Sunday, January 27, 2008

Government has given us the freedom of not appearing in the Common Board Examinations

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF NEW LIFE EDUCATION TRUST HELD AT MATRUBIHAR, KHANDAGIRI, BHUBANESWAR 0N 17.10.2007.
A meeting of the New Life Education Trust was held at Matru Vihar, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar on 17.10.2007. Sri Sriballabh Panigrahi, President of the Trust presided over the meeting. The meeting started at 10 a.m. with the observation of two minutes silence.
As per agenda of the meeting Sri Prasad Tripathy, Secretary of the Trust read out the minutes of the last Trust meeting held at Matru Bhaban, Cuttack on 5.8.2007 and placed the action taken report for approval. Then the following decisions were taken.
1. Standard VII Common Board Examination: The members present in the meeting were informed that some of the schools are still appearing in the Standard VII Common Board Examination, despite clear instruction from the Trust to the contrary. The President, Vice President and the members present in the meeting felt that firm action should be taken in this regard, including de-listing/de-affiliating those schools. The following resolution was unanimously passed in the meeting:
"In view of the specialty of our system of education Government has given us the freedom of not appearing in the Standard VII Common Board Examinations. Accordingly all Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres were advised not to appear at the said examination. However, it has come to the notice that a few schools are still appearing at the said examination. It was unanimously resolved to ask those schools not to repeat appearing in the Standard VII Common Board Examination from this year onwards. And if they still continue to appear in the said Examination this year and in future, those schools shall automatically be delisted from the list of schools affiliated to NLET. Sectretary of the Trust was authorised/advised to write to such of the schools who are still continuing with this practice."
2. Problem of Dhenkanal School: As per decision of the last Trust meeting an appointment was fixed with the Collector, Dhenkanal. In the meeting, the Collector requested the delegation to intervene in the matter. The Collector was convinced that the Dhenkanal school was a good one but due to some misunderstanding the situation has flared up. No final decision could be taken in the matter in the absence of the CI of Schools, Dhenkanal. The Pathachakra members were requested to meet the C.I and the Dist. Project Coordinator (DPC) after Puja vacation. It is expected that a solution will come up soon. The President however felt that in some schools such situation are created which invite the administration to intervene in the matter. The Secretary said that the members of the Pathachakra should be firm on their aim and every effort should be made to resolve the problem of the schools in the Pathachakra itself. When the base Pathachakra becomes weak different types of problems arise in the schools.
3. Publication of the Trust Books : It was informed in the meeting that all books upto Standard VII will be ready by December, 2007. A meeting of 16 Senior schools was convened on 7.10.07 with the purpose to collect feed back on text book publication. Teachers from 11 schools participated in the meeting. It was suggested in the meeting that once a text book is published it should not be revised normally within a period of three years. A proposal was also came up to introduce only one Text book for a class which will cover all the subjects. Anjali Tripathy, Principal of Gopinathpur School was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing manuscript for such an Integrated book for Std-1. Although a few selected schools were invited to the meeting to collect the feedback, all other schools/teachers were requested to submit their valuable suggestions and extend a helping hand. Even some remuneration can be given to those teachers who will be entrusted with the text book publication/ improvement work.
4. Approval of MCs of Schools: It was revealed that no uniform policy is being followed in the matter of approval of MCs. The matter will be taken up with the Secretary, Education and Director, Elementary Education for issuing a direction to follow uniform system in the matter. The President was requested to kindly look to the matter.
5. Low participation in the Teachers’ Meet: Against an anticipation of 500 teachers only 307 teachers participated in the meet (15-18 October,2007). Members present in the meeting analysed the various reasons for such low participation in the Trust organised meets This has been discussed several times in the past. It was however decided in the meeting that the District Organisers and the Trust Co-ordinators will remain in touch with their schools for encouraging teachers to participate in such meets. This issue will also be discussed in the meeting of the Principal/Seccretary/Presidents to be held on 10-11 November, 2007 at Matrubhavan, Cuttack.
