Monday, December 31, 2007

1st January 2008 as Prosperity Day

Sri Aurobindo Society at AP-514, J.Block, 8th Street, Anna Nagar West, Chennai-40 will observe 1st January 2008 as Prosperity Day at its premises. Programme start at 6.30 am and ends up with an audio show "The hour of God” at 6.00 pm.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Talk by Bimal Mohanty at Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi branch

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Talk on “Spiritual Approach to Life” by Bimal Mohanty, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m. The Hindu Engagements - New Delhi In the capital today
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10-30 a.m. In Chennai Today
Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: Joint prayers, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m.; W 7/C, Kovaipudur, 4 p.m.; Sri Annai Meditation Centre, West Power House Road, Tatabad, 10 a.m. In Coimbatore Today

Friday, December 28, 2007

We Tigers will join the Baltimore-based rock band Sri Aurobindo

Novick flits from guitar to vocals to keyboard. When he slips an acoustic guitar over his head, the maroon strap, embroidered with solemn-faced suns, taps the low ceiling. He leans hard into the microphone, his lips brushing the black mesh. In the soundproof practice room, his voice bounces off the walls with an unexpected power. The milky notes turn gravelly as his vocal cords tighten, a side effect of daily practice sessions.
The band is psyched for an upcoming gig at Williamsburg’s Luna Lounge, where they will join the Baltimore-based rock band Sri Aurobindo onstage. The We Tigers members frequent Luna Lounge, where they also played a show in September, to check out other local bands... www.wetigers.com HOME ALL EARS

The Flame of the Future: a concert organised by Darpana to pay tribute to Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri

The three-day Interart, the 32nd Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival organised by the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, starts on Friday with Phedre in Hindi. Written by Jean Racine, the original version was directed by acclaimed director Astrid Bas. This will be followed by a dance performance by the Darpana group on the theme of The journey inward - Devi Mahatmaya. Another attraction of this year’s Interart is a flute performance by Linda Wetherhill. She will be playing at a concert organised by Darpana to pay tribute to Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri: The Flame of the Future. Interart is an annual arts festival that focuses on combining synergies of artistes from around the world... Source Category

You never ask why are there so many cinema halls

24th December 2007 Bangalore Ashram Sri Sri Guruji conducted moonlight meditation… followed by the question and answer session.
Rigveda said something beautiful. It said for those who don't believe in him, he is there for them also!! Swami Vivekananda came, he found an institution. Then Rishi Aurobindo came he formed another institution…. We have take up a different way through yoga and meditation…There is no conflict with one another! There is one common thing I think in all and that is meditation... Posted by Abhi at 11:33 AM

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Poet Sundaram brought to us the sublime beauty of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

Poet Sundaram brought to us the sublime beauty of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry through the journal Dakshina. Umashankar Joshi was our poet laureate. Nagindas Parekh made not only Tagore and Bankim available in Gujarati, but also the Bible, which sounds more true to me in Gujarati even today...
In Defeat, Let Us Reclaim Our Selves After the fever pitch of Gujarat’s recent political rhetoric, TRIDIP SUHRUD looks back to a culture his home may no longer have use for. Suhrud is a social scientist from Ahmedabad WRITER’S E-MAIL tridip.suhrud@gmail.com From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 1, Dated Jan 12, 2008

Mother is the only one who issues passports

Without the Mother we cannot know the Father. I remember Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo, telling some students:
“Remember, you have to get a passport before you can go to another country. In the same way when you want to go from this country of darkness to the country of light, you also have to get a passport. And Mother is the only one who issues passports in this scheme of things.”
Since he was a Bengali, he understood that well... by Swami Nirmalananda Giri Copyright Atma Jyoti Ashram ©2004 posted by A SpringWind @ 10:16 AM

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sri Aurobindo certainly made it, but outside Bengal

The Telegraph Sunday , December 23 , 2007 Front Page > Opinion
THE END OF ARCADIA - A visit to Santiniketan provokes some unsettling questions
The Thin Edge - Ruchir Joshi
To read or to listen to Tagore is to, ultimately, be immersed in optimism, in the unshakeable belief that deep joy is the birthright of every human being and an attainable one. So I try and change what I’m looking at and the way I am seeing things: the trees around the campus are still lovely in the winter light; there are couples scattered in the nooks and crannies of the crumbling buildings, like birds about to mate; the forest around the khoai ripples with natural sounds; cycling through a santhal village, I see a modern building made using traditional local materials, a ceramic shop with some very nice things, and for a moment I could be in Goa or Auroville.
As I head for the station a thought passes through my head: we cannot escape the great Bengalis, but can they escape us? Aurobindo certainly made it, but outside Bengal; now, what about Rabindranath?

