Monday, January 08, 2007

Sri Aurobindo Society, January - 2007

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
Bonne Année - Happy New Year 2007!
The New Year dawns in the Ashram with meditation at 6:00 a.m. with recorded music. There is also March Past at 6:55 pm and collective meditation at 7:45 pm. At the Society's Beach Office hall at 9 a.m., there is collective meditation with the lighting of candles, invoking the Presence and Grace of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and a re-dedication to their work.
Here is a New Year Message from the Mother:

Let this year bring you the power to smile in all circumstances. For, a smile acts upon difficulties as the sun upon the clouds - it disperses them. With my love and blessings. The Mother

New Year is also a time for making fresh resolutions and then carrying it out for a better living. Here is a most practical guidance from the Mother, regarding resolutions:
A little sincere and regular practice is worth more than a lot of short-lived resolutions.
Dr. M.V. Nadkarni's forthcoming Series of Talks
The Society will organise a study camp by Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni at its Beach Office hall from 23 February to 5 March 2007 on Sri Aurobindo's "Savitri". As usual there will be two sessions daily 9:00 to 10:00 am and 10:30 to 11:45 am. The talks are open to all.
Recent Events
Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education - 1 & 2 December 2006
The Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education celebrated its 63rd anniversary on 1 & 2 December 2006. As part of the celebrations, the Department of Physical Education of the Ashram presented a beautiful physical demonstration on the theme of "Harmony & Beauty" at the Ashram's Sportsground on 2nd December 2006. There was also a dance drama on Sri Aurobindo's Sanskrit work "Bhavani Bharati", performed at Ashram's theatre in the evening of 1st December.
Maha-Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo - 5 December 2006
On 5th December 2006, there was collective meditation around the Samadhi at the Ashram in the morning and at the Playground in the evening, to observe Sri Aurobindo's Maha-Samadhi day. A visit to Sri Aurobindo's Room was arranged in the morning.
Annual Seminar of the Women's Council - 2006: "Progressive Friendship with the Divine"
A view of the audience
The Society's Women's Council held its annual Seminar on "Progressive Friendship with the Divine" on 21, 22, 23 November 2006 at the Beach Office. About 60 delegates, both women and men, from 9 States of India and 3 from U.K., U.S.A. and Nepal participated actively with interest in the Seminar.
Group Discussion under progress
The purpose of the Seminar was to put ourselves consciously in a friendly and progressive contact with the Divine Consciousness which governs our lives as well as the entire universe.
A playlet based on "Dream" Sri Aurobindo
There were many speakers who dwelt on different dimensions of the theme of the Seminar. They shared, giving their personal incidents, on how we can build up a beautiful and progressive relation with the Divine within us all, viz. man, animal, vegetal kingdom, Nature, and in all circumstances of our life.
Books Released Recently
The following two books were released recently:
1. Sri Aurobindo and the Advent of the Supermind By Gopal Bhattacharjee Price: Rs. 125/- (US $ 5 ) This book in English is a compilation of talks based on the teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on various themes, delivered in various parts of the world by Shri Gopal Bhattacharjee, Joint-Secretary-cum-International Secretary, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. The Ranchi branch of Sri Aurobindo Society has published this book.
2. Sri Aurobindo & The Freedom Struggle of India By Gopal Bhattacharjee and Dr. Geeta GhoshPrice: Rs. 150/- This book, published by the Kolkata Centre of the Society, is a bi-lingual (English and Bengali) compilation of Sri Aurobindo's writings on the political events of India. Both the above books are available at: Splendour<>
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad Singapore Centre
The Singapore Centre of the Society arranged the following talks by Prof. Manoj Das of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry:
1. 'Streams of Yogic Experiences' - 2 December 2006.2. 'Questions and Answers' - 26 November and 3 December 2006.3. 'Hinduism in the 21st Century', followed by question and answer session on 3 December 2006. This talk was jointly organised by the Hindu Endowment Board, Singapore, and Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore.
News from India
Noida Branch (Uttar Pradesh)
Shri Pradeep Narang (extreme right), Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, lighting lamp to mark inauguration of Photo Gallery of Flowers with Spiritual Significance at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. Also seen in the photo Shri Vishnu Prakash Goyal & Shri Om Prakash Dani
Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society addressed a gathering of about 50 persons at the Noida branch on 5 December 2006 - Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi day - informing what the Mother had said about how to observe the 5th and 9th December.
On the same day, a photo gallery of flowers with their spiritual significance as rendered by the Mother was opened at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida, in an atmosphere of silence. The event was covered by the press: Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala and Rashtriya Sahara.
Ambala Branch (Haryana)
A view of the Books stall
The Ambala branch put up a stall of books and agarbathis on the occasion of the 'Vishal Hindu Sammelan' held at Ambala Cantt. on 17 december 2006. Free booklets were distributed. Many visitors enquired about the Society's activities and showed interest in the daily satsang organised by the branch.
Gulbarga Branch (Karnataka)
As a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Sri Aurobindo Society, Gulbarga branch, a new centre was inaugurated in Sedam in Gulbarga District on 16 November 2006 by Prof. P.M. Galgali. Prof. Galgali delivered a talk on the life and spiritual message of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Shri Trembakrao Ghantoji, founder Chairman of the Gulbarga branch, spoke on the "Blessings of the Mother".
Tirupati Branch (Andhra Pradesh)
Siddhi Day on the premises of the Tirupati branch was celebrated on 24 November 2006 in the lecture hall of Sri Aurobindo Vidyalaya. Shri M. Balarama Reddy, Chairman of the branch, presided. He narrated the events that took place on 24 November 1926.
Delhi Branch
On 17 November 2006 Dr. Bijlani gave a talk on 'Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World'.
Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, addressed a gathering of devotees at the Delhi branch on 5 December 2006 - Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi day - on what the Mother had said about observing 5 and 9 December.
The Delhi branch organised a programme "An Evening of Sufi Poetry" by the famous Sufi singer Rekha Surya, at 7 pm on 10 December 2006. The programme started with meditation with the Mother's music. Shri Ranjit Puri, Chairman of the Delhi branch, welcomed the guests.
Annanagar Centre, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
A book titled "Annaiyin Arul Vakkugal 1000" (Part I, 1-500) compiled and translated by Shri N.V. Balu, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Annanagar Centre, from the works of the Mother was released by Shri Kalaimamani Vikraman, President, All India Tamil Writers' Association' on 24 November 2006. The book contains 509 quotations of the Mother on various topics like prayer, meditation, money, cure from illness, depression, food etc. It serves as an introduction to the teachings of the Mother on the concerned subjects. Copies of the book priced at Rs. 50/- can be had from: Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, AP-514, J-Block, 8th Street, Annanagar, Chennai - 600 040. Telephone: 044 - 26161826.
Sultanpur Branch (U.P.)
The Sultanpur branch arranged a lecture by Dr. J.P. Singh on the topic "An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo Society and the Awareness of the Supramental Consciousness" at National Intermediate College, Kadipur (Sultanpur) on 23 November 2006.
A seminar was held on 10 December 2006 at the T.D. College, Jaunpur, U.P. Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Sultanpur branch, spoke on the "Lives of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and the Objects of their Yoga". The Principal of the college, Dr. A.K. Singh, also spoke on the concept of evolution in Sri Aurobindo's Yoga.
Chinchwad, Pune (Maharashtra)
The members of the centre meet every Sunday in the evening. They read from the writings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo and meditate collectively.

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