Monday, April 28, 2008

This dying sadhak had asked Mother for something unknown in spiritual history, Mother’s foot on his chest

KARMAYOGI The Mother's Service Society Pondicherry 605 011 India

17. THE TOUCH OF HER FEET
Mother is an avatar. Sri Aurobindo says She is universal Mother Devi who has come down in her individual aspect. She has lived amongst us for nearly 100 years, during which She headed Sri Aurobindo Ashram for 47 full years. As Devaki saw the whole creation in the mouth of Krishna, we see every aspect of creation in Mother’s life in the Ashram. Those who have joined the Ashram have given up family, career, worldly life and all their worldly wealth, seeking only Her Grace in good measure. She had the unique capacity of being over-generous and also a strict disciplinarian. Her Love embraces all mankind and all creation. There are several legends of Her infinite compassion to the dozen cats She reared. Also She is known for very strict disciplinary measures. I would like to relate an incident in Her life that may be considered unique in spiritual history.

People who join the Ashram generally enjoy good health, rather better health than before. Their faces acquire the shine of the inner light. Even in old age most are in good health and are moving about without help or even the customary walking stick. The life span granted to one by destiny itself is given a longer lease when one takes to Mother. All this, Mother says, is because She is centrally lodged in their hearts.

Soon after World War I, an elderly sadhak who had joined Sri Aurobindo at the turn of the century fell ill. He was old by any reckoning. Though there were minor diseases, he was not disabled by any serious disease. The Ashram doctor who attended on him said he was suffering the infirmities of old age that arose out of the wearing out of the parts of the body. In such a general condition of deterioration, it is likely that minor ailments get lodged in the system. Doctors, co-sadhaks, volunteers attended on him in turn with love and devotion. His condition grew worse day by day. He lost speech. Movements were nil. The little food he was taking was replaced by a liquid diet, which was not easy to administer. It was obvious that his days were numbered. Those around him were eager to serve him and do any little thing that would please him or cheer him. He was not in a coma. He was awake and conscious. But it was hard to know his present thoughts as he did not speak. His earlier spartan habits did not leave much room to guess what things he would like. The question of calling for his relatives did not arise. Suddenly, one day there was a moment of intensity in the sadhak’s look. It was obvious he had something in mind. Communication was not easy. Sign language was used by the sadhak in a broken way. His mind seemed to be clear and his face was bright. Unfortunately his understanding could not be communicated back to those around. After some exercise in sign language, guess work, inference, etc., it was discovered that he wished to be taken to Mother. After fully ascertaining that this was his wish, Mother’s advice was sought and She readily agreed to bless the departing soul.

He was put on a stretcher and was taken to Mother’s Room upstairs. As soon as he came into the Presence of the Mother, his face brightened and his eyes became moist with gratitude. Though he could not move even a little, he appeared as if he was no longer a dying man. Mother left the chair and came near his stretcher, bending over him. His condition was becoming better with every second, but perhaps he was not thinking of death or his dying condition. It became apparent that he wanted to communicate something to Mother. The difficulty of communication that had been there between his co-sadhaks and him did not seem to be there between him and The Mother. Each seemed to understand the other very well. There was a gleam of a smile on his dry lips. Suddenly he mustered enough energy to point at his chest and then at Mother’s foot. She beamed with a smile which She alone can give. It was clear that the sadhak was asking Mother to put Her foot on his chest.

Though Mother is generous beyond measure in showering materials gifts on visitors and conferring spiritual blessings on sadhaks, for Her own reasons She had many discriminations to make. Often, She responded not to the expressed prayer but to the highest aspiration of the devotee which was unspoken and, perhaps, a wish the devotee was not even fully aware of. For instance, a visitor who was childless for ten years came to Mother and prayed for a child. He was rewarded with a rare promotion in his job, which was unusual for that job. Later the devotee explained that this promotion was closer to his heart than anything else. When devotees or sadhaks start any work and ask Mother for blessings and an emblem for their department, She gives different types of emblems. The State Bank emblem was given by Her. When sadhaks insist on something of hers, She gives her symbol modified, a message, etc. There is a drawing of Mother’s feet and a photograph of Her feet. This She rarely gives as an emblem to a department. She did give this as an emblem to a few whose aspiration She knew to be very pure. It is Grace to see Her, which is Darshan. Sadhaks know it is supreme Grace when She touches their heads for blessings. When we go to Her for pranams, the most auspicious moment is when we touch Her feet. This dying sadhak had asked Mother for something unknown in spiritual history, Mother’s foot on his chest.