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Discourse on “The Human Cycle” by Ramesh Bijlani

The Hindu Sunday, Dec 23, 2007
Engagements - New Delhi In the capital today RELIGION
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Discourse on “The Human Cycle” by Ramesh Bijlani, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Study circle meeting on ‘Sunlit Path,’ 3 Lajapathi Roy Road, Chinna Chokkikulam, 10.30 a.m.

Auroville is the atom

The President visited the ‘Progress’ meditation chamber in the petal and then went up to the Chamber, where she meditated for some time. She expressed a vivid interest in the Matrimandir and it was explained to her that the physical building is as a landscape of the inner journey. On leaving the President issued the following message:
“Auroville is the atom which has the inherent power of filling the world with humanity, peace, progress, tolerance and harmony. It gives a chance to explore by the coming together of the right thinking people of different cultures all around the word.”
A photo made at the occasion shows Ms. Pratibha Patil flanked by Dr. (Tmt.) Poongothai, Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu (left) and Thiru. N. Rangasamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry (right). The Working Committee Posted by aurodas at 9:06 PM

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Three distinct, yet overlapping ways of life

You will realise that you are in Pondicherry when the typical aroma of the place hits you! Hard to point it, really, but it could be best-described as the mingled odours of sambhar, fish, chameli flowers, agarbatti and the salty tang of the sea! Indeed, Pondy, as the locals call it, is the sensualists delight, filling up all the senses and leaving the visitor replete! That is the speciality of the Podicherry, a small territory.
The very special feature of Pondy is the two distinct ambiences that peacefully co-exist the Tamil and the French! Add to these, the lifestyle brought about by the Aurobindo Ashram and what people actually have are three distinct, yet overlapping ways of life, never seeming to impinge on the other but borrowing freely and giving generously to the other...
The Ashram has a massive kitchen-cum-dining-hall, which caters to over 1500 people per meal, and here one can get good quantities of yoghurt, porridge, steamed dals and few cups of vegetables... A few steps away are the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Utmost quiet reigns here. No ceremonies only quiet meditation. You ll be allowed only after switching off your mobiles, hence silence guaranteed. prasadbhathey prasadbhathey.sulekha.com Beta © prasadbhathey., all rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New books on India

India and the Future of South Asia: Kosha Shah; pub. by Auroville Arts, Saracon, Kottakarai, Auroville-605101. Rs. 80. The Hindu Book Review New Arrivals Tuesday, Dec 18, 2007
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The Story of True India by Shreepal Singh, Rainbow Publshers, C-23, Madhu Vihar, Delhi-110092 India. Rs. 495. New Civilization Zones singh_shreepal@yahoo.co.in
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Hinduism re-defined
by P. K. Nijhawan Published in 1982, Vimal Publications (Bombay)
Pagination:xii, 189 p.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Four aspects of Savitri by Dr V. Ananda Reddy

TALK December 17 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Sri Aurobindo Study Course (Pramod Ranjan Sen Endowment) by Dr V. Ananda Reddy of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, Pondicherry. Subject: Four aspects of Savitri. Front Page > Calcutta > Timeout The Telegraph. Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Life Divine & Sunlit Path

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Lecture on “The Life Divine” by Prashant Khanna, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Study circle meeting on ‘Sunlit Path,’ 3 Lajapathi Roy Road, Chinna Chokkikulam, 10.30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bara Bara Baranga

Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Annual celebration
on December 12, 1907 at Baranga, Orissa. [TNM]

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The education system in Orissa is going to take a new shape

