Friday, October 31, 2008

19 September 2008 - 48th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society

News from Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) Upcoming Events
Annual Seminar of the Women's Council - November 2008: "Organisation of Action in Life"
Organisation of action is the key to success in life. Life covers the whole gamut of our ideas and aims, our aspirations and endeavours, and our day-to-day physical activities and dealings. It is very essential to bring clarity and cohesiveness in our mind, a rhythm of harmony in our feelings and emotions and a flow of grace and beauty in our body's movements.
All who are interested are invited to attend Sri Aurobindo Society's Women's Council annual seminar on "Organisation of Action in Life" to be held on 21, 22, 23 November 2008, at the Society's Beach Office hall, [revised address] No.9, Saint Martin Street, Puducherry - 605 001.
For further information, accommodation etc., write to The Secretary Women's Council Sri Aurobindo Society Puducherry - 605 002. E-mail:
Recent Events at Beach Office19 September 2008 - 48th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society
The 48th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Society was celebrated at the Beach Office of the Society on 19 September. At 10:30 am the staff of Sri Aurobindo Society gathered in Beach office Hall, and the Mother's music was played. This was followed by the recorded readings by the Mother from Sri Aurobindo's poem "Rishi". The programme ended with collective meditation with Sunil da's music.
Some Special Days in October 2008
30 September to 9 October 2008 - Navaraatri and Vijaya Dashami / Dashehra
The Universal Mother in Her aspect of Durga
The Festival of Nine Nights (nava-raatri) this year began on 30 September. During the festival, the Supreme Mother in three of her prominent forms is worshipped: on the first three days Durga, Goddess of protection and valour, on the next three days Lakshmi, Goddess of inner and outer harmony and prosperity, and on the final three days Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge and perfection. The tenth day, which falls on 9th October, is the "Victory Day", Vijaya Dashami or Dashehra. This day is regarded as the day of Sri Rama's final victory over the Asura king Ravana.
Another legend has it that on this day Goddess Durga slew the buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura in a battle and became victorious. In Mysore, South India, Dushehra is a royal celebration. The demon Mahishasura is believed to have come from the city of Mysore and therefore it is the most affected by this event. A regal procession of decorated elephants, courtiers and court symbols wends its circuitous way to the Durga temple at the Chamundi Hill, decorated splendidly for the festival. On reaching the temple, prayers are offered to the goddess.
It is a time for the devotees to engage in various spiritual practices to make the entire ten days a period of deep inner growth.
Here is what the Mother says about the Victory Day:
Durga… who every year has to destroy her asura; and always she is compelled to begin again. It goes on in this way till the end of the reign allotted to the titans. When they will be banished from this world, it will not be thus any longer. But till then, that is as long as they are useful for intensifying the aspiration, clarifying the consciousness, for putting to the test the sincerity of people, they will be there. The day the test will not be needed, the day the sincerity will be pure and self-existent they will disappear. Then that day, Durga will no longer need to begin her battle over again every year.
Sri Aurobindo has said:
Durga is the Mother's Power of Protection. The lion is the attribute of Goddess. Durga, the conquering and protecting aspect of the Universal Mother.
Sri Aurobindo has also written a powerful and inspiring invocation to Mother Durga in Bengali. We present this time its English translation along with excerpts from its audio rendering.
Full English translation of Hymn to Durga Download excerpts of the recitation
27 & 28 October 2008 - Deepavali / Diwali
Deepavali - the Festival of Lights
27 & 28 October 2008 will be celebrated as Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, more popularly known as Diwali, all over India. It comes 21days after Dushehra and Celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. To celebrate this event, people of Ayodhya are believed to have lit up their houses with lamps. According to another legend, it is on this day that Lakshmi emerged from the ocean during the samudra-manthan, the churning of the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of prosperity and wealth and it is believed that she visits everyone's house during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all. In South India it is celebrated on 27th October, a day before the Diwali day in North India.
In West Bengal, Kali Puja is performed on Diwali as it is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked demon Raktavija. In South India, Diwali is celebrated signifies the killing of the evil Narakaasura by Sri Krishna. Another Southern legend associates Diwali with the killing of the demon king Hiranyakashipu by Lord Vishnu during his incarnation as the man-lion Narasimha.
During the festival, the houses are lit with rows of lamps symbolising the kindling of the inner light that drives away from our lives the darkness of falsehood and ignorance. Exchange of traditional sweets with relatives, neighbours and friends forms an important part of the celebrations.
News from Branches and Centres
News from India
Noida (U.P.) - September 2008 Programmes
Special Programmes: 13 September 2008: A talk on 'Atma-bodh' by Shri P.M. Saxena, Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Yog Mandir Nyas, Lucknow (former Dy. Commissioner - Trade Tax), in the context of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother was organised at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan on Saturday, the 13th September 2008. About 40 devotees and their families participated in the programmme.
Shri P.M. Saxena giving a talk on 'Atmabodh'. Shri Gulshan Dutta, Chairing the Session A view of the audience
Education at Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan: 5 September 2008: Students of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan, Noida, celebrated the Teacher's Day. On this occasion, Dr. B. Singh, Principal Education Officer, Mglobal Trust, and Dr. Puneesh Taneja briefed the students about 'Ideal Teacher' and 'Ideal Child' as brought out in the booklet by Sri Aurobindo Society (Hindi Zone). Thereafter, children were told about Sri Maa and Sri Aurobindo and all of them paid tributes at the Holy Relics.
Hindi Day: On 15th September 2008, Members of the Lioness Club came to Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan, Noida, and organised talks on 'Hindi' and its importance to each one of us. It was brought out that to achieve true progress, we must recognise our respective mother tongues and respect our national language - Hindi.
6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September 2008: Dr. Puneesh Taneja and Sh. S.K. Puri came on these days to Sri Aurobindo Bhavan and interacted for two hours with the children of Sri Aurobindo Shiksha Niketan. Poems, Stories, importance of good manners and discipline were explained to the children.
Health: Treatment by Homeopathy: Homeopathy Dispensary for two hours daily from Monday to Saturday by Dr. Ajay Srivastava at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan is going on well.
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.
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.
Delhi Branch: Celebration of Sri Aurobindo's Birth Anniversary
