Sunday, July 29, 2007

Matrubhaban news - Oct-02.

ALL ORISSA SRI AUROBINDO STUDY CIRCLE COMMITTEE
O R G A N I S A T I O N N E W S
ACTIVITIES OF SRI AUROBINDO STUDY CIRCLES IN ORISSA
OCTOBER - 2002

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SATYA Jajpur Atimanasa Jyoti Bhaban, Dahanigadia Foundation Day of Sri Aurobindo
Integral School 07.07.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School Nanpalo 130th Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
Chandanpur U.P. School near Singhpur Worker’s Meet of Study Circle 18.08.02

Cuttack Sri Aurobindo Study Centre Kuanpal, Combined study Circle Meet 01.07.02
Mahanga Block Matru Sadhana Peetha,
Bentakar Annual Day of Study Circle 10.08.02
Aurojyoti Sadhana Mandir, Dhuliswar Babaji Maharaj’s Birth day &
Annual Day of Study Circle 14.08.02
Govindpur, Gopalpur Opening of a new School 15.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, Kalapada 130th Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
Swarnasetu Study Circle Annual Day of Study Circle 15.08.02
Siddheswarpur Study Circle 130th Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
At the residence of
Sri Satchidananda Mahapatra, Garam Special Study Circle 18.08.02
Dedhari Sri Aurobindo Integral School Special cultural programme 30.08.02
ALL ORISSA SRI AUROBINDO
MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 13TH ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION 08.09.02
Swarna Sikha Study Circle Annual Day 10.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Chhatra Samaj, Dedhari Annual Day 11.09.02

Dadhai Bamanpur Opening of new
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle 15.09.02
Kantolo to Narasinghpur Moving from Study circle to Study circle 22.09.02
Cold storage, Cuttack Annual Day of Study Circle 22.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Salepur Regional Meet of
Governing Body members 22.09.02
Sree Ram, Bayalismouza Health camp organised by
Sri Aurobindo Medical Association 29.09.02
Kurang Sasan, Barang Annual Day of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle 02.10.02

Jagatsinghpur Sree Maa Sadhana Kendra, Panisalia Special Study Circle 01.09.02
Hukutala Annual Day of Study Circle 08.09.02
Sri Maa Sri Aurobindo Bhaban, Rairpur, 2nd District level worker’s meet 15.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Kendra, Ganailo Sri Aurobindo Relics Installation day 15.09.02
Women’s college, Balikuda Sri Aurobindo Study Circle meet 16.09.02

Kendrapada Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra, Mahamangala 3rd Annual Day of Study Cirlce 15.06.02



Name of Speaker’s : Sarbashree Dr. Alok Pandey,Dr Rabindra Kumar Tuli, Dr. Shyama Kanungo, Dr. Bijayeeni Mohapatra, Dr. Sudhir Burma, Prof. J.M.Senapati,Dr. Babul Pattnaik, Dr. A.B.Dash,Dr. Satyabrat Kar, Dr. Jayant Panda, Dr. Bipin Behari Pradhan, Dr. Biranchinarayan Mohapatra, Dr. Bipinananda Mishra, Eng. Udayanath Panda, Dr. Bikash Prasad, Dr. B.K.Khandai, Dr. Pratap Ratha.,Dr. P.K.Nanda, Ajay Kumar Samal, Rabi Prasad Samal, Basanta Ku. Sahoo, Padmini Apa, Nishamani Apa, Indira Apa, Jagannath Bhai, Subhadra Apa, Pandit Krushna Chandra Nandasharma, Asim Das, Bibhu Prasad Patnaik, Kalindi charan Senpati, Sovarani Acharya, Bijayini Behera, Prasanta Ku. Nanda, Bijoy Kumar Behera, Pratap Bhai, Adwait bhai, Bipin Bihari Pradhan, Dr. Khirod ch. Tripathy, Dr. Narayan ch. Satpathy, Durgacharan, Bhagabati Prasad Das, Sripati Nayak, Anjali Tripathy, Nirupama Chaini, Bhajakrushna Sahoo, Prasad Tripathy

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NISTHA Khordha At the residence of Bharati Apa, Khandagiri Annual Day of Study Circle 06.08.02
Auro Ashraya, Niladri Bihar,
Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar 130th Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Kendra, Garbhinipara 130th Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Benagadia,
Hatabasta & Rajsunakhala Garbhinipada Opening of children's
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle 25.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Mancheswar Annual Day of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle 21.09.02

Name of Speakers : Sarbasheree Rabindra Padhi,Krupasindhu Bhai, Ramakanta Sahu,Shubhransu Kumar Parija, Binodini Apa, Basant Kumar Dash, Pandit Krushna Chandra Nandasharma, Mahendranath Swain, Kalandi Charan Senapati.

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SANGATI Nuapada Maa Meera Study Circle, Komana 1st Annual day of Study Cirle 28.07.08

Sundargda Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Biramitrapur Babaji Maharaj's Birthday 14.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Biramitrapur Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02

Sambalpur Kuchinda, Hadapalli Student's Study Circle 01.01.02
Gram Panchayat High School, Hadipalli 16th Annual Day of Student's study Circle 01.08.02
At the residence of Sri Jagannath Panigrahi,
Kuchinda Annual day of Study Circle 04.08.02
Alok Dham, Kindira &
Sri Aurobindo Integral School Kindira Birth Day of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02
Junani Village Opening of new student's Study Circle 15.08.02
Kuchinda Opening of New Study Circle 16.08.02
Junani Village Opening of Student Study Circle 17.08.02
Hadipalli, Kuchinda Opening of Student Study Circle 17.08.02
Kuturachuan Opening of Student Study Circle 17.08.02
Bijadihi, Kuturachuan Opening of Student Study Circle 17.08.02
Sakema, Kuturachuan Opening of Student Study Circle 19.08.02
Sinkalposhi, Kindira Opening of Student Study Circle 19.08.02
Panapalli, Hadipalli Opening of Student Study Circle 19.08.02
Kuturachuan College Discussion on Sri Aurobinod 21.08.02
Hadipalli, Kuchinda Opening of Student Study Circle 21.08.02
At the residence of Deepika Majhi Opening of Student Study Circle 22.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Alok Dham, District Level womens
Sri Aurobindo Study circle meet
Kuchinda Annual Day of Study Circle 22.08.02


