Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them

— Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath's Namaskar

Rabindranath Tagore was in Bolpur, at his Santiniketan Ashram, when the news of Sri Aurobindo’s arrest reached him. It was then that he wrote his inspired poem in Bengali: ‘Namaskar’, in which he described Sri Aurobindo as “the Voice Incarnate of India’s Soul”. The original poem (dated 22 August 1907) was first published in the Bande Mataram newspaper on 8 September 1907 as an open ‘Letter in Verse’.  The English translation by Kshitish Chandra Sen, was first published in the Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual, Calcutta in 1944.

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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.


Do not look behind, look always in front, at what you want to do—and you are sure of progressing.

– 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

National Capacity Building Program for Artist & Cultural Professionals

AuroBharati presents ‘National Capacity Building Program for Artists & Cultural Professionals’ on 1 June 2023 at Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry. National Capacity Building Program for Artists & Cultural Professionals is a strategy to provide a platform for creative expression and capacity building. The approach is to include local resources and communities and to bring in lived experiences apart from driving holistic enhancement followed by theoretical and practical sessions.

NAMAH’s Workshops

Join us online from 23–25 May 2023 for an exploration into the healing power of love with Dr. Subhashree Savadamuthu. The sessions aspire to unfold a deeper understanding of emotions through fun, play, creative expression and meditative immersions, so that love can flow freely from the deepest Self.

The most important movement in Integral Yoga is always moving towards the Mother. As we surrender to Her, the aim quite simply is to merge in Her Consciousness. We just have to remain open to Her Force. It has so many actions and contains vast and endless possibilities. From 29 to 31 May 2023, James Anderson will share pointers and practices on how best to remain constantly open to Her Force. These are online sessions.

Gymnasium Inauguration at Pondicherry Central Prison

Sri Aurobindo Society along with State Bank of India, Mutual Funds, has facilitated the Pondicherry Central Prison with three gymnasiums. These gyms cater to both the male and female prisoners. AuroModel Prison is taking all possible initiatives in reforming the prisoners while they are inside the jail. With these initiatives it is hoped that when they join back the society, they will all be reformed individuals, who are no more danger to other people.

Sunset Forest Walk

Svarnim Puducherry organized a Moon Walk on 5th May 2023 at AuroVanam. It was a Buddha Purnima (full moon) evening and a small nature walk was organized for a team of 15 members. Kavita facilitated this enjoyable nature walk in which, along with her, the Moon guided the walkers throwing light around the vanam teaming with plants and life. A blissful evening in the lap of nature! There are plans to organize more such walks in the future.

Connecting with Love and Joy in Everyday Life

The Coimbatore Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society had organized a day-long session facilitated by Shri Aurl Dev titled “Connecting with Love and Joy in Everyday Life.” The talk focused on the effects of thoughts on the surface and deeper regions of the heart. The session also helped the participants to connect to their inner states, referred to as the 'cave of the heart’. The response from the participants was overwhelming.

Into the Heaven of Freedom

A beautiful evening of songs and poetry recitation was organized on 9 May 2023 to mark the 162nd birth anniversary of Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore. Many of his songs were sung and poems recited by a talented team of singers and reciters led by musician Arjita Chowdhury. The serene ambience of MatriNiketan was packed with lovers of Tagore’s music and poems with over 50 people including senior ashramites and students attending the program. “It was truly a mesmerizing evening,” said one of the attendees.

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. You are invited to watch the seventh video of this series. Stay with us to watch the other videos which will be shared in the future.

Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn

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.

In order to see the progress of the Animation Film and appreciate the process behind the Film-making, the Project Team from Puducherry visited Studio Eeksaurus in Mumbai. 

Tune in to see the young artists at work!

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.

Rethinking Leadership – An Integral Perspective

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.

Book of the Week – Rethinking LeadershipAn Integral Perspective
(With Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother)

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The Readers’ Column

Beloo Mehra is Senior Academic Mentor at AuroBharati, Sri Aurobindo Society. She is also the editor of Society’s online journal, Renaissance. She has a PhD in Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and a Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.

With Mother’s Grace I recently had the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to Varanasi, or Kashi as it is mentioned in the Vedic literature. Kashi, the City of Light, the eternal city of Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati, is bounded by two rivers Varuna and Assi. This oldest living city is also known as the Moksha-nagri, the place where pilgrims and devotees come with an aspiration for liberation and spiritual release.


Varanasi is also famous for its elaborate and mesmerizing Ganga Ārti. I had the blessing to witness and experience this magnificent ceremony thrice during my stay in Varanasi – twice in the evening at Dashashwamedh Ghat and once in the early morning at Assi Ghat. Being a part of this experience made me realize how we all are such a tiny, tiny part of the throbbing, pulsating current of Bhakti that is so pervasive in this sacred land… the crowds in a way give a sense of comfort that one really is nothing unless ones become one with the spirit that is the very essence of this civilization.


After the morning ārti was over at Assi Ghat, I just sat there for a while, at the ghāt with Ma Ganga flowing serenely. Simply watching the flow of the sacred river or perhaps just seeing through it all – to something beyond, to something invisible – it brings deep calmness inside. And I recalled what the Mother had once said in a conversation. “There are places that are favourable for occult experiences. Benares is one of these places, the atmosphere there is filled with vibrations of occult forces, and if one has the slightest capacity, it spontaneously develops there, in the same way that a spiritual aspiration develops very strongly and spontaneously as soon as one lands in India. These are Graces. Graces, because it is the destiny of the country, it has been so throughout its history, and because India has always been turned much more towards the heights and the inner depths than towards the outer world. Now, it is in the process of losing all that and wallowing in the mud, but that’s another story …it was like that and it is still like that.” (Agenda, Vol. 1, p. 244)

Dose of Sunshine

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

Solve these riddles and smile, please!!!

Riddle: Why would a lady living in New Zealand never be buried in Australia?

Answer: Because she is living.

Riddle: What is the main difference between a man who sells watches and a prison warden?

Answer: One sells watches, the other watches cells.

Riddle: Two boys are born to the same mother, on the exact same day, at the exact same time, in the exact same month and year but they are not twins. How is this possible?

Answer: They are part of a set of triplets.

Riddle: If Apple made a car, what would be missing?

Answer: Windows.

Riddle: What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common?

Answer: Same middle name.

A Capsule of Good News

Operation Mukti

This is a special drive by the police personnel of Uttarakhand.  This initiative aims at freeing child beggars and rag pickers from what they have been doing on the streets. Having started in the year 2017, they have transformed the lives of around 2100 children.  DGP Ashok Kumar, the spearhead of this unique ‘mission’, says giving alms to kids is never a good idea. “We must give them education instead. Giving them money will never solve the problem and improve their struggling lives in the long run.”

Courtesy: Indiatimes.com