India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples.

― Sri Aurobindo

1909: A Birthday Talk by Sri Aurobindo

“In my childhood before the full development of my faculties, I became conscious of a strong impulse in me. I did not realise what it was then, but it grew stronger and stronger as I gained in years till all the weakness of my childhood, fear, selfishness, etc., vanished from my mind. From the day of my return to the mother country, the impulse is surging forth in great force, and my set purpose and devotion are becoming more confirmed with the trials and oppressions to which I am subjected. When some divine power by the grace of God manifests itself in a human being any efforts to develop it give a new force to the national life. You will have to sacrifice yourself at the feet of your Mother. You should, therefore, devote yourself with firm faith and whole heart to her service. Service of our motherland is our highest duty at this moment. This must be our duty in this iron age. It is now the time for us to conserve our energy. Do not be impatient, do not despair. Do not lose faith. The present fatigue and inactivity are natural; you will find instances of them in the history of every nation. Everyone must store up energy. Be prepared with fresh hope and vigour for the worship of the Mother. Divine power has infused this nation with a new power. This power will exalt the nation one day.”

Lights on Life

Pulses of truth that clears up life’s pathway and makes it a joyful and confident journey

Questions and Answers

Our ordinary life is fraught with doubts, confusions and questions on its various aspects. Our Questions and Answers section is a compilation of questions on multiple subjects, asked by aspirants to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and the answers given by Them. Please visit - an answer may be awaiting you, even if you do not have a question.

Inspiration

“What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not even a revelation; it is a decisive action direct from the Supreme.”

The Mother

Guidance

On life’s journey, we are sometimes struck by a distressing obstacle in our path, numbing our strength and capacities to move ahead. Or it could also be a strong aspiration that blindly seeks an expression. At these times, if we concentrate and sincerely search for an inner guidance, it does somehow reach us through some means and a path opens up, almost like miracle! If you are in a situation like this, try our Guidance section and see if it helps. Do share your experience with us.

Events and Announcements

Glimpses of recent activities at SAS

Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn | Worldwide Release on YouTube

On the auspicious occasion of Sri Aurobindo’s birthday, we are extremely happy to inform you of the release of the much-awaited Animation Film by Sri Aurobindo Society titled ‘Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn.’

This is the fruit of our labour of love for the past 3 years where the world has been through the dark times of a pandemic, a war and continuing crises at all levels. It is our aspiration that this Film will offer a new Hope and new Light to a world in crisis.

The Film is made available to the public worldwide through Sri Aurobindo Society’s YouTube channel from 10 AM on 15 August 2023.

Please share this news with all your friends and loved ones, especially the youth!

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On Consciousness

Join this absorbing journey into the depths and heights of Consciousness under the inspiration and guidance of Dr. Soumitra Basu. Discover the essence of Consciousness and chart its different planes and dimensions, in consonance with Sri Aurobindo’s thought. Integrate your understanding of all its different states and escalate your knowledge and experience in Integral Yoga in these revelatory online sessions from August 21 to 26, 2023.

Conscious Living & Body

AuroYajna presents its ongoing series, "Journey to Self-Perfection", centred on the theme "Conscious Living & Body". We warmly welcome you to participate in this transformative workshop, available both online and in person, scheduled from August 28 to September 1, 2023. With the guiding principle of Sri Aurobindo's "All Life is Yoga", this month's focus is on integrating various yogic practices into our daily lives to explore their practical significance.

Sanskriti च Svādhyāya

Dr. Beloo Mehra, Senior Academic Mentor at AuroBharati and editor of Renaissance Journal, was invited by The Healing Circle's co-founders and trustees, Ms. Jayashree Ashok and Mr. B. Ashok, to conduct an intensive three-day course on Indian culture and self-development for approximately 70 teachers. The course took place at the picturesque and tranquil campus of Freedom Land, a residential facility located in rural Karnataka. Teachers from The Creative School in Bengaluru and residents of Freedom Land actively participated in this enriching programme.

Adolescent Health and Menstrual Hygiene

On 25th July 2023, Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore, organized an online discussion on "Adolescent Health and Menstrual Hygiene" with school girls and SARVAM volunteers. Specialized doctors and healthcare professionals provided valuable insights on menarche, menstrual hygiene, pregnancy and related subjects, spreading awareness among the young girls.

Farmers Visit Field School

On July 31, 2023, a one-day Farmers Field School was organized at AuroVanam (Environmental Education Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society) as part of the AHAR project (AgroHomeopathy for Sustainable Agriculture). Twenty-three farmers from Bahour, Soriyankuppam, Kuruvinatham, Manapet and Sulliyankuppam, cultivating vegetables on their farms, participated in the training conducted by ‘Seed Traveller' Salai Arun, who has extensively traveled India, meeting over 1000 farmers and collecting and sharing native seeds.

Seeds of Light

Seeds of Light is an aesthetically produced booklet containing 101 inspiring thoughts compiled from the writings of the Mother. As an offering on her 145th Birth Anniversary, AuroMedia has taken the initiative of converting this print media into visual media. You are invited to watch the 13th video of this series. Stay with us to watch the other videos which will be shared in the future.

AuroPublications

AuroPublications, the publications division of the Sri Aurobindo Society, publishes spiritually themed books, e-books and audiobooks and creates multimedia and audiovisual products with deep insights and values. There is a special focus on Integral Yoga and the vision of
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

As we approach August 15, 2023, AuroPublications is elated to announce its next audiobook, A Call to the Youth of India – Compilation from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and our new e-book Indian Literary Tradition in the Light of Sri Aurobindo.

Book for this Fortnight

Indian Literary Tradition in the Light of Sri Aurobindo (E-book)

The objective of this outstanding ebook Indian Literary Tradition in the Light of Sri Aurobindo authored by Dr. Beloo Mehra, is to explore the progression of Indian literary tradition over thousands of years, keeping in perspective the innate focus of Indian culture and its natural development over time.

Buy this E-book here  

Audiobook

A Call to the Youth of India (audiobook)

A Call to the Youth of India Compilation from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is an audiobook that is rendered excellently into audio by Ravi Shankar. This audiobook is meant to inspire and awaken the youth of India to their motherland’s splendid spiritual heritage, her spirit, mission and genius, and her glorious future destiny.

Listen to a sample of A Call to the Youth of India here

Buy this audiobook here  

Visit AuroPublications https://auropublications.org/ for online purchases

Visit Aura Bookstore at 16 Goubert Avenue (Beach Road), Pondicherry, to pick up a copy.

Dose of Sunshine

(…is all we need to embrace life with a smile!)

God Versus Atheist

An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that the accident of evolution had created. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He saw a seven-foot grizzly charge toward him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closer to him, he ran even faster, he was so scared that tears were coming to his eyes. While running, he tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear, right on top of him: reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him. At that instant the atheist cried out “Oh my God! “

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving.

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As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky:

“You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don’t exist, and, even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”

The atheist looked directly into the light: “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?”

“Very well.” the voice said.

The light went out. The river ran again, and the sounds of the forest resumed.

And then the bear dropped its right paw, brought both paws together, bowed its head and spoke: “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.”

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Courtesy: Unkown source

A Capsule of Good News

From Farm to Table and Back

Imagine your tableware serving not only as a vessel for meals but also as a fertilizer for the soil or a tasty treat for your pets. Thanks to the ingenious efforts of brothers Rishabh and Rohan Suri, founders of Qudrat, a Kerala-based startup, this innovative idea is now a reality.