Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sri Aurobindo Society - May '07

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
20-27 May 2007: Education Camp - Study And Dialogues Cum Workshop
The Society's Annual Education Camp will be held at Puducherry for teachers, parents and educationists dealing with children of KG and Primary level, from 20 to 28 May 2007. The Camp-cum-workshop will concentrate only on Integral Education as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Along with study and discussions there will also be some practical programmes for teachers at mainly K.G. and Primary levels.
Recent Events
4 April 2007: 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 2007, Darshan Day: The Mother's Final Arrival at Puducherry
The Mother 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.
The 87th Anniversary of the Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry was celebrated on 24 April 2007. There was meditation around the Samadhi from 6:00 to 6:30 am and a visit to Sri Aurobindo's Room thereafter. The message card distributed on the occasion can be viewed by clicking here.
News from Branches and Centres
News from Abroad Nairobi (Kenya)
The Mother's birth anniversary Celebrations: The Nairobi Centre celebrated the Mother's birth anniversary on 21 February 2007. At 8:30 am, after the hoisting of the Mother's flag, Mother's Morning Prayer was read out followed by collective singing of the song 'Vande Matram' and chanting of 'Victory to the Mother'. At 7:00 pm Mother's prayer of 2 June 1914 was read out followed by recital of the invocation to the Divine Mother from Savitri: "At the head she stands….". Then there was an offering of devotional songs to the Mother - 'Samarpan', sung by the participants. About 80 people were present for the celebrations.
Distribution of Booklets: On 3 March 2007, 50 sets of mini booklets in eleven different titles were given for distribution at Doctors' Plaza at Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, by the Society's Nairobi Centre. The booklets will be kept for reading in the reception offices of the doctors in the Plaza.
On 31 March 2007 four members of the Nairobi Centre visited Karen Hospital, Nairobi, to present 2,200 mini booklets in eleven different titles. The Nursing Services Manager and the Marketing Officer of the hospital received the booklets on behalf of the staff and the patients of the hospital. The booklets will also be kept in the out-patients clinic of the hospital. A short introduction on NAMAH was also given to the Nursing Services Manager of the hospital.
News from India
Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
Ms. Shruti, addressing the participants of the WorkshopA view of the participants
Workshop: A Workshop on "Stress free life" and "Social responsibilities of youth" was organised by the Noida Branch at the IEC College of Engineering & Technology, Greater Noida, on the morning of 21 March 2007. Ms. Shruti spoke on the above topics. About 80 final year students and some of the staff members of the College participated in the workshop. Booklets on 'Sri Aurobindo - Ek Sankshipt Parichay', 'Sri Maa: Jeevan Aur Kaarya' and 'Yuva Raho' were distributed to the participants.
Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, speaking on "Management by Consciousness". Sitting on the Dais (L to R): Shri O.P. Dani, Chairman, Noida Branch, Shri Vijay K. Poddar, Chairman, SAS Zonal Committee (Hindi) & Shri V.P. Goyal, Vice Chairman, State Committee U.P. & Uttaranchal
A view of the audience
Talk: The Noida Branch of the Society arranged a talk by Shri Pradeep Narang, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, on "Management by Consciousness" on 31 March 2007. The programme was attended by about 70 persons.
Seated (L to R): Shri O.P.Dani, Chairman, Noida Branch, Shri B.P. Singhal,Former Member Rajya Sabha, and Shri V.P. Goyal, Vice Chairman, State Committee U.P. & Uttaranchal
Talk: The Noida Branch organised a talk by Shri B.P. Singhal, former Member of Parliament, on 15 April 2007. The topic of his talk was "Manav Aur Uske Uddeshya". During his talk, Shri Singhal explained that every living being comes on the earth with a specific objective. Only human beings can achieve their goal through knowledge and spirituality. In today's world, human beings are always rushing about without knowing the object of life. Once we know the object of our life, our way of working will get oriented around that and we can live in peace and joy. More than 40 people attended the talk.
