Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How central Grace is in this Yoga

Collaboration is a journal dedicated to the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It examines the theory and practice of Integral Yoga, the place of humankind in the universe, and themes such as consciousness, emergence, and transformation. Articles, essays, poetry, and images explore the human impulse toward perfection and speculate on future possibilities as we pass into the 21st century. Current Issue Fall/Winter 2009... Now available in hardcopy. To subscribe to Collaboration, click here. Augugst 2009Front Spring 2009 Fall 2008 Spring 2008

Summer 2009 Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother Vol. 34, No. 1
Richard Pearson on the Mother’s work with flowers • Larry Seidlitz on the Divine Grace • Martha Orton on Spiritual Knowledge • Source Material • Current Affairs • AV Almanac • Poetry • Apropos
The authors and poets
The late Minnie N. Canteenwalla, was encouraged to write poetry by Sri Aurobindo during a visit to the Ashram at age 18 in 1930 or 1931. Her book Deep Footprints was published in 1983.
The late Georgette Coty was a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Her book Sing my Soul, of
poetry and essays, was published in 2001.
Rod Hemsell ( is a member of Auroville and has for many years hosted Savitri Immersion Workshops at the Sri Aurobindo Learning Center in Crestone, Colorado.
Dave Hutchinson is one of the organizers for the upcoming Fundamentalism and the Future conference and has been an organizer for several AUM conferences (
Shyam Kumari ( is a sadhika of the Ashram, an author, and president of Sri Aravinda Vidyalaya, a Sanskrit institute. Her poems have appeared in Mother India.
Martha Orton ( is the author of The Quest for Knowledge and Mastery, a therapist, and an online course facilitator for Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research.
Richard Pearson, a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram since childhood, is an expert on flowers and plants, and a contributor to Flowers and Their Messages (
Larry Seidlitz ( facilitates online courses for Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research in Pondicherry, and is editor of Collaboration.
Deepti Tewari ( has lived in Auroville since 1975. She is a teacher in “Last School,” works with young Aurovilians and visitors, and for six years was a researcher and the editor for Matrimandir Journal.
The late Thémis, a sadhika of the Ashram, was best known for her translation of Satprem’s Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness. Her book Poems was published in 1952/1994.
Prabhjot Uppal, a physician and journalist, has authored three books: Doctors Are People Too, White Coat Tales, and The Little Bird Who Found Herself (
Mauna van der Vlugt ( is a Aurovilian with various responsibilities such as Auroville International coordination, Press Liaison, and Auroville Webmaster.

In our opening section, Current Affairs, we have an article on the upcoming conference “Fundamentalism and the Future.” Whereas it appears that this issue of Collaboration may not make it into your mailbox before the conference, there is already an extensive set of literature on the topic available online (see the article for details), and it is likely more will be forthcoming. As evident from the article, this conference is not simply about the response to Peter’s Heehs book, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, but examines the issue of fundamentalism in depth in various contexts, with a focus on the future.

Also in this section, there is a write up about the three Savitri Immersion Workshops held at the Sri Aurobindo Learning Center in Crestone, CO this summer, a center which incidently is thriving despite Seyril Schochen’s passing in December 2006. In the section Briefs, there is a report about AUM 2009, news about several new and established centers, and information about the new publication of Aurovilian Jocelyn’s book, The Antithesis of Yoga.

Publisher: Collaboration (ISSN 0164-1522) is published by the Sri Aurobindo Association (SAA), a California nonprofit religious corporation, 2715 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 203-174, Lodi, CA 95242 USA; e-mail: .
Editor: Larry Seidlitz, 39 Vanniar Street, Vaithikuppam, Puducherry, 605012, India; email: . The opinions expressed in Collaboration are not necessarily those of the editor or the SAA.

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