Saturday, March 24, 2007

D. P. Chattopadhyaya and Kireet Joshi

Brief Introduction of the Chairmen of ICPR
ICPR SILVER JUBILEE AWARD OF DISTINGUISHED LIFE TIME CONTRIBUTION TO PHILOSOPHY
The first Chairman of ICPR was Professor D. P. Chattopadhyaya. The Council was privileged to have him as the chairman continuously for about ten years (1981-1990). Prof. Chattopadhyaya was the President cum Chairman of IIAS, Shimla, (1984-91). He is currently the Project Director of the multi-disciplinary project viz., Project of History of Indian Science Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC), which was initiated by the ICPR when he was the Chairman, and Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Civilization (CSC). He published over 30 books and held high public offices like Union Cabinet Ministership and State Governorship. He has received numerous awards including Padma Bhushan in 1998...
Dr. Kireet Joshi was the Chairman of ICPR from 2000-06. He was also its Member-Secretary for (1981-1990) 10 years. He was Chairman of Auroville Foundation and vice-Chairman of Maharshi Sandipani Rashtria Veda Vidya Pratisthan. He was formerly Educational Adviser to the Government of India and Special Secretary in the Ministry of HRD during 1976 to 1988. He has authored and edited a number of books in the areas of Value-Oriented Education, Indian Culture, Yoga, Sri Aurobindo and Mother. pib.nic.in

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Constant repetition of The Mother’s name

Integral Education: A Foundation for the Future, one of the new books introduced below, talks about the future of the human race in terms of today’s children and their imperative need for a “yogic education”. The author, a teacher himself, writes from his personal experience on how such an education will look and feel for the child, the teacher, the parent, the school, and the community. In a later chapter “Integrating Life and School”, he raises the three thorny questions of discipline, responsibility, and freedom as part of a discussion on the need for an integral education whose principles can be readily applied in the dynamism of life beyond the classroom. In the section on the question of freedom, which he defines as evolving out of awareness, choice, and responsibility, the author describes what constitutes a “free” individual with an example of what is undoubtedly his own way of teaching:
To illustrate this a bit more graphically, imagine a puppet moved by numerous invisible strings of conditionings, fears, biases, and compulsions over which it has no control; it must move the way the strings are pulled. Now imagine that this puppet can think, and imagine further that the puppet thinks itself free because it interprets the fact that it is moving as an act of free movement just because it cannot see the strings. Would its sense of freedom, or its apprehensions of freedom, amount to much in real terms? For this puppet to come to real freedom, it will have to be released from its strings. That is the first condition. Only then will it be able to move its limbs the way it wants to move. Till then, neither freedom nor responsibility would make much sense.
Integral education must begin with this premise that humans are conditioned, they are not free.… The children must be made aware of how their actions and reactions are controlled by all their ‘strings’ and they must be shown how it is possible to develop individuality and the capacity for independent reasoning and action. [page 287]
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Integral Education
A Foundation for the Future— Partho ISBN: 978-81-7476-535-2 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, in association with UBS Publishers' Distributors Pvt. Ltd. Binding: Hard Cover Pages: 306 Price: Rs 525
The premise of this book is that if the goal of man is to evolve into a higher being capable of manifesting a divine consciousness, then this ideal must move beyond the realm of individual yogic practices and be seriously and purposefully taken up by societies through the propagation of a new kind of education. Based on his own practice as a teacher and teacher educator, the author describes the characteristics of an integral teacher and an integral learning environment and how these differ, in essence and in detail, from the current mode of education generally followed in the modern world. Set within the framework of Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s thoughts on integral education, the book is an experimental manual for changing the way most teachers view both the process of learning and the child who is at the centre of that process.
White Roses (Enlarged Edition) Part II
— The Mother's Messages and Correspondence with Huta ISBN: 978-81-87372-06-6 Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 241 Price: Rs 200
This enlarged edition of White Roses, a collection of the Mother’s correspondence with Huta, differs from the previous version in that it contains many more of the Mother’s letters as well as both facsimiles of her handwritten notes and their transcriptions. Published in two volumes, Part I covers the years 1955 to 1962 and Part II the years 1963 to 1973. In addition to the correspondence there are quotations from Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s works sent to Huta by the Mother as well as many of the Darshan and New Year messages.
Nama-Japa in the Yoga of Transformation
— Ramkrishna Das Publisher: Auro Seva Trust, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 81 Price: Rs 60
Translated and revised from the original Oriya text, this book is a passionate argument for the effectiveness of nama-japa in Sri Aurobindo’s yoga. The author’s premise is that through all the difficulties and arduous trials of the yoga of transformation, the safest and least difficult path is that of complete surrender to the Mother, and that the most direct way to achieve such a surrender is by the constant repetition of the Mother’s name. In concise and affirming language, he describes how to use nama-japa in work, in worldly life, to overcome obstacles from within and attacks from adverse forces, and how to make its practice natural, spontaneous, and effective.
SABDA SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM PONDICHERRY 605 002 INDIA Tel.: +91 413 2223328, 2233656 Fax: +91 413 2223328 Email: mail@sabda.in Web: http://www.sabda.in

Sadhana Forest is a Permaculture Reforestation project

arozin Joined: 19 Mar 2007 Posts: 1 Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2007 6:20 am Post subject: Re forest South India --> Greetings from Sadhana Forest. We are curently looking for volunteers/interns to work on this ongoing project. Please be so kind as to forward this information to people within the Permaculture community who may be able to help with this.
Sadhana Forest is a Permaculture Reforestation project in Southern India practising sustainability within the community. Our main aim is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery, and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last minute effort to keep this very rich and beautiful Forest on earth.
Facilties here include a library, small swimming pool, use of bicycles, internet access and the opportunity to participate in occasional workshops (eg. sustainable living). We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, vegan/organic gardening, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets. We are looking for Project Co-ordinators. The posts will be voluntary and for 4 months or more. Full board is provided for those staying for a minimum of 4 months.

It is just amazing that a place like Auroville exists in this world

Auroville an experiment on human unity Auroville 06th January 2007 Auroville guest-houses were fully booked too, so we ended up in a big room of a family house close to the beach and next door to the best pizza place in Town, paradise restaurant.
Auroville is a community project started in 1968 by The Mother a French lady who was the spiritual partner of Bengali saint Sri Aurobindo. The philosophy behind, is to create an international, interracial and multicultural community that doesn’t belong to any country but to the whole humanity where spiritual values and not material profit rule their life. They aimed to be self sufficient; people’s jobs are meant to be a way to express and develop themselves and to serve the community who in exchange will provide for each individual’s subsistence. In other words they’re trying to create a new and better society.
Nice words, difficult mission. This place could only be in India one of the few countries in the world whose government and people would really support something like this. There are about 1,700 aurovillians from 35 different countries, one third of them are Indians. Is a difficult place to visit cause is all very spread out, located in different communities with rural roads between them, no public transport you really need a motorbike or a bicycle to move around.
We visit the information centre, the first day and then wait till New Years had passed to find accommodation inside and get a guess pass to see more. We had a pretty bad dinner in New Years eve we ordered the wrong thing in the menu, also the music and ambient were pretty depressing, we hope to find a place open with some kind of party, but some corrupt and drunk police came requesting money to the restaurants threatening to close them, they didn’t want problems and by 11pm all the village was shut down!, we had no other choice than going back to the room and had a private celebration, by 01:00am we were asleep! Never have a quieter New Year eve in my life!
Already in 2007 we realised we won’t find a place in Auroville guest houses for many days so we keep going to Reppos community one of the Auroville guest houses by the beach and had nice organic salads. People staying there were quite mature, many French and Italians, well off intellectuals and artists people. The beach is no paradise, quite dirty sand, the sea is rough and windy, also there are lots of Indians enjoying the free view of live western women semi naked. We met some interesting people in Reppos and read more about Auroville, there was an interesting guided tour of the place for three days but it was far too expensive for our budget. We realized we needed a motorbike to move around unfortunately I’ve never ride one, I tried our landlord’s bike for a while but didn’t feel safe enough to carry Martha all over the place. We decided to dedicate one whole day to the place and leave. We paid the expensive rickshaw to the visitor’s centre and walk from there to different buildings.
We visited the library and found the librarian who was very stressed out (we thought this must be the only stressed out librarian in the world), he was having a personal fight with Auroville council about money for the library and had pinned a paper at the door denouncing the council with very strong words, it seemed pretty weird. We visited a beautiful art gallery with some fine works of aurovillian artists, modern art but the best kind, we went to the solar kitchen with serves hundred of meals all cooked using only solar power from a massive dish on the roof, interesting project. They have developed very interesting project there, our favourite is called living water, they have created a water filter based on the reaction of water molecules when exposed to different things. It has been proved with microscopes that water molecules crystallize beautifully with symmetrically strong links when exposed to certain words, sounds, music or mantras with positive meanings like love, peace etc. Its structure become similar to that of pure stream water from the mountains, this way they created a machine that filters tap water with the usual UV and ozone system and finally apply mantras to it so it gets transform in living water as pure as a mountain stream, beautiful project. There are many other interesting things going on.
Finally we went to the Matrimandir, the spiritual heart of Auroville. As you can see in the pictures it looked like a huge golf ball made of gold, pretty weird. Inside there is a meditation chamber with a massive crystal that reflects the sun rays and create some fantastic effects. We couldn’t get inside as we needed special passes but it looked something out of a Kubrick film. In fact the whole Auroville look like the futuristic films of the 70s and actually that’s precisely what it is, cause it was all inspired and designed in the 60s and 70s in the heat of the cold war when human civilization looked about to be exterminated by nuclear war and people desperately seek a new society.
In this almost 40 years of existence they have done interesting things but are still a long way from the goal. It is very difficult what they want to achieve considering there isn’t an enlightened leader guiding the project, -the Mother died in 1973 when the whole thing was under construction- so it became a community of people practicing each own personal spiritual path doing the best of their ability. For some people feels like a project to dedicate their life, we didn’t feel like this, it has too much political and intellectual debate, I, personally, had enough of that when I was young is not what I’m looking for at this time of my life. Although the whole project seems to be a bit stuck and not growing fast enough, it is just amazing that a place like Auroville exists in this world, we sincerely wish all success to this dream and follow closely their progress. Fran & Martha See pictures of Auroville See Auroville website See route