All the High Schools were requested to depute students of Std. VIII, IX & X to the state level students’ meet to be held at Khallikote from 23 to 25 December, 2007.
6. Common questions for all Schools: A proposal to prepare common question paper for all Schools came up for discussion. After detail discussion it was decided that individual schools will prepare question papers for their respective schools. This will enable them to evaluate the standard of their students in a better way.
7. Issues putforth by the participating teachers: Since the meeting was taking place during the Integral Education Centres’ Teachers’ Meet, the participating teachers were requested to put forward their proposal, if any, for discussion.
(a) It was proposed that examination system should be abolished. Instead constant evaluation of the child should be made throughout the year. May be there will be more pressure on the teachers, but this will be appreciated by the guardians. Freedom can be given to the schools in this respect. Proposal was approved.
(b) It was proposed that while granting affiliations to schools Zonal, District and Trust Coordinators should submit joint report. This proposal was also approved.
(c) Proposal came for funding the cost of text books for poor students. In this respect, in schools to mitigate the hardship of poor students a proposal can be sent to the Secretary of the Trust seeking text books at concessional rates for those students.
(d) In the matter of opening of Standard VIII in Integral schools, the Secretary welcomed/encouraged the schools to open Standard VIII. Detailed guidelines for opening new High Schools can be had from Trust office.
(e) The proposal for publication of English Grammer book is under consideration.
(f) A book depot of the Trust was opened at Sohela (Bargarh district) school some times past which has since been closed. An amount of Rs.20432/- is outstanding against Sohela centre. The Secretary was requested to write a letter to Sohela School to settle the matter by either returning books amounting to Rs. 20432/- or by paying the amount to the Trust.
(g) In the matter of introduction of Welfare measures for the teachers, the proposal was discussed. It was however, left to the individual schools to take decision.
(h) The proposal for opening a permanent Teachers’ training institute is under consideration. It may take some time to materialise
(i) The proposal to have a uniform School leaving certificate / transfer certificate book for all the Integral Schools up to Std. VII was examined. This was approved for classes up to Std-VII.
(j) There are many schools established more than 10 years back, but not getting any financial assistance. The possibility for the same will be explored. Similarly, full amount of SFA is not being received from the Govt. now a days. With the number of schools increasing, the sanctioned
amount is decreasing. However, the Govt. has assured to release the full grant this year.
8. A book on the achievement of Prof. Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu has since been published in the name "SAHITYA SADHAK – MOHAPATRA NILAMANI SAHU". Although the book is priced at Rs. 225/- it is available to Integral Schools at a concessional price of Rs. 140/- at Matrubhaban
and Khandagiri stores. Our schools are advised to purchase atleast one book for their schools. Similarly another book "PIONEERS IN EDUCATION" written by Pravat Kumar Dhal, an ex-teacher of the Oupada School costing Rs. 150/- is available at 40% discount to our Schools at Matrubhavan and Khandagiri stores. All schools may avail this opportunity.
9. It was decided to co-opt Sri Bichitrananda Paikray of Paika Kusadiha as a member of the Executive Committee of the Trust.
10. Then the proposal for affiliation were considered. The following Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres were affiliated as mentioned.
S.L Name of place of SAEC Nature of Affiliation
1. Papadahandi, Nabarangpur Standard VI &VII Regular
2. Bellari, Kendrapara -do- -do-
3. Khandapalli, Baragarh -do- -do-
4. Pandakipali, (Loharachhati) Baragarh -do- -do-
5. Sankaradiha , Jajpur -do- 2Yrs. Provisional for land
6. Nayhiadiha, Kendrapara Standard V -do-for land &
building
7. Bansa, Jagatsinghpur -do- -do- for Building
11. The following Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres have applied for affiliation. The members mentioned against each are requested to visit the centres and report to NLET for extending them affiliation.
Sl. Name of the place of SAIEC Name of the member to visit and submit
1. Paikakusadiha Khordha Sanjaya Mohapatra, R.K.Sahu and Shanti Patnaik
2. Mandosil Baragarh Braja K. Behera, R.K.Mishra and P.K.Panda