Monday, December 10, 2007 Integral Education in Orissa
Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and Integral education are growingly accepted by the parents and students of Orissa. Manas Das [9:48 PM] INTEGRAL EDUCATION: A VICTORY ON CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION SYSTEM, Integral education is the vision of Sri Aurobindo who first put his views on this topic in various newspapers and magazines in between 1904-08.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A special lecture by R.Y. Despande: The vision and the boon

Front Page > Calcutta > Timeout TALK December 10 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6.15 pm: A special lecture (Prasenjit Basu Endowment) by R.Y. Despande. Subject: Savitri: The vision and the boon. The Telegraph. Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Lecture by Dr. Karan Singh on “The Last Message of Sri Aurobindo”

The Hindu Sunday, Dec 09, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Lecture by Dr. Karan Singh on “The Last Message of Sri Aurobindo”, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Engagements - In Coimbatore Today
Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: Writing of Savithri Episode, Sri Annai Meditation Centre, West Power House Road, Tatabad, 10 a.m.
Engagements - Coimbatore Today Saturday, Dec 08, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: “Writing of Savithri Episode,” Sri Annai Meditation Centre, West Power House Road, Tatabad, 10 a.m.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Barathiar’s meetings with Sister Nivedita and Sri Aurobindo

Friday Review Bangalore Chennai and Tamil Nadu Delhi Hyderabad Thiruvananthapuram Immortalised by his poesy
Lecture on Subramania Barathi was part of the 40th National Library Week celebrations.
T.A. Venkateswaran The 40th National Library Week celebration had a talk on Subramania Barathi...
He further explicated that Barathiar’s idea of freedom was not just liberation from foreign rule. He was an advocate of women empowerment and was rooted in the values of ancient Indian scriptures but still was alive to the need of scientific development and cried for a happy blend of both. He was in a great hurry to take his beloved country beyond the morass of his times. Venkateswaran elaborated on Barathiar’s meetings with Sister Nivedita and Aurobindo and other great personalities. A.R.S © Copyright 2000 - 2007 The Hindu

Sri Aurobindo Society State Committee for Karnataka

The Hindu Wednesday, Dec 05, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Society: 57th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Aurobindo, AP – 514, J-Block, 8th St., Anna Nagar, 6-30 p.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Sri Aurobindo Maha Samdhi Day programme, Trichy Road, 6 a.m.; 7 p.m.
Aurobindo Society State Committee for Karnataka: Slide show on ‘Life sketch of Sri Aurobindo,’ Aurobindo Marg, J.P. Nagar I Phase, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thousands of devotees pay homage to Sri Aurobindo on his 57th Mahasamdhi day

Devotees throng Aurobindo ashram
India Puducherry Wednesday, Dec 5 2007 IST
Thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad thronged the Aurobindo ashram here to pay homage to the saint philosopher Sri Aurobindo on the occasion of his 57th Mahasamdhi day today.
A mass meditation was organised by the ashramites to mark the occasion. The rooms used by Sri Aurobindo and the mother were thrown open for public darshan. -- (UNI) -- 05MS2.xml

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

New India will emerge from today’s bleak conditions

Governor calls upon youth to emulate Aurobindo
Staff Reporter The Hindu Tuesday, Dec 04, 2007 Andhra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam
“New India will emerge from today’s bleak conditions”
Tiwari delivers lecture at Andhra University
Governor is on a three-day visit VISAKHAPATNAM:
Governor N.D. Tiwari called upon youth to follow the teachings of seers like Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda and take the nation on the path of prosperity. Delivering the 5th annual lecture on ‘Sri Aurobindo and Education in India’ organised in Andhra University on Monday, the Governor paid rich tributes to the saint. He recalled the words of Sri Aurobindo that the “heart of man is nearer to the truth than his intelligence”.
He said that apart from imparting knowledge and providing information, a university should help in promotion of culture and character among youth and felt that Andhra University could take the lead in this regard.
He expressed the optimism that the new India of Sri Aurobindo’s dream, spiritually vibrant, morally ascendant, geographically integrated and unbreakably united would emerge from the bleakness of today’s conditions.
Chairman of the AP State Council of Higher Education K.C. Reddy, AU Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy, Rector B. Satyanarayana, Registrar P. Vijay Prakash, Executive Council members J.V. Prabhakara Rao and I. Muralikrishna Rao were present, among others. The Governor is here on a three-day visit.

