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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Books by Anilbaran Roy

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1. The Message of the Gita by Anilbaran Roy (Paperback - Jan 1993) 7 Used & new from $5.99 Other Editions: Hardcover
2. The Gita by Aurobindo and Anilbaran Roy (Paperback - 1954) 1 Used & new from $14.95
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4. Khaddar under search-light, by Anilbaran Roy (Unknown Binding - 1929) Currently unavailable
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A "free share" economy in the XXIst century


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February 27-28, March 1st 2006
Knowledge, Business and Consciousness
Programme
Speakers
KBS Seminar Materials (download):
AIMBC.doc
Indian National Knowledge Commission.doc
Helga's paper.doc

Auroville Radio broadcasts this event live!
C.I.R.H.U. International Seminar
Center of International Research on Human Unity
Auroville

2nd International Auroville Dialogue
Knowledge, Business and ConsciousnessManifestation of Consciousness through Business in the Knowledge Society
AIMS and Objectives
Day one
The main aim of the international city of Auroville is to help to raise humanity's consciousness. Auroville has been struggling with this "impossible task" for almost 40 years, since it was founded in 1968.
In a first Seminar in September 2005, we explored the existence of "another consciousness" among a small minority of businesses worldwide. Our conclusion was rather positive. This minority does exist.
And the surprise has been to assist at the very dynamic encounter between the Auroville Business community and this new type of business community worldwide.
This has brought the Auroville community to rethink itself, its relation to economics, to its future, and to the world business community. It has even set in motion the project to set up a new type of business school in Auroville.
Now in a second phase we would like to focus on the knowledge society because this is leading us to a new economy.
In the EU the knowledge society is an important policy objective, called the "Lisbon strategy". The goal is to make the EU the most competitive knowledge economy before 2010, while being sustainable and socially-inclusive.
In India a "National Knowledge Commission" has been set up recently and has Dr Phuspa Bhargava as one of its leaders. Dr Phuspa Bhargava will be present and will be able to explain the objectives and methods of this new Indian National knowledge Commission.
Here are some of the questions that we face in the EU, in India, and worldwide. If this knowledge economy is post-capitalist (Peter Drucker) and post-industrial, do we not need another level of consciousness to be able to manage it properly?
If knowledge is not traded but shared, because we never lose the knowledge we give to another person, are we ready to build a "free share" economy in the XXIst century?
Are we ready to shift from a win-lose market strategy to a win-win network strategy for our businesses?
Are our leaders ready to shift from a command and control approach to an enabling and connecting approach to the knowledge business?
Are we aware that secrecy and patenting will disappear or be deeply modified in a society where transparency is increasing?
Are we aware that the value creation system will be different in this new knowledge society?
Are we aware that the tool of production is no longer the machine as in the industrial society? It is the human brain which produces knowledge. And so every evening, workers go home with their tool of production
Marc Luyckx Ghisi

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"How the Leftists and the Rightists have tried to diminish Sri Aurobindo" by Dr. M.V. Nadkarni

