Field that the Bishop did no homework about InterPlay.

After becoming the student of the Zen practitioner, he decided that Gary Field was a “good man”.


For evidence of Bishop Dabre’s personal closeness to Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ, see pages 40, 41.

On completing the InterPlay training for Catholics in Vasai and Bombay, Gary Field returned to his Zen guru, Fr. Ama Samy. Neither the Bishop nor the priests he encountered knew enough or cared enough to do anything to counsel him against going deeper into a New Age Buddhist meditation, “to embrace some demons, the father, the son and the holy ghost“. 13.

From the year 2007, Fr. Prashant Olalekar has been active in many dioceses of India. Not always has he been an invitee of the Bishops or Catholic Institutions as InterPlay catches on in the New Age industry in this country:

Zonta Club of Madras brought InterPlay to Chennai for the first time on 27th & 28th June 2009. This creative and fun process of transformation is a simple holistic and spiritual practice for peace. Fr. Prashant Olalekar Sj, Founder of InterPlay India was the resource person for this fund raising workshop, Ztn. Sampoorna helped in organizing the same. About 15 participants were trained in this unique experience.


I contacted Hazel Fernandes of Mumbai [see page 1] and she put me in touch with Jaishree in Chennai. I introduced myself to both of them as Michael and gave them my yahoo email address:

From: Hazel
Subject: Voice & Movement Therapy Workshop in Chennai: 14th & 15th December 2010
To: Cc: “Divya S” Date: Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 3:32 AM

Dear Prem, It was nice talking to you.
Have attached the programs of Dec and Jan. Looking forward to playing with you in person. In the dance of Peace,

From: Jaishree
Subject: Re: Voice & Movement Therapy Workshop in Chennai: 14th & 15th December 2010 To:
Cc: “Hazel” Date: Sunday, 12 December, 2010, 4:15 AM

Dear Prem,
In case you did not get the flyer in the previous email, please find attached (image file).
You may contact me to register, at (0) 9381919109. Thank you. Best regards,

I talked to Jaishree at 10:30 this morning [Dec. 13]. She and her mother are trained in InterPlay and what she calls as “Movement training“, and are also into Reiki, Angel healing therapy, Crystal healing
she describes
as “kind
New Age“.
is the contact
person for
a two-day
InterPlay program at the Anna University Alumni Club, Boat Club, Chennai, tomorrow and the day after.

I reproduce here the contents of the attachment sent to me by Hazel Fernandes of Mumbai:

InterPlay India Peace Exchange 2010-11

YOU are invited to a Playful Journey with InterPlayers from US, Australia & India at Jivanvikas Sadan (The Retreat House), Bandra West, Mumbai

InterPlay is a creative way to unlock our holistic body wisdom through

singing, story-telling, movement and stillness.

Come join us to Co-create a Universe InterPlaying for Peace through

various workshops

Compassionate Communication – Dec 4, 2010

create a space for dialogue through the language of play…

Play – a Way of Life – Dec 7

explore the joy of body mind spirit in full flow

Listen to the Hum of Life – Dec 15

reclaim your voice and rhythm to become fully human, fully alive

InterPlay for Health – Dec 17

move from dis-ease to ease… explore the power of your body to heal

Teamwork & Beyond – Jan 8-9, 2011

easy ways to improve connection, communication & confidence to build communities

Voice Medicine – Jan 8-9

curious about the power of the voice to heal? come play, listen & learn…

Workshop Investment inclusive of Lunch

Rs. 1,200 for 1 day and Rs. 2,200 for 2 days

Triplet offer – Register for 3 or more workshops and avail 15% discount

For further information please contact:

Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca – 92232 73045/ 92222 17906 or Hazel – 98200 55647

email us or visit us* &**

Nurturing Co-Creation, Playing for Peace!

* * * * *


InterPlay India’s web site:

I was shocked to note that the web address of InterPlay India is that of the Jesuit Retreat House, Jivan Vikas Sadan, in Bandra, Mumbai. It cannot get more official than that.


Read why it might be important to give free rein to your right brain!

Left Brain/Right Brain/Everybody’s Got Both
by Phil Porter [co-founder InterPlay] January 25, 2010

For the longest time, I wasn’t big on that left/right brain thing.
Seemed a bit simplistic to me and besides, I could never remember which side did what! I had heard people debunk it and people support it, so I wasn’t sure which way to turn.

But recently I have recognized it as a simple way to talk about how we need to use all parts of ourselves in order to be effective both individually and in groups. We need lefty sorts of stuff—facts and data and numbers and spreadsheets and logic and plans and evaluations and PROOF! But we also need righty sorts of stuff too—intuition, connection, affirmation, vision, creativity, emotions, dreams, hope, mystery, and a bit of knowing about what to do when it seems like it is getting very, very dark.

Now maybe those functions are isolated on one side of the brain or the other, and maybe they aren’t. I don’t need neurology or physiology or psychology to know that I know something about the elements on both the left-brain and right-brain lists above.

In our schools and organizations and corporations, we seem to be just a bit obsessed with the first list—the quantifying stuff. (Some might even call it the “tyranny of the left-brainers.” Not me, of course, but some.) We’re much less sure what to do about those “qualitative” experiences. But in your group or staff, wouldn’t you want people to know how to deal with fear or disappointment or jealousy or just being stuck in ways that work better than just sweeping those uncomfortable experiences under the rug?

Where do we learn those sorts of skills—the right-brainy stuff? Turns out this training often happens in the realms of the arts and the spirit and the physical. We learn it in faith communities and through spiritual practices. We learn it by playing with the building blocks of creation: color, light, space, movement, sound, energy. We learn it by challenging our bodies through exercise or sports or other physical engagement.

Does your workplace teach you how to fully use the right side of your brain in the same way that it would commonly expect to utilize the left side? Does it call out and affirm the right-side skills that already exist in its members? Do organizations recognize the artists and spirit people amongst them that bring these gifts to the work of the whole—the person who creates ease in the group, the one who knows how to turn adversity into new directions, the ones who know how to “work well with others,” those who are appreciative or grateful and bring out the best in others, the ones who can imagine Plan E when A, B, C and D have failed? 16.

No one living in today’s complex world can afford to ignore the importance of all parts of our experience.

InterPlay co-founders Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter have developed a workshop called Teamwork & Beyond that honors both the left and right sides of the brain, and the challenge of introducing tools that develop the right brain in left-brain environments.

InterPlay India: Left brain/right brain theory and New Age

New Age techniques seek theconditioning of the left brain which is responsible for logical, rational and scientific thought”. Emphasis is on “intuition”, attributed to the right brain.

This is contrary to Christian teaching which places emphasis on “Faith and Reason”.

New Age rejects “reason” in favour of personal experience and personal intuitiveness.

New Age
is about the primacy of intuition as means of the right knowledge as opposed to reason.

New Age thrives on beliefs and theories that do not stand up to reason, and in fact New Agers usually attack sound intellectual thinking and knowledge as incompatible with true spirituality. Their emphasis on “intuitive knowledge” finds expression in the mania for “right brain versus left brain” programmes that are so present in creative and management circles today.


left brain/right brain
thinking, #2.1 and #2.5

New Age
there is a shift ‘from modernity’s exaltation of reason [rationality] to an appreciation of feeling… often described as a switch from left brain rational thinking to right brain intuitive thinking. # 2.1

New Age has become immensely popular as a loose set of beliefs, therapies and practices, which are often selected and combined at will, irrespective of the incompatibilities and inconsistencies this may imply. But this is obviously to be expected in a world- view self-consciously based on “right-brain” intuitive thinking. And that is precisely why it is important to discover and recognise the fundamental characteristics of New Age ideas. What is offered is often described as simply “spiritual”, rather than belonging to any religion, but there are much closer links to particular Eastern religions than many “consumers” realise. This is … a real question for management in a growing number of companies, whose employees are required to practise meditation and adopt mind-expanding techniques as part of their life at work.
# 2.5

I have discussed left brain/right brain theory in several of my articles and reports, such as



This portion should have appeared with page 6 of this report, under

March 7, 2010:

From the February 3, 2003 Vatican Document on New Age

[New Age] Why now? #1.1

Some say that the Christian religion is patriarchal and authoritarian…

New Age
appeals to people imbued with the values of modern culture. Freedom, authenticity, self-reliance and the like are all held to be sacred. It appeals to those who have problems with patriarchy.

What is new about New Age? #2.1

There are various expressions of the need for a shift:

– from a dominance of masculinity and patriarchy to a celebration of femininity, in individuals and in society.

The essential matrix of
New Age

The essential matrix of New Age thinking is to be found in the esoteric-theosophical tradition which was fairly widely accepted in European intellectual circles in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was particularly strong in freemasonry, spiritualism, occultism and theosophy, which shared a kind of esoteric culture…

This continued under the guidance of Annie Besant, who was in the vanguard of the
feminist movement. Wicca and “women’s spirituality” carry on this struggle against “patriarchal” Christianity today.

…God? #

Mother Earth is offered as an alternative to God the Father, whose image is seen to be linked to a patriarchal conception of male domination of women.

“Inhabitants of myth rather than history”?: New Age
and culture

The rejection of tradition in the form of patriarchal, hierarchical social or ecclesial organisation implies the search for an alternative form of society, one that is clearly inspired by the modern notion of the self… Traditional science and medicine are felt to be inferior to holistic approaches, as are patriarchal and particular structures in politics and religion.

In this light, is he “New Age“? Read Fr. Cedric Prakash
once more and decide for yourself.



Spiritual expo on healing

EXTRACT Tantra, mantra, yantra, reiki, faith healing Spirit bazaar
through the day. A marketplace offering New Age products, services and events
to enhance holistic well-being
. It’s a three-day carnival – a one-stop for a wide array of products and services.

August 13, 2010 The much awaited Life Positive Exposition is here again!
Experience a confluence of
body-mind-spirit practices culled from various wisdom traditions
Dive deep into the mystery that is life, uncover hidden truths, discover unchartered possibilities, and acquire hitherto unseen perspectives.
• A plethora of modalities and practices to teach and learn
• A treat for
the body, mind and soul

• The most adventurous three days of wholesome indulgence with famous astrologer and spiritual occult master Punit Kumar

… … …
Interplay by Prashant Olalekar SJ

Life Positive Expo was started in 2005 to further explore Life Positive’s role as the promoter of body-mind-spirit thought in India. The Expo is an opportunity for all those interested in holistic growth to participate in a range of cutting edge workshops, to imbibe inspirational ideas and insights from some of the most respected and revered spiritual teachers, and participate in an exhibition of spiritual ware.

The only event of its kind in India, the Life Positive Expo throws open its doors to wisdom and techniques from all traditions and schools of thought. No matter what your persuasion or philosophy may be, you will find yourself at home in the all-inclusive ambience of the Expo.

It does not require an expert to conclude that Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ is associated with a host of New Age spiritual practices, endorsing them by his participation in the Life Positive Expo.

Let us examine other Life Positive articles that include mention of Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ.

Personal Growth – Minding Our Business
by Jamuna Rangachari

EXTRACT Father Prashant Olalekar, a Jesuit priest involved in many social initiatives, and the director of Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre at Nala in Thane district…

“I find interplay, movement meditation* [meditation **] and mindfulness excellent ways to keep a balance and work towards constructive change. Approaches to spirituality like the beatitudes of Jesus, the ahimsa of Gandhi, mindfulness of Thich Nhat Hanh and discernment of St Ignatius of Loyola have made a big difference to me,” says Father Prashant.

“It does take time to develop a sense of equanimity. It can be achieved to some extent after long discipline and self-catechesis,” Rev Dr Dominic Emmanuel SVD, director and spokesperson of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese, declares. Finding most comfort from Jesus’ teachings, he adds, “The principle of yin and yang or even the middle path taught by Gautama the Buddha, have also been of help to me in maintaining equanimity.”

My critical analysis of the above report:

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Thien Buddhist monk. His approach has been to combine a variety of traditional Zen teachings with methods from Theravada Buddhism, insights from Mahayana Buddhism, and ideas from Western psychology – to offer a modern light on meditation practice.

Fr. Prashant Olalekar‘s is a syncretised spirituality that I would distance myself from.

The statement of
Fr. Dominic Emmanuel SVD
Life Positive
is equally syncretistic and shocking.


*For “movement meditation“, see page 11

**What does Life Positive mean when they talk of “meditation “? The link above takes us to


Meditation is an intensely personal and spiritual experience.

The desired purpose of each meditation technique is to channel normal waking consciousness into a more positive direction by totally transforming one’s state of mind. To meditate is to turn inwards, to concentrate on the inner self.
The entire process of meditation usually entails the three stages of concentration, meditation and enlightenment or absorption. The meditator starts off by concentrating on a certain point. Once attention gets engaged, concentration turns into meditation. And through continuous meditation, the meditator merges with the object of concentration, which might either be the present moment or the Divine Entity.
In some branches of Indian philosophy, direct perception from the inner self (mana) together with perception that is filtered through the five senses (pancha indriya) form a part of their valid epistemology (pratyaksha jnana). And this self-realization or self-awareness (as popularized by Paramahansa Yogananda), is nothing but the knowledge of the “pure being”—the Self.
Humanity is increasingly turning towards various meditative techniques in order to cope with the increasing stress of modern-day lifestyles. Unable to locate stability in the outside world, people have directed their gaze inwards in a bid to attain peace of mind. Modern psychotherapists have begun to discover various therapeutic benefits of meditation practices. The state of relaxation and the altered state of consciousness—both induced by meditation—are especially effective in psychotherapy.
But more than anything else, meditation is being used as a personal growth device these days—for inculcating a more positive attitude towards life at large. Meditation is not necessarily a religious practice, but because of its spiritual element it forms an integral part of most religions. And even though the basic objective of most meditation styles remain the same and are performed in a state of inner and outer stillness, they all vary according to the specific religious framework within which they are placed. Preparation, posture, length of period of meditation, particular verbal or visual elements—all contribute to the various forms of meditation. Some of the more popular methods are, Transcendental Meditation, yoga nidra, vipassana and mindfulness meditation

Remember, the link is against the quote of Fr. Prashant Olalekar. Their understanding is unlike anything that the Bible teaches or that Christians call as meditation. It is in fact opposed to it.

Another link on the page takes us to the highly occult Meditation on Twin Hearts of Pranic Healing.

**What do Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ and others in this report
mean when they talk of mindfulness or mindfulness meditation? The Life Positive link explains:

Mindfulness Meditation by Luis S. R. Vas

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He gives public talks and workshops throughout the world on mindfulness and its applications for moving towards greater sanity and balance in today’s 24/7 multi-tasking-addicted, high-speed world. He is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was the founding executive director of the Center For Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. He is the author of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (Delta, 1991), Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994), and co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Hyperion, 1997). His work has contributed to a growing movement of mindfulness into mainstream institutions in our society such as medicine, health care and hospitals, schools, corporations, prisons, and professional sports.
“Mindfulness is a certain way of paying attention that is healing, that is restorative, that is reminding you of who you actually are so that you don’t wind up getting entrained into being a human doing rather than a human being,” says Kabat-Zinn.

