Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sri Aurobindo Health Squard Training 3rd to 23rd May 2008 at Matrubhaban, Cuttack

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Sri Aurobindo Health Squard Training 3rd to 23rd May 2008 Matrubhaban, Cuttack
Schedule 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon 02.30 PM - 04.30 PM 06.30 PM - 08.00 PM 08.00 PM-09.00PM
03.05.08 Saturday REGISTRATION INAUGURATION
04.05.08 Sunday INTRODUCTORY SESSION Objective of the Training Dr. Babul Kumar Pattanaik Foundation of Health Ramakrushna Causes of illness Ramakrushna Group Presentation
05.05.08 Monday The Body- its Structure Dr. N. Swain The Body - its Functions Dr.N. Swain Normal Pulse, Blood Pressure, Temp, Weight, BMI Dr.J.M.Senapaty Prevention of illness Prof. Bijayeeni Mohapatra - Do -
06.05.08 Tuesday Naturopathy Dr.R.N. Das Food in Health & Disease Dr.N. Swain Snakebite, Poisoning Dr. B.N. Mohapatra Cures of illness Dr.Brajakishore Khandai - Do -
07.05.08 Wednesday Naturopathy Dr.R.N. Das Diarrhea, dehydration, Heat-stroke Dr.Babulu Ku. Pattanaik Primary care in medical problems in the community Dr.J.K Panda Planes and Parts of the being Dr.B.N.Mohapatra - Do -
08.05.08 Thursday Naturopathy Dr.R.N. Das Basics of simple Biochemic Treatment Gadadhar Mishra Common Skin problems Prevention and care Dr.Binodini Behera Transformation of suffering Dr.Madan Mohan Sahoo - Do -
09.05.08 Friday Naturopathy Dr.R.N. Das Biochemic in Common illness Dr.A.B. Dash Leprosy
Dr.Binodini Behera Cycle of Life Dr.J.K. Panda - Do -
10.05.08 Saturday Acupressure in Health Dr.Prasanna Kumar Das Acupressure & Magneto
Therapy Dr.Prasanna Ku. Das - Do -
11.05.08 Sunday Acupressure Dr.Prasanna Kumar Das Acupressure & Magneto Therapy
Dr.Prasanna Kumar Das Color Therapy Dr.Manjula Kar Acupressure & Magneto Therapy
Dr.Prasanna Ku. Das - Do -
12.05.08 Monday Primary Care in Common ENT Problems Dr.Balabhadra Nayak Enlightened Motherhood Pramila Parija Anita Patra First Aid - introductory & pretest Dr.Bikash Prasad
Why DEATH? CH.Nirakar - Do -
13.05.08 Tuesday Care of teeth Dr.Hemamalini Rath Common Dental Problems Dr.Hemamalini Rath First Aid Dr.Bikash Prasad Beyond 'Health' & 'Illness' CH.Nirakar - Do -
14.05.08 Wednesday Physiotherapy Dr.R.N. Das Physiotherapy Dr.R.N. Das Problems of Aged and Care of elderly Dr.J.K. Panda Intuition in Diagnosis and Healing Dr.B.N. Mohapatra - Do -
15.05.08 Thursday Physiotherapy Dr.R.N. Das Physiotherapy Dr.R.N. Das First Aid Dr.Bikash Prasad Common gynecological problems Dr.Shyama - Do -
16.05.08 Friday School Health Programme - I Dr.Bijayeeni Mohapatra Dr.S.K. Sahoo School Health Programme-II Dr.Bijayeeni Mohapatra Dr.S.K. Sahoo First Aid Dr.Bikash Prasad
Group Activities in School Health Programme - Do - Acupressure in Disease Dr.Prasanna Ku. Das
17.05.08 Saturday School Health Programme-III Herbal Garden Dr.P.K. Nanda First Aid
Dr.Bikash Prasad Safe motherhood Smt.Anita Patra Dr.Kabita Swain - Do -
18.05.08 Sunday Healthful eye exercises Abha Kanungo Acute Surgical Emergency Early Detection and Safe referral Dr.Bijay Ku. Sahoo Environmental Sanitation and Pollution Control
Dr.Renubala Samal Health seeking in the community Dr.Madan Mohan Pradhan - Do -
19.05.08 Monday Management of Health Centre Dr.Sanjay Swain Biomedical waste anagement
Dr.Sanjay Swain First Aid-conclusion & posttest Dr.Bikash Prasad Cancer- What? Why?
Prevention & Early detection Dr.Pranabandhu - Do -
20.05.08 Tuesday Healthful eye exercises Abha Kanungo Basic Lab Techniques Nisith Ku. Rout
Practice of basic lab. techniques Decision making in primary care Dr.Shyama
Departure for Dalijoda
21.05.08 Wednesday Village health survey at Dalijoda Inner methods of Healing Sri Dharanidhar Pal Practice for cultural programme
22.05.08 Thursday Common Medicinal Herbs Dr.Pravakar Herbal Preparation Dr.Bipinananda Mishra Herbal treatment of common ailments Dr.P.K. Nanda Cultural Programme
23.05.08 Friday Action Plan Presentation Concluding Session Examination & counseling of school children of Sri Aurobindo Shrikshetra

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Death, Dying and Beyond

Talk by Dr Alok Pandey
Dr Alok Pandey is a seeker on the path of Integral Yoga.
A psychiatrist by profession, he has served with the Indian Air Force for twenty years before settling down at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.
He has been conducting several workshops on diverse themes such as Yoga, the Upanishads, the Gita, Savitri and The Life Divine, Health, Psychology, Education etc.Apart from articles on various subjects he has written a book on "Death, Dying and Beyond".
We are pleased to announce that Dr Pandey will be presenting a series of talks in Singapore. All are invited. Details... www.sassingapore.cjb.net/

Monday, April 28, 2008

Pabitra Baral proposed to computerise the accounts of the NLET and make it up-to-date

