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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Shikha Guha's courage, dedication, discipline and sense of dignity made her unique

The Hindu November 23, 2015
Around 100 people from Puducherry, Auroville, NGOs, schools and colleges gathered on Beach Road to show their support as activist Pushpanath ...
Among Mr. Krishnamurthy's supporters were children of the Satya Special School, Puducherry, who walked with him for a short distance and children from the Udavi School in Auroville who are also participating in a walk.
“Fair Trade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. It allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and invest in their future, their environment and their communities,” according to Fairtrade India.
Fair Trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers.
What is a Fair Trade Town?
“Any community that makes a collective commitment to Fair Trade. Each Fair Trade Town campaign is unique but all Fair Trade Towns bring people together and raise awareness and understanding of trade issues,” according to the website of Fair Trade Towns.
“FAIRTRADE Mark appears on products that meet Fairtrade standards and come from Fairtrade producer organisations.”

23.11.2015 Radio
‘Go Push go’ were the words heard from the group of people supporting Pushpanath for the 450 km long walk, which commenced from Gandhi Thidal in Pondicherry on the 20th of November, Friday.
The intention of the walk is to create awareness about climate change and support the newly proposed Fair Trade Twin Towns – Pondicherry and Auroville.
Even though the 64 year old activist has ‘ageing legs’, as he said, the ‘extra-ordinary’ downpour of rain, in fact encouraged him more for the walk, as the cause for the same was more important and needed for the living community around the globe.
The first stop being Auroville, we saw Push sipping cups of chai and grabbing some pieces of cake at the Visitor’s Centre. Listen to what he has to say about the incredible journey and his ideas of climate change.
Join hands with him by knowing more about his stops between Pondicherry and Ooty, his final destination. The walk ends on the 10th of December!

TNN | Nov 24, 2015
KOLKATA: Shrimati Shikha Guha, who left her physical body in the afternoon of November 23, 2015 was an inspiring figure in the truest sense of the term. In 1972, a meeting with The Mother at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry changed the course of her life. Subsequently, like Shrimati Joya Mitter, she rendered selfless service to Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture and The Futrure Foundation School in many roles and dimensions. 
She provided exemplary leadership in making Arun Nursery School a name to reckon with. It was largely through her efforts that a new campus of the school was opened at Satindra Pally, Garia. She also played a significant role in the foundation and growth of Sri Aurobindo Vidyabhawan, Balichak. 
Shrimati Shikha Guha's courage, dedication, discipline and sense of dignity made her unique. However, what endeared her to one and all was her unparalleled grace and capacity to love everyone from the innermost core of her heart.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pandey, Cornelissen, Seidlitz, Hartz, Reddy, and Manasi Pahwa

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The Hindu-8 hours agoThe Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research is holding a day-long study camp on ‘Yoga as Practical Psychology’ from November 20 to 22 at SACAR at Vaithikuppam.
Deeper psychology
Focusing on yoga as ‘nothing but deeper psychology’, the unique camp attempts to bring out the relationship between yoga and psychology, said a note from the organisers.
Speakers at the camp will look at the similarities and dissimilarities between the classical Indian psychology and Integral psychology as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Speakers at the camp will include Alok Pandey (‘Indian Psychology and Integral Psychology’) Matthijs Cornelissen (‘Why Yoga and Psychology need each other?’), Larry Seidlitz (Practices of Integral Yoga), Richard Hartz (Developing the Intuitive Mind), Ananda Reddy (Stages of the emergence of the psychic being) and Manasi Pahwa (Man in the light of Integral Yoga Psychology).
Those interested in participating in the event can write to or call 99941 90403 or 94430 19172.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Many of Auroville’s youngsters hardly know of Sri Aurobindo

Sincerity Blog by Ramesh Bijlani Nov 15, 2015
In ordinary day-to-day affairs, sincerity means saying what we mean, and doing what we say. Sincerity implies lack of all pretensions. Lack of sincerity is a subtle form of deception. Like charity, sincerity begins at home. We have to first learn to be sincere with ourselves. Suppose I smoke, and I decide to give up smoking. What determines my success is how sincere I am about the desire to give up smoking. Insincerity is likely to express itself through reasons: I want to give up smoking, but ‘my life is full of stress’, ‘to give up smoking is very difficult’, ‘my will-power is weak’, ‘my friends don’t let me do it’, and so on. If I am sincere, I will consider all these reasons to be mere excuses, and I will acquire the will-power to overcome all these difficulties.