“The practice of mindfulness meditation can be profoundly transformative and healing, and make it easier for one to experience the web of interconnectedness in which we live and work. It can give rise to greater insight and clarity, as well as greater empathy for oneself and others.” The most recent study using the pioneering work of Dr Kabat-Zinn comes out of the US, where researchers associated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre showed chronic lower back pain can be eased by meditation. “At the conclusion of the eight-week programme, those with chronic lower back pain noted a decreased amount of pain and a slight improvement in physical function,” the researchers said in an article in the journal, Pain.

John Coolidge was alone with his mind. Paralysed and rendered deaf by a disease that had attacked his nervous system, Coolidge’s eyes were his one link with the world. Now to protect his eyes, the doctors had decreed that each night they must be covered with gauze. He was left totally isolated – unable to feel, unable to move, unable to hear, unable to see, unable even to breathe without the respirator, which kept him alive. “The good news was that my mind worked fine. The bad news was that my mind worked fine,” says Coolidge, looking back on the experience.
Through the long hours of the night, Coolidge lay awake and alone, too terrified to sleep. For some, it would have been a prescription for panic. However, John Coolidge knew to seek refuge in the one physical sensation he had left – his breath.

“I had been taught a meditation technique in which you watch your breath–in goes the good air, out goes the bad. The ventilator was moving my chest up and down, and it was the one solid thing I had going for me,” he recalls. For Coolidge, the simple act of concentrating his awareness on the flow of air into his body provided the anchor that kept his mind under control.
In the two decades since Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness Center, more than 10,000 patients have been through his stress reduction programme –almost all referred by physicians and other health care professionals.

Thousands have taken classes at the more than 240 mind-body stress reduction clinics that have sprung up around the world, many created on Kabat-Zinn’s template. Dramatic reductions in physical and emotional symptoms are common among course participants suffering from a broad range of chronic diseases and medical problems, even as their ability to handle pain and stress increases. It was at such an eight-week programme that John Coolidge learned to watch his breath, three years before the auto accident that left his pelvis crushed and triggered the onset of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a trauma-related disorder that causes paralysis by attacking the lining of the nerves. “It felt like I was dying in phases,” recalls Coolidge, shortly after he was released from six months of hospitalisation. “I basically meditated my way all through it. My folks would literally see my heart rate and respiration rate go down on the monitors. You could literally see the relaxation electronically.” Before the ordeal was over, Coolidge would use the techniques for more than just stress management. As feeling slowly began to return to his limbs, the lumbar punctures that tracked his recovery – tests in which electrically charged needles were inserted into the nerves –became increasingly painful.
“It was like getting hooked up to an electric fence for an hour,” he recalls with a shudder. Once more, Coolidge resorted to meditating on his breath. “It absolutely helped to offset the pain,” he says of the breath meditation. “You are still aware of it, but it doesn’t control your thinking. The pain or the fear does not have to be dominant. That doesn’t mean it disappears, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing going on.”
Would Coolidge have survived if he had not gone through the Kabat-Zinn programme? Probably, but he suspects the experience would have been much worse. “The meditation allowed me to concentrate the fight that was in me on productive areas,” he explains. “I was able to fight the disease, the paralysis, the pneumonia, and not at any time fight the fact that I was in those circumstances – not spend any time being angry.” Participants in the stress reduction classes do more than just sit watching their breath. They are taught simple yoga movements and introduced to a ‘body scan’ technique borrowed from Vipassana meditation, in which they are guided through a process of shifting the focus of their awareness to different parts of the anatomy. The point of it all is to “be present in your body,” as the instructors constantly remind their students, in order to “see events with more clarity and directness” and thus consciously “control what is controllable, and release the rest.”
“Most people don’t listen to their bodies at all,” says a medical doctor enrolled in a recent course. “They are so busy doing whatever they are trying to do, they are not thinking about what their body’s telling them they should or shouldn’t do.”

Each student in the course, which meets three hours a week for eight weeks, is given a set of guided meditation tapes and expected to do at least forty-five minutes of practice each night.

Mindfulness meditation may have its roots in an ancient tradition alien to most westerners, but what Kabat-Zinn and others like him have done is strip it down to an essence everyone can understand. “It’s the heart of Buddhist meditative practices, the heart of Sufi practices, the heart of all spiritual practices,” he says. “We’re pointing to something that lies in the heart, not out there in history. You don’t have to go off and retreat to a cave to do this,” argues a practitioner. “It’s very practical.”
“It’s great to have a practice and sit on a cushion and get whatever you can from that,” observes Friedman, a CEO. “But for me, the real value is integrating it into my everyday life.” “I get excited about the fact that breath is something I always have with me,” agrees Janet, a housewife. “That I don’t need an extra bag for it, that I don’t need to pay for it, that I don’t need to ask somebody for it. It’s a tool I just have and I can call on it whenever I need it.” John Coolidge, whose breath helped him survive the isolation of paralysis, can testify to that.
Luis S R Vas has authored over a score of books during a decade long career in feature writing, publishing and corporate communications.

Who is Luis S. R. Vas?

He is an Indian Catholic living in Mumbai, a prolific writer on New Age themes from a biography on Theosophist-failed Messiah J. Krishnamurti to alternative therapies to esoteric eastern meditations. A large number of his books are published by St. Pauls “Better Yourself Books”!

In my assessment, he is the most hard-occult of Indian writers with a Catholic background.

He is a contributor to Life Positive and other New Age publications.

I have referred to him already in several of my articles and reports. A separate report on Luis S. R. Vas and his books is under preparation.

Personal Growth – Change your life
by Jamuna Rangachari

The one thing that binds all the facilitators who will be holding workshops at the LP Expo, is their powerful intention to help you make a quantum leap in your well-being:

Dr Newton is a medical doctor who has specialised in past-life regression therapy and holistic therapy

Dr Somesh Chaddha teaches Neuro Linguistic Programming

Maa Gyan Suveera conducts Self-healing

Ma Sadhana is an Osho [Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh] meditator

Along with this New Age menagerie and more, is lumped:


Stumbling upon it by chance, Father Prashant Olalekar found the path he needed to follow in InterPlay. InterPlay, in a nutshell, is a holistic spiritual practice to unlock the body wisdom. It opens the doors and windows and shutters of our bodies to the wonders within as well as in the rest of humanity and God’s creation. Fr Prashant, a Jesuit priest based at the Retreat House, Bandra, Mumbai, learnt this technique while studying Integrated Spirituality at Berkeley, California, in 2004.

Through powerful, practical ideas and a system of simple practices rooted in movement, storytelling, song and stillness, we gain access to our own body wisdom, what works best for us, and what gives our life passion and purpose. Improvised movement is a major part of InterPlay. It begins with simple body movements and proceeds step-by-step to give greater expression to the energy locked up within. It is an art form that fuses body, mind and spirit into one harmonious whole. The emotional, intellectual, psychological, spiritual energies are unified and transformed into a creative force for personal, interpersonal, structural and cosmic peace.


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This site, karmayog, does not hesitate to declare the Life Positive programme as New Age:

The much awaited Life Positive Exposition is here again!

EXTRACT Experience a confluence of body-mind-spirit practices culled from various wisdom traditions
Dive deep into the mystery that is life, uncover hidden truths, discover unchartered possibilities, and acquire hitherto unseen perspectives.

19th, 20th, 21st March 2010 India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Pay only Rs 6,000 for either three one-day workshops or two one-day and two half-day workshops. The investment is inclusive of two teas and a gourmet vegetarian lunch everyday…

21st March Interplay by Prashant Olalekar SJ 2:30pm-5:30pm…

Spirit bazaar through the day

A marketplace offering New Age products, services and events to enhance holistic well-being.

It’s a three-day carnival – a one-stop for a wide array of products and services that you didn’t know where to find. Come, indulge your whole being at Life Positive Fest 2010.

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InterPlay is offered along in the “spirit bazaar” with other “New Age


Write Therapy – Unheard voices, untold stories
by Nandini Murali August 2009 EXTRACT

A writer’s workshop that knitted together yoga, meditation, and interplay had a transformative impact on the participants.
A report

“I invite you all to tell your tale that you’ve been longing to tell… a longing deeper than words… to discover your personal story is part of Her story… an integral part of the Cosmic story… We’re part of the new story…” intoned Sr Margaret Gonsalves, feminist theologian, and founder of ANNNI (Alliance of Nari Nar Nisarg Ishwar) Woman Man-Nature God, a spiritual movement to foster the feminine, and transform systems that have traditionally suppressed it.

Invocation of the Divine before the start of a day

The unusual welcome was followed by an invocation to Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom*. A fitting beginning to the Women Writers’ workshop organised by ANNNI from May 4 7, 2009, at Pasayadan Holistic Spirituality Centre, Vasai, 70 km from Mumbai. I was among the workshop participants. Interestingly, the workshop was inclusive in its approach to gender and was also open to men who were in touch with the feminine in themselves. Fr Prashanth Olalekar, PhD; Director, Pasayadan Holistic Spirituality Centre, and Sharukh Vazifdar**, mechanical engineer by training and presently a correspondent at Life
Positive participated. The thematic workshop on “Telling and writing our stories” was facilitated by Katherine Keefer, US based artist, sculptor, and writer. The workshop, with a focus on autobiographical writing, provided a safe space for women writers to recall, process, and record their personal life
experiences as a tool for personal and spiritual growth.
Autobiographical writing enables us to contact our souls. The act of owning and accepting our stories, the courage to honestly acknowledge and accept the events that have formed us, frees us of self sabotaging defences, the need to don masks, seek external validation and hunger for approval. Writing the stories of our lives then becomes a quest for personal and spiritual insights; a move towards being a balanced and integrated person.
Sharing stories
The workshop enabled participants to share their experiences as women. The aim was not to teach HOW to write or have a finished product; rather the sisterhood of women writers shared our experiences, our stories as women by “writing from the heart, our truth, our reality”. Our very first activity was cutting out a set of 30 pictures and a string of 30 words or short phrases from magazines. These were random choices, a free associative process, without conscious thinking on our part. The picture and word list was narrowed down based on each participant’s personal favourites into ten, five, three, and finally the one picture — our final favourite that symbolised our core experiences. We pasted this in the centre of the collage, with the other pictures clustered around it. I felt child-like and joyful, and in communion with my inner child.

Each participant’s collage was revelatory and deeply personal. I was amazed to discover that our choices were not random, but purposeful, meaningful choices, in which the Unconscious whispered to us messages that we needed to hear; to intuit. Indeed, in writing, as in life, there are no coincidences; only convergences.
At a symbolic level, the centre of the collage represents our core concerns and beliefs; the top of the collage, our past; the bottom, the present; the left, the inner landscape; and the right, the exterior or outward face of a person. My collage, however, was a reversal of this interpretation, which nevertheless, resonated with my current life situation and concerns. We adopted the same process with the word clusters to create a poem. I found the emphasis on free writing and free association that underpinned these activities as a replicable pre writing activity to generate and cluster ideas.
We began each day with morning yoga, and movement
***led by Maggie Gonsalves and Prashant Olalekar. The yoga, which included ‘yoga facial’, was a great way to start the day. The stimulation of the pressure points on the face and neck rejuvenated us
and set the ideas flowing (as we were to discover later!) The Movement

that consisted of the sublime ‘Touching the Earth’ meditation
and the Labyrinth Walk
****, a sacred inward journey, enabled me to get inside myself, and access my inner recesses. As I walked step by step across the labyrinth****, purposefully and mindfully, the concerns I chose to focus on seemed to evaporate and dissipate during the return journey.
Spiritual essence
The writing sessions were interspersed with Interplay, a body based improvisational arts practice that weaves together movement, song, and storytelling. These activities infused the process of writing with a spiritual essence. Indeed it was no mere coincidence that all the writers were also deeply engaged as seekers in a spiritual quest. It also enabled me to experience the reality that writing is not just a mental process but rooted in bodily experience and wisdom; an integration of the human trinity of body, mind, and spirit.

Participants also explored “seed” ideas to generate potential themes for stories. These encapsulated core issues. Some of the “seeds” that germinated during the workshop centred on themes as varied as forgiveness, spirituality, nature, food, death, fear, patriarchy, feminism, illness, infertility, and voices. We then chose one ‘seed’ to sow, water, and nurture with our creativity
and imagination.


The photograph of Fr. Prashant Olalekar and his InterPlay group in “meditation” on the previous page looks like, if anything, a New Age or Wiccan séance.

In the above article, the truth is [once again] revealed by the Life Positive author: “Yoga, meditation, and interplay are knitted together” by Sr. Margaret Gonsalves and Fr. Prashant Olalekar! We now know that InterPlay does not stand alone. Other reports examined in this analysis have already demonstrated the affinity between InterPlay and New Age practices.

The meditation referred to in the first paragraph is later in the article clarified to be the “movement
meditation” that we saw on page 11. “Pressure points” are New Age theories originating in Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine.
Labyrinth is New Age. So is “‘Touching the Earth’ meditation.”

The above write-up in Life Positive reveals not only that InterPlay CANNOT be separated from New Age of one sort or the other, but also that it has become the happy hunting ground of Catholic feminists. We have already seen Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ involved. The Life Positive article is about Sr. Margaret Gonsalves and her feminist agenda which she uses the InterPlay forum to promote.

*Sophia is derived from the Greek translation of the word “wisdom” in Scripture – which is Hagia Sophia. Its New Age spiritual connotation is feminist.

Google for “Sophia New Age” and you get:
Sophia Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico:
Wisdom recognizes and acknowledges Sophia-Gaia at the Center of everything we do. Gaia is the name of our Earth – Mother Earth. What we teach and what we offer must be in alignment with what’s good for our Mother Earth.


[In New Age] shifts are found in everything from the Human Potential Movement and the worship of goddesses such as Gaia and Sophia… from traditional forms of religion to more personal expressions of what is now being called “spirituality” — to move from a male-dominated culture to one that celebrates the feminine, and to rely less on reason and more on feelings and emotions. Catholic writer Susan Brinkmann,


Sharukh Vazifdar: Life Positive magazine says,
He is greatly influenced by new-age spirituality.

***For “Movement Meditation“, see page 11.

, see the link and article on page 18 to recap. what they mean by meditation.

****Labyrinths are a meditation, relaxation, and spiritual tool that invite a person to walk towards the center with a problem, prayer, or idea… ‘Out of all of the New Age stuff, the labyrinth is the most pervasiveI think people read about these fads and are duped and they get no direction from priests and pastors’.
Pervasiveness of NEW AGE among nuns may loom as scandal… Catholic writer Michael H. Brown,

Some New Age practices are also introduced through some parish programs which might direct one to a labyrinth to pray… Today, the labyrinth is always used as a New Age tool. People who use it are not interested in salvation through Jesus Christ. Catholic writer Susan Beckworth,

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves figures in Life Positive quite a bit.

1. In “Mandala” January 2009 and in
NewsAnnni Ashram, we read:

EXTRACT After centuries of enduring and surviving a patriarchal society, women are increasingly demanding their own spiritual spaces. To answer this need comes ANNNI. ANNNI (Alliance of Nari Nar Nisarg Ishwar) ASHRAM is a movement to provide a feminine spiritual spa/respite to awaken the feminineThe ashram also provides… yoga facials, spirituality sessions, …dance and meditative music.

