Sunday, October 29, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
New Delhi, October 26: Like a number of parents in Delhi trying to get their children admitted to school this year, Sonali finds the new nursery admission policy suggested by the Delhi High Court-appointed expert committee to be a mixed blessing.
Many parents, including Sonali, are finding that the points system which awards more marks for considering one's own former school and for having a sibling in the same institution doesn't always work. But by far the biggest problem remains the neighbourhood policy, with parents saying there is an unequal distribution of schools.
Sonali passed out from Mother’s International School at Adchini but finds that this does not help her son — her first-born — in any way as her old school is too far from her current residence. Like the alumni factor, the sibling factor does not help Sonali or her son in any way: Sonali’s daughter is yet to go to a playschool.
1. Alaap, a set of 20 CDs exploring Indian Classical Music produced by Sri Aurobindo Society
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Humanity is not the last rung of the terrestrial creation. Evolution continues and man will be surpassed. It is for each individual to know whether he wants to participate in the advent of this new species.
Auroville- City of the Future? You Decide
Lots of good things can happen by chance. This was one of them. I was flicking over the TV stations a few weeks back and stopped at the National Geographic channel. There was a programme on called ‘Science Safari’ in which a guy was travelling around interviewing a whole range of people involved in technological innovations across India (sound familiar?!).
Part of the programme was a two minute slot on solar innovations that are happening at a place called Auroville. Immediately I was intrigued and immediately knew I wanted to go there. I’m glad I did. It is a fascinating place, not just for it’s innovations in technology, but for what it is trying to create; an experiment in human unity and an attempt to create a city which runs on spiritual and new social principles.
A couple of days of wandering around Auroville (well cycling around Auroville) really was not enough to get a full impression, but it did raise lots of questions for me and I got to meet a wide range of individuals who each have different, alternative ways of looking at the world. A visit to Auroville must be accompanied with an open mind, but once it is open, there is a lot of scope to learn. Auroville is based on a Charter, in which the founder, Mirra Alfassa, (known as ‘The Mother’ among Aurovillians, the city’s inhabitants), and reads as follows;
- Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville one must be the willing servitor to the Divine Consciousness.
- Auroville will be the place of unending education, of constant progress and a youth that never ages.
- Auroville wants to be a bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within. Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
- Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.
While there I met up with Min Ameen, who is working in a Renewable Energies Research Initiative, Uma Prajapati, who set up a clothing company, Upasana and reached out to post-tunmani communities along the Tamil Nadu coast. I also met with Gilles Guigan, who oversees the construction of the Matrimandir, the meditation centre at the heart of Auroville, and also developed a huge solar kitchen, which has the capacity to cater for 1000 people- all though the power of the sun. Interesting too. When Auroville was founded, the land was waste land. Now it is like waking into a forest. A big one. Beautiful. tags: India, Auroville, Travel, Spirituality, Conscience, Alternative posted by Clare Mulvany at 9:36 AM Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The four big hospitals — Bombay Hospital, Indore; Choithram Hospital and Research Centre; CHL Apollo Hospitals and Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences & Bhandari Hospital and Research Centre — and a number of private clinics and medium size (100-bedded) hospitals boast of world-class facilities with the state-of-the-art equipment and trained manpower who also have international exposure.
“You name it and Indore has it. Be it the facility for advanced coronary-problems related surgery or knee replacement surgery, steriotactic surgery or even acoustic neuroma, everything is being already done at Indore,” says Dr Amit Bhat, Asst Director (Medical Services) at Choithram. HindustanTimes.com » Print Editions » Bhopal
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
In Anand Math, just before the remarkable passage about in chapter 10 about “Mother as she was, Mother as she has become and Mother as she will be”, the protagonist Mohendra is astonished with the song “Bande Mataram” and asks the sanyasi Bhavananda "What Mother?...That is the country, it is not the Mother". Bhavananda replies that the only mother the Santans know is the motherland because, he quotes in Sanskrit, janani janmabhumishca svargadapi gariyasi—mother and motherland are greater by far than even heaven. Here is the passage translated by Sri Aurobindo in chapter 10: 'Bhavananda replied, "We recognize no other Mother. Mother and Motherland is more than heaven itself."'
