Never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.

― Sri Ramakrishna

Rise of the Better Half in Business

Women are invading the corporate space at all levels. In fact, in spite of lingering challenges, and persistent cultural prejudices in favour of placing men at the leadership levels, women are taking every opportunity to demonstrate the difference and value-add they bring to the business bottom line with their inherent skills and nature. Being a woman is no longer a disadvantage at progressive workplaces, which take special measures to make women feel ‘at home’. 

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

At the head she stands of birth and toil and fate,

In their slow round the cycles turn to her call;

Alone her hands can change Time’s dragon base.

Hers is the mystery the Night conceals;

The spirit’s alchemist energy is hers;

She is the golden bridge, the wonderful fire.

– Sri Aurobindo

SAVITRI, BOOK III: The Book of the Divine Mother, p. 314

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

The Journey of Aurovanam

Project ‘AuroVanam’ is a child-centric initiative striving to deliver an exciting experiential learning opportunity by creating experiences and exploratory activities with various elements of nature. Sri Aurobindo Society is delighted that AuroVanam’s journey has begun on the 145th birth anniversary of the Mother.

NAMAH’s March Workshops

Traversing Attachment
The concept of attachment can be found in every aspect of human life. It constricts and narrows consciousness. Join this online workshop from 6 to 11 March, 2023, to overcome attachment and to transform it into true freedom.

The Art of Dying
Join Sigrid Lindemann for a fascinating online workshop from 14 to 16 March, 2023, to absorb the wisdom surrounding the death experience and to learn how these imprints can be released through the practice of Past-Life Therapy.

Auro Expressions Junior 2023

On February 16, 2023, to commemorate the Mother's birth anniversary, Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Chandigarh, conducted its annual Inter-School event ‘Auro Expressions Junior 2023’. The school's annual Auro Expression event provides a stage for students via which they can showcase their abilities and talents with utmost enthusiasm. Their performances were a perfect reflection of their vivacity and brightness.

School Students Turn English Graduates

SARVAM has been providing English classes for students from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions with the assistance of the US Embassy. The fourth batch of the English Access Microscholarship program graduated on February 19, 2023. Ms. Jennifer Bullock, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, presented certificates to approximately 100 students from SARVAM’s Access classes.

Gītāmritapānam – Drinking the Nectar of the Gīta

In view of the truth of Sri Aurobindo's words that the ‘Gita’ will be the basis of the upcoming phenomenal spiritual movement, AuroYajna has begun a new series of Gita chanting sessions. This session will be held every Saturday from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. One can join the chanting session online or in-house at MatriNiketan. For more information.

Kaizen Workshop at Sharanam

Kaizen is a method of creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can yield significant results. Using this as a foundation, AuroLeadership organized a workshop in Sharanam on February 17, 2023. Senior doctors who attended from Aravind Eye Hospitals reiterated it was a great learning experience.

Seeds of Light

Seeds of Light is an artistically 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. It’s a matter of pride for AuroNews to announce its launch here. You are invited to watch the first one of this series. Fifteen more videos will be shared in the future.

Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn – A Peek into the Key Animation Process

An inspirational animation film ‘Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn’ is being made by Sri Aurobindo Society for the youth of India and the world, on Sri Aurobindo’s life, as an offering for the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo.

Announcing the release date of the Animation Film as 15th August 2023!

We are happy to share with you that the Animation film has moved on to the Key Animation design stage and the work is gearing up at a swift pace at Studio Eeksaurus, Mumbai.

Join hands to make this inspirational film!

 

AuroPublications

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

The Mother – A Short Biography

The Mother was born in Paris in 1878. Even during her childhood, she was preoccupied with the inner search and was led to extraordinary spiritual experiences which deepened, in her late youth, into a realization of constant union with the Divine. In 1914, she met Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry and established a divine collaboration with him.

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The Sri Aurobindo Ashram grew under her guidance and practical advice, and she founded the International Centre of Education to prepare the children for the integral life as envisaged by

Sri Aurobindo.

This book serves as a brief introduction to her life as lived on earth.

Click the link to get the copy, https://auropublications.org/…/the-mother-a-short…/

Visit AuroPublications https://auropublications.org/ for online purchases, or visit Aura Bookstore on 16 Goubert Avenue (Beach Road), Pondicherry, to pick up a copy.

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The Readers' Column

Sushrut Badhe is the disciple of Sri M.R. Damle and is CEO of his teacher’s Ayurvedic products manufacturing industry – KVM Research Laboratories and is a researcher at Damleji’s NGO – Midam Charitable Trust. He is part of the ‘Krishna’s Butter Project’ which has been freely teaching Bhagavad Gita to children through an interactive and practical module which has been translated into six languages. Sushrut ‘s first book of poems – Rhythm of the Spirit, published in 2014 featured 34 poems on Happiness, Pain, Darkness, Light and Love. The poem ‘A Father’s Song’ was appreciated by Late Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. His next book Bhagavad Gita: Rhythm of Krishna which is the rhythmic rendition of 700 verses of the Gita was listed as a record in India Book of Records, Limca Book of Records etc. He also holds the record for writing the Isha, Kena, Mandukya and Sri Aurobindopanishad in rhyme.