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo: August 2007
The Beach Office of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry
On 15 August 2007, the 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo will be observed. On this occasion the following two programmes will be organised at the Society's Beach Office, Puducherry:
1. Annual Conference of Sri Aurobindo Society on 12, 13 and 14 August 2007.
2. A Study-Camp on Sri Aurobindo's "Essays on the Gita" by Dr. Mangesh V.Nadkarni will be held at the Society's Beach Office hall, Puducherry, from 17 to 26 August 2007. There will be two sessions daily: 4:30 to 5:15 pm and 5:40 to 6:40 pm.
All are welcome to the above programmes.
Recent Events
Education Camp - Study And Dialogues Cum Workshop: 20-28 May 2007
Participants of the Camp
This year's Education Camp-cum-Workshop was organised at the Beach Office from 20 to 28 May 2007. Fifty-two participants including teachers, principals, school management persons, parents and educationists from 10 States of the country participated in it. The objective of the Camp was to introduce the principles of Integral Education as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and also how to impart it to children. The programme of the Camp covered, in a balanced way, both the theory and the practical aspects of Integral Education.
On the first day, after an introduction by Vijaybhai to the nature of the Camp, Dilipbhai and Kalaben explained the way in which education takes place in the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) of the Ashram, right from the KG level. From the next day onwards, the morning sessions started with the "Exploring Integral Education" by Shivakumar where the principles of integral education were introduced by first exploring the various parts that constitute the child - the physical, vital, mental, psychic and spiritual - and then explaining how each part has to be developed so as to make the education complete and integral for the child. Maitreyee took up the topic of character development in children with examples drawn her interaction with children.
Dr. ALok Pandey, speaking on "Qualities of a Teacher"
Dr. Alok Pandey, through his session on "Qualities of a Teacher", brought out the core values of a teacher and how the Supreme Lord himself shines as a best example of this. The sessions on "Application of Integral Education" by Surekha-di, and "Making A Transition to Integral Education" by Sraddhalu delved into the problems faced by the teaching community in implementing Integral Education, and there was a free sharing of many suggestions towards solving them. The session on Sanskrit by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra discussed the importance of the role of Sanskrit in nation building and also revealed the beauty, charm and the wonders of Sanskrit language with numerous examples taken from the vast body of Sanskrit literature available to us.
Project Method sessions
With a view to offer an alterative to the present cumbrous learn-by-rote system, a dynamic learning process through project method was introduced in the afternoons. After an introduction by Uttama on the 'Project Method' the participants divided themselves into smaller groups in order to try out the project method under the general topic "Human Body", covering the following subjects, with their respective facilitators:
Language Teaching (noun, verbs, simple sentence construction, creative writing in English) - AnjanabenScience, Sense development - MaitreyeeArt & handicrafts - Sushanto & Abhipsa Dance, music and free expression through the body - Surabhi
Physical education & Faculty development activities
The afternoon sessions of the Camp saw them at their eager most, as the participants were introduced to many interesting physical education activities like obstacle race, relay race, co-operative games etc. which could be played by children in a small space or even inside a small hall. In the early mornings, there were sessions of Yogic exercises to tune their mind and body, and the uplifting chanting of Sanskrit shlokas. The participants were also taken to the KG and Primary sections of the Ashram school and shown the educational aids used by the teachers there. During a separate session, Shankar, a teacher from Auroville, explained the important things to be taken care of by a KG teacher and also demonstrated how a KG class is to be conducted. Two of the Ashram ex-students, Devdip and Tejas, candidly shared with the participants their experience as students of the Ashram's Centre of Education.
"Nature Awareness" by Richard
There was a special session on "Teaching Maths" by Dilipbhai, where he showed several games and techniques through which Maths could become an endearing subject to children. The participants also had a session with Richard on "Nature Awareness" and got a chance to enjoy the splendour of early morning Sunrise over the Bay of Bengal in Puducherry. Visits to the Ashram departments and Auroville, the International Township, were also arranged.
"I Have a Dream" - workshop on Theatre
On the last two days, a short workshop on theatre under the title "I Have a Dream…" was conducted by Rashi, an accomplished theatre artist, and assisted by Vivechana. It provided an opportunity to the participants to bring out their innate abilities spontaneously, by shedding off the obstructing self-inhibitions. Another session, on "The Prolonged Miracle" by Trupti, extended their sense of wonder by opening up their senses to the geometrical wonders hidden in Nature and in human body.
As the Camp drew to a close, many felt within themselves a change of perspective towards children and Education itself, and all the participants resolved to make a conscious attempt at implementing the vision of Integral Education at their places, in whatever way possible, on their return. Visit by the Students of J.B. Petit High School, Mumbai - 4 to 8 June 2007
Students of J.B. Petit School, Mumbai
From 4 to 8 June 2007, a 5-day Camp was organised by Sri Aurobindo Society for the students of J. B. Petit High School, Mumbai. 29 girls studying in 9th and 10th Standard of the school, accompanied by 10 staff of the school, came to Puducherry for the Camp. These girls are students of Yoga (optional subject provided by ICSE Board) and the Camp was organised in collaboration with the Yoga teacher of the school Ms. Anahita Sanjana. The sessions were mainly conducted in the morning from 10:00 am to 11:45 am and in the afternoon from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
"Creativity through Origami" conducted by Abhipsa
On the 4th of June the students had an interactive session with Dr. Alok Pandey, where he welcomed them to the Ashram and Sri Aurobindo Society. He also introduced them to Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga and the Life at the Ashram. In the afternoon, they were divided into two groups for activity sessions. Over the next two days in the afternoons, Anjanaben engaged the students in various free body movements accompanied by different types of music as a spontaneous expression of the physical and emotional parts of their personality. A session on Origami by Abhipsa had them make use of various shapes and figures to give expression to their creativity, using the medium of paper. The day ended with an interactive session by Maitreyee on the various issues faced by teenagers.
Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni, speaking on 'Savitri'
Vijaybhai, interacting with the students
On day two, Dr. Nadkarni-ji took up the subject of evolution, the role of Ashram and the children of the future, in brief. He also introduced them to Sri Aurobindo's revelatory epic poem, the longest in English, 'Savitri' by reciting some very beautiful and inspiring passages from it. In the afternoon they visited the international township Auroville, founded by the Mother. On the third day morning, they had a session with Trupti on "The Prolonged Miracle…" where she dwelt upon the beauty of geometry and the hidden miracle of this geometry in Nature. This was followed by an interactive session with Vijaybhai on . In the evening, they all visited the various activities at the sportsground of the Ashram. The day ended with a small workshop on "Fear - Its Causes and Cures" conducted by Maitreyee.