2a. How Dare She Dream by
Suma Varughese Editor in Chief, Life Positive
July 2007

I first ran into Sr Margaret a few months ago when Fr Prashant Olalekar, whose Interplay we wrote about in the April 2007 issue, organised a two-hour Interplay session to which I was invited. The participants were mostly what I would have called nuns, but who call themselves women religious now. And that’s not all that’s changing in their world. I was awestruck and humbled to observe their sincere engagement with spirituality and quest for growth, despite the limitations of belonging to an institution which told them what to believe, and in which they were subordinate to men.
I have never quite heard the term ‘patriarchy’
uttered so often, or with such vehemence, as during those two hours. As they poured themselves into the dance movement, sharing after each episode with touching vulnerability, I was moved by their womanliness, which was by no means masked by their role as nuns. These were real women, striving to be themselves, and through that process, striving to transform the church. Sr Margaret is a leading light in this magnificent mission.

She completed her Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) from the US (2005), and is the programme coordinator for Streevani (Voice of Women), Pune. A former president of CRI (Conference of Religious, India), Vasai unit, she has conducted several workshops to empower women religious in the dioceses of Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

2b. In Positive Chronicles – How Dare She Dream by Gregory Gonsalves

If you thought Catholicism and feminism could never be reconciled, Sr Margaret Gonsalves will prove you wrong. Here she speaks about a personal experience of this reconciliation
July 2007

EXTRACT As a woman religious, how did you get interested in feminism?

When working in the CRI, I became highly conscious of the fact that women religious are treated as second-class citizens in a male-dominated church. In a patriarchal and hierarchical setup, religious sisters are doomed to play secondary roles, despite their competence and desire to be equals…

Reading inspiring books like those of Joan Chittister, OSB, a Benedictine nun who has fearlessly challenged the religious and political powers, has opened my eyes to the prophetic dimension of religious life, which consists in promoting an alternative society based on justice, equality and peace. Joan Chittister rightly observes, “We are trained to be makers and doers, not dreamers and seers.” I began to dream of doing advanced feminist theological studies that would equip me with intellectual and spiritual resources required to empower women religious to challenge the unjust patriarchal system. Taking a big risk, I finally felt impelled by the Spirit to fly away to California to complete my Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.), and fulfill my dream…

How does feminism* apply to men?
Defining the sexes by stereotyped traits, and limiting them on physical grounds to separate roles, should be replaced by the notion of universal personhood. Feminism*
is concerned with the liberation of all people from the clutches of patriarchy, so that they can become full participants in human society.

What are some of the major aspects of feminism?
Feminism empowers the powerless by offering a spirituality of nonviolent resistance to the powers-that-be. Viewing life from the underside, it critiques systems built on power for the few, and powerlessness for the majority. This worldview promotes compassionate thinking and living. It is holistic, and fosters intimate connection with Mother Earth. It views flesh as a blessing. It celebrates the dance of life, and has a non-hierarchical, egalitarian, circular orientation. It envisages the distribution of resources, the care of the planet, and dignity of life for everyone. It focuses on coming home to the here and now. It promotes personal and global peace**.

Highlighting the feminine dimension of God, it unleashes the divine Shakti.

How did feminist studies lead you to the process of transformation?

Getting in touch with the dream of the pioneering feminists empowered me to go ahead with the fulfilment of my dream. A feminist consciousness helped to bring about a deep awareness that I do not have to condemn human beings, but enlist their support to change the system, which is damaging to both women and men. This awareness has made me grow in compassion towards men and women with a patriarchal mindset, knowing that often they have unconsciously internalised it. Yoga, pranayama and meditation were a great help to attain inner peace in the midst of conflict. My horizons have been widened to network with those groups who are working nonviolently for systemic change.


The link to Feminism in the above Life Positive article provides other links, all either New Age or occult or hardcore feminist.


Consciousness – The Emerging Divine Feminine by Kavita Byrd

Tantra – Honouring the Feminine by Amodini

Feminism – Walking on the path with women by Deepti Priya Mehrotra

Recommended Feminist Websites:

Check out their link on Peace [see page 4 also] to get their understanding of peace:


I take just one example to show how feminist peace and New Age go hand in hand:

Peace – Wise Women on the Rise by
Suma Varughese Editor in Chief, Life Positive
May 2008

EXTRACT Making way for the divine feminine was a path-breaking summit held recently in India under the auspices of the global peace initiative of women, which highlighted the pivotal role of women in creating a peaceful, harmonious and sustainable world.

The CRI referred to in the above articles is the Conference of Religious, India. Sr. Margaret Gonsalves was a senior CRI leader. 24.

The current and recent past national level CRI leadership is — in the guise of programmes for the “empowerment of women” — radically feminist and is militantly agitating for the ordination of women as priests. This is clearly demonstrated in my report


If you want to read more about feminism and feminist spirituality [the alleged “feminine side” of man] as promoted by Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB and the heretical Catholic Ashrams movement, read


Feminist ideology is being disseminated among nuns’ religious orders through the CRI.

Feminist ideology is being disseminated among seminarians, priests’ and nuns’ religious orders and lay leaders through the Catholic Ashrams movement which is strongly supported by the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre, Bangalore.

It has also infected most professors of theology who teach in Indian seminaries.

Feminism-oriented nuns like Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves conduct workshops through which a false theology is projected in the guise of the need for women religious in particular and all women in general to be “liberated” from a perceived domination by men and from the patriarchal-hierarchal structure
the Catholic
and “empowered”,
to be ordained to the “cultic priesthood”.

Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves has been influenced by the writings of “Joan Chittister, OSB, a Benedictine nun“. Who is Sr.
Joan Chittister?


In the list of those who are militating for Women Priests:

Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB A supporter of
Call to Action
who promotes women priests.

In the list of those who defy the
Hierarchical Teaching Authority of the Church:

Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
A supporter of

Call to Action
who promotes dissent. See her many articles in the National Catholic Reporter dissenting magazine.

In the list of Theology Incompatible with the Catholic Faith:

Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
A supporter of

Call to Action
who promotes Feminist theology.

[Priests like Fr. Prashant Olalekar, see the list (below) of Interplay‘s international leaders, are in charge of formation and in a position to wrongly influence those who are committed to their care:



INDIA Prashant Olalekar, Vasai, Regional Contact, Certified InterPlay Leader

Prashant Olalekar together with the InterPlay India team is playing a pioneering role in actively promoting InterPlay in India and building bridges through Global Peace Exchanges. He is a Jesuit, peace activist, spiritual director, educator and presently director of Jivanvikas Sadan Retreat House in Mumbai. He travels throughout India and abroad to share what he is learning about the power of play, spirit, and the deep wisdom of the body to foster peace. He has served as the former Novice Director
and Coordinator of Formation of the Bombay Jesuit Province
and founder of Pasayadaan Peace Partnership, a fledgling global network for peace. He is currently playing with integrating Ignatian Spirituality and Body Wisdom. Prashant encourages lay collaboration to foster the vision of InterPlay India namely, “to co-create a universe InterPlaying for Peace.”]


Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:03 AM Subject: LIFE POSITIVE

Dear Sr. Margaret,
I just saw the article about you in Life Positive on the Internet. It also carried your email address. May I please have the postal address and telephone number of ANNNI?

From: Vedashini
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:46:44 -0600 Subject: Re: LIFE POSITIVE

What issue of LP you read my article in? I am not aware of it. Unless the Editor, Suma Varughese, a good friend of mine wanted to give me Christmas surprise!

I am from Vasai, an East Indian. ANNNI Postal Address:
ANNNI Charitable Trust, Shantivan, House No 1230 ,St. Dominic Road, After Ghogale Wadi, Holi, Vasai West, 401201.

Since the land line telephones are unpredictable, though we have number, we have not yet installed. You can call ANNNI Mobile Number: 09850203895 (Mostly I myself operate for incoming calls only)

How did you like the article? Compassionately, Margaret  25.

To: “Vedashini” <> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:39 PM Subject: Re: LIFE POSITIVE

Dear Sr. Margaret,
Thanks for your prompt and detailed reply.
At first, I did not want to open your mail when I saw “Vedashini” showing in my Inbox. What’s “Vedashini”? I thought that it was a spam letter.
Which religious order do you belong to, Sister Margaret? It seems that your Superior has allowed you the freedom to do what you like best. Do any of the other nuns in your order support your work in ANNNI?
As I had written, I saw the article about you on the Internet, not in Life Positive magazine. I copy below the title, date and link. I hope that helps.
Write Therapy – Unheard voices, untold stories by Nandini Murali – August 2009
It’s of last year, so I’m your Christmas surprise, not the LP story.
I just only yesterday bought the two latest issues of Life Positive magazine for the very first time. I find them most interesting.
Later, I found another which is dated two years earlier than the first. Here it is:
Positive Chronicles – How Dare She Dream by Gregory Gonsalves – July 2007
Since you are not aware that Life Positive has published them, you will be happy to see them. If you are unable to access them, let me know. I will copy them and send them to you.
Just curious now, is “Gregory Gonsalves”, the author of the above article, related to you?
Margaret, is Suma Varughese a Catholic or orthodox or a Hindu married to a Christian? I ask because there are lots of Catholics writing in Life Positive.
I am writing a story on InterPlay. It will be ready in a few days. While Google searching, I came across the article that mentions you.
Are you also a certified InterPlay instructor like Fr. Prashant?
Or do you supplement/complement his InterPlay when working with him?
I have also written about the patriarchy/feminism angle in the Catholic Church, and on women theologians. As a Christmas gift, I’d love to send it to you. I could even add your contributions to it; you don’t mind, I hope.
I noted that Nandini’s article described you as a “feminist theologian”. Your name was not in the list sent to us from Bombay when we were conducting our research earlier this year.

Where did you study feminist theology? Was it at the Pius X College Seminary, Goregaon?
Have you attended any feminist theology workshops conducted by any well known feminist theologians in India and abroad? I haven’t come across your articles in any Catholic journals or maybe I missed them because your name was not familiar to me till yesterday.
Since there is nothing about ANNNI on the Internet, I had to bother you with so many questions. I look forward to hearing soon from you at your convenience.

From: Vedashini
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 08:25:22 -0600 Subject: Re: LIFE POSITIVE

I have studied in USA and was blessed to be in the company of Mary Hunt, Letty Russell, Elisabeth Fiorenza, Rosemary Reuther, and Shannon Clarkson. [Who are these five women? See below]

I am presently visiting professor of Feminist Theology and Liberative Nonviolence to Wholeness to JDV-Pune* and Pallotine Seminary, Mysore.
*Papal Seminary

I too have a few articles written for various magazines-national and international. As editor, I have done a lot of editing and editorials and articles etc. I would gladly welcome your articles on patriarchy/feminism as Christmas gift.

Now it is your turn to introduce yourself. Tell me who are you, where are you from?

When have you done InterPlay and where?
For which publication are you writing a story on InterPlay? Would she like to get in touch with Fr. Prashant?
For which magazines have you written articles? Maggie/Vedashini [Final letter from Sr. Margaret on page 44]

I wrote back to her, repeating my unanswered queries, in such a way as to buy time.

Since I had refrained from giving her information, Sr. Margaret Gonsalves stopped writing to me.

Why should she be suspicious and elusive unless she is aware that she might be doing wrong?

EXTRACT Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D., is a feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. Dr. Hunt received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is an advisor to the Women’s Ordination Conference. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her partner, Diann L. Neu*. Source:

*Diann Neu, a feminist liturgist, minister, spiritual director, and psychotherapist. They are co-founders and co-directors of the Woman’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), a feminist educational center dedicated to creating and sustaining inclusive communities in society and religion, in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Dr Letty Russell, one of the leading activists of Women’s Liberation movement and herself a priest

Letty Russell, one of the world’s foremost feminist theologians was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church. Source:

Letty Mandeville Russell, one of the world’s foremost feminist theologians died Thursday, July 12, 2007.
She is survived by her partner, Shannon Clarkson.

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
is a feminist theologian. She identifies as Catholic and her work is generally in the context of Christianity, although much of her work has broader applicability.


EXTRACT Women’s Ordination Worldwide
(WOW) was founded in 1996. Its primary mission at this time is the admission of Roman Catholic women to all ordained ministries. Speakers at the Ottawa conference in July 2005 included Elisabeth Fiorenza and Rosemary Radford Ruether. Source:

Rosemary Radford Ruether is continually referred to as a “theologian” in the United States, a “feminist theologian,” and recognized as a Catholic. She spoke at the first meeting of the Women’s Ordination Conference, and since 1985 has been a member of the board of directors of the pro-abortion feminist organization Catholics for A Free Choice (CFFC). But the Catholic pretensions of CFFC are a hoax. The National Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on 4 November 1993 denying that CFFC was Catholic. The feminist “theology” she represents is rooted in false principles contrary to any semblance of Catholic doctrine.


EXTRACT In the list of those who are militating for Artificial Birth Control / Sex Education:

Rosemary Radford Ruether promotes Catholics for Contraception, population control.

In the list of those who teach Theology Incompatible with the Catholic Faith:

Rosemary Radford Ruether promotes eco-feminist theology.

In the list of those who are Public Supporters of Dissident Organizations

Rosemary Radford Ruether is the founder of Call to Action
[see page 25].


EXTRACT Letty Russell and Shannon Clarkson co-authored the “Dictionary of Feminist Theologies”, Mowbray, 1996. Source:

EXTRACT Letty Mandeville Russell and her life

partner, Shannon Clarkson co-edited the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies. Source:


All five women who Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves named in her letter to me, who are her theological and spiritual formators, mentors, friends and icons, are leading feminists.

While Mary Hunt lived with a woman partner named Diann, a couple of the others, Russell and Clarkson were lesbian “partners” living together in gay “marriage”!

That’s three out of five lesbian theologians in the list given me by Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves! Since she does not condemn them, she condones their horrible sin against nature and God’s plan of creation, and she must also endorse their pro-choice movement as well as their clamour for the ordination of women as priests. And this nun, Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves, actually TEACHES at Catholic seminaries!!!

Mary Hunt studied at the Graduate Theological Union [GTU]*. Fr. Prashant
Olalekar studied there. Apparently Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves also studied at the same institution. *See page 5

The GTU is Presbyterian. The Presbyterian Church ordains women and gays as priests and bishops.

Now, remember also that Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves is working along with Fr. Prashant
Olalekar to spread the InterPlay virus and they are supported by the Bishops of Bombay and Vasai [see page 1]

Surely, Jesuit priests Fr. Prashant
Olalekar and Fr. Cedric Prakash are fully aware that Sr. Margaret
Gonsalves is a leading feminist and what she stands for, and since they are collaborating with her it means that they subscribe to her views. To confirm that, the reader can go back to page 6 and read Fr. Cedric Prakash‘s article, “Overcoming our Patriarchal Mindset“.

Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ

Who is Suma Varughese of Life Positive [see pages 23, 24] who promotes InterPlay, Fr. Prashant Olalekar and Sr. Margaret Gonsalves? What values does Life Positive stand for?

Suma Varughese

Suma Varughese has been working with Life Positive since its inception in April 1996. Beginning as bureau chief (Mumbai) she took over as editor-in-chief of Life Positive in December 2005.
A veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience in magazine journalism, Suma was editor of the popular lifestyle magazine Society, for six years. Her movement into spirituality arose out of a deep experience in 1991, which enabled her to understand that true happiness arises only when one transcends the ego and focuses on the larger good. Ever since, she has been in pursuit of this absolute form of happiness.
Along the way she left mainstream journalism
and devoted herself to
spiritual journalism. Her articles arise out of a deep personal search for self-transformation and therefore evoke a response from the reader. Suma also contributes columns to Verve, New Woman and DNA newspaper.

