Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Be simple, Be happy, Remain quiet

Monday, July 27, 2015

Umapada Sen played a pivotal role in the establishment of an Ashram Centre at Rairangpur in 1949

Aug 15, 2014 - On the occasion of Sri Aurobindo's birthday an unpublished letter of his has been uploaded in the online forum ... 

In 1946 he joined the newly-formed Mayurbhanj Spinning Mill as the legal adviser. He was associated with a number of projects related to social welfare especially women education and played a pivotal role in the establishment of an Ashram Centre at Rairangpur in 1949. He passed away at the age of seventy-two on 16 December 1963.

We are thankful to Mrs. Arpita Sengupta, youngest daughter of Umapada Sen, for allowing us to publish the letter of Sri Aurobindo which is seeing the light of day for the first time in the online forum of Overman Foundation. For the benefit of the reader Sri Aurobindo’s reply has been italicized.
With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee
Founder, Overman Foundation.

Beni Madhav Mohanty said, August 18, 2014 at 7:37 am
thanks for the info, had visited this little centre in 2012, saw and was astounded to know its history now have proof of Umapadada’s letter from the lord , it is the oldest centre in Orissa founded with Sri Aurobindo’s blessings in nov 24th 1949 , 65 yrs ago …

Yesterday Benimadhav Mohanty took a nasty swipe at a friend of mine ... the denigration of Sri Aurobindo in his own Ashram by Peter Heehs.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

F. H. W. Myers, William James, and Émile Durkheim

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Integral Yoga doesn't involve any asanas

Mirambika Crisis: So called neutrals in an email dialogue – interesting - An interesting albeit somewhat rambling email exchange between two so called neutral Mirambika parent friends, Jasmeet & Mandakini (wonderful better halves...

The Indian Express - Last week, the school's 150 students were shifted to an unauthorised and under-construction building located on the premises of Sri Aurobindo ...

Times of India-03-Jul-2015 ... moved into unauthorized and under-construction premises above a bank located on the premises of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Wednesday. 

Times of India-01-Jul-2015 According to the protesting parents, the children were moved to clear the way for AICTE approval of the engineering college that Sri Aurobindo ... 

Times of India-28-Apr-2015 Mirambika was founded in 1981. In '84, Delhi Development Authority allotted SriAurobindo Education Society land for a "college building".

Ratnamali Jema had offered the entire land of Matrugram to Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Relics Centres - Dasa Karmadhara - Events Organisation News (Monthly) January 2014 Aspruha - Ganjam On behalf of Aspruha Zone, there was a Science Exhibition...

Prapatti Memorial Lecture was conducted at Matrubhaban, Cuttack - Relics Centres - Dasa Karmadhara - Events - July 2014 Organisation News (Monthly) June 2014 Aspruha - Gajapati Dibya Janani Pathachakra, Sebakapur, District ...

Sriballav Panigrahi was the president of New Life Education Trust - [Panigrahi was the president of New Life Education Trust for Promotion of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education in Odisha] http://t.co/wdt3GZEJd7 May, 2014 - Mo...

Integral Yoga Retreats (June-July 2015) - All the contents of this website is available at : http://auro-maa.org Talks were delivered by Alok Pandey as part of Integral Yoga Retreats, which...

The First Step of Liberation from the Modes of Nature Through the Witness Consciousness - Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies: When the seeker decides to apply the leverage of the bifurcation of the Witness from the action of Nature, there...

The Hindu-01-Jun-2015 “Why did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu travel to Pondicherry over 500 years ago from Nabadwip Dham, West Bengal? Why did Agastya Muni ...

The revolutionary contact was further fueled by his rendezvous with Niralamba Swami, the earliest disciple of Sri Aurobindo. After meeting other revolutionaries, ...

The Hindu-27-Mar-2015 However, unlike the spiritually driven movement of the 19th and 20th Century with luminaries like Raja Rammohun Roy and Sri Aurobindo, the ...

The Shillong Times - SHILLONG: Art of living Shillong organized a four-day spine care and posture session at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture recently.

Times of India-24-Apr-2015 KOLKATA: Did Rishi Aurobindo 'run away' from India's freedom movement? Or was he disillusioned by the ways of the freedom fighters? 

Daily News & Analysis-10-Jun-2015 The man who mooted the idea was the young Swami Vivekananda, and a few decades later it was again articulated by Sri Aurobindo.

Sify-05-Apr-2010 Although Pondicherry is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo's arrival in the former French Establishment, the Bengali seer's ... 