Junani, Khandakota, Kuchinda Opening of Student Study Circel 22.08.02
Matru Meera Dham, Kuchinda Special Study Circel Meet 23.08.02
At the residance of Sri Sarat ch. Nayak Annual Day of Study Circle 23.08.02
At the residance of Chinmayee Kar Opening of New Study Circle 23.08.02
At the residance of Satrughna Rathod,
Panapalli Opening of New Study Circle 23.08.02

Hadipalli, Kuchinda Opening of New Study Circle 23.08.02
At residance of Amita Sahoo,
Sinkalposi, Kindira Opening of New Study Circle 26.08.02
At the residance of Bobby Pasayat, Kindira Opening of New Study Circle 28.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Alok Dham, Kindira Teachers Study Circle Meet 28.08.02
At the residence of Sri Udit Prasad Babu,
Budharaja New colony Annual Day of Study Circle 29.08.02
At the residence of Smt. Pravasini Pradhan,
Nadipalli. Kuchinda Opening of New Study Circle 29.08.02
At the residence of Smt. Diptimayee Mishra Annual Day of Study Circle 05.09.02
At the residence of Sri Akhaya Kumar Jena,
Redhakhol Annual Day of Study Circle 20.09.02

Debagada Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra, Barkot Special Study Circle 26.08.02

Jharsuguda Matrujyoti Campus Annual Day of Studycircle 14.07.02
Sri Aurobindo Yogashram, Bhatalaida Shrama Sibira 30.08.02




Name of Speakers : Sarbashree Khitish Bhai, Kanan Apa, Harekrushna Bohidar, Sri Ballav Panigrahi, Prafulla Panda, Chandan Singh Nayak, Brushabanu Nayak, Suprava Choudhury, Ashok ku. Nayak, Dambarudhar Sahoo, Anadi Charan Swain, Ch. Nirakar Satyanarayan Baboo, Chabila Kumar Pradhan, Gopinath Khilari, Saroj Kumar Patnaik & Prasanta Kumar Pal.


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ASTHA Baleswar Kanan Gadia, Basta Annual Day of Study Circle 25.08.02
Ranu, Basta Opening of New Study Circle 31.08.02

Kendujhar Pathagola, Harichandanpur Opening of New Study Circle 26.08.02
Matru Nilay, Keonjhar Montly Nama Japa 01.09.02
At the residencfe of Rasmita Panigrahi,
Collage Road, Keonjhar Annual Day of Study Circle 02.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Baripada Special meeting on Dasakarma
Dahara programme 08.09.02
At the residence of Patali bhai, Kaunipara Annual day of Study Circle 08.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Integra School, Kainipura Annual day of Chhatra Samaj 08.09.02
girl’s High School, Salabani Opening of Chhatra Samaj 13.09.02
U.G.M.E School, Baladuan Meeting on Sri Aurobindo 23.09.02
Padmapur Mahila Pathachakra Annual Day of Study Circle 25.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kendujhar Teachers Meet of Kendujhar Dist. 28th & 29th.02.02
At the residence of Sri Narayaan Sahoo,
Ukhunda Annual Day of Study Circle 30.09.02

Mayurbhanj Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kujidihi Annual day of Study Circle 07.08.02
Gandhali One day Youth Student Camp 11.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kaptipada Babaji Maharaj’s birth Day 14.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School & Research
Centre, Udala Babaji Maharaj’s Birth Day 14.08.02
Supreme Nivas, Baripada Student Youth Camp 12thto15th Aug02
At the residence of Parsuram Biswal,
Asana, Bisoi Block Block level Study Circle Meet 15.08.02
Matru Sadhana Kendra, Debendrapur
Baripada Birthday of Sri Aurobinod & Opening
of a new Integral Schoold 15.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kaptipada Block level Study Circle meet 15.08.02
Auro Meera Yogashram, Karanjia Annual day of Study Circle 19.08.02
At the residence of Sri Radhakrishna Parida
Jarada Opening of New Study Circle 22.08.02
At the residence of Sri Birendra Padhi,Janakpur Special study Circle 25.08.02
Centra Study Circle Pedagadi & Nududiha Visit to all centres of these two blocks 01.09.02
Central Study Circle, Baripada Zonal level meet of Astha Zone 08.09.02
At the residence of Sri Ranjan Kumar Samal
Kaptipada Annual Day of Study Circle 12.09.02
Anandamayee Maa Study Circle, Karanjia 3rd Annual Day of Study Circle 14.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kaptipada Workshop for Pre-Primary Classes 14th to15th sept
Kaptipada High School 125th Birth Day of The Mother 21.09.02
At the residence of Smt. Kausalya Pradhan
Pingoo Opening of New Study Circle 22.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Association, Gorumahisani Student & Youth camp 22.09.02

Bhadrak Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Bandalo
Bhandaripokhari Block Parent’s workshop 01.09.02
At the residence of Sri Labanyanidhi Jena
Bhadrak Special study circle 15.09.02
Korkoda Village, Dhanagar block 3rd Annual Day of Study Circle 22.09.02


Name of Speakers : Sarbashree Satyajit Upadhyaya, Khitish Ch. Panda, Meenaketan Pradhan, Laxman Kumar Senapati, Susama Paridad, Narahari Bhadra, Srikanta Bhai, Muna Bhai, Uma Apa, Bidyadhar Bhai, Trilochan Bhai, Pranoy Apa, Bhabagrahi Panda, Kulamani Bhai, Madhab Bhai, Sashikant Bhai, Daityari Sajal, Gopinath Sah, Ramakrushna Bhai, Kishore Bhai, Subas Bhai, Bharat Bhai, Panu Bhai, Mili Apa, Sushil ch. Das, Kurtik Biswal, Anjali Pani, Dr. Sanatan Mohanty, Bhaktahari Rath, Dr. Bidyadhar Behera, Golak Behari Sahoo & Laxmidhar Pagal.


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ASPRUHA Ganjam Khamar, Mahupadar 1st Annual day of Study Circle 04.08.02
Sri Aurodindo Study Circle & Sri Aurobindo Birthday of Babaji Maharaj &
Integral School, Padamasi B’day of Sri Aurobindo 14th&15thAug
Integral School, Khallikota Exhibition of Photograph of Sri Aurobindo
& Flower Exhibition on ‘Courage’ 15.08.02
S. Chhachina Workshop on English Teaching 29th to 31st Aug


Name of Speakers : Sarbashree Paikaray Bhai, T. Bhikari Bhai, Ganga Bhai, Nanda Biswal , Maitri Apa, Reena Apa, Bapu Bhai, Bhagi bhai, Santosh Patnaik & Purna Bhai.