PROCEEDING: The meeting of the Executive Body of the New Life Education Trust was held on 16.3.2008 at Matruniketan, Angul at 11.00 am with President Sri Sriballav Panigrahi on chair and two minutes silent prayer.
In the beginning, Principal Babita Pradhan, Angul welcomed all participants. Then the President Sri Panigrahi proposed 2 minutes silence prayer for late Animesh Samantaray. Then the deliberations were started with the action taken notes remarked by the Secretary.
1. Trust coordinators were requested to submit the list of schools where the students are appearing at the Common VII Examination for this year 2008.
2. Rudra Bhai of Dhenkanal described the situation of Dhenkanal Integral Education Centre. It was decided that the matter shall be discussed with the Education Minister in the next appointment very shortly.
3. Anjali Tripathy readout the planning of the Integrated Book for Standard-I which she proposed to complete during Summer vacation. Her subject was Our Body. It was decided that a Workshop will be conducted with some senior teachers of the Integral Education Centres in the coming Refresher Training to prepare projects. Anjali Tripathy will take the responsibility of the Workshop.
4. Pabitra Baral assured that the sub-committee will submit the syllabus for 3 months training programme in the next meeting. However, he expressed that Sri Sebak Tripathy, NCERT, Meerambika, Dr. Debi Prasanna Patnaik and the authorities of Sri A.I.C.E. at Puducherry are to be contacted for preparation of the syllabus. It was decided that Ramakanta shall remain in-charge of the 1st Batch of trainees to be taken during July to September 2008 and during this period Binod will attend both Cuttack & Bhubaneswar office. Subsequently, Birendra and Hari Bhai (Koraput) may be considered for taking responsibility of training programme.
5. Accounts of Teachers’ Meet, Students’ Meet and Organisers’ Meet were readout and approved. They are as follows :
(a) Teachers’ Meet (Khandagiri) Receipt – Rs.33,260/- Expenditure – Rs.71,861/-
(b) Students’ Meet (Khallikote) Receipt – Rs.13,350/- Expenditure – Rs.39,355/-
(c) Organisers’ Meet (Matrubhavan, Cuttack) Expenditure – Rs.19,109/-
6. Dr. Bijayani Mohapatra, Jt. Secretary proposed to contact different agencies of the Govt. for collection of funds for the Trust. It was therefore decided to form a "Fund Collection Committee" with the following members :
i) Dr. Bijayeeni Mohapatra, Convenor ii) Sri Sarat Chandra Ghosh, Member iii) Binod, Member
7. It was decided to appoint Sri Mahendra Swain, a Senior devotee of AG Office as honorary auditor for the financial year 2007-08. He should be intimated immediately.
8. It was also decided to appoint Sri Chaitanya Mohapatra as the Chartered Accountant to check the accounts and make it up-todate till 2008.
9. It was decided that the education centres those are receiving SFA should maintain separate Cash Book for the SFA.
10. It was also decided that a meeting of all 54 Integral Education Centres receiving SFA will be convened at Bhubaneswar to make them aware about the maintainance of Cash Book for SFA.
11. It was decided to conduct the Refresher Training camp during 3rd to 23rd May 2008 at Matrubhavan, Cuttack.
12. President suggested that the authorities of all Integral Education Centre should think of some sort of beneficial schemes for their teachers to help them in their need.
13. It was decided to have the next Executive Body of the Trust on 18th May 2008 at Matrubhaban, Cuttack.
14. Pabitra Baral proposed to computerise the accounts of the NLET and make it up-to-date. It was agreed and Pabitra Baral was requested to assist in this matter.
15. A tentative budget was placed in meeting for the year 2008-09 and it was approved.
16. A proposal was raised to print in all our text books so that this cannot be sold outside.
17. A subcommittee was formed consisting of Shri G. Mishra, Vice-President Shri P. Tripathy, Secretary, Shri S. Mohanty, Jt. Secretary; and Dr. B. Mohanty, Jt.Secretary to thoroughly check and recommend the education centres for affiliation.
18. President proposed vote of thanks to the management of Matruniketan, Angul for providing nice arrangements for holding the meeting.
19. The following Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres have applied for affiliation. The members mentioned against each were requested to visit the centres and report to New Life Education Trust for extending them affiliation.
S.N. Name of place of SAIES Name of members to visit & submit
1. Matrujyoti, Jogisarda, Bolangir – Braja, Lalit Mohan Khuntia, Anup Sahoo
2. Nayagarh – Ramakanta Sahoo, Tareswar Ratha, Parikhita Bhai
3. Rairpur, Balikuda, Jagatsinghpur – Binod, Rabindra Rout, Sarbeswar Mohapatra
4. Ma Nuapalli, Ganjam – Surendra, Udayanath Reddy, Sasadev Behera
5. Hirakud, Sambalpur – Purna, Satya Narayan Babu Prafulla Chandra Panda
6. Champeswar, Cuttack – Binod, Kaibalya Jena, Sarbeswar Mohapatra.
7. Athamalik, Angul – Binod, Arabinda Pradhan, Sulochana Sahoo.
8. Seulasahi, Nimapara, Puri – Ramakanta Sahoo, Tareswar Ratha, Kanan Apa
9. Khemsuar, Balibil, Jajpur – Narayan Agasthi, Purusottam Bhai, Sarbeswar Mohapatra
10. Duburi, Danagadi - Jajpur – do
Affiliation of New Integral Education Centers
1. Maneswar, Sambalpur – Purna, Satya Narayan Babu Prafulla Chandra Panda
2. Jiral, Dhenkanal – Binod, Sulochana Sahoo, Rudra Mohan Mohanty
3. Siksha Niketana, Barpali – Braja, Prafulla Panda Laxmi Apa (Cement Nagar)
The following Education Centres could not be taken into consideration as the visiting reports 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.
Gadakujanga-Jagatsinghpur, Singheswar (Balugaon)-Khurda.
The meeting ended with 2 minutes silent prayer.
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Training Camp of the Teachers of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres

To The Secretary / Principal of
All Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre
Dear Brother/Sister,
The Summer Refresher Training Camp of the Teachers of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centres" of Orissa will be organised during 3rd to 23th May 2008 for 21days at Matrubhaban, Cuttack. The camp will be inaugurated on 3rd evening and will be closed with afternoon session of 23rd afternoon. Camp fees per person has been fixed as Rs.600 only. You are requested to send as many teachers as possible to attend the camp.

The total camp will include theory classes on Philosophy of Integral Education, Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and other classes e.g. Psychology, methods etc. with workshops on different subjects.
You are requested to send the names of the participants immediately to The Principal, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Higher Studies and Research, Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack- 753013. The participants must come prepared with the following things with them.
1. Love for the Mother
2. Courage, Patience and Enthusiasm
3. 2 pairs of daily use dress, Bedsheet etc
4. 1 Pair dress with PT Shoes for Physical Exercise.
5. Own Note book, Pen etc.
6. Own books for Reference
7. Musquito net may be used separately.
PLEASE DON’T BRING CHILDREN WITH YOU.
All senior Integral Education Centres are requested to send experienced Pre-primary teachers to particpate in the "Workshop on Project Work" for Integrate Subject to be conducted by Anjali Tripathy. Again we emphasize - Please don’t bring children with you. In case you come with children you will not be admitted as a participant.
NEW LIFE EDUCATION TRUST
Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack-753013
P. Tripathy (Secretary)

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

AUM 2008 will take place at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the breathtaking splendor of the Colorado Rockies

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About AUM The All USA Meeting (AUM) is an annual conference for people interested in the vision of Sri Aurobindo and Mother, the practice of Integral Yoga, and the sustainable international community of Auroville -- and for those interested in consciousness, evolution, and the future of humanity. This year's "mountain high" AUM will take place at an elevation of 8,000 feet in the breathtaking splendor of the Colorado Rockies. About AUM • Late registration

Program "Camp AUM' will focus on bringing people together in a spiritual atmosphere with time and opportunity to interact and get to know each other. The emphasis will be on activities, not speakers and lectures. Offerings will include meditation, small-group discussions on Integral Yoga, readings from Savitri (Sri Aurobindo's epic poem), arts and crafts, live music, dance, hikes, volleyball, hatha yoga, swimming, picnics, and more.About the program

Site AUM 2008 is taking place at the scenic YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center outside the town of Estes Park, Colorado. The YMCA camp is nestled on 860 acres adjoining Rocky Mountain National Park, offering spectacular scenery and a beautiful natural environment. The site has a magnificent view of the neighboring peaks, which rise to 14,000 feet.About the site

Safety For a recommended packing list and information on weather, altitude, fitness and medical conditions, and safety guidelines, see the safety page. Nature in the Rocky Mountains is vast and powerful and must be respected. During AUM 2008 it will be important for participants to be conscious of their own state, the state of those around them, and the ever-changing state of the environment. This will ensure a safe and happy experience for all.About safety

Travel Estes Park is approximately a two-hour drive from Denver International Airport. The Estes Park Shuttle will take you from the airport directly to the YMCA. Five shuttles per day go from the airport to Estes Park and back again, so check shuttle times before you book your plane tickets. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the YMCA.About travel

Registration The registration fee covers lodging, meals, and activities. We have reserved a block of rooms at a special AUM group rate; these rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation costs are separate, and are each person's responsibility. Register now!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Maheshwari pillar will have an orange hexagon at its center

Matrimandir Newsletter April 2008

March 12 th : A sudden cold and rainy day gives time for reflection after the bright and busy days of February. The push towards the very special day of Auroville's 40 th birthday on February 28 th helped some aspects of the construction to move rapidly forward.
The newly mounted disc over the Mahasaraswati entrance to Matrimandir
The new crane on the roof for example, which stood imposingly over the Matrimandir for the last few months, one day quickly disappeared from view as its hydraulic legs were tried out for the first time. Swinging around to face North-South the multi-ton crane settled down on its haunches between the rows of golden discs like some tiger hiding in tall savanna grasses. From the ground it was almost invisible, and now work is continuing so that it will nestle even closer to the concrete cap. When required for some task, it will rise up on its stainless steel legs to a height of some three meters above the structure so that it can deploy its extensible boom that can reach 20 meters from the center of the sphere. It will be used mainly for maintenance of the 1400 discs.

Above the West entrance, the second of the large four-petalled discs was fixed in place on the 16 th of February. This pillar was named Mahasaraswati by the Mother. In Sri Aurobindo's words, “Mahasaraswati is the Mother's Power of work and her spirit of perfection and order”. The symbol chosen by the architect to represent this aspect is a blue triangle situated at the center of the large disc.
Below the sphere, the scaffolding which was erected for the work on the main entrance doors and fixation of the remaining discs on the lower surface of the sphere was fully removed, revealing the beautiful lotus pond with its surrounding marble and granite-clad plaza. This wide cool space with the flowing waters of the pool at its center was a favorite spot for visitors wishing to spend a few quiet moments during the busy birthday week.
Inside the building, on the second level, the four fountains in the main ribs were made operational for the first time. This special feature, for long a subject of debate as regards its possible side effects, has proved to add a fresh and unexpected dimension to the marble and glass stillness of the second level, like that which one experiences in nature when one is near a small waterfall. The play of sound of the four rivulets splashing into the pools in the four ribs is very soothing, breaking the stillness with its quiet babble, helping to carry the mind back from structured thoughts into a more relaxed and open state -- a fitting preparation for the ascent up the ramp to the inner chamber.