The Hindu-06-Mar-2015 According to Sri Aurobindo, they describe the psycho-spiritual processes experienced by the sages or scientists of the inner worlds, on their ...

Huffington Post India-07-May-2015 India has produced a constant stream of enlightened masters immemorial -- gurus that embrace the essence of all religions -- Sri Aurobindo, ...

The New Indian Express-23-May-2015 Meanwhile, the faith that India has still something to do for herself and for humanity is being reinforced, as Sri Aurobindo wrote, nearly a century ...

May 10, 2015 - Dear Friends, Not many are aware of the fact that Sri Aurobindo had granted an interview to a correspondent of The Hindu in early 1915.

Aug 15, 2014 - Sri Aurobindo was one of the greatest philosophers, revolutionary, mystics and visionaries of modern history. He was a major leader in India's ... 

Deccan Herald-30-Dec-2014 This township was the brainchild of 'The Mother' of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. ... Saving the cows, starving the children · Hindu religion has solution ... 

Times of India-07-May-2015 That's probably why this experimental township, based on the world vision and integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, has birthed a ... 

The Hindu-16-Mar-2015 I can see only two future scenarios: one of self-destruction because human beings are programmed for it, and the other, like Sri Aurobindo said, ...

The Hindu-24-Feb-2015 ... to pay obeisance to spiritual destinations of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram or Auroville founded by Aurobindo's compatriot Mirra Alfassa in 1968.

The New Indian Express-21-Feb-2015 ... Integral Yoga that was stipulated by Sri Aurobindo which doesn't involve any asanas but is aimed at awakening the supermind; Ishta Yoga ...

Swarajya-10-Apr-2015 Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Tilak, Gandhi, Savarkar, Ambedkar. .... In this definition, Sri Aurobindo explicitly states that Hinduism is so-called ...

Deccan Herald-04-Mar-2015 Sri Aurobindo's response remains relevant as the relationship between development and fertility continues to be overshadowed by the right ... 

The Statesman (press release)-30-May-2015 ... Western scholarship unquestioningly accepted in India (C.V.Vaidya, to whom Hiltebeitel refers often, and Sri Aurobindo to whom he ignores, ...

Times of India-10-Oct-2014 SRI AUROBINDO PATHAMANDIR: This one is primarily a religious centre that also sells books. Established on August 15, 1941, this store has ...

Economic Times-01-Jan-2015 The Maitri Mandir, envisioned by Mirra Alfassa or the Mother, one of the most dedicated disciples of Sri Aurobindo. as a place where human ... 

The Hindu-21-Feb-2015 Religion. Sri Aurobindo Devotees Trust: Prayers, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, Azad Road, R.S. Puram, 4 p.m., Annai Meditation Centre, W 7 C, ... 

The Hindu-01-May-2015 Sri Aurobindo Society: Reading of 'The yoga of Sri Aurobindo's savitri ', Chinna Chokkikulam, 4 p.m.. Maharishi Ved Vigyan Bhavan: ... 

The Hindu-07-Jun-2015 Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust : Talk on 'Surrender in integral yoga – Part II' by Jamshed Mavalwalla, Sri Aurobindo Complex, Sri Aurobindo ... 

The Hindu-06-Jun-2015 Sri Drowpathy Amman Fire Walking Festival: RBANM's School ... Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust: Talk on 'Surrender in integral yoga – Part I' by ... 

The Hindu-23-Apr-2015 Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust: Talk on 'The ultimate man – Hellenic and beyond' by Bhaskara Reddi, Sri Aurobindo Complex, Cultural Hall, Sri ... 

The Hindu-01-May-2015 Veda of the body: Talk by Alok Pandey from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, Sri Aurobindo Complex, Cultural Hall, Sri Aurobindo Marg, J.P. ... 

The Hindu-10-Jun-2015 Discourse on 'The Supreme claim of the divine mother' by Anuradha Chowdary from Sri AurobindoAshram, Puducherry, Sri Aurobindo ... 

The Hindu-23-Nov-2014 Sri Aurobindo's Siddhi Day: Talk on Demystifying Savitri – part II by Prof. T. Ramakrishna, Hon. Director,Sri Aurobindo Centre for Education in ... 

Carl Jung and Sri Aurobindo Mr. Johnson tackles a huge task in his comparison and elucidation of Jung and the great intellectual Indian man who lived...

Outlook-07-Nov-2014 - But you have a lot of interest in spirituality and are a follower of Sri Aurobindo, ... As you know Hinduism comes in a whole variety of moods and impulses and ...

