Thursday, October 13, 2011

Newsletter - Sri Aurobindo Society - October 2011

News from Branches and Centres

Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
28th August 2011: Seminar on ''Role of Women in changing time''

Sri Aurobindo Society centre Jabalpur organised a seminar on ''Women'' at Regional training centre Jabalpur.

Dr Ranjana Gupta presided over the function. Shri Manoj Sharma(Bhopal),Dr S.C.Sharma (Gwalior) and Dr Suman Kocher (Indore) were the guest speakers.They covered the Subject in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Programme began with Bhajans of Shri Jitendra Bajpai. Secretary of the centre Smt. Kalpna Arjaria welcomed the guests. Ms Ankita Shrivastava conducted the programme.


Audience at the Seminar ''Role of Women in changing time''

Hindi translation of the book ''Prenation Natal Education'' (Prasav Purva Shiksha) distributed to all participants.


Shri Vijay Poddar presiding over the State Committee meeting

In the afternoon State committee meeting of SAS Madhya Pradesh has taken place. Shri Vijay Poddar jee presided over the meeting.
Hanamkonda (Andhra Pradesh)
7th August 2011: Elocution and Essay writing competition on "India of My Dreams"

To celebrate Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary the Branch organized an Elocution and Essay writing completion among the school and college students at the premises of the Branch. The topic was "India of My Dreams". About 100 students participated from different schools and colleges.

On 15th August at 9.30 a.m. flag was hoisted and at 10 a.m. collective mediation was conducted. 35 people participated in the programme.

Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
15th August 2011: Seminar on 'Savitri'

The Sultanpur Branch celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary on 15th August with collective mediation in the hall of the Branch where Sri Aurobindo's Relics are installed.

In the evening the Branch organized a Seminar on 'Savitri' at Ram Raji Balika Inter College, Sultanpur. Dr. K.S. Verma, Director, K.N.I.T. was the Chief Guest. About 80 persons participated in the programme. The Branch also organized a questionnaire competition on "Sri Maa & Sri Aurobindo" at the college in two groups (Sr. Div & Jr. Div.)

Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
22nd August 2011: Shree Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations

On the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami, a talk on 'Shree Krishna' by Shri Viswa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) was organized in which about 15 devotees participated.

Gomti Nagar (Uttar Pradesh)
21st August 2011: Seminar on "Spirituality and Morality"

The Centre organized a Seminar at Vijayant Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow on "Spirituality and Morality". Chief Guest was Shri B.P. Singh, I.G., CBCID, Lucknow. About 100 persons participated in the programme. Booklets were distributed to the participants.

Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu)
15th August 2011: Cultural Programmes and Talks

The 139th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo was celebrated by Chengalpattu Branch. About 400 persons attended the function. Since this Branch is situated in a rural area, many enthusiasts from these areas attended the function. On this occasion cultural programmes were presented by the students. Kalaimani - Thiru Nagai Mugundan delivered talks on "The Life of Sri Aurobindo" and "Right Upbringing of Youth in the Present Days".

Bhagalpur (Bihar)
4th September 2011: Meeting of Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee

The meeting of Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee, Bihar was organized by Bhagalpur Centre. Dr. Durga Prasad Khaitan, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society Bihar State Committee chaired the meeting.

The Committee discussed as to how we could reach out to more and more people. 24 members from different Centres of Bihar in addition to the members from the local Centre attended the meeting.

Teliamura (Tripura)
15th August 2011: Centenary Celebrations, Talk on "Divinity of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother"

The Teliamura Centre celebrated the 139th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo on 15th August 2011, with the hoisting of the National flag and the Mother's flag.

In the evening the members of the Society and other devotees offered prayers to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother at the Society House. The chief guest, veteran educationist of Teliamura, Shri Kalisankar Ganguli delivered a speech on "Divinity of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother". The Chairman of the Society explained the importance of 15th August. The programme was attended by approximately 40 persons.

Hindi Zone Annual Conference at Varanasi
17th-18th September 2011: 11th Annual Conference of Hindi Zone


Annual conference of Hindi Zone

11th Annual conference of Hindi Zone was held at Banaras Hindu University campus Varanasi. The central theme of the conference was "Sri Aurobindo and Future of Humanity". The conference was well attended by members from all over the Hindi speaking states.