I was intrigued by the half-shloka because I could not find it in any Sanskrit work readily to hand...In the meantime I met Professor Julius Lipner of Cambridge University, who was completing a new translation of Ananda Math but had never seen Sri Aurobindo and Barindra Ghosh’s translation of the novel in the early decades of the 20th century. I provided him with a copy and arranged for his visit to Lalgola in Murshidabad district to see the image of Durga-Kali that had inspired Bankim's vision of the mother-as-she-has-become. I put the problem to him, but he had not a clue. On his return to England he took the trouble of getting in touch with several scholars including Prof. J.L. Brockington of Edinburgh University who has studied the epic verse-by-verse (cf. my review of his Epic Threads). Professor Lipner writes, “They all say that this verse is not in any edition of the Ramayana known to them! Folklore.” But, he added, had I noticed that the half-shloka was engraved on one of the entrances to the Dakshineshwar Kali temple? Now, that was something none of us, who visit the temple so often, have noticed.
Dear Tusar, I have read the message you have written for me and published in your blog.
I was named by my parents after Barin Ghosh, the younger brother of Sri Aurobindo. As you know Barin Ghosh was a revolutionary leader against the British Government. And I am born in the same family, wherein was born the other revolutionary Prafulla Chaki, the martyr who is still remembered : he was a disciple of Sri Aurobindo and of Barin Ghosh, too. My father and Prafulla Chaki were cousins – from two branches of the same tree. Another cousin of mine, Ramesh Chaki, more than three decades older than me, was a disciple of Barin Ghosh and was imprisoned for more than a decade, for his anti-British activities. My parents were also known to Hemchandra Das, one of the 24 disciples of Sri Aurobindo who were present on 24th November 1926. He visited our house a few times in my childhood. After the Gandhi-Nehru dominance in Indian politics, public attention gradually shifted from them. The people forgot them. And the Fire gradually dwindled, as the political scenario changed both in India and in West Bengal. The Nation almost forgot what they did. Even Sri Aurobindo is not properly understood or appreciated in many corners in India, especially in West Bengal.
The Fire ignited in me by my parents and by these legendary heroes in still there within me, though it is not comparable to the Fire they had in them, because they are rare persons. And I hope it will be burning for ever, though things may remain unknown, unseen.
Whenever there is some opposition to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, to the Truth they have brought down, I try to stand up against the Opposition, within my limits, of course. And that I do in order to satisfy myself. This is my inspiration.
Speaking about myself is not my habit or practice. It is only because you raised the issue, which in the deepest depth of my mind and heart, that I spoke about it. Please do not think that I am boasting. But I was delighted and I remembered my childhood. Nobody asks these questions. You are totally different... Sincerely yours, With all the best wishes,
It is around 9.0 am and we start for Pondicherry, which is, located 162 km south of Chennai and is skirted by the Bay of Bengal to the east. With a map in hand we are keep lying on building visualizations in wits. Then, following a 5 hours journey Pondicherry materialize in facade of our eyes. Instantaneously, one undergoes the allure of a French colony, which still maintains their magic in the southern part of the India. An exclusive ambience made by the French people mesmerize the curiosity and it glimpse like chiefly it befall a vacationer delight situate. “ The best way to hang around the pondicheery is bi-cycle. It is the cheap mode to explore the small town” says guide. One can enjoy the actual world of temperament. It is also said that pondi is like a matchbox, which enclose a storehouse of magnificence, synchronization, tranquility and spirituality in it.
A great philosopher, poet Sri Aurobindo and his collaborator to whom populace deem as the Mother duo ashram append the spiritual touch to the town. A myriad disciple around the globe feels the freshness of yoga, meditation and modern science beneath solitary crown. Our mind is bombarded with messages until anyone say “You deserve a break today”! For releasing this stress Aurobindo’s ashram is the paramount seat.
The outlook of a serene place named as Auroville -The International City Of Unity, 10 km far away from pondi cherry, magnetize with its beaches, outstanding restaurants, and superior cuisines and makes everyone to spend pleasurable instance. A diversity of gems produce by natural element in Auroville...
Swami Vivekananda guided him in his yogic practice in Alipore jail. Aurobindo himself revealed:”In the Alipore jail I had the Gita and the Upanishads with me, practiced the Yoga of the Gita and meditated with the help of Upanishads; these were the only books from which I found guidance; the Veda which I first began to read long afterwards in Pondicherry rather confirmed what experience I already had than was any guide to my Sadhana. I sometimes turned to the Gita for light, when there was a question or a difficulty and usually, received help or an answer from it. It is a fact that I was hearing constantly the voice of Swami Vivekananda speaking to me for a fortnight in the jail in my solitary meditation and felt his presence. The voice spoke only on a special and limited but very important field of spiritual experience and it ceased as soon as it had finished saying all that it had to say on that subject.” He has answered the question, “How to do Yoga” himself.
