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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Band together to create gnostic communities

When Aurobindo uses the term “gnostic community” he means it not in a weak general sense, but in a very specific sense: He’s talking about a group of individuals who share the vision of living together in a shared living community and sharing all aspects of their lives with the goal of leaving behind ego-consciousness and awakening together into what he calls “common self consciousness” or “mutual consciousness”: the shared consciousness that all beings are individualized aspects of the one Divine Self. He says in the latter part of the “Divine Life” chapter:
“The inner change [of awakened common self consciousness] can begin to take shape in a collective form only if the gnostic individual finds others who have the same kind of inner life as himself and can form with them a group with its own autonomous existence or else a separate community or order of being with its own inner law of life. . . At a certain stage it might be necessary to follow the age-long device of the separate community, but with a double purpose, first to provide a secure atmosphere, a place and life apart, in which the consciousness of the individual might concentrate on its evolution in surroundings where all was turned and centred towards the one endeavour and, next, when things were ready, to formulate and develop the new life in those surroundings and in this prepared spiritual atmosphere.”
Clearly his vision is that as more and more of these small shared living common-self-dedicated communities form, they can join together on the material level to facilitate their joining together into a common consciousness that will ultimately include all of humanity. He says: ” It might not be necessary for [a gnostic community] to be entirely separate; it might establish itself in so many islets and from there spread through the old life, throwing out upon it its own influences and filtrations, gaining upon it, bringing to it a help and illumination which a new aspiration in mankind might after a time begin to understand and welcome.”
In other words, he’s talking about living together in a shared living community as a new kind of collective yoga designed to awaken all of humanity to the supramental common self consciousness of our shared Divinity. It seems to me that it’s high time for those of us fired by Aurobindo’s vision of the common self consciousness of humanity, to band together to create gnostic communities that are actual shared living communities dedicated to this vision. If anyone is interested, please contact me (Samat) at samatman@earthling.ne

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How 8 boxes of Relics reached Odisha

General EditorApril 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comment by a senior Ashramite:
The notice on Sri Aurobindo’s Relics published in Mother India is written by Byakta Manoj (Manoj Das) and not by Gupta Manoj (Manoj Das Gupta). Byakta Manoj published this notice to safeguard the power and authority of Gupta Manoj so that people should not take Sri Aurobindo’s sacred Relics privately from anybody else and install them in their centres. But Gupta Manoj himself has started this process of obtaining Relics from private sources – he did it in order to please the so-called leaders of Odisha so that he gets their support in the present crisis. On 7.1.2010, Relics were given to one centre in Odisha from Sri Aurobindo’s room by the late Kumudben, who was then in-charge of Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s rooms. But actually 8 Relics were finally taken to Odisha. When Kumud-ben refused to give more than one Relics, the other 7 Relics were privately collected with the consent of Gupta Manoj from Tara Jauhar (5), Dr Dilip Datta (1), and Dr Salila (1). These were put in seven boxes in the office of Gupta Manoj. On that day, when one box of Relics came from Sri Aurobindo’s Room, 7 other boxes containing Relics were surreptitiously added to the tray before it reached the Meditation Hall downstairs. For this purpose, Gupta Manoj went to Sri Aurobindo’s Room ahead of the scheduled time so that the others would not be able to see where the additional boxes came from. During this period, Pranab-da, who was in his late eighties, went through a lot of tension and this proved fatal to him. As soon as he heard that the 8 boxes of Relics had reached Odisha, he left his body. From this day onwards, people have felt free to collect Relics privately. They now give importance to the Relics and not to the person from whom the Relics have come or by whom they are taken for installation. Therefore Byakta Manoj, Gupta Manoj and the present Trustees have no right to publish such notices in Ashram journals after breaking the procedure themselves. People are now laughing at such notices with which the Trustees are desperately trying to cling to power and authority instead of clinging to the Truth.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sri Aurobindo’s alternatives to the Enlightenment ideals


Text of a talk delivered at the AUM Conference, Los Angeles, May 2003.
Transcript of a Talk given at Nainital, India on 8/16/06. Detachment in a spiritual sense is the development of another dimension within us, a dimension which coexists with our active personality but is outside of it. It is to find an inner freedom, to discover a part of the being that cannot be touched by external circumstances or by the outer being’s activities – a separation within between what we know as ourselves in the world and something which is intrinsic and connected to an infinite being, a sort of an immutable witnessing.
This article attempts to sketch out Sri Aurobindo's contribution to the future of humanity as carried in his major texts. In doing so, it also tries to underline the cross-cultural nature of these texts and the disciplinary redefinitions implicit in them.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Ashis Nandy, Peter Heehs, and Richard Hartz