To celebrate the 136th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, Delhi Branch of Sri Aurobindo Society organised an Inter-college talk on 15 August 2008 on different aspects of Sri Aurobindo's yoga, under the following topics:
a. Sri Aurobindo's vision of independent India. b. Role of Youth as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo c. Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and the Power of Collective Action.
More than thirty students from various colleges from Delhi University spoke on the selected topics. Dr. Kavita Sharma, Principal of Hindu College, Ms. Ameeta Mehra, Chairperson of Gnostic Centre, Ms. Rani Jethmalani and Mr. Ranjit Puri were the judges.
Navakriti School, Delhi
a. A week long programme to find Krishna in play became the Janmashtami theme for Navakriti. All children and teachers were dressed as Krishna and the morning started with a walk to look for Krishna in the whole campus followed by song, arati, meditation and prasad. Bharatanatyam recital by one parent dressed as Yashodha churning butter and calling Krishna was performed. Navakriti children put up plays followed by a play by parents and teachers which showed scenes from the life of Lord Krishna.
b. Parents and teachers of Navakriti came together to celebrate the mango festival on 26 July, 2008 as a symbol of abundance in nature. A core group of 15 parents brought all parents and teachers together to celebrate the occasion.
Tenali (Andhra Pradesh)
1. Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary and India's Independence Day were celebrated by the Tenali Branch on 15 August 2008. The function started with a collective meditation and march past. The school children presented a welcome dance to Sri Aurobindo.
2. Shri K. Bhaskara Rao, gave a talk from All India Radio, Vijayawada, about Sri Aurobindo's Independence Day Message.
Hanamkonda (Andhra Pradesh)
As a part of the celebrations of the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo the Hanamkonda Branch of the Society conducted essay writing and elocution competition of High school students. The topics chosen for the essay writing and elocution competition were 'Education in view of Sri Aurobindo' and 'Role of Sri Aurobindo in the Indian History' respectively.
Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)
The Tirupati Branch celebrated the 9th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo's Relics enshrinement on 12 September 2008. The function was presided over by Shri M. Balarama Reddy, Chairman of the Tirupati Branch. Shri B. Venkatramaiah, Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Committee, spoke on the importance of the sacred Relics of Sri Aurobindo. The Chief Guest was Shri V. Seshadri, IAS, Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam. The children of Sri Aurobindo Vidyalaya rendered the Radha's Prayer and the Bhagavad Gita, 3rd chapter, with Sri Aurobindo's English translation.
Srirangam, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)
On 15 August 2008 Sri Aurobindo Society, Srirangam Branch celebrated the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the first anniversary of the enshrinement of Sri Aurobindo's Relics. Dr. Prema Nandakumar spoke on "The Simplicity of Poorna Yoga". The Branch organized an exhibition of the photographs of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. An exhibition of flowers and their spiritual significances was also organized. Around 250 devotees participated in the celebrations.
Trichy (Tamil Nadu)
The Trichy Centre organized a lecture series by Dr. Prema Nandakumar on the book "The Mother" from 20 July to 10 August 2008. At the end of the session i.e. on 10 August there was a question & answer session. An average of 70 people attended the whole session.
Kuttappalayam (Tamil Nadu)
The Kuttappalayam Branch celebrated Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary and the Independence Day on 15 August 2008. Devotees and students participated in the collective meditation followed by speeches, dance and recitation of "Savitri". A photo exhibition of flowers and their spiritual significance and history of the Ashram was held.
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
The Chennai Branch organised the following talks during the months of July and August 2008.
Date Speaker Topic01.07.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Hostile Forces"06.07.2008 Shri Janakan "Word war with God of Death"13.07.2008 Shri S. Rangarajan "Samrat - Swarat - Virat"20.07.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Greatness of Mantras"27.07.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Savitri - 375th page"01.08.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Six Forms of Grace"03.08.2008 Shri Janakan "Jeers and Cheers" in Sri Aurobindo's Savitri10.08.2008 Shri M.K. Ramaswamy "Ideal Worker"17.08.2008 Shri Keelambur "On Sri Aurobindo"24.08.2008 Dr. Tiruppur Krishnan "Krishna Darshan"31.08.2008 Mrs.Kanthalakshmi Chandramouli "I Need Thee Only"
Sultanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
1. Dr. J.P. Singh, Chairman of the Sultanpur Branch, gave a lecture on 13 August 2008 at Ram Deo Intermediate College, Kamtaganj, Sultanpur, on the lives of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the concept of Supermind. Small booklets were distributed.
2. On 15 August 2008 Dr. J.P. Singh spoke on "Five Visions of Sri Aurobindo and their expression in present time" at a seminar organized at Ram Raji Intermediate College, Sultanpur. Sri Aurobindo's '15th August Message' was distributed to all the participants of the seminar.
3. On 24 August 2008 Dr. J.P. Singh spoke on "Adhyatma Yoga and the Concept of Supermind" at a seminar organized at Orai, Dist. Jalaun, U.P. The other speakers were Shri Yogy Dutta and Dr. Ashok Agrawal. About 100 persons attended the seminar. Books were distributed amongst the participants.
Shamli (Uttar Pradesh)
The Shamli Centre celebrated the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Shri Suresh Panwar, Chairman of the Centre, delivered a lecture highlighting the role of Sri Aurobindo in Indian freedom movement. About 50 persons were present.
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
The Varanasi Centre organised a symposium on "Different aspects of Cultural Conciousness as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo", in the Dr. Radhakrishna hall of Kashi Hindu University on 31 August 2008.
Dr. Brij Bala Singh, convener, welcomed the guests. The first session was chaired by Prof. D. P. Singh, Vice-chancellor, Kashi Hindu University. The chief-guest, Shri Avadh Ram, Vice-Chancellor of Kashi Vidya Peeth, said that Sri Aurobindo was the champion of Indian culture.
Prof. S.N. Pandey spoke that Sri Aurobindo was the epoch-maker and he compared His literature with the Vedas. Dr. J.P. Singh of Sri Aurobindo Society, Sultanpur threw light on the aims and objectives of Sri Aurobindo Society.Gulbarga (Karnataka)
On 15 August 2008 the Gulbarga Branch celebrated the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, anniversary of the Gulbarga Branch and the Independence Day. Shri Laxman Soudi, Hon'ble Cooperative Minister, Govt. of Karnataka, was the chief guest. Shri Khamarul Islam, MLA also participated. The chief guest appreciated the work done and the service rendered by Sri Aurobindo Society, Gulbarga Branch. The function was presided over by Shri Trembak Rao Ghantoji. More than 150 members participated.Nowgong (Madhya Pradesh)
The Nowgong Centre organized a Yoga Shivir from 1 to 15 September 2008. Besides yogasanas and health tips general information on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were given to the participants. 35 men and 25 women participated in the shivir. On 14 and 15 Sept. Dr. Rajiv Dixit spoke on 'Remain healthy without doctors and medicines'.