Session on "Prolonged Miracle" by Trupti
Shivakumar, on "exploring through our Senses"
On 7th June, the participants visited the different departments of Ashram. On 8th June in the morning they had a session on Art with Sushanto-da. In the afternoon, Sampadbhai introduced them to Sanskrit alphabets and the also touched upon the wonders of Sanskrit language. The day ended with a session with Shivakumar on exploring the world through the sense of sound. On the 9th they left for Mumbai, after an engaging week at Puducherry.
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad London (U.K.)
The High Commission of India, in collaboration with Sri Aurobindo Society, U.K., is organising Sri Aurobindo's Life and Works Exhibition and Programme at the Nehru Centre in London on the occasion of the completion of 60 years of India's Independence on 15 August 2007.
Nairobi (Kenya)
Ten sets of booklets were presented to the Loresho Eye Hospital, Nairobi, by Bhartiben Patel. These booklets will be kept in the Hospital's Reception Room. Shri Ramesh presented copies of various Messages and Prayers of the Mother to the Rose of Sharon Academy Primary School. He attended the National Breakfast Prayer, now an yearly event, held at the Safari Park Hotel and also took the opportunity to address a meeting of the senior staff members of Athi River Mining Company upon invitation. He spoke on several issues in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
The representatives of the Kenya Girl Guides Association arriving at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Nairobi
On 8 June 2007, three members of Sri Aurobindo Society, Nairobi Centre, presented 22,000 mini booklets on 11 different titles to the Kenya Girl Guides Association, at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Nairobi. The Project Manager of the Association received the booklets with much gratitude.
News from India
Noida (U.P.)
1 May, 2007: A special collective meditation was held on the occasion of 2nd Anniversary of Enshrinement of Sacred Relics of Sri Aurobindo at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. About 30 devotees and their families participated.
Swami Vidyanand-ji speaking on "Science of Living & Mantric Healing"
A view of the audience
5, 19, and 26 May 2007: A series of Talks by Swami Vidyanandji on "Science of Living & Mantric Healing" were organised on 5, 19 and 26 May 2007 at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. The topics covered were yogasanas, Pranayama, and mantras. The participants evinced keen interest in the programme.
Shri Arun Naik speaking on the topic "Science of Living"
12 May 2007: A Talk on "Science of Living" was given by Shri Arun Naik at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. It was attended by about 35 devotees and their families. 26 May 2007: Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan organised a Cultural Meet on 26 May 2007. The children of the Niketan exhibited their talents. An Educational Film was also screened on the occasion. Prior to the Cultural Meet, the students had appeared in an examination conducted by the Government Primary School, Mamura. As an outcome of this examination, 24 students have received admission in the Govt. Primary School.
Pratapgarh (U.P.)
A Seminar on "Yoga and its Objectives in the Light of Sri Aurobindo" was organised by the Pratapgarh Centre on 27 May 2007. About 55 persons attended the seminar. The main speaker, Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur Branch of the Society, spoke on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. The other speakers were Dr. Avinash, Chairman of the Pratapgarh Centre, Shri Ravi Pratap Singh and Shri Udai Raj Mishra. The Seminar ended with a questions & answers session. Small booklets were distributed to all.
Sultanpur (U.P.) Ram Raji Girls Intermediate College, Sultanpur, organised a talk of Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur Branch of the Society, on 31 May 2007. Dr. Singh spoke on "Aspiration for Perfection in Action". Mrs. Kusum Singh, the Principal of the college, proposed the Vote of thanks. The Hindi version of the booklet "Remain Young" was distributed amongst all those who attended the programme.
Aurangabad (Maharashtra) - Antarnad Summer Camp for Children
Aurangabad Centre organised the Antarnad summer camp for children of age 8-14 years. This was the 6th summer camp organised by the centre. It was a 5-day camp with a variety of activities. Children from different schools participated this year.
• Each day started with prayer and meditation. • All the activities were so designed to encourage children to improve at their imagination, creativity, concentration, understanding, team-spirit and fearlessness. • The activities included marble-painting, craft-work, making mud articles, creative writing, impromptu story telling, dance & drama etc. During all these activities the children were allowed to perform according to their imagination and thinking, and so all participated very enthusiastically. • Children were taken to a picturesque and peaceful place, in order to spend "A day close to Nature". • They were taught Kannada and Oriya songs and also the national song 'Vande-Mataram'. • Last day's concluding session was a sort of informal get-together of parents and the senior members of the Centre and the camp participants. All the camp participants gave presentation of different things they learned during the camp. They also performed a beautiful drama and dance programme. • It was followed by an open discussion about the integral education system envisioned by the Mother of Sri Aurobind Ashram. Mrs. Smita and Mr. Arvind Deshpande whose son Chaitanya had studied at the Ashram's Centre of Education at Puducherrry, spoke about the school and shared their experiences.
New Delhi
Darshan Day was celebrated by Sri Aurobindo Society, Delhi Branch, on April 24, 2007 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. On this occasion, Shri I. K. Gujral, Former Prime Minister of India, was the Chief Guest. Bharatanatyam dance was performed by Santanu Chakraborty in the Hall of The Life Divine at the Society's premises. The function was attended by over 200 people.
Vadodara (Gujarat)
The Women's Council of the Society's Vadodara Branch organised a Training Camp for Women in Fibre Painting, Cut Work, Bandani etc. from 16 to 21 May 2007. More than 30 women participated.
The Women's Council organised another Training Camp from 21 to 25 May 2007, for decoration on earthen pots, flower vases, colouring the fabrics, making artistic greeting cards etc.
Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh)
Shri Bharat Singh Zala spoke on "Sri Aurobindo - Avatar and His Works" on 28 May 2007, and on "The Mother, Her birth and works on the basis of Savitri" on 29 May 2007 at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Pitha, Khandwa. More than 50 persons attended the lectures.
Annanagar, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Annanagar Centre of the Society organised two summer courses on Integral Yoga from 2 to 12 May, and 21 to 31 May 2007. These courses consisted of lectures and practical training on Pranayama, Meditation, Asanas, Chitta Shuddhi, Concentration techniques etc. About 30 persons participated in these courses.
Godavarikhani (Andhra Pradesh)
The Godavarikhani Centre of the Society organised a lecture programme on various aspects of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga on 31 May 2007. Dr. T.V. Nagaranjani was the keynote speaker. The Chairman of the Centre Shri Ganta Narayana presided over the function which was attended by teachers, students and some heads of educational institutions.