Monday, December 03, 2007

14th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference in Bhubaneswar from Dec. 9 to 11

The Hindu Other States - Orissa Conference on Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo Sanskrutika Sansad Trust will organise the 14th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference in Bhubaneswar from Dec. 9 to 11. www.hindu.com

57th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Aurobindo on 5th December in Chennai

Sri Aurobindo’s 57th Maha Samadhi Day chennaiplus.net/the-city-bee
Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, AP-514, J.Block, 8th Street, Annanagar (16th Main Road, behind Sri Devi Hospital), Chennai-40, will observe the 57th Maha Samadhi Day of Sri Aurobindo at its premises on 5th December. At 6.30 a.m : Collective meditation and prayers for end of terrorism and world peace and audio show -Indian Heritage, Chanting hymns from holy scriptures. For details contact: 26161826

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Lecture on “Prasthana Trayam” by Shri Bimal Mohanty

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Lecture on “Prasthana Trayam” by Shri Bimal Mohanty at Ashram premises, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Engagements - Chennai today
Prasnopanishad: V. Purushothaman, Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, AP-514, J Block, 8th St., Anna Nagar, 6 p.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10-30 a.m.
Engagements - Coimbatore Today
Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: Joint prayer, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m.; Kovaipudur, 4 p.m.; Tatabad, 10 a.m.
Engagements - Madurai today
Sri Aurobindo Society: Study circle meeting on ‘Sunlit Path,’ 3 Lajapathi Roy Road, Chinna Chokkikulam, 10.30 a.m.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education - 1 & 2 December

Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education -
The Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education celebrated its 63rd anniversary on 1 & 2 December 2006. As part of the celebrations, the Department of Physical Education of the Ashram presented a beautiful physical demonstration on the theme of "Harmony & Beauty" at the Ashram's Sportsground on 2nd December 2006. There was also a dance drama on Sri Aurobindo's Sanskrit work "Bhavani Bharati", performed at Ashram's theatre in the evening of 1st December.

Success of authors lies in this art of abridgement

For records shake, the lunching of the golden jubilee [of Orissa Sahitya Akademi] at 5.30 in the evening of 25 Sept. 2007 at Bhanja Kalamandap of Bhubaneswar was performed by the CM with Akademi President Prof. Deepak Mishra in the Chair. M/s Prafulla C.Ghadei (Minister, Finance), S.N. Patro (Minister, Culture), A.K. Tripathy (Chief Secretary) and Gopinath Mohanty (Secretary, Culture) were guests of honor when Secretary of the Akademi, Dr. Hara Pr. Parichha Pattnaik introducing the programme said, reverence to betters and seniors and affectionate encouragement to budding writers would be the norm of the Akademi in entering into the new era.
On this occasion, noted scholar and writer Manoj Das addressing as the Chief Guest said, in the ages of yore, there was no literature; but there was speculation. Speculation in course of time metamorphosed into literature. So literature is an abridgement of reality and feeling. Success of authors lies in this art of abridgement, in which regard, Orissa’s literary heritage is abundantly rich.(scp) ...from OrissaMatters by Subhas C Pattanayak

There is something magical and moving about Auroville once you get there

Auroville - a bizarre galaxy in India
Auroville is the name of a collective originally consisting of people from 124 nations. The collective is free in spirit, though it renounces all religion. Auroville is physically located near Pondicherry and the Eastern coast of India. Established in 1968 and named after a philosophical Indian man called Sri Aurobindo, the stated purpose of Auroville is “to realise human unity”. The geographical heart of the collective is a banyan tree next to which a space age non-temple named Matrimandir (mandir meaning temple in hindi -yes, a bit of a terminological clash there..) has been constructed. The sketches for the building were made by the mysterious Mother, a French woman who was the driving force behind the founding of Auroville. Architectural/structural suggestions based on these sketches were made by a group of architects led by architect Roger Anger.
Matrimandir in Auroville, India
The architectural plan that was selected reflects magnificently the innovativeness of the late 1960s’ design that knew no boundaries. The globe-shaped cylinder is covered with satellite-like gold plates which gives it the air of a tv station in outer space. Though renouncing all religion and religious activities, meetings of some sort are held both inside the space station and on the rows of tiled steps outside where outsiders are allowed to take photos of each other against this bizarre backdrop.
Despite heaps of prejudiced sarcastic scepticism, there is something magical and moving about Auroville once you get there. It is a peaceful place and the efforts made there to preserve the forest type known as Tropical dry evergreen forest are welcome as is the dedication to organic farming in the area. anunymous anunyymi anĂșnima