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre

The Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre is an integral yet autonomous part of Sri Aurobindo Society (The SADLEC was formed by the Central Committee of Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, on June 5, 1992). The Society was started by the Mother in 1960 to work for the realization of the integral vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in every field and in every way. The Mother was the founder and the Executive president of the Society. Though the Mother left her physical body in 1973, she is still the permanent President of the Society, shaping its destiny. Therefore the Mother is also the President, the Light, the moulding force, the shaping Consciousness and the realising Executrix of the Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre.
The education at Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre is (including the boarding and lodging) completely free since it is felt that true education cannot happen in an atmosphere where monetary calculations become important. It is also in accord with the Mother’s remark that true education has never been sold in India.
The town of Jhunjhunu is located in North-Eastern Rajasthan about 225 Kms South-West of Delhi and about 190 Kms North-West of Jaipur and is easily approachable both by buses and trains. For more information please write to:
Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education CentreMira Ambica Bhawan, Khetan MohallaJhunjhunu - 333001, Rajasthan, IndiaTel. (01592) 235615E-mail:
sadlecjjn@rediffmail.com

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The music scene is superb, we’ve met some exceptional musicians

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 Auroville
We’re currently in a utopian society called Auroville near Pondicherry… it has some fantastic ideals including human unity and sustainable living, and is aiming to be the city of the future.Kate got some interest from Maire Claire for a Pongala article, and we’re aiming to write a few features on Auroville for various magazines and papers. We’ve had superb help from the media team here, and we’ve been filling our time talking to various people here finding out what makes the place tick. It would take years to really understand everything, there’s so much here… but the more people we talk to, the more impressed we are. In fact, we can seriously see ourselves living here! We’ll take it slowly though!
What I love about this place is that everyone is here with a great deal of hope and faith that they are creating an ideal human community. Of course it isn’t perfect, but it’s a fascinating experiment. There’s a great mixture of spiritual types, creative people and people who work the land… everyone is particularly intelligent. The music scene is superb, we’ve met some exceptional musicians. In the words of one of the resident musicians, Auroville is a community for black sheep… it’s a great herd! I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this place, but in the meantime here are some photos:
Lots of modern architecture in Auroville!
We’re currently staying in a tree house… very atmospheric.
Our communal kitchen from the inside, and the outside.
The Matrimandir is a space age golf ball in the middle of the village which is supposed to give unity to the place. People meditate in it.
The Town Hall… reminds me of a villain’s lair… or maybe a bank’s headquarters.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri

Shruti, a Delhi Ratna award recipient, is an educationist, Vedic Scholar, faculty developer, orator, documentary maker, Sound healer and a renowned Musician. She has been exploring the growth of consciousness through Indian spiritual Practices and the science of sound, and its scientific applications in health and the development of consciousness, through clinical and experiential research. She has been conducting her Nada Empowerment workshops internationally for many years, which experientially teach powerful methods of healing with sound with methods for diagnosis, treatment and cure of physical and psychosomatic diseases. She has given music concerts internationally, and her Mantra and music CDs along with her workshops continue to influence large and multi-cultural audiences in India and abroad.
Her Music CDs and Cassettes (11 releases including AUM, Shivoham, Shakti, Mantra Nada (Shruti in Concert), Om Bhoorbhuvah Swah, Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, Isha Upanishad, Krishna, Beeja Mantra(Chakra Healing set of 4), My Rajasthan, etc) are used worldwide for healing, mediation and relaxation. They are much sought after for use in alternative medicine, stress healing and relaxation. Shruti's Programs for 2006
January
Sunday 22 nd , 10am: Talk on 'Self management the Indian Way' at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi.
Sunday 29 th , GIMVAD organization, 5.00 pm: Talk on Creativity and Health
Monday 30th , 3.30 pm: Talk and Consultation on multiple issues to 'International Futures Forum', a Scotland based international forum of executives and professionals.
February
Sunday 5 th , 9.45 pm: Recitation of Devi Suktam (Mantric Chapter) from the Rig Veda at the Science and Spirituality Conference at India International Center, New Delhi.
Wenesday 8 th , 2 - 4 pm, Delhi University (Psychology Department): Talk on "The Psychological Significance of Sound".
Friday 10 th , 6.30 pm, India International Center, New Delhi Main Auditorium: Shruti's Mantra Concert - A Meditaitive Musical Journey.
Tuesday 21 st , 11 am at Sri Aurobindo Centre, New Delhi
Programme; The Divine Mother (A one hour spiritual music recital)
March
Friday, 10 th at Auroville Amphitheater , 6.30 pm : 'Mystical Journey of the Spirit in Sound' - Shruti's 90 minute spiritual music concert .
Tuesday, 21 st at 'The Attic', Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, 6.30pm: 'Mantra and The Metaphysical Significance of Shakti the Goddess'- An experiential talk and audio-visual presentation.
Friday, 24 th at India International Center, 40 Maxmuller Marg, New Delhi : Talk (organized by Upasana) on " Sounds - Symbols - Structures- Their Meaning and Relevance in Evolving Societies .
Saturday, March 25 th at Sri Aurobindo Bhawan, Noida, 7.00 pm: Mantric Music with Spiritual poetry.
Other Programs for 2006 (as confirmed till date)
April
Friday 31 st , 10 am - 6 pm, 110 A Southern Avenue, Keshar Kutir, Kolkatta-110019 (organized by Emami): One Day Workshop on "Nada Empowerment" - for teaching methods of Self empowerment and healing with Sound.
Sunday April 2 nd , 5.30 pm , 110 A Southern Avenue, Keshar Kutir, Kolkata-110019 (orgsanized by Emami): Shruti's Music Concert: "Lighting in the Inner Lamps".
April 5 th to 15 th , 6.00 pm - Talk Sessions on 'Yoga in Savitri' at Sri Aurobindo Society, New Delhi.
May
15. May 15 th to 18 th - Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Mirambika School , New Delhi (at Van Niwas, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Nainital: Shruti's 4 day workshop on 'Music, Sound, Word and Language'
June
June 18 th to 23 rd : Talks and workshops in London .
June 28 th - Full Day Workshop on Nada at Princeton USA.
July, 2006
July 2 nd to 5 th - AUM ( All US MEET ) conference at Woodstock Catskill Mountains, New York-
Mantric music Concert
Talk on "The Psychological Significance of Sound"
July 6 th , 7 th - Dallas USA.
Concert
Talk on "Indian Symbolism and its Western Distortions"
July 8 th to 10 th - World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) - Sixth International Conference, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA:
Plenary Talk: Title: Vedic Symbolism and Human Society today. Abstract: The interplay of beings, deities and entities in the Vedas, constantly struggling between the three plays of expressive consciousness -Satyam, Rtam, Brhat is explained in terms of the planes and parts of the human being as an individual and as a part of society. This paper highlights the wars and the harmonies between the different Vedic entities, which represent the inner evolutionary struggle of the individual and collective being. The crucial role of the inner 'Agni' and its importance in Self and Societal development is highlighted while understanding the 'Yajna' as an inner journey that each of us is compelled to undertake for the sake of perfection and evolution in our everyday existence. It particularly addresses India's problems and its solutions in the light of the geo-political plays of forces in the world today. THESE FACETS WILL BE INTERPRETED IN A LANGUAGE SUITED TO TODAYS INTELLECTUAL YOUTH WITH PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS TO DEAL WITH MODERN DAY PROBLEMS.
Panel (Organized by Shruti) Title: The Evolutionary significance of Vedic Symbols and Methodologies in Modern Life: Interpreting Vedic techniques and Symbols and applying for today's world. Abstract: VEDIC SYMBOLS AND DEITIES EXPLAIN HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY INCLUDING IMPORTANT MIND-BODY FUNCTIONS. VEDIC METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF COGNITION AND EDUCATION, THE GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA ARE ADDRESSES IN THIS PANEL TO OFFER SOLUTIONS FOR THE MULTI-LEVELED EXISTENTIAL AS WELL AS EVOLUTIONARY PROBLEMS IN MODERN LIFE.The three speakers in this panel are:
Suneet Varma (Professor, Dept of Psychology-Delhi University, Author)
Subhash Kak (Louisiana State University-Scientist, Vedic Scholar)
Shruti (Educationist/Author, Vedic Musician/Scholar, Delhi Ratan Award Recipient).
Chair - Rajiv Malhotra (Public Intellectual, Author and President- Infinity Foundation).
Shruti's talk in the above panel will be: " Vedic Educational Methodologies and Multiple Intelligence" - An Experiential account and guide to integral education and teacher training Using Vedic Techniques: ABSTRACT - The Vedic approach to education was used as the foundation for 1) Learning a wide spectrum of disciplines with ease 2) Mastering Vedic techniques of concentration, knowledge absorption, assimilation and re-expression. This paper summaries the experiences and Vedic methodologies used in the unique accomplishment of having trained over 4000 teachers in public and private schools across India and introducing new paradigms for education in existing schools and well as new experimental efforts for Unesco. The paper also reminiscences my experiments with school and college students and the success stories using Vedic "inputs" and techniques of learning. The program was designed to fulfill the modern goal of developing multipleintelligences for enhancing cognitive abilities of mind. It was also used for facilitating the holistic absorption and processing of sensory, intellectual and emotional inputs from our outer and inner environments.
Shruti's Mantra Concert 'Journey of the Spirit in Sound' . A meditative musical journey with Shruti with Mantric Music and Spiritual Poetry, Invoking Multifaceted Expressions of Divinity with Timeless Sanskrit Stotrams and Vedic Mantras. About Mantra Japa: The Mantra is an "intended" ordering of vibrations, which creates quietude in the being of the hearer or the receiver. It is a Word of Power born out of the depths of being, meditated upon and then permeated into the atmosphere and space with the action of Pranic energy. Its intent, intonation, rhythm and meter all act from the unfathomable, intangible layers of our being down to every microscopic physical cell, leading to transformation, healing and harmony.
August, September, October
12 week Certificate Course with Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi) students on :"Indic Traditions and Innovative Paradigms": for the Development of Self and Society in Modern life.
November : Participant- American Academy of Religion, USA.