Sincerity is the one thing that is needed the most also on the spiritual path. First, the aspiration for spiritual growth should be sincere. Sincerity of aspiration means that I should be interested in the Divine for the sake of the Divine, not for the satisfaction of the ego or some worldly desires, or as a pretense because spirituality is the in-thing among the rich and fashionable. Secondly, sincerity is needed for doing what is right, and rejecting what is wrong. The inner voice, emanating from the psychic being, tells us what is right and what is wrong. Listening to the voice needs sincerity because temptations and calculations of worldly gain and loss are sure to supply many reasons why the authentic voice of the psychic being may be ignored or suppressed.

Total sincerity takes time to cultivate. But at least a person on the spiritual path should not be “fundamentally insincere”, to use an expression of Sri Aurobindo. Being conscious of insincerity is itself a step forward, because it implies a desire to get rid of the insincerity. A person who is not even conscious of his insincerity is, according to the Mother, not insincere but wicked. To him, sincerity is an alien concept.

We generally know what to do or keep away from. Sincerity helps us put the knowledge into practice. A gram of practice is worth a kilo of knowledge. In fact, one who has the knowledge but does not translate it into practice is much worse than someone making the same mistakes because he does not have the knowledge. The Mother called sincerity “the key to the divine gates”. The Divine is within us as well as all around us, and yet we do not see it because ‘a locked gate’ conceals the Divine from us. The analogy comparing sincerity with the key that can unlock the gate tells a lot. Like a key, sincerity does easily what is otherwise almost impossible. Like a key, sincerity unlocks the gate silently. Like a key, sincerity unlocks the gate to the Divine from within, rather than by hammering at the lock from outside. Approaching the Divine involves sincere and silent work that goes on within. The work consists of listening carefully to the dialogue between the head, the heart and the soul; and when there is a conflict, acting upon the voice of the soul. The work also consists of using the uneasiness that follows every lapse as an opportunity for inner churning that culminates in the resolve to be sincere in future. That is why sincerity is indispensable for spiritual growth.

Welcome to Auroville Today Issue No: 316, November 2015

What is Spirituality? A Reflection by Young Aurovilians
The article “Auroville’s spirituality” in the August-September 2015 issue of Auroville Today contains a section on the Auroville schools. Concern is expressed that many of Auroville’s youngsters hardly know of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and that most of the Auroville schools do not communicate anything of their vision. Inge, an Auroville youth who recently returned to Auroville after finishing her degree in The Netherlands, felt inspired to explore different definitions of spirituality among the youth, and whether young Aurovilians are indeed upset about not having been taught about the The Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s vision in Auroville schools. She spoke to many young Aurovilians about it. Here are her reflections and her summary of the responses she received. Having grown up here, I’ve heard the words ‘spiritual’ and ‘spirituality’ a lot, often in different contexts. When I left Auroville in 2008 to further my educa... >> More

Auroville's Relationship to India
From left: Kumbha, Kathy, Abha and Alain Four long-term Aurovilians involved in village development and commerce talk about Auroville and India.   How would you describe Auroville’s relationship to India? Kumbha: We are a bubble, absolutely. There’s a lot going on in Auroville, and there’s a lot going on in India outside. Link-ups between the two are increasingly happening, but not so much.  From a business point of view, the opportunity offered by India is huge, but I don’t think we are close to capitalising on all the opportunities out there.  Why? It’s partly because of our ‘style’ which is a bit laid-back, and partly because some people feel we did not come here to do business. These are two quite large reasons why I think we’re not embracing India more. Alain: It’s a matter of perspective. Some Aurovilians are more inward-looking, focussed upon what is happening here, others are naturally more oriented to the world outside. There’s a lot of ma... >> More
Sri Aurobindo Kapali Shastry Institute of Vedic Culture is a spiritual Organisation. Established in 1997, the aim is to spread the message of the Veda and Sri ...
It is interesting that Henri Cartier-Bresson saw Mother playing tennis as a "decisive moment" of the Ashram life. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is unlike any other.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Our nature must be an instrument in her hands