I quote Suma Varughese from three of her articles in the Life Positive e-magazine:

Growing up with God

EXTRACT Coming as I did from a Syrian Christian background, I had to first brave the wrath of an angry God when I gave up faith at age 14, endure a godless existence for a good many years and finally, through spiritual insight, vend my way to an individual understanding of God. I had to painfully learn the spiritual perspective over many years, recognizing that we make our own reality, that growth is the purpose of life, that we are co-creators with God of our destiny and that the universe is an ethical and deeply loving place.

Outing the closet seeker

EXTRACT In my own case, as a writer for Life Positive and an ardent seeker, I am hardly coy about my interest in spirituality. Yet, there are areas in my life where I do not parade my convictions. One is among my Syrian Christian community, with whom I mingle with
very little indication of the
subversive thoughts swarming in my head.

Where Christianity meets Vedanta

Her Indian roots help Suma Varughese realize that the ultimate step towards integration lies in Vedanta—the philosophy that we are all part of the Divine, the Brahman, the Creator

Although a Christian, I have always been baffled by my religion’s central belief that Jesus Christ died to redeem mankind of its sins. Besides much of Christianity that challenged one’s reason, I thought this too was part of its general mystification. As a seeker, I was far too aware of the limitations created by conditioning (sin in New Age speak) and the hard work needed to eliminate them, to take seriously the claim that anyone’s death would absolve me of the task. Each had to work at his own salvation. I could see that the loving willingness with which Christ accepted his crucifixion must have eliminated a tremendous amount of negativity from the earth, for who could have remained unchanged by such greatness, courage and love? But to imagine that his death gave every Christian thereafter free pardon for all their acts, stretches the point too far, moving from the reasonable to the theological phantasm.
Yet, every Christian has found this the most potent of tenets. Christ’s sacrifice has been the cause of millions of conversions and even transformations. Alas, the vivifying power behind this concept escaped me

This concept of being saved by Christ’s death is akin to Vedanta’s assurance that we are and have always been part of the divine and only ignorance veils that knowledge… I still prefer the Vedantic way, for it is universal.

So, Suma Varughese, born into a Syrian Christian [a tradition traces its origins back to St. Thomas] family, forsakes her faith for Vedantic Hinduism and — we will see — New Age spirituality.

On the journey from the one, true God through godlessness to believing in a monistic universal all-is-one all-is-god Brahman, she quite naturally — as do all New Agers — rejects the notion of sin and the truth that Jesus, the Son of God had to die to save her from its consequences. Instead, as all New Agers do, she has convinced herself that “each has to work out his own salvation”.

Life Positive is touted as India’s first New Age monthly.

I quote Suma Varughese from one of her articles in the Life Positive e-magazine:

100 paths to GOD

In April 1996, our first issue rolled off the press, heralding the birth of New Age in India.

Suma Varughese has written over 250 articles for Life Positive since its inception in April 1996.

Some of them are general overviews of the advancement of New Age in India. The others are discussions about different New Age alternative therapies and eastern meditation systems, Hindu and New Age gurus and various practices that for a Christian could only be categorised as occult.

She does write on “Christian mysticism” too, but through New Age-tinted spectacles.

One of her articles is a report on the miracles that take place at “Potta”, the Vincentian Fathers’ Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor, Kerala. It reads like a chronicle of New Age healings.


She also writes about Catholic priests who are involved in New Age, though obviously she doesn’t see it that way. In fact, the very fact that these priests are found worthy enough to grace the pages of Life Positive magazine in print and on the net is evidence that they are indeed New Age!

These include Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ of InterPlay, Fr. Joe Pereira of the Kripa Foundation, Fr. John Main OSB of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB and the Catholic Ashrams movement, Fr. Ama Samy SJ and his Bodhi Zendo ashram, Indian seminaries that teach Vipassana meditation, T.M. and yoga, and lay gurus such as Luis S. R. Vas and Swami Sachidananda of Dharma Bharathi. There is not one of these Catholic New Agers whom I have not written about.

The report on Fr. Ama Samy and Zen is in hardcopy since almost 10 years and the one on Luis S. R. Vas is in its final stages. Detailed reports on all of the others are already available on my web site.

If Life Positive and Suma Varughese are dedicated to “spiritual journalism” which we have seen is nothing but New Age, why would InterPlay interest them so much unless it fitted the bill?

Suma Varughese also takes great an inordinate interest in the inculturation programme of the Catholic Church in India. Let us read her very lengthy article and try to understand her mind:

by Suma Varughese, December 1999

Christianity in India is progressively partaking of Indian beliefs and customs, even meditation systems.
The trend has been given a name:

The doorway of the suburban Mumbai flat, in the southern part of India, is festooned Christianity with flowers.

Strains of religious songs waft out from within. Some 30 women sit cross-legged on the floor facing a silk sari-clad, flower-covered stone idol. Implements for a traditional Indian puja (prayer ritual), including prasad (food offerings to the deity, in this case plates of fruits) sit on either side. Typically Indian, right?
Wrong. For the gathered devotees, this is just another way of celebrating the feast of Mother Mary. Its prime mover
Anjali Aranha feels that she is only expressing her conviction that she is
a Hindu by culture and a Christian by belief.

“I am taking back what is mine. Being Hindu is not opposed to being Christian,”
says she. A minuscule movement is transforming Indian Christianity. One that sees Hinduism and Christianity in sync with each other, thereby disentangling the confused strands of identity that make an Indian Christian.

“Hinduism helped me become a better Christian,” says
Eric Pinto, I found it hard to believe in a vengeful Biblical God who made the universe in six days and rested on the seventh.
Learning yoga

made me understand that all universal laws operate through God. That made sense.

But where does Indian-ness end and Christianity begin? Are Christians betraying their faith by practicing yoga? What is the exact nature of the sin committed by accepting

The questions compel us to inquire into the nature of faith and nationality.

For a faith that emphasizes the need for belief, these are radical questions. Yet more Indian Christians are looking to ford the twin halves of their identity.
Some institutions, such as the Fr. Agnel
in Pune, India, will not ordain priests unless they take a Vipassana course
. Most Indian seminaries even have courses on Indian philosophy. In many Christian ashrams
in India today, you may encounter

a vegetarian kitchen,
Sanskrit verses, even meditation and yoga.
Some ashrams follow Indian architecture. Some present Biblical stories through Indian dance and music. Many Christians adopt Indian names. The term for this trend is inculturation and it is primarily happening within the westernized segment of the Catholic Church in India. Inculturation is inspired by the enlightened edict of the Second Vatican Council, 1962-65. In essence, the Vatican recognized the validity of other faiths and directed local churches to align themselves to prevailing cultures. To quote: “All nations form one human family; all of them are guided by the one God, all of them have the same destiny… The church exhorts Christians to preserve and promote the moral and spiritual goods found among the people.”

*The Fr. Agnel ashram is run by the Pilar Fathers, Suma Varughese probably means the Papal Seminary in Pune, Read about it in NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 2 – PAPAL SEMINARY, PUNE, INDIAN THEOLOGIANS, AND THE CATHOLIC ASHRAMS and


Ironically, inculturation was the basic nature of Indian Christianity long before the West entered.
Christianity here is believed to have been introduced in AD 52. This is when Thomas the Apostle came to Malankara, Kerala (a southern Indian State). Thomas converted many caste Hindus and established a church that,
in every way save religious, was Indian.
Belief in the divinity of Jesus went hand in hand with belief in karma, reincarnation, lighting of lamps and distribution of prasad. Clearly, the early Indian Christians made a distinction between religion and culture. 29.

When the Portuguese came to Kerala in the 16th century, they gave Christianity a western orientation.
In 1599, they eliminated Indian elements and introduced the Latin rites of Roman Catholicism even though not all Kerala Christians chose to give allegiance to the Pope. In Goa too the Portuguese influenced the people’s cultural moorings.

This trend towards fusing religion and culture was reinforced by the British, who brought with them the Anglican Church, to which the Churches of North and South India are aligned. However, there were protests. As far back as in the 19th century, Brahmabandhab Upadhyay, a passionate Brahmin convert and freedom fighter, wrote that the Christian’s faith was “too… mixed up with beef and pork, spoon and fork, too tightly pantalooned and petticoated to manifest its universality”.

In many ways, inculturation is a profound phenomenon. It reflects the willingness within even the highest echelons of church authority to re-examine the truisms of the Christian creed. The clergy, at least, accept that it is old-fashioned to insist that salvation lies only through Christ. Naturally, there is no longer a compulsive need to convert.

Fr Thomas Malipurathu*, director of a Catholic center of mission and missionary work: “Evangelizing has a wider meaning than conversion. It should be a means to translate into reality what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God.”
Why this hue and cry over conversions then? The answer lies in the pluralistic nature of Indian Christianity.

Even as mainstream Catholic churches are pulling back, Indian Christianity is being influenced by the Pentecostal believers who originated in the USA. Going under names such as Born Again Christians, they practice a form of Christianity that identifies knowledge of God solely within the Biblical context. In contrast, inculturation focuses the discourse within the Christian body, not outside it. *Fr Thomas Malipurathu SVD, Director, Streevani, Pune

Fr Hillary Fernandes of the Bombay diocese in Mumbai
has done trailblazing work in inculturation. Among his novel reforms was the translation of the worship from Latin to Marathi. He celebrates major Indian festivals with a Mass, of course Indianized. Dressed in Indian clothes, this modest priest says: “Christianity has remained foreign for 2,000 years. But spirituality can never be foreign. Because of the religion’s identification with a foreign culture, its spirituality has been rejected.”
Fr Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest, was among the front-runners of inculturation. Through one of his first published works Sadhana (Contemplation), he helped several Christians realize that Indian forms of contemplation were not only compatible with Christianity, but also complementary. Integration is clearly one of the key benefits of inculturation, for it gives Christians a sanction to discover their Indian roots.

Fr Michael Rosario, who teaches Indology at St Pius*: “As an Indian priest, Indian spirituality is my heritage and culture.”
*Pius X Seminary, Goregaon, Mumbai

Fr Michael Gonsalves goes a step further: “We must substitute the Old Testament of the Bible with Indian history, scriptures and arts. For us, the Holy Land should be India; the sacred river the Ganges; the sacred mountain the Himalayas, the heroes of the past not Moses, or David, but Sri Ram or Krishna.

Crucial to inculturation is the language. Says
Fr Fernandes: “You cannot inculturate in English. The language is important to access your culture.” In the Vasai diocese in the southern state of Maharashtra, India, weddings are conducted the Indian way. A church proclaims its name in Marathi, the Maharashtrian language. Credit for this peaceful integration goes to Archbishop Roberts of Mumbai, who opened a number of Marathi-medium schools in all the parishes of Vasai 60-70 years ago. The bishop of Vasai, Thomas Dabre, tells me, “There is no alternative to inculturation. Christians must live in accordance with the culture of the local people.”

Inculturation strikes a strong chord among its votaries. Many look for ways to relate Christian and Hindu concepts.

Fr Lancy Pereira, rector of St Xavier’s Institute of Education, has authored a book that traces the spirituality inherent in Christianity, Indian music and science, his three passions. He sees no contradiction between being an Indian and a Christian. “For me,” he says, “Christianity is first and foremost a way of life. Through Jesus, I am open to everything that is human.” Fr Pereira echoes the thoughts of many others when he says that Christ was a Jew of his time and we are Indians of our time. Others emphasize Christianity’s Asian origin.

Says Vandana Mataji, a Parsi-turned-nun who heads Jiva Dhara* [sic] an
ashram in Rishikesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India: “Jesus was an Asian. We have no right to live, think and pray like western Christians.” Through inculturation, the Indian Christians, so far torn between religion and nationality, are clearly being helped to clarify their identities as Christians and Indians, and to fuse the two without betraying either. *It is Jeevan Dhara in Jaiharikhal

In looking for integration, many question what it means to be a Christian. Many realize that, essentially, being a Christian has little to do with creed and all to do with remaining faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Fr Saldanha sees this as “loving God and one’s neighbor and striving to live in union with Christ”. Such a definition eliminates all conflict between nationality and religion. When you love your neighbor in the true Christian sense, you cannot withhold her/his right to live or worship her/his way.
Few have carried this examination to as rigorous lengths as Russian writer and mystic Leo Tolstoy. In his The Kingdom of God and Peace Essays, he repudiates the entire superstructure of western civilization as being incompatible with the teachings of Christ. Using Christ’s injunction to resist not evil, he points out the incongruity of Christian nations with military institutions or law courts. He says: “Christianity, in its true sense, puts an end to the State.”

Arguing against the association of Christ with Christianity, he says: “In our time it has reached its logical climax… in a demand for blind belief, not in God or in Christ, or even in the teaching, but in a person (as in Catholicism) or in several persons (as in the Orthodox Greek faith) or in a book (as in Protestantism). So… a man no longer believes in God or in Christ as they have been revealed to him, but in what the Church commands him to believe in.”
This insistence on belief as opposed to experience is perhaps the greatest limitation of the way Christianity has been interpreted.
Christ himself was totally opposed to organized religion*. He had thrown the moneychangers out of the temple. There are other anomalies too inability to blend with other faiths, exclusivity and sectarianism. Even in India, many find themselves squirming under questions raised by Christianity.
Siddhartha, a Buddhist, was born a Syrian Christian. Christened George Kurien, he was uncomfortable with the exclusive aspects of Christianity. Says he: “Christianity is scared of losing itself if it gets into a close dialogue with Hinduism and Buddhism.” The externalization of faith makes Christians unable to plumb into the living center of all religions, where alone lies synthesis. *So says Suma Varughese

And yet, almost all the people interviewed for this article remain ardent Christians. What draws them to the faith?

Vandana Mataji
speaks for many: “I fell in love with Jesus Christ. I became a Christian because I found him fantastic.” At the living heart of the faith is the person of Jesus Christ; a towering figure of love, compassion, and wisdom. How does one remain unmoved by his preference for the poor, the prostitute and the publican? How to remain unchanged by his injunction to love the other enough to turn the other cheek?
Writes Tolstoy: “The Christian teaching consists in indicating to man that the essence of his soul is love, that his happiness comes not because he loves this or that man but because he loves the source of all, God, whom he recognizes in himself through love, and so this love will extend to all men and also all things.” Those who take the trouble to struggle out of the conventional truisms of Christianity and discover its spiritual core, which Tolstoy calls “progress along the appointed path towards inward perfection by an imitation of Christ, and towards outward perfection by establishment of the kingdom of God” become much more tolerant.

Fr Fernandes: “There is only one God. Let us have a worship where we can all come together.”


