Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ananda Reddy’s talks and lectures touched many people

E-Newsletter of SACAR (Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research). August 2010. Volume 3, Issue 5 
Brief Report of Ananda Reddy’s Visit to the USA and Europe 
Ananda Reddy recently returned from a three-week-long trip to several cities in the USA and Europe. During this time he attended the Sri Aurobindo Integral Yoga Retreat organized at Furmon University in Greenville, South Carolina (July 14-18). Ananda delivered many talks there covering different topics related to the journey of Integral Sadhana. He covered areas such as Basic Requisites of Sadhana, Sadhana through Work, Meditation, and Love & Devotion, and Difficulties of the Path. At the question & answer sessions titled “About the Mother”, organized in the late evenings he was accompanied by Sraddhalu Ranade, who also delivered several lectures and talks at the retreat on important topics related to Integral Yoga.
Ananda Reddy’s talks and lectures touched many people because they incorporated many reminiscences from his personal contact with the Mother. Other speakers included Narad (Richard Eggenberger) who led the OM Choir and also spoke on the spiritual significance of the flowers, and Dilip Sarkar who led the Ashtanga yoga and pranayama sessions in the morning and also spoke on yoga therapy and Ayurveda. Ananda Reddy also travelled to St. Louis and spoke at different gatherings. There again, his talks focused more on the Bhakti aspect of Integral Yoga and incorporated many of his personal recollections of living in the Ashram.
In most of the meetings and gatherings Ananda attended in the US, he discovered that there was a great curiosity among the participants to know about the details of the life in the Ashram when the Mother was there physically, and also about the Mother’s daily routine during that time. At one event, he witnessed a beautiful play on the virtues, performed by a group of children. He was touched by a poem written and composed by a 6-year-old girl, in which she expressed her love and affection for her “Pondy Mother”. Ananda’s talks at the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Foundation at New Jersey focused on the nature of psychic being, and Godward emotion & God. Throughout his travels, Ananda was very pleased to see a large number of young people attending and taking active role in the programmes being organized to spread the work and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Ananda also visited Holland and Berlin during this trip. At Holland, he spoke to a group of people on the role of meditation and mantra in Integral Yoga. At the gatherings he attended in Europe he was again touched to see the seeking that was present among the younger audiences, who were so keen to hear about the Mother and her work and vision.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Letters on Poetry and Art, on Yoga, on the Mother, & on Himself and the Ashram

Volume 27
PDF last updated: 15 Aug 09
Letters on Poetry and Art
Letters on poetry and other forms of literature, on painting and the other arts, on beauty and aesthetics, and on their relation to the practice of yoga.
Most of these letters were written by Sri Aurobindo in the 1930 and 1940s to members of his ashram. Around one sixth of them were published during his lifetime; the rest were transcribed from his manuscripts after his passing. Many are being pub lished for the first time in this volume.
Volumes 28-31
Letters on Yoga — I–IV (TO BE PUBLISHED)
Four volumes of letters on the integral yoga, other spiritual paths, the problems of spiritual life, and related subjects.
In these letters, Sri Aurobindo explains the foundations of his integral yoga, its fundamentals, its characteristic experiences and realisations, and its method of practice. He also discusses other spiritual paths and the difficulties of spiritual life. Related subjects include the place of human relationships in yoga; sadhana through meditation, work and devotion; reason, science, religion, morality, idealism and yoga; spiritual and occult knowledge; occult forces, beings and pow ers; destiny, karma, rebirth and survival. Sri Aurobindo wrote most of these letters in the 1930s to disciples living in his ashram. A considerable number of them are being published for the first time.
Volume 32
The Mother with Letters on the Mother (TO BE PUBLISHED)
This volume opens with Sri Aurobindo's small book The Mother, in which he describes the nature, character and role of the Divine Mother. The rest of the volume consists primarily of letters on the Mother — on the Divine Mother and on Sri Aurobindo's collabora tor, the Mother, who was the head of his ashram. He wrote most of these letters in the 1930s to disciples living in the ashram.
Volumes 33-34
PDF last updated: 15 Aug 09
Savitri — A Legend and a Symbol
Sri Aurobindo's major poetic work, an epic in blank verse.
In Savitri, a legend from the Mahabharata becomes the symbol of the human soul's spiritual destiny. In poetic language, Sri Auro bindo describes his vision of existence and explores the reason for ignorance, darkness, suffering and pain, the purpose of life on earth and the prospect of a glorious future for humanity. The writing of the epic extended over much of the later part of his life.
Volume 35
Letters on Himself and the Ashram (TO BE PUBLISHED)
Sri Aurobindo's letters between 1927 and 1950 on his life, his path of yoga and the practice of yoga in his ashram.
In these letters, Sri Aurobindo writes about his life as a stu dent in England, a teacher in Baroda, a political leader in Ben gal, and a writer and yogi in Pondicherry. He also comments on his formative spiritual experiences and the development of his yoga. In the latter part of the volume, he discusses the life and discipline followed in his ashram and offers advice to the disci ples living and working in it. Sri Aurobindo wrote these letters between 1927 and 1950 — most of them in the 1930s.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Cuddalore, Cuttack, Kalimpong

Thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad thronged Sri Aurobindo Ashram here today, on the occasion of 138th birth anniversary of the ...
different parts of the country today thronged Sri Aurobindo Ashram here on the occasion of the 138th birth anniversary of the saint philosopher. ...
Sri Aurobindo Society, Cuddalore centre TC NO 19. No.66/84, Subburaya Chetty Streert. Thirupathiripuliyur. Cuddalore-607002. Tamilnadu ...
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Committee, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack-753013 ... The Mother's work in Orissa The Mother's work in Odisha started in 1949 when two Study Circles were formed with Sri Aurobindo's ...
KALIMPONG NEWS: Independence Day celebrated in Mungpoo by GJMM ... By  (AK Rai) Arabind Ghose remembered Samiran Paul: 15th August in Kalimpong, KalimNews:
Independence Day was celebrated in Kalimpong with much enthusiasm and gaiety as it is considered a festival since 1947 onwards. Lalit Pariyar, retired IAS and Former DGHC CPS and a present study forum member of GJMM was the Chief Guest of the programme. 
Auromira Yoga: THE MASTER'S WORD AND OUR HOMEWORK by Dr. Ramesh Bijlani
Sri Aurobindo's mission was to speak 'the word', as he revealed in the Uttarpara speech delivered shortly after his release from Alipore Jail. And, he did speak the word, most visibly in the Arya, from 1914-1920. ...
Sri Aurobindo was born on 15 august 1872. Here I am not interested to write his life history. I just want to write a little on his philosophy, on his yoga. He invented a new path of yoga. In his path the aim of human life is not Moksha. ...
Reading Sri Aurobindo To Throw Light On Rise And Fall Of India ... by indowaves
hen India's one of the greatest spiritual giants Sri Aurobindo arrived on this planet earth. The role of this great spiritual Avatara cannot be measured in human terms. Though he ventured on the highest plane of thought, this spiritual ...
He soon became the publisher of the firebrand newspaper Bande Mataram of which Sri Aurobindo, who had been educated in England, was the editor. The paper soon caught the attention of the British who could see that its main aim was to ...
Circle of Good Will :: Blog by Flowers on the Wayside
“Sri Aurobindo is deeply linked to the concept of Savitri. His doctrine on Savitri is considered as a fresh presentation in English of the Rigvedic text. It is even appreciated in the Ashrams of the Hierarchy. ...
Aurovillians are trying to model a society after the spiritual ramblings of an aged 'Mother' who gained this spiritual authority by being the 'spiritual companion' of Sri Aurobindo, a yogi who was a part of the Indian independence ...
The Holy Quest- A Spiritual Saga: 15th August- Darshan Card from ... by Umasree
15th August is the Birthday of Sri Aurobindo and of free
India. On this day, a card was distributed in the Ashram containing a rare picture of Sri Aurobindo, taken by the famous French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson in 1950, ...
Also, thank you to the poster for providing the translation from Sri Aurobindo of Vande Mataram. I just read it to my kids. ...