He says: “One (not a disciple- I had no disciple in those days) asked me how to do Yoga. I said: Make your mind quiet first” He did and his mind became quite silent and empty. Then he rushed to me saying: “My brain is empty of thoughts, I can not think. I am becoming an idiot.” He did not pause to look and see where these thoughts he uttered were coming from! Nor did he realize that one who is already an idiot can not become one. Anyhow I was not patient in those days and I dropped him and let him lose his miraculously achieved silence.
The usual way, the easiest if one can manage it at all, is to call down the silence from above you into the brain, mind and body.”
Aurobindo’s mind became full of an eternal silence in one day. It was ever with him. The great rishi has written the classic Savitri for the sake of mankind. He had to write and rewrite it ten or twelve times!
The disciples have been wondering why he would have to write and rewrite his poetry so many times when he had all the inspiration at his command and do not have to receive it with the difficulty that faces budding Yogis like them.
Aurobindo answered:” That is very simple. I used Savitri as a means of ascension. I began with it on a certain mental level, each time I could reach a higher level I rewrote from that level. Moreover I was particular- if part seemed to me to come from any lower levels I was not satisfied to leave it because it was good poetry. All had to be as far as possible of the same mint. In fact Savitri has not been regarded by me as a poem to be written and finished, but as 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. I did not rewrite Rose of God or the sonnets except for two or three verbal alterations made at the moment.”
From this we could easily understand that in Savitri we may find his Yogic consciousness. Savitri will guide a true aspirant of Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo once told the students of [a] Calcutta University, "Students! Why do you acquire this knowledge? Is your learning only for your selfish ends? You have acquired all these skills expense of society. If you do not repay your debt to your community by using your talent for society, it is better you burn your books."
Monday, October 23, 2006
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Q2. Then, a really complex poem by Sri Aurobindo “Thought, the paracelete” .. wooh hoo I wrote as much as I could, and it was fun …
So all in all a very decent exam (wrote 10 sides, with words underlined ). The next exam will be a bomb , that sucks. Praying some miracle happens ha ha …. jokes apart , no idea what will happen in nets … studying for it now .. Explore posts in the same categories: General --> This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 at 10:42 pm and is filed under General.
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This is a journal under SAIIER connecting the various units under its umbrella with the focus on education and other related areas of research.
The purpose is to create a space where we express and share our work in Auroville and also invite others to share their perceptions with a view to look at where we stand with reference to the ideal.
It will publish articles, interviews etc. which are relevant to the Charter of Auroville, both from people in Auroville as well as those from elsewhere.
This journal is for both Aurovilians as well as others who are looking to Auroville for pioneering work in many fields.
The goal is to understand better the spirit of Auroville and in that context what we are doing and what further we can do.
We look forward to your suggestions and comments. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your views and for any other information. We hope you enjoy this issue! Editor
Auroville Today is a monthly English-language publication providing in-depth information on Auroville. Since 1988 it has regularly appeared, highlighting Auroville's development in areas such as education, spirituality, village development, afforestation, business, health care, culture, the economy and more, through articles, interviews, profiles, photographs and cartoons.
Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Educational Research [SAIIER], Auroville has launched a new bi-annual journal RITAM in August 2003 on material and spiritual researches in Auroville.
Invocation is a quarterly magazine published by SAVITRI BHAVAN in Auroville. It gives study materials on Sri Aurobindo's revelatory epic Savitri, and news of the activities of the Bhavan. It is distributed free of charge to donors and well-wishers. Contact: email@example.com
Matrimandir Journal quarterly publication looks at the deeper meaning of the Centre of Auroville - the area called Peace. It is around this conscious and dynamically peaceful centre that the City of Auroville must build itself. The Matrimandir Journal looks at various remarks of the Mother regarding the Matrimandir and attempts to explore the inward psychological and spiritual significance of each of the elements that compose the centre. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
La Revue d'Auroville, a quaterly review in French reporting on various ideas and developments in Auroville, while also concentrating on the essential qualities of the French and Indian cultures, as well as on activities pertaining to the emergence of the French Pavilion in Auroville's International Zone.
News & Notes is a weekly news bulletin primarily meant for internal circulation. Its language is mainly English, but reports and announcements may also appear in Tamil, French or German. The paper informs the residents of Auroville regarding meetings held or to be held, current community developments, new policy decisions, work proposals and other actual or inspirational information.