Swarajya-09-May-2015 ... and is a follower of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo. .... He delivered that sentence first in Hindi and then translated it himself into ...

Sri Aurobindo's Savitri Savitri Cultural. ... Messages given by the Mother and Sri Aurobindo · 

Sri Aurobindo, in a significant verse on the mind of desire, says “its passion caught what the calm intelligence missed”. For example, Vaishnava mystics of India ...

Dr. Shrikant Jamadagni has a PhD in Aurobindo studies and is a working ... He is deeply passionate about Indian Renaissance as expounded by Sri Aurobindo.

Calcutta Telegraph-29-Jul-2011 Consider the fate, within India, of a biography of Sri Aurobindo written by Peter Heehs. Heehs is a real scholar, the author of several substantial ... 

The Hindu-06-Jan-2015 Meanwhile, Latha will revisit 'Savitri', based on Sri Aurobindo's classic. “It is high philosophy; it's the story of mankind's conquest over fear and ...

The Hindu-15-Nov-2014 The Mother's Room at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram will be open for 'darshan' on the occasion of The Mother's Mahasamadhi Day from 4.30 a.m. ... 

Mumbai Mirror-30-Nov-2014 An unwavering believer in the The Mother, spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, the varied interests of VP, as she would sign herself, ranged ...

SriMaa And SriAurobido 2 days ago - Sri Maa and Sri Aurobindo.

The central focus is Sri Aurobindo's mantric epic Savitri : a legend and a symbol, which the Mother has called 'The supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo's vision'.

India Today-17-Jan-2015 The famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram is under the scanner of the Supreme Court following allegations of harassment of women and child inmates ...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sri Aurobindo is singing on every page of The Life Divine

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2015 Don Salmon says:
we're looking at about 3 to 4 months to FINALLY get our music and videos up on our website - www.remember-to-breathe.org - and I'm trying to limit my online activity (except those dreaded Lynda videos were I"m learning about equalization and low shelves and compression and all that).

Hope you understand. Hope to see you over there some time (or just as likely, some other thread on mysticism/astral travel/panentheism/socialist-anarchist-liberatarian-communitarianist-unitarian-Buddhism!

***

Darn! posted that then had another thought. I hated Aurobindo's writings when they were first recommended to me in 1975. Thought he was a hopeless intellectual who understood nothing about spirituality (evolution! Who cares about that!! just BE!!!). Somehow I stuck with it, and the next year I found Sat Prem's "Adventure of Consciousness' (available for free online). By the time I got to the chapter on Consciousness, I got it. Haven't found anything in the world on psychology, by the way, as good as that. Any chapter of Satprem's book is worth all the volumes of Ken Wilber (and even to say that is a slur on Sat Prem - it took me a few years after I stopped reading Wilber back in 2000 to let go of all the incoherent contradictions I had picked up from reading him).

The thing that's misleading about Sri Aurobindo is people think because he was educated at Cambridge and studied in the late 19th century that he was a victorian intellectual. Couldn't be further from the truth, though it took me a long time to "get it." 

One thing that helped was a friend who was a Greek scholar. he said that the long winding sentences in Life Divine had the same rhythm as many of the pre-socratics he read. 

The other thing was almost 20 years of not quite accepting Aurobindo. The turning point was at a retreat in northern England, Tibetan Buddhist. I spent 4 or 5 10 hour days intensely studying Nagarjuna. I finally got it and went the next week to dive into the Life Divine and it was like reading a different book from the one I had struggled with for 20 years. Suddenly every line was music. Aurobindo is singing on every page. He always insisted he was never a philosopher, always a poet. It's true.

Finally, people think he wrote a lot. Actually, he wrote about 6000 pages between 1914 and 1921, 64 pages a month, chapters for 5 or 6 books at a time. He never actually wrote a "book" - he just wrote for the Ashram journal. After 1921, he stopped, and mostly the only stuff he wrote were isolated very short essays, thousands of letters answering questions about yoga from his disciples, and the epic poem Savitri. And The Life Divine is the only "book" he ever wrote on philosophy (and it's not really Philosophy in the modern sense; it's really a translation of his yogic experiences into "the language of the intellect". Though his other 1914-1921 books are written in complex language, none of them are really "intellectual" in the same way - maybe you could think of his political writings (the book on this page) as somewhat intellectual, but if you read them simply as theorizing, you won't get what he's aiming at. Even the Human Cycle and the other 2 parts of the trilogy are translations of a vision, not a "thinking out" of some "idea." Permalink


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hegel, Sri Aurobindo, and Evolution