The water from the second level fountain splashes into a small pool at its base

In the middle of all these preparations for the birthday week, we had unexpectedly to engage in some important troubleshooting too, for the Ray of sunlight in the Chamber suddenly started to wander out of focus! We have mentioned from time to time over the years the process of developing the heliostat, the sun-tracking system that sits on top of Matrimandir which, by means of a computer program, follows the sun all day and, using two fixed mirrors, directs a sunbeam down onto the crystal globe in the Chamber. This heliostat, a second generation prototype, had been functioning almost flawlessly since its installation three years ago. But suddenly in mid- January it began to search for the sun in the wrong part of the sky! The result was that the Ray would disappear from the Chamber, leaving us with the backup spotlight only. This development was definitely unacceptable, and it came just when everything was expected to be finished and as perfect as possible.

As Matrimandir approaches completion, its support and control systems – whether for the heliostat, the Chamber air-conditioning, the fountains or the irrigation of the gardens, to mention only a few – are inevitably more and more complex. The maintenance of these systems is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the work here. But in the case of the heliostat, the electronic controls are so specialized that its erratic behavior was very challenging for the on-site team. And then, an amazing thing happened: the electrical engineer who had developed and installed this system on a visit three years ago, and who had not been here since then, suddenly reappeared, apparently of his own accord, just to revisit Auroville and with some other projects in mind. Immediately he was alerted to the new problem, and of course he happily gave his full attention to it right away. By mid-February, after going through all the portions of the control system one by one, certain faults were identified, and the heliostat was made to follow the sun again, although in a temporary mode, (full repairs to the system were made in March). Thus the Ray returned to the Chamber in time for the Mother's birthday, and the play of this ray on the globe – the meeting of light and matter that Mother described in 1970 as symbolizing “future realizations” -- was once again in place. We were ready for Auroville's 40 th birthday too!

The folded and retracted boom of the crane on top of Matrimandir

With the birthday week over, it was once again back to serious construction work for the teams on the site. The crane on the roof poked its head above the discs and the heliostat as work resumed to finalize the fitting of the many control mechanisms for its hydraulic, electrical and water systems.
Scaffolding began to appear near the entrance on the South – the Maheshwari pillar – in preparation for fixing the special disc there, which will have an orange hexagon at its center. This disc is presently being finished in our gilding workshop nearby.

Below the sphere, scaffoldings reappeared to allow for the completion of work on the discs.
In the building and around it too, experiments were resumed to test and choose various light fittings needed to highlight areas such as the rib fountains, the vestibules to the Chamber and the entire golden globe with its twelve pathways approaching between the petals.

In the gardens, beyond the Banyan tree, work has picked up speed now on the completion of the masonry and structure of the mini-amphitheater in the Garden of Unity . And in the planning offices, minds turned again to the questions of the future gardens and the lake to come. The Matrimandir project has three main aspects, it must not be forgotten -- the structure, the gardens and the lake. And in spite of loud pronouncements in the local media on the occasion of Auroville's 40th birthday, this project is far from being “complete”! The structure of Matrimandir is virtually complete, that is true, but the gardens and lake are still ahead and represent a huge amount of work both in terms of planning and execution not to mention investment.

The gardens project presents an immense imaginative challenge: to create this very special environment which will embody the twelve atmospheres denoted by the names Mother gave to the various gardens (Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, etc). Intense efforts by several people have gone into creating previous design proposals for these gardens. Several on-the-ground trials, of varying scale, have been made over the last twenty years. The nearby Matrimandir nursery, developed and maintained over the last 37 years, harbors good collections of many types of plants (orchids, plumeria, hibiscus, cacti, to mention only a few). And now with the main structure of Matrimandir virtually complete, with the surrounding environment tamed sufficiently to allow for the introduction of a variety of more delicate plants, and with the gardens infrastructure fully in place, right down to the automated sprinkler system that will water them in future, it is time indeed for the gardens to come.

The present challenge is to map out the direction, to work out an integrated design for the next phase of execution and thus to open the door to the flowering of the gardens. In this regard, a fascinating summary of the current development of garden planning was presented on March 28 th by the three landscape architects who have been busy at work for some time. A line of development that has emerged from their study and previous design efforts for the harmonious and integrated linking of all the gardens was described.

On the basis of this overview, and within its general structure, their work will now begin to focus on the design for the cores of the various gardens. This process of design and implementation will be evolutionary, with initial steps being made that will themselves show the way forward to the next steps. This aspect was one that Roger Anger, the late architect of Matrimandir, emphasized often in the last few years -- that the gardens would be evolutionary, that we would not reach the heights that the Mother had envisioned for them in a single bound. The growth of the gardens is going to be an adventure of a very new kind!

A final note to say how happy we were to see so many of you here at Matrimandir during February, not least on Auroville's birthday. A surprising number of people had also been present here on the same day, 40 years earlier! We are grateful to all of you for your heartfelt collaboration in the ongoing work here!

Matrimandir seen from the garden of ‘Light', with the hibiscus Mother named ‘Light of the Purified Power'
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

My role in The Mother’s work in Orissa has reached a certain stage. I no longer have to go there as before

A letter of Prapatti In Mother’s Light - Nov-07.pdf

I have the faith that the work I was doing would still go on even though I am no longer in the fore front. In fact it would go on even better.

With regard to this, had there not been a clear directive from The Mother, the path that I was treading and the nature of my work would not have changed. At the moment, this is the directive and indication that is received. There are always different levels of working. My role in The Mother’s work in Orissa has reached a certain stage. I no longer have to go there as before. The work has to be organised from here as far as possible through letters.

Regarding this, Babaji Maharaj has also clearly given the same opinion and decision. "The Work has to be done remaining here. There is no longer much necessity of going out. The work out side can spontaneously get organised." I too believe very strongly that there should be no obstacle in the progress of the work any more. Therefore the responsibility has now increased to a great extent for all of you.

Receiving the inspiration from The Mother within the heart one has to go forward with the work. The Mother’s Presence is there subtly with us. It is absolutely necessary to become conscious of this.

In view of the stage at which work in Orissa has reached , my going there is no longer necessary. Within sometime the work will stand up firmly by itself. The work which was so dear to me for such a long period, now wants to take a new turn on its own. This does not mean that I am retiring from the work. Some may think that way but it is totally untrue.

Your well wisher
Prapatti.

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Training Camp for the teachers of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centers of Orissa

The Mother's Work In Orissa Events Calendar May, 2008 8:49 AM
Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle May 1, 2008
Sapanpur, Dalijoda, Cuttack
Prapatti's Memmorable Lecture Series May 1, 2008
Baragarh
Description: 2nd Day of Prapatti's Memmorable Lecture Series.
Foundation Day of S.A.I.E.C May 2, 2008
Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Pitha, Banki, cuttack
Youth Student Camp May 3 – 5 2008
Damanjodi, Koraput
Summer Refresher Training Camp May 3 – 23 2008
Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack-13
Description: The Summer Refresher Training Camp of the Teachers of Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centers" of Orissa will be organised during 3rd evening to 23th afternoon May 2008 By New Life Education Trust. more details» Add to Calendar
Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle May 3, 2008
Malisahi, Koraput
Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle May 4, 2008
Pl -1076/34, Jagamohan Nagar, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar
Spiritual Workshop May 4, 2008
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Integral Education, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar

How to propagate the Study Circle movement to each and every corner of Orissa

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The 38th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference and The Birth Centenary Celebration of Babaji Maharaj Sri Ramakrishna Das were held in the premises of Matrubhaban, Cuttack from 4th to 7th April 2008. Prof. Ashok Das of JIPMER, Pondicherry (a longtime associate of Sri Ramakrishna Das and Mother’s Work in Orissa) and Prof Biswanath Ray from Calcutta were guests of honour.. 3389 delegates participated in the scheduled programme held for four days.