11th All Orissa Conference of the Sri Aurobindo Engineering & Technical Group


Tel: (0671) 2873405, 9437741408, 9437226026, 9937318802, 9937291283
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12th October 2008
Om Namo Bhagabate Sri Aurobindayah
11th All Orissa Conference of
Sri Aurobindo Engineering
and Technical Group
Dear Friends,
The 11th All Orissa Conference of the
Sri Aurobindo Engineering & Technical Group will
be held at Sri Aurobindo Shrikshetra, Dalijoda,
Cuttack, on 12th October 2008 with
ARCHITECTURE as the focused theme.
We invite you to join us and participate.
Yours Sincerely,
Er. Ananda Subudhi Er. B.K. Sinha

"A blind god is not destiny’s architect;
A conscious power has drawn the plan of life,
There is a meaning in each curve and line.
It is an architecture high and grand
By many named and nameless masons built
In which unseeing hands obey the Unseen,
And of its master-builders she is one."

- Sri Aurobindo

12. 10. 2008 (Sunday)
09:00 AM – 09:45 AM Inaugural Session
Savitri Recitation Dr. Shyama Kanungo
Invocation Dr. N. Tripathy
Welcome address Er. Santosh Panigrahi
Report Presentation Er. B. K. Sinha
SAETG concept & action Sri Prasad Tripathy
Lighting of Lamp Shri Kishore Kumar Mohanty, OAS
and Inaugural Address Collector & District Magistrate, Cuttack
Release of Souvenir Er. M.R. Patel,
Executive Director, IFFCO, Paradeep
Presidential address Er. Ananda Subudhi (EIC, Retd)
Gratitude Sri Dharanidhar Pal
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Technical Session:
Panel Discussion on
"Aspects of Architecture"
Chairpersons Er. M.R. Patel, ED, IFFCO
Er. R. Pandey, DED, OCL, Tangi
Er. A.Subudhi, EIC, Retd., Er. P. Samal
Subject Introduction
& Moderator Ar. Maitreyee Mishra
Panelists Topics
Ar. Bhabani Mishra Architecture for Common Man
Ar. Geet Inder Bath Interior Design – A need for everyone
Sri Prem Rout Kitchen Concepts
Sri P. V. Ramanna Surface Treatment and Painting
Sri Satyabrata Sahoo Landscaping in Architecture
Er. Gopinath Sahoo Common Issues in Construction
Question & Answer
Summing Up Er Ambika Prasad Mohanty
09:45AM to 10:00AM – Tea Break;
12:30PM to 01:30PM – Lunch;
03:30PM to 04:30PM – Tea and Snacks
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM Framing of Action Plan
Co-ordinators Er. Manoranjan Naik,
Er. Santosh Panigrahi, Er N. Pani,
Er A. Kanungo, Er. B. Biswal,
Er P. Samal, Er. P. K. Senapaty,
Er. Fakir Charan Pradhan,
Er. Raghunath Panda,
Er Satyajit Mishra, Samarendra
04:30 PM – 06:00 PM Concluding Session
Topic "… And beauty conquer the
resisting world"
Introduction Sri Prasad Tripathy
Speaker Sri Ch. Nirakar
Conclusion Sri Gadadhar Mishra
Vote of Thanks Er. Ramesh Behera
06:00 PM – 06:30 PM Cultural Programme
Instrumental Music
by Er. P. K. Ray and Troup

19th All Orissa Conference of Sri Aurobindo Medical Association, 13th & 14th September 2008