Annual Conference of Sri Aurobindo Society on 12, 13 and 14 August 2007

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo: 15 August 2007
Sri Aurobindo
This 15th of August is a special day for all of us. It is Sri Aurobindo's birthday as well as the birthday of free India. In a message to India given on the eve of its Independence, Sri Aurobindo mentions about the coincidence of this day with his own birthday as:
August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanction and seal of the Divine Force that guides my steps on the work with which I began life, the beginning of its full fruition.
We present here the full text of the Message given by Sri Aurobindo on the eve of India's Independence to All India Radio where he speaks of his five dreams.
Here is an extract from Sri Aurobindo, where he powerfully emphasises the course India must take in order to fulfil its role & mission:
India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the Occident's success and failure, but still the ancient immemorable Shakti recovering her deepest self, lifting her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaningand a vaster form of her Dharma.
It is our happy privilege to work for a new India and a new world according to the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
15 August 2007: Programme at Sri Aurobindo Society's Beach Office
On 15 August 2007, the 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo will be observed. On this occasion the following two programmes will be organised at the Society's Beach Office, Puducherry:
1. Annual Conference of Sri Aurobindo Society on 12, 13 and 14 August 2007.
2. A Study-Camp on Sri Aurobindo's "Essays on the Gita" by Dr. Mangesh V.Nadkarni will be held at the Society's Beach Office hall, Puducherry, from 17 to 26 August 2007. There will be two sessions daily: 4:30 to 5:15 pm and 5:40 to 6:40 pm.
All are welcome to the above programmes.
Talk in Tamil at Society's Beach Office
Shri M.S. Sundararajan will deliver a talk in Tamil on "Sri Aurobindo's Supramental Yoga" at the Beach Office of the Society on 15 August 2007 at 10 am.
Recent Events
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication (SAIMC), Delhi
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication (SAIMC), Delhi, a unit of the Sri Aurobindo Society, has been conducting one-year postgraduate courses in various streams of mass communication: Journalism (Hindi & English), Advertising & Public Relations and Audio-Visual Media since last five years.
In its endeavour to provide quality professional education to the youth, SAIMC, from the academic year 2007-08 will be commencing a one-year course in 'Creative Photography' under the guidance of the eminent photographer Mr. Raghu Rai.
The admission is open for the course. The Head of the Department for the course will be Mr. Nitin Rai who is a renowned photographer. The other faculty for the course is experts in their own genre - Dayanita, Prashant Panjiar, Amit Bharghav and Prabhu Das Gupta.

Profile of the Course: The course structure will be distinct from other existing courses in the country as our aim is not to 'churn out' as Mr. Raghu Rai puts it " programmed minds" for the commercial market but mould aspiring students to unleash their creativity and be different. In Mr. Raghu Rai's words, " The ability to look at the world with a fresh eye that can respond to the human situation."
The content of the one-year course is fashioned to channelise the talent of the students towards moulding an outstanding photographer. Towards achieving this, the students will be exposed to different art forms, like a visit to the art gallery, a music concert to help them evolve as more sensitive human beings. This is in keeping with Mr.Raghu Rai's conviction that only an evolved and a sensitive human mind can capture with a fresh eye.
The students will also be equipped with the technical skills and exposed to different styles of photography - Photojournalism, Human Interest photography, Portraits, Fashion, Interiors, Industrial and Product photography. The curriculum will also impart training on usage of digital image editing software such as 'Photoshop' and 'Image Reproduction' to acquaint students with the whole process of image production. The teaching methodology will include lectures, slide shows (work done by the faculty as well as images from around the world), group field trips, assignments, and critique sessions. Continuous assessment of the students' work will be carried out based on the execution of various class assignments. For more details click here.
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad Nairobi (Kenya)
The members of the Nairobi Centre presented 22,000 mini booklets on eleven titles to the Project Manager of Kenya Girl Guides Association (KGGA) on 8 June 2007 at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Nairobi. The KGGA will shortly introduce the Nairobi Centre to Kenya Boys Scouts Association for the purpose of distribution of the booklets to boy scouts also.
Nairobi Centre celebrated the 4th anniversary of the enshrinement of the sacred Relics of Sri Aurobindo on 13 July 2007. The celebrations began at 8 am with the Mother's Prayer and the hoisting of the Mother's flag at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. Thereafter 'Victory to the Mother' was chanted and a recording of 'Vande Mataram' was played.
From 6 to 6:30 pm there was reading of 'Savitri' in the Relics House. The Mother's Prayer and Message were read out, followed by meditation for half an hour. Everyone present received prasad and copies of Sri Aurobindo's quotation of 13 July from the Quotation Calendar, along with the Mother's following message: "In each and everyone, the highest consciousness must be the ruler of the life."
News from India
Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
Shri Jamshed Mowalvala, being introduced before his Talk
Under the auspices of Sri Aurobindo Vyakhyana Mala, the Hyderabad branch of Sri Aurobindo Society arranged a series of talks by Shri Jamshed Mowalvala of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, from 11 to 15 June 2007 on the theme "Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's Thoughts on How India can Fulfil her Mission". His talks covered what is India and her mission, the psychological, mental and political methods India should adopt to fulfil her mission, the need for Indo-Pak and Hindu-Muslim unity, how the task of re-building India is to be taken as a spiritual task and what kind of leadership India should have for this purpose. All the talks were well attended.
Porbandar (Gujarat)
Smt. Jyotiben Thanki, lighting the lamp
The Participants during a warm-up exercise
The Youth Council of Porbandar Branch organised a one-day Youth Camp on 15 July 2007. About 65 youths in the age group of 12-30 yrs. participated in the Camp. The programme included various activities like yogasanas, group discussion, lectures on topics relevant to youth etc.
Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
The Visakhapatnam Centre organised a one-day interactive programme on 17 June 2007 for the benefit of the representatives of the two Sri Aurobindo Study Circles promoted by the Visakhapatnam Centre at Anakapalle and Chodavaram. About 25 persons attended. The purpose of the programme was to find ways and means of strengthening the working of the Study Circles.
Ms. Satya, a teacher in the NCLP School run by the Sharada Valley Development Society, who was deputed to Puducherry to attend the "Education Camp - Study and Dialogues cum Workshop" from 20 to 28 May 2007 along with another teacher, narrated her experience and expressed her willingness to work as a teacher if a Mother's integral school is established locally. Shri K. Jogi Naidu, Executive Secretary, SVDS Tummapala, informed the gathering that these two teachers have shared their experiences and skills with 30 other teachers working in their organisations.
The participants made several useful suggestions but also stated the constraints such as non availability of literature and study material in the local language. It was agreed that the work of translating the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother would be taken up. Smt. B. Sri Krishna Veni, convener of the Study Circle at Anakapalle, volunteered to translate some of the works.
Noida (U.P.)
The Noida branch organised a talk by Swami Vidyanandji on "Science of Living & Mantric Healing: at the Bhavan on 2 June 2007. About 35 persons attended the talk.
A talk on "Science of Living - Know Why, Know How" by Shri Hans Dholkia was organised on 9 June 2007. About 30 persons attended the talk.
Starting from 1 June 2007, Audio & Video CDs on different spiritual aspects are played between 6:00 to 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. On Saturdays in June 2007, the students of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan assembled and took part in group songs and prayers and have darshan of the Holy Shrine. Thereafter, they took part in games and entertainment activities.
Besides the above, regular activities of Meditation with the Mother's music daily in the morning and evening, Pranayam & Yogasan etc. are held regularly at the Centre's premises.
Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust (SACT), Bangalore
A four-day "Integral Education" teachers training camp was held between 28 and 31 May 2007 by Mr. Partho and Mrs. Vijay Bharati at the Complex. The camp was attended by more than 60 teachers.
On 24 June 2007 Shri Ramanath Chetty from Hyderabad spoke on "Physics and Metaphysics" and drew parallels between the "Life Divine" of Sri Aurobindo and modern physics.
Prof. Kittu Reddy from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, released books on Value Education published by Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust for classes 6th and 7th, on 29 June 2007.
Dr. M.V. Nadkarni gave a series of talks from 4 to 7 July 2007 including a question-answer session related to Sri Aurobindo's yoga and sadhana on the last day.
Ranchi (Jharkhand)
On his visit to Ranchi from 14 to 19 June 2007, Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee, International Secretary of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, besides discussing organisational matters, spoke at the Hesal and Doranda Branches in Ranchi, Hazaribag and Ormanjhi on Sri Aurobindo's Yoga. He was also interviewed by Prabhat Khabar, a Hindi daily and the E-TV.
Chairman's visit to Dehradun (U.P.) and Chandigarh
Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, spoke at the Dehradun branch on 28 June 2007 and at the Midtown Rotary Club, Chandigarh, on 2 July 2007, on the topic "Applied Spirituality".