Dr B.D.Singh, Rector of B.H.U. inaugurated the conference. Shri Vijay Poddar, Chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society Hindi Zone presided over the function. Prof.P.N.Jha ,Director Management Institute, Prof. Kamal Sheel Dean and Dr Shashi Kant Dixit were the special guests. Dr J.P.Singh briefed about the subject.

The subjects discussed were "Future of Education and Futuristic Education", "Towards Integral Health" and ''Future of Society and Futuristic Society''. The Speakers were Shri A.P. Khare from Panna, Shri D.N. Dani from Udaipur, Dr. J.P. Singh from Sultanpur, Dr. Archana Modi from Mahoba, Shri K. Pawan from Patiala and Shri Manoj Sharma from Bhopal.


Cultural Programme in progress

Dr Suresh Chandra Tyagi concluded the conference. On 17th evening a cultural programme also was arranged. Participants visited Sarnath after the conference.

Sri Aurobindo Complex, Sri Aurobindo Marg, J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru
9th August 2011: "Ankur Fest" Inter-school Competition

Mirambika School for New Age (MSFNA) organized "Ankur Fest" interschool competitions. Programme was inaugurated by Dr.C.R.Chandrashekar, Prof. of Psychiatry and Deputy Medical Superintendent, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Science. Shri Ajit Sabnis, Chairman, presided over the function. Children from 20 schools of different age groups participated in the various competitions viz., Dance, Music, Painting and Calligraphy. Senior Students of High School Section compered the program.

On 15th August 2011, MSFNA & SACT jointly celebrated the 65th Independence day and 139th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Shri Ravi Shankar hoisted the National flag followed by invocation. Students sung patriotic songs and spoke on the significance of Sri Aurobindo's birth day in relation to Indian Independence day. Thereafter, meditation was held at Meditation hall from 10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Message card along with prasad were distributed.

28th August 2011: A talk on "An Overview of Savitri"

Talk was delivered by Shri A.S.Rajanikath, Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Complex trust. About 50 Devotees attended the function.

25th September 2011: A talk on "All Life is Yoga in the Light of Science"

Shri Rajiv Nadig delivered a talk along with powerpoint presentation. About 50 devotees attended.

International

Singapore

The centre regularly conducts programmes with the following themes-
a) Silent Reading
b) Morning walk and brunch
c) Meditation with Savitri
d) Readings from "Vignettes of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother" and "Om" Meditation
Nairobi (Kenya)

On 26th August 2011, Nairobi Centre presented 3000 booklets in ten titles to SOS children's Villages, Nairobi. The Village Director, Mr. Wabara received the booklets on behalf of the Villages. The booklets will be distributed in Mombasa centre of the Villages as well.
SAS Newsletter - Sri Aurobindo Society
www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in/oct11.htm

Friday, August 19, 2011

3 day Sadhna Shivir conducted by Dr. K.N. Verma from Mahsua (Madhya Pradesh)


