Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength

- Dalai Lama

Sri Aurobindo

‘The Divine does not need to suffer or struggle for himself; if he takes on these things it is in order to bear the world-burden and help the world and men;’ – Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo left his body on December 5, 1950. The Body was laid to rest in the Samadhi after four days, on December 9, 1950. The body did not show any sign of decay or decomposition during this period. A few saw a golden spiritual light around the body.

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

Sri Aurobindo came upon earth to announce the manifestation of the supramental world. And not only did he announce this manifestation but he also embodied in part the supramental force and gave us the example of what we must do to prepare ourselves for this manifestation. 

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The best thing we can do is to study all he has told us, strive to follow his example and prepare ourselves for the new manifestation.

This gives life its true meaning and will help us to overcome all obstacles.

Let us live for the new creation and we shall grow stronger and stronger while remaining young and progressive.

 

– The Mother

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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

Svadhyaya II: Study, Reflect and Grow Within

Life’s purpose is revealed by the unfolding evolution of the self. In order to understand and relate to this continuous inner growth more consciously, AuroBharati and AuroYajna have jointly organized a weekly online session of reflection and self-study on the Living Force and Power of the words of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, from 4 December to 18 December on all Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Desire into Aspiration

Desire may give us the initial impetus to action, but when it starts to rule, it only hurls us towards confusion, stress and misery. On the other hand, Aspiration, lit by an inner psychic flame turned upwards, keeps us aligned to our true purpose. NAMAH has organized the 6-day online workshop, from 6-11 December, 2021, to understand the transformation of desires into aspiration.

Golden Fortnight with Educational Training by Svarnim team

Svarnim Puducherry (SP) is our aspiration-in-action to create a model Indian state in Puducherry. Education is one of the basic pillars of the initiative. Our Responsibility to Children (ORC) is a comprehensive positive mental health program for school children which has already scribed many inspiring success stories. In a drive for continuous improvement, the ORC team underwent a focused training with highly-skilled experts from Kerala. Furthermore, in collaboration with Directorate of School Education, Pondicherry, SP organized a workshop on Career Guidance and Skill Training for government school teachers.

Symbols in Dreams with Lopa Mukherjee

Intrigued by your dreams? Enroll to the 6-day online workshop organized by NAMAH, the Journal of Integral Health from 13 to 18, December 2021 where Lopa will extract the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo to provide authentic interpretation of the symbolic mystiques of reams.

Our Gurugram Centre

Our Gurugram Centre, a dynamic hub engaged in multiple activities, is thriving with a new makeover. Our Chairman, Shri Pradeep Narang, recently visited the centre to discuss its on-going activities and future plans with the Core Group and other members

Animation Film – Sri Aurobindo A New Dawn

Studio Eeksaurus team visits Puducherry

The idea of the animation film – Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn, was conceived sometime in November 2020. Owing to the pandemic, the project team (from Puducherry) and the film team (from Mumbai) had to work at their respective locations with the possibility of only online interactions. For the first time the film team and the project team met in Puducherry so that both could align their vision, for the emergence of a profound script for the film.

Here is a quick walk-through of the visit!

‘Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn’ is not just an ordinary tale being told, it is an attempt to consciously relive a significant moment in history – a forgotten chapter in the history of reawakening of India (1893 – 1914) and represent it as a creative and inspirational film. 

Donate with a heart  and join hands in the making of this film.   

Offering in Humility and Gratitude

We have stepped into an important year on 15 August 2021 as it starts the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 75th year of India’s independence. This section is our humble offering to this momentous occasion. We will bring a few golden glimpses from the Master’s avataric life as well as a few glorious achievements of independent India.

Our Simple Sri Aurobindo

To serve Sri Aurobindo was in one way quite easy, for he would never make any demands on us, was content with the main necessities being met and would never express any displeasure if we failed him.