The purpose of the Ashram Trust is unambiguously clear in the opening words of the Trust Deed. We need not therefore have any qualms of conscience for being termed as “followers and disciples of Sri Aurobindo having faith in his philosophy and yoga” for which the Ashram was “exclusively” meant. So is the Trust Board contemplating changes in the very object of the Trust Deed by quoting the paragraph on the necessity of scepticism and atheism in society? It is one thing to force on others one’s own point of view and another to invite spiritual disaster by courting falsehood. The first is religious fundamentalism, which is not the case here, as we are not trying to convert Peter Heehs or his associates and supporters, it is he who insists on converting us into materialistic sceptics with his so-called “objectivity”. The second is spiritual suicide by accepting the rank falsehood pervading his book, which has already started eating into the very foundation of sadhana at the Ashram. Should the disciples bear with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s denigration in the very heart of the institution that they have dedicated their lives to? Should they take this untenable criticism of their Master without any protest? Should they simply do nothing to prevent this perverted book from getting introduced in the curriculum of universities in India and abroad? …
Finally, about the dig at Ranganath’s involvement in the Savitri corrections case at Alipore. The Trust did not do a favour to Ranganath by providing him legal defence; Ranganath did a favour to the Trust by leaving his work and deposing in front of the court. The main accused in the case was the Trust and the names of Ranganath and many others were included in the petition as co-respondents because of their indirect involvement in the matter – Ranganath was looking after the Ashram Press at that time and he printed the new edition of the Savitri under instructions from the Trust. The Trust itself, along with a few others, was actually responsible for the Savitri corrections. Incidentally, the same Peter Heehs and Richard Hartz figure prominently in this case, which could have been easily settled out of the court with a little discussion and referring the matter to other experts in the same field instead of insisting on the decisions of only one committee. Raman Reddy 3 July 2010

Most certainly, there is another way of reading Aurobindo’s life. It could be quite enlightening to bring in another reading here offered by another significant hermeneutical thinker of India, Prof. J.L. Mehta, who takes Aurobindo’s own statements about his life as an authentic rendering of its truth. He treats them as more meaningful beginning of his life’s story… On this reading, what Nandy considers as being lost, that is, Aurobindo having lost to the West, Mehta considers it as a mere adventuring of the self to the Other, experiencing it in all its otherness as its own part. For indeed, Mehta works with a hermeneutical insight as far as human understanding is concerned…
Depicting the complexity of a hermeneutical life as that of Sri Aurobindo, in which he arrives at an understanding of himself and that of the West as part of each other, Mehta locates this understanding emanating from the Vedantic as much as from a Heideggerian sources. He brings in Heidegger to illustrate the interesting relationship the self has with its other, a position which Aurobindo spawned by living out the kind of existence he did. Aurobindo’s life came with a certain kind of depth where any stark differences between the self and the other simply got dissolved.
[Prof Savita Singh is Professor and Director of the School of Gender and Development Studies, IGNOU... She wrote her Ph.D. thesis on 'Discourse of Modernity in India: A Hermeneutical Study', and earned her degree from Delhi University. Fathoming the Depths of Reality: Savita Singh in Conversation with - Roy BhaskarSavita Singh - 2003 - This book presents the main features of Roy Bhaskar's philosophy in a readily comprehensive form. The result is probably the simplest and clearest statement of the themes and development of his philosophy ever published.]

Are we facing an evolutionary crisis? The Hindu February 2, 2013 MANOJ DAS
According to Sri Aurobindo, “At present mankind is undergoing an evolutionary crisis in which is concealed a choice of its destiny; for a stage has been reached in which the human mind has achieved in certain directions an enormous development while in others it stands arrested and bewildered and can no longer find its way.” Sri Aurobindo envisions a future when the mind could be transformed into a Supramental gnosis…
To a professor who was logically convinced of Sri Aurobindo’s vision but wondered if the ugly man of today could really grow into something beautiful, a rustic school teacher told, “If a wonder like the lotus could bloom out of mud with the Sun’s Grace, why cant out of our muddy mind bloom the Supramental with the Divine’s Grace? We may replace Divine’s Grace with Evolutionary thrust, if we please.

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And in this passage from The Letters on Yoga , he elucidates on the manner in which the human consciousness navigates the recondite “dream worlds”: Ordinarily when one sleeps a complex phenomenon happens.

Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi, India. 1252 likes·

There he discovered Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and their “new evolution”. He resigned from the civil service, and went in search of adventure in French...
Satprem relates that on 19 May 1973, six months before The Mother’s death he was barred admission to her room, the beginning of a serious falling out between the Ashram leadership and himself. Moreover, Satprem and his followers believe there is evidence in the recorded audiotapes that the Mother did not actually die but rather entered a “cataleptic trance” or state of suspended animation in which there would not even be a detectable heartbeat.

Omkarnath Bharadwaj has left a new comment on "Sri Anirvan and Ekalavya": Savitri Era at 4:58 pm, February 02, 2013 Dear Sir
I want to know In which year Sri Anirvan ji visited Pondicherry & met the Mother
Regards Omkarnath Bharadwaj 

Savitri Era - Spinning mythology - Ashis Nandy had mauled the memory of Sri Aurobindo like a bull in a china shop which Savita Singh has now ably countered by juxtaposing the hermeneutical reading of J.L. Mehta.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12.12.12: Ujjain is recipient of Relics of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo's relics consecrated at Aurobindo Yoga Shakti Peeth ... Free press journal - Ujjain: December 13, 2012 12:09:33 AM By FP NEWS SERVICE
Ujjain: As the spiritual leader and great philosopher Sri Aurobindo wished to be the part of rich legacy of the city of Mahakal, his Relics were consecrated at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Shakti Peeth located at Tirupati Vihar at 12.15 pm here on Wednesday under the aegis of Sri Aurobindo Society, Ujjain Branch. Sri Aurobindo Vigrah Divyansh Pratishthapana programme was inaugurated after the flag hoisting ceremony.
IG Upendra Jain was chief guest while president of Aurobindo Society, Ujjain branch Vijay Kumar Podarkar, Makhanlal, Ujjain Development Authority chairman Kishore Khandelwal and Dr Alok Pandey were special guests on this occasion. As the relics reached at oga Shakti Peeth, police jawans accorded welcome with a guard of honour. Suman Didi recited a poem composed by Mother who was close spiritual collaborator of Aurobindo. Member of Aurobindo Society Renu also expressed her views on philosophy of Aurobindo.
Huge crowd prevailed there to have darshan of relics of Sri Aurobindo. Special guest Dr Alok Pandey addressing on this occasion gave introduction of Ujjain branch of Aurobindo Society and said that it was established in 1992 by secretary Sukhdev Prasad Thakur. A land of 21500 square feet area was purchased for developing the branch office in 2006. Dr Pandey further said it was high time when one could gather his energy through spiritual philosophy.
Someshwar Kher conducted the programme. President Vibhash Upadhyay, secretary Sukhdev Prasad Thakur and treasurer Madhusudan Shrivastava were also present on this occasion. BJP organising Secretary Arvind Menon and BJP city president Anil Jain Kaluheda were also present on this occasion.

Aurobindo's ideas are ever relevant: Shivraj Central Chronicle - Staff Reporter, December 12, 2012 11:13 pm Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended the farewell programme of the sacred Diwyanash of Sri Aurobindo here today at Auro temple situated at Tulsinagar.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that we recall Sri Aurobindo with respect and honour. His ideas for world peace are ever relevant. Vidhan Sabha Speaker Shri Ishwardas Rohani, Urban Administration Minister Shri Babulal Gaur, Commerce & Industries Minister Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, MP Shri Anil Madhav Dave and a large number of followers were present on the occasion.