4TH APRIL 2008 The Conference was inaugurated with the hoisting of The Mother's Flag at 5.30 pm by Sri Sriballabh Panigrahi, the President of NLET. The participants who had come from every corner of Orissa sang VandeMataram and took part in a March Past despite the moderate drizzling of rain at that time. An exhibition "Relics Centres In Orissa" as the theme was then inaugurated. It exhibited the beautiful displays of 65 Relics Centres of Orissa and some basic information about them. The Exhibition remained opened for all the four days. There was collective Meditation around the Samadhi daily from 6pm to 6.15pm. The Inaugural Session began with the Mother's Music at 6.30pm. recitation of the lines “O strong forerunner…” from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri by Dr.Shyama Kanungo; the welcome address was then delivered by Sri Nityananda Samantray, Trustee of Matrubhaban. Sri Gadadhar Mishra, Secretary, Matrubhaban Trust gave an introduction about the Conference, the guests, and the topics to be discussed during the Conference. The First Volume of The Collected Works of Sri Ramakrishna Das was inaugurated by Prof. Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu and the Souvenir for the conference, 2008 was inaugurated by Prof. Biswanath Ray. Dr. Malabika Ray was the first speaker of the evening. Her deliberation gave a deep insight on the subject " Sri Aurobindo- the Guide and the Announcer of a secure Future." Prof Biswanath Ray gave the first talk on the series '' Our Tribute to Babaji Maharaj" wherein he described the way of Babaji's life. Prof. Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo shared his intimate experiences with Babaji Maharaj. The session ended with a Cultural Programme by the students of Matrubhaban

5TH APRIL 2008 On the second day of the conference, the Morning Session was held from 8.30AM to 12 Noon. The first of the series of symposia was held on ‘Vital Transformation’, keeping confined to the subject as discussed in “Letters on Yoga” by Sri Aurobindo. The participants of the symposium were Sri Rabi Padhi, Sri Purna Chandra Mohapatra, Dr. Malabika Ray, Dr. Debidutta Kar, Sri Subash Ch Kar, Sri Pravakar Mishra. They elaborated on the particular portions assigned to them from the original volume. Each delivered well prepared presentations in their own unique styles and manner, which created a keen interest on the subject among the audience… In the Afternoon Session (from 2.30 to 4.30Pm), there was a discussion on the various activities for the observation of Babaji Maharaj's Birth Centenary. Sri Anadi Ch Swain and Sri C.H. Nirakar were present in the meeting as the Co-Ordinators… The Evening Session started with the recitation by Smt Bandita Ray. Dr. Ashok Das from Pondicherry, Dr. Archana Nayak, Prof. Chandrasekhar Rath were the speakers for the session. Dr. Ashok Das gave the second talk on "Our Tribute to Babaji Maharaj". He described many aspects of Babaji Maharaja's life and his unique method of organization. His talk was simple, but poignant, living ; it made an indelible impact on the audience. Dr. Archana Nayak and Prof Chandrasekhar Rath discussed on 'Aim of Integral Education – to know oneself and to control oneself’. In the Cultural programme, the students of Sri Aurobindo Kala Kendra presented many devotional songs.

6th APRIL, 2008 On the third day, in the Morning Session, the discussion on the chapter of Sri Aurobindo’s Letters on Yoga-‘Vital transformation continued. The participants were Sri Santosh Kumar Gahan, Suvendu Nayak, Sanjay Kumar Mohapatra, Sk. Abdul Kasam, Smt Kananklata Mohanty, Sri Prakash Chandra Panda, Dhanneswar Mohanty, and Dharanidhar Pal. Each deliberation was thorough, well planned and gave clarity on the subject to the listeners… In the Afternoon Session of the Organisation Meeting various aspects of different activities like the Sri Aurobindo University, July Tour and Dasakarmadhara were put up for discussion. The Convener of Sri Aurobindo University spoke on the purpose of the University and gave details about the Junior Learners. Similarly various suggestions were given for the July Tour and Dasakarmadhara . Information regarding the website matrubhaban.com was given to the audience. As the website is being updated the audience were asked to send relevant information for its various sections… The Evening Session started with a song rendering by Amzad Bhai. Sri C.H. Nirakar the first speaker elaborated on the subject "The Necessity and Certainty of a Glorious India." based in the Light of Mother and Sri Aurobindo. He placed his ideas in a novel manner that infiltrated into the hearts of the audience.Prof Biswanath Ray gave the third talk on "Our Tribute to Babaji Maharaj". He explained "How Babaji Maharaj is a unique continuation of Past, Present and Future."

7th APRIL 2008 On the last day in the Morning Session the last portion of ‘Vital Transformation’ was discussed. The speakers were Sri Bhagirathi Mohapatra, Prasant Kumar Swain, Ramesh Chandra Sahu, Radhakanta Mishra, Ramesh Chandra Nayak, Dr. Archana Nayak, and Sri Balakrushna Nayak. The concluding remarks were given by Prof Biswanath Ray. In the Afternoon Session the participants first discussed on "Relics Centres In Orissa". Anadi Bhai gave many suggestions on how to propagate the Study Circle movement to each and every corner of Orissa. He told the organizers not to limit themselves to one place only but to make themselves available in the untouched areas, so that the work could progress and more and more people could get the benefit of knowing The Mother and Sri Aurobindo and participate in Their work. The Closing Session began with the Mother's Music. Dr. Shyama Kanungo recited Sri Aurobindo’s poem "Surrender". Dr B.N. Mohapatra and Prof Biswanath Ray were the speakers in the last session. On the series of talk on "Our Tribute to Babaji Maharaj", Prof Ray gave the last talk on " The Presence of the Mother in his (Babaji's) life. Dr. B.N. Mohapatra spoke on "The Mother-Destination of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga". Sri Gadadhar Mishra gave the concluding remarks and Sri Prasad Tripathy delivered the vote of thanks to the participants

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

After Bepin Chandra Pal left the Bande Mataram Sri Aurobindo became its chief editorial writer

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Volume I of the SRI AUROBINDO BIRTH CENTENARY LIBRARY is a compilation of Sri Aurobindo's political writings and speeches of the period 1890 to May 1908. Concerned principally with India's freedom from British rule and the means of attaining it, they cover also the resurgence of Asiatic countries, the necessity of their emergence as representatives of spiritual culture, and other historical and contemporary events or issues.
Sri Aurobindo's preoccupation with India's freedom and renaissance began in his student days at Cambridge where he gave speeches at meetings of the Indian Majlis. Only a few incomplete notes on this subject are found in his manuscripts of 1890-1892.
Soon after his return to India in 1893, Sri Aurobindo contributed a series of unsigned articles to the Indu Prakash, a Marathi-English daily of Bombay, at the request of its editor, K. G. Deshpande, his Cambridge friend. The series called New Lamps for Old" was stopped after a time be- cause the editors were advised that, if the views expressed in their columns were continued, the Government would take action against the paper. The nine articles of this series written during the period 1893-1894 are reproduced here directly from the Indu Prakash. Haridas Mukherjee and Uma Mukherjee have included them in their book Sri Aurobindo's Political Thought (Calcutta 1958).
From 1894 to 1902 we do not find any political writings, published or unpublished.
From 1902 to 1906 Sri Aurobindo carried on his political work in secret. Some stray notes and unfinished articles found in his manuscripts of that period have been collected in this volume. Of the published writings of this period only Bhavani Mandir exists. This was recovered from the Government of West Bengal files and first printed in the Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual in 1956. 'No Compromise', an article which was privately printed and circulated, has not been traced so far.
Only after his return to Bengal in February 1906 could Sri Aurobindo do his political work openly, unhampered by conditions imposed by his Baroda service. In March the same year, under his guidance his brother Barindra Kumar and others started a Bengali weekly, Yugantar. Sri Aurobindo wrote a few articles in the earlier issues of this journal and kept a general control over its conduct and policy. It openly preached revolutionary ideals of political freedom and action. We have, however, not been able to find a single copy of this journal.
On August 7, 1906 the Bande Mataram was started by Bepin Chandra Pal with Sri Aurobindo's assistance. It was in this journal that Sri Aurobindo gave full expression to his ideas on Independence as India's political goal and discussed the methods of its realisation. Of this journal no complete file is available at present. Only one file is known to be extant, that with the Prabartak Sangha of Chandernagore, and this is incomplete. The file, however, of the Bande Mataram Weekly, which began later in June 1907, is available in its entirety. As most of the important editorials, articles and comments published in the Bande Mataram Daily were reproduced in this Weekly, the period from June 1907 to September 1908 is well represented. The gaps in the file are most notable in August, November and December 1906 and January 1907. A series of articles on the Calcutta Congress of December 1906, referred to in The Doctrine of Passive Resistance, is missing.
After Bepin Chandra Pal left the Bande Mataram sometime towards the end of 1906 Sri Aurobindo became its chief editorial writer. The paper had no declared editor. (Sri Aurobindo's name was given in one issue without his knowledge but was withdrawn on his protesting against it.) Sri Aurobindo was the guiding spirit,¹ but there were other contributors of marked literary ability: Shyam Sunder Chakravarty, Bijoy Krishna Chatterjee and Hemendra Prasad Ghosh, and it would have been very difficult to attribute specific. Bande Mataram editorials to Sri Aurobindo with reasonable certainty were it not that a certain number of them, admittedly small, had been identified by Sri Aurobindo himself. References and allusions in his notes² and letters have also been made use of in identifying his writings. A few of the articles selected for inclusion in this volume on the basis of style have been confirmed by notes made by Hemendra Prasad Ghosh in his diary.
The Bande Mataram editorials and leading articles were occasionally reproduced in other papers of the time, e.g. in the Maratha of Poona, and were also translated into several Indian languages. A journal in Marathi, Vande Mataram, published by Hari Raghunath Bhagavat from the Vande Mataram Press Poona drew much of its material from its English namesake. The Vande Mataram Press also published in 1909 selections from Bande Mataram in three parts. The Swaraj Publishing House, Benares brought out in 1922 a selection from the Bande Mataram. Haridas Mukherjee and Uma Mukherjee included some articles in their book Bande Mataram and Indian Nationalism (1957). They have also made a comprehensive study and identified over a hundred articles of Sri Aurobindo in their two books, Sri Aurobindo's Political Thought (1958) and Sri Aurobindo and the New Thought in Indian Politics (1964). But in these books some articles are wrongly attributed to Sri Aurobindo. That they are not by him is revealed by a file of some Bande Mataram articles read out to Sri Aurobindo for identification. Similarly On Nationalism (1965), published by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, also contains two articles that are not his.
For the purposes of this volume, all available issues of the Bande Mataram were collected in microfilm and photostat copies and their editorial contents studied.
However, even after all the clues and circumstantial evidence have been taken into account, the authorship of some of the writings included here may still be questioned. On the other hand, it may be argued that a few of the articles left out are by Sri Aurobindo. We hope future scholarship will give us a more complete collection made on a surer and ampler basis.
Sri Aurobindo's speeches were brought together in book-form in 1922 by the Prabartak Sangha of Chandernagore. They were reprinted in 1948 by the Arya Publishing House, Calcutta and issued again by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1952 and 1969. The speeches of 1907-1908 and 1909-1910 are arranged chronologically in Volumes 1 and 2.