August 2011 News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events Sri Aurobindo, in Pondicherry
139th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo: 15 August 2011
This 15th of August is a triply special day for all of us. It is Sri Aurobindo's birthday as well as the birthday of free India. In a message to India given on the eve of its Independence, Sri Aurobindo mentions about the coincidence of this day with his own birthday as:
"August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanction and seal of the Divine Force that guides my steps on the work with which I began life, the beginning of its full fruition."
We present here the full text of the Message given by Sri Aurobindo on the eve of India's Independence to All India Radio where he speaks of his five dreams.
Here is an extract from Sri Aurobindo, where he powerfully emphasises the course India must take in order to fulfil its role & mission:
"India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the Occident's success and failure, but still the ancient immemorable Shakti recovering her deepest self, lifting her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaning and a vaster form of her Dharma."
It is our happy privilege to work for a new India and a new world according to the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Programmes at the Society House
On 13 and 14 of August 2011, a series of talks will be organised by Sri Aurobindo Society at its Society House, Puducherry.
From 16 to 20 August 2011, Dr. Alok Pandey will conduct study sessions on one of the Works of Sri Aurobindo at the Society House, Puducherry. Sessions will be held from 5:00 to 6:45 pm. All are welcome.
Seminar on Integral Health
Sri Aurobindo International Institute Of Integral Health And Research (SAIIIHR):
 A seminar on Integral Health will be conducted by the SAIIIHR team on 14th August 2011, at Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. Some important issues that would be discussed include the vision of Integral Health, its heuristic potentials, and the application of its consciousness paradigm in practical areas like clinical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, dealing with the terminally ill and death. For further information please write to:
vandana@sriaurobindosociety.org.in
All are welcome to the above programmes.
Women's Council Seminar on Beauty – 21 to 23 Nov. 2011
In everything, everywhere, in all relations truth must be brought out in its all-embracing rhythm and every movement of life should be an expression of beauty and harmony. Skill is not art, talent is not art. Art is a living harmony and beauty that must be expressed in all the movements of existence. This manifestation of beauty and harmony is part of the Divine realisation upon earth, perhaps even its greatest part.
                                                                                                                                The Mother
This year, the Society's Women's Council is embarking on a beautiful adventure to find and manifest beauty in all the movements of our existence.
The 'Power of Beauty' is the subject chosen for our annual Seminar, to be held at the Society House (Beach Office), 11, Saint Martin Street, Puducherry, on 21, 22 and 23 November 2011.
All interested are welcome to participate in the Seminar. For details, write to:
              The Secretary
              Women's Council
              Sri Aurobindo Society
              11, Saint Martin Street
              Puducherry-605001.
              E-mail: sushila@aurosociety.org
For accomodation, contact the Society Accommodation Section.
               Email: accommodation@aurosociety.org
               Phones: (0413) 2336396/7.
These Seminars are aimed at introducing the Mother's and Sri Aurobindo's teachings which serve as a beacon-light in our day-to-day life and help us to go deeper within to know ourselves better and move forward.
Beauty, you are my way to the Divine.
                                                 The Mother
Recent Events
News from Puducherry
14th to 18th June 2011: Annual Youth Camp of Andhra Pradesh
4th Annual youth camp of Andhra Pradesh was held at Society House, Puducherry from 14th to 18th of June 2011. Thirty young participants studying Engineering, Pharmacy and other PG courses, belonging to various Centres and Branches of Andhra Pradesh, attended the camp. During these four days physical exercises, talks, interactive sessions, power point presentation on Art and activities of the Society, mind games, visit to the Ashram departments and visit to Auroville took place in the camp.
Inaugural session was started by Shri Pradeep Narang and Prof. Kittu Reddy.
July 2011: Talks by Prof. Saikat Sen, Safim, Puducherry
Prof. Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management (SAFIM), Puducherry, spoke to representatives of 8 corporates and 11 management colleges. There were 42 persons to hear Prof. Sen's talk on "The Relevance of Consciousness in Today's Business" on 15th July 2011, at Coimbatore.
Saikat Sen addressing the participants in Coimbatore
Prof. Saikat Sen, delivered the Key Note Address in the Valedictory Session of the 12th National Conference of Practicing Company Secretaries at Ootacamund, Tamilnadu on 16th July 2011. He elaborately discussed the role of human values in professional work. It was well received by the 250 professionals who participated in the conference.
Key Note Address at 12th National Conference of ICSI
Prof. Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management(SAFIM), Puducherry delivered the Key Note Address in the Valedictory Session of the 12th National Conference of Practicing Company Secretaries at Ootacamund, Tamilnadu on 16th July 2011. He elaborately discussed the role of human values in professional work. It was well received by the 250 professionals who were the participants of the conference.