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SAMARPANA Kalahandi Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetha, Rishida Birthday of Sri Aurobindo 15.08.02

Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Dharmagada Integral Yoga & Integral Edn. Camp 7th to 9th Sept.
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Bhabanipatna Studycircle Conference 14.09.02



Nabarangpur Sree Maa Sree Aurobindo Study Circle,
Nabrangpur Annual Worker’s Meet 24.07.02
Sree Aurobindo Integral School, B. Maliguda Special Parent’s Meet 24.07.02
Govt. High School Hostel, Umarkot Meeting for Construction of working commitee 18.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Study Circle, Nabarangpur 12 Hrs. Nama Japa Programme 01.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School Rajghar 6th Annual Day of School 05.09.02
D.N.K. Colony, Umarkot Opening of a New School 05.09.02
At the residence of Sujata Patnaik, Raju Sahi Special Study Circle on Birth day of
Sangeeta Patanaik 17.09.02

At the residence of Sujata Patnaik, Raju Sahi Special Study Circle on Birth day of
Srinibas Patnaik 24.09.02
Sri Maa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Special studycircle on B’day of Anisha Nanda 27.09.02

Koraput At the residence of Sri Binod Behari Das,
Kotpad Babji Maharaj’s Birth Day 14.08.02
At the residence of Sri Susama Ratha,Kotpad Special Study Circle Meet 03.09.02
At the residence of Sri Satchidananda Ratha
Kotpad Special Study Circle Meet 27.09.02
At the residence of Sri Basant Ku. Pattanaik
Bondaguda Special Study Circle Meet 01.10.02



Name of Speakers : Sarbashree Ch. Nirakar, Gadadhar Mishra, Bhaja Krushna Sahoo, Bunesh Ch. Mishra, Ajay Ku. Sahoo, Lalit Mohan Patnaik, Sudevi Swain, Suresh ch. Mishra, Chandan Bhumiyan, Amulya Ku. Mohapatra, Sabita Patnain, Sangita patanaik, Anadi Charan Swain, Seikh Abdul Kasam, Pravat Ku. Nayak, Binod behari Das, Satchidananda Ratha, Bipin bihari Patnaik, Pitambar Sahoo & Khagendra Das.



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KRUPA Anugul Matrubhumi, Deva Workshop on Vital Education 14th to 19th Sept.
Matrubihar, Anugul Athamallick Block level Sri Aurobindo Study
Circle Conference 22.09.02

Dhenkanal Ghatipiri Formation of Sri Aurobindo Chhatra Samaj 21.07.02
Premamayee Mahila Study Circle,
Dholapasi, Gengutia Opening of The Study Circle 31.07.02
Baripada, Gandia Patna Opening of Nabachetana Study Circle 02.08.02
Ghatipari Opening of Children’s Study Circle 17.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Sspruha Study Circle, Parjanga 3rd Annual Day of Study Circle 19.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Satyamayee Study Circle 1st Annual Day of Study Circle 25.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Karunamayee Study Circle 1st Annual day of Study Circle 26.08.02
Sri Aurobindo Integral School, Kamakhyanagar Old Student’s Meet 01.09.02
Khatipiri Odapada block Level meet 01.09.02
Snehamayee Mahila Pathachakra, Kakudibhaga Opening of New study Circle 02.09.02
L-29, Housing Board, Colony, Dhenkanal Discussion on Synthesis of Yoga 5th to 7th Sept.
Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Kendra Town Planning 4th Annual day of Study Circle 06.09.02
Matru Peetha, Chainpur 3rd Annual Day of Sweta Golap Study Circle 09.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Satyamayee
Mhila Pathachakra, Parjeng 2nd Annual Day of Study Circle 15.09.02
Sri Aurobindo Pragati Study Circle, Rathapada 1st Annual Day of Study Circle 17.09.02
At the residence of Alekh Panda, Ostapada 32rd Annual Day of Study Circle 28.09.02
At the residence of Ambica Apa, Similia 5th Annual Day of Study Circle 29.09.02
At the residence of Bidulata Apa, Town Planing 2nd Annual Day of Study Circle 30.09.02


Name of Speakers : Sarbashree Anadi Charan Swain, Geeta Apa, Pramila Apa, Prakash Bhai, Radra Bhai, Nabeen Bhai, Bishun Bhai, Suvendu Bhai & Ch. Nirakar.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Doman method puts tremendous emphasis on the mother’s relationship with the child