She was gracious and consented to the prayer by a broad smile. The sadhak melted in emotion to know of this divine consent. Large drops of tears of gratitude collected in his eyes. She touched his chest with Her foot. The appearance of the sadhak became transformed. In a trice his eyes which had tears became flowing streams of tears. A very bright light leaped onto his face and quickly spread all over his body. He was in ecstasy. His soul was in front receiving the physical expression of Divine Grace. There was an intense descent of Peace in the room and a strong jet of joy entered the devotee. While he was being carried away from Her room, his eyes stayed on Mother meeting Her gaze, which was turned toward him. He returned to the Nursing Home. His last wish had been graciously fulfilled, but he did not die. Health began to return and he felt better day by day. Every activity, such as speech, motion, etc., which had been lost, now returned. After a week he was up and about. He lived for another 20 years to a very ripe old age.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The line of this organisation is spontaneous, natural and divine

The Aim of OrganisationPRAPATTI In Mother’s Light APRIL 24 , 2007

The line and process of an organisation follows its Aim. Our aim is Spiritual, not vital, mental, moral or intellectual. When clarified further, it will be clear that our aim is neither economical nor political. Secondly, the essence of the organisation is the action of a Power, Strength, Light and Knowledge and that shapes the organisation from inside. The organisation that shapes itself in the line of blind, idiotic earthly ignorance can crumble at any moment.

The aim that is placed before us by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo is the spiritual transformation of life, work and nature. This spiritual transformation is a new step in the earthly evolution- it is a new rise in the process of the progress of human society. The transformed humanity will be a New Race. Its base is the descent and working of a new Divine Supramental Spiritual Consciousness. Sri Aurobindo observed that different worlds and layers are established and controlled by a consciousness. Even that which seems to be totally inert is a world, a layer of the consciousness which in its lowest stage is full of unconsciousness, inconscient, complete darkness, the darkness surrounded by darkness, and even in it also the luminous, resplendent, eternal sparks of the Divine Consciousness are present.

In the highest height which is fully luminous, full of consciousness, full of Knowledge, complete Anandamaya, that has become in the lowest realm, complete darkness, complete unconsciousness, complete ignorance, is completely devoid from Ananda. At every stage the fully luminous, fully illumined Divine Consciousness is present, but merged, in secrecy, totally inside. The expression of this Consciousness is the line of progress of the creation, the progressive steps of evolution. The transformation of the life cycle of the world means the manifestation of such a Consciousness which will bring about the total transformation.

The Consciousness that Sri Aurobindo brought down to change the working of the ignorant earthly law, is the Divine Supramental Truth. This will be the forthcoming monitoring Truth of world laws and action. Truth’s dispensation and monitoring means the evolution of the hidden Truth Being and Truth Consciousness. By the action of the Supermind, this opening will be possible in earthly life. This is the manifestation and evolution of the true Spiritual Consciousness. The transformation, that will be resulted by this evolution, is the spiritual transformation. So, the very basis of our organisation is the bringing of a spiritual Truth, its expansion and evolution. The line of this organisation is spontaneous, natural and divine. These organisations can not be monitored by any superficial rituals, mental rules and laws. The spiritual institutions can not be controlled by superficial laws like outside political organisations.

The basic principle of spiritual organisations is self-rule - freedom. So, those who will work in this field, they will work primarily depending upon an inner inspiration. Moreover since this inspiration is transparent, clear and luminous, it is a better than the usual ones. If the basic principle of this organisation is Truth, it is very essential that this divine element must be allowed to work. Realising this fact, let us march forward.

In a way, the meaning of spiritual organizations is the establishment of ‘Self’ rule. Self rule means, to abide by one’s own true inner nature, rule of the soul, by the Immortal Eternal Law. This is the preliminary step for the coming of the Truth Age, because the truth of the soul is the real Truth and this Truth exceeding the law of man’s mind, life and body is guided by a Divine Nature and Divine Law. Life becomes fruitful once one comes in contact with this Law for then one can perceive and hold on to the workings of the true Law of the World.

In every spiritual institution and organisation the predominance of a psychic law can be perceived. It has its own way, and can be active and self disciplined with its base on Truth. India has a conscious soul as a nation. It is in this country that the psychic law prevails. Whenever India prospers and becomes great, this psychic law establishes itself. So as a country and a nation India is the land of eternal Law of the soul - the divine Land.

