Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ninety-four years back, a French lady had a meeting with Someone who secretly left British India

The Divine MomentNinety-four years back, a French lady, not... from The New Vision by Barin

The Divine Moment

Ninety-four years back, a French lady, not much known at that time to the outer world, had a meeting with Someone who secretly left British India, being persecuted as a politically dangerous person, for having dreamt of the Independence of India, and then too refuge in a corner in French India, in Pondicherry. Few people knew or anticipated the result and the outcome of the meeting.

The Mother met Sri Aurobindo on the 29th March 1914.

The consequence was the ongoing Transformation of the human world towards the Supramental Manifestation on earth. That meeting was definitely one of the most important turning point in the human history, the turning point when Man has begin his journey for transcending his imperfections and his living in ignorance and darkness, for growing towards Supermanhood, leaving his checkered human existence.

It was a Divine Moment, chosen by the Divine...

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Like the squirrel helping in the Setubandha in Ramayana, we also have a role in the formation of the New Future, the Supramental Future — to Work for IT within our capacity and scope, and the minimum of IT is not to have a regression, never to go back, to the World of Darkness and dense and gross animality and never to put off the fire of Aspiration.. Barin Chaki 29-03-2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sri Aurobindo wrote amazing poetry

victoria said
yeah, I know ! As if it's not enough just being an absolute AVATAR – Sri Aurobindo wrote amazing poetry too ! You should check out his epic volume SAVITRI – enough literature to last a lifetime –written in one dimension after another & another & another…

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The entire courtyard of the Ashram is used for public worship from early in the morning till late at night

Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism (a speech by Peter Heehs: Hyderabad 2006)
by Rich on Sat 22 Mar 2008 11:40 AM PDT Permanent Link
Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism

I am not, and never have been a religious person. My parents were Protestant Christians, though neither was religious. I was sent to Sunday school in order to satisfy my grandmother, but took no interest at all in what was taught there, and never entered a church or any other place of worship as a worshipper. If I ever stepped into a church (or synagogue or mosque or temple) it was to admire the architecture and artworks, and perhaps also to enjoy the atmosphere of peace that sometimes fills such places. But I found the beliefs and practices of every religion I encountered to be pointless and uninteresting. The search for truth was important to me; but it never crossed my mind that religion could be any help in this. Rather I turned to poetry, philosophy and psychological experimentation in my search for enlightenment. These interests led me to yoga and, because yoga usually is taught by people who come from the Hindu tradition, I was exposed to the literature and some of the practices of the Hindu religion. I found, and still find, the literature profound and significant. As for the practices, I found them colourful and charming, though certainly not the sort of thing I could incorporate into my life.

Now you may well ask, why should I, a non-Hindu, choose to speak about Sri Aurobindo and Hinduism? It may be true, as Dr. Mohanty has noted in his introduction, that I am a writer, a historian, and a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram; but if I am not a practicing Hindu, is it really possible for me to understand the complex amalgam of thought, feeling and practice that makes up the religious system that we call Hinduism? And if not, is it really possible for me to reach an accurate assessment of Sri Aurobindo's relationship to this religion? I will be the first to admit that there is much about Hinduism that I do not understand. But my aim here is not to describe, defend or detract from the Hindu religion. I speak as a historian: one who uses documentary and other evidence to reconstruct the past in order to understand the present better. A historian generally begins with a problem: an event or line of development that has not been sufficiently studied or is commonly misunderstood.

Sri Aurobindo's relationship to Hinduism is such a problem. Quite a lot has been said and written about the subject; much of this, in my opinion, is inadequate and one-sided. It is generally taken for granted that Sri Aurobindo was a outstanding representative of the Hindu tradition, and a leader of the Hindu revival movement. Many people depict him as a devout, even an orthodox Hindu. Some go further and make him the object of Hindu forms of worship, a modern Hindu deity. Others, more interested in politics than religion, present him as a characteristically Hindu politician, to be praised or condemned (depending on one's political leanings) for building up, or breaking down, the integrity of the Indian nation. As a historian and as a practitioner of Sri Aurobindo's yoga, I find all this unwarranted. But as a scholar I can't just reject these representations. I must return to the textual and biographical evidence, see what light this material casts on the subject, and arrive at my own documented conclusions.

