Tuesday, August 26, 2008

After the withdrawal of Sri Aurobindo in December 1950, the intellectual community of Karnataka had a lulling period

SRI AUROBINDONEAN MOVEMENT IN KARNATAKA: History cannot and should not be forgotten for the development of any organisation -- spiritual or social since past is the foundation, future is the prospective development and progress and present is the golden thread.

Sri Aurobindonean movement in Karnataka was ushered into existence in its seed form way back in 1914 by a few noted Kannada literary devotees such as Gnana Peetha Awardee Dr. D.R. Bendre, Halasangi Channamallappa, pen- named as "Madhura Channa", Shankar Gowda Patil, Dr. V.K. Gokak, Dr. R.S. Mugali, Sri S.S. Malwad, Sri N.K. Kulkarni, Simpi Linganna, A.V. Shastry, Dr. R.R. Diwakar, Sri. P.B. Naregal, Sri Nagaral, Sri Basappa Akki etc., through a small group called as Friends Group(Gelayara Balaga) under the leadership of Late Dr. D.R. Bendre.

Local study centres in different parts of the state sprouted themselves and restricted their activities only for the serious study of the new teachings and Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and to print and publish a few books and periodical magazines in Kannada in Karnataka. The devotees used to visit Pondicherry, then a French colony with hardships and used to return being temporarily charged by the spiritual atmosphere as well as the unique darshan of the enlightened Lord Sri Aurobindo and the Mother at Sri Aurobindo Ahsram, Pondicherry.

However, after the withdrawal of Sri Aurobindo in December 1950, the intellectual community of Karnataka had a lulling period for a long time for reasons best known to them. A few dedicated devotees of Karnataka who decided that Poornayoga is the only hope of man, straight way went to Pondicherry with the prior permission of the Divine Mother and settled there at Ashram. Some local study centres led by a few dedicated devotees as stated above continued their maintaining existence.

High Level State Centenary Committee: (H.L. S. C. C.) H.L.S.C.C. with Chief Minister, Karnataka as its Chairman was constituted by the Government to celebrate the Centenary of Sri Aurobindo's Swadeshagaman which event had taken place on 6th February, 1893 at Apollo Bunder, Bombay, when a vast calm surrounded him for the first time as soon as he touched the soil of his Mother land. Such celebrations were observed throughout the country in 1993-1994; another committee constituted by Karnataka Government in August 1997 for celebrating the 125th birth year of Mahayogi & Maharashi was merged in the in the H.L.S.C.C. only. The term of H.L.S.C.C. concluded on the completion of committed portion of the project at the complex. www.newrace.org/Aur_move.htm

Sunday, August 24, 2008

To give oneself is the secret of Sadhana, not to demand and acquire a thing

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

T. Kodandarama Rao lived near Sri Aurobindo from 1921 until 1924

From: "SABDA eNews" mail@sabda.in Subject: Two journeys along the path Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:27:41 +0530

In this issue we introduce two books that, although very different in time frame, subject matter, and tone, share a common perspective in that both are based on accounts of personal journeys on the path of the integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
At the Feet of the Master: Reminiscences is the story of T. Kodandarama Rao’s stay in Pondicherry from 1921 to 1924. He wrote the book in 1969, more than forty years after he left Pondicherry, and it remains one of the few extant records of life during the early 1920s at what later became the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is a very personal story that describes how as a young man the author could not decide between the paths of political action in the independence movement or a dedicated life of spiritual practice. It was an issue of the Arya, which he had found on a library table in his student hostel in Madras that initially drew his interest, and eventually he felt the call to go to Pondicherry and meet Sri Aurobindo in 1920. What follows is an intimate account of the community life centred around Sri Aurobindo at that time, including vivid portraits of some of his fellow sadhaks, as well as descriptions of some of his inner experiences:
A kind of electric drilling was taking place in the head and there was felt the breaking of cells and loosening of knots in the whole being. Channels for the flow of Light and Force were being hewed out and what seemed to be metaphysical phrases when the Master wrote about the pouring of light and force, were becoming concrete experiences.