The mid-week of July was winding up for the corporates and academicians in Coimbatore, but for 42 of them who gathered at Sri Aurobindo Society, Coimbatore centre in the evening on July 15, a new dawn opened up as Professor Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), introduced them to 'The Relevance of Consciousness in Today's Business'. The gathering consisted of officials from 8 corporate and 11 Management colleges. The response was good, and most of them were positive to have two-day workshops in future.
Faculty Development Programme at Auro University, Surat 
Two-day Workshop on "Management by Consciousness" for the Faculty Members of Auro University at Auro University Campus, Surat was conducted on 21st & 22nd July 2011 by Prof.Saikat Sen and Ms. Smita Gupta of Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management (SAFIM), Centre of Excellence in Management of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry.
Vice Chancellor, COO and Facilitators with participants
Youth Camps for Self Development (2010 - 11)
For more than 25 years Sri Aurobindo Society has been conducting regular youth camps called All India Youth Camp in Puducherry. From last year this youth camp is being carried out at state levels as well by its branches and centres. The main objectives of the Camps are to:
- inspire the youth to discover their aim in life and help them in realising it;
- awaken the youth to their great future and prepare them to play their true role in all aspects of life;
- make the youth conscious of the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of India and work for a united and awakened India.
Last year's camps both in Puducherry as well as at the state level were sponsored by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), New Delhi. A complete report of the youth camp in Puducherry and the youth camps held at the different centres and branches around the country are available here.
Some Special Days in August 2011
13th August 2011 - Raksha Bandhan
The festival of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated this year on 13th August. On this day, sisters tie an amulet, the Rakhi, around the right wrist of their brothers, praying for their long life and happiness. Raksha means protection, and Rakhi - a special ornamental bracelet - is a symbol of the chaste bond of love between the brother and the sister. In the northern parts of mediaeval India, women used to tie Rakhi round the wrists of men they could count upon, regarding them as brothers. The festival is an occasion to strengthen the bond between a brother and a sister.
Raksha Bandhan
Here is a luminous answer from the Mother when someone asked about human relationships:
Q: What is the best relationship between two human beings? Mother and son? Brother, friend or lover, etc?
All the relationships are good in principle and each one expresses a mode of the Eternal. But each can be perverted and become bad due to the selfish falsehood of human nature which prevents the vibrations of love from manifesting in their purity.
22 August 2011 - Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Sri Krishna, as a child
Janmashtami (also known as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami) is a festival dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna to commemorate his birth on this earth. This year it falls on 22th August, and on this day during midnight, the whole story of Sri Krishna's birth will be enacted by the devotees in their houses and many delicacies, prepared out of milk and curd, will be distributed as prasad (food made sacred by offering to God) to everyone.
In his letters to sadhaks, Sri Aurobindo mentions about Sri Krishna:
Krishna as a godhead is the Lord of Ananda, Love and Bhakti; as an incarnation, he manifests the union of wisdom (Jnana) and works and leads the earth-evolution through this towards union with the Divine by Ananda, Love and Bhakti.
The boy with the flute is Sri Krishna, the Lord descended into the world-play from the divine Ananda; his flute is the music of the call which seeks to transform the lower ignorant play of mortal life and bring into it and establish in its place the Lila of his divine Ananda. 
News from Branches and Centres
News from India
Bangalore (Karnataka)
25th to 27 March 2011: Workshop on Self Healing - "To Know Oneself" and "How to Remain Healthy"
First one was organized from 25th - 27th March 2011, and the second from 21st - 23rd May 2011. Mr. Sundararajan and Ms. R. Akhila from Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry conducted the workshops. It was explained that if harmony is maintained within one can remain healthy as revealed by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. 35 persons including 18 ladies attended the workshop.
Biaora (Madhya Pradesh)
A Programme on "Rural Development in the Light of Sri Aurobindo"
Sri Aurobindo Society Biaora Centre (Madhya Pradesh) organised a public programme on "Rural Development in the Light of Sri Aurobindo". More than 100 people from rural area attended the programme. Shri Desh Narayan Sharma (Bhopal) talked about the life of Sri Aurobindo. In his introductory speech Shri Manoj Sharma (Bhopal) explained the different thrust areas particularly the Integral Rural Development, taken up by Sri Aurobindo Society to spread the message of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He briefly informed the different activities of 'SARVAM' also.
The main speaker Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma explained the subject in detail. He said that an open and aspiring heart can do miracles even in the field of farming.
Dehri-On-Sone (Bihar)
30th June to 2nd July 2011: 3 day Sadhna Shivir
The Shivir was conducted by Dr. K.N. Verma from Mahsua (Madhya Pradesh). The topics covered in the shivir were "Secret of Divine Descent in Sri Aurobindo's Yoga", "Aim of Sri Aurobindo's Yoga", "Divine Ascent and Transformation" and "Divine Descent and Transformation". About 50 persons attended the shivir.
Jabalpur - Baldev Bag (Madhya Pradesh)
13th June 2011: Seminar on Pre-Natal Education

