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About us


Sorry, this website is in Dutch - except this page.


The Ars Floreat Foundation (“may the arts flourish”) was founded in 1982 from the Dutch School of Philosophy, to promote the study of literature, arts and sciences. In practice, the emphasis was on small scale publishing of spiritual texts. The philosophical basis is the Advaita Vedanta tradition from India, which is also referred to as the philosophy of unity (literally: “non-duality”). Important sources of inspiration include the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Bible, the works of Plato and the conversations with Sri Shantananda Sarasvati, former Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math. This practical philosophy aims to elevate the mind above the level of daily troubles and duties, and to enrich human life with understanding, meditation, practice and love. The activities of Ars Floreat are performed “pro deo”, by volunteers.

In the course of time, other organisations were founded from the Dutch School of Philosophy, and a wider co-operation arose. Ars Floreat’s modest role as a publisher and bookseller diminished.

Ars Floreat now aims to make spiritual texts in Dutch available to a wide audience. We hope therefore that this website will meet with growing demand.


We welcome your remarks and suggestions by e-mail


Ars Floreat Foundation

Lin Reinders, Jan Potharst, Wilbert Tollenaar

August 2003



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