Everyone who is born in this great land has only one identity- we are all Indians.
- 26th January, Republic Day
Mental Education Aspects
January 24th is observed as International Day of Education.
The true essence of education is far more expansive and profounder than achieving degrees and certificates. The urge and demand to understand and provide education in all its dimensions are steadily growing as more and more of the contemporary population is succumbing to life’s increasing complexities. This article is a holistic and practical deliberation on the five aspects of mental education that are important for a child to build faculties and capabilities necessary to lead a fulfilling life.
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.
It is always very good to make use of things instead of uselessly destroying them.
– The Mother
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 on India Post cover
India Post, Karnataka Postal Circle has released a special cover to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo on 21 January 2022. The special cover was released by Sharda Sampath, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle.
Felicitating Lt. General A. Arun
Lt. Gen. A. Arun was felicitated by Sri Aurobindo Society for his services and leadership as a true soldier of the Indian Army. Officers of the Dakshin Bharat Army officers were present at the event. A presentation of the activities and aspirations of Sri Aurobindo Society was made for the army dignitaries. The Lt. General pledged his personal engagement specifically in the Svarnim Puducherry initiative to make Puducherry a model Indian state.
More volunteers for Sanjeevan
Sanjeevan, our community-based palliative care unit, takes compassion to remote corners of Puducherry with a team of inspired volunteers getting a formal training on palliative care. These new care-givers will now be providing physical, psychological and social care to the elderly, terminally-ill and dying patients in these villages.
Digital Sakhis turn entrepreneurs
Digital sakhis in SARVAM villages, equipped with knowledge of digital finance, turn entrepreneurs as SARVAM help them set up E-seva kendras in their villages. The eleven E-seva kendras are the first set of such centres to provide e-services for the village community. A truly digital way towards self-sustainability for the digital sakhis!
Integral Education Intensive Course
An intensive course on Integral Education for the practitioners of Integral Education was designed in collaboration with Auro University and Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Education and Research (SAFIER). The five-month course is based on Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s teachings on Education.
Self- Exploration for the Youth
The Gurugram Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society organized a one-day AuroYouth programme for students of the Lady Irwin College, New Delhi on 10 January 2022, with an aim to inspire true understanding of one’s self and purpose amongst the 15 participating young women. It was facilitated by Dr. Vasudha Agarwal, youth coordinator of Gurugram Centre and chaired by Shri Krishnan Sethi.
Divine Feminine in Tamil Literature
As part of Sri Aurobindo Society’s celebrations for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, AuroBharati and AuroYajna invite all for the fourth Special Lecture on the theme – India, Our Mother on the topic: Divine Feminine in Tamil Literature. The facilitator Shri Aravindan Neelakandan is a prolific writer on many aspects of Indian culture and society. Login through Zoom session to learn more on 6 February 2022 between 4 to 5 p.m.
Animation Film – Sri Aurobindo A New Dawn
On the occasion of the 73rd republic day celebrations of India, let us go back to the writings of Sri Aurobindo, to March 1908 when the call of ‘Swaraj’ was the recurring theme song in India. He spoke over and over again of the need for India’s freedom as the first condition to recover her spiritual freedom:
“Swaraj is the lifebelt, Swaraj the pilot, Swaraj the star of guidance.
… India is the guru of the nations, the physician of the human soul in its profounder maladies; she is destined once more to new-mould the life of the world and restore the peace of the human spirit. But Swaraj is the necessary condition of her work and before she can do the work, she must fulfil the condition.”
An animation film ‘Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn’ is being made, to inspire the youth of India and the world through the story of Sri Aurobindo and his contribution in the renaissance of India, as our offering for the 150th year of Sri Aurobindo’s birth.
The movie is at present in its script writing stage. The kernel of the script emerged during several discussions which were held in Puducherry between the Production team from Mumbai and the Project team at Pondy along with several long-time followers of Sri Aurobindo.
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.
At the 2015 Paris Climate Summit countries agreed to increase the power capacity through non-fossil fuels and India agreed to increase it by 40% by 2030. Since our ancient civilization, India has had a deep organic connect with Nature. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that India reached this environmental target almost a decade in advance in 2021. Let us celebrate!
Dose of Sunshine
(…is all we need to embrace life with a smile!)
Potion of Laughter
Marriages are made in heaven but the rules are earthly. Read carefully before you sign up for it.
Two golden rules of a happy marriage:
- The wife is always right.
- When you feel she is wrong, slap yourself and read rule number 1 again.
I’d noticed that my 60-year-old father seemed to be losing his hearing, so I mentioned it to my mother.
“Things haven’t changed that much,” she said. “Only difference is, before, he didn’t listen. Now, he can’t.”
Courtesy: Many sources
A Capsule of Good News
Beating destiny with Dosa Prem Ganapathy, the owner of the popular Dosa Plaza, which currently has outlets across the globe, was robbed of all the little money he brought with him, right at the moment when he reached Mumbai. Well, his dreams, diligence, confidence, determination and patience were not robbed and he used all of these to build his Dosa empire. His story of entrepreneurship is delectably inspiring!