Kechala, District Koraput, Orissa

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PROGRAM OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT - ORISSA, INDIA
Kechala, District of Koraput
Some general information on the State of Orissa
The State of Orissa, at the tropical climate, is at the East of India, the Bay of Bengal. The coastal plains rise carefully to the hills where is the Kechala project, with 900 meters of altitude. One finds there many ores and Orissa is a large iron exporter. But the State is often destabilized by natural disasters. In 1999, a cyclone devastated the coastal areas. Officially, 9 ' 500 people died but it is estimated that this number is closer to 50 ' 000. A million people lost their housing (compared with the tsunami of December 24, 2004, this number can appear low but remains nevertheless important). The waves flooded up to 15 m inside the country, destroying with the passage all the cultures. The salinity of the grounds and the damage caused with the system of irrigation caused a dryness. Many villages were famished. Floods and dryness continue to prevail.
Tribal population
62 groups of tribes formerly lived in the State of Orissa. Currently the “Adivasis” (or natives) constitutes more of the quarter of the population. Many Adivasis were integrated, but certain tribes remain nevertheless with the variation of modernity, being withdrawn in the forests and the hills. Khond, with the number of a million, live in south-west (where is the Kechala project) in the neighbourhoods of Koraput and close to Sambalpur in the North-West.
The influence of the tribal culture on the Indian culture is recognized little. But it is claimed that the first Buddhist communities took as a starting point their way of life, based on the equality, the absence of castes and the respect of any form of life. Many Hindu deities (such as Shiva and Khali) correspond to the deities of the tribes. In the same way, the languages oriya Bengali are languages which developed from those of the tribes crossed with the Sanskrit.
Tribal habits, ritual and beliefs became tourist attractions, which one can see in the museums. One also organizes days for Indian tourists, who come to see how these cut tribes of the world live, which can appear somewhat unhealthy, this more especially as it is especially the turn operator which profits from it!

Introduction to the Kechala project
A very new program of rural development is born in 2004 in the State of Orissa. The name of the project, Kechala, is that of the village close to the place of construction of the site, which one can see besides on the photograph of the title page of this file.
The place to establish the program is in the District of Koraput, inside the State, lost in the hills, to 900 m of altitude, where 3 to 4000 people live belonging to ethnic tribes, dispersed in 7 cut villages of the rest of the world, without work, education, latrines and practically without suitable assistance of the government. The only road in very bad state giving access to the tribal village of Kechala, circumvents the immense stopping Upper Kolab Reservoir built in the years 1970-1980. No regular means of transport connect Kechala to the town of Koraput. To traverse the 100 km separating the village from the city, it is necessary to hope 3h in the jeep. It is besides much easier and pleasant to cross the lake of the stopping in the boat.
It is one of the poorest areas of India, but also very beautiful, preserved of any pollution. In spite of the stopping, there is no electricity in the villages. Electricity is exported in the cities.
When the stopping was built, the government gave the choice to the moved natives, to receive grounds or money. 80% chose to receive ground; they thus succeeded in rebuilding a life elsewhere. The 20% remainder, which preferred to receive money, very spent quickly and currently live in the total destitution. It is the case of the inhabitants of the 7 villages which occupy us of which Kechala.
To survive, the natives cut the wood of the forests, which they sell at a ridiculous price with Koraput (transport by boat), thus creating a problem of serious deforestation in all the area. The landscape became lunar. They cultivate moreover some grounds, making a harvest per annum in an area where the climate allows harvests all the year.
The tribal population, not feeling constant, sinks more and more in alcohol produced on the spot, starting from the plants.
The majority of the inhabitants never left their village. Until last October, when the initiator of the project, Pranjal Jauhar, decides to offer a voyage to ten young people from 20 to 35 years, in New Delhi, none the inhabitants had never seen a true city, nor of plane, supermarket, escalator, computer etc Thanks to this voyage, the population initially very reserved vis-a-vis the newcomers, agreed to cooperate with the installation of the new program of development.
Tigers and bears still live in the area with complete freedom, and of the snakes. That I knew it only after having spent one night under stars, on the veranda of the only room in cabin the male team…

The project
The goal of the project is to build a school for a new conscience, a boarding school for young Indian students. The students will come from all India and all social layers. The first year will include/understand 3 classes. Gradually, of the additional classes will be added, until 12th. Education will be not-conventional. Parallel to the school course, the children will be implied in an environmental work.
For being able to build the school, it is necessary to place the team, to improve the access to the site, the communication (CH. 1) to start to plant trees and to cultivate the fields (CH. 2), and to help the villagers (CH. 3).
1. The site of the program
A building is currently in construction. Finished, it will include/understand 15 parts including 12 rooms, an office, a kitchen and a canteen.
Transport and communication:
The access to the site must be made easier. The disalignment of the only access road is too important for the trucks. It should be made uneven over a length from 300 to 400 meters.
The workers must be able to move more easily to reach Koraput and the various villages. For that, the acquisition of 2 motor bikes, the construction of 2 boats to cross the stopping, jackets of rescue (it is rare that the Indians can swim), of bicycles etc are necessary.
The installation of 2 cordless phones with antennas is essential.
For drinking water, two deep wells must be built. One close to the building in construction; a second close to the workshop which will be born soon. The workshop will shelter the instruments and the equipment necessary to the program. A garden contiguous to the workshop will be used as seedbed.
2. Plantation of trees and culture of the fields
The site of the program is on a ground of approximately 100 ' 000 m2, acquired into 2004 thanks to the personal funds of Pranjal Jauhar. Only one tree was preserved wild cut of the natives. It is necessary to start by retimbering. The whole will be entirely closed with barbed wire to protect the young trees. To prevent that the natives do not cut the trees, it is initially envisaged to plant trees which carry fruits and nuts, which will nourish them.
It is also envisaged to cultivate fields, and the this all year.
Wells of irrigation for the plantations of trees and the fields are necessary.
It is also envisaged to equip the site with solar energy of which 90% of the cost will be dealt with by the authorities.
3. Contribute to Adivasis (indigenous population or tribes)
Wells of drinking water and irrigation must also be built for the villagers,
Latrines.
To give work to the natives, a cashew nut factory is envisaged. Natives will be sent in already existing factories to learn the trade during 2-3 years before integrating thereafter the factory which is intended to them.
A medical aid with the villagers is also envisaged. Volunteers also should be trained.
The education of the children will also be done. The best pupils will be able to integrate the primary school envisaged in the second time and which is the initial goal of the program.
III. Initiator of the project and the team: Pranjal Jauhar, Indian, 38 years
Studies: licence trades about it with honors, 1989
Meerut, University, post rank in trade, 1991
Seminar of management in catastrophe with Indira Gandhi Open University,
Professional experience
From 1986 to 1990: Teacher with Mirambika Free School Progress, celebrates for his innovating methods of teaching and research in education.
Dice the beginning of the Nineties: Member of the Trust Sri Aurobindo, New Delhi, Secrétaire of Auro-Reflected Service and member of the Management committee of education at the school Sri Aurobindo. Person in charge for accountancy, financial transactions, legal investments, expenditure, taxes, businesses; person in charge for construction of the buildings. Mr. Jauhar also developed the hands-on training (vocational training) of the Institute Sri Aurobindo de New Delhi.
After the cyclone, which devastated the coasts of the State d' Orissa in 1999, Mr. Jauhar, as a representative of the Company of education of Sri Aurobindo, took part in the rebuilding of 20 school buildings. After the cyclone, it to the site went immediately, accompanied by a medical team. Drugs and food were distributed. During several months, it supervised work of rebuilding of the schools. This program was financed by the DDC, Switzerland.
The team which works with Pranjal Jauhar, is made up of 8 young people from 25 to 35 years, enthusiastic, all originating in the State d' Orissa, having followed a university and/or practical training to the school Sri Aurobindo in New Delhi. And an American having worked during 4 years with Ushagram. All without exception required to belong to the program. Currently, they are implied in the construction of the 1st building, which will be used of housing and starting place of the program. Each one of them will take then other functions in relation to its competences and its interests.
Organization responsible for the program
Name: Service Society Auro-reflected,
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016
Ashram Sri Aurobindo de New Delhi was recorded in 1956.
Service Society Auro-reflected was creates with an aim of setting up of the varied programs.
Members of the Council
President: Mrs. Tara JAUHAR
(girl of the founder of Ashram and aunt de Pranjal Jauhar)
Vice-president: Mr. Triyugi NARAYAN VERMA
Secretary: Pranjal JAUHAR
(initiator of the program of Kechala)
Members: Mr. Tapan Pramanik
Mrs. Shukla HALDAR
Mrs. Kamlesh MOHINDREA
Mr. ARTATRANA