Requirements :
1. Room with Mother SriAurobindo’s photographs in a central place.
2. Sign board of "Sri Aurobindo Integral Primary Health Aid Centre" outside the room.
3. Display board inside or outside the room on which should be written:- "Holistic Primary Care is rendered here under supervision of: 1) Registered Allopath 2)Registered Homoeopath 3) Registered Ayurved Vaidya 4) Certified First Aid Trainer 5) Certified Naturopath 6) Certified Yoga-therapist 7) Certified Acupressurist, Magneto-therapist & Colour therapist. Names and registration numbers of the experts should be mentioned with their consent.
4. Furniture (Tables, chairs, stools, bed, collapsible screen/partition for privacy, racks, shelves, cupboards)
5. Light sources, torch, heater, steam-inhaler fan.
6. Equipments- Sphygmomanometer, stethoscope, thermometer, clock, weighing machine, height measuring rod, trays, bowls, first-aid kits, tongue depressor, aural speculum, set for eye exercises, set for acupressure, magneto-therapy, colour therapy, box for Biochemic & herbal medicines, glass bottles as per colour therapy specifications
7. Safe drinking water source with glasses, taps with wash basin, buckets, mugs, soap dish with soap, clean towels, attached or nearby toilette
8. Dust bins of different colours for segregation of waste; bleaching water solution (0.5%), lysol for cleaning oilcloths and examination table, phenyl for cleaning soiled floor, acid for cleaning of lavatory
9. Brooms, cleaning cloths and place to keep them after cleaning
10. Drugs- of all disciplines meant for emergency and primary care- well labeled and kept separately and discreetly.
11. Documents :- Registers, Prescription pads, Slips, Charts,
12. Library of Holistic health related books of all systems.
Guideline for Signboard
Name of Study Circle/ Trust:
(Background Colour: Navy Blue ; Colour of Letters: White)

19th All Orissa Conference of Sri Aurobindo Medical Association 13th & 14th September 2008


Members of the healing profession as well as those interested in the healing science vis-à-vis their deep interest in a total knowledge of the human species especially its possibility of evolving into the next come under the banner of Sri Aurobindo Medical Association. It is an open organisation.

Last year on 8th & 9th September, 2007, we had covered an integrative approach to ‘Joint Problems’. A galaxy of experts from Indian Systems of medicine (Ayurveda & Yoga), Homoeopathy, Acupressure, Color Therapy, and modern medicine including physiotherapy had delivered their presentations which went a long way to render a near total understanding of the problem. The experts who gave their deliberations were Dr. Nityananda Swain, Sri CH Nirakar, Dr. Dhaneswar Pradhan (CDMO, Kendrapara) Dr. Uday Nath Mishra, Dr. Bidyut Kumar Das, Dr.B.N. Mohapatra, Dr. Madan Mohan Sahoo, Dr. Jayant Kumar Panda (S.C.B.Medical College, Cuttack), Dr. Prashant Kumar Patra (Pediatric specialist, Bisra ) Dr. P.K. Panda (Govt Ayurvedic Medical College, Balangir), Dr. S. Nayak (A.C.R. Homoeopathy Medical College, BBSR), Sri Iswar Chandra Mohapatra, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Das, Smt Manjula Kar.

An exhibition displaying structure and function of joints as well as the common joint diseases and their differing modalities of treatment including modern medicine, homoeopathy, Ayurvedic, acupressure, magneto-therapy, color therapy, pranic healing, autosuggestion, laughter therapy and finally spiritual effort calling for a supramentalised plasticity was organized by the members of Sri Aurobindo Students Association of S.C.B.Medical College and old students of SAIHSR, Matrubhaban.

Another feature newly added to the conference was the multi-specialty consultation stations, organized this time also, which apart from providing free service for the delegates adds another practical way of learning the treatment patterns of the different modes. The modern medicine component last time had included a free bone densitometry test provided by Messrs Indchemie Pharmaceuticals.

Free Two-day First Aid training programme for Sri Aurobindo Integral Schools were completed for the Cuttack district by Dr. Prashant Kumar Nanda and St. John’s Ambulance Trainer Sri Bipin Behari Kar.

The 8th state level training of Sri Aurobindo Health Squad on "Primary Holistic Health Care" with special attention to ‘School Health Component’ was conducted at Matrubhaban from 3rd to 23rd May 2008. The benevolent experts who imparted this training as a humble offering were – Prof. Jogendra Mohan Senapaty, Dr.Nityananda Swain, Dr. Braja Kishore Khandai, Sri Dharanidhar Pal, Sri CH Nirakar, Sri Gadadhar Mishra, Sri Prasad Tripathy, Dr. Balabhadra Nayak, Dr. Saroj Kumar Sahu, Dr. Biranchi Narayan Mohapatra, Dr. Prashanta Kumar Nanda, Dr. Bipinananda Mishra, Dr. Jayant Kumar Panda, Dr. Bijoy Kumar Sahoo, Dr.Krushna Chandra Dash, Dr. Madan Mohan Sahoo, Dr. Madan Mohan Pradhan, Dr. Renubala Samal, Dr.Binodini Behera, Dr. Bikash Prasad, Dr. Rama krushna, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Das, Smt. Manjula Kar, Dr. R.N.Das, Sri Iswar Chandra Mohapatra, Dr.Purnima Biswal, Dr.Hemamalini Rath, Dr. Kabita Swain, Dr. Arta ballav Dash, Dr.Pravakar Jena, Ms. Abha Kanungo, Smt. Pramila Parija, Smt Anita Patra, Sri Nisith Kumar Rout, Sri Krushna Chandra Dalai ( of Cure Well laboratories)

There were only 11 trainees who participated. They were Radha from Mugupur, Keonjhar, and Jharana from Ruchida, Bargarh, and Pradipta from Sareikul, Jagatsinghpur, Tunilata, Guru Prasad & Purushottam from Purnagram, Jagatsinghpur, Prajnaparamita from Balikuda, Jagatsinghpur, Manoj from Betnoti, Dr. Ram Prasad, Rupa, Anita from SAIIHR, Ranihat. They were however an enthusiastic group.

We call for better response from all Sri Aurobindo Centres of Orissa, especially those which run integral schools considering the valuable knowledge and skill and attitudinal inputs imparted so selflessly and benevolently by the experts. Need based knowledge and capability in ‘Primary Holistic Health’ would go along way in serving the centre, its school children as well as the community around from the platform of a higher consciousness.