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This very easiness kept us alert, for one who didn’t ask for more than the bare minimum, needed a careful, vigilant watch so that he could be given a little more comfort and ease. Champaklal kept that vigilant eye always. He was more familiar with Sri Aurobindo’s nature and temperament by love and long experience and felt his needs on his very pulse. If he saw that Sri Aurobindo needed some side pillows, he got them made; if his footstool was a bit high or low, he adjusted it to the required height. He put a time-piece by his side, for he knew that Sri Aurobindo was in the habit of frequently seeing the time. Such small things that would pass unnoticed because our imaginative perception was perhaps dull, were caught by his sensitive insight and he tried to make “happy and comfortable” the life of the impersonal Brahman. Sri Aurobindo, when he sat on the edge of the bed and had to wait long for the Mother’s arrival, seemed to feel drowsy; his body would lean backwards and would then right itself. Still, he would not ask for any assistance — but this, not from any sense of egoism. He would put up with any inconvenience but if we offered him some help, he did not refuse it.

Image reference:  https://www.facebook.com/aurosociety/posts/3431429446910058

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Readers’ Column

This has been a space where you become the presenter and we, simply the platform, to take your creations to the world. You lead, we follow. You speak, we listen. You create, we behold. This is the space, where we blend our identities and become one.Sushmita, our reader (and almost our partner-in-crime), takes us to the very foundational question of our existence. You will find the echoes of her queries amongst your own.

“Why, why…”

“Why, why…?” is a perpetual murmur and cry, a clamour within and without… which we can hardly defy and inevitably cannot deny.

And finally, moving through the course and discourse, cursive and discursive of this existence that we loosely and broadly call ‘life’, it seems that ‘why’ too itself personifies.  It too asks, alike and akin to us, ‘Why am i?”

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Interestingly, the answer too, that it gets, is similar to that that we get…

“There is a meaning in each curve and line.” (1)

‘Why’, is, till it no longer is, till it no longer can be: when the very reason for what it is, is no more, as what it asks has met its answer. And yet, like the soul, in-between the two physical lifetimes, it rests, albeit maybe much more transiently: as and when the answer, received, leads to and yields another ‘why’!

Such is the programming of the Divine that the window becomes wider and wider, necessitating the previous answer to out of that window fly, paving the way for the new or pushed out by the new…

That what we see, either we see no more or in it something more and new we see… and most oft a staunch and stark contrast to the previously seen, both true in their own place and time, and even coexistent…

“Among the most precious things in life are those you do not see with physical eyes.” (2)

Revealed is the line forming the curve and the curve concealed in the line…

And so, in this journey with ‘why’, a stage arrives when one feels, inexplicably and yet undeniably: The very instance of the birth of ‘why’ signifies the hidden knowledge that, innately, there is Something and Someone to be found, not on the Surface and yet forming the Surface too, the All-forming and All-exceeding, converting the ‘good’ to ‘bad’, an answer to a non-answer…

There is That: Self-hiding, Self-seeking, Self-revealing, Self-finding, Self-realising. That is why, is ‘why’…

When That is found, maybe, just maybe, ‘why’ too shall not be… as is with the individual who gets the answer to his “Why am i?”… and is somehow able to integrally and irreversibly surrender to That.

He gets the answer: “i am, so that i no longer am…”

And for that, is ‘why’ in its entirety and whence the cry, answered by the Call to humanity:

O Being,

“Annul thyself that only God may be.” (3)

And prays humanity, implores, hence, to the All-Someone-Something, God: Let it be so. How else can so it be?

 

References:

  • Sri Aurobindo. Savitri, p. 460.
  • The Mother. Words of the Mother – III, p. 233.
  • Sri Aurobindo. Savitri, p. 538.

Sushmita

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Dose of Sunshine

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

Potion of Laughter

Guess What?

You have laughed enough.  Let’s take a break and turn the table around. Here is a tough test for you. Answer these 5 questions. And tell us your scores. Creativity is allowed only on the answers. Do not get creative with your scores!

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  1. What sits at the bottom of the sea and twitches?
  2. What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards?
  3. What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
  4. Where are average things manufactured?
  5. Why don’t scientists trust atoms?

Click to check the answers.

  1. A nervous wreck
  2. A receding hare-line
  3. A cat has claws at the end of paws; A comma has a pause at the end of a clause.
  4. The satisfactory.
  5. Because they make up everything.

(Relax and get back to your laughter. Even if your score is not so sunny.)

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A Capsule of Good News

Our good news today is in the form of a message that reflects the power that inspires courage, hope, love and harmony amidst the most challenging circumstances. They say ‘well begun is half done.’ We hope the rest of your day, which begins now, is empowered by this message.

Courtesy: Fearless Soul