Baldev Bag, Jabalpur Centre of Sri Aurobindo Society organised a seminar on 13th June 2011. The topic of the seminar was ''Pre-Natal Education''. The venue was Victoria Hospital Campus. Smt. Jyoti Bala Mishra, Principal of Nursing training centre was the chief guest and Dr. Suman Kocher (Indore) the main speaker of the programme. Dr. Suman Kocher explained the importance of Pre-Natal Education to the present and future generations.
The programme was attended by approximately 125 persons. This seminar got a good coverage by the media.
Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
10th July 2011: Talk on 'Spirituality & Morality' by Dr. JP Singh

A talk on 'Spirituality & Morality' by Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee for Uttar Pradesh & Uttrakhand was organized from 10AM to 11AM followed by Question - Answer session. About forty devotees and their families took part in the programme.
Dr. J.P. Singh delivering his talk
A view of the participants of the Program "Spirituality & Morality"
Rajasthan Kalyan Parishad organized a programme of 'Children's Talent Award Ceremony' at which the booklets relating to Sri Aurobindo & The Mother were distributed.
Discussion on Gita: Lead by Shri Viswa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal(Retd.): 
Every Sunday from 11AM to 1PM, discussion on Bhagawad Gita took place at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. There were about 10 participants in the programme.
Programme of Yogasan & Pranayam (every Monday to Saturday):
Programme of Yogasan & Pranayam for one hour daily from Monday to Saturday - is being held at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. A total of about 10 - 12 participants are taking part in the programme.
Sewing & Tailoring Classes: 
Sewing & Tailoring classes are being conducted thrice a week at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan.
Free Eye Check-up/Consultation:
On every Sunday from 11.00AM to 1.00PM by Dr. P.S. Chauhan.
Free Acupressure Treatment:
Acupressure Treatment for two hours daily from Monday to Friday by Sh. Girish Prakash Shukla at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan is going on well.
Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
One day Workshop at Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd. (THDC) Rishikesh on 9th July 2011: 16 executives doing the certificate course in Management of Resettlement, Rehabilitation and CSR attended a workshop conducted by Ms. Smita Gupta, Senior Associate, Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management (SAFIM) under the aegis of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar. Topics covered included
1) The Power of Self-Awareness-Who am I?
2) How externalised or internalised am I? How can I lead a more conscious life?
3) The Concept of Integral Management and the Relevance of Consciousness in today's business.
Activity session in progress
Participants of workshop at Rishikesh
Surat (Gujarat)
21st to 22nd July 2011: Faculty Development Programme at Auro University

Two-day workshop on "Management by Consciousness" was conducted by Prof. Saikat Sen and Ms. Smita Gupta at the Auro University Campus, Surat on 21st & 22nd July 2011. The subjects covered were "Relevance of Consciousness in Today's Business", "The Concept of Integral Management", "Powers Within", "The Power of Understanding", and "The Power of Action".
Vellore (Tamil Nadu)
12th June 2011: Celebration of 7th Anniversary

The programme started with meditation followed by the inaugural speech by Mr. N.R.R. Radhakrishanan, Secretary, Sri Aurobindo Society, Coimbatore.
A CD of Golden Jubilee of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry was shown. More than 80 members attended. Magazines, books were distributed to devotees.
News from Centres and Branches - Abroad
Nairobi (Kenya)
The Secretary of the Centre was invited by the management of Oshwal Senior High School to address their teachers on 15th June 2011. The talk was based on The Ideal Child, The Ideal Parent, The Ideal Teacher and The Right Upbringing of Children and teachers acting as agents of change. Copies of these booklets were distributed to all present. The talk was well received.
In May 2011, booklets in ten different titles were presented to the Prison Headquarters by the Nairobi Centre. On 12th July 2011, the senior staff of the Welfare Committee of the Prison Headquarters revisited Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and three thousand more booklets were presented to them.
13th July 2011 - Eighth anniversary of Enshrinement of the sacred Relics of Sri Aurobindo at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Nairobi - this auspicious event was observed by the devotees at the Bhavan
Bangladesh
Sri Aurobindo Society, Bangladesh has acquired a property in Chittagong on a lease of 30 years from the Government of Bangladesh. This is the headquarters of the Society in Bangladesh. The address of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Bangladesh at Chittagong is given below:
Sri Aurobindo Society Bangladesh
Chittagong Centre
Maitry Bhavan, 370/A-378, Momin Road,
Chittagong
- 4000, Bangladesh.
E-mail: vivekananda.chy@gmail.com