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What an onerous task Mother has placed upon us

M E M O R I E S My Teachers Lopamudra ’94 FEBRUARY 2005 The Golden Chain
It is ten years since I finished Knowledge. The monsoons were drenching my heart that October. To say goodbye sounded like the last sad tinkling of the temple bells after a ceremony. Now when I wonder whence comes that fragrance, I am attracted to those flowers pressed in the book of my school days. And I realize how the Mother and Sri Aurobindo working through all our teachers have planted tree after tree in each of our gardens. I want to thank all my teachers, although there are no words to describe gratitude. Pardon me for mentioning only a few of them while there are so many I will never forget.
When I was in my early teens the day began with Sudinam Arya in the Corner House. In the second period we met with the same Arya who taught us mathematics. In the afternoon in the old Hall of Harmony with the cotton tree as a backdrop, we chanted the Bhagavad Geeta — again same teacher. In Group he taught us long jump and ran with us in our 100 metre sprint, screaming with the wind, "flex your knees". At night back in Corner House we analyzed our basketball game and decided anger should be conquered. All this came from one teacher, Bharat-arya, during our crucial growing years. We were learning a new paradigm in mathematics and only such a skillful teacher could make it an adventure. Sanskrit I have never known better than when I was his student. He reminded us again and again to "internalize" these teachings and be "conscious". Later when I had graduated from the Bharat-arya age, I applied his teaching to improve my swimming style, to do long jump and in so many ways he was still my mentor. Those were the fastest years of progress, when teacher and friend and guide and sometimes even playful antagonist, Bharat-arya, kept us jogging at his speed. Without knowing it, we imbibed the enthusiasm to learn and excel. Is this what the ancients called a Gurukul?
Vijayendra-bhai was fun and witty. His physics explanations were sprinkled with punch lines which made it impossible for students to sleep. He had a Captain Haddock style of interjecting, with expressions like "Espèce de Paoli!" He re-named us, the new name often resembling our original name. I was Lopeze, rhyming with "trapeze" — I suppose it is spelt this way for it is the first time I am writing the name. It was fun to have another name, as if you were acting in a drama. In Group he ran with us with his hockey stick and arched his back to get the softball. But always the joyous spirit shone forth. Apart from classes and coaching, he took a personal interest in his students. He gave us tips on health and asked about our achievements in the competitions. Once he offered to mediate between me and my best friend, but we preferred to fight it out.
Richard was another loving teacher. After drawing spiders in Nanteuil, we went to Cazanove and ate Chinese lemons. Then we cycled to the pier and studied barnacles under the rotting jetty. He placed his finger on my frowning forehead while I wrote the biology test. Sometimes now I catch myself frowning and think of the wise and gentle Richard.
Manoj-da (Das Gupta) was my mathematics and physics teacher in Knowledge and in his brilliant manner planted the fundamental concepts deeply in our minds. In those days I thought if I could imbibe the truths of physical reality the way he imparted them to us, very soon I would see Unity. On the last day of my schooling in the Ashram, he read out a story, for the sake of "madhurena samapayet". It was a story written by Rabindranath Tagore about a child, who dreams of becoming a pilot, but his practical-minded father intervenes. There was a line that caught my throat — the boy wanted to fly in the sky where float millions of unfulfilled wishes. It made me cry, as I too had dreams and ideals painted in the sky, and on that day I was being launched from the aircraft of the Ashram School, and did I know if I had a parachute or a load on my back?
My English teachers were gems — Priti-di, Jhumur-di, Veena-di, David — all of them. Babu-da was the most dramatic and poured his versatile knowledge on us. He spoke in idioms and quoted from poetry. He shared a treasure of information on varied subjects that I wrote down in a special "Babu-da notebook". Even now the rich assortment never stops to fascinate people, and they ask me where I collected such interesting facts from. All from the same source, friends. His most important teaching was asking us to write every scrap of English as if it were literature. I used to think literature was an exclusive club of Shelley’s and Oscar Wilde’s. My heart was so puffed, that whatever I wrote did sound like literature. And Babu-da read out those of our essays that were good before the whole class, cried "hats off", applauded, stuck feathers in our cap, and did everything to make us strive and strive till we almost dreamed poems like Coleridge and spoke verses like Alexander Pope. Later, in Knowlegde, Manoj-da (Das) opened a new facet of literature. He unearthed so many meanings even in apparently simple writings, that I caught myself pondering "what more would Manoj-da glean from this..." It is said about humans, that we are made up of layers like an onion — Manoj-da pealed off these layers from a piece of writing and revealed them to us one by one, more alluring than a magician, subtly creating a world that we had missed.
When in EAVP, Swadesh-da was always teaching Science to the class next door and making the ‘Arts’ students love Science, while I sat impatient to do Science and was not allowed to be his audience. Finally in Knowledge I captured him. What a magnificent journey it was in the new world of electronics. He added other interesting corollaries to his teaching, with the cycling picnic and a birthday family party. It was a charm to go to his house and meet my past and present teachers together around the same table, and all of them memorable. The best junior Bengali dramas I did were directed by Manjushree-di; in Delafon I had learned French from Anjushree-di; in Knowledge I studied The Foundations of Indian Culture with Debranjan-da, and Swadhin-da filmed a documentary where I was a narrator.
We hardly heard Ajanta-di enter the classroom as we were upside down busy in the wall-peacock competition. She never scolded us, rather encouraged us to make mistakes, for mistakes teach, and more mistakes teach more! Kanupriyo-da was so intense while reading Rabindranath Tagore’s sad poems, lifting his voice to a crescendo and dropping to a whisper in the next line. Baren-da introduced the heroic tales of Bankim Chandra and entreated us to bear with the unfamiliar language. Despite the stuffy afternoons and the rainy moods, the patience of the Bengali teachers taught me at last to respect the language and see the beauty that has captured so many hearts. Finally I was reading Sharat Chandra rather than Jane Austin.
I have had the best geography and history teachers, whose influence I feel most strongly. The passion I have for seeing a united world stem from the days of Subhash-da’s class in Progrès. His class lasted barely a period in the whole week but I wished it could be the whole week. There was a glossy book full of pictures, the Grand Canyon and the Amazon Basin, the tribes of Chile and the rituals of Tibet, piranhas and avocados, and all those fascinating far reaches of the earth. Then Lipi-di added ecology and Prakash-bhai, political geography. Beni-da and Kittu-da complemented Nature’s stories with the human story and the whole grew into a rich fabric of the multicoloured flag of the world. Suddenly the name of my School seems so apt, Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. My school is International because it urges me to cast off divisions of nation, caste, religion and race and all the other sentiments that cut the globe into clods of earth.
Today while I am taught by life and her less lenient teachers, I think of the Students’ Prayer and realize what an onerous task Mother has placed upon us. I pray that I can remain Her hero warrior and always be prepared to welcome the future. 

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Lots of images of dna strands and the universe in motion

Monday, March 05, 2007 the giant globe at the heart of auroville looks like a golden golf ball on legs. inside, apparently, is a crystal ball and white pillars and the sun comes through and spreads light...we aren't allowed in because it is under construction, the inner chamber still needs some work. there's a silent hum around this place. the grass is obviously brought in and laid out, kept tight to the ground by workers, watered by hand. there are signs which read KEEP TO THE PATH. i can't help but make this symbolic.
we rent bicycles and peep around. it is clearly a spiritual community. a self-sustaining village right outside of pondecherry, a french colony 2 hours from mahabalipuram along the coast. we are here for the day. all visitors must watch an introductory video with information about "the mother" a french woman who moved to india and stayed here with a her guru named aurobindo until her death. the video is very high-science. lots of images of dna strands and the universe in motion. the village is planned out like outer-space, the map they give us is a spiral galaxy, in the center is the golf ball sun.
people here keep to a tight curfew but the land is owned communally and there is no money. but by the look of this place, money had to have come from somewhere...it looks like we're in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY everything but the globe is white and outdated, like yesterdays dream of the future, it was after all built in the 1960's. there should be fembots running around, hunting for enlightenment in white go-go boots. on our bikes we negotiate silently who's to lead. i get grumpy and tired of being led around, so i zoom by as fast as i can and leave everyone in the dust.on the beach we swim and sit and get sand in our hair and i don't look at cohdi at all...# posted by elevenoranges @ 1:17 AM