The other book, more of a philosophical treatment of the psychology of yoga, is A. S. Dalal’s Eckhart Tolle and Sri Aurobindo: Two Perspectives on Enlightenment, a comparison of aspects of Tolle’s teaching and Sri Aurobindo’s integral Yoga. The author relates the roots of his own spiritual seeking, which began when he was just a boy of fifteen, and confides that since 1951 when he became “an avowed practitioner of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga”, he felt no strong inclination to study any other spiritual teachings until he came into contact with Eckhart Tolle, whose experiential, psychological insights have been helpful in his practice of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. The longest section of the book compares the teachings of Tolle and Sri Aurobindo on such topics as ego, self, and being; evolution of consciousness; mind and the witness consciousness; mind, thought, and stillness; and the process of inner change. In the final chapter he writes of some insights that have surfaced as the result of his comparative study:
A revelational insight gained from Eckhart is about the role of the mind in concealing and distorting the reality of what we perceive.... What appears to the mind as inanimate is described by Eckhart as vibrant with incredible aliveness. Flowers and trees are described by him as _expressions of incredible beauty, stillness, and sacredness. He sees animals living primarily in the joy of being rather than involved merely in a perpetual struggle for existence as they appear through the mental screen. A human being is perceived by him as a beautiful though unconscious form of the One Being in temporary disguise that is thick or thin, depending on the transparency of the human form.

At the Feet of the Master: Reminiscences
— T. Kodandarama Rao ISBN: 978-81-7058-848-1 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 60 Price: Rs 35
This short book provides an intimate picture of life in the early 1920s at what became the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It traces the spiritual journey of its author from his college days in Madras to his first meeting with Sri Aurobindo in 1920. After completing his studies he returned to live near Sri Aurobindo from 1921 until 1924, and his account, written more than forty years later, includes details of the daily life of the community, reminiscences of his fellow sadhaks, and also descriptions of some of his own inner experiences attained under the guidance of Sri Aurobindo.
Eckhart Tolle & Sri Aurobindo
Two Perspectives on Enlightenment— A. S. Dalal ISBN: 978-81-89658-31-1 Publisher: Stone Hill Foundation Publishing, Cochin Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 172 Price: Rs 300
This book combines an account of the author’s own spiritual quest that led him to the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with the experience of reading Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now after decades of spiritual practice. It includes a long interview the author had with Tolle in 2002 followed by a comparison of Tolle’s teachings with those of Sri Aurobindo’s integral Yoga. The result is a scholarly yet very personally informed look at these two perspectives that eventually leads the author to new insights regarding his own spiritual practice.
Sri Aurobinder Byakhyabalambane — Anilbaran Roy kartrik sampadita Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Pathmandir, Kolkata Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 284 Price: Rs 100
Jai Ma: Sri Ma ni Seva ma
— Pashupati Bhattacharya Publisher: Sri Aravind Krupa Trust, Ahmedabad Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 30 Price: Rs 10
Rose Bianche
— I Messaggi della Madre e la Corrispondenza con Huta ISBN: 978-81-87372-19-6 Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 137 Price: Rs 150
Izbrannie Soneti
— Sri Aurobindo ISBN: 978-5-7938-0048-8 Publisher: Fund for the Integral Human Development "Savitri", Russia Binding: Hard Cover Pages: 143 Price: Rs 270

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Manmohan Bamba, Secretary, Sri Aurobindo Society, Ludhiana

Expressindia » Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary celebrated
Express News Service Posted online: Saturday , August 16, 2008 at 02:14:58 Ludhiana, August 15

Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management celebrated the 61st Independence Day of India and the 136th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo today. To mark the occasion, a paper-reading contest was organised at the college on the occasion.
Manmohan Bamba, Secretary, Sri Aurobindo Society, N.S. Tasneem, Poet and Critic, and Dr I.J.S Jaswal, Head of the Department of Human Development, PAU, Ludhiana, were the members of the jury on this special occasion.
The students, Amrit Singh, Kingston Paul, Roshni Kapoor, Mitchell Jaswal, Prince Juneja, Amit Garg, Ekta Madaan, Avneet and Shruti Sethi were among participants who presented their views on several topics such as ‘Can nuclear energy be one of the development options’, ‘Would decline in political ethics sustain our democratic set up,’ `The darkest hour is just before the dawn,’ `Life and work of Sri Aurobindo,’ `Sri Aurobindo on Education,’ and `India under the magnifying glass.’