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Mother's Service Society & Garry Jacobs

Values in Business Sunday, November 25, 2007 About Garry Jacobs
Hello! I'd like to introduce myself as an American-born consultant on business management and economic development with international experience in Western and Eastern Europe and Asia, especially India.
My interest in Human Science arises from the work of Karmayogi, founder of The Mother's Service Society, a social science research institute based in Pondicherry, South India. For the past 35 years, the Society has been applying the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother to research in the fields of economic and social development, global governance, peace and security, management, psychology, education, literary criticism and spirituality. My activites have included theoretical research on social development, organizational theory and a theory of money, as well as studies for major corporations and business associations, international organizations and national governments.
From 1989 to 1994, I was Member Secretary of the International Commission on Peace & Food (ICPF) and editor of the Commission's report Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace and Equitable Development.In 1995 I became Executive Director of the International Center for Peace and Developmentin Napa, California, an organization established to continue the work of the Commission.In 1994 I was elected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and in 2004 I was appointed Chairman of the Academy’s Standing Committee on Peace and Development and a member of the Board of Trustees.
I am a practicing management consultant and partner in Mira International, a consulting firm based in Napa, California providing management guidance to firms in a wide range of industries in the USA, Europe and India. My work includes assignments for small, medium and large corporations on strategies to elevate corporate values, accelerate growth, and improve profitability. I have also co-authored two books on the process of corporate growth: The Vital Difference: Unleashing the Powers of Sustained Corporate Success, and The Vital Corporation: How American Companies Large and Small Double Profits in Two Years or Less. Posted by Garry Jacobs at 9:41 PM The Issue

Sunday, November 25, 2007

March-past at the Playground

DARSHAN
24 November 2007 (Saturday)
Sri Aurobindo's Room will be open from 5 a. m. to 12 noon
Programme
5 to 5-15am For Bakery, Dining Room, Corner House, Farms people and Nursing Home
5-30am General queue
6 a. m. to 6-30 a. m. Meditation around the Samadhi
6-40 a. m. to 12 noon General queue
12 noon Closing time

The Birthday people of 24th Nov. to come at 12noon

3 to 3-30pm - Aged and Invalid in walking
3-30 to 4pm - Invalids to be carried by Chair

6-30 p. m. - March-past at the Playground
Location: Home > Homepage Fixed2 > 24Th - Nov - 2007 The Darshan Day

Prashant Khanna to deliver lecture on The Life Divine

Engagements - New Delhi In The Capital Today The Hindu Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Prashant Khanna to deliver lecture on "The Life Divine,” Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Engagements - Chennai The Hindu Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society Centre: Meeting, AP-514, J Block, 8th St., Anna Nagar, 6 p.m.
Engagements - Coimbatore Today Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: Joint prayer to Divine Mother, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, Azad Road, RS Puram, 9.30 a.m.; Sri Annai Meditation Centre, West Powerhouse Road, Tatabad, 10 a.m.; W7\C, Kovaipudur, 4 p.m.
PERFORMING ARTS November 24 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan; 6 pm: The Jayanti Function features reading/ recitation by Santwana Bhattacharjee, Arup Basu and Bimal Dutta, and songs by Shantanu Bhattacharyya and Durba Bhattacharyya. Front Page > Calcutta > Timeout The Telegraph Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Sunlit Path or The Integral Yoga

The CD is composed of 4 talks by Dr.V. Ananda Reddy
1.The Call
2.The Effort
3.The Grace
4.The Supramental Mahashakthi
Dr.V. Ananda Reddy is the Director of Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research. He graduated from Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, in 1969. He Joined Auroville in 1971 and participated in the early experiments in Integral Education. He has travelled widely in India as well as in the U.S.A, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and England, Italy, Russia, Spain, Japan, Bangkok and Singapore and delivered extensive lectures and conducted workshops on the vision and work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research Friday, September 7, 2007
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Seventeen sanskrit composition by Sri Kapali Sastriar

