Saturday, February 27, 2016

Humanity stands at a crucial junction and is struggling to go through ascension

Musings of a flower child: Panorama of Savitri

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Aurobindo has given an entirely unique fresh perspective to the entire story of Savitri which is very relevant to the present times where humanity stands at a crucial junction and is struggling to go through ascension. 
After reading this book the things which are impressive is the way Aurobindo has taken Savitri s character to an altogether different sublime level. The narration by Pandit is simple and yet classy.

Golden Day

Tomorrow at 5.30pm at Unity Pavilion Auroville 50th Anniversary Update and General Information Meeting.
Monday 29th February ,at 5.30 pm Golden Streams, a musical offering Joy – vocals, Nadaprem – Bansuri, Viola and Keyboard, Aurelio and friends – Sound Stones and Singing Metals
Sunday 29th afternoon Evergreen Horses fundraiser

This yoga implies not only the realisation of God, but and entire consecration and change of the inner and outer life till it is fit to manifest a divine consciousness and become part of a divine work. This means an inner discipline far more exacting and difficult than mere ethical physicalausterities. One must don enter on this path, far vaster and more arduous than most ways of yoga, unless one is sure of the psychic call and of one’s readiness to go through to the end, Sri Aurobindo

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Dear Editor: Mother's Birthday at Aurbindo.. Dehradun Branch
(Colonel Nirmal Mahajan, Retd)

"The Mother's Force is not only above on the summit of the being. It is there with you and near you, ready to act whenever your nature will allow it. It is so with everybody here"

Devotees of Mother & Sri Aurbindo throng to  Aurbindo Ashram, Rajpur Road, in big numbers to celebrate this momentous occasion -Mother’s Birthday with cheerfulness, enthusiasm, zeal and keenness. Devi Wahi, Chairperson of Ashram &  Madhu Anjali welcomed all devotees. Prayer hall of Ashram, where relics of Sri Aurbindo are kept was beautifully decorated with marigold flowers. Mother's birthday is one of the four important Days in calendar of Aurbindo Ashram, known as Darshan Days. Elite of Dehradun attended the proceedings, including Gen Kumar, Gen Basant Singh, Dr Arun, Satish Kumar, Dr Kalra, Subhash Nagpal, Satish Aggarwal,  Col Nirmal/Promila Mahajan, Sobti, Vijay Chandana, Satish Kumar, Bhuwan Gandhi, Harry Sehi and many more.

Mirra Alfassa, known to her followers as The Mother, was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Her full name at birth was Blanche Rachel Mirra Alfassa. She was born in Paris in 1878. She came to Sri Aurobindo's spiritual retreat on 29 March 1914 in Pondicherry, India. Having to leave Pondicherry during World War I, Finally she returned in 1920. After 24 November 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion, she founded Sri Aurobindo Ashram with a handful of disciples. 
She met an Indian in Paris who advised her to read the Bhagavad-Gita, taking Krishna as a symbol of the inner Divine. She later said that when she saw Sri Aurobindo for the first time, she recognized him as the person, whom she had earlier referred to as "Krishna". 
Sri Aurobindo considered Mother to be  an Avatar of the Supreme Shakti (an incarnation of the Mother Divine ). In 1927 he wrote, The One whom we adore as the Mother is the Divine Conscious Force..
After Sri Aurobindo death in 1950, till her own death in 1973, Mother regularly met her disciple Satprem, with the content of these conversations published in French and English in the 13-volume book The Agenda.
From 1962, she continued to give public Darshans four times a year from an upstairs balcony, at which thousands of devotees gathered. Her religious experiences have intensified through the later 1960s and 1970s.
In 1956 she established the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, together with Surendranath Jauhar, and Mother's International School. In 1968 Alfassa founded Auroville.
After her death on 17 November 1973, her body was placed in the newly constructed Samadhi structure: a vault in the courtyard of the Ashram where Sri Aurobindo's body had been placed in 1950.

Reading of few pages from the Epic, Savitri (written by Sri Aurbindo) is mandatory in every function, Vibha ji read the same., and an appropriate  Bhajan was sung in praise of Mother by Ashmi Sharma in her harmonious, melodious voice, Madhu Anjali,  highlighted the importance of the day to devotees and also read  the inspirational prayer written by Mother herself. Later the devotees were treated to outstanding Bhajan session by talented and gifted students of  of Jaswant Modern School, in presence of their Principal..Meenaxi Gandotra. Audience listened in pin drop silence. Last Bhajan “Om Namo Shivay" was the very best.

As is the ritual, on all Darshan days,  everyone present enjoyed the Langar (Community eating), aptly managed by Anju Aggarwal, Ashmi Sharma, Rajlaxmi Dubey & Vibha Aggarwal.

"There is one divine Force which acts in the universe and in the individual and is also beyond the individual and the universe. The Mother stands for all these, but she is working here in the body to bring down something not yet expressed in this material world so as to transform life here -- it is so that you should regard her as the Divine Shakti working here for that purpose. She is that in the body, but in her whole consciousness she is also identified with all the other aspects of the Divine"

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