Friday, January 04, 2008

The Deputy Commissioner from Kenya Scout Association visited the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan on 6 November 2007

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
Study Camp by Dr. Alok Pandey on 'Savitri' - February 2008
The next Savitri Study Sessions, conducted by Dr. Alok Pandey, will be held at the Beach Office Hall, Puducherry, from 22 to 27 February 2008. The timings are likely to be from 5:00 - 6:45 pm, with a 15 minutes break. All are welcome to attend the programme.
Recent Events
Bonne Année - Happy New Year 2008!
Lighting of the Lamps for the New YearWelcoming the New Year…
The New Year dawned in the Ashram with meditation at 6:00 a.m. with recorded music. There was also March Past at 6:55 pm and collective meditation at 7:45 pm. At the Society's Beach Office hall at 9 am, there was a collective meditation with the lighting of lamps, followed by Vedic chants and songs invoking the Presence and Grace of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and a re-dedication to their work.
Here is a New Year Message from the Mother:
Let this year bring you the power to smile in all circumstances. For, a smile acts upon difficulties as the sun upon the clouds - it disperses them. With my love and blessings. The Mother
New Year is also a time for making fresh resolutions and then carrying it out for a better living. Here is a most practical guidance from the Mother, regarding resolutions:
A little sincere and regular practice is worth more than a lot of short-lived resolutions.
Maha-Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo - 5 December 2007
On 5 December 2007, there was collective meditation around the Samadhi at the Ashram in the morning and at the Playground in the evening, to observe Sri Aurobindo's Maha-Samadhi day. A visit to Sri Aurobindo's Room was arranged in the morning.
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad
Nairobi
The Deputy Commissioner and his representative from Kenya Scout Association visited the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan on 6 November 2007 and received twenty-four thousand mini booklets from the Nairobi Centre.
Kenya prison Authority was presented a set of mini-booklets together with an introductory letter and other reference letter of acknowledgement from other Institutions with the view to present booklets to the Prison Inmates. They reported that they would contact the Nairobi Centre at the beginning of the next year after the Christmas holidays and election. Similarly a set of booklets together with an introductory letter would be sent to the Kenyatta University.
On 1 December 2007 seven visitors from the USA including Mr. Shane Jett, State Legislator from the House of Representative, Oklahoma, visited Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and paid their homage to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. They were briefed about the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the aim of their Yoga. Booklets and other informative materials were presented to them. One of the officials was a member of the House of Representative representing Oklahoma.
News from India
A.P. Annual State Conference - December 2007
Lighting of the Lamp by Dr. Manmohan Reddy and Shri B. Venkatramaiah. Also seen are Chief Guest Shri Rama Krishna, D.S.P. and Shri V. Subba Rao
The 13th Annual State Conference of Andhra Pradesh was held on 8 and 9 of December 2007 at Khammam. Inaugural session commenced with the Mother's flag hoisting by Dr. Manmohan Reddy. Shri K. Venkatewswara Rao, Secretary of the Khammam Centre, welcomed the gathering. The inaugural address was given by Shri B. Venkatramaiah, Chairman, A.P. State Committee, and the Secretary's report was submitted by Shri V. Subba Rao. The Chief Guest was Shri Rama Krishna, D.S.P., Khammam, who addressed the gathering briefly and felt happy that the conference is being held in Khammam.
A view of the audience
In the afternoon session Guruprasad Memorial lecture was delivered by Shri R.L. Kashyap, Director, Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture, Bangalore who spoke on the Secret of the Veda of Sri Aurobindo and explained the symbolism in the Vedas.
In the evening of the 1st day there was an interaction with all the centres and branches of the Society. All chairmen and secretaries of the Centres present attended.
Flower offering by devotees
The venue was decorated with beautiful flowers and the display of messages, photographs exhibition etc. Society booklets and magazines were exhibited, and the visitors were given information about the Society.
Noida (U.P.) - December 2007 Programmes
Spiritual Discourses: 1 - 3 December 2007: Three days' Programme on Meditation: A Talk-cum-guidance on Meditation by Shri Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), was organised at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. About 20 participants attended the programme.
4 December 2007: A talk on 'Rebirth - Its Mystery' by Mrs. Deepshikha Reddy from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, was organised at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. The Talk was preceded by Invocation and Bhajans by her. About fifty persons participated in the programme.
5, 9 December 2007: A special collective meditation was held on the above dates on the occasion of Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi Divas and the day His body was laid in Samadhi.
29 December 2007: A programme of Devotional Songs & Bhajans on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Mrs. Kuntala Dasgupta was held at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. 11 December 2007: On the occasion of 3rd Anniversary of Dedication of Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, the Holy Shrine was beautifully decorated and was visited by the devotees and their families. In the evening, they took part in the special collective meditation.
Education: 25 December '07: The Children of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan celebrated Chirstmas festival. Woollen clothes, gifts and sweets were distributed to the children. These children were told about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and then they paid tributes at the Holy Shrine.