If inculturation reaches its logical conclusion, what kind of Christianity can we expect? Upadhyay had long postulated a Christianity where “Christian truths” are “formulated through Vedantic (ancient Indian scriptures) thought”.
Raimondu Pannicker, author of A Dwelling Place for Wisdom:If we as Christians… could succeed in undergoing the Advaitic experience… then Christians, at least of Indian origin, would be automatically enabled to live an advaitic-Christian faith, which makes possible both a fully Hindu and a fully Christian life without the pain of a split personality.”
Advaitic Christianity sounds rather good. When Christianity can become one more Indian sect, such as Jainism or Sikhism, seeking union with God through Jesus Christ, yet with an undisturbed fidelity to the cultures and lifestyle of the land, inculturation will have completed its task.
But inculturation is still to penetrate the masses. Says

Fr Gonsalves: “The European missionaries in the past have instilled an aversion in the minds of the Indian Christian to whatever smacks of Hinduism.” Brought up to believe that salvation lies solely within the church and to think otherwise is blasphemy, it is not easy for Christians to shed the conditioning of a lifetime. Another factor inhibiting this delicate process of expansion is the aggressive anti-Christian stand adopted by fundamental Hindu organizations. Inculturation will integrate Christianity within the Indian ethos, but it must be allowed to happen in its own pace. Changes are occurring slowly but surely. Much of the West itself has already penetrated the value of Indian spirituality. It won’t be long before Indian Christians do likewise and take back their own heritage with pleasure and gratitude.

Nowhere is the impact of inculturation more evident than in India’s 50-odd Christian ashrams. A pioneer here is
Bede Griffiths, a British Benedictine monk who recognized the profundity of Indian philosophy and pursued its integration with Christianity. Along with another monk, he set up the Kurusumala ashram* in Kerala before taking over the Shantivanam ashram in Tamil Nadu. Shantivanam was started by two French priests who adopted Indian names, wore saffron, and lived spartan lives. Under Griffith**, the ashram became a melting pot of Hindu and Christian thought*** with emphasis on contemplation. *Kurisumala **Griffiths ***what the Church calls “syncretism

A three-headed figure at the entrance represents the trinity of both Hinduism and Christianity. Then comes the cross, enclosed in the wheel of dharma (Buddhist spiritual symbol). At the center of the cross is the
sacred Hindu word
and it rests on a lotus. The liturgy is Indian. Other well-known Christian ashrams in India are the Jiva Dhara at Rishikesh run by
Vandana Mataji, the Anjali ashram at Mysore, run by
Fr Amolorpavdas*
[sic], and the ‘Christa Prema Seva’ started by Jack Winslow, a Protestant, in Pune. In Jiva Dhara, Ashramites wake up at 4 a.m., practice
yoga and meditation, and stick to a vegetarian diet. The routine even includes noble silence. On my visit to the Christa Prema ashram, I find it undergoing a change of guard. In the dining room with seats on the floor, a Sanskrit sloka hangs framed on the wall. In one of the two chapels (one set in the garden), straw matting covers the ground. A lamp burns before pictures of Christ. There are flowers by the lamp. Instead of the distant sense of awe that most altars convey, this arrangement makes God seem approachable.

*Fr. Amalorpavadass. He died years before Suma Varughese wrote this article. Now it is Swami Gnanajyoti

As an Indian Christian, I find myself deeply satisfied, for here is a form of worship I can relate to. “It’s a deeply human place,” says Sr Brigitta, the outgoing head. I couldn’t agree more.


Born a Christian, my real advent into spirituality happened through a secular experience. A cracked relationship had made me feel the need to focus on the other’s happiness. The more I did that, I realized that that was the path of true happiness. A beautiful pattern was thus revealed, and renewed my faith in a benevolent Creator in whose world each was meant to derive joy in serving and loving the other. I bowed in gratitude to the Omniscient One-a free-flowing God, unbound by creeds. The reality of my experience went beyond my religious belief. I worked to strengthen my spiritual knowledge by exploring other religions.

Hindu philosophy attracted me. Its revelations that we were divine and part of Brahman (the Creator) seemed to me the ultimate step to integration. Discovering this wisdom in our own backyard awoke in me a passion for India and the Indian way of life. I was Indian whether or not a Christian. I have always loved Indian culture and tradition. I am inspired by our holistic way of life with its reverence for nature and values which emphasize giving, serving, and self-realization. They are so wise that I subscribe to them without hesitation. And for the past few years, I have moved towards a life that is Indian at the core: in values, attitudes and philosophy. I never felt that my roots militated against my Christianity. I find most of Christ’s teachings resonating in the Hindu texts. And his own rejection of organized faith
(he drove the moneychangers out of the temple)* convinces me that He would not want me to remain swaddled by an inherited faith. The task now is to integrate the Indian in me with the Christian. To return to Christianity, to truly understand my role as an Indian Christian. And, thus, enrich both my church and my country.

*Now she is an expert on interpretation — her own of course — of Scripture!

What Suma Varughese sees as “Indian beliefs and custom” are mostly Hindu rites, plain old religious
syncretism [here, a blend of Hinduism and Christianity] or New Age.

Catholics do not offer “prasad” to “their deities” as Hindus do and our Sacraments are different in their matter, form and intention from their “pujas“. So, too, are our sacramentals.

The lay Catholics cited by Suma Varughese are confused between what Indian cultural customs are and what Hindu religious practices are. [I have circulated a few hundred copies of my article “Inculturation or Hinduisation?” but I am shortly inserting an updated edition online.]

Anjali Aranha goes as far as to say, “Being Hindu is not opposed to being Christian.” That’s like insisting that darkness is light, that a search for truth is not different than God’s revealed truth.

Eric Pinto had to reject the Biblical God to be able to repose his trust in yoga.

As Suma Varughese correctly observes, the Hinduisation of the Catholic Church is in process in our very seminaries as well as in the Catholic Ashrams movement.

The “Indian dance” that she refers to is Bharatanatyam, originally a temple dance, and a soon-to-be released article of mine will conclusively demonstrate that it is Hindu and not simply “Indian”.

“Inculturation or Hinduisation?” will show that inculturationists and their sympathizers selectively quote from or misinterpret Documents such as Nostra Aetate to suit their nefarious purposes.

In the last paragraph on page 28, Suma Varughese asserts that the early Indian Catholic Church “in every way save religious, was Indian.“. In the very next sentence she contradicts herself when she elaborates, “Belief in the divinity of Jesus went hand in hand with belief in karma, reincarnation, lighting of lamps and distribution of prasad“. An otherwise well-informed Suma Varughese cannot be ignorant, but she can certainly be deceived. If karma and reincarnation are not “religious”, intrinsic to Hindu philosophy, what is? Yet, Suma Varughese has the audacity to call them “culture”. And this lie is exactly what many so-called theologians are teaching in seminaries and preaching in parishes.

In the first paragraph, see page 30, Suma Varughese states that the Portuguese eliminated “Indian elements” from the Church’s rituals in Kerala. She could not have used the adjective “Hindu” instead because there is a world of difference between the two. But writers like Suma Varughese and all Catholic inculturationists use the terms interchangeably either because they themselves are deceived and unaware of their slip or because they intend to deceive the faithful. In the very next line, writing about the Portuguese in Goa, she uses the adjective “cultural“, again not “Hindu”.

Immediately following that, Suma Varughese notes the rejection by Brahmabandhab Upadhyay of Christianity’s Western cultural practices, not of Christianity’s religious practices and rituals which he
embraced. In
confused understanding
of inculturation, she vacillates between the two.

Admittedly, the cultural practices of a particular group of people potentially relate to their particular religious tradition, but many of them are not associated with the underlying spiritual philosophies of that religious tradition and the worship of their deities to the extent that Christians must totally abstain from them for fear of transgressing the First Commandment of God. 32.

Concerning “Fr Hillary Fernandes of the Bombay diocese“, see page 30, whatever Suma Varughese has discussed — translation of the liturgy into the vernacular, the priest’s adoption of Indian dress — is again, culture. It has NOTHING to do with one’s religion or faith. So is she being stupid, dumb, or plain devious?

BUT, this “Hillary” is Fr. Hilary Fernandes of the Our Lady of the Sea church in Uttan.

AND, he IS an inculturationist of the wrong sort. I copy a paragraph from my report on the film


Fr. HF: [laughing heartily] By being [words unclear] inculturated idea was that I have installed Jesus in the form of a Ganapati [laughs]. [Pictures of Ganapati and the Sacred Heart of Jesus shown side by side on a wall altar].

We call elephant-god. People understand, no, elephant-god. Achcha, similarity between Christ and Ganapati: Ganapati is Lord of the community, and Christ is called Lord of the community. [Pan to picture of Jesus Christ next to one of Shirdi Sai Baba].

The elephant had a big head, okay, and he had a big brain, so he would have wisdom. Christ is called the God of wisdom. His [Ganapati’s] stomach was the big stomach. That means that it takes all your sins and forgives you, and Christ takes away all the sins of the world. And these are several things I saw so similar. [Father continues to laugh] But people got shocked to their life and said ‘How can you, eh, compare Ganapati with the Christ?’ Ganapati is a language through this statue and through all this symbols to express the concept of Almighty God.

The video documentary ends with shots of Fr. Hilary Fernandes chanting OMMMMM………. before the tabernacle in a chapel. There are several women praying there before the Blessed Sacrament.

Now that is why Suma Varughese would interview this priest. He Hinduises the Catholic Faith.

The “one god” he advocates, see page 31, is not the Holy Triune God of Christianity but an all-is-one syncretism in which Ganapati and Jesus Christ are equal, even the same.

The then “bishop of Vasai, Thomas Dabre” and Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, see page 30, is very clear when he says that the inculturation of Christianity in India, theoretically at least, is limited to “culture”. Yet…

Speaking on the theme “Mala Bhavalele Tukaram” (an appreciation of Saint Tukaram)… “Being a Catholic priest, I carry the holy Bible in one hand and the Abhangas (verses) of Saint Tukaram in other hand“, [the Bishop] said, adding that the Abhangas of Sant Tukaram can really purify the heart, body and mind and bring about mental and spiritual bliss.”

Source SAR News January 29, 2007

Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai chose the life and teachings of Sant Tukaram as his doctoral research and acquired a Ph. D degree for his thesis titled “The God Experience of Tukaram – A Study in Religious Symbolism” from the Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune in 1979. Source:

Suma Varughese factors in the teachings
Fr Anthony de Mello“, see page 30, an Indian Jesuit priest who became a virtual Buddhist and whose writings were banned posthumously by Rome. See


June 24, 1998 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,

Fr Michael Rosario“, see page 30, again refers to “culture“, and not “religion”.

Next, Suma Varughese comes to “Fr Michael Gonsalves“, see page 30. Apparently not understanding that the New Testament is the fulfilment of the Old Testament, the priest wants to remove the Old Testament from our Bibles and replace it with “Indian Scriptures“. Now there’s no such thing as “Indian Scriptures“. There are only the scriptures of Indian-origin religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. This priest wants them in the Bible. That’s “religion”, not “culture“.

Suma Varughese‘s pendulum continues to swing crazily between the two with no one, including her, able or willing to differentiate between the two.

I copy a few lines of my comments on one of his books from my article YOGA, SURYANAMASKAR, GAYATRI MANTRA, PRANAYAMA TO BE MADE COMPULSORY IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Psychic Power Meditations for Achievement, by Fr. Michael Gonsalves, SJ, St. Pauls Better Yourself Books, 1996

This is one more thoroughly occult work. I had already analysed its contents in my report of February 15, 2001 on St. Pauls’ occult and New Age books, copies of which had already been sent to many Bishops; and in a July 2000 work on yoga.

But I am going to reproduce that analysis here, not only to show that it fits the New Age category, but also as just one example of the occult books that St. Pauls not only sells, but publishes.


In the book, Fr. Michael Gonsalves expounds his belief in
astral energies, the aura, the subtle body, the chakras, kundalini or serpent power, the third eye, nadis
etc. He goes to great pains, over many pages, to explain his esoteric concepts. A lot of it is sheer, impossible rubbish. He gives detailed instructions on how one may practise, using occult breathing, meditation and visualization techniques, so that one may “see the astral light“.

He maintains that “Most of the gods or devils, good or evil powers, are just entities created by humans with their astral substances only.” He says, “There is a spiritual light at the center of my head between the two lobes of my brain… and it becomes one with the light of Christ…
This is… my third eyeYour vision in your third eye will reveal to you whatever your astral body has perceived… With the
72,000 nadis
leavened and
with your ‘kundalini’ or ‘serpent power’ rising, you will experience extraordinary things like
levitation, telepathy, pre- or retro-recognition, etc. all belonging to the field of ‘Extra-Sensory Perception‘ called

Life is the Christian language full of crosses. Through them you should save yourself and the world…
When I’ll be lifted up, they will know that I AM WHO AM (God).”

Now, will any Christian give the slightest credence to anything that Fr. Michael Gonsalves says? Only a New Ager like Suma Varughese will.

Suma Varughese quotes “Vandana Mataji“, see page 31, a nun who is a pioneer in the heretical Catholic Ashrams movement. Later, on the same page, she brings in “Raimondu Pannicker“, a Jesuit whom the liberals and ashram camp followers love to quote. [By the way, Suma Varughese‘s fidelity to the correct spelling of people’s names, even of those she interviews, is atrocious]

Vandana Mataji rscj
participated in an event at the

Findhorn Centre
in Scotland which
the world’s leading centre of New Age activity,

was on the
CBCI’s National Liturgical Commission
for several years, founded the

Jeevan Dhara Ashram
and led the
Christa Prema Seva Ashram.

Raimundo Panikkar,
Vandana Mataji says,

When Christians borrow
or the
Gayatri mantra
to chant, they are using a living symbol. They are further saying that the power of that symbol is not foreign to them… Through the gate of OM the Christian enters, as it were, into communion with the Hindu tradition.Living with Hindus, pages 67, 68

That is precisely what the true Christian fears.

Mataji‘s [ed.] Shabda Shakti Sangam, 1995, an entire chapter, pages 114-117, is devoted to
The Sacred Word OM: The Gateway to the Christian Discovery of India and Indian Discovery of Christby
J P Nyayapal,
Dominican priest

who has done his doctoral thesis on the “OM” mantra and who teaches Indian Christian Spirituality. After explaining the intricacies of
in great detail, he quotes
Bede Griffiths OSB

who said,
The word is of such importance as being
the most sacred word in Hindu religion
and a symbol of the supreme Godhead… which is entirely acceptable from a Christian point of view… to express the Word of God…

Mataji‘s Shabda Shakti Sangam is loaded from cover to cover with stuff on
kundalini, chakras, nadis, the sushumna, energy fields, the astral/vital body, yoga, the OM mantra etc., accompanied by diagrams, in articles written by her as well as by Catholic nuns, priests and Hindu contributors.

It was inevitable that Suma Varughese writes about the Catholic Ashrams in general and Bede GriffithsShantivanam Ashram in particular, see page 32. [I have already given the links to the Catholic Ashrams report on page. To know more on the Ashrams, read


To conclude, the rhetorical question is “Is all of the above inculturation or Hinduisation?”

Suma Varughese‘s email address is

I had written to the moderator of Konkani Catholics in the days when his Catholic faith was conservative, before he signed up to study theology for two years at a seminary in Mangalore.