Re: Re5: Primrose School... [Note from Principal of Primrose School] by JB on Thu 26 Jul 2007 01:58 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link Re: Glenn Doman method
We have had a wonderful experience with this method at Primrose School. For anyone who has not seen it in action, it may be easy to put labels on it like “stuffing the children”, but in actual practice, it is far from that Here are some points on how we have experienced this method:
1. I think some people have commented on the method without actually knowing what it is. It takes up only a very small portion of the day for a child and has no interference with his play or creative art or anything else. The small video on ABC does not do it credit. Flash cards are not forced on the children for hours, they are shown ONLY for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening and only if the child wants to see them. Glenn Doman did not create his method for schools. His method is only for parents. After a training period, he wants the mother to show the flash cards to the child at home, in a very loving relationship, for only those twenty minutes. That was the original Doman method, which puts tremendous emphasis on the mother’s relationship with the child. It is not a question of being put into a ‘military’ classroom between the ages of 1 and 5. Anyone who has read Doman’s books knows that the whole key to the method is the loving relationship with the mother. The professor in the ABC video has not really given any valid reason WHY a child should not be taught to read at the age of 3.
2. Children have an enormous capacity to learn languages, even multiple languages from the age of 2 ½ or 3. It seems to come naturally to them. In our school we have children from many language homes, Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi, Urdu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam etc. You can see children in the LKG (3-4 yrs) chattering in three or four languages they have simply picked up from their friends. We start teaching Tamil and Hindi from 4 years through flash cards. By 5 years of age, the kids can read words in Tamil and Hindi with ease and this without teaching them the individual letter sounds.
3. When Doman says it is easier to teach a 3 year old to read than a 5 year old, he is very true. Why teach a small child to read instead of at the age of 6? Because it gives him tremendous self-confidence, it creates a natural reader, and reading is the basic foundation of education. The Doman flash card method does not teach the alphabet and children do not sound out words, which is the traditional way of teaching reading here in India. They see the whole word on the flash card as a graphic, and the alphabet automatically is learnt. When children come to us from other normal schools at the age of 6 and they can only read small words like “the” and “cat”, if we show the flash cards for just two weeks, they start reading fluently long sentences with the proper intonation. That is the beauty of the method. In India, the normal method of teaching is to memorise the alphabet, then spell out the words as the child comes to them. It is halting, awkward and unnatural. To see the joy on the faces of 4 year olds reading their own fairy tales is a rewarding sight.
4. We have adapted Doman’s method to our classrooms starting at the age of 2 ½, but again, the flash cards are shown ONLY for 20 minutes. The rest of the time the children sing, dance, draw, do acrobatics, play etc. In our school we take batches of children in groups of 4 to a separate room for only 20 minutes at a time and show a group of 15 flash cards, with big words like “potato chips” , “ I love” “hot”, etc. After a week we put the cards together and the children read out their first book, “I love hot potato chips!” We start at 2 1/2 years and by 5 years the children can read more than 60 of our homemade books. The key to anything is the JOY of the children. We have seen again and again that children LOVE the flash cards, they run to sit in front of the teacher, they LOVE to read and they never tire of it.
5. The brain of a child is constantly receiving stimulation and information from its environment. The professor talked about a loving environment, but when a mother parks her 3 or 4 year child in front of the TV, she is exposing it to the questionable nature of the cartoon or commercial, yet that is an accepted practice. What Doman is saying is, don’t put your child in front of the TV. Instead, at home show him pictures of animals and tell him the names. Talk to him about the animals. Answer his questions. This method makes children extremely curious. In our school, the General Knowledge cards, shown for periods of half an hour, are begun by age 3. More than 500 colourful, laminated cards have been made by the school staff with subjects such as plant species, animal species, costumes, fruits, professions, machineries, etc. Encyclopaedic knowledge is taught to the children by first teaching bits of information about any topic. The ring of knowledge is slowly enlarged until it encompasses and includes other topics too. In Upper KG the children start asking all kinds of interesting questions related to the pictures. The ring grows big enough to move from topics to subject to interdisciplinary ideas. The result is a very broad based learning, a very wide foundation to understanding, assimilating and finally creating new ideas. Besides the GK cards, information from picture books on people and other living things, places, history, geography, and other cultures are presented to the child in the form of stories, pictorial information and explanations combined together to present facts in a living, integrated context rather than as a series of separate divorced subjects. Geography is taught through colourful large maps starting in LKG. In the downstairs art room a large map of India the size of half the room floor is painted and children are encouraged to ‘walk’ around the country identifying the states, mountains and rivers. We show these word cards and GK cards for three years from pre-KG to UKG, but the actual time taken for it is only a very tiny part of our school activities. But that tiny part gives the children a wonderful skill, after which the child enters 1st standard. At that time we begin including story reading on computer, textbooks, work sheets, artistic poster making, etc. The difference between our children and children from other schools is very marked. Primrose children have a reputation in the town. They are articulate, bold, enthusiastic, happy and tremendously curious.
6. Our school is mostly urban children but we have also seen the outcome of this method with children from rural areas whose parents are uneducated. By the time they are 6 they are not only reading two languages and chattering in two languages, but they are so self-confident, so full of energy and joy that it is beautiful to see. If critics of this method went to normal Indian schools and witnessed the painful enforced silence in a room of fifty 4 year olds being forced to write small English words for two hours in a notebook, holding the pencil tightly and sometimes very painfully, they would know the value of this method for Indian schools. What can be “wrong” with a child by the age of 4 or 5 reading a simple storybook in his mother tongue or in English with full enthusiasm? Is that harming a child? Our children beg us to have school on Sunday, they don’t like to leave school at the end of the day.
7. By 2nd standard the children are encouraged to write their own stories in both English and Tamil, which are then published in the monthly newsletter. Creative writing is one of the favourite pastimes of the students who take to it eagerly. By 6th standard most children can write essays with ease. Sixth standard children have all been assigned classical novels in retold format, such as Heidi, David Copperfield, etc., and come back after a week to tell the story to the class, finally submitting a written book report.
The most basic belief at Primrose is that each child is unique and should be given the freedom to develop that uniqueness. A child should come to believe in himself with happy self-confidence. This belief must not be based on rank, or exam results, or first place in a quiz, or the fierce love of competition. In most schools, the child’s uniqueness is lost in a completely standardised system. We believe that for India, anyway, the flash card method starting at 2 ½ years of age, is a wonderful way to give children a skill that comes easily to them, that ensures they become life-long lovers of reading, that gives them a solid foundation for their future education and fills them with abundant self-confidence in their own abilities. Jareena Begum, Principal
our vision academics Primrose School 63 Gundu Salai, Oulgaret Pondicherry, India 605010 ph: 413-2290106, 2292346 fax: 2212338 e-mail: info@primroseschool.org

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The University of Human Unity

Home browse the library Talk/Lecture Notes
SAVITRI - Surrender and the Void Hemsell, R. , (2006)
Mother's Mantra and Savitri Hemsell, R. , (2005) Abstract
On Mantric Traditions: the teachings of Kukai and Sri Aurobindo (1) Hemsell, R. , (2004) Abstract
Essay
Cloning the Earth Hemsell, R. , p.8, (2007) Abstract
In search of a Model of Integral Education Vladimir, , Adhidaiva and a new approach to the Humanities, p.5, (2007) Abstract
Research Report
Living Planet Report International, W.W. , p.44, (2006) Abstract
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For the discussion on Integral Education (see the full version in attachment) Vladimir, , On Integral Education (see the full version in attachment), (2007)
Journal Article
On Education Reform Hemsell, R. , AV News and Notes, 09-06-07, (2007)
Book
The Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo: A Commemorative Symposium Chaudhuri, H. , London, (1960)
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The teachings of Sri Aurobindo only represent his philosophy and not a religion