Matrimandir Newsletter is a quarterly publication which updates on the continuing progress of the works inside and outside the Matrimandir, from the Inner Chamber, to the Heliostat, to thhe Disks, to the Petals, to the Gardens, to the Lake.
Auroville Outreach newsletter is a single-sheet publication, which has been issued quarterly since August 1999. The publication informs about Auroville's manifold activities and achievements in various work areas, and is sent free to embassies & consulates, government officials, NGOs, AVI Centres, donor agencies and individuals, and various friends of Auroville.
Land Fund Newsletter seeks to contribute the growing momentum to obtain the remaining lands for Auroville. We hope it will serve as a regular source of information inspiring Aurovilians, friends of Auroville and all those who are connected with Auroville's vision to support us in this urgent task.
Village Action Newsletter is the monthly report about the efforts of AVAG to bridge the gap between Auroville and the villages around it. Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG) is Auroville's village outreach wing.
Kuyil is the newsletter of the Auroville Health Centre. It contains articles on the various
activities of the Health Centre and write-ups relating to experiences of the staff working in the villages around the township. Kuyil has been published three to four times a year since 1995. From now on it will appear on this website with print-outs posted on request to those without access to the web.
Annapurna Times, an occasional newsletter reporting on genetic conservation, crop breeding, land reclamation, ecological accounting research, community life and other latest development of the Annapurna Farm in Auroville.
Farm Group Newsletter gives informations about the farms in Auroville.
Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Newsletter. The bi-annually appearing newsletter covers the latest developments in the construction of the Pavilion as well as performances and other events taking place on the site. Occasionally it also gives statements or communications from the patron of the Pavilion, H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
by Karmayogi Contents & Chapters
Discover the Spirit in Life
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother offer an unparalleled synthesis of the highest spiritual realization and the greatest power for practical action to uplift and transform human life. Their extensive writings cover the entire range of yogic knowledge and experience.
This book highlights their lives, yoga and work in the world. It is filled with practical methods and true accounts of how ordinary people have applied their spiritual force to solve intractable problems, create fresh opportunities, and tap some of the infinite potentials latent in every human being.
Enthusiasm is quite possibly the most important ingredient of any new venture. Without it, there is nothing exceptional, spontaneous or living about what one is trying to create. Your Voice is a section where we invite opinions and view points from our readers and where we showcase letters with suggestions, ideas, support and criticism. We entreat you to feel free and write to us about anything that may strike you regarding Next Future in its concrete form as well as from a larger perspective. There is a possibility that we may not have enough space to feature all letters coming in, but we will try our utmost to do so.Sri Aurobindo Society Oct 2006
Editorial Eternally Yours O Thou, whom I cannot... Living Words Always circumstancescome to reveal... Flowers - their Messages Nobility Question of the Month Accidents and the Moment of Choice Commentaries on Dhammapada The life of the disciples of the Blessed One The Mother
Integral Health An End to the Endless SearchDr. Alok Pandey
Integral Education Sadhana and Sports Sri Aurobindo Hymn to the Mother Bankim Chandra Chatterjee Bande MataramA Song Divine Shonar Joshi
Resurgent India Sculpting the Pastwith the Present
A Mystic Symbolism...M.S. Srinivasan
The Wonder that is Sanskrit To Speak or Not to Speak Shonar Joshi
The Upanishad Kena Upanishad Sri Aurobindo
Art of Life The Meaning of Success Creative Corner Two Beings of Light Anahita Sanjana
Tales Told by Mystics The Hand that Thrashed... Manoj Das
Savitri Instalment-38 Mangesh Nadkarni
Reflections Spontaneity in Aspiration The Mother
Spotlight A Huge Chariot Elizabeth Beck
Your Voice Write to Us About Us Archives/Downloads
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This is October, 2006. Time to celebrate the festival of light i.e. Deepavali. Time for 'Mahakali' and 'Mahalaxmi' Puja. Agomoni Das (Mitra) has continued her writing "Reminiscences Of My Childhood In The Ashram" and is presenting "GRACE DIVINE" in this month. We would like to inform you that "GRACE DIVINE" section is not available in some Browsers like Opera, Mozilla etc. But most compatible browser is Internet Explorer 6. More over our webpages are best viewed in 800X600 resolution. Otherwise some graphics settings will create some obstacles. So please check the sections and give us much needed guidance. Please stay with us, support us and guide us. Your suggestion will lead us in our future progress. We are waiting for your kind and valuable visit at our website. With regards Pushkar ‘VEDPRAKASH’ Mitra C.E.O. www.matrimandir-habra.org P.O.-Habra Prafullanagar Dist: 24 Pgs(N) West Bengal Pin-743268 India E-mail: email@example.com Phone- 91-3216-237198, 91-94340-39926
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Speaking to reporters after meeting Chief Minister N Rangasamy and addressing a meeting of office-bearers of the Pondicherry Chamber de Commerce here, he described the union territory as a very good place and there could be exchange of traders between Sri Lanka and Puducherry as part of the bilateral arrangement his country had with India.
