Decoration with lamps
Pradeepbhai, Chairperson of Sri Aurobindo Society, addressing the participants
A view of the participants
21 November:a) Richard from the Ashram School narrated anecdotes on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and gave some practical observations and guidelines on reading Savitri.b) A power-point presentation by Sagarika on Sri Aurobindo's life from His boyhood days to His life in Baroda as a professor showed some rare pictures and not very well-known facts on the life of the Master.c) Dr. Alok Pandey gave a synopsis of Sri Aurobindo's works. He began with the importance of Sri Aurobindo's books and how to use this gift in our daily lives, then went a little deeper into how to read Sri Aurobindo by quietening our minds and understanding the meaning of what He says with our deeper self.d) Sushanto and Rathi took up some less-known aspects of Sri Aurobindo by sharing glimpses of His humour from books by Nirodbaran and other sadhaks.e) Bharati Dhar spoke on 'Application of Sri Aurobindo's Vision on Economics' where each person was given an opportunity to undertake the work of his/her choice.
22 November:a) Prof. Saikat Sen spoke on 'Opening to Sri Aurobindo in all Aspects of Life', and shared some inspiring and deep insights from the Collected Works of the Mother.b) Shakuntala Manay of Bangalore gave a powerful presentation titled 'Opening and Offering' which was essentially a compilation of points on Integral Yoga from Sri Aurobindo's book 'Letters on Yoga'.c) Krishna Modi offered a beautiful presentation on '100 years of Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry', narrating how He came to Pondicherry, the places He had stayed, etc.d) Rathi and Sushanto presented a very different and interesting aspect of 'Sri Aurobindo - the Gentleman'.e) Lachmanben shared her personal experiences and a few anecdotes on her contact with the Mother.
23 November:a) The day started with an invocation from 'Sri Aurobindo's Upanishad', recited by the Society's Sai Babab) Dr. Maya Kirpalani gave an interesting talk on the subject of the seminar, 'Opening to Sri Aurobindo' with examples from daily life.c) In the afternoon session guides or representatives of each group shared insights, learning and experiences on 'Introspection on the Savitri'.d) It was a profoundly moving and satisfying experience when Latha spoke about her personal experiences on 'Opening to Sri Aurobindo'.e) In the open session, Vasant Das from the U.S.A and Sharda Goenka from Rajasthan expressed their views and feelings on the seminar.f) Sudarshan from Auroville read passages from Savitri, while Mangaikarasi narrated two inspiring short stories.g) Sushilaben completed the sessions by summing up with her reflections on the experiences and insights achieved in the course of the three days.
a. 22 & 23 October 2010Prof. Manojdas from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry spoke on 'How Far is Spiritual Life from Worldly Life?' and 'Faith and Friendship in the era of Changing Values' at the evening talks arranged by the Sri Aurobindo Society Mumbai Branch on 22nd and 23rd of October at the CCI Club. The talks, held in the evenings from 4 to 6:30, were followed by a questions and answers session. Prasad was distributed at the end of the talks to around 70 persons who attended the talks on both evenings.
Some of the Art works on display
More Art works on display
The Sri Aurobindo Society Mumbai Branch organised an Artists Camp in Ramgarh, Nanintal from 24th November to 1st December. Twenty-five artists from Bombay, Surat, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Baroda and Meerut participated in the camp which included interactive talks and presentations on various topics:" Abhipsa Rami - Appreciating Indian Art; and The Divinity Hidden in Indian Art - its deep spiritual content, value and inspiration" Jesal Thacker - Inspiration - its source and different planes; and The Artworks of the Mother and Her views on Art." Rajarshi Smart - Popular Art - Its Past, Present and Future" Kaivalya Smart - Intuition and its role in creativity; and Sri Aurobindo on Intuition.It was not only a good learning experience but at the end of the camp many of the participants showed keen interest in getting involved with the Society's activities.
A display of Ikebana, done by the participants
Dr Alok Pandey, speaking to the audience
Republic Day Celebrations at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida
A view of the audience
Shri Vijay Kumar Sharma, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch,addressing the participants of the Youth Camp
A view of the participants