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A special photo chronicle A Natural Meeting of Hearts and Minds Article by Irina E Childs “The training of intellect should go hand in hand with the unfoldment of the Soul” – Sri Swami Sivananda Integral Studies Academy has been presented with an extraordinary opportunity to run a six-month program of Integral courses taught in the innovative integral method for the students of P.E.M.S., Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India. P.E.M.S. acronym stands for Prabhujee English Me- dium School, a name given to the school in 1985 after the endearing name held until then by Swami Narayana Giri. Swami Narayana Giri has been a direct disciple of the renown yoga master Sri Yukteswar Giri, whom he has served for over 40 years. The school founded by Swami Shankarananda Giri as a tribute off ered to his master, Swami Narayana Giri (known as Prabhujee), has been operating in the State capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, for thirty-four years and has grown from 26 students to approximately 4000 - with classes that start at nursery level all the way to A levels. Swami Shankarananda Giri acts now as both the direct descendent of Kriya Yoga Lineage and Life President of P.E.M.S and Kriya Yoga Foundation Trust. The program run by ISA is opened for all students of standard XI and XII and has been created with the purpose of giving the high school students the chance to enjoy this unique opportunity of taking part in the Integral education pilot which is being rolled out worldwide. In addition to the ISA online platform and the access to the University professors, the students of P.E.M.S. will also be supported in this program by the safe environment of the school, with computers and powerful internet access, with video facilities to advance their online studies. It was with great joy that in August 2017 ISA represen- tatives have travelled to India to meet with P.E.M.S teachers, parents and the students who will take part in the 6-month pilot of studies. Monad 5 / 2017 | Page 11