Kapali Sastriar's PRAYERS on The Mother & Sri Aurobindo
(Set of 2 CDs and Cassettes)
Seventeen sanskrit composition by Sri Kapali Sastriar, complied by his disciple Sri Madhav Pandit rendered in the form of bhajans. Contains commentary by Dr. R. L. Kashyap. Aslo available in the form of book. These prayers are meant for those who are interested in cultivating a direct relationship with the Divine. They are all dedicated to the Mother & Sri Aurobindo. These prayers make us become aware of the Masters, Make our spirit of surrender deeper and increase our aspiration to attain all-round perfection. Feel free to listen some of the tracks.
Commentary: Dr. R. L. Kashyap
Rendered by: B. E. Kamal Kumar, Archana Udupa, R. Shruthi & Harichandana.Muisc
Composer: B. E. Kamal KumarMusic Director: H. S. Sudhindra
Flute: Surmani Pravin Godkhindi & Chandrakanth Kamath
Violin: Charulatha Ramanujam, Sitar: Kumar Das
Table: Kiran Godkhindi, Percussion: S. G. Pramath Kiran
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Her entreaties were not listened to or cared for

Thirty-three years back, on the Seventeenth Day of November, 1973, Mira Alfassa, The Mother in Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga, left Her physical body and walked and entered into the then newly formed Supramental Body. The World knew and told that She has passed away.

She wanted to walk into Her new supramental body along with Her old body. But that did not and could not happen. The cooperation that She deserved from the fellow human beings was not received. Someone who was close to Her on that day, did not render the needed assistance and She had to lie on Her bed, as She was medically ill. Her instructions were ignored and unheard. Her entreaties were not listened to or cared for. Someone failed to become a true representative of the aspiring mankind. [...]
A divine possibility failed due to the non-co-operation and disobedience of Man. The negative force and will prevailed for the time being and the Destiny of Mankind and the Evolution had to have a different Course. When the Old Form could not walk into the Supramental Body, a New Course was taken by divine possibility — the New Body must not have failed and must have assimilated the essence of the Old Form.

The Mother, in Her subtle body, walked into the New Body. That was the triumph of which the mankind did not know. She is continuing Her work of the Supramental Manifestation and Transformation through those instruments who are open to Her, throughout the world and Her activity or Her will not be limited to the Ashram or to Auroville. Her work is now for the entire world and for the entire humanity

Barin Chaki
17-11-2007
Written on 17-11-2007, Revised from 18-11-2007 To 20-11-2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

An entreprenuer can have a substantial impact on transformation of world

Joydip has a vast interest on the concept of Transformation of world into a sustainable economy, enviroment and society- which is popularly refered as triple bottom line. This blog are his thoughts on how global environmental interest and global economic interest can be colloborated with Global socetial interest. As a entreprenuer himself he is a lover of the profession of entreprenuership and believes that an entreprenuer can have a substantial impact on transformation of world. He is also lover of the epic poetry Savitri written by Sri Aurobindo which talks about world transformation in poetic and spiritual verses. View my complete profile

Monday, November 19, 2007

Upward and downward pointing arrows

Gagdad Bob said... 11/18/2007 01:32:00 PM
That's a great article about Rosenzweig. Interestingly, Aurobindo used the same symbol of the upward and downward pointing arrows, one signifying the involution of God into creation, the other the return home from man toward divinity.

The day of victory on which Sri Aurobindo brought down ‘The overmind consciousness’ to the earth on 24.11.1926

ChennaiPlus home 18 November 2007
The 81st Yoga Siddi Day of Sri Aurobindo (The day of victory on which Sri Aurobindo brought down ‘The overmind consciousness’ to the earth on 24.11.1926) will be celebrated by Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, AP-514, J-Block, 8th Street, (16th Main Road, Behind Sri Devi Hospital) Annanagar, Chennai-40 on 24.11.2007 at its premises at 6.30 a.m. collective meditation and prayers for world harmony and progress, at 6.30 p.m. Audio show “India and its future”.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dr. Ramesh Bijlani to deliver lecture on the “The Human Cycle”