3. Kanasingha Baragarh ———do———
4. Bijepur Baragarh ———do———
5. Diptipur Baragarh ———do———
6. Nagaon Bolangir Anup Sahu, Braja K.Behera & Lalit Mohan Khuntia (For affiliation of New Education Centres)
7. Nuasarsara, Baragarh R.K. Mishra, BrajaK. Behera & P.K. Panda
The following Education Centres could not be taken into consideration as the visiting report from the concerned members have not been received in the Trust. However, they are again requested to submit their visiting reports as early as possible, so that their cases of affiliation may be considered in the next meeting.
Shyam Sundarpur- Anugul, Themra – Sambalpur, Gadakujanga- Jagatsinghpur, Barigaon – Keonjhar, Padmapur (Kiamunda)- Jagatsinghpur, Perjong – Dhenkanal, Sanjubani – Mayurbhanj, Gangraj- Mayurbhanj, Kosida – Cuttack, Kuchei - Mayurbhanj
The meeting ended with two minutes’ silent prayer to the Divine Mother.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING OF SRI AUROBINDO UNIVERSITY held on 23rd September, 2007.
A meeting of Sri Aurobindo University (SAU) was held at 11a.m. on 23rd September, 2007 at Matrubhaban, Cuttack. The members from Satya, Nistha and Krupa zones attended the meeting.. The purpose of the meeting was in connection with starting the activities of Sri Aurobindo University in school level among the students of standard VII to IX.
The meeting started with prayer at The Feet of The Mother. Sri Prasad Tripathy, Convenor of SAU explained the importance of motivating the students to study the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. He highlighted the role of teachers to motivate and guide the students in such study. He said that the students would choose some topic from the list provided by SAU, study the relevant books and magazines under the guidance of some teacher or counsellor and submit a dissertation to SAU before the annual examination.
Then Sri Bhagirathi Mahapatra, a counsellor of SAU, was requested to explain how to study a topic and write the dissertation on it. Sri Mahapatra spoke on why one should have a study on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and how to collect information on it from different sources. As an example he chose the topic of " Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on Women " and explained how to collect information on the topic from different sources and write a dissertation on it as per the methodology prepared by SAU. He concluded by highlighting the responsibility of the teacher-counsellor in the programme.
The matter was discussed at length by others like Sri Ramesh Chandra Nayak, Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mishra, Dr. Sushant Kumar Kar, Sri Balakrishna Nayak and Sri Uttam Kumar Paikray etc. All of them appreciated the programme and gave valuable suggestions for its successful implementation.
Sri Gadadhar Mishra spoke on the practical aspect of the programme and emphasised on the responsibility of the teachers of each school and explained how they should prepare themselves to become true counsellors of the junior learners.
After some discussions the list of the topics prepared by SAU for the junior learners were distributed among the participants of the meeting. Some of them were requested to prepare the preliminary sources of reference on some topics and Dr. Sushant Kumar Kar, Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mishra, Sri Balakrishna Nayak, Sri Uttam Kumar Paikray, Sri Bhagirathi Mahapatra and Sri Ramesh Chandra Nayak volunteered to do the work. They were requested to send the lists to SAU at earliest possible.
It was decided that the programme should be implemented forthwith and accordingly the following participants were requested to start in the schools mentioned against their names and they agreed.
Sl. Name School
1. Sri Ramesh Chandra Nayak Sri Aurobindo Institute of Higher Studies and Research, Matrubhaban, Cuttack
2. Sri Bhagirathi Mahapatra Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre at Khallikote,
3. Sri Uttam Kumar Paikray Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre Banapur, Nachuni,
4. Sri Balakrishna Nayak Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre , Jagatsinghpur,
5. Sri Sashibhusan Praharaj Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Netajinagar, Ctk
6. Sri Rabindra Kumar Rout Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Balikuda,
7. Sri Sibaprasad Behera Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Baranga,
8. Smt. Sagarika Parida Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Taharpur,
9. Sri Ranjan Kumar Sahoo Sri Aurobindo Integral Education and Sri Sunil Kumar Prusty Centre, Rajsunakhala.
The dates for future meetings were discussed and it was proposed to hold such meetings on the third Sun days of December, March, June and September of the year. The meeting ended with gratitude at The Lotus Feet of The Mother.
Prasad Tripathy
Convenor, SAU