Edited by Sri Gadadhar Mishra, Published & Owned by New Light Society, Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack - 753 013. Kindly send your valuable suggesion to the Editor, In Mother’s Light, at ctk_matrubha@sancharnet.in
Published in four Darshan Days 1. 15th August 2. 24th November 3. 21st February 4. 24th April
Some View of 1st Anniversary (4th April) of Sri Aurobindo University at Dalijoda and 37th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference held at Matrubhaban, Cuttack on 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Apr’2007

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sri Aurobindo Relics Centers in Orissa

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Sri Aurobindo Relics Centers in Orissa
We have around 65 Sri Aurobindo Relics Centres in the state of Orissa till 2005. Relics Centre is a sacred Shrine where Sri Aurobindo's Sared Relics are installed. Sacred Relics were given by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry, which were preserved by Sri Champaklalji.

Complete list of Sri Aurobindo Relics Centers in Orissa (in Tabular format) Details of individual Relics Centers Select a Relics Centre:

Angul Baisingha Baleswar Balikuda Barada Barijhola Baripada Berhampur Betnoti Bhubaneswar Biramitrapur Bishnubindha B.Maliguda Bolangir Cement Nagar Chandbali Charampa Cuttack Dalijoda Dera Dharamgarh Dhenkanal Ganailo Gopinathpur Gopinathpur Baleswar Gunupur Indravati Jagatsinghpur Jajpur Jalada Jatani Jeypore Junagard Kainipura Kalapada Kendujhar Mining Road Khallikote Khandagiri Khariar Kindira Kolha Koraput Kotpad Kumbharmundhakata Majurai Matkambeda Mayurbhanj Amarda Nagapur Paikakushadiha Panikoili Pattamundai Puri Raghunathpur Soro Rajgangpur Rayarpur Rourkela Ruchida Sambalpur Sohela Sundargad Taharpur Tulanga Udiayaman Matrukshetra Velora Veden

Thursday, April 17, 2008

We gather in the name of the Divine and the Divine must and does manifest

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Consecration as a way of life - Dianna
A ten day workshop at Vérité showed us how to consecrate our daily lives to ‘remembering and offering'.

“One of the simplest instructions Mother and Sri Aurobindo have given for practising Integral Yoga is ‘to remember and to offer',” says Bhavana who ran the course. “As Aurovilians striving to become willing servitors of the Divine Consciousness, it is what we should be doing before every action of the day, before and during every effort we make for building the City, for building our lives together, for building our own being in the world. But it is so difficult to remember to remember!”
This is the third Consecration Workshop Bhavana has run. They are designed for busy Aurovilians and guests. They meet in the mornings, meditate and do some yoga together, eat breakfast in silence then set off for work. They meet again at lunch time to eat in silence and to renew their intention, then go back to work. At supper time they again silently share a meal, followed by a ‘sharing' with each other of the inner and outer experiences of the day's attempt at consecration. Readings from Mother and Sri Aurobindo, and other teachers, on consecration are made available.
Says Bhavana, “Often the effects are magical – for is it not said ‘Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I amongst them'? We gather in the name of the Divine and the Divine must and does manifest.” There were 18 people on this course, 13 guests, two Aurovilians and three Tamil children from Udavi school. “The presence of the children was a joy. They brought us down to earth when we became too serious and introverted, and when they were tired they just lay down and went to sleep.”
A German participant who is a long-term guest at Vérité describes her experience of the ten days. “For me the most striking thing about the course was how similar it was to an intensive Vipassana retreat I had been on. The process works on a very deep level – it goes on invisibly. We spent most of the day going about our normal life, yet the seeds we had sown in the morning sessions blossomed throughout the day and were cultivated by the lunch and evening sessions.
“Several of us were not clear what ‘consecration' meant and we were encouraged by the facilitators to develop our own interpretation. I must admit it often brought up a lot of resistance. A lot of sadness and anger came up and I often felt the only thing I wanted to do was go back to my hut and read a silly book. But after those difficult days I often experienced the sparkle of heightened perception, just like I had experienced on the intensive Vipassana course.
“Silently sharing the meals served on banana leaves while listening to a reading was very beautiful. I must add that the food prepared by Anandi was remarkable.”
Anandi describes her experience; “For me and my helper the experience of cooking, sharing and consecrating the food was a powerful process of learning to give with an open heart. Several of the participants found our daily routine of meditation, yoga and silence stirred up sickness or resentment and they began to miss a few sessions. Our group presence supported them through these sticky times and inevitably they came back to join us.”
Bhavana says she would like to see the next Consecration Workshop have a slightly different format in that there would be a “solid weekend” of coming together at the beginning and at the end. During the week the participants would only meet at meals to consecrate and remember, and this would cut down the amount of coming and going. Also she would love to see Consecration weeks set up in communities. “It is very easy to do; all you need is the commitment of a few people, and a quiet place to meet. You could have meditation, Savitri readings, yoga or dance sessions; it all depends on who is there. You could meet in the mornings and evenings, share a meal in silence then have a “sharing” in the evening. It really does have a deep effect, even in the middle of a working day.”
All the participants agree that it gave them a deep sense of connecting with Auroville's real purpose which is easily lost in busy daily life. It showed them how the separation between spiritual practice and the day's activities need not be so wide. Indeed, someone suggested it could be called ‘The Ultimate Auroville Workshop' for its simplicity and authenticity of purpose and form.
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Sunday, April 06, 2008