Integral education for transformation Harvinder Kaur, Dec, 13, 2012: ESSENCE OF EDUCATION Deccan herald Supplements › DH Education
My earlier experiments and search for a deeper, wider and more relevant education led me to explore Integral Education, inspired by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Integral Education is an education that seeks to transform the entire being — the body, heart, and head while seeping into the deeper layers of the inner being. An education that is not a mere rat race or a vanity appeaser, an education where the child is not a mere ‘product’, an education that lets a child be a child. 
One of the key features of Integral Education is to help the child to move to a space of self knowing, while working on the physical, mental and emotional dimensions.  It is not just about acquiring information, it is about developing powers of the mind (concentration, memory, reasoning…), emotional development (sensitivity, compassion, joy…), having values, and a strong healthy body while discovering your deeper inner self.
Integral Education, is more than all-around education, it has an integral approach. Knowledge is whole, we divide it into ‘subjects’ to ease the acquisition of knowledge. The human too, is an integral being, the physical, emotional, and mental dimensions are interconnected. This means that the dimensions of the individual not only have to be addressed but also their integral nature, has to be understood.  Understanding the inherent connectedness of knowledge and the child’s own inherent interests is easily facilitated through hands on, interdisciplinary, theme based project work.
Needless to say, this is not easy when the vast framework of organised education is still in old moulds.  Firstly, it needs committed educators who are constantly working on themselves, striving to become better people and better teachers. 
It’s both a privilege and challenge, as the teacher is expected to facilitate self-discovery and self-discipline, rather than merely disseminate information. The child is not seen as someone to be shaped into a pre-set mould but a ‘soul in evolution’, someone in whose journey you get to hold their hand for a while. They do their own walking, but perhaps you can point to the light. Giving the child attention is important and that is why schools inspired by the principles of Integral Education strive to keep numbers small.
Creating a friendly environment of ease, naturalness and approachability for the child, in contrast to ‘factory mode’ schooling certainly helps! This is important to ensure physical, mental and emotional space for the child, where a child’s inherent nature can be observed and nurtured.
One of the key aspects of Integral Education is to help the child go deeper within herself to find inner treasures while developing powers of the mind and qualities of the heart.  This is practically possible in schools by organising regular classes geared to develop faculties of concentration, imagination, memory, creativity, while developing deeper values of compassion, care, calmness, honesty.
Periods of silent reflection can be interwoven with regular activities, thereby changing the feel and fabric of regular classes.Integral Education seeks to transform the individual from within, it strives to create a link to the bridge that takes the child to a whole new level of being.  A paradigm shift in education for the new age! (The writer is Director, India Council for Integral Education, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry.)

Thursday, December 06, 2012

AUM 2013: America, Auroville, and Human Unity

Welcome to AUM 2013 Dates: 5:30 pm, Thursday, June 20, till Sunday after lunch, June 23, 2013
Discovering the Soul of America: A Step in Human Unity
The fierce urgency of global need and “the demand of the Time-Spirit on the human race that it find subjectively, not only in the individual, but in the nation and in the unity of the human race, its real self and live according to that” (Sri Aurobindo), inspired this AUM as an offering to the evolutionary work of the Divine Mother. The conference brings participants an opportunity to discover the true soul of the USA, as a part of their personal and collective yoga. The activities include presentations, interactive exercises, guided meditations, artistic expression, group sharing, a native solstice ceremony, and musical performances.
Location: Jackson Well Springs, Ashland, OR, is a natural hot springs and event center on 30 acres, located approximately three miles from downtown Ashland and a half mile from the conference hotel. Over the last two decades native peoples and other local residents have come together on this site in ceremonies for themselves and this land to heal past disputes and bring a new integrated harmony. Participants:
  • Sadhaks of the Integral Yoga in the United States drawn to this collective yoga of the nation soul.
  • Participants who wish to experience the true soul of the USA, and those who wish to learn something about a conference dedicated to soul-of-nation work.
  • Native Americans who want to bring the deep essence of their heritage into the mainstream life and soul of the USA as an enrichment and a healing for themselves and for the country, with the intention of finding the next steps towards the soul-promise of America
AUM 2013 will have a special focus on re-integrating the contributions of Native peoples to the nation’s soul. Native American culture and spirituality carry core dimensions of the Soul of the United States. Europeans and immigrants from all over the world contributed other essential aspects of the soul-being of this country. Because of the devastating history of contact and colonization on Native peoples, these dimensions are not well integrated. Integration and healing require commemorating and honoring the spiritual and cultural heritage of all national soul-partners. Dear friends, we would love to see you at this meeting! ~ The AUM Team: Soleil, John Robert, Wolfgang and Karen.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sri Aurobindo (1872 - 1950)

Aurobindo remembered Business Standard Wednesday, Dec 05, 2012 Press Trust of India Puducherry December 05, 2012, 12:05
Devotees from across the country today paid homage to the saint-philosopher Aurobindo on the occasion of his 62nd death anniversary. Devotees sat in meditation before the samadhis of Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, The Mother (Mirra Alfassa) from early morning at the Ashram premises, which he founded in 1926, Ashram sources said. Devotees also visited the room where Aurobindo carried on his spiritual experiments and offered homage. Aurobindo, who propounded the concept of Integral Yoga, died at the age of 78. Sri Aurobindo Remembered on 62nd Death Anniversary Outlook