The architecture of the reception centre is quite interesting

Monday, March 5, 2007 A Weekend at Pondicherry Considering that we are 2.5 hrs by road from Chennai , Pondicherry would easily rank as one of the easiest getaways in south India (Mysore comes right up there) , add to that another convenience that you stay on East Coast Road and it just doesn't make any sense that you haven't given Pondicherry a visit. So on a relatively cool Chennai weekend, we gingerly took up the trip.
To first timers on this trip , start really early (5/5:30 AM) depending on where you are in Chennai so that you can hit Mahabalipuram which is very conveniently on the way before sunrise. The shore temples have braved strong winds and still stand out as magnificient (will post some pics separately). There's a slightly ramshackle restaurant by the bus stand (strictly avoid if you are a hygiene freak) called Hotel Mamalla which serves a fantastic south Indian breakfast. So you should be well and truly on track to reach Pondicherry before lunch time - the drive is pleasant and with the road hugging the coastline , the sight of the sea between clumps of trees and the lagoons on the way makes it really worthwhile (it would be well worth a bike trip).
We chose to stay at the Le Dupleix which is located in the French quarter. It's fairly easy to find once you have figured out the Rues in the French quarter. Here's an excerpt from the Hotel's website"Le Dupleix offers 14 Rooms and is a fusion between the rich, colonial heritage and a contemporary flavour. The hotel beautifully complements Pondicherry. They both epitomize a harmonious merge of the traditional Tamil culture, the old French colonial heritage and a strong spiritual base.It is an 18th century French colonial villa, originally built for the “Maire” Mayor of Pondicherry. Now restored and modernized the hotel is an architectural masterpiece showcasing the life of the 18th century French Governor Marquis Joseph-Francois Dupleix. The 14 suites are all unique in style and furnishings and each provides a unique experience. "The location and the ambience of the hotel pretty much lives up to the description and some of the rooms do look grand , but there's much that's left wanting from a service standpoint. The checkin process took a good hour and though we were promised a suite , we managed to get a fairly dark , cramped room. The food is good though slightly overpriced and though the bar room is well done , the service is slow.There's not much to see in the city and its ideal for a vey laid back weekend , the French quarter definitely stands out as the place to be staying in Pondicherry and I strogly recommend a walk around this area, most of the homes have retained their old world charm (have included some pictures from the walk) and the streets are clean and well maintained. You can ramble along the streets for a good 2-3 hrs discovering some neat little eateries/specialty stores tucked into some corners of the french quarter. The police station at the entrance of the Rue Caserne was interesting and since this has the french influence , you can spot a gendarme
The next stop on the agenda was a walk to the Mother's Shrine the next morning. This is a 15 minute walk from the hotel and you can get a glimpse of the governor's mansion on the way , passed a little temple on the way with an elephant tethered to the gates. What strikes you throughout is the quietude and relaxed ambience which seems to permeate the entire place. Outside the French quarter the place is pretty much an extension of Chennai , though there are a few churches that you can visit. The streets are quite busy and there are some good buys you can get on shirts and leather goods. With rest of the time filled in with lazy afternoon reading at the hotel , it was time to wrap up and leave, so that brought us to the last stop - Auroville. This by far was what I was really looking forward to throughout the trip and alas was in for a disappointment.
Auroville is a fairly large commune on the outskirts of the city - towards Chennai . The timings are erratic and we hit a bad time wherein the access to the Matri Mandir was closed, nevertheless there's a fairly good canteen in the campus which has a unique menu- strongly recommended and the architecture of the reception centre is quite interesting (pics attached). So we were on the way back by evening and again the drive back was refreshing. Some of the palm fringed salt flats along the way are quite picturesque. To the true enthusiasts I would strongly recommend that you check with Auroville about availability of acco within the commune. I have the strong feeling that I'll return shortly to Pondicherry , till then , it's more blogging. Posted by Rajeev at 6:54 AM

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Much of Pondicherry revolves round activities linked to Sri Aurobindo

No regrets in the 'Rue' land D. Murali Business Line Friday, Jul 19, 2002
Pondicherry is not too far from Chennai. Which is why there are many regulars who commute between the two places. However, it is perhaps inertia that keeps most Chennaiites from making a trip to Pondy. Similarly, for the many tourists who cross Chennai, Pondy is not on their travel map so much as other guide-worn places. The few, who decide to drive down to Pondicherry, can get disheartened by the felled trees that make way for broader roads in the approach road to ECR, chaotic traffic near the Golden Beach, and, of late, the steep toll that instantly adds to the cost of the getaway.

But these are minor irritants to compare with what awaits one in Pondicherry, if a little bit of planning is done before going there. What does planning involve? Get good accommodation booked. You can send e-mails to a few of the guesthouses of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and for others, you need to interact through letter. The ambience of many of these ashram-maintained places is good. For instance, the New Guest House, on Rue Romain Rolland, is one of the new constructions, true to its name. The use of space and colours, the blend of simplicity and functionality, and of aesthetics, is to be relished. Since much of Pondicherry revolves round activities linked to Sri Aurobindo, it would be useful to know a few facts about the saint. For those who don't, the Bureau Central organises a brief video show at its museum.
Once your stay is taken care of, the next most important item — as on any tour — is khana. If you are not looking for spicy, oily, and potentially troublesome diet, the best thing to do is to get the meal coupons from the guest house, and it comes for Rs 20 — a passport that can see you through the Ashram's dining room four times during the day, that is, for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. The usual menu would include whole wheat bread, butter, dahlia, curd, rice, vegetables and fruit.
An out-of-the-world place where you find people from different places volunteering to work, serving, cleaning, sweeping and generally maintaining something that may be too lacking in many metros — discipline. The dining place is adjacent to the Lt Governor's mansion, and overlooking the grove-like park that is almost the centre of the city.
The pervading sense of discipline can be seen in the way vehicles are parked, the cleanliness of the roads, geometrical intersections and the splendour of the old buildings. Since cycle is a preferred mode of transport for many in Pondy, and since they don't drive or park these contraptions as dangerously or haphazardly as elsewhere, it is always easy to find a slot to perch your car, but within the border lines drawn helpfully by the administration.
Auto Care, the tourist wing of the Ashram, takes visitors round the different departments for Rs 30 and it can occupy one between breakfast and lunch. The handlooms, handmade paper factory, ayurvedic medicines, stainless steel vessel factory are worth a visit. It would be worthwhile spending money at Harpagon where you may find utensils of utility sporting new designs at a fair price, and Sabda the bookshop where literature comes in all forms and sizes to awaken the latent potential. You may go berserk at the agarbathi shop where the prices are ridiculously low if you compare with the local Aesthetics, which vends the same products at double the price.
It is just about two months since I visited Pondicherry, and I know I didn't spend much time on the Gandhi beach, nor sat meditating for long at the Samadhi, nor even taken an eyeful of Matri Mandir. Nor gone boating, nor read a verse at the Cathedral Church, nor admired French architecture. But then I am already leafing through the calendar to spot another three-day slot that I can reserve for Pondicherry.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sri Aurobindo Centre, Surat

108 - Adarsh Society, Near Ghod Dod Road, Athwa Lines, Surat - 395007
Sri Aurobindo Centre Surat has been doing its spiritual work silently and quietly in Surat for more than last 50 years. The main activity has always remained that of assembling in the spiritual atmosphere of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and strengthening the aspiration of its members in the light of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo.
For the members, together with prayer and meditation, studying the books of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother is part of their Sadhana. Initially for many years these gatherings were in the form of weekly meetings, which took place in a room specially set apart for this very purpose by one of its members.
As the aspiration of the main workers of the Centre became stronger and stronger and in response to their prayer, The Mother, most graciously, gave her special blessings to this Sri Aurobindo Centre Surat.
Regular Activities
Collective Meditation With Ashram Music.Everyday except Thursdays, evening 7:30 to 7:50
Satsang Prayer, Recorded Devotional Songs, Satsang Talk, Every Thursday evening 7:30 to 8:30 and Every Sunday Morning 9:30 to 11:00
Purnima Milan Every full-moon night, except monsoon season.Prayer, Recorded Devotional Song, Satsang Talk,Meditation with Ashram Music, Prasad. Evening 7:30 to 9:30
The GitaLearning correct recitation in Sanskrit with Gujarati translationTwo verses everyday except Sundays, Morning 8:15 to 8:30
The Life Divine Study GroupEveryday except Saturdays & Sundays, Morning 8:30 to 9:15
Savitri Study GroupEvery Saturday, Morning 8:30 to 9:15
Film show Once every month.Educational and Spiritual Films, from VCD and internet projected on big screen
LIBRARY Spiritual Books
DISRTIBUTION COUNTER
Ashram Books, Agarbatti and Other Products.
YOUTH CAMPS
All Gujarat Youth Camp Almost every year
PURNA YOGA SADHANA SHIBIR
All Gujarat Purna Yoga Sadhana Shibir At a place endowed with natural beauty Every year
GROUP PILGRIMAGE
to Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry twice every year
and to the Himalayas every alternate year
CulturalStarting ShortlyArt Class, Music Class and Sanskrit Class.