Friday, August 05, 2011

Faculty members in group presented the theme in a theatrical way


Two-day Workshop on “Management by Consciousness” for the Faculty Members of Auro University at Auro University Campus, Surat was also conducted on 21st & 22nd July 2011 by Prof.SaikatSen and Ms. Smita Gupta of Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management (SAFIM), Centre of Excellence in Management of Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. 
In the day one, the meaning of Consciousness and the Relevance of Consciousness in Today’s Business, the concept of Integral Management have explained through audio-visual presentation, movie clippings and discussion. Video case was shown and all the participants analyzed the case and presented it in group. They interacted and share ideas and opinions with others. Present scenario of Management Education in India was discussed and analysed. Faculty members in group presented the theme in a theatrical way.
In the second day concept of a new education system based on Integral Education was discussed through audio-visual presentation. Resource persons discussed the usefulness of the module called “Powers Within” and given a brief introduction of the module. Various tools of Powers within were demonstrated and participants took part in each activity like questionnaires, interaction, games and live demonstration. Sessions of activity based learning “Powers Within” helps the participants to distinguish inner being from outer being and understand the inner potentiality through different types of activities like practice of concentration, concentration games and the like. The brief introduction of The Power of Understanding, The Power of Action was presented there. In this process the participants visualize and workout the methods of practice and implementation. All participants interacted very nicely amongst them and with the facilitators. All participants chalk out the future action plan about how they implement this new approach at Auro University.
The mid-week of July was winding up for the corporates and academicians in Coimbatore, but for 42 of them who gathered at Sri Aurobindo Society, Coimbatore centre in the evening on July 15, a new dawn opened up as Professor Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management(SAFIM), introduced them to 'The Relevance of Consciousness in Today's Business'. The gathering consisted of officials from 8 corporate and 11 Management colleges. The response was good, and most of them were positive to have such workshops in future.
Prof. Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation For Integral Management (SAFIM), Puducherry delivered the Key Note Address in the Valedictory Session of the 12th National Conference of Practicing Company Secretaries  at Ootacamund, Tamilnadu on 16th July 2011. He elaborately discussed the role of human values in professional work. It was well received by the 250 professionals who were the participants of the conference.
The Power of Inner Attitude Editorial The Inner Attitude and the Outer Events The impact of the outer events and circumstances on our consciousness and life depends on our inner attitude to them.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Release of Jitendra Sharma's book by P Valsala in Kozhikode


A book on Sri Aurobindo released R. MADHAVAN NAIR NEWS » STATES » KERALA KOZHIKODE, August 2, 2011
Literary scholars have been fascinated by Sri Aurobindo’s poetic genius, particularly his epic poem Savitri . To this group belongs Jitendra Sharma who teaches French at St Joseph’s College, Devagiri in Kozhikode. His doctoral thesis, published as a book titled “Concept of Man in Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry” is being released by novelist P Valsala in Kozhikode on Saturday.
It comes as no surprise that Jitendra Sharma became an ardent admirer of Sri Aurobindo’s life and poetry. For, he had stayed at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Puducherry for his graduation studies, before joining Karnatak University Dharwar for his post-graduate course in French. He is now trying to implement Sri Aurobindo’s education methodology in teaching profession .
A salient feature of Sri Aurobindo ‘s philosophy, reflected in his poems, is his strange concept about Man. Man, he believed, heralded the emergence of a new species of Superman. Practice of yoga convinced him through an “adventure of consciousness” man will finally attain divinity.
Says Jitendra Sharma: “Aurobindo considered Man to be a transitional being constantly driven by an impulse to exceed himself and evolve towards divine consciousness, harmony and joy. In his poems Sri Aurobindo prophetically describes the transcendence of man as the consummation of a supra - mental race on earth”.
The books is also replete with a biographical sketch. Sri Aurobindo, born on August 15 -1872 in Kokotta, was educated in United Kingdom from the age of seven . But, even during his stay in England, he became disgusted with British rule in India.
On his return home, he wrote ICS examination under pressure from his father but deliberately got himself disqualified in riding test because he wanted to live as a writer, not as an administrator .
Aurobindo, who died in December 5 -1950 is now revered as an outstanding figure in Indo - Anglian literature , a yogi, a seer , and a true patriot who demanded total freedom for India from British rule.
The release of Jitendra Sharma’s book is an occasion to recall the greatness of an eminent Indian. The book is sure to be hailed as a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly works on Sri Aurobindo and his poetry.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sri Aurobindo reclaims a lot of meaning for modern people


