Monday, November 09, 2009

Brief introduction to 'The Life Divine’ by Prashant Khanna

Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust: Talk on ‘A brief introduction to The Life Divine’ by Prashant Khanna, Sri Aurobindo Complex, Sri Aurobindo Marg, J.P. Nagar 1st Phase, 4 p.m. The Hindu: Engagements: Bangalore Today

Jaya Jaya Mahabharatham by Dr. Prema Nandakumar
A century ago, Sri Aurobindo had noted the social relevance of the Mahabharata for our own times... Sri Aurobindo proved that it was a total mistake to think of the Indians as given solely to contemplation, a myth which is often used to explain away the poverty and non-development which keeps India down... But, as Sri Aurobindo points out, even earlier, in the Udyoga Parva, ... As I took up Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri for my doctoral subject in 1957, the ties with Mahabharata became stronger. November 8, 2009

Vande Mataram! Aspiration Posted by Gopal on November 8, 2009 at 11:30pm View Gopal's blog
By this time there must have been numbers of blogs written on the fatwa issued by one Islamic organization in India, expressing the anger, disagreement, discontent over the fatwa. This present article is certainly not an effort to be one among them. This is also not just another attempt to condemn the Islamic community for their different views.

Being a devotee of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, I have learned by this time that I should not separate any section of Life, be it a stone or a person, or a community. This is rather a humble effort by me to present the Spirit, the Mantra of Vande Mataram has embodied in it, as Sri Bankim Chandra received it from those higher spheres, and as Sri Aurobindo presented it to the whole world, in clear words which can even be understood by a common man, not just in those times of freedom struggle, even today. [...]

When muslims are showing fanaticism over Vande Mataram, which is certainly unnecessary, if we too copy them, then it is a “self” defeat. Not the defeat of the egoistic self of ours, but the larger “Self” of ours, The Mother, whom we adore with Vande Mataram. Always the Divine is opposed by the hostile forces. That is the very method of the hostile forces and the lower nature. As in Yoga the choice is ours, either be a captive of the hostile forces, or the free warrior of The Supreme, here too we must follow the same. After all, All Life is Yoga!

It is very natural that one who has known the Vande Mataram, and the inspiration it generated, and freedom it bestowed us, gets angry and agitated over this issue of fatwa. And it is even very natural that he spreads this message of anger and agitation throughout the community. So the result is more agitation and anger in the society, rather than the Force of Vande Mataram acting through people to bring in harmony and victory as it did and for which it is meant. It is again an act of hostility and lower nature, if we continue to spread the anger and agitation.Instead, we must again link ourselves to The Supreme Divine Mother, through Vande Mataram, to Her Transcendent Force, be one with it, embody it, and spread it. [...]

Therefore, I urge to stop spreading the anger and agitation and embody the Power of Vande Matarm. Be the instruments of The Divine Mother, and work for Her, instead of being in the captivity of hostile forces, and work for Her, through Vande Mataram. Dedicated to Her Feet, Gopal B Athani 7th November 2009 Tags: fatwa, sri aurobindo, the mother, vande mataram

Michael Madhusudan Dutt - Meghnadh Badh Kabya Bengali Poetry ...
Sri Aurobindo wrote about Megnad Badh Kabyo and Michael Madhusudan Dutt, "All the stormiest passions of man's soul he expressed in gigantic language." ...

Samarpan: Vande Mataram !
by AKM Bankin Chandra composed the song Vande Mataram in an inspired moment, Rabindranath sang it by setting a glorious tune to it and it was left to the genius of Shri Aurobindo to interpret the deeper meaning of the song out of which India ...

Savitri: the Light of the Supreme :: Aswapati compels mortal birth ...
by RY Deshpande The phrase “portals of the birth that is a death” in Sri Aurobindo's The Mother is a precise and beautiful description of this sorrowful world, this world of ours, also a very poignant description of our mortal lot, our mortal state, ...

Master of Philosophy in Sri Aurobindo Studies,

Sunday, Nov 08, 2009
The Hindu: Engagements: In Coimbatore Today
Sri Aurobindo Devotees: Collective prayers to Sri Annai, Sri Annai Meditation Centre, Kovaipudur, 4 p.m.; Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram,. 9.30 a.m.

The Hindu: Engagements: In Chennai Today
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10.30 a.m.

Actually Upanishads were esoteric by definition, the word itself implies to sit down at the feet of a teacher : "shad" means to appease, sit, "up" means near and "ni" for a movement downwards. The student had to have enough peace of mind, aspiration and receptivity, and the teacher had to possess both Vedic knowledge and spiritual realization. It was conveyed through oral transmission. Sri Aurobindo did not study them this way but directly from the texts, and IMO his commentaries are pearls of wisdom. Moreover upanishads are pieces of great poetry. Philippe* Moreover Sri Aurobindo did not have a good opinion of Theosophy.

Esoteric and mystic is what Aurobindo makes it for his christianity-groomed western orientalist audience aupmanyav*

Monday, 09 Nov
Dancing Astrology ::: New Creation Dance Studio ::: Mon ::: 6:00 PM
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Mon ::: 6:45 AM
Introduction to sustainable food growing ::: Buddha Garden ::: Mon ::: 10:00 AM
DANCE SPACE ::: Verite Hall ::: Mon ::: 5:00 PM
Tuesday, 10 Nov
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Tue ::: 6:45 AM
Verite - Weekly “Drop-In” Class ::: Verite Hall ::: Tue ::: 7:30 PM
Well Being (Pranayama) Workshop ::: SAWCHU, BHarat Nivas ::: Tue ::: 6:45 AM
Wednesday, 11 Nov
Integral Meditation ::: New Creation Sport Resource Center ::: Wed ::: 4:30 PM
Yoga Nidra ::: New Creation Sports Resource Center ::: Wed ::: 5:30 PM
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Wed ::: 6:45 AM
"Soul and Psychic Being" - Introductory workshop on the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ::: Savitri Bhavan ::: Wed ::: 9:00 AM
Painting Exhibition by Sivakumar ::: Pitanga (until 24 November) ::: Wed ::: 8:00 AM
Asia Unity Meeting at Pitanga ::: Pitanga, Samasti ::: Wed ::: 3:00 PM
Thursday, 12 Nov
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Thu ::: 6:45 AM
Dancing Astrology ::: New Creation Sports Resource Center ::: Thu ::: 7:30 PM
Painting Exhibition by Sivakumar ::: Pitanga (until 24 November) ::: Thu ::: 8:00 AM
Friday, 13 Nov
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Fri ::: 6:45 AM
Painting Exhibition by Sivakumar ::: Pitanga (until 24 November) ::: Fri ::: 8:00 AM
Saturday, 14 Nov
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Sat ::: 6:45 AM
Painting Exhibition by Sivakumar ::: Pitanga (until 24 November) ::: Sat ::: 8:00 AM
Sunday, 15 Nov
Daily Yoga class in Verite ::: Verite Hall ::: Sun ::: 6:45 AM
Painting Exhibition by Sivakumar ::: Pitanga (until 24 November) ::: Sun ::: 8:00 AM

AurovilleRadio Weekly Schedule Written by Radio Team Sunday, 08 November 2009
This week you can listen to:
Anjlee Agarwal and Ashwani Kumar - Accessible Auroville
Holger - La Fiesta
Harini, Martin and Vikram - What are the human resources for industrial growth?
Aurovilians and Guests - Jam Session at the Visitor Center
David - Radio Teen
Vladimir - As we build the City...
Dr. Richard Stein - Dr. Carl Gustav Jung and Sri AurobindoTo see the broadcast time click here.

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