August is here! The heart never tires of singing this sacred tune every year and the mind never tires marking out this month in its many splendours. For all devotees or followers of Sri Aurobindo, this day has the double joy of providing one with the opportunity of remembering and celebrating his presence in our lives, his guidance and protection as well as renewing and re-living the promise of a glorious spiritual future for mankind led by that land immersed in gold, Bharatam. This land itself, Sri Aurobindo prophesized, will realize its unity and oneness as it realizes it’s position of spiritual leadership, “A free and united India will be there and the Mother will gather around her her sons and weld them into a single national strength in the life of a great and unified people.” At the Ashram Playgound, there is a Spiritual Map of India. The Mother has said, “This is the map of true India in spite of all passing appearances, and it will always remain the map of the true India, whatever people may think about it.”
The Yoga that Sri Aurobindo had undertaken in his material frame was targeted at the gathering of momentum of the evolution of Divinity upon earth out of its involution in matter, which had long been left to the forces of nature across millennia. His was the feat of the King of Kings, the highest amongst them all, the feat of Divinity itself which consented to descend into the earthen mould and effect a transformation in subtle planes as well as gross, a transmutation in its very material element. It is also a day to celebrate the presence of this Divine Spark in the midst of our lives, in one way or another, a day which offers us yet another opportunity to offer all that we have, that we do and that we are at his feet, if at all we fathom this endeavour worth our lives.