Auroville is expected to undergo a big change in the near future; by this social and physical infrastructures will be affected as well as the natural ...
They were inspired by texts written by Mirra Alfassa, who is better known by the name “The Mother”. This French woman, who was Indian philosopher and yogi, ...
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are the founders of Auroville. Their portrait is in most houses, public places and shops in Auroville and in all places linked to Pondicherry's ashram.
YouTube - Vijay Bhai opening speech at Beyond the Present
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Peeling Back the Layers of Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. Co-Founder/Managing Director, Hindu American Foundation
Case in point: this past weekend, my family had the privilege of spending a relaxed, yet intellectually exhilarating evening with renowned Sanskrit scholar, Dr. Lakshmesh V. Joshi, a professor emeritus and former head of Sanskrit at Gujarat University with numerous publications, awards and recognitions to his name.
Jelle NL on HuffingtonPost sandalwood on Jun 20, 2011 at 09:22:30
“I was born and raised within the culture, found it full of depth and have been happily consumed in trying to bring the teachings into a modern context and language, as the archaic language is opaque to many in the modern world.
Sri Aurobindo'­s work has great resonance for me as he was very successful in delving into the literature and bringing out a lot of meaning for modern people, including myself.” Permalink
 as brahmins by their life-styles and teachings: Mahätmä Gändhi, Swämi Vivekänada, Sri Aurobindo, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Swämi Chinmayänanda etc. ...
He has to his credit six major books on the Veda. He is the Honorary Director of Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic culture, Bangalore.
Sri Aurobindo's seclusion precisely from 1926 revealed that intense concentration ... This occurred in the years following Sri Aurobindo's passing in 1950. ...
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry has graciously allowed MIRRAVISION TRUST to use as a logo for the Institute for Integral Yoga Psychology, ...
rainbOwther: Integrating Wisdom, Strength, Harmony, & Service Monday, June 20, 2011 - This mire must harbour the orchid and the rose. Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.
Sri Aurobindo examines the problem from three angles : […] The four‑fold personality ...
Maya has spent the last 14 years studying with an anonymous enlightened teacher who wishes to remain that way, while also investigating and working with a number of other models, teachers, books and theories. The two main theories which have impressed her the most significantly are Osho and Sri Aurobindo. These two philosophies appear to be polar opposites, but have reached a meeting place within Maya, she is extremely grateful for these experiences which have been great blessings on her spiritual path.
Sri Aurobindo · The Mother · Integral Yoga · The Path · Beyond Religion · Evolution ... Soundscape · Spanish · Sport · Sri Aurobindo · Story Telling · Tamil ...
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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother


Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni’s reply to Ameeta Mehra (Gnostic Centre) regarding the impact of Relics on the larger collective atmosphere, 31 May 2007:
http://serfrat.blogspot.com/2007/06/relics-are-often-like-flame-that-is.html
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Idol worship is not an idle ritual! Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, The Economic Times, Thursday, June 28, 2007:
http://evergreenessays.blogspot.com/2007/06/enlightened-masters-imbued-them-with.html

