“All is her play with the Supreme; all is her manifestation of the mysteries of the Eternal, the miracles of the Infinite.”

– Sri Aurobindo

The Supreme – Our Mother

On the occasion of the Mother’s Mahasamadhi day on November, 17, we bow down in silent gratitude, deep love and child-like admiration for Our Sweet Mother, The Supreme – who is always present with us – guiding us, protecting us and helping us through our journey. Let us strive to be Her children, worthy of Her Love and Her Grace.

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“The Mother not only governs all from above but she descends into this lesser triple universe. Impersonally, all things here, even the movements of the Ignorance, are herself in veiled power and her creations in diminished substance, her Nature-body and Nature-force, and they exist because, moved by these mysterious fiat of the Supreme to work out something that was there in the possibilities of the Infinite, she has consented to the great sacrifice and has put on like a mask the soul and forms of the Ignorance. But personally too she has stooped to descend here into the Darkness that she may lead it to the Light, into the Falsehood and Error that she may convert it to the Truth, into this Death that she may turn it to godlike Life, into this world-pain and its obstinate sorrow and suffering that she may end it in the transforming ecstasy of her sublime Ananda. In her deep and great love for her children she has consented to put on herself the cloak of this obscurity, condescended to bear the attacks and torturing influences of the powers of the Darkness and the Falsehood, borne to pass through the portals of the birth that is a death, taken upon herself the pangs and sorrows and sufferings of the creation, since it seemed that thus alone could it be lifted to the Light and Joy and Truth and eternal Life. This is the great sacrifice called sometimes the sacrifice of the Purusha, but much more deeply the holocaust of Prakriti, the sacrifice of the Divine Mother.”

Excerpt from The Mother, Chapter VI, by Sri Aurobindo.

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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.

Inspiration

. . . O Supreme Master who shinest in my being and

each thing, let Thy Light be manifest and the reign of Thy

Peace come for all.

 – Prayers & Meditations by the Mother

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

NAMAH’s December workshops

NAMAH, the Journal of Integral Health, is hosting two workshops in December. ‘Fertility & Conception’, an online workshop from 5 to 9 December, 2022, is for young couples who aspire to consciously conceive a new soul from a union based upon the utmost love, respect and reverence. Enroll for ‘The Art of Self-Giving’ workshop to learn the path of Surrender that is perfect and true. This online workshop is from 12 to 17 December, 2022.

Work as Sadhana

AuroBharati has been conducting a series of recorded and live conversations with authors, educators, artists, storytellers, thinkers, experts and others on a wide range of topics concerning India’s past, present and future. This time on December 3, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., join the live conversation with Shri Arul Dev on Work as Sadhana. Do not miss this! Be on time!

Satsang with Dr. Alok Pandey

Reserve the weekends to join Dr. Alok Pandey’s Satsang, organized by AuroYajna at Matri Niketan (Pondicherry). He takes up the writings of Sri Aurobindo in English for discussion on Saturdays; on Sundays, it is Savitri’s notable passages in Hindi. The Satsang is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends until March 2023. All are invited!

SARVAM Celebrates Children’s Day

Children are the best creation of God. They spread joy in every season. When children give us joy, are we not supposed to give them back some happiness? With this in mind, SARVAM observed a week-long Children’s Day Celebration and a one-day celebration on World Children’s Day, encompassing children from all their 12 villages. Children had fun, infotainment and whatnot.

Conscious Living and Lifestyle Management

Dr. Mollika Ganguly was invited to conduct a four-day workshop on ‘Conscious Living and Lifestyle Management’ for task operators of the Sri Aurobindo Society. The participants had been suffering from acute and chronic illnesses. These lifestyle management techniques and simple yogasanas and pranayama helped them considerably to improve their health. The event was organized by Women’s Council from 2 to 5 November, 2022.

EC Members Visit Central Prison and Matrikunj

The Executive Committee members of the Sri Aurobindo Society visited the Central Prison in Pondicherry to note the visible changes in the prisoners' behaviour following the introduction of organic farming at the prison. They were overwhelmed by the feedback given by the prison authorities. Later, the members visited Matrikunj to access the training at the 'School of Natural and Conscious Farming' for retired army veterans and their families.

Physical Intervention Programme in Government Schools

As part of the Health and Wellness programme, School Health Action Research Project (SHARP) was extended to 15 schools this academic year. Children with obesity and related health issues were identified following which a physical intervention programme was planned. On 1 November, the SVARNIM team taught the students Suryanamaskar and some basic pranayama techniques, apart from regular physical activities to improve their energy and strength.

Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn

An Animation Film in the Making

An animation film ‘Sri Aurobindo: A New Dawn’ is being made by Sri Aurobindo Society, to inspire the youth of India and the world, through the story of Sri Aurobindo and his immense contribution to the renaissance of India. This is our offering for the 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth.

We are happy to share with you that the story-boarding stage has finally come to a wholesome closure and the character designs have also been developed. The Animation studio is now gearing up to start training of the artists and the animation design stages will follow soon.

Here is a glimpse of the ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ work happening at Eeksaurus studios, Mumbai.

Join hands to make this inspirational film! Donate

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 Art of Indian Leadership – Essays on Rajārshi Vision

On the auspicious day of 24 November (2022), AuroPublications published its most recent title – The Art of Indian Leadership Essays on Rajārshi Leadership by Bidyut K. Sarkar. In this exhaustive and fascinating book, Kolkata-based Prof. Bidyut Kumar Sarkar illustrates the work of 38 personalities from ancient/contemporary historical sources to establish the ubiquitous nature of Rajārshi leadership. 

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

The winter season is on and here are some jokes that might warm you up!

If a reindeer lost its tail, where would it go for a new one?

A reTAIL shop.

What do you call an elf wearing ear muffs?

It doesn’t matter, he can’t hear you.

Where do snowmen put their money?

In a snowbank.

Courtesy: Varied sources

A Capsule of Good News

Brooms Bettering Lives

Can anyone imagine a broom decorating the living room? Yes, it is true.

Visit Lakshmi Menon’s house in Kerala, and brooms of their highest artistic value will welcome the guests.  It’s mind-boggling to know further that visually challenged women made these brooms. Let us take a trip to Kerala to discover the story behind this.