I do not have a copy of my letter to him in my archives, but I do have this letter from him in response to a question I asked him about some of the content of Suma Varughese‘s article:

Christianity here is believed to have been introduced in AD 52. This is when Thomas the Apostle came to Malankara, Kerala (a southern Indian State). Thomas converted many caste Hindus and established a church that, in every way save religious, was Indian. Belief in the divinity of Jesus went hand in hand with belief in karma, reincarnation, lighting of lamps and distribution of prasad. Clearly, the early Indian Christians made a distinction between religion and culture…

Austine J. Crasta
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:12 PM


Dear Michael,

I personally doubt it. In fact the whole article is littered with new age errors and this may only be a claim to deceive the ignorant. In any case you may want to request the author for a credible source of such a claim Austine.


I. The very first time that I was alerted, it was by a priest:

Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2007 6:26 PM

Subject: Fw: Interplay Workshop – Invitation

Dear Mike, let me know your opinion about this… if you ever heard of it… it sounds New Age to me!
Father X

— Original Message — From:
21 others
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2007 5:32 PM

Interplay Workshop – Invitation

Dear Friends,

I am writing to tell you about a rare opportunity for personal enhancement that is being offered by Fr. Prashant Olalekar S.J in an INTERPLAY Workshop on Sunday, June 17th ’07 from 4.30 to 7.30 pm at the Carmel Convent School Hall, Bandra. The Workshop will be led by Fr. Prashant together with Gary Field, an Australian Actor and Trainer of Interplay.

The attached invitation will give you the details.
On a personal note — I myself experienced Interplay as an invitation ‘to become like little children’ and explore the kingdom of spontaneinity [sic] and grace. As the name suggests, Interplay is playful and interactive technique that integrates voice, movement, song and story to create inner harmony, develop leadership and promote community. Interplay is a refreshing departure from the stiffness of ‘intellectual’ exactitude.
In January 2008, the founders of Interplay, Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter will conduct a series of Workshops in Mumbai. We will have the opportunity develop as Interplayers and possible join the International community of Practitioners and Trainers. I look forward to your presence at the Workshop. Regards, Janet Pinto 26401981/98210 48299.

Remember, Gary Field, by his own admission, page 13, had no previous knowledge of InterPlay before he met Fr. Prashant Olalekar, yet here he is being touted by Janet Pinto as an InterPlay trainer. The InterPlay list of licensed leaders [trainers] for Australia has over forty names. Gary Field IS NOT ONE OF THEM. So did Fr. Prashant Olalekar and Gary Field take a few hundred Bombay and Vasai diocese clergy and Catholics for a ride?

A “white” name and a white face may be a sure-fire recipe for attracting gullible Indians.

Since the InterPlay
co-founders and six leaders have not replied to my queries on Gary Field, see page 13, I am entitled to my conclusions on this issue until proved otherwise by InterPlay.


Announcing a Program on INTERPLAY featuring Gary Field, Australian Interplayer On Sunday June 17th 2007, from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Carmel Convent School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra, Mumbai 400 050

June 1, 2007 Dear Friends, This is a special Interplay announcement and invitation.

For the first time Fr. Prashant is offering a Workshop on InterPlay – an engaging form of spontaneous self-expression that combines movement, voice and story to foster inner harmony and community. Interplay builds on Movement Meditation.

We are happy to announce that Gary Field an Interplayer from Australia will join Fr. Prashant in facilitating the Workshop.

Gary is a film, television and theatre Actor of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney who trained with the founders of Interplay, Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton Henry, and completed the Interplay Leadership Training in Adelaide.

Gary is passionate about the possibilities of Interplay. He says, “By combining improvised story telling, movement and song, Interplay touches hearts, empowers individuals and helps to build community. The exploration of stillness and what it means to be a ‘witness’ helps people in surprising ways”.

The Interplay Workshop will be held on Sunday June 17th, from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Carmel Convent School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra.

We invite you make that best of this opportunity to ‘witness’ and participate in a Movement that is brining Possibility and Peace to people in many parts of the world.

The Workshop will also be an occasion to discuss the forthcoming visit of the Founders of Interplay to India, in January 2008 — a visit that presents us, in India, with an opportunity to join an International community of Interplay Practitioners and Leadership Trainers.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Workshop. With Warm Regards,
Fr. Prashant and Janet

Kindly confirm your attendance to Janet Pinto.

As has been the practice, we will be counting on voluntary contributions to defray expenses.

PRIEST Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2007 5:39 PM Subject: Re: Fw: Interplay Workshop – Invitation

Dear Father, Nothing overt {in the invitation and in the attachment} that identifies any New Age element, but I would bet that
it is!!!!!! Can someone find out more? By knowing the earlier and associated activities of the priest Fr. Prashant Olalekar S.J. it will also be possible to know. Love, Mike

Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 12:48 PM

Subject: Re: Re: Fw: Interplay Workshop – Invitation

My dear Mike, Here it is from the net! New Age! in every aspect! Frequently Asked Questions… Father X

Frequently Asked Questions [about InterPlay]

What is InterPlay?

InterPlay is a set of practical tools and ideas to help individuals and communities thrive. It was developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter over the last twenty years and has spread around the world. InterPlay helps us reclaim our lives and get more of what we want, whatever that might be.

What happens in a typical InterPlay class?

Although InterPlay classes can take different shapes, a class will generally begin with a warm-up and then move into a series of what we call InterPlay “forms”, which are simple structures for playing with
movement, stories and voice. There are a few basic forms, and then variations of those. The forms are taught incrementally, and are easy-to-learn, and if there are new people in the class, we go over the basics as needed. Over the course of a class, or a series of classes, participants will learn several if not many ways to play with “what a body can do”.

Most of the forms involve interaction with at least one other person, and sometimes several others, so they are excellent ways to connect easily with other people. We rarely put people “on the spot” and there are many ways that participants get to choose what they will do or not do. In the process we all learn more about how our bodies work, what is possible, how to find ease in the process and how other bodies work. You get to play a lot with your own “information”. We also learn how to move through our self-consciousness in easy ways. You don’t need to think of yourself as being creative in order to do InterPlay, but chances are you will find you are much more creative than you thought.

How does InterPlay work?

InterPlay reconnects us with the wisdom of our bodies—what we know from paying attention to our own experience. We are often cut off from that wisdom by the expectation of others, by external authorities, by fear or repression. InterPlay is rooted in creating, in looking for the good, in play. The InterPlay atmosphere is one of ease and fun, rather than struggle. We gain huge insights from the simplest of activities—learning through playing—and regain confidence in our ability to respond in the moment.

How is InterPlay used in everyday life?

InterPlay helps us reduce stress and regain balance in our lives. It gives us tools for dealing with unexpected or difficult situations. It helps us to be “lighter” and to savor the good things in our lives. It reminds us to breathe. It also creates community—a web of relationships that can support us in what we want and need.

Where and when is InterPlay happening?

InterPlay originated in the San Francisco Bay Area. The national office, InterPlayce, is located in downtown Oakland. InterPlay is practiced in many parts of the United States and in other countries around the world. Search for classes and events or leaders in your area. InterPlay is often done in retreat formats with participants coming from far and wide.

Who does InterPlay?

InterPlay is intergenerational, multicultural and interfaith. InterPlayers come in all shapes and sizes. InterPlay is being done with the very old and the very young, and many people are using InterPlay in their professional lives.

How did InterPlay start?

InterPlay was developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter who have been collaborating as artists, performers, teachers, writers and philosophers for over 25 years. They have both been interested in how individuals and communities could regain a sense of integration and connectedness—how all the parts of our lives can work well together. They recognized that the process of creating in the moment has a powerful effect and is a great teaching tool. They have honed their technique over the last 15 years, and many others have contributed to the wisdom of this system. It is constantly growing and changing as the movement spreads throughout the world.

The InterPlay Vision

To explore and celebrate the wisdom and creativity
of the body, so that individuals, groups and communities might find a more expressive sense of wholeness and joy.

What is new in InterPlay?

Cynthia and Phil have written several books, including Cynthia’s newest one What the Body Wants, just published in September, 2004. It includes many stories about how InterPlay has changed people’s lives. It also includes full descriptions of the InterPlay “forms” and offers a way of doing InterPlay on one’s own or with a friend or two, even if you aren’t near an InterPlay center. Also InterPlay is being applied in many different fields and with particular populations. Social workers, teachers, ministers, organizational development professionals, healthcare workers, and many others are developing new ways of sharing the wisdom of InterPlay.

More About InterPlay

Check out our Hot News!

Coming Up Soon!


Special Events

On-Going Groups


Applications of InterPlay

© 2001-2007 Body Wisdom, Inc.

[None of the above links seems to open]


Timothy D’Souza
name withheld

Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 6:36 PM Subject: RE: Interplay Workshop – Invitation

Dear name withheld, I have been receiving your mail for some time on a regular basis and was shocked to receive this particular mail promoting a new age technique that too unfortunately by a Catholic priest. These things are evident by this little research done by me on net.

Life is far too complicated and stressful to try to be living it somewhere other than in our bodies. We are bodies.
To try to escape this essential fact is futile. Eventually we pay the price of denying our physicality–lethargy, illness, dull minds, dull spirits, lost opportunities for wonder or joy, for insight or information. To ignore the fullness of our physicality is to cut the threads in a many colored, multi-layered tapestry of knowing.

One of the writers of Interplay explains

‘Being in your body’? What could that possibly mean? Isn’t the body a temporal shell that we will cast aside like the carapace of a molting cicada? Won’t we move on to something more noble, more ethereal like those toga-ed gods in the movies wafting around clouds pumped from an off-stage fog machine? Won’t the true beauty of our souls finally be revealed at the end time so we can cast aside our concern for our wrinkly skin, lumpy thighs, hair that grows only where it shouldn’t, and all the unseemly burps and urges of day-to-day life? Won’t we finally be light and lithe? Don’t you wish?
A few hundreds years of accumulated culture and language have convinced us that the true ‘us’ is separate from our bodies; trapped in the envelope of our skin, our beautiful spirits bouncing from edge to edge, edgy to escape. But face it — here we are all arms and legs akimbo, full of snaky veins and fatty corpuscles. We are firmly rooted on, in, and of the earth, try as we may to rise above it and ourselves. To be in our bodies is to embrace the fullness of physicality.

Where is Christ? Does this sound like what Christ taught us? Is this the reason for getting Christian business men together only to brainwash them into
techniques and spiritualities which are non -Christian
Kindly withdraw my name from your mailing list. Regards, Timothy

It is true that we are ‘bodies’ in the sense that God made us body, soul and spirit, Genesis 2:7. St. Paul exhorts us to remain pure and blameless in “spirit, soul and body”, 1 Thessalonians 5: 23. In God’s order of priority, St. Paul puts the spirit first and the body last. Man is a spiritual being. Man is spirit with a body. But, InterPlay, like most New Age schemes, places undue emphasis on the body and this is highlighted by the InterPlayer who writes, “We are bodies“. The Christian would say rather, “We are spirits”. I do not know if that is what Timothy was trying to say to name withheld.

II. The second letter, more than a year after the first, was from one of the senior-most leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in India:

Name Withheld 2
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 7:46 PM Subject: Fw: urgent

Dear Mike,

I went to the website and found it uncomfortable.
It does sound like New Age to me.

Can you enlighten my friend? Name Withheld 2, Mumbai
Name Withheld 3
Subject: urgent To:
Name Withheld 2
Date: Friday, November 21, 2008, 1:35 AM

Power To Lead sent an email about the next session on 30th Nov with this info:
At the next session we will be having Fr. Prashant Olalekar an international authority who would be addressing us on the use of our bodies on expressing ourselves. He will also be teaching us some relaxation exercises. As these exercises are best done lying down we would request each one of you to please carry a bed sheet.
Am getting anxious that this is new age or some other crazy thing. Do you have any info on this priest or the Pasaydaan Holistic Spirituality Centre, Vasai where he’s based? Also check out* love, Name Withheld 3

*The Dance of Life by
Life Positive

Interplay and its adaptation, Movement Meditation, use free-flowing movement to facilitate greater intimacy with the body and spirit.

InterPlay, is a body-spirit practice that consists of interactive, improvised body movement with a playful, childlike quality. Prashant Olalekar, a Jesuit priest based at Pasaydaan Holistic Spirituality Centre, Vasai, improvises on this technique born in California, to emerge with Movement Meditation. Father Prashant learnt this technique while studying Integrated Spirituality at Berkeley, California, in 2004. Subsequently, he did a doctorate in peace studies at GTU, Berkeley, California in May 2006. Besides Vasai, Nashik, Pune and Mumbai, he has conducted Movement Meditation sessions at Toronto, New York, Cincinnati, Kansas, Berkeley, Marin County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach.
How did you get involved with InterPlay?
While I was doing my studies in Integrated Spirituality at Berkeley, California, in 2004, a Filipina friend insisted that I attend a course called InterPlay, a body-spirit practice that consists of interactive, improvised body movement with a playful, childlike quality. Since I had already registered for other courses, I could not afford one more. She insisted that I attend the first class at least, as it was free.