Since I speak to you as a historian, I will present my findings chronologically. What was Sri Aurobindo's relationship to Hinduism during different periods of his life? As most of you know, he was not brought up as a Hindu. His father, who was an Anglophile and (as Sri Aurobindo once said) "a tremendous atheist",iii took care to shield his sons from all aspects of traditional Indian life. He sent them to a convent school when Aurobindo was just five; two years later he took them to England, where Aurobindo and his brothers remained for the next fifteen years. Dr. Ghose asked his sons' guardian to see that they did not "undergo any Indian influence". As a result, they "grew up in entire ignorance of India, her people, her religion and her culture."iv Living in the house of a man who happened to be a Congregationalist minister, they absorbed a good deal of Protestant Christianity. This was, Sri Aurobindo later wrote, "the only religion and the Bible the only scripture with which he was acquainted in his childhood". But he never became a Christian. His father asked the boys' guardian not to give them any religious training but to let them make up their own minds about religion when they came of age. By the time he reached adulthood, Sri Aurobindo had become disgusted by "the hideous story of persecution staining mediaeval Christianity" and repelled by "the narrowness and intolerance even of its later developments". For a while he considered himself an atheist; later he "accepted the Agnostic attitude."v

Thus we see that during the first twenty-one years of his life, Sri Aurobindo had no religion at all. Nor can he be said to have been a religious person during the first seven or eight years of his stay in Baroda. To be sure, he read and translated a number of passages from texts that are considered parts of the Hindu canon: the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, some Bengali devotional poetry; but he did this as part of his discovery of India's cultural inheritance. As a linguistic prodigy at St. Paul's School and Cambridge, he had developed "an early cult for the work of the great builders" of Greek, Latin, English, French and Italian poetry.vi Now he included the great writers of Sanskrit and Bengali in his literary pantheon. In writing about Vyasa, Valmiki, Kalidasa and Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, he occasionally alluded to Hindu philosophy and ethics, but he never spoke from a Hindu point of view or referred to himself as a Hindu. He was probably thinking of his own case when he wrote in a literary essay that the coming generation in Bengal was "a generation national to a fault, loving Bengal and her new glories, and if not Hindus themselves, yet zealous for the honour of the ancient religion and hating all that makes war on it."vii ...

What would the founders of the movement called the Integral Yoga have to say, a generation or two after their passing, about the current life of the Ashram? Would they be surprised that not just the reception room but the entire courtyard of the Ashram is used for public worship from early in the morning till late at night? Would they be surprised to see conventional Hindu symbols displayed, on occasion, in public spaces in the Ashram, its guest houses, or on the covers of their books? Would they be taken aback that Ashram departments observe Hindu holidays with conventional decorations, or that newcomers are told by self-righteous onlookers to follow Hindu customs while sitting and moving in Ashram spaces? To be frank, I don't think that they would be greatly surprised, because all these things were present during their lifetimes. And if they disapproved (as they did disapprove during their lifetimes), they probably would take a tolerant or at any rate a resigned attitude towards these survivals of conventional religion...

Nevertheless, it is certain that Sri Aurobindo considered Hinduism and other religions to belong to the world's past, and he had no desire to perpetuate them. When people wrote to him during the 1930s and 1940s asking about Hindu culture, he expressed a lack of interest in the subject...

I think that many of us, like K. M. Munshi, find it easier to remember Sri Aurobindo's early endorsement of Indian religion than his later insistence that the yoga he taught went beyond all conventional religion. By so holding on to an expression that he himself abandoned, we may be doing a disservice both to him and to Hinduism. What he offered in his major works was a means to achieve an experiential truth that surpasses the doctrines and practices any religion of the past or present. He did not prohibit religious expression, but he expected those who needed it to rise above sectarianism and conventionality. For such things can only act against the full expression of his work. At the same time he offered those who were proud of their Hindu heritage an unusual opportunity. They could serve as links between an ancient religion and the new possibilities offered by his path of yoga. A Hinduism open to the transformative power of this yoga could become a force for transformation in the world. Peter Heehs Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and Research Library

"The Lives of Sri Aurobindo About the Author
Peter Heehs was born and educated in the United States but has lived in India since 1971. One of the founders of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, he is currently a member of the editorial board of the Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, and has published many books and articles.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Savitri - a true magical poetry - is a gift by Sri Aurobindo to the whole world

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Sri Aurobindo and Mother jointly have showed the humanity a path to progress for attaining moksha. There seems is no way than trying for perfection. The otherwise chaotic mind gains a lot by following silence. Savitri a true magical poetry is gift by Sri Aurobindo to the whole world to move in a new direction. It is revolutionary path needs people with guts to follow. Posted by udayakumar to Savitri Era Political Action at 3:21 PM, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo answers why the soul is searching for more

India Today Supplements Woman Story: Soul food Purvi Malhotra March 6, 2008
DEEPIKA JINDAL 43, MD, ARTD’INOX

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo answers why the soul is searching for more. Around seven years back I was looking for something more to live by. I joined a group of women who interpreted the text of the book. My first lesson was whatever one seeks can be found within oneself.

I was always seeking approval from my children, in-laws and husband, but I realised I could never be completely satisfied. Uncertainties give direction to progress. I was a homemaker and my job was to look after the children. Entering business was a big challenge.