The trainees conducted school health check up at the Sri Aurobindo Vidya Pith of Sri Aurobindo Shrikshetra, Dalijoda – the Cure Well Laboratories extended generous help in demonstrating and giving hands on experience to trainees in performing Hemoglobin estimation, Blood grouping & Rh Typing, urine sugar and albumin of the school children; a report of this check up prepared by Pradipta (one of the trainees) has been given in the souvenir. The trainees also independently conducted a village health survey on the ‘Health Seeking Behaviour’ in two hamlets – ‘Jamania’ and ‘Gadasahi’- around Sri Aurobindo Shrikshetra by the inputs provided by Dr. Madan Mohan Pradhan.

The action plan was given to trainees and encouraged to initiate them before the completion of the year 2009 in consonance with the birth centenary celebrations of Babaji Sri Ramakrishna Das. They were:-
1. Organisation of ‘Sri Aurobindo Integral Primary Health Aid Centre’
2. Weekly or daily Sri Aurobindo Swasthya Pathachakra and send report to Matrubhaban Patra / Navaprakash/Navajyoti
3. Organisation of annual ‘District level Sri Aurobindo Health Squad Training’ on "Primary Holistic Health Care"
4. Identify and involve local ‘Health Care Providers’ ( Health Workers, Anganwadi workers, ASHA, Lady Health Visitors, Doctors of all disciplines)
5. Build up a local SAHS team one of whom should attend annual State Level SAHS training at Matrubhaban.
6. Organisation of Administrative Committee for School Health Programme & conduct School Health Checkup annually with help of local doctor as per the minimum guidelines worked out by Sri Aurobindo Medical Association
7. Build up a small herbal garden and make at least one preparation under CUSAG

Let us give a big thrust to these efforts which are our essential prerogatives for the Sri Aurobindo Centres that we work in and envisage a Total Change of Society in the Light of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo- to ‘perfect life with a divine perfection.’

"Obey your soul, it alone has the right to govern your life."

Sri Aurobindo Medical Association extends its gratitude to the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry for giving us permission to print the photograph of Sri Aurobindo in the Souvenir.

08.00 - 09.30 AM : Registration
10.00- 10.30 AM : Collective Meditation
10.45-01.00PM : Looking forward
(Organisational meeting)
(For Members and Conveners & SAHS)
Special effort for
Babaji’s Birth Centenary:-
1. Finalisation of School Health Card
2. Finalisation of dates for District
Health Squad Training
01.00-02.30PM : Lunch & Registration
02.30-04.30PM : —— ‘Complementary Medicine and
Our Skin’- I
Chairpersons : Dr. S.M. Rahman
: Dr. Madan Mohan Dash
: Dr. Chaitanya Sahoo
Speakers 1. Naturopathy- Dr. R.N. Das
2. Priestly Cult - Sri Sarada Prasad Rana
3. Homoeopathy - Prof. Suryamani
4.30-5.30pm : Multi-specialty consultations
for delegates
6.00 -6.15 pm : Collective Meditation
6.20 PM : Opening of Exhibition on "OUR SKIN"
06.30-07.30PM : Inaugural Session
07.30–08.30PM : ‘Complementary Medicine and Our Skin’-II
Chairpersons : Dr. B.B. Pattanaik, Director ISM & H
: Dr. L.K. Nanda
: Dr. Bipinananda Mishra
1. Ayurveda - Dr. Jajneswar Nath
2. Yoga Therapy- Dr. Prafulla Kr. Mishra
3. Colour Therapy-Smt. Manjula Kar
14.09.2008 (Sunday)
4.45am-5.45am : Demonstration of Yogasans for Skin
Problems by Iswar Chandra Mohapatra
6.00-6.15am : Collective Meditation
7.00-8.00am : Breakfast
8.30-9.30 am : Registration
9.30- 11.30am : Opening Session
Chairpersons : Dr. Bishnupriya Devi
: Dr. Jogendra Mohan Senapati
: Dr. Babulu Kumar Pattanayak
Topic : ‘Our Skin – Its structure and function’
Speaker : Dr. Manjula Dash
Topic : ‘Common Problems of the Skin’
Speaker : Dr. Binodini Behera
11.30-1.30PM : Second Session
Chairpersons : Dr. Braja Kishore Khandai
: Dr. Basanti Devi
: Dr. Durga Charan Jena
Topic : Skin manifestation of Systemic
Speaker : Dr. Jayant Panda
Topic : Environment and the Skin
Speaker : Dr. Dhaneswar Pradhan
1.30pm-2.30pm : LUNCH
2.30pm-4.30pm : Third Session
Chairpersons : Dr. Sudhir Kumar Brahma
: Dr. Durga Charan Jena
: Dr. Prativa Kanungo
Topic : Leprosy – Its Causes, Management
and Prevention
Speaker : Dr.Chandra Shekhar Sirkha
Topic : Cosmetic Skin Problems
Speaker : Dr. Pratap Chandra Rath
4.30-6.00PM : Multi-specialty consultations for delegates
6.00-6.30 pm : Collective Meditation
6.30-8.30pm : Evening Session
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Topic : The Skin in the Transformed Body
Speaker : Sri C.H.Nirakar

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Sun and the Rainbow by Amal Kiran (K. D. Sethna)

Reading and writing are uniquely human activities; they connect us to each other in complex and myriad ways. People read for many different reasons: most simply to gain information and augment their mental, vital, and material lives but more deeply to discover and define their individuality, to seek answers to the more difficult existential questions that confront them, to prepare themselves for change. People may write for similar reasons. Or perhaps they have seen a light that illumines the way, some answers to those perplexing questions. Serious readers are likely to share with the best authors a profound need to know themselves better.