¹R. C. Majumdar in his book History of the Freedom Movement in India has quoted the following passage from J. L. Banerji's tribute to Sri Aurobindo.
"Whoever the actual contributor to the Bande Mataram might be—the soul, the genius of the paper was Arabinda. The pen might be that of Shyam Sundar or who- ever else...but the voice was the voice of Arabinda Ghose...."
²See Centenary Volume No. 26, page 28: "Shyam Sunder (Chakravarty) caught up something like Sri Aurobindo's way of writing and later on many took his articles for Sri Aurobindo's."

Sunday, April 13, 2008

In poetry AK, Ramanujan, Jayanta Mahapatra, Sri Aurobindo and R. Parthasarathy exemplify the four styles

Sri Aurobindo: A Centenary Tribute - Page 109 by Aurobindo Ghose, K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar - 1974 - 346 pages
Prapatti, Dr. SK Acharya, Nimai Mohapatra and Mohapatra N. Sahoo are writing ... All the works of Sri Aurobindo are being translated in commemoration of his ...

Atimānaba: sambhābanā o pratiśruti, Nitse o ŚrīArabinda by Arccanā Nāẏaka, Mohapatra Nilamoni Sahoo - Philosophy, Comparative - 2005 - 223 pages
... Comparative work on philosophy of Indian spiritual leader, Aurobindo Ghose, 1872-1950 and Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900, western philosopher.

Barefoot Into Reality - Page 73 by Sitakant Mahapatra - Indic literature - 1978 - 104 pages Tradition and the Modern Artist - Page 19 - Arts, Indic - 1987 - 86 pages
Literature and Belief: Between Aurobindo and Henry Miller Our time realises that Art is one of the fundamental defence against our fate. ...

You May Not Agree - Page 84 by Nabakishore Mohapatra - India - 1977 - 91 pages
... whom we have seen in our very eyes, talked and lived with, was worshipped at places as a god during his own life time. Man Ramkrishna, man Aurobindo, ...

Contemporary Indian Poetry in English: With Special Emphasis on Nissim ... - Page 242 by Lakshmi Raghunandan - Indic poetry (English) - 1990
Sri Aurobindo explains the symbolic value of blue in his book Letters on Yoga, ... Sir Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga pp.952 and 957 12. Dimensions, p.28. 13. ...

A Shaping of Connections: Commonwealth Literature Studies, Then and Now ... by Hena Maes-Jelinek, Kirsten Holst Petersen, Anna Rutherford - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 264 pages Page 61
They include Tagore and Aurobindo in the pre-Independence generation, and Kolatkar, Mahapatra, Ramanujan and Ezekiel in the post-Independence generation of ...

The Indian Journal of English Studies: The Official Organ of the Indian ... - Page 139 by Indian Association for English Studies - English literature History and criticism Periodicals - 1977
Toru Dutt deals with the legend in the first of the Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, while Sri Aurobindo develops the theme in his own way, ...

Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English by Geoffrey V. Davis, Hena Maes-Jelinek - Commonwealth literature (English) - 1990 Page 351
In poetry AK, Ramanujan, Jayanta Mahapatra, Sri Aurobindo and R. Parthasarathy exemplify the four styles, respectively. Following this line of argument, ...

The Quest for Music Divine - Page xiii by Suresh Chandra Dey - 1990 - 307 pages
Aurobindo Centre, New Delhi ... Dr. SK Mohapatra, IAS, Sri SK Ghosh, IPS (Retd.) and many other music- lovers of ORISSA like Sri Ashish Kumar Ray, ...

Absent Authority, Issues in Contemporary Indian English Criticism - Page 189 by John Oliver Perry - Indic poetry (English) - 1992
Certainly, mysterious and intense, perhaps "Sublime," sentiment marks and is widely admired in the work of Jayanta Mahapatra, while that of Aurobindo Ghose ...

The History and Historiography of Commonwealth Literature - Page 87 by Dieter Riemenschneider - Australian literature - 1983
The post-Aurobindo period in Indian poetry in English is certainly a problematic one. Whereas after the British left India the standard of English has ...

C. R. Das and His Times - Page 64 by Pranab Chandra Roy Choudhury - India - 1979 - 187 pages
Chitta- ranjan continued his contact with Aurobindo. Letters used to pass between them although Sri Aurobindo had moved into another world altogether. ...

Indian English Writing, 1981-1985: Experiments with Expression - Page 2 by R. K. Singh - English language - 1987 - 95 pages
One of the effects of the physical conquest of India by Britain, and of the two countries' mutual pressure, as Sri Aurobindo pointed out long ago, ...

Sri Aurobindo, the Poet - Page 82 by Radhey L. Varshney, Shashi Prabha - Indic poetry (English) - 1991 - 144 pages
See KD Sethna, Tlie Poetic Genius of Sri Aurobindo (Bombay: Sri Aurobindo Circle, 1947), pp 2-3. 4. See Freedom Transcendence and Identity Ed. Pradip Kumar ...

Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature by Amaresh Datta, Mohan Lal - Indic literature - 1994
Page 3689
A number of plays were written at the beginning of the century or earlier, but Sri Aurobindo shows himself in all his plays the same romantic, mystical and ...

World Union - Page 40 by World Union (Organization) - Internationalism - 1968
The students of the Vidyalaya organised a musical drama composed by Dr. B. Bhattacharya on "Future of India" as visioned by Sri Aurobindo. ...

Indian Literature in English - Page 3 by K. Ayyappapanicker - Indic literature (English) - 1989 - 135 pages
Tom Dutt deals with the legend in the first of the Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan, while Sri Aurobindo develops the theme in his own way, ...

Proceedings of the Fourth Conference of All Orissa Philosophy Association - Page 75 by Ganeswar Misra, Krushna Prasad Mishra, Bijayananda Kar - Philosophy, Indic - 1973 - 88 pages
Meeting of East and West in Sri Aurobindo' s philosophy. 3. ... From Life Divine where Sri Aurobindo explains his theory of evolution by the principle of ...

Eng History of Kannada Lit. - Page 780 by various
The poems show traces of influence of the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. ... Shows influence of the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. ...