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Mirambika Research Centre for Integral Education and Human Values, New Delhi

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry)
Upcoming Events
136th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo: 15 August 2008
Sri Aurobindo
On 15 August 2008, the 136th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo will be observed. On this occasion the following two programmes will be organised at the Society's Beach Office, Puducherry:
On 13 and 14 of August 2008, a series of talks will be organised by Sri Aurobindo Society at its beach office, Puducherry.
From 16 to 20 August 2008, Dr. Alok Pandey will conduct study sessions on one of the Works of Sri Aurobindo at the Society's Beach Office, Puducherry. Sessions will be held from 5:00 to 6:45 pm. All are welcome.
All are welcome to the above programmes.
Talk in Tamil
Shri M.S. Sundararajan will deliver a talk in Tamil on "New Creation" at the Beach Office of the Society on 15 August 2008 at 10 am.
Recent Events at Beach Office Sharanam - an inspirational rural training centre
Sharanam - an inspirational rural training centre
'Sharanam' is an inspirational rural training centre, presently under construction at the Lake Estate, nearly 10 km west of Puducherry. The project is part of Sri Aurobindo Society's village development programme for the two Panchayats of Poothurai and Perambai on the borders of Puducherry.
The design of Sharanam reveals a sensitive response to the cultural and climatic context of rural Tamil Nadu. It demonstrates the use of innovative and appropriate building materials and sustainable technologies in its construction. It integrates green building practices such as passive solar cooling, complete rain water harvesting and waste management.
Sharanam has served as an instrument for upgrading skills and development amongst the local rural population. For more information, visit http://www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in/sharanam/home.html
Some Special Days in August 2008
16 August 2008 - Raksha Bandhan
The festival of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated this year on 16th 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.
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.
24 August 2008 - 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 24th 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
Paigmberpur (U.P.)
25 May 2008: A one-day workshop was conducted by a young Dutch boy Coos, on cross-stitch embroidery, with a group of girls and boys. Coos also embroidered a beautiful Mother's Symbol and gifted it to the Paigmberpur Centre.
Madhulika and Vasudha, having their session with the middle group
Session with the Village Pradhaan
Vasudha and Madhulika, trying their hand at ploughing
11 - 30 June 2008: A 22-day Summer Workshop was conducted by two volunteers: Ms. Madhulika, a second year Economics Hon. student from SRCC College and Ms. Vasudha, a second year student doing Political Science from LSR College.
The age group of participants for the morning sessions was from to 4 to 12 years. The focus was faculty development based on Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's vision of education. This was followed by stitching sessions where mutual learning happened between village and city youngsters. In the evening, sessions were held with young adults.
Post dinner we had study groups, reading of Sri Aurobindo's books 'Savitri' and 'On Education'. It was the first introduction to Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's works for the volunteers from Delhi. In between the girls from Delhi also learnt about organic farming, theory as well as its practice.
Noida (U.P.) - July 2008 Programmes
Special Programmes 18 July 2008: On the occasion of 'Guru Purnima' Collective Meditation was held from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. About 30 devotees and their families took part in the above and all of them paid tributes to the Holy Relics installed at the Centre.
Education at Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan 5, 12, 19 and 26 July 2008: On 5th , 12th , 19th and 26th July 2008 Dr. Puneesh Taneja came to Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and interacted for two hours with the children of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan. Poems, Stories, good manners and discipline were conveyed to the children in an interesting manner. Children were told about teaching of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and all of them paid tributes to them at the Holy Shrine.
Health Treatment by Acupressure Therapy: 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 organised 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.
Development of Women: Sewing & Tailoring Classes: Sewing & Tailoring Classes are being conducted daily from Monday to Friday at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan by Smt. Jaishree Nigam and about twenty ladies are learning the same. The Director, Jan Shikshan Sansthan of Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, has recognised the two courses of 'Dress Making' and 'Embroidery' being run at the Bhavan.
Other Activities: Besides the 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.
Bangalore (Karnataka)
The Bangalore branch organised a 2-days residential youth camp on 14 and 15 June 2008 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Ulsoor, Bangalore. There were 24 participants including 11 girls and 13 boys, besides 12 more observers. Prof. Kittu Reddy of Sri Aurobindo Ashram conducted this camp in English. The objective of the camp was to make the youth aware of the Psychology of Social Development in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The participants also got a glimpse of the original concept of our caste system.
New Delhi
Talk on Ishopanishad: Talk on 'Ishopanishad' in the light of Sri Aurobindo, by Shri Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), was held in The Hall of The Life Divine on 7 June 2008 at the Delhi Centre. Shri Tiwari gave a detailed explanation of the first shloka of Ishopanishad.
Photography Exhibition: Students of Creative Photography department of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication had their first annual exhibition from 14 - 18 June 2008 at Alliance Françoise, Delhi. The exhibition was inaugurated by Jatin Das, an eminent painter. Nearly 40 photographs depicting 'Life' were displayed. Mr. Ragu Rai, who is the mentor of the course, applauded the students for their efforts.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Chennai branch organised the following talks during the months of May and June 2008: Date Topic Speaker 01.05.2008 "The Mother's Presence" Shri M.K. Ramaswamy 04.05.2008 "Nothingness to Infinity" Shri Janakan 11.05.2008 "Amrutha" Shri Venkat 18.05.2008 "Prof. K.R. Srinivasa Iyengar" Shri M.K. Ramaswamy 25.05.2008 "Three Places" Shri S. Rangarajan 01.06.2008 "The Mother on Day to Day Life" Smt. Malini Narayan 01.06.2008 "Blank Page" Shri M.K. Ramaswamy 08.06.2008 "Sri Aravinda Annai Amudham" Shri Tenkasi Ganesan 15.06.2008 "Sri Aurobindo's Withdrawals" Shri M.K. Ramaswamy 22.06.2008 "Gowri Teacher" Shri Venkat 29.06.2008 "Om Sri Aurobindo-Mirra" Shri Mohan All the talks were well attended.
Ompuri (Gujarat)
A study camp was organised during 12 - 15 May 2008 at Ompuri. Smt. Ranjanben Vaidya delivered a series of talks on 'The Life Divine'. The daily programmes at the camp also included flag salutation, Sun-prayer, March-past, Asanas and Pranayam at dawn. About 40 devotees attended the camp.
The first phase of river bank protection work at Ompuri has been completed. The officers of the Forest Department of the Government of Gujarat at Nadiad and Matar extended commendable support, help and cooperation for the plantation on the river bank.
Biaora (Madhya Pradesh)
The Biaora centre organised a programme on the occasion of 'Guru Purnima' on 18 July 2008. The programme started with yogasanas, recitation of Durga Stotra and some poems and prayers by Shri S.D. Bharadwaj and Shri Ojha, Secretary of Biaora Centre, followed by readings from 'The Mother' and 'Synthesis of Yoga'. Shri Manoj Sharma from Bhopal, as keynote speaker, spoke on the "Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and its Relevance". The others who spoke were Shri Ratanpura, SAS State Committee Member from Ratlam, and Dr. Tripathi, Head of the Department of Sanskrit in Sagar University. A large number of public and many people from the village attended the programme.
Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)
The Mussoorie Centre organised a Yoga Shivir in Radhakrishna Mandir, Kulri, on 15 June 2008. It was well attended by people from different walks of life.