Darshan Days
Meditation with Ashram Music: Early Morning 6:00 to 6:30
Prayer, Recorded Devotional Song, Reading and Meditation with Ashram Music. Evening 7:00 to 8:00
21st February The Mother’s Birth Day
24th April The Mother’s Final Arrival in Pondicherry
15th August Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Day
24th November Siddhi Day
Important days
Prayer, Recorded Devotional Song, Satsang Talk and Meditation with Ashram Music. Evening 7:00 to 8:00
29th February The Supramental Manifestation Day
29th March The Mother’s First Arrival in Pondicherry
4th April Sri Aurobindo”s Arrival in Pondicherry
17th November The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day
5th December Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi Day
Special Days
Meditation with Ashram Music: Early Morning 6:00 to 6:30
1st January New Year Day (Western)Kartak Sud Padavo New Year Day (Indian)
Centre’s foundation day Vijaya Dashami
Prayer, Recorded Devotional Song, Satsang Talk andMeditation with Ashram Music. Evening 7:00 to 8:00

Sri Aurobindo Society, Sri Aurobindo Nivas, Vadodara

The building which was later known as Sri Aurobindo Nivas was the hallowed residence of Sri Aurobindo from 1901 to 1906. ACTIVITIES AT NIVAS
The integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo embraces all aspects and all fields of human life and its activities but with different orientations. In the light of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and in pursuance of its aims and objectives. Sri Aurobindo Society, Baroda Branch has undertaken various activities, services and programme for physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural, educational and spiritual development of the people. Sri Aurobindo Society, Baroda is not only a local center but a regional center for the whole of Gujarat State and hence more than 100 Branches and Centres of the Society are associated with Gujarat State Committee with Baroda as headquarters for their working. Various activities under taken at Baroda are as under:
1. YOGASANA CLASSES Yogasana Classes have been conducted by the Society since 1979 and hundreds of people from different walks of life and of different age groups are taking its advantage every year. Normally, two batches, one in the early morning and one in the evening are conducted for two week courses every month. Yogasana classes have also been conducted for public and private industries, Lion, Rotary and other service organizations, Govt. Departments, Educational, Social and other institutions in Baroda and outside at their own premises with the help of experts deputed by the Society.
2. HEALTH CARE ACTIVITIES Since more than a decade, Sri Aurobindo Society, Baroda has undertaken landmark activities particularly in the area of health care through alternative systems of medicine and treatment such as acupressure, homeopathy, ayurved, and magnetotherapy. Guidance for surgery and allopathic treatments are also given by experienced doctors. The treatment are also given by doctors. The treatment is given to all without discrimination of caste, community, creed or religion. Dedicated, service minded and experienced band of experts have made their services available for this purpose on honorary basis. Health care camps, lecture series, training classes etc. are also arranged for the general public. As the activities of health care and yogasana became very popular and wide spread, a separate trust, Sri Aurobindo Health Centre Trust has been organized which helps the Society in running these activities. Health Activites Schedule...
3. YOUTH COUNCIL
The activities of the Society have attracted very large number of youths for which a separate Youth Wing is organized. The wing is very active and takes up various activities such as youth camps, shibirs, aerobics training, elocution and other competitions, organizing music, dance, drama, video shows, radio programmes, flower shows, photo exhibitions etc. etc. Trekking Camps organized by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch at Nainital and Dalhousie have become very popular and our youth council participates in these camps taking more than 250 youths of Baroda every year.
4. WOMEN'S COUNCIL Women Wing is organized and works to spread the teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother among the women. Women's Council members are very active in organizing cultural programmes, classical dance, music and study classes, workshops, flower arrangements etc.
5. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES Dance, music and other cultural activities are undertaken so that youths would be exposed to our rich cultural heritage, Kaththak dance classes and vocal music classes run regularly by the Women's Council have become very popular. Cultural Activites... Kathak Dance 0500 to 0600pm Room302 3rd &4th yr Twice a Week Twice Weekly...
6. LECTURES, SWADHYAY SHIBIRS, TRAINING Lectures and discourses of prominent speakers and senior sadhaks from the Pondicherry Ashram and other places are arranged regulary. Baroda Municipal Corporation also arranges Sri Aurobindo Memorial Lectures every year in collaboration with the Society. Swadhyay Shibirs for deeper and meditative studies of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are arranged periodically. For new comers and society workers training classes of seven to ten days are organized for study of writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
7. CHILDREN CORNER is started for children of the age group 3-6 years and are given suitable environment and activities to help them to discover themselves and to help unfold his/ her personality spontaneously. It is run on Saturdays and Sundays. Also a programme of inviting school Children to Nivas has been implemented for introducing them the activities and atmosphere prevailing in Nivas. Vacation camps for small children are very popular. Move is afoot to start children corner on permanent basis. Childrens Activites Schedule...
8. PUBLICATIONS 'Arpan' Gujarati Monthly magazine is published by the Society for spreading the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother since 1976. The circulation of the magazine is more than 2000 copies per month and is increasing rapidly. Books are published for free distribution or for sale on no profit, no loss basis.
9. LIBRARY AND READING ROOM Nivas Library has rich collection of books and magazines, the collected works of Sri Aurobidno and the Mother and also spiritual books of other authors of repute. It has book-lending facility also. In the reading room various periodicals are providing higher type of reading.
10. SANSKRIT PROPAGATION The Mother gave high importance to Sanskrit and said that the Sanskrit ought to be the national language of India. Efforts are made for its propagation by arranging cultural programmes, lectures in Sanskrit, conducting classes for speaking simple and easy Sanskrit in day to day life etc. Branch of Vishwa Sanskrit Pratisthanam is established for Sanskrit propagation work. Sanskrit Activities...
11. WORLD UNION World Union (international) was founded by the Mother for attainment of world peace, human unity and progress, with its headquarters at Pondicherry, Baroda Branch also takes up various programmes for fulfillment of the objectives of World Union Organization.
12. SALES OF ASHRAM PRODUCTS The Products of the Pondicherry Ashram such as Agarbattis, handmade papers, stationary items, ayurvedic medicines, perfumes, books, photographs and healthcare items are stocked and sold at Nivas through Sri Aurobindo Memorial Trust created specially for this activity. For more information contact Shri Pramod Shah, Sales Emporium, Sri Aurobindo Nivas, Dandia Bazar, Vadodara-390001 Ph: 91-265-2418978
13. PROSPERITY The beginning of monthly purchases of the day-to-day requirements of life is done by offering them to the Mother. Accordingly on the first of every month, few chosen items of daily requirements of life are collectively purchased, offered to the Mother and then distributed for individual use of the sadhaks. Many families are regularly participating in this unique activity of faith and devotion.
14. MEDITATION Meditation facilities are available from 5.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. round the year, including Sundays and holidays. Collective meditation with Swadhyaya and Ashram Music are held which are also largely attended. On Darshan Days special programmes are organized for meditations.
15. UPKEEPING OF MEMORIAL High standards of neatness and cleanliness are adhered to for unkeeping and
maintenance of the Memorial building and its surroundings. Artistic floral offerings and agarbatti services are offered at the Holy Shrine and in the meditation halls. Memorial building is now more than 100 years old hence all possible care is taken for its repairs and renovations.
16. AROGYA BHAVAN BUILDING With extention of different service activities, the existing building facilities were found inadequate and hence new and separate four storied building - Sri Aurobindo Arogya Bhavan was constructed at a cost of about Rs.15 lakhs and was inaugurated in Sept.90. The building with 16 capacious rooms and big hall cater to the needs of different activities.
17. GUEST HOUSE Facilities of accommodation is provided to the guests visiting Nivas from outstation and who are connected with the work of Sri Aurobindo. Guest rooms have facilities of attached bath toilets, solar heater, hot water etc. For Bookings contact: Chairman/ Secretary Sri Aurobindo Society, Sri Aurobindo Nivas, Dandia Bazar, Vadodara-390001 Ph: 91-265-412685
18. SAMARPAN YATRI BHAVAN With the help of all centers of Sri Aurobindo Society in Gujarat, Samarpan Yatri Bhavan has been constructed at Pondicherry in 1988. This Gujarat Bhavan has proved very useful to large number of the Gujarati visitors and pilgrims visiting Pondicherry every year. Yatri Bhavan is managed by Gujarat State Committee from Baroda. For bookings contact: Manager Samarpan Guest House, 3 Rue Suffren, Pondicherry Phone: 91-413-338972
19. PERMANENT PHOTO EXHIBITION To Commemorate the Centenary Year of Sri Aurobindo's Home coming a permanent photo exhibition: SRI AUROBINDO JEEVAN DARSHAN, depicting His life events and selected important writing has been set up in the main building in 1993. The Exhibition is visited and appreciated by large number of people visiting Nivas daily.