The books presented in these newsletters cover social, philosophic, and literary subjects and are written by scholars, sadhaks, poets, social commentators, and educators, all connected in one way or the other with the integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. A book review or a book jacket blurb can give a snapshot view of the book's theme or contents, but rarely do we get to see the genesis of the book, the inspiration that moved the author to share the inner visions of mind and heart. In the short account that follows, Sunanda Poddar recalls how her book Stories and Plays for Children, which is in its tenth impression, came to be written and published in 1956.

My book of stories and plays began in a very unusual way. When I was sixteen years old and staying at Golconde, I would each night scribble some words and phrases on a scrap of paper. These ideas for stories came to my consciousness without any mental activity or effort but just as if someone was telling me a story or describing a scene. I felt compelled to jot down whatever I received in this manner. The next morning I would tear up these pieces of paper and toss them into the trash. One day Mona, who was in charge of Golconde, asked me what I was doing with all those bits of papers that filled the waste basket each morning. In those days, the early to mid-1950s, we were still conserving paper very carefully.

I was a bit upset at this apparent scolding and decided to “confess” to the Mother. While explaining to her what was happening at night in my room at Golconde, I asked her to help me to stop this activity. Then she told me that anything that comes like this is not my writing at all. I should continue to note down these stories and bring everything to her. This was the beginning of my daily visits to her.

The Mother kept all the stories I brought to her and never said anything to me. However, one evening in the Playground where I had gone as usual for prasad, she asked me to stay behind. She made a sign to her attendant and then suddenly he came and put a book in her hand. She asked for a pen, opened the flyleaf, and put the date, 23.4.56, and her signature. She moved her finger over the date several times, as if to show me its importance. Then she handed me the book. To my surprise the book was called Stories and Plays for Children and my name was at the bottom of the cover. It took me quite some time to realise just what had happened. I found out later from Nolini-da that the Mother had given him a stack of my papers, remarking that there seemed to be some good stories among them. She asked him to go through the pile and see what could be done. Nolini-da reported back that there were quite a few complete stories. Then it was decided to bring them out as a book. These stories and plays were written between 1952 and 1955. During this time the Mother gave me the work of telling stories to young children (aged six to eight years). When I asked her if I should tell them fairy tales or Indian myths, she replied, “None of those. You go to the class and whatever has to be told will come to you.” Sometimes the children and I waited quite a while until something came! This was the beginning of my work with children which continued for many years.

In this issue we present two new publications that offer readers engaging perspectives on the nexus between literature and yoga.

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The Sun and the Rainbow
Approaches to Life through Sri Aurobindo's Light: Essays, Letters, Poems, Short Stories— Amal Kiran (K. D. Sethna) ISBN: 978-81-87916-08-6 Publisher: Clear Ray Trust, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 214 Price: Rs 150
This book is a collection of essays, letters, poems, short stories, and experiences, most of which appeared previously in the monthly journal Mother India. Their author, who was also editor of the journal, has written widely on poetry, literature, history, and philosophy, and is well known as a poet. In the writings collected here, he presents insights into Sri Aurobindo's thought, historical perspectives, remembrances of life in the Ashram, guidance to fellow seekers, poetry, and a special supplement highlighting aspects of the Mother's relation with his wife Sehra.
This new edition has come out after many years.
Sri Aurobindo's Yogic Consciousness & Poetry
— Dr Nikhil Kumar ISBN: 978-81-86931-71-4 Publisher: Novelty & Co., Patna Binding: Hard Cover Pages: 107 Price: Rs 150
The premise for this book is essentially a statement Sri Aurobindo made in one of his letters on Savitri, wherein he says that the poem was a “field of experimentation to see how far poetry could be written from one’s own yogic consciousness and how that could be made creative”. The author attempts to explore how the higher planes of consciousness as described by Sri Aurobindo, especially in Savitri’s yogic journey, manifest in a sublime poetic consciousness and likewise how the writing of the highest form of poetry demands an essential change in the inner poise of the poet.
Prashna aur Uttar 1929–31 va Dhammapada par Teekayen
— Sri Mataji ISBN: 978-81-7058-864-1 Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 358 Price: Rs 175
Early conversations of the Mother with disciples, as well as Commentaries on the Dhammapada.
This new edition has come out after a long time.
Jeevan Jeene ki Kala
— Jyoti Thanki Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Ujjain Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 66 Price: Rs 15
Prarthna hai, Antah-Karan ki Pukar
— Jyoti Thanki Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Ujjain Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 40 Price: Rs 40
Abismaraniya Muhurta
— Priti Das Gupta ISBN: 978-81-86413-45-6 Publisher: Sri Mira Trust, Pondicherry Binding: Soft Cover Pages: 275 Price: Rs 75

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The art of life is to harmonise freedom with order and discipline

Deccan Herald » DH Education » An experiment worth emulating Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education follows its own syllabus in all subjects and is not affiliated to any centralised board. There is a continual individual monitoring of students and evaluation is comprehensive taking into account the work done throughout the year.

The Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) stands out as an interesting and unique experiment in the field of education. The SAICE follows its own syllabus in all subjects. There is no affiliation either to the CBSE or to the ISC. At the graduate level, the College is not affiliated to any university. The courses and the syllabus are entirely organised by the respective Boards in charge of different subjects and areas of knowledge. There is thus complete academic freedom.

Another striking feature is the absence of annual and half-yearly examinations. The evaluation does not depend on one or two tests nor is it only academic; it is comprehensive and takes into account the work done throughout the year. Of course, there are tests held by individual teachers, but these are more for revision and self appraisal of the child. There is a continual individual monitoring of the students. One of the means is through progress reports, which are given twice a year. All the teachers fill the reports in their respective subjects. These reports are based on the quantity and the quality of work done by the student, openness of intelligence, regularity, discipline, diligent effort and good will.