Auroville's organisation then, has, through the years, taken different forms due to pressures from within and from outside. This section of our website first describes the organisation that has developed with the involvement and support of the Government of India. It then proceeds to describe the community's efforts at finding an internal organisational structure that is in conformity with its ideals. It concludes with an overview of the support structures that have developed: the international support through the Auroville International Centres; statements of support given by eminent persons from India and abroad; a list of funding agencies that have made donations to Auroville projects; and a list of pending projects as well as information on how to participate... Home > Organisation & Credentials
Organisational history and involvement of Government of India
During Auroville's first few years, from 1968 to 1973, the Mother directly guided the project. After her passing in November 1973, the residents of Auroville soon found themselves in confrontation with the Sri Aurobindo Society, who claimed control over the project. From this time onwards, the community started to create and experiment with its own organisational structure.
Auroville Emergency Provisions Act 1980
In 1980, responding to requests from the residents, the Government of India passed the Auroville Emergency Provisions Act, whereby the management of all assets and undertakings relatable to Auroville were, for a limited period of time, vested in the Government of India. The Sri Aurobindo Society subsequently challenged the constitutional validity of the Act, on the main ground that Auroville was a religious denomination and that the Government had violated the Indian Constitution by passing the Act. In November 1982 the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India judged that Auroville did not constitute a religious denomination, and that the teachings of Sri Aurobindo only represent his philosophy and not a religion. The validity of the Act was upheld.
The Auroville Emergency Provisions Act initiated a period of renewed stability and growth. An Administrator, appointed by the Government of India, was the official manager of all assets. An International Advisory Council was set up under the Act to advise the Government of India on Auroville matters. It met for the first time in Delhi in February 1981. Its members were Mr. M'Bow, then Director General of UNESCO; the late Mrs. Ludmila Zhivkova, then Minister of Culture and Education, Bulgaria; Mr. Narasimha Rao, then Minister of Education, later Prime Minister of India; and late Mr. J.R.D. Tata, Indian industrialist. Mr. Kireet Joshi, then Special Secretary Ministry of Education, Government of India, was the Council's Secretary. The Council further met in Delhi in 1983, '85 and '86. Mr. Narasimha Rao, Mr. M'Bow, Mr. J.R.D. Tata and Mr. Kireet Joshi came to Auroville in August 1986, while Mrs. Zhivkova had visited Auroville earlier, in 1981.
Auroville Foundation Act 1988
In September 1988, the Government of India protected Auroville once again by passing a unique Act of Parliament, the Auroville Foundation Act, 1988. This act provided, in the public interest, for the acquisition of all assets and undertakings relatable to Auroville without payment of compensation. These assets, which till then were managed by the Administrator under the Auroville Emergency Provisions Act, were temporarily transferred to the Government of India, with the aim of ultimately vesting them in a body corporate established for the purpose, the Auroville Foundation. The Auroville Foundation came into existence in January 1991. The assets were vested in the Foundation on April 1st, 1992.
Legal protection of name and emblem of Auroville
In July 1999, the Government of India accorded special protection to the name 'Auroville' and its emblem under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper Use) Act 1950.

Special visa status for Aurovilians
Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity. First public message on Auroville given by The Mother 8 September 1965

Acknowledging that Auroville is an International Cultural Township, the Government of India has passed a special visa regulation for Auroville. The Secretary of the Auroville Foundation will normally, upon the recommendation of Auroville's Entry Group, recommend to the Indian Embassy concerned the issue of a so-called Entry Visa. This Entry Visa will form the basis on which the authorities in India will later issue a Residential Permit. The Entry Visa and the Residential Permit are valid for periods up to five years, and are only available for a person's stay in Auroville. Consequently, there is no need for a separate work permit or a financial guarantee for one's stay in Auroville. Home > Organisation & Credentials

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Orissa Samata Zone - programme for 2007-08