Sri Aurobindo Society's Women's Council held its annual seminar

Excerpts from AWAKENING (January 2007) Seminar on "Progressive Friendship with the Divine"(A report)
The Society's Women's Council held its annual seminar in Pondicherry, this time on the "Progressive Friendship with the Divine", on 21, 22 and 23 November 2006. 60 delegates (33 women and 27 men) from nine States of India and one each from Nepal, U.K. and U.S.A. participated actively with enthu­SIasm.
The objective of the seminar was to put ourselves consciously in a friendly and progressive contact with the Divine Conscious­ness which governs our lives as also the whole universe, to en­able us to know and fulfil the purpose for which we came on earth.In the early morning sessions from 6 to 7 a.m., delegates were happy to learn from Ms. Dutta Mukherjee (of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education) the simple yogasanas, breath­ing exercises and chanting of OM which created a beautiful spir­itual atmosphere. The first morning was cloudy; on the second day, the sun smiled brightly to accept the 'Surya Namaskar' of­fered by the delegates. As Ms. Dutta demonstrated and taught, she also explained the effect of each item on the body to make it a healthy and conscious instrument of the Divine.
21st November 2006: The programme started with the Mother's recorded organ music 'Compassion of the Divine'. Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee then introduced the subject in a very easy and interesting manner, according to the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He interacted with the delegates by relating his inspiring personal experiences of friendship with the Divine.
After self-introduction, the delegates formed five groups, each of 10-12 persons from different walks of life, to discuss the ques­tionnaire given to them on the subject. In these groups, helped by a knowledgeable group guide, the delegates reflected on each question and came out with their answers. In a small group, they expressed themselves freely, got clarity and widened their un­derstanding of the subject as each one had a different approach.
After the active group discussions, the group guides read out their reports giving a gist of their deliberations. The answers to the questionnaire culled from the Mother's and Sri Aurobindo's writings were then distributed to all. This time there were 2 sets of answers, one in simple prose prepared by Shri Jagadish Srivastava and the other from Savitri, by Maj. Gen. BaneIjee, which were much appreciated.
In the afternoon session of 'Progressive Friendship with the Divine in my life', Dr. Arati, a popular Homeopath and Akhila, a gentle healer, enthused the delegates with their beautiful pro­gressive friendship with the Divine from their childhood. Sushanto and group regaled the participants in interesting skill games of different types and brought dynamism in the air.
22 November 2006: Dr. Vibha Vaishnav started the invoca­tion in her sweet heart-touching voice. Shri Pradeep Narang then explained clearly how the Divine reaches out to us through dif­ferent so-called good and bad experiences in our life and work. Smt. Shakuntala Manay gave a power-point presentation: "On Wings of the Fire". Shri Sundararajan shared his experience of healing and being healed by being in tune with the Divine. Smt Bharati elucidated beautifully the Divine's inspiration and play behind her work with various types of persons in the social wel­fare field. By her prayer and effort, she has been able to trans­form several drunkard rickshawallas and brought confidence and joy to many young women and men by teaching them various crafts. Shri Vijay K. Poddar narrated some useful initial steps for 'Progressive Friendship with the Divine' . Ms. Maya Kripalani and Dhara Jani, both psychologists practising in hospitals, shared their inspiring incidents of how the Divine is preparing them for His work.
In the afternoon, Smt. Ratna Chakravarty, fondly called by the delegates 'Nightingale of Bengal' , taught a very popular de­votional hymn. addressed to the Lord who is our father, mother, friend, relative, all in all. This was followed by an inspiring ses­sion on "Art and beauty in progressive friendship with the Di­vine" conducted by Sushanto who is lovingly called 'Artist'.
23rd November 2006: Mrs. Anuradha Chakravarty, though a first-timer, participated actively and started the day with invo­cation in her sweet and melodious voice. Ms. Maitreyi Dixit gave a wonderful exposition of 'Dimensions of Progressive friendship with the Divine in Nature' filled with her touching incidents of friendship with the stones, flowers, vegetal king­dom and animals. Dr. Alok Pandey, a psychiatrist, carried for­ward the evolution of friendship with the Divine in man and his conscious interaction with the Divine.
The delegates were very grateful for permission for darshan in Sri Aurobindo's room where each one was blessed with a message of assurance from the Mother:
"Be sure that I am always present among you to guide and help you in your work and your sadhana, With my blessings"
'Divine - the best friend' was an open session, at which short and inspiring personal incidents were related by Hiranmayi Smart, Geetha N., Rani lethmalani and others.The afternoon session was conducted by the delegates who put up a cultural programme and presented a playlet on "Dream" written by Sri Aurobindo. It was a conversation of Harimohan, a poor hut-dweller with Lord Krishna. The delegates who had worked hard and practised in the evenings put up a very suc­cessful show though some of them including Lord Krishna were acting for the first time.The programme ended with collective chanting of 'OM' and group photograph. All left with a feeling of joy and enlighten­ment. Sushila Melvani

Visit Aurovalley overlooking the Ganges

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"Let your highest aspiration organise your life".
In the banks of the Holy River of Ganges lies Aurovalley Ashram, a place open to everyone in search for inner peace and spiritual growth. The Ashram is dedicated to the practice of Integral Yoga, based on the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The aim of this philosophy is to bring the Life Divine on earth. The Ashram is open to all creeds and ideologies in harmony with this pursuit. Aurovalley invites you to participate at your own leisure in its daily routine of morning and evening meditation, chanting of mantras, yoga classes and satsangs – discussions about the most fundamental and deep of life’s questions.
Aurovalley presents a rich learning environment, having the mentoring of Swami Bramdev, who holds regular discussions, courses, and reading sessions. Everyone has access to the Ashram’s excellent library. Participants from all over the world learn from each other’s experiences, questions and insights.
In a beautiful natural setting, Aurovalley Ashram is an inspiring place to engage deeper in our spiritual path. The area is the home to a variety of plant and animal species mirroring our own rich inner ecology. Offering a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious and simple vegetarian meal, yoga classes, ayurvedic teas and medicines, lusciously vegetated paths for walks and holy waters for swims, the Ashram contributes to the interdependent peace of body, mind and soul.
At the Ashram, you will receive the gift of time, the most precious thing we all have. Let yourself surrender to the need of spending quiet and nourishing time with yourself obeying to your deepest voice. Rich in beautiful and quiet spaces, Aurovalley lets our creative spirits flow. The Ashram is the appropriate place to come and write, paint, and give your self to any project that needs your full dedication.
Discover at greater depths the transformative power of living life with greater consciousness and contemplation. At Aurovalley you will find the support and direction to go to the next step in your meditation and spiritual practice.
At Aurovalley, we aspire to change the world through a more giving and generous relationship with it based in service. Touch the life of a child in our school; engage yourself in our vocational training for women, in our health services, and our drug addiction rehabilitation center all free of charge for the community; feel the power of giving to others.
Aurovalley embodies the beauty and wealth of simplicity with its comfortable infrastructure suited to satisfy the needs of a life of contemplation, reflection, learning and inner growth. As you come to the Ashram, please feel you are at your own home in this atmosphere of community, sharing and introspection.
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Gopal Chandra Chakraborty ushers in the dawn at Ushagram

USHAGRAM TRUST Vill.- Ushagram, P.O.- Birnagar Dist.- Nadia, Pin.- 741 127, WEST BENGAL - INDIA
Ushagram Trust is a Non-Government, Non-Political Voluntary Organisation. It is not like so many NGO's now growing and functioning in this country. It runs on the ideology and line of thinking of Sri Aurobindo & the Mother though it is not a Unit of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India
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Following the Mahatma’s footsteps Home> Kolkata> The Real Page 3 Sunday , November 13, 2005 The Indian Express Shamik Bag visits Ushagram, a model village in Nadia conceived by veteran Gandhian Gopal Chandra Chakraborty, and is taken in by what he experiences. Shamik Bag
It’s only around dawn that villagers find dadu taking a stroll along the road, informs Biswajit Joardar, a Plus Two student and an ashramite at Ushagram for nine years.
“These days, he mostly stays indoors owing to his failing health. But at least now he has a concrete roof over his head and an electric fan, which the doctor insisted upon. Earlier, he refused even the basic necessities,” Biswajit adds.
The appellation of dadu, jethu or kaku might depend on the age of the addressee, but sharing of the legend of Gopal Chandra Chakraborty is a trait that cuts across generations in Nadia district’s Ushagram. “We are fortunate to have met him,” says Sanat Chakraborty, a grocery store owner staying in the village for the last 21 years. “For, very rarely do you find a person who gives up everything he has for others. His selfless idealism makes him one in a million,” he adds.
It was this idealism, borne out of Gopal Chakraborty’s active participation in the Indian freedom movement and his faith in the Gandhian belief that India’s development should begin from its villages, that in the late 1960s first brought him to the place where now stands Ushagram. What he saw was a barren wasteland that, according to Tanmoyee Chakraborty, a longtime acquaintance and senior volunteer at Ushagram, “was a haunt of criminals and hardly the place anybody would want to settle down.”
But Chakraborty, a native of Bangladesh’s Rajshahi district who served two jail sentences during the Independence movement, remained undeterred by what he saw, and instead remained true to his vision: that of building a model village.
Digging into his savings — culled while he worked as an instructor in the Department of Community Development in Fulia and as the principal of Fulia Sikshyaniketan school — Chakraborty invested in 26 bighas of land on which he planned to base his dream. “The first thing he built was the Vidyaniketan Shikshya Vihar. A few volunteers came forward to help, but a problem remained: whenever Chakraborty brought the poor village kids to the school, their fathers would pull them by the ear and take them to the fields to work. It was then that Chakraborty realised that if he had to do something for the children’s education, he also needed to think of enhancing the income of rural families around Ushagram. He promptly set up a vocational training centre for rural women,” informs Tanmoyee Chakraborty.
One thing led to another, and while Ushagram Loko Shikshya Niketan provided training to women in fields like handicrafts and food processing, a sales outlet was also set up for distribution of the products. “Other than a few occasional grants, he refused government aid for the school since he realised that will also bring in political pressure. But Ushagram’s reputation had already spread and Mastermoshai (Gopal Chakraborty), who was by then joined in the effort by his friend Jyotirmoy Basu, found foreign volunteers from France and Germany chipping in with monetary help.
All-weather roads came up, a library and medical centre was constructed and a pre-school was set up to inculcate school-going habit among toddlers. Mastermoshai wanted a different way of life that was distinct from the babu culture prevalent then and all activities took place surrounding him,” says Subir Bhattacharya, the accountant of the Ushagram Trust to which Gopal Chakraborty donated all his properties in the village.
Today Ushagram’s transformation from heath to hearth has found many takers. For people like Sabita Pal, who works as a batik work artist at the vocational centre, and Rishipada Sarkar, a cultivator, the village moves around the Gopal Chakraborty’s vision. “I used to earn by giving tuitions earlier, but batik work has substantially increased my income,” informs Pal.
They are among the 3,500-odd people who are part of a model success story that is now being replicated across 14 villages in the Barasat Gram Panchayat area. “Ushagram has recently had its first generation of literates and former students of the school like Nirjhar Nandy and Aniruddha Mukherjee are now professionals in London and Delhi. It all comes back to Mastermoshai,” informs Bhattacharya.
At 86 and short of hearing, the man himself has shied away from being in public focus. “Tell me something,” asks Gopal Chakraborty, his voice firm and authoritative. “When your mother cooks, does she publicise her work? Ushagram was a piece of imagination. A place where the neglected, ignored and uprooted could come and settle. I hope the work will continue after me.”