Gathered Grace: An Anthology of Indian Verse in English - Page vii by K. R. Ramachandran Nair - Literary Criticism - 1991
Sri Aurobindo for 'The Tiger and the Deer' , "The Blue Bird' and 'A Dream of Surreal Science' from the Collected Poems of Sri Aurobindo to Sri Aurobindo ...

Bulletin of sri aurobindo international centre of education - Page 107
On 17.2.73, Bob Lawlor of Auroville gave a talk on the Work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in the USA Arindam Basu, Himangshu Niyogi and ...

A Common Poetic for Indian Literatures - Page 116 by C. D. Narasimhaiah, C. N. Srinath - Poetics - 1984 - 170 pages
Yet I am not suggesting here a mechanical revival of Aurobindo. ... Sri Aurobindo, ' The Sources of Poetry ', The Harmony of Virtue, Birth Centenary Library ...

Tamil Nadu-Bengal Cultural Relations by Raṅkanāyaki Mahāpātrā, K. Subbiah Pillai - Tamil literature - 1987 - 327 pages
Aurobindo, the two great poets, patriots and philosophers of India. ... Aurobindo had with Tamil language and literature, an area not much publicized. ...
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Bhima Bhoi by Sitakant Mahapatra - 1983 - 78 pages Page 80
... Shah Latif Sri Aurobindo ...

Directory of Indian Women Today, 1976 by Ajīta Kaura, Arpana Cour - Women - 1976 - 659 pages Page 505
... Berhampur; Member, Aurobindo Society. Short story writer; won continuous prizes from All Orissa Literary Meet for short stories and poems in Oriya. ...

A Common Poetic for Indian Literatures - Page 113 by C. D. Narasimhaiah, C. N. Srinath - Poetics - 1984 - 170 pages
Sri Aurobindo would have this to say about Ramanujan : Poetry written from the reasoning intellect is apt to be full of ingenious conceits, logic, ...

Index India by Rajasthan University Library Page 272
Aurobindo ... Humour in the plays of Sri Aurobindo : 1. Maid in the mill. ...

Indian English Literature: Some Forays - Page 64 by G. S. Balarama Gupta - Indic literature (English) - 2003 - 166 pages
... Sri Aurobindo, Harindranath Chattopadhyaya, TP Kailasam. But it looks as though we are not aware of the need for criticism on our Also appeared in ...

Small Press Record of Books in Print by Fulton, Len - Small press books Catalogs - 1975
Page 843
Roben A., Six Pillars: An Introduction to the Major Works of Sri Aurobindo McGehee, Ralph. Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years in the CIA Mackie, James, ...

Handbook of Twentieth-Century Literatures of India - Page 91 by Nalini Natarajan, Emmanuel Sampath Nelson - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 440 pages
In this period, Indian poetry in English attempted to break away from the sentimentality commonly associated with Tagore, Aurobindo, and Naidu. ...

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Whether the Auroville Foundation is an autonomous body or a department of the Government of India

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March 2008
The March 2008 issue of Auroville Today is dedicated to Auroville's 40th anniversary celebrations. We present photos of the bonfire celebration and the Unity Kolam ceremony; snapshots of a birthday seminar; an impression of the dance performance "Savitri: Flame of the Future"; the arrival of Sri Aurobindo's statue at Savitri Bhavan; an exhibition on The Mother and Auroville; the 3-day psychology conference at SAWCHU; and give an insight in The Auroville Look
Two articles deal with aspects of the governance of Auroville. One answers the question whether the Auroville Foundation is an autonomous body or a department of the Government of India; the second presents the views of the members of the International Advisory Council who met in Auroville on February 26th-27th.
In the section profiles we portray Manohar, who talks about his life in Auroville, and Anamika who crafts smoke-fired pots.
Lastly there is the sports page with an interview with the organizers of the national mountain bike race and the Auroville marathon.
Here follow a few of the articles. We wish you happy reading. 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.
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February 2008
This month, Auroville is forty years old. This birthday coincides with the completion of the Matrimandir, which has been under construction for almost as long.
To celebrate this double event, Auroville Today – which will itself mark twenty years of publication this year – is publishing for the first time an issue in colour so that we can show both the soaring lines and the beauty in detail of the Matrimandir. It is our tribute to the thousands who, through the years, have either worked on or supported from afar this unique project for humanity.
“The Matrimandir,” wrote The Mother, “will be the soul of Auroville. The sooner the soul is there, the better it will be for everybody and especially for the Aurovilians.”
This issue also pays tribute to Roger Anger, whom The Mother had appointed as the Chief Architect of Auroville. He passed away on 15th January at the age of 84.
Other articles in this issue deal with the question if Auroville is an emerging spiritual township; Consecration as a way of life – a report of a ten day workshop at Vérité on how to consecrate our daily lives to ‘remembering and offering'; Talking with the body – an interview with Goupi who has been offering massages in Auroville for thirty years; and about the nascent University of Human Unity. The issue concludes with an article on the almost lost Japanese ‘Art of Kirikane', by master craftswoman, Sayoko Eri.If you want to read more and keep this special tribute to the completion of the Matrimandir's, please order the special February 2008 issue.
January 2008
As we approach the 40th anniversary of Auroville's inauguration, Aurovilians differ over how to mark it. Some welcome the planned influx of VVIPs, others feel it would be more appropriate to use the day to quietly celebrate Mother's great gift to the world and to acknowledge those who have devoted so much of their lives to this project.Whatever the response, it's clear that this is an opportunity for us to take stock: to look at where we have come from, to see what we have achieved and where we have stumbled, and to identify the main opportunities and challenges confronting us.We set the ball rolling by asking long-term Aurovilians to range over the history of the past forty years and to talk about what inspires them – and concerns them – today. We also provide a brief ‘shopping list' of some of Auroville's major achievements on the material and social level, not forgetting, of course, that the crucial changes we are asked to make are inner rather than outer.
Other articles are about the Deepanam school, Film culture in Auroville, volunteering, rising population,...

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Seminar on "Indian Culture in the Light of Sri Aurobindo"