Earlier, Amza accompanied by his First Secretary M H Anver held discussions with Rangasamy at his chamber. He said he conveyed the greetings of the President of Sri Lanka to the Chief Minister. Amza will visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram here tomorrow before wrapping up his two-day visit to Puducherry. (Agencies) India - The Destination
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
How much support does the community provide to those who want to understand the spiritual foundations of Auroville and the nature of the integral yoga?
Mother stressed that it was important that the Aurovilians have a good knowledge of the writings of Sri Aurobindo. Consequently, in the early years certain Ashramites - including M.P.Pandit, Amal Kiran, Nirodbaran, Aravinda Basu and Udar Pinto - came regularly to Auroville to speak about Sri Aurobindo and Mother. The talks, which were held in venues like Last School amphitheatre and the Matrimandir Camp, were well-attended and lively. However, in 1979 they stopped. Why?
Most obviously it was because of increasing difficulties with the Sri Aurobindo Society (S.A.S.) and the Ashram. Some of the Aurovilians wanted to break links with the Ashram because they felt it had 'betrayed' Auroville by not supporting it in its struggles against the S.A.S., and because it was believed to be victimising Satprem for his efforts to publish The Agenda. As more and more of The Agenda was published, some of Mother's comments also appeared to support Satprem's assertion that the Ashram was "finished", and that Aurovilians had henceforth to walk their own spiritual path. Underlying this was the sense that the age of gurus and religions was over, that Mother had announced the birth of a new world which superceded all that went before, and that now one only needed to open oneself to and work with the force in order to progress.
This fitted well with the spirit of that time, for in Auroville it was a time of spontaneous action and of the rejection of established modes of thinking and authority ("too mental" was one of the devastating put-downs of that period). The Auroville schools remained shut (although a few small-scale educational experiments continued) and some of the books in the Auroville library were burned.
By the early 1980s, however, it was clear that there was a cost to this radical clearing of the decks. Many children were receiving no education and, as the political situation stabilized and energy turned again towards building the township, it became evident that very few Aurovilians really understood what Mother had intended for the detailed organization of the community. There was also growing concern that not only Newcomers but also many Aurovilians lacked a basic understanding of the Integral Yoga and of the significance of Mother's intentions for Auroville.
Consequently, along with the re-establishment of formal education in 1984, there was a new movement of research and documentation. For example, one of the first tasks of the newly-established Laboratory of Evolution (LoE) was to make compilations of the texts of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on topics like Integral Yoga, the psychic being and the 'Avatar's Model Town'. It also built up a library which includes not only works of Sri Aurobindo, Mother and their followers, but also texts on related fields like the new physics and alternative approaches in health and healing. "In this way," explains Bhaga who coordinates activities at the Laboratory of Evolution, "the LoE has become a bridge between the yoga as practised in Auroville and what is happening regarding evolution in the larger world, about which we still know far too little." It's an approach which has had its critics, notably those who believe that the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and Mother is unique and cannot be explained by or compared to any other path. There also remains a deep suspicion among some Aurovilians of what is perceived to be 'New Age' homogenization and superficiality. However Bhaga has seen a definite change in the past two years, with far more people coming to borrow books not only on the yoga but also on allied movements.
A turning point
By the early 1990s the somewhat strained relationship between Auroville and the Ashram was beginning to ease. Crucially, the completion of the inner chamber of Matrimandir drew Ashramites to the structure which many had worked on in the early years. At the same time, the reintegration of the so-called 'neutrals' (Aurovilians who had favoured dialogue with the SAS without being of that party) back into the community also facilitated a greater interaction with Ashramites, for many of these Aurovilians had retained strong links with individual Ashramites.