19 September 2007 - 47th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
19 September 2007 - 47th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society
The Headquarters of Sri Aurobindo Society at Puducherry
The year 1956 was a milestone in the spiritual mission of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, as it was on 29 February of this year that the Manifestation of the Supramental Consciousness took place. In the very first anniversary year of this momentous event, on 19 September 1960, Sri Aurobindo Society was formed with the Mother as the Founder and Executive President, "to make known to the members and people in general the aims and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, their system of Integral Yoga, and to work for its fulfilment in all possible ways and for the attainment of a spiritual society as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo."
The Mother gave the following Motto for the Society:
The book A Glimpse of the Mother's Love and Action published by the Society, describes the genesis and growth of the Society and the Mother's way of working, as she developed it in its formative years. The Society has been growing over the years and has now more than 300 Centres and 70 Branches all over India and abroad. More details of the various activities of the Society are given here http://www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in/activity/activity.htm
On this day we rededicate ourselves to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and to the realisation of the great future they have revealed to us.
Annual Seminar of the Women's Council - November 2007: "Self-Transformation"
The very purpose of our life on earth is to transform ourselves into a being better, purer, higher, deeper and wider in consciousness so that our gross animal-human nature is transformed into the more beautiful human-divine nature. If we are not attuned to the process, the natural rhythmic force of evolution, we are pushed by the circumstances to move forward fast and thereby suffer due to friction with our natural and human elements around us.
All those who are interested in a conscious, harmonious and progressive self-transformation are invited to join us at the Society's Beach Office hall, No.1, Rangapillai Street, Puducherry, where a sincere group of seekers will introspect and deliberate, individually and collectively, on this topic in the Light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
For more information and accommodation, write to The Secretary - Women's Council Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry - 605 002 mentioning the type of accommodation required and in what range.
The centres and branches of Sri Aurobindo Society are requested to send one or two representatives to participate actively in the Seminar which will keep them in organising such programmes in their own areas.
Dr. M.V. Nadkarni's forthcoming Series of Talks
A Study-Camp on Sri Aurobindo's "Savitri" will be conducted by Dr. Mangesh V.Nadkarni at the Society's Beach Office hall, Puducherry, from 26 November to 5 December 2007. There will be two sessions daily, 4:30 to 5:15 pm and 5:40 to 6:40 pm. The talks are open to all.
Recent Events
15 August 2007 - 135th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo
15 August was Sri Aurobindo's 135th Birth Anniversary. At the Ashram the day was observed with a visit to Sri Aurobindo's Room (kept open from 4 am to 7 pm), meditation around the Samadhi (6:00 to 6:30 a.m.), and March-past by the members of the Ashram's Physical Education Department at the Ashram's Playground in the evening. The day concluded with meditation.
Annual Conference of the Society - August 2007
A view of the audience
The Annual Conference of the Society was held at the Beach Office in Puducherry on 13 and 14 August 2007. Shri Pradeep Narang chaired the event. Members, workers and devotees from different Branches and Centres participated.
Following were the Talks delivered during the occasion: On 13 August 2007:
Prof. Manoj Das, answering questions from the audience
"Questions and Answers" by Prof. Manoj Das "Awaken to Sri Aurobindo's Presence" by Women's Council "The Divine" by Shri Kaivalya Smart "The Work Ahead" by Shri Sraddhalu
Shri Sraddhalu, speaking on "The Work Ahead"
On 14 August 2007: "Human Unity in the Light of Sri Aurobindo" by Prof. Kittu Reddy "Old Spirituality and the New Consciousness" by Dr. Alok Pandey "How the Leftists and the Rightists have tried to diminish Sri Aurobindo" by Dr. M.V. Nadkarni
Study Camp by Dr. M.V. Nadkarni on the "Essays on the Gita" - August 2007
The Study Camp series on Sri Aurobindo's "Essays on the Gita", was continued by Dr. M.V. Nadkarni at the Society's Beach Office hall, Puducherry, from 17th to 23rd August 2006. About 100 persons attended regularly the talks held in two sessions daily in the morning.
Some Special Days in September 2007
4 September 2007 - Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Shri Sraddhalu, speaking on "The Work Ahead"
Janmashtami (also known as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami) is a festival dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna to commemorate his birth on this earth. This year it falls on 4 September, and on this day during midnight, the whole story of Sri Krishna's birth will be enacted by the devotees in their houses and many delicacies prepared out of milk and curd will be distributed as prasad (food made sacred by offering to God) to everyone.
In his letters to sadhaks, Sri Aurobindo mentions:
Krishna as a godhead is the Lord of Ananda, Love and Bhakti; as an incarnation, he manifests the union of wisdom (Jnana) and works and leads the earth-evolution through this towards union with the Divine by Ananda, Love and Bhakti.
The boy with the flute is Sri Krishna, the Lord descended into the world-play from the divine Ananda; his flute is the music of the call which seeks to transform the lower ignorant play of mortal life and bring into it and establish in its place the Lila of his divine Ananda.
15 September 2007 - Ganesha Chaturthi
Shri Ganehsa
This year Ganesha Chaturthi, the birthday of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, will be celebrated on the 15 September. In India all important tasks start with the worship of Ganesha -the son of the Supreme Mother and god of material knowledge and wealth - so that the work undertaken may be free from all obstacles. In his letters Sri Aurobindo writes:
Ganesha is the Power that removes obstacles by the force of Knowledge;…
Ganesha (among other things) is the Devata of spiritual Knowledge.
Here is the Mother's first encounter with Lord Ganesha, as narrated by herself sometime during 1958:
We had a meditation (this was more than thirty years ago) in the room where 'Prosperity' is now distributed. There were eight or ten of us, I believe. We used to make sentences with flowers; I arranged the flowers, and each one made a sentence with the different flowers I had put there. And one day when the subject of prosperity or wealth came up, I thought (they always say that Ganesh is the god of money, of fortune, of the world's wealth), I thought, 'Isn't this whole story of the god with an elephant trunk merely a lot of human imagination?' Thereupon, we meditated. And who should I see walk in and park himself in front of me but a living being, absolutely alive and luminous, with a trunk that long ... and smiling! So then, in my meditation, I said, 'Ah! So it's true that you exist!' - 'Of course I exist! And you may ask me for whatever you wish, from a monetary standpoint, of course, and I will give it to you!' So I asked. And for about ten years, it poured in, like this (gesture of torrents). It was incredible. I would ask, and at the next Darshan, or a month or several days later, depending, there it was.
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad Nairobi (Kenya)
The Nairobi Centre celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary on 15th August 2007 with the Mother's Prayer of 30th March 1914 at 06:30 p.m. This was followed by collective meditation for half an hour. About 25 devotees were present.
Visit to China & Tibet by the International Secretary
The Society's International Secretary Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee visited China and Tibet from 22 July to 3 August 2007. He inaugurated the Sri Aurobindo Society Centre of Human Unity at Shanghai, having twelve Chinese members as subscribers for the Society's magazine 'All India Magazine'. He visited Shanghai, Beijing and Lhasa.
Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee has left for Germany, U.K. and U.S.A. Shri Bhattacharjee will give a talk at the High Commission of India (U.K.) on Sri Aurobindo on the occasion of the celebration of India's 60 years of completion of Independence at the Nehru Centre in London.
News from India
Noida (U.P.)
Nurses Orientation Course: In a Nurses Orientation Course held on 6 July 2007 by the "Academy of Hospital Administration" at Noida, the participants were informed about Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida branch and its activities by Mr. Satinder K. Puri, Director, HIERANK Business School. Small booklets about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were distributed on the occasion. Visit to Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and the Shrine has been scheduled for subsequent groups of trainees of different disciplines, in future.
Talk: A talk on "Kriya Yoga" by Swami Satya Govind was organised at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan on 14 July 2007.
Students of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan, engaged in games
Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan: On all Saturdays in July 2007 the students of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan assembled and took part in group songs and prayers and have darshan of the Shrine. Thereafter, they took part in games/entertainment activities.
Celebrations of Sri Aurobindo's Birthday: The Noida branch celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birthday & India's Independence Day on 15 August 2007 at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida.
Members of Sri Aurobindo Society Noida Branch after flag hoisting at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Sector 62, Noida on 15th August, 07
A view of the students attending the celebrations
The National flag was unfurled by Shri O.P. Dani, Chairman of the branch, at 10 am. After offering prayers to the Mother, Shri Dani explained the importance of 15 August which is both Independence Day of India and the birthday of Sri Aurobindo. He also spoke about Sri Aurobindo's message delivered through All India Radio on the eve of India's Independence on 14 August 1947. Students of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan sung patriotic songs including songs on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother during the occasion. A quiz contest was also organised for the students. More than 10 officials of Tata Consulting Services participated and gave prizes to the students. The total attendance was about 150. Collective meditation was held in the evening from 06:30 to 07:00 p.m. at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan to mark the 135th birthday of Sri Aurobindo. The event was covered by many newspapers, regional and national.
Acupressure Therapy: Mrs. Sudha Kesharwani, Acupressure Therapist, has started offering her service at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan from Monday, the 20th of August 2007, for two hours daily from Monday to Friday between 3-5 pm. She also uses relevant quotations from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother exposing the patients to the forces of healing. A Diploma holder from Acupressure, Shodh Prashkshan Evam Upchar Sansthan, Allahabad, Mrs. Kesharwani has been practising acupressure for the last nine years.