No marks or grades are given in the reports. An interesting point to note is that in the higher secondary students who have opted for the free classes write their own reports and these are corroborated by their respective teachers. It is on the basis of these reports that the student is judged and his promotion decided. Another striking feature is that there are no degrees awarded; only a statement at the end of the studies indicating the subjects that the student has successfully completed. There are no marks and grades in the statement.

After completion of studies, the students do not get a degree; instead they get a certificate in the form of a statement where the subjects successfully completed by the student is mentioned. This statement has been recognised by the Government of India as equivalent to a BA or BSc degree of any Indian university.

On what basis did the Government recognise Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education? In the early 1960’s the Government sent a committee of the University Grants Commission to evaluate the functioning of the institution. They were perfectly satisfied with the quality and commitment of the work being done and gave the recognition. It must be noted that the UGC sends regularly a committee to see and report on the work being done.

What about the students who go out into the world armed only with this certificate in the form of a statement? For this statement says only that the student has successfully completed the following subjects - say, World History, Philosophy, English literature, Computer Science and so on.

Is this enough to let students apply for seats in the Indian universities or to apply for jobs? The students can sit for UPSC tests without any problems. As a matter of fact, a few of our students have joined the armed forces through this route and have done well. Others join universities who have accepted this certificate; but not all universities have accepted the certificate. Most of the students who have pursued their studies in universities have done very well and in some cases have even been given scholarships to go abroad for further studies. Others apply for jobs and have done commendably in their service.

Unique system: So what exactly makes this system of education so different from the others? The first striking feature lies in the goal of education which is to help the child to grow to the fullest development of his being according to his nature, swadharma.It is based on this concept that education must be a bringing out of the child’s own intellectual and moral capacities to their highest possible value and must be based on the psychology of the child.

For each human being is a self-developing soul and the business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, not to be kneaded and pressured into a form.In order to fulfill this goal, a few principles have been adopted as the basis of education. These principles are:

  • The first principle of teaching is that nothing can be taught. The implication is that all knowledge is already contained in the child and that the business of the teacher is only to help the child to draw it out from within himself.
  • The second principle is that the child must be consulted in his growth.
  • The third principle is that in teaching we must proceed from the near to the far.
  • The fourth principle is that education must be integral.

This means that all the parts of the being have to be developed in the process of education. These parts are the physical, the life energy or the vital, the mind in all its aspects and the soul.

The Implementation: How are these principles implemented? Firstly, there is an elaborate physical educational programme. From the age of 6 to the age of 21, there is an extensive programme which the child has to follow. He is exposed to a variety of activities like athletics, gymnastics, body building, all games, swimming and combatives. It will be difficult to find any educational institution in India or even abroad that follows a programme of such a wide scope and range.

Regarding the education of the vital being or the life energy, the two most important areas are the development of character and the aesthetic sense. The children are exposed from a very young age to all forms of art: music - both Indian and Western - painting, pottery, literature and dramatics from a very young age.

In the field of the mind, all the subjects are taught as elsewhere in the country; but one special characteristic is the exposure to a large number of languages. These include English, French, and at the college level Italian, German, Spanish and Russian, At the primary levels, the children are taught their mother tongue and Sanskrit. Consequently, every child is well acquainted with at least four or five languages. However, the special element of education here is the freedom given to the child and the respect of his individual nature.

What is the reason that we give so much freedom to the child? Education here is based on the following concepts. Sri Aurobindo writes:

“Every one has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop and use it.”

And the Mother writes regarding the aim of education:

“Essentially, the only thing you should do assiduously is to teach them to know themselves and choose their own destiny, the path they will follow; to teach them to look at themselves, understand themselves and to will what they want to be…..”

But what is very important is to know what you want. And for this a minimum of freedom is necessary. You must not be under any compulsion or obligation. You must be able to do things whole-heartedly.

Few practical aspects: Consequently, after giving a sound base of knowledge to the child, he is given a great deal of freedom to choose his own line of development. Around the age of 14, those children who have sufficiently disciplined themselves are given some freedom; they are allowed to choose some subjects, their teachers and even the pace at which they will work. The pace naturally varies according to the capacity of the student.

Once the student enters college, he is given the freedom to choose all his subjects, his teachers and even the method of working. Subjects are not divided into humanities, science and commerce. The student can choose the subjects he likes and concentrate on them. Consequently the whole responsibility of education is placed on the child himself. He has to learn how to use his freedom in the right way without wasting his time. The art of life is to harmonise freedom with order and discipline. These principles are important in the growth of a human being and could be applied in all other educational institutions.The form and method of implementation will have to evolve in tune with their circumstances. Kittu Reddy Professor at the SAICE, Puducherry

Friday, October 17, 2008

Explorations towards a New Creation at the Gnostic Centre

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This study circle focuses on how to deepen our consciousness, to recreate ourselves and our future.... in the light of Savitri and other writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
'Savitri' (an epic of mantric poetry by Sri Aurobindo)
Every Saturday, 9am to 10am - at the Gnostic Centre
Facilitator: Ameeta Mehra

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Education for Transformation

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Education for Transformation October 2-5, 2008
Tentative Programme
02.10.2008 9.30 AM - 10.30 PM - Inaugural Session
11AM - 1PM - 1st Group Sitting
3PM - 5PM - 2nd Group Sitting
6.30PM - 8PM - Evening Session
03.10.2008 8.30 AM -10.30 PM - 3rd Group Sitting
11AM - 1PM - 4th Group Sitting
3PM - 5PM - 5th Group Sitting
6.30PM - 8PM - Evening Session
04.10.2008 8.30 AM -10.30 PM - 6th Group Sitting
11AM - 1PM - Zonal Group Meeting
3PM - 5PM - Group findings
6.30PM - 8PM - Evening Session
05.10.2008 9AM - 1PM - General Body of
New Life Edn. Trust
3PM - 5PM - Concluding Session