“I looked at the bars of my cell, the very grating that did duty for a door and again I saw Vasudeva. It was Narayana who was guarding and standing sentry over me. Or I lay on the coarse blankets that were given me for a couch and felt the arms of Sri Krishna around me, the arms of my Friend and Lover. This was the first use of the deeper vision He gave me.” – Sri Aurobindo

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For the benefit of the readers, Sushrut Badhe has rendered a poem, in first person, of the experience of Sri Aurobindo in jail:

Alipore Jail: When God Awoke                                           

Dearest, a prisoner I was in a lone cell, 

Alone, my pain I couldn’t share or tell. 

With a deathly noose hanging atop – 

My life’s aspiration, fate tried to stop! 

Hunger and thirst began blaring signs of defeat, 

I lay confined in a cage – six by nine feet.  

 

A year passed, I wondered is this the end? –

Of the leader, the symbol, the legend? 

A barrage of thoughts left me mad –  

“Why God?” was the burning question sad. 

But all the inner turmoil and noise 

Faded as I summoned an inner poise.

And dearest, You taught me lessons three 

That ultimately only set me free! 

The first at the borders of insanity – 

I found the vista of the inner clarity. 

Next, beyond the limits of the mind, 

A higher tranquility I could verily find.

And finally; how personal effort was a blunder 

Without a complete and Divine surrender. 

Now, suddenly in the dingy cage all was fine 

I began to experience a Life divine! 

For everywhere, I only saw your face’s reflection 

How your majesty’s beauty was beyond human comprehension.  

As a child in the universal mother’s bosom 

A new spiritual realization began to blossom, 

The walls now began to crumble and fall – 

I could now clearly see the One veiled in all! 

Dearest “Krishna, Vasudeva, Narayana” – how should I call? 

Visible you became even in the Bars and the wall.

 

Dearest I found you, as you simply surrounded me, 

And saw how no cage could now bind me. 

Walking under the branches I came to know,

How you were cocooning me in your shadow! 

The rods and grating of the prison cell – 

Were also You, I could smile and tell.

I saw how; you were standing sentry –  

Guarding dutifully the cage’s entry. 

The course blankets too as your arms became, 

For in them, I could feel the beloved’s touch and name. 

In the other inmates, swindlers and murderers too 

In all the misused bodies too, I only saw you.

As I used the vision, that you gave me 

Why I was imprisoned, I could clearly see. 

Celebrating your gift of the divine sight –  

I tasted your ambrosia of ecstatic delight. 

The realms beyond the mind were now clear –  

New horizons have now begun to appear.

“It was the hour before the gods awake”

Dearest, my supramental plunge I shall now make!

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Dose of Sunshine

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

Potion of Laughter

A woman goes to the local psychic in hopes of contacting her dearly departed grandmother. The psychic’s eyelids begin fluttering, her voice begins warbling, her hands float up above the table, and she begins moaning. Eventually, a coherent voice emanates, saying, “Granddaughter? Are you there?”

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The customer, wide-eyed and on the edge of her seat, responds, “Grandmother? Is that you?”

“Yes granddaughter, it’s me.”

“It’s really, really you, grandmother?”, the woman repeats.

“Yes, it’s really me, granddaughter.”

The woman looks puzzled, “You’re sure it’s you, grandmother?”

“Yes, granddaughter, I’m sure it’s me.”

The woman pauses a moment, “Grandmother, I have just one question for you.”

“Anything, my child.”

“Grandmother, when did you learn to speak English?”

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A guy sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black mutt just sitting there.

“You talk?” he asks.

“Yep,” the mutt replies.

“So, what’s your story?”

The mutt looks up and says, “Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies eight years running.

The jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger and I wanted to settle down. So I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security work, mostly wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings there and was awarded a batch of medals. Had a wife, a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

The owner says, “Ten dollars.”

The guy says, “This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him, so cheap?”

The owner replies, “He’s just a big liar. He didn’t do any of that stuff.”

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A Capsule of Good News

Weaving Tales of Empowerment

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we share another inspiring story about a Mother-and-Daughter duo – Minakshi and Aishwariya Jhawar from Rajasthan who run ‘Ekatra’, a sustainable lifestyle brand to help homemakers earn a living.  Minakshi Jhawar has indeed proved age is just a number and has nothing to do with realizing dreams.

Courtesy: The Better India