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4 April 2008: Sri Aurobindo's Arrival at Puducherry
Sri Aurobindo in Puducherry
Sri Aurobindo came to Puducherry on 4 April 1910 to pursue a spiritual goal - the goal of supramental transformation - never before successfully attempted by anyone. While engaged in the freedom struggle in Bengal, Sri Aurobindo received an adesh (a Divine Command) to go to Pondicherry. In one of his letters to a disciple he wrote:
"Pondicherry is my place of retreat, my cave of tapasya, not of the ascetic kind, but of a brand of my own invention."
24 April 2008, Darshan Day: The Mother's Final Arrival at Puducherry
The Mother came to Puducherry for the first time in March 1914. She returned to France in 1915 and then went to Japan in 1916. She returned to Puducherry on 24 April 1920, never to leave again. On this significant date, the Mother once wrote to a disciple:
April 24: The anniversary of my return to Pondicherry, which was the tangible sign of the sure Victory over the adverse forces.
It was then that slowly the Ashram grew and took shape around Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The 24 April is also celebrated in the Ashram as one of the four Darshan days. On that day, Sri Aurobindo's room will be kept open for Darshan to the visitors.
Recent Events
29 March 2008 - The Mother's First Arrival at Puducherry
The Mother met Sri Aurobindo for the first time on 29 March 1914, and later joined him as his collaborator in the great work of ushering in a new world of higher harmony and joy. There was a collective meditation at the Ashram playground in the evening.
Beach Office Sanskrit Dept. Activities
On 4 Feb. 2008 Dr. Sampadananda Mishra visited Burdwan in West Bengal to participate and deliver a talk in a three-day (4 - 6 Feb.'08) National Seminar on Philosophy of Language and Logic organised by the Philosophy department of the University of Burdwan. The topic on which Dr. Mishra spoke was: "Creation by Word - A Deeper Insight into Understanding Shabdabrahman". About three hundred participants were present in the seminar. Apart from Dr. Mishra there were twelve other speakers to speak on different topics related to the theme of the Seminar. Dr. Mishra's paper was appreciated as the most comprehensive paper on the subject chosen.
On 5 Feb.'08 Dr. Mishra delivered another talk on "Sri Aurobindo and Vedic Riks" at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Burdwan. About thirty people were present during the talk.
On 11 Feb. '08 Dr. Mishra visited Hyderabad to participate in another three-day (11 to 13 Feb. '08) National Seminar on Sanskrit in the Modern Context. The seminar was organised by the Department of Sanskrit and the School of Humanities of Hyderabad Central University. Dr. Mishra was the first person to present his paper in the seminar. In his presentation he highlighted the central points of a massive project on Sanskrit and Speech Language Pathology undertaken by him. The paper was highly appreciated by the Chairperson and other scholars.
Kishor Kumar Tripathy, Research Assistant (Sanskrit) visited Thiruvannamalai to attend a national seminar on 'Jeevanmuktas of Bhaaratam'. The seminar was jointly organized by Yogi Ramsurtakumar Research Foundation for Indian Culture, Thiruvannamalai and Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarasvati Visva Mahavidyalaya, Kanchipuram. Scholars from the various parts of the country participated in the seminar. Mr. Tripathy presented a paper entitled "Jeevanmuktasya Kaa Bhaashaa" in which he highlighted the characteristic features of Jeevanmuktas according to many scriptures. The paper also included Sri Aurobindo's views on Jeevanmuktas.
Some Special Days in April 200814 April - Sri Rama Navami
Sri Rama
Eight days after Ugadi (which is on 6 April of this year), is the birthday of Sri Rama, one of the two most popular and highly revered incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Sri Rama is said to have been born at noon on this day.
Many devotees of Sri Rama observe the Rama-navami vrata which commences from the previous night with fasting. The occasion is also celebrated with many religio-cultural programmes like Paaraayana or ceremonial recitation of the epic Ramayana (usually spread over the nine days from Ugadi), Hari-kathaa (discourse on mythological stories on Hari, an epithet of Vishnu, accompanied with music), classical music or devotional songs etc.
Here is Sri Aurobindo's revealing words on Sri Rama and his role on earth:
Rama… was the Avatar of the sattwic mind-mental, emotional, moral-and he followed the Dharma of the age and race.
[Rama's] business was to destroy Ravana and to establish the Rama-rajya-in other words, to fix for the future the possibility of an order proper to the sattwic civilised human being who governs his life by the reason, the finer emotions, morality, or at least moral ideals, such as truth, obedience, co-operation and harmony, the sense of domestic and public order,-to establish this in a world still occupied by anarchic forces, the Animal mind and the powers of the vital Ego making its own satisfaction the rule of life, in other words, the Vanara and Rakshasa. This is the meaning of Rama and his life-work…
…it was Rama's business to make the world safe for the ideal of the sattwic human being by destroying the sovereignty of Ravana, the Rakshasa menace. All this he did with such a divine afflatus in his personality and action that his figure has been stamped for more than two millenniums on the mind of Indian culture, and what he stood for has dominated the reason and idealising mind of man in all countries, and in spite of the constant revolt of the human vital, is likely to continue to do so until a greater ideal arises.
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Nairobi
Nairobi Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society presented forty sets of booklets in twelve different titles to Securex Ltd., on 11 January 2008 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Riverside Drive. The marketing manager of Securex Ltd. received the booklets on behalf of the company.
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Noida (U.P.) - March 2008 Programmes
Discourses 29 February 2008: On the occasion of Golden Day - Descent of the Supermind, Special Collective Meditation was held from 7 to 7:30 pm. About 35 devotees and their families took part in the above.
Shri P.M. Saxena, Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Yog Mandir Nyas, Lucknow speaking on the topic "Human Mind", organised by Noida Branch on Saturday, 8th March, 2008 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. Also on the dais are Shri O.P. Dani, Chairman, Noida Branch and Shri V.P. Goyal.
A view of the audience
8 March 2008: A talk on 'Human Mind' by Shri P. M. Saxena, Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Yog Mandir Nyas, Lucknow (also, former Dy. Commissioner - Trade Tax), in the context of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother was organized at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan on Saturday the 8th March 2008 from 6 to 7:00 pm. About 30 devotees and their families participated in the programme. Daily Reading of Savitri at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan: 'Savitri' is being read daily at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan from 5.00 to 5:30 pm.
Education at Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan 21 March 2008: Children of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan enthusiastically celebrated Holi Festival. Children were told about Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and all of them paid tributes at the Holy Shrine.
6, 13 and 27 March 2008: As in previous months, in March 2008 (6, 13, & 27) Shri Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), Col. M.K. Nigam and Dr. Keshav Rattan came to Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and interacted for two hours with the children of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan. Poems, stories, some good manners and the need for discipline were explained to the children.
Health Third Accupressure Therapy Training Camp & Treatment by Acupressure Therapy: From 10 - 14 March '08, third Acupressure Therapy Training Programme was organized at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. The Acupressure Training was imparted by Mrs. Sudha Kesharwani, Acupressure Therapist, in association with 'Acupressure Shodh, Prashikshan Evam Upachar Sansthan, Allahabad'. Fifteen participants benefited by the Programme.
Besides 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 is also using the relevant quotations of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the persons coming for acupressure treatment are evincing keen interest in them.
Free Eye Check-up/Consultation on every Sunday at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan: Free Eye Check-up/ Consultation is being organized, on every Sunday, for two hours from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm by Dr. P.S. Chauhan, Eye Specialist and Project Director, National Blindness Control Programme, Govt. of India, at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. In the month of March '08, seventeen individuals got benefited by the above. Development of Women: Agarbatties, Candle, Chalk and Toys Making Classes: Agarbatties, Candle, Chalk and Toys Making Classes at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan are going on well and about 20 girls are learning these activities. Sewing & Tailoring Classes: Sewing & Tailoring Classes are being conducted daily from Monday to Friday at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan by Smt Jaya Nigam and about twenty ladies/girls are learning the same. As regards awarding Recognized Certificates to the Trainees of Sewing & Embroidery Classes and the requirements to be fulfilled towards that for recognition, the Department of Adult Education, Ministry of HRD, is being contacted.
Other Activities: Cleaning our Branch twice in a year: As per the practice followed at Singapore Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch has decided cleaning of branch twice in a year. First such exercise was done by the Managing Committee Members on Sunday the 10th of March 2008 from 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Regular 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 held regularly.
"Exploration" Workshops by SAFIER Unit, Mumbai - Feb. 2008
Children hugging the mother earth in Dhara Alinganam Kriya
Namaskaar asan the first pose of Surya Namaskar
SAFIER unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, Mumbai, conducted a workshop on the theme of 'Exploration' with a group of adolescents in the age-group of 13-20 years, belonging to a Mumbai based group called Magic Touch (affiliated to the Srimad Rajchandra Institute), at their premises. About 10 to 16 adolescents participated in four sessions of 2 hours each, spread over four Saturdays in the month of February 2008 in the evenings from 5 to 7 pm. The sessions included: • An exploration of the different parts of our being, particularly those that are less explored, and parts that are veiled by the thinking mind. These were plumbed through techniques of breath awareness, yogasanas and group discussions. • Tuning into the goodwill (Maitri) that is inherent in us, based on the oneness we share in our secret Selves, with all life forms. • An understanding of the pancha-mahaa-bhutas, the five elements: Sky, Air, Fire, Water and Earth as essences in our consciousness that can be called upon. • Sense awareness exercises to train our senses into refined instruments of perception. • Aura sealing techniques that help us to transcend the environmental influence.