The interactions, however, remained informal, and while senior Ashramites like Champaklal and Nirodbaran visited Matrimandir and Aurovilian friends, they did not give talks. The turning-point came in 1994 when Nirodbaran was invited to Pitanga Hall to speak about his recollections of Sri Aurobindo. The deeply-felt and enthusiastic response of the Aurovilians to his talk made it obvious that there was a tremendous thirst not only for more knowledge, but also for increased contact with those who, like Nirodbaran, had had direct experience of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. 1994 was also the year the Savitri Study group began meeting regularly, and this was to become the seed of the Savitri Bhavan project.
Today there are regular well-attended classes and talks at Savitri Bhavan on 'Savitri', 'The Life Divine' and other works by Sri Aurobindo and Mother, given by both Aurovilians and Ashramites like Dr. Ananda Reddy, Dr. Nadkarni and Sraddhalu. The Welcoming Group, which organizes introduction weeks for Newcomers, always includes a session on the spiritual foundations of Auroville, while the Auroville Library, the Laboratory of Evolution and the House of Mother's Agenda continue to loan out books and tapes and mount mini-exhibitions on topics related to the yoga. There is even a new service which offers to make compilations on demand of any aspect of Auroville and the yoga.
In this sense one can say that the community is, once again, taking up the responsibility of disseminating knowledge about the yoga to all who are interested. However, important lacunae remain. Many of the local villagers who join Auroville are illiterate or semi-literate and have little or no knowledge of the yoga or the purpose of Auroville. This is not easily remedied as there are very few easy-to-read books in Tamil on the yoga (and the ones that do exist are not widely distributed) and there are no regular presentations on the yoga in the Tamil language.
Then, again, the larger question of how far one needs to study the yoga in order to become an effective instrument remains unresolved. One reason why there is not more widespread study in the community of Sri Aurobindo and Mother is that some Aurovilians seem to assume that merely to live in Auroville is to be on the royal road to transformation.
Nirodbaran's talk at the inauguration of Savitri Bhavan on August 8, 1999
Dear Friends, Savitri Bhavan team-members particularly..
We were very happy to receive your invitation, and share your happiness at the completion of the first section of the complex, your successful endeavour. It reminds me of the year when you invited me to lay the Foundation Stone of the Savitri Bhavan. This time the Bhavan has become a building, and once again I have the honour of inaugurating it ... because I was 'the scribe of Savitri' - as it says here on the invitation. But I'm not sure what a scribe has to do with the inauguration. The answer may follow, if I have found the right one.
Some of you may be curious to know - here on the invitation it mentions Dr. Nirodbaran. So what has Dr. Nirodbaran got to do with the scribe? I remember when I first came to meet Sri Aurobindo as a doctor, after his accident: he said, "Nirod is no doctor to me. He has come to serve me." Those were his very words. How I have served, well or ill, I don't know who will judge. But I have done my best, in spite of many pitfalls and errors.
Now we come to the next step, when I became a scribe. It happened because, as you know, after all his voluminous writing Sri Aurobindo's eyesight was failing. He could not see properly, he could not see even the big clock on the wall. So then Mother came to the rescue as she always does and said, "Nirod will help you. You will dictate and Nirod will write now." I don't think she used the word scribe. So from then on, Sri Aurobindo used to dictate, I would write down his words, copy them, and then the mater would go to Nolinida, to make a fair copy or to type. This was the procedure. I have written about all this [in Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo], but still quite a number of you may not know all these interesting details.) And then when it was almost finished, Sri Aurobindo asked me, if I remember correctly, "Is there anything more to be done?" I answered, "Yes - the Book of Death." He said, "That we shall see later." That is the way in which, avoiding the straight answer, he kept us in suspense. But he knew that he would not see it again: whatever remained, remained.
This is what he has done. And this are the two things he has said about me: first "He has come to serve me"; and second "Nirod is no doctor to me."
So doctoring I did, scribe I have also been, in the best way I could. I have the satisfaction, whatever anyone may say, that I have done the scribing to the best of my capacity. Today you know, there is a big storm going on in India: people are saying that the sanctity of Savitri has been lost, because we have interfered here and there. You know what is happening, but we don't care for it. We have done our work, and we are responsible to the Mother and to Sri Aurobindo. This is the way the thing has been done. That is all I have to say.
I am very happy to see that a large number of people have responded to the invitation from these wonderful workers, very sincere people, who have done their best, so that as we can see in a very short time the Savitri Bhavan is coming up. And there is no doubt about it that the Savitri Bhavan will go on growing, and soon we shall all be very happy to receive again another invitation in four or five years time. But I'm sorry, by that time my soul will be, I hope, with the Lord. That is all I have to say. Home > Education > Educational centres > Savitri Bhavan > Inauguration of the first phase