Mirambika - Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi
If you are looking for ways to make your life… •Richer •Different •More Creativethe following courses, starting from August 2008, would interest you:
1. Certificate course on Pre-school Childcare and Education A course for teachers, would-be teachers, and even parents: The course teaches you how to provide the developmental inputs needed to educate, strengthen, discipline and refine the body, mind and intellect in light of the child's divine essence, in order to develop the child's potential to its fullest.
2. Certificate course on Personality Enrichment A course for those who want to enhance their career as well as their personality: The course shows the way forward to develop skill sets which recruiters look for, and skills which would rejuvenate you and remove bottlenecks.
3. Certificate course on Creative Writing A course for those with the itch to write: Writing skills can be learnt and the innate potential for creativity tapped. Through a series of lectures on writing skills, unique characteristics of different types of writing, writing assignments, and interactions with writers, illustrators, editors and publishers, the students will be exposed to the world of writing.
4. Certificate course on Yoga A course for those aspiring to teach yoga: The student would get an in-depth knowledge of the philosophy and practice of yoga with special reference to Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The student would be able to bring yoga into his/her own life and also give instructions for the common yogic practices.
Duration of each course: 3-4 months Seats: 20 per course
How to apply: The application form may be obtained for Rs.100 from the Mirambika office, or downloaded free from our website. For further queries, you may contact the organisers by post, telephone or e-mail: Mirambika Research Centre for Integral Education and Human Values Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi Branch Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110 016 Phones: 2686-3741, 2656-7863 Fax: 011-2685-7449 E-mails: mbkres@gmail.com , aurobindo@vsnl.com ; www.mirambika.org ; http://www.sriaurobindoashram.net/ ; www.collaboration.org/centers/delhi

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