Cynthia Winton-Henry, a co-founder of InterPlay, began by introducing herself in a dramatic way. Placing her shawl like a wreath around the photo of an Afro-American InterPlayer, who had died a few months earlier, Cynthia began dialoguing with her and introducing herself in the process. Since InterPlay involves expressing the energy of the body, she was laughing, crying, and moving about frenetically. On experiencing the death** of her friend, Cynthia started weeping bitterly and rolling on the floor. Finally, she leapt into the air and landed on her feet with head raised high and outstretched hands. She thanked God*** for the death of her friend, who would be her ancestor in heaven, interceding on her behalf. The spontaneous resurrection dance that followed was truly out of this world.
Then Cynthia asked us to choose a partner. Since I had no partner, she offered to be mine. My body froze at the proposal. She asked us to put one palm to the palm of our partner and move freely to the music. I decided to follow whatever movement she initiated, but she was waiting for me to make the first move. When the music
stopped, she graciously bowed and thanked me profusely. On asking her why, she replied, “My problem is to slow down and you really helped me to slow down.” The remainder of the class was amazing. I have never seen such a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher before. At the end, she gave a unique type of homework: “Whenever any opportunity comes your way this week say, “Yes” instead of “Yes, but…” The first thought that crossed my mind was: ‘If only I could attend this course, but…’ For the rest of the evening I faithfully did the homework, dropping the “but…” part. Around 11 pm, I got a phone call from the Filipina. “After class when Cynthia came to know that you were a Jesuit priest from India she was thrilled. When I told her that you would not be attending the course due to lack of funds, she promptly replied, ‘Tell him that he does not need to register. He can come for every class as my personal guest’.” Thus began my eventful encounter with InterPlay.
Why is it called InterPlay?
InterPlay is about “play” – a creative process for personal and communitarian transformation. It awakens the inner child, thus stimulating the natural urge to be playful. “Inter” because it provides a shift from our individualistic tendencies to our desires to be whole people, leading whole lives in connection with each other and the entire universe. Just as “To be is to inter-be” so also “To play is to InterPlay.”
Can you briefly tell us what InterPlay is about?
Through powerful, practical ideas and a system of simple practices rooted in movement, storytelling, song and stillness, we gain access to our own “body wisdom” – what works best for us, what gives our life passion and purpose. Improvised movement is a major part of InterPlay. It begins with simple body movements and proceeds step-by-step to give greater expression to the energy locked up within. It is an art form that fuses body, mind and spirit into one harmonious whole. The emotional, intellectual, psychological, spiritual energies are unified and transformed into a creative force for personal, interpersonal, structural and cosmic peace.
How is InterPlay different from other forms of play?
Sport is usually highly competitive. It inevitably revolves around winning and losing. InterPlay functions in a win-win framework fostering collaboration. Theatre, drama, and dance too are normally highly structured and performance-oriented. Acting and dancing are considered the privilege of a gifted few. No one is excluded from enjoying the spontaneous, free-flowing movements of InterPlay. People of all ages and sizes, and even those with various disabilities can reap its rich benefits. Life can be less like burdensome work and more like refreshing play. It teaches us to play for fun rather than profit, to play for peace rather than indulge in games of war. InterPlayers learn to promote peace in innovative ways that are nonviolent. InterPlay is a countercultural, prophetic movement.
What impact does it have on our lives?
InterPlay’s affirming approach easily enhances our ability to be more spontaneous, expand our awareness and confidence, manage change and uncertainty, trust our body and intuition, make creative choices.
InterPlay transforms communities and society. The ideas and practices of InterPlay can enhance life in our families, circles of friends, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces. We can learn to collaborate with and lead others more gracefully. InterPlay is being used by educators, justice and peace activists, artists, health professionals, organisations, and religious communities all over the world, as an integrated form of personal development and spiritual practice, a creative stimulus for artists and performers, a grounding in wholeness for those in the helping professions, a dynamic tool for organizational development and social transformation, a mentoring process for life discernment.
Why are you so passionate about promoting InterPlay?
During an InterPlay retreat, Phil Porter, the cofounder of InterPlay, was guiding me through a discernment process. He asked me to lie down and let one hand dance in the air. The Jesuit in me wondered how anything would be discerned in this crazy fashion but I eventually surrendered. At the end, I felt a deep peace filling me. God seemed to say, “Trust me, I will show you the way.” When Phil suggested that perhaps God was calling me to be a bridge between the peace activists of the Bay areas of California and Mumbai, it immediately struck me that this was the first sign. In prophetic fashion, I expressed my unworthiness, only to be reassured that if God had chosen me He would see it through. There were quite a few miraculous signs of confirmation later. One of them is the fact that in January 2008, the co-founders of InterPlay will be coming with a team to India to prepare for an “Intercultural Exchange for Global Peace” (IEGP), a project scheduled for January 2009. They have offered to conduct InterPlay workshops as well as train leaders in the skills of InterPlay. At present, I am fully engrossed in conducting Movement Meditation workshops to introduce seekers to some basic ideas and practices of InterPlay which will help to identify participants and leaders for the IEGP 2008. 38.

How is InterPlay related to Movement Meditation?
Based on my studies and experiences in Integrated Spirituality, I have developed a unique model of meditation called Movement Meditation, which integrates InterPlay with Eastern traditions like walking meditation, creative visualization, and deep relaxation. The breathing exercises and movements are spontaneous and simple, yet deeply spiritual. They heighten body-spirit awareness and seem to have a mystical quality of their own. The participants move to the rhythm of the sacred dance of life and experience the truth of “Isa vasyam, idam sarvam” (the Lord infuses all that moves in a moving world – Isha Upanishad) and the concluding verse of the Hebrew psalms: “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.”
Movement Meditation like InterPlay is not therapy but can be very therapeutic. I have witnessed several amazing healings from diseases like cancer, back pain and depression at sessions conducted in USA and India too. This can also be a powerful tool for the transformation of peace agents who will communicate holistic healing for a wounded world.
Contact: Marita Ph: (022) 26551453/26428524

**The link
gives information on
NDEs [Near Death Experiences]

*** The link to “God”
leads one to other
New Age

Name Withheld 2
Name Withheld 3
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 9:04 AM


Dear Name Withheld 2,

Name Withheld 3 is on my mailing list. She is a friend of many who support my ministry. I have sent her my alert on the NCB but she did not respond. Other than that, she is correct that this is a New Age course. It seems like Fr. Olalekar’s mentor initiated him into this program through contact with the dead, the “spirit” of a dead woman. This is necromancy and spiritualism if I understand correctly, and so what good can the course offer anyone, especially Christians? Also, I do not know if it is an advertising or Google issue, but whatever link I clicked on in the article prepared by this Marita, I was connected to New Age stuff like Quantum Touch, Silva Mind Control, Chakra Energy Healing, etc. Please take this up with the Bishop of Vasai before grave spiritual harm is done to Catholics in the Vasai-Bombay region. Love, Michael

Name Withheld 2
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 1:34 PM


Dear Mike Name Withheld 3 did get your mail, because we discussed what to do next. Thank you so much for your prompt reply, as usual. Got the cc of your mail to Bp. Dabre. Hope he reads it. God bless. Praying for you and your family. Love, Name Withheld 2

I wrote to Marita [who has also forwarded the 2010 invitation, see page 1], but she did not reply:

Date: Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM Subject: POWER TO LEAD To:

I was forwarded an email mentioning “Power to Lead” about a session on 30th Nov with only this information:
“At the next session we will be having Fr. Prashant Olalekar an international authority who would be addressing us on the use of our bodies on expressing ourselves. He will also be teaching us some relaxation exercises. As these exercises are best done lying down we would request each one of you to please carry a bed sheet.”

Could I know more about the “Power to Lead“, the details of the venue, course, etc., so that I may decide accordingly?

If you are sending me the link to any website, you may want to add something that is not on the site.

Name Withheld 4
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:33 AM


Dear Michael, good to hear from you…

There are many methods now to destroy our Church from within … I forwarded this e-mail with all the details of this New Age rubbish and we’ll see what can be done to stop the Parishes to invite this “Jesuit”. International preacher, London

Name Withheld 5
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 12:16 PM

Subject: FR. OLALEKAR – Horrifying Occult practices

Dear Michael, This is truly frightening. Out of concern for your eyes, I must add this is horrifying and very, very dangerous. What is even more insidiously dangerous is the strong possibility that the clients may experiment with a greater variety of new age methods. The end reason: psychological and spiritual damage, demonic possession. Bahrain

Name Withheld 6
November 24,
2008 12:09 PM

Dear Mike, These informations to know that more and more of our priests are involved make me sick. They are so much involved in reading and studying all these New Age stuff I wonder if they have the time to read their Breviary.

They were called to be the rock of faith but are simply lost…

You can’t blame the people. It’s the church hierarchy that is at greater fault keeping quiet and allowing it to happen. Oman

michael Prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:11 PM


My Dear Michael, I was happy to hear from you – Just yesterday I realised that I had not heard from you for long, and today I was to send you a mail enquiring about your welfare. 39.

What I read in your e mail was shocking {and this is putting it mildly}. I have not heard about this priest, but I shall make enquiries. Since the priest concerned is a SJ, it would be more effective to contact the Jesuit provincial of Bombay Province. He used to have his office at Vinalaya, Andheri. Tel: 2687 -3694 / -2945
I do hope and pray that you and your dear family are well. Bye and “God Bless” Mumbai

The above five responses were against my letter to Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai copied to a few Catholic laity and priests.

III. The third letter, received last month, is from a friend in the Bombay archdiocese Bishop’s house:

Name Withheld 7
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 9:03 AM Subject: urgent

My dear Mike, Have you heard anything about Interplay? Need to know about it urgently. Love, Mumbai

Name Withheld 7
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 4:51 PM Subject: Re: urgent

I don’t know if you are referring to some psychological tool. Even in that case I would not recommend anything but Catholic pastoral counseling [Word of God + Sacraments]. Love, Michael

Name Withheld 7
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 7:58 PM Subject: Re: urgent

Michael thanks. Just heard that this Interplay business is not catholic. I can’t for the life of me remember who I discussed this with. Thanks again Mumbai

IV. The fourth letter, received by me a few days ago, from a member of Konkani Catholics [KC]:

Name Withheld 8
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 5:22 PM

Subject: Fwd: InterPlay India – Invitation to an exciting evening programme-Tues, 7 Dec – 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Hi Michael, Can you check this email… I wanted to ask you if you knew anything about this and whether it is related to New Age. Mumbai
— Forwarded message — From: b sabha <> Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Subject: InterPlay India – Invitation to an exciting evening programme – Tues, 7 Dec – 6:30 – 9:30 pm To:
From: Dear friends… See page 1 for the invitation

On page 1, we have seen the 2010 Bombay Catholic Sabha intimation about InterPlay against the invitation of one Naresh Karmalker. In 2009, see page 11, there was a similar intimation from the Bombay Catholic Sabha, but this time from the Catholic couple, Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca, see pages 12, 13 and 16. When I wrote to them on the anti-Catholic Emperor Emmanuel cult just two months ago, see page 13, they did not respond. But now, against my InterPlay enquiry, their reply was immediate, and they are very keen to have me register for the programme:

Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:20 AM

Subject: Inter Play

Dear Sirs,
We are Catholic, and we want to know if you are teaching Inter Play to Catholics.
I was informed about the programmes. I would like to attend one. Please explain if it is a dance or a play. Thank you.

From: Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:07:19 +0530 (IST)

Subject: Re: Inter Play To:

Thanks for your message. You can visit for more details on InterPlay. If you need to talk to us please call us. Our mobile numbers are below.

We have been having a number of workshops from Nov., which started with a Couples retreat on 13th/14th Nov. There is one workshop left for this month which is on 17th Dec. 9.30 am to 4.30 p.m at Jivanvikas Sadan (Retreat House), Bandra.

We would recommend you attend this workshop and have an experience of InterPlay. Blessings of Peace, Jaime

From: Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:55:40 +0530 (IST)

Subject: Re: Inter Play To:

Please confirm if you are registering for the InterPlay Workshop on 17th Dec. Jaime & Ligia


Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 2:03 PM


Dear Bishop Thomas,

I received two letters which I reproduce below. This priest is conducting spirituality and meditation courses at the Pasayadaan Holistic Spirituality Centre in your diocese of Vasai*.

It seems like Fr. Olalekar’s mentor initiated him into this program through contact with the dead, the “spirit” of a dead woman. This is necromancy and spiritualism if I understand correctly, and so what good can the course offer anyone, especially Catholics?

*Dabre is now Bishop of Poona


Also, I do not know if it is an advertising or Google issue, but whatever link I clicked on in the many of this article prepared by this Marita, I was connected to hard occult and New Age stuff like Quantum Touch, Silva Mind Control, Chakra Energy Healing, etc.

May I request you to please immediately investigate this priest and his centre and stop him before he causes grave and irreparable spiritual damage to your flock? Kindly acknowledge receipt.

In Jesus’ Name, Michael Prabhu

Bishop Thomas Dabre did not respond to my letter, but here is a letter written by the Bishop to Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ just a month later. The InterPlay priest is on the Bishop’s mailing list:

Bishop Thomas Dabre
To:; Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 1:53 PM

Subject: Christmas Greetings

This is to wish you a happy Christmas and a fruitful New Year. Jesus is God’s greatest gift to all mankind. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life for all of us. In him God became a human being like us and for us. He teaches us to love human life and protect it. But the persecution of Christians in Orissa and other places in India and recent Mumbai terrorist attacks show that human beings are destroying human life. Therefore we need to be all the more promoters of life.
I wish you all the joy and peace and light and truth of Christ. May you enjoy every day of the New Year 2009.
In union with Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, Mary.
Bishop Thomas Dabre
Bishop Of Vasai

I became interested in Life Positive back in 2008 after I came upon their web site on the Internet advertising for their upcoming Life Positive Expo 2008. Recognizing that it was a New Age fair and hoping to attend it to find out if there was any participation by Catholics, I wrote to them. However, the delegate fee was pretty expensive, so I didn’t.

At Expo 2008, Fr.
Prashant Olalekar SJ was not associated with Life Positive, although he is now.

Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 7:19 AM


Dear Mr Issac Chettiar,

I happened to chance upon this web site while browsing. I was unable to open the page for registration details, and I do not know how to register online. I would like to join as a delegate. Kindly send me the brochures and forms by post.

Thanking you,

Michael Prabhu Joint Editor, The Catholic Times



Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:27 AM Subject: Re: EXPO 2008. A BODY MIND SPIRIT FEST
Dear Mr. Prabhu,

Greetings from Life Positive!

We invite you to the much awaited body-mind-spirit fest Life Positive Expo 2008
on Celebrating
Wellness from October 31 to November 2 at FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.
On Sacred ground hear:

a) Dadi Janki, Administrative head of the Brahma Kumaris

b) Dr. Pranav Pandya, spiritual head of the Global Gayatri Pariwar
c) Swami Nithyananda, founder of Dhyanapeetam
Choose six out of the following fantastic workshops to take part in:
1. Healing allergies through homoeopathy – Dr. SPS Bakshi
Chairman of Baksons Homoeopathy Clinic, a premier chain of super-specialty ultra-modern clinics Spread all over India
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Jasmine has a distinguished background in psychotherapy which she combines with naturopathy, hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming, reiki and meridian energy based tools, EFT and TAT.
3. Power of Pyramids – Dr. Jiten Bhatt

Prof. Dr. Jiten Bhatt will teach the basics of PyraVastu and how he invented Pyramid Yantra.
Kriya Yoga – Roy Eugene Davis

Mr. Roy Eugene Davis is the founder of CSA (Center for Spiritual awareness) and has taught in more than 100 cities in North America and in Japan, Brazil, Europe, West Africa, and India.
NLP – Siri Guru Prakash Kaur Khalsa and Sat Puram Singh Khalsa

Achieve your dreams by tapping the power of the mind with Siri Guru Prakash Kaur Khalsa and Sat Puram Singh Khalsa, Directors of Alpha Stars Tap New Age Foundation.

AromatherapyDr. Blossom Kochchar

Dr. Kochchar manufactures her own range of Aromatherapy Cosmetics, under the brand name Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic, aromatherapy oils & cosmetics. 41.

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Dr. Newton Kondaveti, a well-known practitioner, author and trainer in past-life regression, who has received professional training in past-life regression therapy from Morris Netherton, Roger Woolger and Dr Brain Weiss, in hypnosis from Indian Association of Hypnosis and in “meditation and spiritual science” from Pyramid Spiritual Societies.
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Shri Manoj Lekhi, a disciple of Guruji Shri Rishi Prabhakar and one of the senior teachers of the Siddha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) program and Najoo Sohonie, a corporate trainer, a SSY teacher and Life coach.
11. Breakthrough – Acharya Samadarshini
Acharya Samadarshini, the Director and the senior guide at the Oneness University, who has spent close to two decades training individuals to breakthrough their obstacles, fear and limitations.
Your investment for this is Rs.10000/-(Rs. Ten Thousand only) per delegate

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Vijay Dhiman – 09873725110 Email:

Mumbai: Issac Chettiar (Marketing Sr. Executive) Ph: 022 23002576/1633 Website:


Most of the “workshops” are
New Age
in one way or other*. For instance, the ‘mission’ of
Dr Pranav Pandya is
“One nation, one language, one religion, one government”. Applied globally, it is New Age. Blossom Kochchar is a lapsed Catholic, married to a Punjabi and is one of India’s leading New Age alternative medicine’s practitioners. And this is Life Positive‘s take on Swami Nithyananda:


Nithyananda is an enlightened Master and modern mystic amidst us today. After enduring years of intense penance through single-minded pursuit, he experienced inner bliss.