I opened Artd’inox in 2002. Though I had the financial support, there were hiccups due to the lack of raw material. It was a new concept in India and there was no prior graph that guaranteed its success. At one point people were questioning my ability. There are problems even today, but after reading the book, I am convinced that with time I will be successful. Deepika Jindal

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Creation of the new world by Aswapati in the House of the Spirit must have taken place sometime during the early 1940s

Re: “I was facing a huge golden door…” —Birth sometime during 1938-1942
by RY Deshpande on Sun 09 Mar 2008 09:01 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link

Let us have a brief look at some of the events in the Mother’s life as we might discern from the biographical representation of it in Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri. According to it, there is sufficient ground to surmise that the creation of the new world by Aswapati in the House of the Spirit must have taken place sometime during the early 1940s. This was the time when Sri Aurobindo had finalised in his own hand the draft of Savitri’s first part, Books I-III. It is here that we have an elaborate description of this new and marvellous world governed by the Perfection’s Law. Prior to that, the indefatigable yogi-tapasvin was busy with bringing down the supermind in his physical. The Overmind had already appeared in the physical on 24 November 1926, the Siddhi Day, the day when the Krishna Consciousness entered the tough material-corporeal...

The descent of the golden Light, the supramental Light in Sri Aurobindo’s physical started happening early in August 1938 and, surely enough, it had connection with the “new and marvellous creation” which was later described in great detail in Savitri. (p. 323) The draft of this part of Savitri, the first three Books, was completed by September 1942. We might therefore say that it was during the first half of the Second World War, perhaps during August 1938 and September 1942, that this new creation had taken its birth in the transcendent. It is that which had to be brought down. We shall see some of these aspects in brief detail as we shall proceed in our discussion of this topic. RYD

Monday, March 10, 2008

She needs just one thing from us. That is Faith

Today, 12:46 AM Childofmother New ILite Join Date: Mar 2008 City: Chennai State: TN Country: India Posts: 5 Referrals: 0 About The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

The Mother is parasakthi who brought down the Supramental Force. That is the reason when there is trouble in horoscope or any fate/karma related problem, she send her Force to change Fate as Destiny and erases all past karma. Many times I have noticed many wrong in horoscope simply doesnt happen when we pray to Annai.

We can pray to Annai and invite Her Force to our hearts and homes and Her Force is capable of wiping out all evil, and problems in our lives. She needs just one thing from us. That is Faith.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Human unity is something that needs to just happen, we need to just do it

the bonfire was really quite spectacular, and there was a group of people with chimes that they played once the sun had risen. a procession of children in white made their way with little lights to the urn in the center of the ampitheatre (which contains soil from 120 countries around the world, put there 40 years ago by representatives), where they placed them, and then received more soil (im not sure where from) to place in a large golden bowl a little bit away from the lotus-urn. the matrimandir (this really incredible structure and meditation - or rather place devoted to the concentration of consciousness, more on it later) was lit up and glowing golden behind me, and on our way in we passed a huge banyan tree, with jasmine tendrils tied to its many branches and chrysanthamums scattered around the ground and little ghee lights lit at the base of each root - a really enchanted and breathtaking sight. what struck me was the number of people (the ampitheatre was almost filled) and the incredible silence. i had never been a part of such a large group that was so quiet and still. truly amazing. afterwards, i went with gaia around, socializing, and meeting people. we went under the banyan tree, and i went up to one of the roots/trunks and leaned against it. that tree is really something else - it is vibrating at such a high frequency. i felt as if i was in another world entirely.

the rest of the day was spent at the symposium for the ideal of human unity - the main purpose of auroville is to realize human unity. they had dignitaries speak in the morning, and then the afternoon was filled with aurovillians giving their personal perspective on just what human unity is and how it is realized. the consensus seems to be that it is not something that can be intellectualized or thought through, rather, it is something that needs to just happen, we need to just do it. a lovely image was given related to this topic, a parable from african culture - humanity is like a tree: all the branches are fighting while the roots are kissing. what we must realize is that we all come out of the same trunk and the same roots - even though we may be worlds apart in culture, language, and physical appearance. it was really touching to hear each aurovillian express their view on this matter, which is very central to each of them, as they have devoted their lives to realizing this ideal.

the rest of my time in pondy, i have been shopping (for bannanas mostly), and meditating in the samadhi shrine of sri aurobindo and the mother. i have taken many meals at the ashram, which is quite an experience. you can eat all three meals there for 20 rupees (incredibly cheap), and lunch consists of rice, dal and veggies, curd (a lightly cultured yogurt), 2 banannas and bread. it is quite delicious, and the curd is absolutely amazing (especially with a bit of sugar and a slice of lime!) and the perfect thing to cool your mouth down after eating the dal and rice.