The Mother's Flag: Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch has received The Mother's Flag from Puducherry. This is being unfurled daily with a sense of privilege, honour and dignity. Spreading the message of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo: In a meeting of the members of the Ladies Club at Indian Oil Society, they were informed about Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch, and its ongoing activities. Members evinced keen interest and were delighted to know about Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and the existence of their Shrine at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. Booklets about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were also distributed on the occasion. As a result thereafter, some new persons have started coming to the Branch.
Besides the above, regular activities of Meditation with the Mother's music daily in the morning and evening, Pranayam & Yogasan, Library, Playing of Spiritual Audio/Video CDs etc. are held regularly.
Paigmberpur (U.P.) - 15 August 2007 Celebrations
The Paigmberpur Centre celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary.
On 14th evening Shri Somdev Dev from Puducherry spoke to young children about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. This was followed by a question-answer session and dinner with this group of young children.
On 15th morning Shri Somdev spoke to students of Saraswati Vidya Mandir School, in village Mahoua Dabra. He spoke about Sri Aurobindo's life and work and linked it to the importance of having an aim in life and developing the faculty of concentration.
On 15th afternoon Children did a march past with the Mother's flag; a drill activity with sarees was performed by a group of small children. Participants of the study circle shared with each other their understanding of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. They also shared in brief His vision on education, Mother's views on making mistakes and not to repeat them and lastly their experience of the Puducherry visit. This programme was held for an audience of about 300 from Paigmberpur and adjoining villages.
Preparation and practice for 15th August was started about one month ago. Shri K. Pawan from Patiala visited the Centre on our request and spent the whole of 5th August with children. His visit helped children to be more centred and ingathered. A thatched roof for meditation was constructed and a 30' x 10' wall was also constructed for Mother's picture and putting up an exhibition in the form quotations and pictures of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
Hardoi (U.P.) - Eye Camp
An Eye-Camp was conducted from 28 May to 2 June 2007 by Dr. Meeta Bisen. 27 boys and girls of the age group 14-17 years were taught the eye exercises as taught at the School for Perfect Eyesight, Puducherry.
A three hour Youth Camp was conducted on 24 June 2007 by Shri Nirupam Mukherjee, Dy. Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ms. Anita, a well known social worker, and Dr. Meeta Bisen. 29 boys and girls from classes IX and X participated. They were taught "Time Management" and correct food habits which help to overcome lethargy.
The Centre also organised a Seminar on 29 July 2007. The topic was "Yoga of Sri Aurobindo". Dr. Meeta Bisen from Lucknow conducted the proceedings. The keynote speaker was Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur branch of the Society. Other speakers were Shri P.N. Saxena and Shri Jadawan from Lucknow. At the end, there was a question and answer session. Dr. J.P. Singh discussed with the members of the Centre about the strengthening of the organisation.
Harda (Madhya Pradesh)
The Elocution Competition underway
The Harda Centre held a Seminar on "Bharat ki Niyati" on 21 July 2007 at Harda in collaboration with Kunwarbai Trust, Harda. In addition, an elocution competition was also organised in which about 50 students from the Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School, Harda, participated. The subjects of the talks were "Bharat ki Niyati" and "Maharishi Sri Aurobindo ki Divya Vani". The function was presided over by Shri Rajiv Khare. Shri Manoj Sharma, a member of Sri Aurobindo Society Madhya Pradesh State Committee and Core Group of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, was one of the main speakers.
Booklets titled "What is Hinduism?" and "How to Bring up a Child?" were distributed. People present were also apprised of the work that the Harda Centre is doing.
Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
The Ujjain Centre organised bhumi puja on the newly acquired land, on 18 July 2007. Shri Vijay K. Poddar, Chairman of the Hindi Zonal Committee, performed the pooja.
Panna (Madhya Pradesh)
Sri Aurobindo Society, Madhya Pradesh, organised a Seminar at Panna Centre on 25 August 2007. The subject was "Sri Aurobindo Ke Alok Main Bharat Ki Niyati Aur Hamara Daayitva". Shri Manoj Sharma and Dr. K.N. Verma were the main speakers. The other speakers were Dr. R.B. Srivastava and Smt. Kalpana Arjaria.
Chennai (Tamizh Nadu)
The Chennai branch organised the following talks during the months of June and July 2007:
Date Talk by Topic
1st June Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Faith - Four Types"
3rd June Kavingar Mee. Viswanathan "Those who Adore Carry on Stress Free"
10th June Shri A.V. Balasubramanian "Savitri" Book VI Canto I
17th June Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Bhagavan's Voice"
24th June Dr. Bala Sandilyan "Importance of Bhakti"
1st July Shri S. Rangarajan (LIC) "Word, it's Meaning"
Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Eschew Anger"
8th July Shri A.V. Balasubramanian "Savitri - Book VI Canto II"
15th July Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Accidents, What and Why"
22nd July Smt. S. Annapoorani "The Two who are one are the Might and Right in Things - 29.03.1914"
29th July Smt. Malini Narayanan "Drowpadi, Seetha, Savitri - Challenges faced"
Apart from the above, on the 1st of every month at 06:30 p.m. (after collective meditation), Shri M.K. Ramaswamy delivers a lecture on Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's literature for about 30 minutes.
Since March 2007, on every 2nd Sunday Shri A.V. Balasubramanian reads Savitri from Book I and explains in Tamizh.
On last Sunday of every month Mrs. Manonmani Rangaswamy sings devotional songs on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother from 09:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Annanagar, Chennai (Tamizh Nadu)
On the eve of its 5th anniversary, the Annanagar Centre conducted an inter-school elocution competition both in Tamizh and English on 15 July 2007 under the caption: "In which Field should India Guide the World - Spiritualism, Economics or Politics?". The response from the neighbouring schools was very good. Mrs. Kamatchi Sridhar, an English teacher, Ms. Priya, a spiritual worker, and Dr. B. Muralidharan, Secretary of the Centre, were the judges.
Delhi
The Delhi branch organised a spoken Sanskrit course from 3 to 12 August 2007 in the auditorium of the branch. This course was organised in collaboration with Shruti Foundation and Samskrita Bharati. The course was attended by about 25 participants between the age of 8 - 75 years which included students, educators, doctors etc. The programme was interactive and easy to understand. By the end of the course the participants could converse with each other in simple Sanskrit.
Haldwani (Uttaranchal)
The Haldwani Centre held a meeting at the Arya Inter College in Dedhar on 17 July 2007. The audience were informed about Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's teachings and some literature were distributed. Ambala (Haryana) - Sri Aurobindo's 135th birth anniversary Celebrations
The Ambala branch celebrated Sri Aurobindo's 135th birth anniversary with a collective meditation at 6 am. followed by a collective reading of 'Book of Love' from "Savitri". The devotees gathered again in the evening. It was heartening to see that many new persons participated. A child who had attended the summer camp of the Children's Corner chanted a beautiful invocation of the Mother in Sanskrit.
The Centre for Sri Aurobindo Studies, Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, Ambala, organised a one day programme on Sri Aurobindo to commemorate His 135th birth anniversary. An exhibition was organised on the life of Sri Aurobindo and the Ashram, with quotations from the Mother. After the programme the students of the college interacted with Shri Uma Kant, Secretary of the Ambala branch, regarding Sri Aurobindo and His teachings.
Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Study Group: The Jaipur Centre continues actively with its Study Group. A subject is chosen and a member of the Group takes the responsibility of making a study and preparing an exhaustive paper on it which is distributed to all the members. The same is discussed in the meetings during the month. The Study Group, which is called 'Next Future Study Group', takes up subjects directly related to sadhana. The Group also studies aspects connected with Nature which the Mother calls as the evolving creative force. This aspect of the study is called "Nature Quest". Besides the above, the members do a collective study of Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's writings.
The Jaipur Centre celebrated Sri Aurobindo's 135th birth anniversary on 15 August 2007 with an invocation, followed by bhajans and a talk by Shri P.K. Vijay on "Integration of Spirituality and Nationalism". Shri Nirupam Rohatgi spoke on "Savitri - Yoga of the King". 67 people participated in the event with devotion.
Purnea (Bihar)
The Purnea Branch observed the 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo on 15th August 2007.
In the morning session after prayers and meditation, readings from the books Savitri, The Mother and Life Divine were conducted. The programme ended with collective mediation.
Afternoon session started with meditation and bhajan. Shri Narain Lal Das, Secretary of the Branch, spoke on Sri Aurobindo's Life, Yoga and Philosophy. The other speakers were Shri Aditya Kumar, Shri Nirmal Kumar and Shri Dashrath Chaudhry. The session ended with collective meditation.
Gaya (Bihar)
The Gaya Centre celebrated the 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo which was attended by a large number of devotees and citizens of Gaya. There were talks on "Savitri" and the "Present day Crisis and its Solution".
Dehri-On-Sone (Bihar) - State Committee Meeting
The Dehri-On-Sone Branch organised a 2-day meeting of Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee on 14 and 15 April 2007. Dr. D. P. Khaitan chaired the meeting.
On 14 April, morning session started with the hoisting of the Mother's flag and singing of Vande Mataram. Dr. E. Dinesh, Secretary, Dehri-On-Sone Branch, welcomed the guests. First, Shri Vinod Marodia, Co-Chairman of Bihar State Committee, spoke on Sri Aurobindo Society's "Membership Participation and Usefulness".
Shri Amod Kumar, Co-Ordinator, Bihar State Committee, spoke on "Looking into actions of Bihar State and their Evolution". Smt. Uma Verma, Chairperson, Dehri-on-Sone Branch, talked about the Mother's love and affection.
Shri Sashishekhar Tiwari from Bhagalpur spoke on Supermind. In the evening session the work of Centres and Branches of the State was discussed. The session ended with the play "The Great Secret".
On 15 April, Shri Sadhan Ghoshal from Bhagalpur, Dr. S.P. Rai and Ms. Swaranlata Saraf delivered lectures. Smt. Uma Verma delivered the vote of thanks.