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Sri Aurobindo, integral psychotherapy, spiritual evolution

World Union By World Union (Organization)
Find this book in a library Vols. for -vol. 6 no. 1, Feb. 1966, issued by World Union and World Goodwill.
World Union
Published by World Union, 1987
Original from the University of California Digitized 20 Mar 2007
From the Editor M P Pandit
1 Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Kuthumi
A Personality Disorder Treated Dr Chanlrakant
17 Sri Aurobindo, integral psychotherapy, spiritual evolution
Studies in Recent lndian Dr Usharanjan 35
Gandhiji, Varna, Sarvodaya

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra, Dalijoda (Estd. 1974), is a cradle for the evolution of the future man

Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra
Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra, Kotashahi, Cuttack-754022 Orissa, India. Phone : 0091 6712873405

SRI Aurobindo Srikshetra, established since 1974, is a cradle for the evolution of the future man., inevitably entering into the spiritual and cosmic consciousness, surpassing the egoistic and ignorant physical prison. Man will grow in subtlety and strength unto the native domain of the spirit unfolding itself from secret cavern of the heart. Thereby the growth of population will be arrested and the immensity of physical needs shall be curtailed to the minimum. This is the vision that inspired Sri Babaji Maharaj and Prapatti to take this spiritual venture. We all members pray at the Lotus Feet of Sweet Mother to be worthy of it Dreaming on such a luminous future Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra marches onto discover the all fulfilling spiritual being beyond the range of the reasoning animal that is man in it's manifold activities.

1. AGRICULTURE - The kharif cultivation of paddy was enhanced to 40 acres but sugarcane decreased to 7 acres due to lack of rain water. Other crops like pulses, vegetables and tubers were continued as before. The practice of green manuring by broadcasting Sesbania in late summer was done.

2. DIARY - Few country varieties of cows were sold out and improved cross bread Jersey cows were purchased to have more milk yield as needed by the vegeterian sadhaks of the Ashram. Our milk product, the popular "Peda" fiend a good taste of appreciators at Cuttack.

3. ECO AND ENVIORNMENTS - Our green jewel, The forest, firm and the fields again radiated its shining three years after the super cyclone disaster. Visitors couldn't even apprehend if ever was there a cyclone sweeping this part. Champak Lake was excavated and widened by the financial benevolence of sister Elisabeth of Switzerland. We could be able to make cactus grafts in our Mother nursery of plants, ready for sale.

4. HANDICRAFTS AND COTTAGE INDUSTRIES - Our persons get trained in terra filter use. Dr. Surendra Ku. Khuntia of RRL gave demonstration and training at our campus. Our mango pickles and lemon pickles were appreciated after Ananda agarbatti. These are processed by our school students as a vocational training.

5. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS - We are officially permitted to open class VIII by the D.P.I. Secondary Education. Before this our students were appearing HSC examination under correspondence course since 1986.

6. HEALTH AND SANITATION - The Health center of Ashram was inaugurated by Mena Gupta, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, on 13.04.2002. It was decided to make provision for general check up, laboratory diagnosis and gynic check-up here with the holistic approach of treatment amalgamating Ayurveda, Allopathy and Homeopathy. Devoted doctors from Cuttack offering free medical service were also taken to distant villages to conduct medical check-up and health awareness programmmes. Immunisation programmme of children once in a month are being regularly conducted. The Govt. has directed the doctor of Safa PHC to give service on each Friday at this Health Centre. The collector of Cuttack has also assisted for a bore well providing drinking water at the health centre campus.

7. INTEGRAL YOGA AND CULTURE - Shradhhalu Ranaday, a promising young sadhak of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry addressed a gathering of 3000 audience on the Annual Day of the Ashram on 04.04.2003. Free lunch was provided to the participants. Other periodical functions and daily deliberations are carried out in the usual decorum like study circle and meditation.

Our Study circle organisors toured over Anugul, Raghunathpur, Jaleswar, Rajgangpur and its interior areas in April, Indravati, Kotpad, Damanjodi of Koraput in May, Aska, R-Damodarpalli in June, all district level organisors meet at the district head quarters in July, Taharpur, Gopinathpur, Rourkela, Sundergarh, Kindira in August, Dharmagarh, Bhawanipatna, Ganailo, Berhampur, Anugul, Barkote and Deogarh in September, Duburi Dahanigadia, Taharpur, Rajsunakhala, Gania, Kalupada, Nachhuni, Berhampur in October, Kujanga, J.K. Road, TISCO, Chitri, Khallikote in November, Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Sabulia, Mundula, Kainipura and Ragunathpur in December, Panikoili, Talarampalli, Bhuban, Kaptipada, Khallikote, Kabisuryanagar, Baleswar, Bhubaneswar, Jaleswar, Jajpur and Rourkela in January 2003, Talarampalli, Sankhachilla, Kuchinda, Chhatrapur, Bhatalaida, Marugatha, Kindiara and Jagiapada in February and Kalapada, Taranga, Bhanjanagar, Jajpur, Alinagar, Chandabali and Panikoili in March. They conducted training camps and addressed seminars and conferences to give the message of Integral yoga of Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

ESTABLISHMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE - The Health centre was equipped with the basic medical instrument and facilities for laboratory and to start with elementary medicine of allopathy, ayurveda and homeopathy. To maintain perfect hygiene a washing section was annexed to the dining complex.

SOCIAL INTERACTION AND INTEGRATION - Apart from providing economic shelter to more than 150 tribal families and giving them regular work and training the Ashram has become a tourist spot for its scenic beauty, purity, healthy air, plant nursery, seed bank, and spiritual way of living. Devotees and students from Sri Aurobindo Integral Schools of Orissa are coming in study tours to have the field knowledge on ecology and spiritual environment.