Editorial - Sraddha, November 2015 - Arup Basu

But since no human system has this endless receptivity and unfailing capacity, the supramental Yoga can succeed only if the Divine Force as it descends increases the personal power and equates the strength that receives with the Force that enters from above to work in the nature. This is only possible if there is on our part a progressive surrender of the being into the hands of the Divine .... Self-surrender to the divine and infinite Mother, however difficult, remains our only effective means and our sole abiding refuge. Self-surrender to her means that our nature must be an instrument in her hands, the soul a child in the arms of the Mother’ (Sri Aurobindo, Essays Human and Divine, 1994, pp.178-80). The Mother, ever practical, makes it much simpler and offers this mantra when she says that in each moment of our life, every movement of our consciousness and body cell, in all our thought and seeing, our very breathing and moving we must “Remember and Offer”.

Sceptics will point out that ‘when Sri Aurobindo left his body, the accumulated result of all his physical consciousness was transmitted to the Mother’s body, and thus there was no waste’ (Kireet Joshi and Jyoti Madhok, But it is done ..., p.98). But with the Mother’s passing away, there was no such body so capable and developed to receive and store the accumulated result of her consciousness. How then can we assume that the work of supramentalisation will continue in the foreseeable future? 

We all know that after Sri Aurobindo’s passing, Mother embarked upon a most painstaking, arduous and ambitious yoga of the cells, using her body as the field of experiment, seeking to make the physical consciousness, matter itself, the body-cell consciousness an unmediated and direct expression of the supreme Divine Consciousness-Force, as the Supreme manifesting through the Mother’s Force. Exhaustive notes of these experiences have been recorded in the minutest detail in her conversations with Satprem in Agenda. 

To return to the doubts expressed about the future of supramentalisation, Mother herself has resolved this problem in her conversation with Satprem in Agenda, vol.11, where she states firmly ‘that the object to be accomplished was the change in the physical consciousness, the change in the physical appearance was a secondary consequence, that would be the last thing to change. She said emphatically that the thing that had to be accomplished was accomplished’ (Ibid, p.107). She says ‘... this change in the CONSCIOUSNESS – has taken place .... The physical is CAPABLE of receiving the Superior Light, the Truth, the true consciousness and to manifest it’ (Ibid, p.108).

On this Victory day, therefore, let the 3-word mantra of the Mother be our watchword and remind ourselves once again that the best way of participating in this great and heroic evolutionary endeavour is to become an ideal child of the Mother. 

The Object of Our Yoga Sri Aurobindo 9 : The Background Srimat Anirvan 11
The Mundaka : Chapter Three: Section II The Goal and the Path Alok Pandey 17
Sri Aurobindo’s Interpretation of the Gita C C Dutt 22
The Mother Image in Sri Aurobindo Prema Nandakumar 35
Attainment of Immortality – Pt. II Interpretation Debashish Banerji 44
Talk on the Mother’s Mahasamadhi Udar Pinto 55
A Manifestation sheathed in Light Rick Lipschutz 65
Auroville: towards a spiritualised society based on Integral Yoga Bindu Mohanty 83
The Role of Ashrams in India Beloo Mehra 109
The Future Poetry and Beyond: a Search for a Complete Theory of Poetry Goutam Ghosal 121
Timeless Eternal and Eternity in Time:
Classical Indian Art Susmita Bhattacharya 128
Notes On Authors 139
Frontispiece : Painting of Sri Aurobindo by Barindra K Ghosh
Cover : Painting by Giles Herdman

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Centre of all resistance is egoism

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

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Van Vrekhem does not inquire into matters like avatarhood or divine force
Mar 4, 2001 - The Mother and the biographer's dilemma
Biographers tend to idolise their subjects or portray them as all too human. Georges Van Vrekhem's biography of Mirra Alfassa, the Mother of Auroville, manages an ideal balance, says PETER HEEHS.