The Hindu Engagements - New Delhi In the Capital Today Sunday, Nov 18, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Dr. Ramesh Bijlani to deliver lecture on the “The Human Cycle,” Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m.
Engagements - In Coimbatore Today Sunday, Nov 18, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Devotees: Writing of Savithri Episode, Sri Annai Meditation Centre, Tatabad, 10 a.m.; joint prayers, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m.; Kovaipudur, 4.30 p.m.
Engagements - In Coimbatore Today Saturday, Nov 17, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Devotees: Writing of Savithri episode, Sri Annai Meditation Centre, Tatabad, 10 a.m.; talk on Sri Annai, Kongu Vellalar Higher Secondary School, Karumathampatty, 3 p.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: The Mother’s Maha Samadhi – Special Meditation, Trichy Road, 6 a.m.; 7 p.m.

The Birthday people of 17th November to come on 18th November

17th November 2007 (Saturday)
The Mother's Room will be open from 4 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Programme

4 to 4-15 a. m. For Bakery, Dining Room, Corner House, Farms people and Nursing Home
4-30 a. m. General queue
6 a. m. to 6-30 a. m. Meditation around the Samadhi
6-40 a. m. to 4 p. m. General queue
4 p. m. Closing time
Token Counter will close at 4 p. m.
The Birthday people of 17th November to come on 18th November

18th November 2007

Sri Aurobindo's Room will be reopen from 9 a. m. to 10 a. m.
Only for Aged and Invalid people who could not stand in the General queue
Programme

9 to 9-30 a. m. Only for Aged and Invalid in walking group
9-30 to 10 a. m. Invalids to be carried by Chair
10-15 a.m. The Birthday people of 17th and 18th November to assemble near Incense Room
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

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People from the entire country and abroad began to throng the ashram here

Arrangements made for Mother's death anniversary
Puducherry Friday, Nov 16 2007 IST
The inmates of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram today made all arrangements to observe the 33rd 'death anniversary of the Mother' here tomorrow.
People from the entire country and abroad began to throng the ashram here.
On the occasion, the ashramites would organise a 'mass meditation' and the room used by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother would be thrown open for public darshan from this evening. webindia123.com

Sri Aurobindo gave the English the most wonderful thing in their language by writing Savitri

Krishnaprem held a great regard for Sri Aurobindo and once remarked that Sri Aurobindo who fought against the English rule gave the English the most wonderful thing in their language by writing Savitri in English. The language was enlightened to an uncharted height so far unknown to this language. I can not remind the exact sentences Krishnaprema used for his comment on Savitri – unfortunately but the sense was close to it. Sri Krishnaprem passed away on November 14th 1965. His last words to his beloved disciple; M Ashish were-“My ship is sailing”.
For further reading on Krishnaprema and the life and sadhana of Yashoda Mai-the suggested book is: "Yogi Sri Krishna Prem " by Dilip Kumar Roy Published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay -400- 007 Posted by Debabrata Ghosh at 11:53:00

Friday, November 16, 2007

A dynamic, living engagement and relationship with the Divine

I am posting these quotes from the Mother due to some questions friends have asked me about the integral yoga. The yoga is not a religion, an ideology, a cult, or even a philosophy. It is a dynamic, living engagement and relationship with the Divine purely for the sake of the Divine, and nothing else...The Stumbling Mystic

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sri Aurobindo University at Dalijoda

Towards her, our knowledge climbs-- Sri Aurobindo

S R I A U R O B I N D O U N I V E R S I T Y
AT – SRI AUROBINDO SHREEKSHETRA, DALIJODA, PO – KARANJI,
DIST –CUTTACK –754022
Phone : 0671 2343307, 2340718, 2344338, 2873405 Cell : 9437023407, 9437120220 E-mail
ctk_matrubha@sancharnet.in
An Appeal

Friends,
To encourage aspiring individuals to be a part of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’s vision of the new world through learning and research of their works, the “Sri Aurobindo’s Unversity” at Dalijoda is being established. It is hoped that this University will be a stepping stone to open an avenue to the future of humanity as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo.