Some of the interesting feed backs received was as follows.
• "I really felt like a better person every time I finished the 2 hour of yoga it made me feel so great." Dhriti Zhaveri, 8th std. • "What I liked was that this workshop taught me about MYSELF. I have been to many workshops that taught about other things but not about myself." Eshita Mehta, 11th std. • "My concentration levels have increased a little & many times I did not have self confidence which increased drastically." Ruhil Doshi, 10th std.
Lucknow (U.P.)
Lucknow Centre organised a Seminar on 9 December 2007 on "Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Education". Dr. Meeta Bisen conducted the Seminar. Prof. Ram Janam Singh, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Kashi Vidya Peeth, Varanasi, was the Chief Guest. In his speech he made a comparative analysis on Education between the thoughts of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda. The other speakers were Dr. Nepal Bahadur Singh, Senior Scientist from C.D.R.I., Lucknow; Dr. Deviki Tewari, Ex Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Lucknow; Dr. Subodh Kumar, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Lucknow; and Shri P.M. Saxena. The function was well attended.
On the occasion of The Mother's birth anniversary, the Bar Association of the Lucknow Bench of the High Court in collaboration with Sri Aurobindo Society, Lucknow branch, organized a meeting on 21 February 2008 in which five High Court Judges and a large number of advocates participated. The main speaker was Shri J.P. Tiwari who spoke on the life of The Mother and the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. Hon'ble Justice D.P. Singh advised the audience to visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, to feel the divine presence that pervades there.
On 1 January 2008 the members visited the old age homes in their area to wish Happy New Year to the residents. Gift packets containing New Year calendars, biscuits, fruits, sweets and booklets brought out by Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, were distributed to the residents.
Paigmberpur (U.P.)
The Paigmberpur Centre organized a three-day workshop for the farmers of Paigmberpur at Haridwar from 24 to 26 February 2008. 13 farmers attended the workshop. Shri Pawan from Patiala branch of the Society, Ms. Anjana Sarkar from Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Shri Sunil Kumar from Maple Org. Tech. were the facilitators. The main programmes of the workshop were Yoga and Pranayama in the early morning, two sessions of talks and a visit to Yoga Mandir, Sri Aurobindo Centre and Manasa Devi temple. The contents of the workshop were 'Introduction to the Life and Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother', Hatha Yoga sessions, 'Integration of village life with spiritual life', 'Role of ego - Helper and Bar' and a short session on the benefits of organic farming.
Delhi Branch - Golden Day Anniversary Celebrations
On the occasion of the Golden Day - Anniversary of the Supramental Manifestation upon Earth - 29 February 2008, Delhi branch of Sri Aurobindo Society held a collective meditation in the evening along with music specially composed for this day. This was followed by "Divine Harmony" (Indian Classical dance - an offering) by students of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication. It was well attended by students, parents and sadhaks.
Shri Ranjit Puri, Chairman of the Centre, briefed the audience about the importance of the Golden Day. Ms. Daljeet Wadhwa, along with faculty members Mr. Menon and Mr. Shankhajeet, made the concluding remarks and thanked the parents and members for encouraging the budding artists. Diyas were lit at the Shrine.
Jabalpur Centre (M.P.) - International Women's Day celebrations
Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, Jabalpur, celebrated International Women's Day by organising a Seminar on "Women Force: Woman in the New Age" on 8 March 2008.
Shri K. Pawan from Patiala Branch was the chief guest. Dr. Suman Kochar from Indore Centre presided over the function and spoke on the capacities of women as described in Savitri.
Dr. Archana Modi, Chairperson, Mahoba Centre, called upon the women to discover their soul-strength and psychic-strength. Shri Manoj Sharma, Vice Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Bhopal, gave an introductory speech. Welcome address was given by Smt. Kalpana Arjaria, and Thanks Giving by Smt. Bhavana Gautam. The programme was compered by Kumari Anahita.
Sultanpur Branch (U.P.) - Seminar on Indian Culture
The Sultanpur branch of the Society organized a seminar on the Society's premises on 21 Feb. 2008. The subject of the Seminar was "Indian Culture". The Chief Guest was Swami Chaitanyananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Allahabad, U.P. More than 100 people attended the function.
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
On the occasion of The Mother's birth anniversary the Bhopal branch organised an Eye Camp on 21 February 2008 in collaboration with the Sri Aurobindo Homeo Centre, Bhopal. Dr. Ravindra Prasad, a renowned eye specialist and his team did the eye testing. Medicines were distributed free of cost. Dr. D.N. Joshi, Secretary of the Bhopal branch, explained the different exercises suggested by the School for Perfect Eye Sight, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry. Dr. Prasad gave the general information about eye care. In the morning meditation, prayers and message reading were held at the Relics Centre.
The branch also organised talks on "Nayi Chetna (New Conciousness)" on the occasion of the anniversary of the Supramental day on 29 Feb. 2008. The Programme began with rendering of Vandematram. English translation done by Sri Aurobindo was read out by Smt Nalini Patel, Principal of Sri Aurobindo School, Bhopal. Shri K.D. Mishra, member Sahkari Commission and Shri D.P. Sharma Ex-V.C. of Tirupathi University spoke on the occasion. Shri Satish Chitwar read a few poems of Sri Aurobindo. Dr D.N. Joshi explained the different aspects of "Poorna Yoga". Shri Manoj Sharma spoke about "Atimansik Chetna".
Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust (SACT), Bangalore
21 Feb. 2008: The observation of Mother's birth anniversary began with morning meditation and concluded with a talk on "The Mother " by Shri Chandramani. The day also saw the release of two small booklets in Kannada, briefly touching upon the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. These booklets are mainly meant to be distributed in the rural areas and are priced at Rupees Two per copy.
28 Feb. 2008: This day was observed as "Auroville Foundation Day" and all Auroville related photographs and information were displayed in the Cultural hall as exhibits. A documentary film on Auroville was also screened twice so as to benefit teachers, students, devotees and visitors.
29 Feb. 2008: "The Golden Day" was observed with morning meditation and it concluded with a talk on "The Supramental Manifestation" by Sri K.S. Anantha Ramayya. Two compilations, one in Kannada and one in English, on the significance of "The Supramental Manifestation" were also released by the Chief Guest.
Gulbarga (Karnataka)
Meerambika School for New Age, Gulbarga, celebrated the annual day at Sri Aurobindo Society Dhyan Mandir, Om Nagar, Gulbarga. On this day the students of various classes performed drama, fancy dress and questions & answers.
From 3 February 2008 onwards, nearly 60 persons participated in Yogasana session by Shri G.K. Joshi for ten days.
On 21 February 2008 the Gulbarga branch celebrated the Mother's birth anniversary at Om Nagar. Shri Ghantoji delivered a talk on the Mother, followed by others. On the same day, there was a programme at Ghantoji Nivas where the Centre was originally started in 1956 with the blessings of the Mother.
Ballia (U.P.)
The Ballia Centre celebrated the birth anniversary of the Mother on 21 February 2008 with devotion, in the newly constructed meditation hall. Besides collective meditation, devotees spoke on the Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and how it is different from the traditional Yogas. The proceedings of the celebrations were conducted by the Chairman of the Centre, Shri Sriram Tiwari.
The Ballia Centre also celebrated the Supramental Manifestation Day (The Golden Day) on 29 February 2008. The celebrations started with meditation on the Mother's music and chanting of 'Om'. The significance of the day was explained by Shri Satya Prakash Srivastava.
Annanagar Centre, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Society's Annanagar Centre in Chennai conducted the following programmes during the month of February 2008:
03.02.2008 Shri V. Purushothaman spoke on 'Ishaa Vaasya Upanishad' in the light of Sri Aurobindo 10.02.2008 Shri K.R. Neelakandan spoke on 'Bhagavad Gita' in the light of Sri Aurobindo 17.02.2008 Devotional songs on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Mrs. Santa N.V. Balu 21.02.2008 The Mother's birth anniversary was celebrated with collective meditation and prayer at 06:30 am and at 06:30 pm. An audio show "Shri Mathru Nama Sahasram" was conducted. Over 600 devotees visited the Centre on this day. 24.02.2008 Dr. B. Muralidharan gave a talk and demonstration on "Pranayama" 29.02.2008 The Golden Day was celebrated with collective meditation and prayer at 06:30 am and at 06:30 pm. An audio show "The Mother speaks" was held. The Annanagar Centre gifted a complete set of Sri Aurobindo's works to the Cuddalore Centre of the Society on 19.02.2008.
Chennai Branch (Tamil Nadu)
The Chennai branch arranged the following talks during the month of February 2008:
Date Speaker Topic 01.02.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Five Phases of Love" 03.02.2008 Shri Venkat "Annaiyin Arema" (Champaklaljee). 02.2008 Smt. Andal "Sri Aurobindo on the Gita" 17.02.2008 Dr. Tirupur Krishnan "The Mother on Life Miracle" 24.02.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Prayer dated 15.02.1914"
The Mother's birth anniversary was celebrated on 21 February with collective meditation and Pushpanjali. Over a 1000 devotees visited the branch during the day.
Hesal, Ranchi (Jharkhand)
The Mother's birthday was celebrated by the Hesal branch on 21st February 2008. Besides talks on the Mother's life and Her Yoga, a musical programme by small children was also arranged. Shri Amitav Choudhury was the special invitee.
Pratapgarh (U.P.) - Seminar on "Indian Culture in the Light of Sri Aurobindo"
The Pratapgarh Centre arranged a seminar on 2 March 2008. The subject was "Indian Culture in the Light of Sri Aurobindo". The Chief Guest was Dr. J.P. Mishra. The main speaker was Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur branch of the Society. Some literature in Hindi was distributed to all the participants.
Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu)
Shri M.S. Sundararajan of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, delivers a talk every month at the Cuddalore Centre. The subject of his talks at present is "The Gita in Sri Aurobindo's Light". The talks are always well attended.

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