New Life Education Trust 16th & 17th December 2006

Joint Proceedings of the meeting of the “All Orissa
Conferences of the Presidents, Secretaries and
Principals of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres
and Executive Committee meeting of the New Life
Education Trust held on 16th & 17th December 2006.
To mark the occasion of the All Orissa Conference of the
Presidents, Secretaries and Principals of Sri Aurobindo Integral
Education Centres on 16th & 17th December,2006, a meeting of the
Executive Committee of the New Life Education Trust was held at
Matrubhaban, Cuttack on 17.12.2006. The meeting started with the
continuation of the open session of the Presidents, Secretaries and
Principals meet at 11 a.m. with silent prayer to the Divine Mother.
President Sri Sriballav Panigrahi was on Chair.
Since the points being discussed in the above said meet was of
utmost importance and relevance, it was decided to continue the
said discussion, item wise. The followings are the proceedings of
the total discussion.
1. Participation in the State level meets: It was observed with
concern that the participation of the Schools and its organisers
in the various state level programmes, viz, Students’ meet,
Teachers’ training programme and Workers’ meet are very poor, in
comparison with the number of Integral Schools. In this context
the general opinion was that local level (Zonal, District, Block)
organisers take more interest for the local programme and less
interest for the state level programmes. It was therefore decided
that while strengthening the zonal and district level programmes,
attempts will also be made for increasing participation in the state
level programmes. The participants of the present meet will take
the initiative in this respect. As far as possible the Trust
Coordinators will try to establish personal contacts with schools
so that participation will increase. It was also decided that the
Zonal & District organisers will send their respective annual
programme in advance so that attempts would be made to avoid
a clash of dates with state level programmes.
2. July Organisation Meet & Information updation: It was decided
that District organisers will submit final data about the Schools as
per the format supplied by the All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study
Circle Committee during the July Organisation meeting. Similarly
the dues to the Trust will also be paid to the Trust Coordinators
during this meet, against receipt. Classes in the schools will
remain suspended on this day so that all the teachers could
participate in the said meet.
3. Common Examination of Std. V & VII: It was revealed that few
schools are still appearing in the Board Examination of Std. VII
inspite of clear instructions from the Trust to the contrary. Sri
Bimal Prasanna Das, Vice-President narrated the chronological
events which led to the grant of exemption to our Schools from
appearing common Board examinations. In this respect Sri Prasad
Tripathy, Secretary stated that hence forward if any of our schools
appear in the common Board examination in Std. VII, the said
school will be delisted from the list of Trust affiliated schools.
Similarly an undertaking be taken from the parents of the students
at the time of admission that the school is not going to appear
in the Std. VII Board examination. This decision of the Trust was
appreciated by one and all present in the meeting.
4. Cooperation not competition: An atmosphere has got to be
created and planned, be it in studies or sports, that each and
every student shall learn to cooperate with each other than
competing with others. However, they can be encouraged to
compete with themself so that they can bring improvement upon
their past performance.
5. Celebration of Pujas: There should not be any holidays for
Saraswati puja or Ganesh puja. Simple programmes may be
organised in the school on those days for the students.
6. Independence day & Republic day: On these days, it will be
better to make the students conscious of the expectation of
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on India. Mother’s Flag is the
symbol of this expectation.
7. Prizes: Awarding or distributing prizes is not a healthy procedure.
It is like giving bribe to the students for discharging their normal
duties. Common items can be given to all the students in the
annual sports events. In the certificate issued to the students
their standard or capacity may be mentioned in stead of mentioning
1st, 2nd or 3rd position. Our students should not participate in any
block, district or state level competition where prizes are given.
However, they can take part in Science exhibitions for the shake
of exposures, provided no prizes are awarded.
8. Holidays: Common holidays list for the entire district or state can
not be prepared. It should always be as per local requirements.
The number of working days should normally be more than that
of declared by the Govt. Celebration days, viz, Darshan days,
District July Organisation meet day, etc. can not be declared as
holidays. These are observation days. On Darshan days special
programme can be chalked out.
9. School Uniform: Green pant & White shirt are the commonly
accepted the uniform in all schools for all students. Normal belt
without Mother’s or Sri Aurobindo’s Symbol could be used, but
in no case TIES be used. None of our schools should used Neck
TIE as their uniform. Neither it is required nor it is useful. From
the next academic session schools using neck tie should
discontinue immediately. common dress for both boys and girls
be introduced for at least Std VII After discussion with different
schools the question of uniform for teachers will be decided.
10. Avail of leave by teachers: No work no pay principle should
be avoided in our Schools. Leave may be allowed as per
requirement of the teacher, provided the same is not misused. We
should be official as less as possible.
11. Text Books: All Trust affiliated Schools must introduce Trust
published books in their schools. Those schools which are not
following the same are to introduce the same from the next session
positively.
12. EPF: There is no employee – employer relationship in our
Schools, hence the question of becoming members of EPF does
not arise at all. Every attempt be made to avoid this. Trust is
fighting the case in the High Court, where it is pending.
13. Sri Aurobindo University: Immediate attempts are to be made
to encourage students of Std. VIII & IX to become students of the
University under the guidance of one of their school teachers.
14. Next meeting of the New Life Education Trust will be held
on 8th April 2007 (Sunday) at 10 am at Matrubhaban, Cuttack
Due to paucity of time the normal agenda of discussion on
granting affiliation to the schools could not be taken up. However,
the Secretary was authorised to send affiliation to the schools those
have satisfied the requirements and about whom visit reports by
concerned members have to be collected.
The meeting ended with silent prayer to the Mother.

The following schools were affiliated as mentioned against each.
Sl. Name of the District Nature of Affiliation
place of SAIEC
1. Asarana Jagatsinghpur Std.V provisionally
for 2 years.
2. Balsi, Kandel Kalahandi -do-
3. Sankarakhol Kandhamal -do-
4. Tensa Sundargarh -do-
5. Chadheigudi Sonepur Std.VI & VII Regular.
6. Dularpur Cuttack -do-
7. Lingipur Cuttack -do-
8. Gumura Kendujhar -do-
9. Kuchinda Sambalpur -do-
The following Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres have applied for
affiliation. The members mentioned against each are requested to visit the centres
and report to NLET for extending team affiliation.
Sl. Name of the place of SAIEC Name of the members
(For Affiliation of Std.V,VI & VII) to visit and submit.
1. Govindpur, Dhenkanal Sulochana Sahoo, Rudramohan Mohanty & Binod Debata.
2. Shyam Sundarpur, Angul Arabinda Pradhan, Prafulla Ch. Nath & Binod Debata.
3. Remuna, Balasore Narayan Agasti, Lambodhar Dey & Sarat Ghosh.
4. Raj Nilgiri, Balasore -do-
5. Rairakhol, Sambalpur Prafulla Panda & Saroj Patnaik.
6. Bhadua Bhandaripalli, Balasore Narayan Agasti, Lambodhar Dey
& Sarat Ghosh.
7. Balimela, Malkangiri Bijay Kumar Dash & Surendra Nath Dash
8. Raj-Sunakhala, Nayagarh Sankar Charan Mohanty & Ramakanta Sahu
9. Kalingapal, Dhenkanal Sulochana Sahoo, Rudramohan Mohanty & Binod Debata.
10. Soro, Balasore Narayan Agasti, Lambodhar Dey & Sarat Ghosh.
11. Sabulia, Ganjam Pradeepta Panigrahi & Surendra Nath Dash
12. Kutra, Sundargarh Dr. Debidutta Kar, & Saroj Patnaik.
13. Baruan, Dhenkanal Sulochana Sahu, Rudramohan Mohanty & Niranjan Mohapatra
14. Jaloi, Sonepur Madan Mohan Dani & Braja Sundar Behera.
(For Affiliation of New School)
1. Kothapada, Kuhunda, Cuttack. Narayan Agasti & Kaibalya Jena.
2. Parasumal, Urukela, Angul Arabinda Pradhan, Prafulla Ku. Nath
& Sarbeswar Nayak.
3. Gopabandhu Nagar, Ramakanta Sahu & Sanjay Ku. Mohapatra
Balugaon, Khurda
4. Nahiadia, Dandisahi, Kendrapara Narayan Agasti & Bhagabati Ch. Das..
5. Gambharimunda, Khurda Ramakanta Sahu & Sanjay Ku. Mohapatra.
6. Arjyapalli, Chatrapur, Ganjam Pradeep Panigrahi & Surendra Nath Dash.
7. Bhalumal, Kirmira, Jharsuguda Surendra Bhai & Saroj Patnaik.
8. Netaji Nagar, Cuttack. Binod Debta & Narayan Agasti.
9. Biramitrapur, Sundargarh Saroj Patnaik & Dr. Debidutta Kar.
10. Pahadsrigida, Attabira, Baragarh S.N. Babu & Saroj Patnaik.
11. Mangalpur, Jajpur Narayan Agasti, Purusottam Bhai.
12. Koira, Sundargarh S.N. Babu & Saroj Patnaik.
13. Susua, Jajpur. Narayan Agasti, Purusottam Bhai.
Sri Sriballav Panigrahi Sri Prasad Tripathy
President Secretary
THE MATRUBHABAN PATRA FEBRUARY 2007