“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
– Abraham Lincoln
The Art of Suffering Well
Every year in February, people celebrate World Cancer Day, Rheumatoid Awareness Day, Deworming Day and Day for the Sick. What rewards do these conditions offer a person? What else is there besides misery and pain? Why should there be sorrow and pain? This involves many people, not just one. How would it feel to have good suffering management skills? According to Vietnamese poet, peace activist and global spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh, “If you know how to suffer well, you suffer much less.” To find out how to handle suffering with less pain, read Dr. Monica Gulati’s article, ‘The Art of Suffering Well’.
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.
What is the use of only knowing? I say to thee, Act and be, for therefore God sent thee into this human body.
– Sri Aurobindo
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
NAMAH’s Workshops This February
Join this online session with Dr. Soumitra Basu from 6 through 11 February, 2023, to learn about and explore the scope and operation of Cosmic Consciousness, particularly from a psychological standpoint.
Between the hours of sleep and waking up, there shouldn't be any damage to our Consciousness. From February 13 to February 18, 2023, Jayashree Blench will teach you about the mechanisms that control regular sleep and how to change them so that they are easily integrated into your sadhana.
Events @ AuroBharati
Join the online lecture on 4 February, 2023, at 4 p.m. on the exciting topic of ‘India and the United States in the 21st Century’ with Prof. Arvind Kumar, Professor of United States Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Aspirants who want to understand and experience Vedic chanting and learn to chant simple Vedic Mantras can join the team on 10 February 2023, at 3 p.m. at Matri Niketan.
Foundation Course in Palliative Care for Doctors
Sanjeevan organized a one-day training on palliative care for doctors and other healthcare professionals. This training aimed to spread awareness of palliative care among PHC (Primary Health Center) doctors and to spend their time comforting patients in and around their respective PHCs.
Exposure Visit to Chennai, US Consulate
Around 100 of SARVAM’s Access students and Access teachers visited the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. They participated in a day filled with activities and presentations organized by the Consulate.
NavChetana – A Journey Towards Inner Evolution
AuroLeadership conducted a two-day residential training at the verdant Sharanam for senior officers of NABARD as retirement counselling titled NavChetana – a Journey Towards Inner Evolution. Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society, inaugurated the programme. The senior officers and their spouses visited the Chidambaram temple and Pichavaram mangrove forests as part of the programme.
Communication Skill Development Workshop
Ms Krishna Mukherji, Soft Skills Trainer, Internationally Certified US Voice & Accent Coach and American Culture Awareness Coach, facilitated a one-day workshop for the coordinators of the SVARNIM Puducherry team. As part of their daily routine, these coordinators interact with government school children who need to strengthen their communication skills. This workshop helped to hone their skills further.
Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn - Republic Day Greetings!
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.
Sri Aurobindo gave a greater purpose to India’s independence and emphasised repeatedly of the need for complete freedom as the first condition for India to recover her spiritual freedom and become the beacon of a new Light for other nations too. During the years of 1906–1910, it was the mantra of his life.
In celebration of India’s Republic day which is a reminder of a new beginning for the country, it is inspiring to recall Sri Aurobindo’s call to the youth of India:
“It is the young who must be the builders of the new world,—not those who accept the competitive individualism, the capitalism or the materialistic communism of the West as India’s future ideal, nor those who are enslaved to old religious formulas and cannot believe in the acceptance and transformation of life by the spirit, but all who are free in mind and heart to accept a completer truth and labour for a greater ideal.”
Join hands to make this inspirational film !
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 quintessence of Integral Health lies in a change of consciousness from the outer physical, vital and mental fixations to this deeper psychic consciousness. The psychic consciousness is free from psychological disturbances and helps to build up an integrated personality. It is also free from the subsconscient and egocentric disturbances and immune from attacks by adverse forces.
This book is essentially a consciousness approach to health, based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It lucidly brings out the correspondence between the different planes of consciousness and their relation to health and illness.
Click the link to get the copy, https://auropublications.org/books/integral-health/
Visit AuroPublications https://auropublications.org/ for online purchases, or visit Aura Bookstore on 16 Goubert Avenue (Beach Road), Pondicherry, to pick up a copy.
Dose of Sunshine
(…is all we need to embrace life with a smile!)
Potion of Laughter
Keep Sorrows at Bay
Q. Why can’t a bike stand by itself?
A. Because it is two tired!
Q. What do you get a hunter for his birthday?
A. A birthday pheasant.
Q. What do planets like to read?
A. Comet books!
Q. What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?
A. Put it on my bill.
Q. What do you call security guards working outside Samsung shops?
A. Guardians of the Galaxy.
A Capsule of Good News
Brotherhood of Humanity
Basit Jamal, a Jamia Graduate is using true religious values to build peace. He is also facilitating young people to understand the concepts of conflict resolution in the language they accept i.e., Religious Language. He uses religious scriptures to prevent youth from being misled by extremism. ‘Brotherhood of Humanity’, an organization headed by Basit was established in 2017 and has been working relentlessly to inculcate a feeling of harmony and love; and to prevent violent extremism.