Essays on Sri Aurobindo's Savitri

NEW PUBLICATIONS
Savitri, The Mother
Essays on Sri Aurobindo's SAVITRI - The Book of Yoga— Prof. M. V. Seetaraman ISBN: 978-81-903346-1-7 Publisher: Savitri Bhavan, Auroville Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 178Price: Rs 125
The thirteen articles collected in this book were originally published in the journal The Advent from 1962 to 1965. The premise of the series of essays is to demonstrate the correspondences between Sri Aurobindo's description of the Yoga of Savitri, as seen in Cantos I, IV, V, VI and VII of Book VII, and the Mother's record of her own experiences in her Prayers and Meditations. Combining a detailed explication of lines from these Cantos with an examination of his broader themes, the author gives his insights on such topics as the personality of Savitri as an avatar, her encounter with the three aspects of the World Mother, or the triple soul-forces, and her work to build the bridge for man to cross over into the highest realm of consciousness and realise the new Gnostic Soul.
Towards New Age
— R. Y. Deshpande ISBN: 978-81-86413-46-3 Publisher: Sri Mira Trust, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 309 Price: Rs 150
Presently we are passing through the Age of Reason and perhaps preparing ourselves, without being aware of it, for the Age of luminous Intuition. The urge of the spirit of man for God-Light-Freedom-Immortality is certainly there, but it is not sufficiently deep-rooted. There is the positive human potential and it has to get firmed up in the spiritual values and possibilities. The present work is an attempt to discover and promote these values and possibilities in the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the dynamics of the Mother’s executive Force. There has to be a conviction that the culmination of the social development into the Age of the ageless Spirit is the secret yearning and motivating force behind the evolutionary Nature’s long painstaking and patient working. Humanity’s conscious participation in it will assuredly hasten this triumph and this glory. To make us perceive some of these elements is the sincere effort of Towards New Age.
Sri Aurobindo's Treatment of Hindu Myth
— J. Feys Publisher: Firma Klm Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata Binding: Hard Cover Pages: 56 Price: Rs 30
Sri Aurobindo was a modern reinterpreter of the entire range of traditional Hindu culture. Not only did he propose his own original interpretation of the nation's heritage, but also wrote extensive commentaries on the vast mass of Sanskrit literature. As essential component of the culture he professed to revitalise was Hindu myth, which he salvaged in its entirety. This book, published in 1983 and now available with SABDA, brings out a perhaps less-recognised facet of Sri Aurobindo's work manifest in all his literary genres—his creative reinterpretation of Hindu myth.
Epigrams from Savitri
— M. P. Pandit ISBN: 978-81-7509-100-9 Publisher: Dipti Publications, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 56 Price: Rs 30
A selection of single-line epigrams of various kinds from Savitri, with references. First published as part of The Book of the Divine Mother and then as an independent book, Epigrams in Savitri has been out of print for a long time.
Walking the Razor's Edge
— Words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ISBN: 978-81-7060-263-7 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 48 Price: Rs 15

Explanation of Significant Words
— Words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ISBN: 978-81-7060-264-4 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 48 Price: Rs 15

The Divine Grace
— Words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ISBN: 978-81-7060-265-1 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 39 Price: Rs 15

The Divine as the Master and Guide
— Words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ISBN: 978-81-7060-268-2 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 48 Price: Rs 15

Monday, September 17, 2007

On the difference between art, craft and kala

Home > Journals & Media > Journals > Auroville Today > Archive copies Auroville Experience The current issue August 2007 Editorial:
In November, 2002, Auroville Today wrote about the dilemma of the disappearing beaches. Coastal management expert Aurofilio Schiavina warned of the imminent loss of Auroville's beaches due to “unsustainable development practices in Puducherry.” He was referring to the construction of two long breakwaters to the south of Puducherry town in the late 1980s as part of a new port development. These breakwaters had blocked the sea's natural transport of sand up and down the coast (known as ‘littoral drift'), causing a massive build-up of sand to the south of these structures and fierce erosion of the beaches to the north.
If the writing was on the wall in 2002, the situation is worse now. In little more than five years villages to the immediate north have lost their beaches. The Auroville beaches too, Filio warned, “face the prospect either of being washed away or needing protection by massive seawalls to prevent an erosion disaster.” The main article of the August issue of Auroville Today deals with this looming threat.
On the 40th birth anniversary of Auroville in February 2008, the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation intends to unveil a statue of Sri Aurobindo in Auroville. Auroville Today researched files of the Ashram Archives to find what Sri Aurobindo and The Mother had to say about statues – and about relics. The pickings were thin, but the few we found were amazingly rich. This issue carries two conversations of The Mother with Satprem; one on the inner force and presence of statues, the other on placing statues in the open air.
The other articles of the August issue cover with a great variety of issues. The section healthcare carries an article on the Auroville Health Centre, which has installed a telemedicine service for patients with mental disorders. The sections on Auroville organisation carry articles on the Auroville Unity Fund and on the Visa Policy. On the International Zone we report on the USA Pavilion; in the section research we cover the electric vehicle project which has restarted under the newly formed LADS – the Laboratory of Auroville Designers. The issue has also articles on Kuilapalayam school, the Maasi magam celebrations, on the new book The three gunas; on the difference between art, craft and kala; on Manikandan who cycles to promote environmental awareness; and last but not least on providing animal welfare around Auroville and what it means to carry out 115 sterilisations in 25 days. By following the links you are welcome to read a few of the articles. We wish you happy reading. Please subscribe if you want to read more, or ask for a free copy. Details are elsewhere on this web page.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Uses of Sri Aurobindo: Mascot, Whipping-Boy or What?

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Books
2005 Nationalism, Religion, and Beyond: Writings on Politics, Society and Culture by Sri Aurobindo. Delhi: Permanent Black.
2002 Indian Religions: A Historical Reader of Spiritual Expression and Experience. New York: New York University Press; London: C. Hurst and Co.; Delhi: Permanent Black. See here for Introduction and Table of Contents.
1998 Nationalism, Terrorism, Communalism: Essays in Modern Indian History. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Reprinted in paperback 2000, 2005.
1998 Essential Writings of Sri Aurobindo. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Reprinted in paperback 1999.
1993 The Bomb in Bengal: The Rise of Revolutionary Terrorism in India 1900–1910. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Reprinted in paperback with a new introduction 2004.
1991 Modern India and World History. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Textbook.
1989 Sri Aurobindo: A Brief Biography. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Reprinted 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006. Translated into Russian (Odessa, 1993), Dutch (Deventer, 1995), French (Paris, 2003), Japanese (forthcoming).
1988 India’s Freedom Struggle 1857–1947. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Winner of Rs 25,000 (then $2000) State Prize in 1987. Published in hardback 1988. Reprinted in paperback in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004. Revised and reissued as a textbook in 1990.
Articles in Professional Journals and Books
2006 “Introduction: Appropriation as a Marketing Strategy”, written as guest editor of Postcolonial Studies 9 (June): 113–19.
2006 “The Uses of Sri Aurobindo: Mascot, Whipping-Boy or What?”. Postcolonial Studies 9 (June): 151–64.
2006 “Yoga/Yogi”. In Keywords in South Asian Studies. Published online by Centre of South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
2004 “Ghose, Aurobindo”. In The New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2003 “Shades of Orientalism: Paradoxes and Problems in Indian Historiography”. History and Theory, vol. 42, no. 2: 169–95.
2003 “ ‘The Centre of the Religious Life of the World’: Spiritual Universalism and Cultural Nationalism in the Work of Sri Aurobindo”. In Antony Copley, ed., Hinduism, Public and Private: Reform, Hindutva, Gender, Sampraday. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 66–83.
2002 “Sri Aurobindo”. In Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, ed., An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English. New York: Columbia University Press; London: C. Hurst & Co.; Delhi: Permanent Black.
2000 “Shaped Like Themselves”. History and Theory, vol. 39, no. 3, 417–28.
2000 “ ‘The Error of all “Churches”’: Religion and Spirituality in Communities Founded or ‘Inspired’ by Sri Aurobindo”. In Antony Copley, ed., Gurus and their Followers: New Religious Reform Movements in Colonial India. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
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It will be wrong to lay too much stress on the early formulations that set the pace of the Avataric mission