HOW should a writer recount the life of an extraordinary person? By concentrating on what makes that person different? The result is likely to strain our credibility. Of course, this is what most readers want. For them, the more incredible the events in remarkable people's lives, the greater their appeal. But some readers will be put off by this approach. For them, what is interesting about extraordinary people is the qualities they share with the rest of us. If they achieved great things, it was by making great efforts, often by overcoming great obstacles. But writers who stress the "humanity" of their subjects, often end up debunking them. How to avoid these two extremes is the biographer's dilemma: too much stress on what makes the subject extraordinary, and the work becomes hagiography; too much stress on what makes the subject human, and it moves towards iconoclasm. The problem is to find the right balance, and this is not an easy task. When the subject is a yogi or a saint, it is all but impossible.
Mirra Alfassa, the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, was, by any measure, an extraordinary woman. An intelligent student, gifted painter and musician, remarkable writer and speaker, she was at home in the highest cultural circles of Paris when Paris was the cultural capital of the world. At the same time, she had a vibrant inner life which led her first to Algeria, where she studied with a Kabbalistic master, and then to India, where she met Sri Aurobindo. Eventually settling in Pondicherry, she was acknowledged by him as his spiritual equal and collaborator.
When he retired from public view, she became the active head of his ashram, showing a remarkable genius for organisation and administration. If the ashram, and Auroville, have become respected centres of spiritual and practical experimentation, it is due to the Mother's fostering touch.
There are many different narratives hidden in the Mother's life, but the one that stands out is the transformation of a girl from a non-religious family in France into a woman worshipped by thousands in India as an incarnation of the Divine Shakti. The little girl seemed ordinary enough but, when she sat in her room, she had visions of a more perfect world. The young artist painted well enough but was developing her psychic abilities along with her drawing and brushwork. A few years later, when she went to meet the formidable occultist Max Theon, and he told her: "You are now at my mercy. Aren't you afraid?", she shot back: "I am never afraid: I have the Divine here, in my heart."
Back in Paris, she got to know Abdul Baha, Inayat Khan and other spiritual teachers, yet remained dissatisfied; but the moment she met Sri Aurobindo she knew that this was the one she had been seeking. He too seemed to have been waiting for someone. He said later that she was one of only two people who had been able to give him spiritual help. When the ashram was formed, he handed its spiritual as well as its material direction over to her.
The life of such a person is likely to defeat the best efforts of the biographer. Several attempts have been made to tell the Mother's life-story, but they give either too much or too little. Some writers tried to pack every available fact between two, or ten, bulging covers. Readers willing to plough through these tomes will find many things of interest but no coherent picture - or if they do find one, it is more a reflection of the author's bias than a reliable portrait. A second group of writers reduced the material to a bare minimum, leaving only an assemblage of familiar anecdotes and events. The need for a full but not fulsome biography remained. This need has been met by Georges Van Vrekhem's The Mother: The Story of Her Life.
A poet and playwright in his native Belgium before coming to India in 1970, Van Vrekhem joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and eight years later migrated to Auroville. He has translated several books on Indian spirituality into Dutch, and is the author of a well-received biography of Sri Aurobindo: Beyond Man. In writing about the life of Sri Aurobindo's collaborator, he enjoyed a number of advantages: an exhaustive knowledge of the Mother's works in French and English, an acquaintance with everything written about her in those and other European languages, and, above all, the privilege of having met her. He has made good use of his printed sources, doing an especially fine job of situating the Mother in the world of fin-de-siecle France, and, at the other end of her life, plumbing the mysteries of her attempt to divinise the body. No academic historian, he sometimes accepts sources that would better be ignored, and fails to cross-question others that are generally reliable but incomplete. As a result, he sometimes commits minor errors of fact. But his intention was not to write a critic-proof monograph but rather an evocative narrative. In this he has succeeded admirably. If he lacks the academic's precision, he has the dramatist's flair for framing a scene, using his own wide knowledge, and a variety of historical works, to place the Mother on an authentically fashioned stage. And the drama he has her play in is the noblest one imaginable: the struggle of the divine in humanity to evolve its highest possibilities.
But how does Van Vrekhem deal with the biographer's dilemma? The Mother he gives us is human but not bound by her humanity, extraordinary without being a caricature of sainthood. Some may feel that he takes too much for granted, does not inquire into matters like "avatarhood" or "divine force" in a way that would satisfy the unconverted. But his book is both more complete and more balanced than any previous biography, a rich and readable introduction to the life of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century.
The Mother: The Story of Her Life, Georges Van Vrekhem, HarperCollins, p.545, Rs. 495.