i have also gone into auroville to check out some commuinities: the one that is the most amazing is sadhana forest. this couple from israel put all of their life savings into this chunk of land on the outskirts of auroville, and what they are doing is replanting the native dry tropical jungle that used to be here - everywhere in fact, before european (read brittish and french) 'invaders' clear cut it all. 40 years ago, auroville was literally a desert wasteland. there were no trees, just hard red soil that easily eroded when it rained - resulting in large ravines. when auroville started, they began by planting trees to date over 2 million have been planted. auroville itself is a jungle now (someplace i feel so much more at home wandering around, compared to the city streets of pondy). sadhana forest did not have that extensive tree planting project take place because it is outside of auroville. about 6 years ago, when aviram and his wife (bless her soul, i can't remmeber her name!) came, they begain by replanting the native forest. they also work with water conservation - they are terraforming the hills (very slight hills, mind you) to capture every last drop of water. to date, their work has raised the local water table 6 meters!!!!!!!!!

that is truly incredible and significant. aviram reminds me so much of roel (of windy corner's farm in charlotte, vt) and he is jolly and led a group of ladies from the mother's house around the property and showed us the solar system, with bike powered back up, and the water tank (incredible water there - soo soo soft! and most excellent for drinking too! (yes, its been tested extensively) and the gardens and the various open-air houses - in short tropical paradise that is UBER sustainable. they want to leave as small an impact on the land as possible, while doing as much good to the land as they can by regrowing the native forest and conserving the oh so precious water. Posted by Luella Strattner at 2:27 AM Sri Aurobindo Ashram What is Enlightenment? Why Sri Aurobindo is Cool Embracing Paradox

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them

The Mother fancied herself as a mystical teacher of some significance, a status that was reaffirmed and given considerable importance in Sri Aurobindo’s later writings. But whereas Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy was meticulous and analytical, the Mother’s take on metaphysics was either superficially derivative of Sri Aurobindo’s work or consisted of vague, airy, disjointed pronouncements about the nature of the universe. Whereas Sri Aurobindo is one of the greatest poets of the English language, the Mother’s aphoristic declamations sound, to my admittedly spiritually tone-deaf ear, like the pabulum found in cheap greeting cards. One of her supposedly major contributions to spiritual understanding was to have “given names” to numerous flowers – “Psychological Perfection” to Plumeria and “Wealth“ to Water Lilies, as examples – to indicate their deeper significances. “Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them”, the Mother said. “It is a subtle and fragrant language”. No comment.
She was not, however, without tremendous wisdom and skills. She was a peerless administrator, a brilliant educational theorist, and a far-seeing, astonishingly progressive social architect. As important as any of these impressive talents, though, was her legendary capacity for empathy and compassion. Everyone who knew her who marvels, to this day, at her uncanny ability to connect one-on-one with people; and they back-up their uniformly glowing assessments with story-after-story to drive-home the point.
I give my biases and impressions here, even though I readily acknowledge that I know little about spiritual matters and care even less. Certainly, the ashram and Auroville communities – people who knew her and have studied her work and writings far more extensively than I ever will – take the Mother very seriously. Indeed, ashram folks are a generally non-frivolous bunch when it comes to spiritual matters – which brings me back to Narad, who seems about as painfully earnest as they come, and to the gardening expedition. memestream Blog About Favorites « Gods Go for Beach Outing, Find Little Sand Bon Fête Auroville » Divining the Divine Plan Published 26 February 2008 Bio , India , Religion, Spiritualism & Other Make-Believe , Service Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth

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The spiritual journey of Man has a revolutionary and evolutionary turning since Sri Aurobindo. He and Mira Alfassa, known as The Mother, have given to Spirituality a totally new turn and meaning, a completely new purpose and value.
A true spirituality does not any more mean fleeing from the world and life. We need not go to the forest, forsaking the social life and ‘renouncing' everything, and become a recluse or a monk or a sannyasin, after you attain the fiftieth year of your life and then strive to attain nirvana or moksha and be free from the cycle of birth and rebirth for ever. Thereby by doing so, we allow the world and creation to go on, as it is going on now, in spite of the attainment of nirvana or moksha by several yogis, seekers, saints. The world continues to remain as it was, in ignorance and darkness, in suffering and struggle and death. After nirvana or moksha, we still allow the Divine, the Supreme, to incarnate in human form several times, but we will regard the coming back as a bondage of ignorance...

If we do not accept the Truth, if we do not try to change ourselves and the World, if we choose to continue with Old World of ignorance and darkness, of suffering and struggle and death, then result of our choice will be the Abyss.
The Mother has told us :
Men, countries, continents!
The choice is imperative: Truth or the abyss.
Barindranath Chaki 29-02-2008
[Adapted from a previous writing by me, published in Zaadz.]