from saroj patnaik sarojpatna@gmail.com to tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 14-Jul-2007 19:33 subject Samata Zone Karmi Sammilani - programme for 2007-08
S A M A T A Z O N E (An organization for spreading the Mother's work in Sundargarh, Deogarh and Jharsuguda Distt.) SRI AUROBINDO YOGA MANDIR, SECTOR-5, ROURKELA – 769002
Respected Brothers & Sisters,
Date: 28.6.07 As per decision taken the the Mothers's workers meet held at Matrujyoti, Jharsuguda on 4.6.06 a meeting of the Mother's workers of the Zone was held at Matrujyoti, Jharsuguda on 3.6.07 (Sunday). The meeting started at 11 a.m. with the observation of two minutes silence. Surendra Bhai, District Organiser of Jharsuguda District welcomed all the workers to the meet.
Sri Debeedatta Kar, Zonal Coordinator took up the agenda of the meeting and discussed on the decision taken 4.6.06 and placed the latest position on the implementation of the said decision in furthering the Mother's work in Orissa. After a detailed discussion the programme for the Zone for the year 2007-08 was finalized as under:
1. Zonal Karmi Sammilani:
09.12.2007 - Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, Sector-5, Rourkela
25.02.2008 - Bijaynagar, Barkot, Deogarh Distt.
06.05.2008 - Matrujyoti, Jharsuguda.
2. Zonal Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra Sammilani:
23 – 25 August, 2007 – Kendeijuri, Tileimal, Deogarh Distt.
28 – 30 Dec., 2007 - Bartankela, Sundargarh District
Feb., 2008 - Bhatlaida, Jharsuguda District.
3. Zonal Mahila Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra Sammilani:
22 – 23 Sept. 2007 - Matruvihar, Sundargarh
Nov 2007 - Tileibani, Deogarh District
01 – 02 Feb 2008 - Matrujyoti, Jhrsuguda
4. Zonal Sri Aurobindo Integral Schools'Students' meet:
(Std. VI & VII) Nov 30, Dec 1 & 2, 2007 at DEOGARH
5. Zonal Youth Meet : At Biramitrapur (Sundargarh) : Date tobe decided.
6. Zonal Integral Schools' Teacher's Training programme:
After detailed deliberation it was decided that all decision relating to the teachers' training programme shall be taken by a committee consisting of S/Sri Prashanta Pal (Jharsuguda), Sahadev Sahu (Biramitrapur), Braja Kishore Sahu (Sundargarh), Pradeep Kumar Mishra (Bonai) under the convenorship of Dambaru Bhai, District Organiser, Deogarh district. It was decided that 4 orientation programmes will take place on different subjects during the current year for 3 days on each subject.
7. Zonal Integral Schools' sports meet: Workers of Jharsuguda District informed that they will be organizing a district level sports meet this year. This move was welcomed and other districts were requested to organize such meet in their districts also...
8. ZONAL NEWS LETTER : SAMATA SAMACHAR:
In the meantime two issues of Samata Samachar have been published. It could be possible due to the Grace of the Divine Mother and efforts of Khitish Bhai. In this context Khitish Bhai requested all to send reports in his address. To meet the cost of publication of the Samata Samachar it was decided that 15 workers would contribute Rs. 200/-each and on the spot 7 persons contributed Rs. 1400/-...
9. Funds position of the Zone:
Although it was decided earlier that each Sri Aurobindo Integral School in the Zone will contribute @ Re.1/- (On rupee only) per student per year, most of the schools have not done it so far. Saroj Bhai, the treasurer of the Zone placed a detailed report in this respect. It was decided that the Schools will clear their dues during the July Organisational meet. The Treasurer was asked to write a separate letter to the Schools in this respect.
10. STRUCTURE OF THE ZONE:
The following workers were selected to work in different position for the Zone:
Dr. Debeedatta Kar - Zonal Coordinator
Sri Saroj Kumar Patnaik - Treasurer
Smt. Sushila Behura - Addl. District Organiser, Sundargarh District.
Sri Prasanna Kumar Patel - Addl. District Organiser, Deogarh District
Sri Bijay Kumar Pal - Addl. District Organiser, Jharsuguda District
Sri Padmanava Mohakul - Army of Light
Smt. Belarani Satpathy - Sri Aurobindo Pathachakra/Mahila Pathachakra
Sri Hrushikesh Dehury - Sri Aurobindo Sahitya Parishad
Sri Tikeswar Das - Sri Aurobindo Kala Parishad
Sri Dakeshwar Pandey - Sri Aurobindo Legal Unit
Sri Gunasagar Patel - Sri Aurobindo Agricultural Research
Dr. Prashanta Kumar Patra – Sri Aurobindo Medical Association
Sri Sahadev Sahu - Sri Aurobindo Educational Research
Sri Nabin Kishore Nayak - CUSAG
Sri Prasanna Kumar Patel - Sri Aurobindo Engg. & Technical Group
11. It was decided that more and more Swadhyay Sibiras are to be held in different parts of the Zone. Presently Swadhyay Sibiras are taking place at Bartankela (Synthesis of Yoga), Basanti Colony, Rourkela (The Mother & Savitri), Biramitrapur (Savitri & Life Divine).
12. JULY ORGANISATIONAL MEET:
Like the previous years this year also the organizational meeting of the districts, will be held in the month of July, on 3rd at Deogarh, on 6th at Jharsuguda and on 7th at Rajgangpur(Sundargarh) in the presence of S/Shri CH Nirakar, Gadadhar Mishra and Prasad Tripathy. Classes in all the Integral Schools of the district shall remain suspended on this day and arrangements will be made so that the teachers can participate in the meet positively.
The meeting ended with silent prayer to the Mother.
Yours, Debeedatta Kar Zonal Coordinator

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Any person of any country in the world who is moved by the ideals of Oneness, unity and peace

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Kireet Joshi, mentor and friend of his Aurovilian brothers and sisters

Kireet Joshi (born 1931) was appointed Chairman of the Auroville Foundation in April 1999. He is at the same time Chairman of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Vice-Chairman of the Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, - both institutions working under Government of India. He was recently a member of the Indian delegation to the Commonwealth Ministers Conference held in Halifax in Canada, and he played a significant role in the recent conferences of UNESCO on higher education. Kireet is a member of a number of committees in the University Grants Commission, the National Council of Education Research and Training, and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Connection with Ashram and Auroville
Kireet is a student of Philosophy and Law, and although selected in 1955 for the topmost service of the Government of India, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he resigned in 1956 in order to devote himself completely to the study and practice of the Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. It was here that he participated in numerous experiments that were being conducted at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre for Education under the direct guidance of the Mother. Kireet also taught philosophy, psychology and Indian culture. It was during this period that the concept and plan of Auroville had begun to take shape, and in 1968 when Auroville was founded, he took an active part in the preparation of the inaugural ceremony. There were several occasions when Mother while speaking to Kireet made comments about Auroville. Since then, the ideals of Auroville and the Charter of Auroville have remained for him a perennial source of inspiration and motive of life.
Drafting of the Auroville Act
In 1976, the Prime Minister of India, Shrimati Indira Gandhi, appointed Kireet as Education Advisor to the Government of India. During his tenure in the Government (1976-1988), one of the responsibilities assigned to him was related to Auroville, as difficulties had arisen and help was sought by the residents of Auroville. In 1980, and again in 1988, the Parliament of India enacted legislation in regard to Auroville, and the drafting of these items of legislation was assigned to Kireet. During the period 1980-82, issues concerning Auroville had come up in the High Court of Calcutta and in the Supreme Court of India, and it was largely due to the advice given by Kireet that the Supreme Court of India upheld the Government's contention that the teaching of Sri Aurobindo does not constitute a religion, - a position that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have repeatedly underlined in their writings.
Development of education in Auroville
During 1980-88, with the help of the International Advisory Council of Auroville (comprising the then Minister of External Affairs of India, Mr. J.R.D. Tata, Madame Zhivkova of Bulgaria and Mr. M'Bow, the then Director General of UNESCO), Kireet supported a number of activities of Auroville and particularly aided in the development of education. On 28th February 1984, the Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER) was created and several important research projects were undertaken. In due course, SAIIER published two major research publications, The Aim of Life and The Good Teacher and the Good Pupil. These books made under the guidance of Kireet have been appreciated by educational experts in India and abroad (a third book, Mystery and Excellence of the Human Body is ready for publication).
Most active Chairman to date
In January 1999, Kireet was nominated by the Government of India to be a member of the International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation, and three months later, he was made Chairman of the Foundation. He then plunged again into the Auroville adventure by becoming immediately the most active chairman to date, spending long weeks in Auroville, interacting tirelessly with many residents and working groups with the ever present aim of moving speedily towards the concrete realisation of Auroville's ideals. Kireet is actively involved in education, and giving daily classes to the adolescents of Super School whenever he is in Auroville.
Impetus
New research projects in value-oriented education have been launched with the participation of a large group of Aurovilian researchers, and he has given impetus to the possible development of a new economy so as to realise the ideal given by the Mother of "no exchange of money among Aurovilians". Kireet has also encouraged the development of new modes of organisation of collective life in the light of Sri Aurobindo's and Mother's vision of a spiritualised society.
House in Auroville
A most concrete sign of Kireet's total commitment to Auroville came recently from the fact that he has now his own house in Auroville which has just been completed close to the Bharat Nivas guesthouse. Kireet's tireless capacity for work, aided by a vast cultural background and a deep knowledge of Sri Aurobindo's works, gives him a unique position as mentor and friend of his Aurovilian brothers and sisters. Home > Organisation & Credentials > The Auroville Foundation > The Governing Board > Kireet Joshi