How do you write about a man who is known to some as a politician, to others as a poet and critic, to still others as a philosopher, and to a not inconsiderable number as an incarnation of God? This is one of the problems a biographer of Sri Aurobindo (Aurobindo Ghose, 1872-1950) has to face. Known in the West mostly to specialized audiences (people interested in South Asian history, literature, philosophy, and spirituality), Aurobindo is renowned in his native India as one of the most outstanding, and most many-sided men of the twentieth century. This has not prevented his legacy from being bitterly disputed... I tried to do justice to all sides of this versatile man, but to do so I had to be unconventional in more ways than one. Posted by Columbia University Press

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Schools of Sri Aurobindo institutions in West Bengal

Sri Aurobindo Teachers' Conference 2015 - 17th January 2015

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The teachers' conference aiming at bringing the schools of Sri Aurobindo institutions in West Bengal together to meet and deliberate for a day was organized by Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre, New Alipore, on Saturday, 17th January 2015, where the Centre schools participated with their respective delegations. Among those present were :
- Arun Nursery (the pre-primary section of Future Foundation School), Kolkata
- The New Horizon High School, Kolkata
- Sri Aurobindo Centre of Education, Hooghly
- Sri Aurobindo Vidyapith, Dogachia
- Rishi Dham, Tamluk
- Sri Aurobindo Society, Durgapur
- Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Krishnanagar
- Sri Aurobindo Education Centre, Habra
- Sri Aurobindo Patha Bhavan, Kalyani
- Sri Aurobindo Education Centre, Purulia
- Ushagram Vidyaniketan, Ushagram
- Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir, Kolkata
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Apart from the above-mentioned institutions, delegations from the Education Cell of Sri Aurobindo's Action - West Bengal and students of the Montessori Teachers Training Centre of Netaji Subhash Open University were present. The participating institutions gave presentations on the topic "Children's Education - daily problems faced and their solutions in your own experience". The conference began at 10.00 am and ended at 4.25 pm with an hour's lunch recess in between. Delegates participated with enthusiasm in the question-answer sessions exchanging views amongst themselves. A memento commemorating the event was released and given to all participating institutions. Certificates were handed over to all participants.
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About 150 delegates attended the Conference.
In the summing up session, Sri Subrata Sen, Secretary, Sri Aurobindo's Action West Bengal Chapter, urged the participating institutions to think of forming a Forum of the Sri Aurobindo institution schools and other such schools following the ideas and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in West Bengal which was seconded by Smt. Bonhishikha Sarkar, Principal, The New Horizon High School.

Seminar : Sri Aurobindo & The Mother on Education

Seminar : Sri Aurobindo & The Mother on Education  Seminar : Sri Aurobindo & The Mother on Education  Seminar : Sri Aurobindo & The Mother on Education
On 20th December 2014 (Saturday), a seminar was organized at Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre, New Alipore, with the pre-primary teachers' training wing of Netaji Subhash Open University conducted by the organization Agami Nirmaan where the trainee pre-primary teachers undergoing the course of the University participated. Sri Subrata Sen and Sri Partha Sarathi Bose spoke on the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on education. Dr. Anirban Ghosh, Head of the Vocational Training Wing of Netaji Subhas Open University and Dr. Sanghamitra Mukherjee, Director of the pre-primary teachers' training centre of the University at New Alipore spoke on the occasion. A presentation was made by the teachers of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir on their experiences of implementing the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in their day to day teaching.

Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar awarded to Smt. Chitra Bose

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To recognize the invaluable contribution of individuals, especially women — the Shakti behind one and all — for their outstanding contribution in the fields of literature, art, education and music, Overman Foundation has started a new award — the Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar — named after the late Bulbul Mukherjee (4.10.1934—15.8.1990). The inaugural Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar was awarded to Mrs. Chitra Bose, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre Trust and Honorary Secretary cum Principal of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir (New Alipore, Kolkata) for her contribution in the field of education.
Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar awarded to Smt. Chitra Bose  Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar awarded to Smt. Chitra Bose  Bulbul Mukherjee Smriti Puraskar awarded to Smt. Chitra Bose
The award ceremony was be held on Monday, 10th November 2014, at 6.30 p.m. at Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre, New Alipore, Kolkata. In the programme conducted by Mr. Anurag Banerjee - the Founder Chairman of Overman Foundation, Mr. Subroto Sen, the Secretary of Sri Aurobindo’s Action West Bengal Trust, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and handed over the award. Prabrajika Divyaprana Mataji, Secretary of Sree Sarada Ashram (New Alipore) also graced the ceremony as a Special Guest. Apart from addresses by the Guests, Sri Partha Sarathi Bose, Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre, spoke on the journey of Sakti Centre from the past to the present. Mrs. Chitra Bose reminiscended her childhood days and the legacy of her father Late Harendra Nath Majumdar, a devotee of the Mother and the erstwhile Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society, West Bengal, who was a minister in the cabinet of Dr. Prafulla Ghosh; her meeting the Mother at Pondicherry; starting of a kindergarten school in 1977 christened Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir with only 5 students and mattresses to sit upon owing to lack of basic furniture in the then dilapidated building and bringing it up to be one of the eminent pre-primary schools of south Kolkata based on the ideas and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, providing quality education with a present strength of more than 350 students in Nursery and Kindergarten sections.

Certificate Programme - Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies

Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies  Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies  Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies
Perhaps for the first time in West Bengal, a Certificate Programme has been initiated titled Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Studies where participants interested in getting an introductory knowledge on Sri Aurobindo - his life and works - are being given an idea on topics like Principles of Integral Education, Sri Aurobindo and History, The Problem of Life and Sri Aurobindo, Socio-political development of man, Foundations of Indian Culture, Sri Aurobindo and Art, Sri Aurobindo and The Gita, Sri Aurobindo and The Vedas, The Supermind in Sri Aurobindo's Philosophy, Sri Aurobindo's Vision of the Future, Sri Aurobindo and Future Poetry w.s.r.t. Savitri, Sri Aurobindo's Vision of the Life Divine along with his life. Faculty members conducting the sessions include Sri Anurag Banerjee of Overman Foundation, Sri Subrata Sen - Secretary, Sri Aurobindo's Action, West Bengal Chapter, Prof. (Dr.) Indrani Sanyal of Jadavpur University and Sri Gautam Banerjee. The Programme has begun on 4th September and is supposed to end around mid-December. Sessions are being held on Thursdays and Sundays. The Programme has been drawn up and organized in collaboration with Overman Foundation, Kolkata - a forerunner research organization on Sri Aurobindo.

Talk Session : The Mother on Education - 26th April

Four aspects of The Mother  Four aspects of The Mother  Four aspects of The Mother
On 26th April (Saturday) evening, Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre organized a talk session on the topic - The Mother on Education (Siksha prasangey Sri Ma in Bengali) by Sri Anurag Banerjee of Overman Foundation, Kolkata. After a brief on the thoughts of The Mother on education, an interactive session followed in which teachers narrated their experiences in handling students and organizing their classes where The Mother's thoughts could be brought in. An interview of Sri Manoj Dasgupta, Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, narrating the ideas and ideals of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram School (later International Centre of Education) and what The Mother expected of teachers there was shown to the assembled audience who could catch the essence of education in the light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. A group of teachers of Sri Aurobindo Centre school, Purulia, travelled to Kolkata to attend the session. Apart from the teachers of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir, teachers and administrators of five other schools of non-Aurobindonian background (including a government school in the rural belt of South 24 Parganas District) attended along with other members and devotees. A book recently published by Sri Aurobindo's Action, West Bengal Chapter, on the problems faced by the child and their solutions was distributed to members of the teaching community present.