The statue is more than 7 feet tall and weighs a good 400 kilos

Current issue Archive copies Auroville Experience March 2008
Sri Aurobindo’s statue arrives
- Dianna
On Thursday, February 21st, The Mother's birthday, at 10.30 in the evening, the bronze statue of Sri Aurobindo's was carried to its final position in front of the white sweep of Savitri Bhavan. Ten at night seemed a rather odd time to erect such a precious statue, even by Indian standard. But architect Helmut explained that this was an extremely auspicious night, called in India Guru Purima: the day that the birthday of the guru coincides with the full moon.
“The statue was cast in bronze by dedicated artists from Calcutta in Lalit Verma's garden in Pondicherry . It was brought to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry for a blessing and then we brought it to Auroville. As the 21st of February was also Masi Magam, the day when the statues of the gods are taken down from their temples to bathe in the sea, the streets were crowded with traffic, so we are lucky it got here at all,” he says.
However, the crane that was supposed to lift the statue from the truck and set it on the plinth did not arrive. So by 11pm, after urgent consultations, Helmut and Lalit took matters into their own hands and had Sri Aurobindo carried to his final destination by a dozen men.
They heaved and pushed. The statue is more than 7 feet tall and weighs a good 400 kilos. Amid lots of shouted instructions, gesticulations, and waving torches, it was manoeuvred to the back of the plinth, and then with a collective intake of breath, hoisted up 75 degrees. Helmut rushed in with bolts to fix the base plate of iron, and then gave the final O.K. And up it went, for ever to gaze over the treetops in the West. I felt that Sri Aurobindo highly approved of the locatioon of his statue.
Lalit explained the complex process of creating a statue of Sri Aurobindo. “There are only 10 or 15 photographs of Sri Aurobindo, and just one of him standing. So we had to be ingenious. We blew all these photos up to a very large size and then surrounded by them, worked for a month doing sketches. Using these as a guide, we then created nine different full-size models, eight of which we rejected. Five artists from Calcutta then worked 12 hours a day casting in the age-old technique of ‘lost wax'.
“The statue is made of 85% copper, 5% lead and 5% zinc, a traditional recipe from South India . To this Helmut has added some pieces of gold that his parents had left him. This was very nice, as gold gives off a particular vibration.
“This statue in Auroville is one of five in India made from the same cast, but this looks especially splendid as it is the only one that is standing in a spacious environment. It is quite perfect. I feel it expresses my love and respect for Sri Aurobindo best, and its creation been an extraordinary privilege for me.”
There the Master now stands, surrounded by the small lotus pond – majestically, noble, strong and commanding. His eyes are penetrating and his hands large and beautiful. His perfect form balancing the bold verticals of Helmut's architectural creation, and his deep chocolate bronze contrasting splendidly with its dazzling white. His presence completes the beauty and splendour of Savitri Bhavan – as if he had been standing there forever.
Thank you, Dr. Karan Singh and Lalit, for your magnificent gift.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mother, With Letters on the Mother and Translations of Prayers and Meditations by Sri Aurobindo

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kittu Reddy has been in close touch with the Indian Army

Prof. Kittu Reddy

He was born in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in 1936. At the young age of 5 he was taken to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry by his parents. He has lived there ever since. He had all his education at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education from where he graduated. He has been teaching at the same Centre since 1958.

His subjects today are: The Foundations of Indian Culture, The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, (all books of Sri Aurobindo), Political Science, Social Science and History. Since 1987, he has been giving talks to the Indian Army on Indian culture, the Mission of India and Motivation and Leadership.

In 1994, General BC Joshi, the then Chief of Army Staff, appointed him Adviser to the Army Welfare Education Society. Since then he has been in close touch with the Indian Army and has conducted workshops for the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. These workshops deal with Motivation, Leadership and the Indian nation. They have been held both in Pondicherry at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and at training centres of the Armed Forces. You may Contact Him at kitt@satyam.net.in