Centenary Celebrations of Sri Aurobindo's Arrival in Pondicherry, (April 4, 2010) A National Seminar Organised by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research ...
Independence Day Celebrations - General News | The Mother's ...
We had a speech on our Master Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo was also a ...There was a recital of a poem written by Sri Aurobindo, the students of 7th class. ...
Dadaji's brother, Mr. Madhusudhan Reddy established the Sarnath society in 1938. It was from then that Dadaji's interest in spiritual issues increased. In the year 1965, Dadaji completed his graduation in Philosophy and returned to his village. From the money he earned through a temporary teacher's post, he visited the ashrams of the saints during his days. He visited the Ramana maharshi ashram and stayed there for about 15 days. From there he went to Pondicherry. There he met The Mother. …
The next time, when Dadaji visited Sri Aurobindo ashram, there was a great change in his ideals. He decided to follow the path of spirituality. ...
Panchen Lama (7); Russia (9); Sarkozy's visit (11); Sri Aurobindo (12); 
Few people, however, are aware of the links between physical Integral psychology, in the adaptation of Sri Aurobindo's spiritual teachings, ...
Sri Aurobindo translated about 41 poems of Vidyapati from a very old Bengali... This is an early work of Sri Aurobindo, while staying in Baroda soon after ... 
V. Madhusudan Reddy's devotion to the great contemporary spiritual masters of India ... the establishment of the Sri Aurobindo Centre of Advanced Research (S.A.C.A.R.), ... The founder of the University, Professor V. Madhusudhan Reddy, ...
Sri Aurobindo has outlined this very succinctly in this chapter:]
Note the following words—“presumably”, “does not seem”, “seems to have”, “may have”, “would have”. Is this history or guesswork?
Mirra Alfassa, the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, was, by any measure, an extraordinary woman. An intelligent student, gifted painter and musician, ...
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. ... The synthesis accomplished by The Mother & Sri Aurobindo in the field of religion, ...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Maggi Lidchi-Grassi’s rendering of the Mahabharata


It was then that she discovered a French translation of Sri Aurobindo's Essay... Some years later she went to live in Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry. ... [The Great Golden Sacrifice Of The Mahabharata Maggi Lidchi-Grassi (Hardcover - May 20, 2011)] [The Mahabharata : Volume 3 Bibek Debroy (Paperback - Apr 10, 2011)]
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. ... Sri Aurobindo has outlined this very succinctly in this chapter: [...] ...
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo are indisputably the principal guides of the humanity at present. Their ideas have travelled far and wide with a cross section of ...
Savitri Era: Savitri Era option for Dalits
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother. ... Sri Aurobindo: A Contemporary Reader Edited by Sachidananda Mohanty, Routledge India...
Transitions in the Evolution of Consciousness Through Forms, Part ...
As Sri Aurobindo continues his review of the stages of evolution, he comes across similar types of “gaps” in the manifestation of consciousness as ...
Newsletters | Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center
Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center. Center for the Evolution of Conciousness. Skip to content ... Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center 1218 Wittenberg, Mt. Tremper...
Savitri Era Devotees: A Rare Press Interview of the Mother in 'The ...
All life is Yoga. – Sri Aurobindo .... Jitendra Sharma: Professor of French and Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society of Calicut at St. Joseph's College, ...
Sri Aurobindo - A Contemporary Reader - Google Books
StudyNation - Sri Aurobindo Institute of Education, Kolkata. ... I want to Know about the approvals of the college Sri Aurobindo Institute Of Education, ...
Sri Chakra - Encyclopedia
Sri Aurobindo Circle · Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research · Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual · Sri Aurobindo Memorial School ...
Sri Lanka Military Academy - Encyclopedia
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What Are The Courses Offered In Medicine. Ask Questions on various education & career topics or find answers to questions related to education and career ...
Savitri Era Religious Fraternity: Talk on Integral Yoga by V. S. …
Sri Aurobindo Society: Talk on 'The Mother-Sri Aurobindo: Their Integral Yoga ' by V. S. Balakrishnan, 3 Lajapathi Roy Road , Chinna Chokkikulam, ...
Marketime: History of armed struggle against the colonial rule
Sri Aurobindo (from the message broadcast on the eve of August 15, 1947). Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. ...
Mirror of Tomorrow :: 022: The Yoga of the Cells by the Mother
Sri Aurobindo speaks of it very often, and each time I read that sentence of his it's like an icy shower. I no longer know the exact wording, ...
Overman Foundation
A colleague of Sri Aurobindo at the National Council of Education, ... And then he went to take pictures of Sri Aurobindo sitting in the chair. ...
Here is an instance where Sri Aurobindo evaluates the spiritual signs of Vinoba Bhave, an Indian advocate of non-violence and human rights, based on his photograph:
Sri Aurobindo "The Mahabharata has all the essential ingredients necessary to evolve and protect humanity and that within it the Bhagavad‐Gita is the ...