Record: A Comment by RY Deshpande on Sat 08 Sep 2007 08:07 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link Instead of talking about the aspect of the authentication and the controversy about the publication of the Record of Yoga, I will rather say something about the historical perspective which we must keep in mind while going through it. It must be emphasised that many things, many great and radical things of a fundamental nature happened in the yoga-tapasya of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as their work advanced. It will therefore be wrong to lay too much stress on the early formulations that set the pace of the Avataric mission. Let me make here a brief comment in that respect.
Two great events had preceded the arrival of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, in 1910. He had just in one year experienced both the passive and active aspects of the Brahman, something that takes years and years of yogic sadhana. The first was during his brief visit to Baroda in January 1908 when he was actively engaged in the independence movement of India. Here the Yogi Vishnu Bhaskar Lele gave him some instructions about silencing the mind. Within three days he had the realization, of the static Brahman. The other happened not too long afterwards, in Alipore Jail. Sri Aurobindo was charged for acts of sedition and from May 1908 was an undertrial prisoner for one year. In the Jail he had experience of the dynamic nature of the Brahman. During the same period something more remarkable happened. The spirit of Vivekananda would visit him for a fortnight and point out at a bright star up in the sky. Sri Aurobindo came to know the working of the Higher Consciousness leading to Supermind.
It was in the Jail that Sri Aurobindo saw Vasudeva everywhere, in trees, plants, men, in the prisoners, in the court, in all. Here the Gita was placed in his hands and here he received the spiritual guidance directly from its author. This incarceration had for a while shaken his faith in the protection he believed he unfailingly had while he was in the midst of his political activities. But an assuring voice advised him to wait and see. In truth, however, there was something else that was foreseen and planned for him. He grew calm in that reassurance. He was to renounce all self-will and become the Divine’s passive and faithful instrument. It is in that total submission that his tapas-will began to grow. It became an intense flame blazing in the day as much as in the night. The course of his life was now chartered for a different purpose altogether.
Not too long after his arrival in Pondicherry, and perhaps before 16 January 1912, a detailed programme of Yoga was given to him. This was called Sapta Chatushtaya or the Seven Tetrads,—a system consisting of twenty-eight elements put in seven groups. In their natural and logical order these Chatushtayas are the Chatushtayas of Samata (Equality), Shakti (Force or Power), Vijnana (Truth-Knowledge), Sharira (Body), Karma (Action), Brahman (Reality), and Siddhi (Accomplishment or Perfection). Later in the monthly Arya these seven Chatushtayas were briefly presented in the Yoga of Self-Perfection forming the fourth part of The Synthesis of Yoga. But soon when the yoga-tapasya of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother started to arrive at the nitty-gritty of the physical transformation, the Will of the Divine in the active dynamics became more and more luminously assertive. However, there was always the sense of robust pragmatism in the whole approach. For instance, in his noting dated 13 November 1913 of the Record we have rather a baffling statement of far reaching consequences. While on the one hand it clearly foresees great possibilities of the Avataric work, on the other there is also an unambiguous definition with regard to the results. Sri Aurobindo writes:
A clear distinction must now be made between the vidya-avidya-siddhi [Siddhi of Knowledge-Ignorance] which is constituted by the seven chatushtayas and the higher Amrita [Immortality] in which all limitation is removed and Death etc entirely cease. Only the first will in this life be entirely accomplished.
This could as well imply the limitation of the Seven Chatushtayas in so far as the higher Amrita is concerned. But then that was precisely the problem both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were addressing in their long yogic pursuit. In this connection we may also recall the note Sri Aurobindo had written on 28 October 1934 apropos of his book The Yoga and its Objects which was first published in 1921. He clarifies that it represents just the early stage of sadhana and “only a part of it is applicable to the Yoga as it has at present taken form.” The clarification that only a part of it is applicable to the Yoga as it has at present taken form is significant. As this book and the Seven Chatushtayas belong to the same period 1912-1921, we should be cognizant of the historical perspective of these yogic formulations. We should also be aware of the fact that the sadhana of transformation was actually waiting for the Mother’s final arrival at Pondicherry. For the larger collective sadhana involving the difficulty of the lower nature and in view of the hostility that is there all around, it is very necessary that the psychic being emerge as its unfailing guide.
Belonging to the same early period we have a particularly significant prayer of the Mother, which is dated 15 December 1911. This was quite before she met Sri Aurobindo, which happened two years later in 1914. The prayer is an aspiration soliciting the Sun of Truth, the Supreme Light to

… pervade us entirely and illumine with its great brilliance our minds and hearts, all our thoughts and our actions.

It is remarkable that even before Sri Aurobindo and the Mother met, in the afternoon of 29 March 1914, there was already an identity of objective in their divine undertaking. This is important. As Sri Aurobindo writes in one of his letters, they were in material and spiritual contact with each other since his coming to Pondicherry. But the identity was in fact at a much deeper level. Even before the actual meeting took place she was significantly speaking of “us” in a few contexts. Thus we have the Mother’s revealing prayer of 11 January 1914:
I know that a day will come when Thou wilt transform all those who come to us (emphasis added); Thou wilt transform them so radically that, liberated completely from the bonds of the past, they will begin to live in Thee an entirely new life, a life made solely of Thee, with Thee as its sovereign Lord.
Again, on 11 August 1914 the Mother speaks of their being sent upon earth to prepare the Unknown’s ways. The Unknown One, she says, is waiting for the propitious hour of manifestation in which His Will will be done. Indeed, behind their coming together there was the Divine Will itself. It was in that Will, in that high samkalpa that everything was going to be worked out. That Will became dynamic in their wonderful undertaking.
In that Will was to be born the propitious hour. The gleaming foundation of the Integral or Purna Yoga is present in it. It is the Yoga that aims at divine perfection in this evolutionary creation and it is for that they had come. It is for that they passed through the portals of death, that there be life not governed by death but by the manifesting truth.
It means that as more and more the Tapas-Will of the Divine Yogi grew in course of the Sadhana, more and more did the Divine Shakti pour her transcendental powers in the spirit of the work. Not Knowledge, which in reality was already there, but Action of the luminous executive Force was what had to be brought into the operational mechanics. All his siddhis including even those of the early days truly pertain to this aspect of Action.
If in these siddhis of Sri Aurobindo we see an ascending series, then we also begin get an idea about the nature of the Integral Yoga of the Future itself. To make ourselves ready for the freer and greater functioning of the Divine Shakti in us is what we should be occupied with. Our life, life that is presently governed by Ignorance and Death, has to become an expression of the truth-conscient Being who is also the Being of Ananda. This has to happen even to the last bit of our physical existence. Even as we go from death to immortality, so too must that immortality rush into a thousand workings of this presently death-bound creation. Not the Vedantic power as the giver of liberation nor the eminent Tantric force to get mastery over nature, but the conscious superintendent Energy has to take charge of our being and our becoming, our swabhāva and swadharma.
We may mention here en passant what Sri Aurobindo wrote to Motilal Roy sometime in the middle of 1913. “Tantric Yoga is not yet of the first importance for us, the perfection of the basis of Vedanta is the one thing supremely important; for that cannot be perfect until this has been developed at least to a certain point.” Sri Aurobindo’s “not yet” is significant. His own focus was on Vedic-spiritual approach: His was the Purusha Yoga. But it is also true that control over the occult gives a definite precision to the spiritual. While the Mother herself acquired those siddhis of the occult in the earlier phase, her own approach was towards the psychic coming forward and taking charge of the sadhana. Later in the deeper context of the physical transformation the luminous occult had to be dealt with when the spiritual siddhi could provide the needed support or ādhāra. Ultimately it is the Shakti who is going to do the alchemic miracle of the physical transformation; it is her work. She has to be allowed to work in us. That indeed is the entire thrust of the sadhana.
There entered, as the sadhana and the siddhis progressed, newer dimensions which give another meaning and which carry other contents in the rush of the manifestive Will of the Supreme in this mortal creation. The Mind of Light and the Mother’s Japa-Yoga with the Mantra of Om Namo Bhagavate have a significance that cannot be gauged by the earlier formulations. In fact we should be appreciative of these factors while looking at the Record of Yoga. It has a very important place in the Yoga of Self-Perfection, but in the Yoga of Transformation it is the dynamic Will of the Supreme that becomes more and more operative in every place including the physical. The Record does not speak much of the psychic which is absolutely necessary, is indispensable, for the work to be done in the context of the evolutionary earth. RYD