Friday, January 25, 2008

Imperative for Auroville to manifest as a collective

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December 2007
The main articles of the December issue of Auroville Today deal with education. Teachers from Future School explain the role and function of Future School ; Tamil parents speak about why they feel the need to send their children out of Auroville to study at schools in Pondicherry ; and there is a personal perspective of what it means to be a teacher at Last School . The other main article deals with Auroville's housing crisis. It's time to act!

The December issue also carries a sampling of the work of two artists: Charudatta's caricatures Chantal Gowa's portraits.This issue also carries articles about the urgent need to protect the Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu coast from beach erosion; the new spirit at Aspiration Pour Tous; the Mitra Youth hostel, and how it was to join a workshop with Sraddhalu in Nainital
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November 2007
More than a decade ago a children's opera on texts and music written by an Aurovilian was performed in Auroville. Though it was a great success, the effort was not repeated till October this year when the musical ‘Olivier!' hit the stage. The performance played to a full house on both nights. “This is real community theatre and I feel so proud of what we've produced,” said one of the adult participants.In the November 2007 issue of Auroville Today we also continue Aurovilian's reflections. Claude and Abha speak about the need for more fraternity; Liliana and Marco about the inner conviction required to live in Auroville; Nelly and Rene recollect their difficulties of joining Auroville in the beginning; and Dharmesh and Rakhee talk about the imperative for Auroville to manifest as a collective and the need for more openness in our dealings together.

The issue also contains the reflections of former Economy Group member Lyle on Auroville's economy and the view of Auroville International about the land, as expressed in their yearly AVI meeting in Montréal, Canada. The section ‘community' features and article on Aspiration community – the need for new houses and about its early history. Then there is an article about the Russian community of Ethnomir and its connection to Auroville.Two articles portray two young Tamil Aurovilians: Suresh, who now works at the video library, Selvam, who works at Annapurna farm.In the section obituaries we remember Mireille Albrecht and Dr. L.M. Singhvi.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sri Aurobindo has shown the world to think something beyond mind

Author : Anil Kumar Mohapatra Summary by : kokimira
Sri Aurobindo has been acclaimed as a world teacher. He is a rare genius of Asia who is said to have represented a synthesis between the east and west. He has inspired and influenced his own and will be guiding the succeeding generations across the globe through his immortal teachings. Prof. Fredric Spiegelberg of Stanford University, California (USA) is worth quoted here who wrote:
“I have never known a philosopher so all-embracing in his metaphysical structure as Sri Aurobindo, none before him had the same vision…”
Sri Aurobindo’s masterpiece the ‘Life Divine’ and his epic poem ‘Savitri’ ( perhaps the longest verse in English literature), epitomize his vision of the future of human race and has the potential to solve the problems of the mankind of today and of the future. He attributed the present miseries that the world confronts today; to our acceptance and thinking that mind is the ultimate end of evolution. He has shown the world to think something beyond mind. To him the present man is in a transition to become super man having supramental consciousness where there will be the conquest of matter by the spirit. There will be the manifestation of a new race and a new world: the Supramental. There will be then human unity, global governance and at the same time a space for ideals of self-determination. Nationalism and internationalism will be compatible to each other. We will then neither quarrel for patent rights nor suffer from inequitable international trade. Finally man will be really happy and free when he finds a way out of his spiritual problems.
Sri Aurobindo was not an arm chair philosopher. He lived his vision of the reality. Being one of the foremost intellectuals of our times he penetrated the course of evolution and human civilization and has made a solid and lasting contribution to thought and life. It is necessary that the younger generation should be made aware of so varied and valuable a contribution of Sri Aurobindo because that would enable it to solve the problems of today and of the future. Published: January 17, 2008

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.