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The shining Arjuna of spiritual aspirants

‘The Secret Face That Is Our Own’: Nolinida’s Body of Literature Rick Lipschutz Nolini Kanta Gupta was not only the foremost disciple of Sri Aurobindo, but a prolific writer and exponent of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga in his own right. Rick Lipschutz delves into his works...

Ablade of a question, shot back to a question, shows the esteem Sri Aurobindo held for his spirit-born son. “If Nolini does not know my yoga, who does?” “Nolini’s writing is direct and powerful,” he wrote in a letter to his brother Barin. As war rowned Europe in that sea of madness, the Master calmly observed, “I always see the Light descending into Nolini.” From Tagore, on whose travels into infinity Nolinida shed much light, we learn, “Nolini Kanta Gupta’s contribution to the literature of Bengal is unique.”

The young revolutionary who “in blood drawn from his chest” wrote out a vow to give his life in service to the Motherland, evolved into the yogin whose revolution in consciousness rendered his whole life pure Shakti-movement. He authored more than 60 books, and his Collected Works available from SABDA run to eight volumes that grace the reader with inner inspiration, Brahmic silence applied to this new human hour, even concrete help in sadhana. This essay proposes to focus on his writings as a whole—search-rays into our human condition and its successor, literary criticism, poetry, mysticism, sociopolitical essays, philosophy, science, Vedic and Upanishadic interpretation, penetrations into the essence of the Indian spirit, talks to the Mother’s children, luminous personal reminiscences. His body of literature, like his life, is, as V. Madhusudan Reddy declared, “a model of psychic individuality and unique self-expression.”

A deep sonorous voice arises from Nolinida: “Do not say the load is too heavy for me, say rather, I have not yet learnt how to bear it.” “It does not prove anything that I cannot become a Kalidasa; for that matter Kalidasa cannot become what I am.” “The greatness of a person is the greatness of the Impersonal in him.” “We need at the present hour a complete and precise science of the Divine Consciousness.” “A solitary second can be the spark potent to explode a whole past.” “The Day will come towards which the whole creation has been aspiring from the beginning of time, it will come inevitably in due course, it may be today or tomorrow, it may be a decade hence, or it may even be a century or a millennium hence; it will come all the same.”

Imprisoned in Alipore Jail long ago, he came upon a passage of Sri Aurobindo’s that he found “absolutely unadorned and still most effective! The movement is that of an arrow, strong and firm and straight.” The “grand style simple” was in fact his own. Nolinida painted in few but vivid brushstrokes, a fine verbal artist, avoiding excess, true to essentials. Language all but transparent married music to meaning and stamped it throughout with clarities of vision. “A certain kingly ease and dominion in every shade of his expression” breathes through his writings, like a spiritual breeze. A natural formality is tempered and softened with use of phrases of the day. He wears lightly the mantle of erudition. In later volumes, he becomes more and more a ray of the Mother’s consciousness.

His “Reminiscences” is shot through with humor and color, more personal touches. The style, like the man, is unobtrusive; he hides his art. In the future more will come to appreciate the incredible intricacy interwoven with that classically simple surface. We discover in K.R.S. Iyengar’s On the Mother that Mother once assigned Nolinida to the line of sadhaks in whom Light was the dominant aspect. In the early 1930s, when she asked several sadhaks to describe the goal of their sadhana, Nolini wrote two words: “Divinising life.” Mother led the Ashramites in games where they concentrated, then chose passages from books; significantly, Nolinida struck upon the Kutsa Angirasa suktas from Hymns to the Mystic Fire. Sri Aurobindo’s rendering runs: “This is the fire of our sacrifice! May we have strength to kindle it to its height, may it perfect our thoughts. In this all that we give must be thrown that it may become a food for the gods; this shall bring to us the godheads of the infinite consciousness who are our desire.” If this is true for a true sadhak, then Nolinida was truly a sadhak among sadhaks.

For he cast into purest fire everything he had and was, and so fueled his sadhana. This fire carried him to the heights of consciousness, made his mind a precious instrument, brought into him the powers and personalities of the Divine Mother. Restored to the Mother’s consciousness, his soul then served only to make her felt among the people, by all means, and with “well-connected words.” He did not learn of Sri Aurobindo or about the Mother; he knew them by becoming them. Finding his greater individuality in their light, this most reticent of sadhaks released his creativity in an unending stream. “His is the pure mind,” observed Sri Aurobindo of Nolini; and as Kapali Sastriar shows in his commentaries on the Kutsa hymns near the end of the Siddhanjana, the human being with such an inner instrument becomes “a meeting ground of the Gods.”

In “Man and the Gods,” Nolinida subtly suggests that the suppler human virtues surpass in some essential quality the powers of the universal spirits. The gods are “powers…agents of the One Divine…highbrow entities [who] carry things with a high hand…an imperial majesty…a sweeping mastery and sovereign indifference.” The human, however, has progressed slowly, developing through effort and much error. “The terrestrial creature… knows of things which the gods do not…has an experience which even they, strange to say, covet.” For a god is a “fixed and definite type”—bound by his godhood; but the human embodies all modes of consciousness, growing and changing. We, human, fail more than we succeed, gaining a fire-tested endurance. Forbearance and forgiveness are “the badge of the tribe.” And the gods? They tend toward impatience, a brittle perfectionism, brook no quarter, are in fact egoistic! Theirs is a sattvic egoism, replete with a sense of separate mission, rigid in its own orbit, lacking “the mellowness…understanding…sweet reasonableness of a human.” For our human ego is blocked at every turn, and our “mind…has something to give which even the overmind of the gods does not possess and needs.”