24 April 2007: To mark the Mother's final arrival in Puducherry, Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch, held a special collective meditation on 24 April 2007 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm at the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan. About 30 persons attended the meditation. Shri O.P. Dani briefly spoke about the Mother's final arrival at Puducherry.
Delhi Branch
The Delhi Branch of the Society arranged a discourse on "Woman is the Soul of India" by Swami Avdheshananda Giriji on 31 March 2007. Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, was the Chief Guest. Ms. Rani Jethmalani introduced Swamiji. Ms. Shruti invoked the Mother. About 400 people attended the programme. Shri Ranjit Puri, Chairman of the Delhi Branch of the Society, gave the Vote of thanks. Distribution of leaflets, membership forms and sale of books took place.
Sri Aurobindo Complex, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore (Karnataka)
On 28 Feb. 2007, Dr. Sriramakrishna, an authority on Indian philosophy, spoke on "Essays on the Gita". He touched upon various other yogic practices and also explained as to how, in comparison, the interpretation of Sri Aurobindo goes far beyond the already existing commentaries.
On 28 March 2007 Prof. Chandrashekar Rath from Orissa gave a talk on "Life without Death" as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Between 29 March and 4 April 2007, a seven-day Study Camp on "Synthesis of Yoga" was held by Dr. Sri Ramakrish every day between 6:00 and 8:30 pm. His deliberations with the help of about 400 plus PowerPoint slides was very effective.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Chennai Branch arranged the following talks during the month of March 2007:
Date Speaker Topic
1 March Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Have we progressed?"
4 March Shri A.V. Balasubramanian, I.A.S. Savitri Book IV (explained in Tamil)
11 March Talk by 4 students of "Ilakkia Charal" (each 10 minutes) 1. Selvi Divya Ravi: Sang songs on the Mother 2. Selvan Deepak Kumar: "Love is the name of the Mother" 3. Selvi Jayanthi: "The Mother's Sayings" 4. Selvan V.V. Ganesh : "Scintilating Path"
18 March Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Faith - Four types"
25 March Shri S. Venkat "Sadhak Dyuman"
On 25 March 2007, before meditation, Smt. Manonmani Rangaswamy sang devotional songs. All the above talks were well attended.
Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
The Allahabad Centre organised a seminar at Allahabad on 8 April 2007. The seminar was chaired by Shri Vijay K. Poddar, Member of the Executive Committee of Sri Aurobindo Society. The seminar was addressed by Dr. S.C. Tyagi, Chairman of the U.P. State Committee, on "Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo" and by Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur Branch, on "The Aims and Objectives of Yoga in the light of Sri Aurobindo". Shri S.C. Vidyarthi, Chairman of the Allahabad Centre, and Shri M.M. Verma, Secretary, also spoke on the occasion.
Ballia (Uttar Pradesh)
The Ballia Centre celebrated its 3rd anniversary on 15 April 2007. The main speakers of the day were Shri Ram Tiwari and Shri Jagannath Prasad, who spoke on the writings of Sri Aurobindo on social evolution, past failures and the remedy for the future. Shri Anand Singh, Secretary of the Centre, narrated the activities of the Centre during the year 2006-07. A lively discussion on Sri Aurobindo's "Integral Yoga" took place in which a large number of people participated.Bhind (Madhya Pradesh)
The Bhind Centre organised a Conference on 11 March 2007 on "Sri Aurobindo's Nationalism". The speakers were Dr. Suresh Chandra Sharma from Gwalior, Dr. Suman Kocher from Indore and Shri Manoj Sharma from Bhopal. Booklets printed by the Society were distributed free.
Burdwan (West Bengal)
The Burdwan Centre organised a function on 25 February 2007 to celebrate the Mother's 129th birth anniversary. The function started with bhajans. After the bhajans Smt. Sibani Ghosh read out from the book 'Prayers and Meditation' by the Mother. Smt. Tatini Banerjee narrated experiences of her meeting with Sri Aurobindo when she was only 10 years old. Mr. B.K. Banerjee spoke on "The Mother". Dr. Geeta Ghosh spoke on "Savitri".

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