Health: 10 - 14 December '07: The second Acupressure Therapy Training Programme was organized. The Acupressure Training was imparted by Mrs. Sudha Kesharwani, Acupressure Therapist, in association with 'Acupressure Shodh, Prashikshan Evam Upachar Sansthan, Allahabad'. Ten participants were benefited by the Programme.
Besides the above, Acupressure Treatment for two hours daily from Monday to Friday by Mrs. Sudha Kesharwani at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan is going on well. While giving treatment, she also uses relevant quotations of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and the persons coming for acupressure treatment are evincing keen interest in them. Women Development: Sewing & Tailoring Classes: Sewing & Tailoring Classes are being conducted at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan by Smt Jaya Nigam and about twenty ladies / girls are learning the same. Other Activities: Besides above, regular activities of Meditation with the Mother's music daily in the morning and evening, library, Playing of spiritual audio-video CDs etc. are being held regularly.
Seminar on Integrated Approach to Health & Disease - October 2007
Dr. Yuvraj Kapadia and Neeta Kapadia from the International Academy of Life, Mumbai, conducted a Seminar on 'Integrated approach to health & disease' in the conference room of Sri Aurobindo Society, Beach Office, Puducherry, from 30 October to 3 November 2007. About 30 persons participated. The subjects covered under the seminar were : Body Energy, Theory of the Mind, Radical Healing, Healing Meditations, Procedure for Self Hypnosis, Emotional Empowerment Technique, Erase etc.
Digboi (Assam) - Golden Jubilee Celebrations, November 2007
The Digboi branch celebrated its Golden Jubilee on the 3rd November 2007. The celebrations started with the hoisting of the Mother's flag, followed by a collective meditation in the morning. In the evening there was a public function which was presided over by Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee. After the welcome address by Dr. N.K. Bhattacharjee, Chairman of the Branch, a selected portion of Sri Aurobindo's book 'The Mother' was read out. This was followed by a chanting of a couple of slokas from Srimad Bhagavad Gita. As a part of the celebrations and in order to create an awareness of Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's teachings among the school children, competitions like recitation, declamation etc. were held in which students of different schools of Digboi participated. The first prize winner of the recitation competition chanted a few lines from "Savitri" and for the declamation competition, the winner gave a short speech on Sri Aurobindo.
After the Secretary's report on the activities of the Branch Dr. S.K. Chakravorti delivered a speech. Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee delivered a talk on the life of Sri Aurobindo with special reference to the system of education of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Shri Bhattacharjee distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions. The function concluded with invocation and distribution of Prasad.
Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
The Raipur Centre organised a lecture on 17 November 2007 on "The Importance of Yoga in Modern Day Life" by Padmashri Prof. Ramesh Chandra Shah. About 60 persons attended the Talk.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) - November 2007 programmes
The Chennai Branch arranged the following talks during the month of November 2007:
Date Speaker Topic
01.11.2007 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Tests in the Spiritual Field"
04.11.2007 Pulavar Anu Vennila "Experiences with the Mother"
11.11.2007 Prof. Insuvai "The Mother and the World"
18.11.2007 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Recollecting 17th November 1973"
25.11.2007 Smt. Kamala Rangachari "What did the Mother say?"
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
On the occasion of anniversary of installation of Holy Relics at Bhopal, Bhopal Branch organised the Sri Aurobindo Lecture series-2007 on 16 December 2007. The topic was "Bhartiya Samaj Me Adhyatmikta (Sprituality in Indian Society)". Dr P.N. Chaturvedi, well known Educationist, was the main speaker. Shri Ramesh Ranjan Tripathi presided over the function. Shri Umesh Trivedi and Shri Manoj Sharma, Vice Chairman, also spoke on this occasion.
In the morning meditation and Bhajan program was held at the Auro mandir.
On the occasion of Geeta Jayanti, the Bhopal Branch organised a talk on 20 December 2007. Shri Om Prakash Mishra was the main speaker. Dr D.N. Joshi spoke on "Sri Aurobindo and Sri Krishna".
Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh)
A sadhana shivir on "Nayee Chetna (New Consciousness)" was held at Ratlam from 5 to 9 December 2007. Dr. Alok Pandey was the resource person. On the last day Shri Manoj Sharma from Bhopal spoke on 'Destiny of India'. About 60 persons attended.
Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
The Ujjain Centre organized a talk by Dr. Alok Pandey on 4 December 2007. The subject of the talk was "Sadhana in Everyday life". About 60 people attended.
Lucknow (U.P.) - Seminar on Integral Education, 9 December 2007
A seminar on Integral Education was organised by Dr. Meeta Bisen at the National College auditorium, Lucknow, on 9 December 2007. The Chief Guest was Prof. R.J. Singh, Ex-Vice Chancellor of Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi. Dr. S.C. Tyagi and Dr. J.P. Singh presided over the two different sessions of the seminar. The other speakers were Dr. Subodh Kumar of Lucknow University, Shri P.M. Saxena, Dr. N.B. Singh and Dr. D. Tewari. Dr. Brij Bala from Varanasi conducted the proceedings. About 100 persons attended the seminar. A few booklets published by the Society were distributed to the participants.
Ballia (U.P.) - Siddhi Day Celebrations, 24 November 2007
The Ballia Centre celebrated the Siddhi Day on 24 November 2007. The celebrations started with meditation with the Mother's music, followed by a talk by Shri Jagannath Prasad, Treasurer, on the significance and importance of the day and about the Overmind Consciousness. Shri Ram Tiwari, Chairman of the Centre, narrated the gradations of the consciousness.

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