Our very failings “contain and yield a deeper sap of life and out of them a richer fulfillment is being elaborated.” For “the divine grace embedded in matter”—the psychic being—“is the sole privilege of the terrestrial creature.” To progress requires a psychic being; to advance, therefore, a god must take on a human body, which though rigid is more flexible than it seems and can “suffer a seachange… not within the reach of the radiant body of an immortal.” The essay ends on a grace note of synthesis, a luminous suggestion. There is an evolutionary gap but no essential gulf between the human and the divine. The human mode of being holds within it its successor, and, in the new creation, even the gods shall change.

“The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo,” Volumes Three and Four of Nolini Kanta Gupta’s Collected Works, received its name from Sri Aurobindo himself. These volumes—clear short comprehensible essays—provide this revolutionary yoga a lucid presentation creative yet faithful to the original. An exception in its relative length, “Lines of the Descent of Consciousness” is an enduring contribution to a clearer understanding of Integral Yoga. The theme could not be broader, yet closer to the heart of the curious human: “Let us see how it all came about.”

Truly, as Sri Aurobindo writes in a perhaps related context, “All the Aspects disclose themselves, separate, combine, fuse, are unified together.” Consciousness, according to Nolinida, extends five distinct lines of descent. First comes that of Sachchidananda, supreme impersonal reality—the delightful conscious existence now masked behind all this grave and sorrowful stupidity. All the lines, the author weaves and disentangles. Read “Lines of the Descent of Consciousness” and much of The Life Divine may come into clearer focus. The essay itself is a descent of masterconsciousness that “unravels the mystery.” I continue to learn much from his exposition of how the psychic being will “come into its own precisely by a descent of its own self from above, in the same manner as the other descents” and how it will unite with the Jivatman. There is much material here presented in a novel manner with many strands teased together. We see here Nolini-as-scientist of the divine consciousness, differentiating the high gods from the highest gods, the upper from the lower poles of the Overmind (where the One becomes “like a silent partner”).

One can observe how the personal works together with the impersonal and the Divine with the human in a tour through all the worlds with this most reliable and charming of guides. With an authenticity that can come only from experience he writes of the psychic being in many passages sprinkled throughout his work; how all one’s limbs can become a psychic movement. One can feel the psychic firmly in front in his writings; even as he scales the high overhead planes the soul is most prominent, that eternal sweetness of divine presence, firm and solid and profound. He shows us how, in Mother’s words, to “become concretely what we are essentially.” In “The Mounting Fire” and “The Labours of the Gods” and other essays, we meet Nolini-as-technologist of self-transcendence. He tells us much that we may wish to know about the “science of inwardness.” Nolinida’s book “The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo” received its name from Sri Aurobindo himself. One can feel the psychic firmly in front in his writings; even as he scales the high overhead planes the soul is most prominent, that eternal sweetness of divine presence, firm and solid and profound.

Nolinida was also an accomplished sportsman. He sprinted into his eighties, and his “My Athletics” veers from reminiscences on to the very essence behind exercise. If this is not to be another lopsided yoga, athletics comes to play an integral part in our spiritual training. Our frailty must become strength to embrace the divine light descending. “If the consciousness is of the right sort, the new force can descend even from supraphysical worlds and give to the movements of the body a supreme beauty and strength.” All the parts of the being then participate in a more conscious exercise and the fire, light, and force can be grounded, harmonized, wonderfully contained. Here sublimity becomes practical and the practical is made sublime. His athletics is our challenge.

Nolinida is one whose psychic opening and transformation was allowed to proceed in the psychic way, who has shown a unique ability to express the higher consciousness in writing that is, indeed, direct and powerful. In his life and his writings he represents “at every moment, in all circumstances, one [who] follows the voice of the highest in oneself…and no inferior echo.” He had a long “happy collaboration” with the Mother, the Divine Consciousness—her own son Andre and others have described how they felt her in Nolinida; their “head was ringing for hours” after merely talking with him; they found a lifelong friend who continues after his passing at age 95 in 1984 to be present to them; or they actually saw a vision of the New Creation. On our human condition, our maladies, the driving force of our times, his gaze is unflinching, his thought balanced, his point of view global yet close to the “tears of things.”

His poetry in “To the Heights” is a rhythmic record of his sadhana in the 1930s. Volumes Three and Four, “The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo,” will only gain in importance with time as an original exposition of Integral Yoga rendering its aspects more comprehensible for the human consciousness, providing a much-needed bridge to Sri Aurobindo’s own writings. Perhaps equal to his third volume is Volume One, “The Coming Race and Other Essays,” which climbs the highest ranges of spiritual literature and at times manifests an intense mantric vision. His writings on India are universal and speak from an identification with her very soul and mission. His later writings provide diamond-like windows of the Mother’s Consciousness and an opening to the Yoga-Force. “Reminiscences,” his personal memoir is of much interest, a gleaming jewel of the genre. His writing on the Vedas and Upanishads (translations, commentary, tales) contain ancient Indian spiritual knowledge essential to more fully appreciate Sri Aurobindo’s writings and work.

Sri Nolini Kanta Gupta has given us all a subtle body of literature bound to widely extend into the frontal consciousness. What he said of Vivekananda’s words (which woke his courage up in Alipore) is true of his own: “These are luminous life-giving mantras and the world and humanity…have need of them.” One-volume editions include Lights from Nolini Kanta Gupta (highlights taken from individual essays) and Evolution and the Earthly Destiny (selected essays). Education and Initiation, translated from the Bengali, more timely than ever, has now been released. His eight-volume Collected Works continue to grow in relevance and merit more detailed scholarly study. Surprisingly, the eight volumes are as affordable as they are full of delights and unexpected turns. Or one may prefer to read his translation of Savitri into Bengali. The shining Arjuna of spiritual aspirants has left us a portion of the new creation, full of the force of yoga and packed with the light of Sri Aurobindo.

Rick Lipschutz discovered the Integral Yoga after exploring other paths and has been a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother since 1997. A member of the Cultural Integral Fellowship who attends retreats at Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham in Lodi, he lives with his wife and son in San Francisco, USA. Rick Lipschutz