Nithyananda’s spiritual quest started seamlessly at a young age. At the age of 12, he had his first deep spiritual experience. At 17, he left home on a journey of self-realization and wandered the length and breadth of India and Nepal. He studied yoga, tantra and other eastern metaphysical sciences and had many profound spiritual experiences.

He has now emerged as an inspiring personality for millions of people worldwide. As a result of deep spiritual experiences, he has formulated a technology of bliss to explode the Individual Consciousness, to awaken man to the divinity and bliss within.

Nithyananda Foundation is his worldwide movement for meditation. Nithyananda Meditation Academy (NMA) is the name given to the Foundation’s institutions worldwide. First established in Bangalore, India, and second in Los Angeles, USA, these two academies serve as the Eastern and Western hemisphere headquarters worldwide.

‘Meditation is the master key that can bring success in the material world and deep fulfillment in your space within’, he says and has devised numerous meditation techniques for every conceivable type of man to experience inner silence and outer peace.

The “godman” Swami Nithyananda has since been arrested on various charges including financial fraud, sexual perversions, molestation of women members of his ashram, etc.

*Check out the New Age at this Life Positive site

Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Aura Reading, Ayurveda, Bach Flower, Bodywork, Biofeedback, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic Care, Colon Therapy, Colorpuncture, Craniosacral Balancing, Emotional Freedom Technique, Homeopathy, Meditation, Naturopathy, Past life regression therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Rolfing, Sound Therapy, Yoga

At Life Positive Expo 2010, Swami Nithyananda is out, but Fr.
Prashant Olalekar SJ is very much in:

Expo 2010A Body Mind Spirit Fest

Link: Interplay by Father Prashant!!!!!


Name Withheld
Michael Prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:00 PM Subject: Dance Inter play

Dear Mike, The link below leads to an interplay dance program held at Retreat House Bandra by Fr. Prashant Olalekar SJ.

XXX seems to think that you may have had some interactions with him [Fr. Prashant Olalekar]. Do you know anything about this “Dance InterPlay” being promoted by him for spiritual purposes? Sounds like new age to me. Do let me know.


InterPlay India – Peace Exchange Jan 2010

Bangalore Hyderabad Chennai Kochi Pune Mumbai
9th/10th 8th/9th 11th/13th 11th/13th 11th/13th 15th/17th
Team Building
– Cynthia
– Cathy Ann Beaty
Sing Your Song,
Dance Your Dream
– Trish Watts &
Tony Hole
– Schools / NGOs

– Corporate /

– Team Building
– Cynthia

11th & 13th
– Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dream
– Trish Watts & Tony Hole

– Youth at Dharma Bharathi
, Mulanthuruthy

11th & 13th
– Sing Your Song, Dance Your Dream
– Trish Watts &
Tony Hole


– NGOs

16th & 17th
– 3 simultaneous workshops
●Team Building
– Cynthia Winton-Henry
– Cathy Ann Beatty
● Sing Your Song,
Dance Your Dream
– Trish Watts

Contact Persons Contact Persons Contact Persons Contact Persons Contact Persons Contact Persons
Sr. Francoise
094804 24506
Lynessa –
098801 76926

Biju –
094481 92144
Prasad –
095027 11646
Raj –
098402 92523
Ashraf –
098412 92715
Sangita –
098402 42364
Sabu –
094950 80367
Lovely –
094460 00132
Shinny –
094465 58789
Janaki –
094220 89906
Adithy –
098232 45095
Suhasini –
098500 08328
Jaime –
092232 73045
Ligia –
092222 17906

InterPlay India Peace Exchange (IIPE) – January 2010
VENUE:   Jivan Vikas Sadan – Retreat House, Bandra West, Mumbai

Three InterPlay workshops will be held simultaneously at JVS on Jan 16th and 17th, 2010 from 9am to 4pm (non-residential).


InterPlay for Team Building/Community Development:
Facilitated by Cynthia Winton-Henry, Co- founder of InterPlay, will benefit social activists, corporate managers, teachers, parents, peace lovers and others.

Voice InterPlay:
SING YOUR SONG, DANCE YOUR DREAM – Facilitated by Trish Watts, Co-founder of InterPlay Australia, will benefit singers, music lovers, and even those who think they cannot sing – those seeking to discover and fulfill their dreams.

Creative Play for Healing:
Facilitated by Cathy Ann Beatty, a dancer, visual artist and InterPlay master teacher, will benefit therapists, counsellors, healers as well as those who are in need of healing and are hungering for peace.

Limited seats available.   Register early to avoid disappointment.

Also, you are welcome to two concerts that will be held on:

15-Jan-10 at St. Xavier’s School Quadrangle, Vile Parle, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

16-Jan-10 at Fr. Agnel’s Basketball Grounds, Vashi, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

For Further Details Contact:

InterPlay India,
Jivan Vikas Sadan – Retreat House,                            
6, Kane Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050.
Tel.   26422095 / 26455286 / 26416653

Prashant Olalekar SJ           9850609267
Hazel Fernandes                  9820055642
Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca    9223273045 / 9222217906

[I am not reproducing the page here- Michael] 43.

Sr. Margaret [see page 26] communicates with us again, apparently after coming across this ministry’s report on Interplay; our response:

From: Margaret Gonsalves
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:08:25 +0530

Subject: Hello To: Angela Mendonza

Hello Mr. Angela, how are you and hope you are well paid for your work! Good luck!

From: Angela Mendonza Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:07:16 +0530

Subject: Re: Hello To:

Dear Sr. Margaret Gonsalves,

It is good to hear from you after a silence of six months.

I work for free [I don’t get paid, the reward is in heaven] for my husband’s Michael Prabhu’s ministry to expose error and defend the Catholic faith.

You must have come across his report on Interplay on his web site, FR PRASHANT OLALEKAR – INTERPLAY AND LIFE POSITIVE

I hope that you are well too. Thanks for all the help and good wishes. Angela


Archbishop’s House ; ; ; ; Ferdinand Fonseca ; Percival Fernandez ; ; ; ; ;
Cc: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Fr Cedric ; ; ; ; ; ;

Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:10 AM


Dear Most Reverend Archbishop and Bishops of the Bombay archdiocese,

I understand that “Interplay” — introduced in your archdiocese by Jesuit Fr. Prashant Olalekar — is to be conducted at the parish of the Sacred Heart Church in Santa Cruz by the Marriage Encounter* couple Deacon Jaime and his wife Ligia da Fonseca as per the church “notices” of last Sunday:

25th Sunday of the Year

18th September 2011

5. The Parish Council members, Steering Committee and the Heads of the Associations are reminded of the “Interplay” session (a holistic spiritual practice to unlock your Body Wisdom on 25th September from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the School Hall. Deacon Jaime and Ligia will be conducting this session.

“Interplay” sessions are conducted already on a regular basis at the Retreat House [Jivan Vikas Sadan], Bandra.

Please click on the link given below to access the December 2010 document written by me on the New Age affiliations of Interplay.


That report is to be updated to include information showing “Interplay”s association with the Enneagram [which is both New Age and occult] and with Dharma Bharathi [Mulanthuruthy], a New Age ashram headed by an ex-nun in Kerala.

I also understand that some lay Catholics have already approached particular priests and bishops with appeals to stop “Interplay”, but to no avail.

Now, after you read my report, I trust that you will do the needful to intervene and stop “Interplay” from being promoted by Catholics in Catholic institutions.


Michael Prabhu

Catholic apologist

Under copy to the Retreat House, Fr Prashant Olalekar, the Fonsecas, and others associated with “Interplay”.

To: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Percival Fernandez ; Archbishop’s House
Cc: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Fr Cedric
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:39 PM


I apologize to all addressees of my email of September 23 for stating that Jaime and Ligia da Fonseca are a Marriage Encounter [ME] team couple. That was an error on my part.

While they did do their ME weekend in Goa, I am informed that they were [or still are], however, active in Couples for Christ.

Michael Prabhu


From: “Prashant Olalekar” <> To: <>

Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:20 AM


Please note my new email ID is <> Please delete this old ID. Thanks.
Blessings of Peace, Prashant

From: “Prashant Olalekar” <> To: <>

Sent: Wednesday September 28, 2011 1:08 PM


Please note my new email ID is <> Please delete this old ID. Thanks.
Blessings of Peace, Prashant


So this is how it went, we began with removing our footwear n forming a circle and then we sang some peace song while moving in a circle n then in a spiral form under Ligia’s guidance. Then Jaime took over he made us do the loosening exercise which was

●shaking the tension from hands

●shaking the tension from legs


●n an action showing the removing of tension from the mind

●we then had to face all the directions, put 1 leg forward and act like we were embracing (acc to Jaime this was embracing all that the universe had to offer)

He then gave us an introduction abt hw this session was about bringing our mind in level with our body, and how we need to understand our body wisdom n wat our body is trying to say


●she told us about the bell (it was a brass vessel like thing that luked like a mortar and a wooden pestle) so every time this was rung we needed to keep silence n luk inward at what our body was trying to say to us

●then we were told to walk around the room (with big steps, small steps, fast pace, slow pace)

●then we had to become birds, animals, insects, trees (with or without the sounds)

●then we had to make connections by finger tips, toe tips with the other participants, or make connections across the room by imitating some1 without them knowng

●then we had to walk backwards, with our eyes closed n if we bumped into some1 we needed to say thanku

●then we did shapes/we had to take forms i.e. at ground level, middle level, n upper level jst like our bodies felt

●then we had to do this with partners (without touching each other n with our eyes closed) in order to enhance connections


Each exercise was followed by a discussion about what we felt while doing the exercise, people said things like

●I felt free while acting like a bird

●I was awkward being an insect/taking the form at upper level

●Or the experience was very liberating

●Or I felt like a child again

●Or one guy said during the partner shape task, “I could sense some1 was present even with my eyes closed”

After this we had a session called “babble” here again we were given partners and we were asked to

●To speak on a word, whatever came to mind

●To speak on a “nonsense” word

●To speak in a “nonsense” language (this they only demonstrated)

Each partner had 30 sec, the idea behind it being that all of us have a story to tell and the story we made up was in some way related to our lives

Then they had an exercise were they made us all lie down with our palms flat on the floor and our eyes closed (acc to them the most important n touching session) n we then had to follow instructions, which were

●We were asked to think about all that was troubling us and we needed to place it at the feet of our “creator”

●Tighten all ur body parts from your toes upward & hold your breath as long as you can and then release (acc to Jaime this is a good remedy when you don’t get sleep at night )

●Then lift one hand up and follow the music, then make smooth movements & after that jerking hand movements 45.

●Then we needed to roll ourselves in 2 as tight a ball as we could, this is what they called the “womb experience” where we had to imagine that we were back in our mothers womb, where we are protected and nourished etc. without our own efforts.

This again was followed by a group discussion, where we filled in point (B), they refused to discuss the “womb exercise” because that is very personal n had to be discussed with some trustworthy elder esp. if the feeling obtained from that experience was bad

The next exercise was making connections, so they played some music with cymbal sounds n we had to form two circles one inside the other, facing each other and then we had to clap hands according to the beat & then move to the next partner

This was followed by a “what did you feel” sharing

The next exercise involved imitating Jaime, he

●Took diff forms

●Hit diff parts of his body

●Hit the floor

●Made funny noises

●Started laughing extremely loudly

●Started crying loudly n hitting his head

●And other funny exercises

We then went back in2 our groups and had an exercise of “lead & follow” were each one had to go into the circle and dance to the music while the rest of the group followed, we then had a sharing n filled in point (C) of the questionnaire.

We ended with another “peace” song

However they had this rule that no1 was forced to share, we shared only of we wanted to & the African cum Indian music was constantly playing!!!!


From: Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca <> To: Jaime da Fonseca <>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM
Subject: [movefamiliestogether] CHANGE OF HEART – Retreat for Married Couples
Dear Friends:
Below is the flyer of a Married Couples Retreat that we are conducting at the Retreat House Bandra.  Since couples do not like to stay out for long due to their home commitments we organize it just one night out.  They come in on Sat morn 8 am (29-Oct) and leave on Sun by 5 pm (30-Oct).  If you have not attended such a retreat please do register and come.  Please circulate this flyer in your network and encourage your married couple friends also to register.

Thanks for your support, which we appreciate immensely. Blessings, Jaime & Ligia

DEV CHAYA, 73, 2nd Hasanabad Road, Santa Cruz (West), MUMBAI – 400 054, (India).
Tel. #: + [91] 22 65 23 83 06 Cell #: + [91] 92 23 27 30 45/80 97 57 69 02 (J) + [91] 92 22 21 79 06 (L)

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The first 42 pages of this report were downloaded from this ministry’s website and published in

The Voice of Bombay’s Catholic Laity: The Laitytude

September 24, 2010

To: ; Archbishop’s House ;

St.Pius College ;
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2012 7:07 AM





Dear Cardinal Oswald and Bishop Agnelo,

I received the following email which is self-explanatory.

Name withheld
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 9:27 PM Subject: Re: Mail

Dear Michael,
Fr Prashant Olalekar was invited to our parish, St Anthony’s Church Malwani, Malad (W), Mumbai on Vocation Sunday [January 22nd?] to say the 9:15 am mass.
In his sermon he spoke about how he joined the priesthood. Mainly about how his father did not approve of him to join but he eventually did. He then followed it up with how he went for a home rehabilitating prostitutes. There was this one girl and he asked her what she was holding in her hand (a doll) and she said this is Bhagwan. And he said that the doll is you. He then spoke about how at interplay he made people break the ice in their life.

The vocation prayer was a song for which he made the congregation stretch out their hands and sing, “I am the hands, I am the feet.” I can’t remember the rest, but it had nowhere close to any form of prayer. It did not even mention God. He just followed his song by the final blessing, and that is how we ask the Lord to get vocations in our church. 46.

I am obliged to bring it to your attention because Interplay, which is fostered by your archdiocese, is New Age.

The evidence is available at


for your necessary action please.

Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu


Archbishop Bombay
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 2:43 PM


Email to Mr Michael Prabhu (

May 23, 2012

Dear Mr Prabhu,

I have your email of May 7, 201 re: Fr Olalekar.  I have sent it to the Parish Priest for a clarification.

With kind regards and best wishes,

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay

Archdiocese of Bombay, 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, +91-022-22021093/1193/1293, Fax +91-022-22853872, Archdiocese website:


The Cardinal did not respond to the information that Interplay — the propagation of which is supported by his archdiocese — is New Age. Now, we must wait and see if he will communicate to us the response of his parish priest.

To: ;
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 10:21 PM


Your Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias,

While I thank you for your response, may I point out to you that there were three parts to my communication to you. They are:

1. That Interplay is New Age;

2. That the Archdiocese of Bombay is helping promote it;

3. That Fr. Prashant Olalekar, the main proponent of Interplay misused the Vocation Sunday homily to advertise it.

Your response concerns only the third point of my letter to you. I hope that I will be informed about the parish priest’s reply to you.

My letter of May 7 is not the only one that I wrote you concerning Interplay/Fr. Prashant Olalekar.

I had written to you on September 23, 2011 [excerpt from page 44 of my Interplay report] about Interplay being conducted at Sacred Heart Parish, Mumbai:


Archbishop’s House;;;; […]

Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:10 AM


Yours obediently,

Michael Prabhu

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