Sri Aurobindo Society to organize 3 day workshop on “Senses and ... Dec 4, 2012 Workshop on Sensory Writing And Self Awareness in Pondicherry
Bangalore, 04th December 2012: Sri Aurobindo society, a non-profit NGO, working throughout the world for individual perfection, social transformation, and human unity in diversity is organizing a three day workshop in Pondicherry on sensory writing and self awareness from December 28th to December 30th 2012.
The workshop is for people who are interested in exploring creativity, writing, senses and their own self and people who are above 18 years of age.  The workshop aspires to take anyone on an exploration in writing creatively from sensory experience, where each step leads you to deeper self awareness. The participants will experiment and explore the relation between words and senses, silence and expression, sharing and aloneness. Through exercises, walks, activities, readings, sharing and silence, a creative journey will be undertaken. This experience and learning then can be shared with others.
The venue will be in a beautiful hall (Sri Aurobindo Society) overlooking Pondicherry beach, along with activities in green belts, farm house and sea beach which will be an integral part of the workshop. The workshop costs Rs. 3500 per person that includes workshop fee, course materials, tea and snacks (twice a day), daily meal coupons (for a simple breakfast, lunch and dinner at the ashram dining hall). Assistance can be provided for booking accommodation at reasonable rates.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Neither Nehruvian nor Hindutva worldview

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Appeal of Sri Aurobindo transcends the national and provincial borders

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sri Aurobindo believed that India had a message for the world

A house in Pondicherry - Lee LangleyLee Langley - 1995 - 275 pages - Now Aurobindo needs somewhere he will be safe. The subcontinent has proved surprisingly deficient in hiding places for a wanted man, and the British are thorough in tracking down those they wish to find. He studies the approaching ...
Political ideas and leadership in Vidarbha - P. L. JoshiNagpur University. Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration. Silver Jubilee CommitteeP. L. Joshi - 1980 - 338 pages - Dr. Moonje approached Yogi Aurobindo and requested him to preside over the Nagpur Session. Yogi Aurobindo declined the request. Mahatma Gandhi had taken up the reins of the congress and advocated the principle and programme of...
The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought - Page 145 - Harold G. Coward - 2008 - 219 pages - Preview One such ashram was established at Pondicherry, India, in the first half of the twentieth century by the contemporary Yogi Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950 CE). Aurobindo, after studying Western psychology in England, revised Yoga thought and ...
Educational challenges in socialist India - Satya Pal RuhelaSatya Pal Ruhela - 1975 - 220 pages - lndian Education Today Principal NW Bhawe The birth-centenary of Yogi Aurobindo offered a golden opportunity to the young generations to know more about the life and work of the Yogi who once carried the torch of liberation ...
Converts do not make a nation - Page 442 - M. G. Chitkara - 1998 - 719 pages - Preview It may be the ordained time when the prophesy of the Great Yogi Aurobindo may turn out to be true; that ultimately India and Pakistan would come closer and stand united. Enduring peace and prosperity in the Indian sub-continent may not ...
Human rights: commitment and betrayal - Page 67 - M. G. Chitkara - 1996 - 306 pages - Preview The hour before the down is darkest, Yogi Aurobindo Ghosh warned that who are to restore the reign of light, Truth, Bliss and Consciousness, now obscured and perversed into darkness, falsehood, suffering and inconscience.
World Perspectives on Swami Dayananda Saraswati - Page 36 - Gagā Rām Garg - 1984 - 592 pages - Preview He met Rajnarayan Bose, the maternal grandfather of Yogi Aurobindo, who was leading a newly-emerging movement of proud Hindu nationalism against the inroads of westernization. He presented a copy of his lecture: 'The Superiority of ...
Revisiting Indus-Sarasvati age and ancient India - Bhu Dev Sharma, Nabarun Ghose - 1998 - 495 pages - In this regard, Yogi Aurobindo has written, "The word Arya expresses a particular ethical and social order of well-governed life, courage, gentleness, purity, humanity, compassion, protection of the weak, liberty, observance of social ...
Gandhi in Indian politics - Nirmal Kumar BoseP. H. Patwardhan - 1967 - 93 pages - Yogi Aurobindo believed that India had a message for the world. This ancient land had survived many ups and downs for thousands of years because it had a message for the world. India's political freedom was only a means to awaken ...
People in World History: A-M - Susan K. Kinnell - 1989 - 450 pages - Attempts to show how the Indian revolutionary-turned-philosopher and yogi Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950) interpreted his religious experience and how he used religious symbolism to work out a paradigm of an organic society and to ...