An undertaking of this nature requires the support of members who believe in this vision. The project involves development of infrastructure such as buildings, comprising of office, library and class rooms, teaching and learning materials & aids, residential quarters for the learner and counselor etc.
The task is formidable and difficult to accomplish without the help of individuals and groups.
We make an earnest appeal for funds to carryout the work of establishing a seat of learning for aspirants of an enlightened future, to realise the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Please note that being a unit of Sri Aurobindo Srikshetra Trust, all donations to Sri Aurobindo University will have income tax relief under U/S 80g of the I.T.Act 1961.
Kindly circulate this appeal amongst all well-wishers, friends and acquaintances by e-mail or otherwise.
Thanking you and expecting your hearty co-operation,
Yours in the service of The Mother-

Prasad Tripathy
Convenor

From: "Gadadhar Mishra" matrubhaban@bsnl.in matrubhaban.com/matru.htm

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Aim in Life Survey

I am currently working on a Doctorate (Ed.D) in the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Through some of the research for my dissertation I discovered some really interesting ideas regarding life purpose. In light of Mother's opening in her essay on "The Science of Living" ("An aimless life is always a miserable life. . .") life purpose is a particularly relevant idea in the context of Integral Education research.
Recently I found two interesting surveys on life purpose and sources of meaning in life, which I would like to use as a sort of trial run for the collection and analysis of data. I have uploaded the questions from these surveys to Survey Monkey, a website where one can create, store, and administer research instruments. I am calling this the Aim in Life Survey.
I would be very grateful if we can get as many members of the worldwide Sri Aurobindo community as possible to fill out the survey on-line by going to the link below. The survey consists of six pages and should only take about 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey is completely confidential. My interest in doing this is to validate the survey and then share the findings with anyone here who would be interested in them.
The more participants the better. There are hundreds of people on the SCIY Blog and I need a minimum of 200 respondents to get reliable data. If you take the survey, make sure you complete all six pages and answer all the questions. If you choose to participate, please click here:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4i_2fZx0hoAZ7aRGumkXBWPQ_3d_3d
Click Here to take the Aim in Life survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thanking everyone in advance, Prapanna

Prapanna Smith, MAED
Principal, Integral Elementary School http://www.IntegralElementary.com
Rainbow Kids Integral Preschool
http://www.RainbowKidsSchool.com
Office: 858-450-4321 Cell: 858-204-2096
Keywords: Survey, IntegralEducation, RainbowSchool, PrapannaSmith by ronjon on Tue 13 Nov 2007 07:18 PM PST Permanent Link

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

We speak many languages and come from all walks of life

Divine Mother Sunday, November 11, 2007 Posted by K.Valli at 7:08 AM
AURO-ADITI
Welcome to the Web site of information on Integral Yoga, a spiritual path founded by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
This site includes introductions to the yoga and to the people and centers who aspire to its golden promise -- including the revolutionary experiments in south India known as the Ashram and Auroville. The people whose lives are being transformed by this path comprise a diverse group which spans every continent. We speak many languages and come from all walks of life. And we aspire to an integrated spirituality inclusive of all aspects of life.
Since the early part of the century, when Sri Aurobindo and the Mother began publishing articles and books, to the present day, as journals and books continue to appear, a large body of literature has grown up related to this yoga. Our web site will contain excerpts, reviews, and texts so you can begin exploring for yourself. We will also include news of current meetings, artistic events, cultural exchanges, and conferences around the world.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm moving towards a more purist and intense Aurobindonian position

Busy writing Posted on Nov 12th, 2007 by M. Alan
I find I'm moving towards a more purist and intense Aurobindonian position; Wilberian Integralism is much too exoteric and non-spiritual and not many of the people involved would be receptive to radical esoteric, occult, and yogic ideas.
i'm not saying that's bad, not at all; there's absolutely a place for all that; and many are inspired by AQAL and Spiral Dynamics to work for a better world. It's just that I myself am more interested in true esotericism. So I'm much less interested now in attempting any sort of “compromise” position between Wilberian and Aurobindonian.
The Aurobindonian tradition (Integral Yoga and Integral philosophy) really is unparalleled in its insights, inclusiveness, and confronting understanding of spirituality and what is required for the Divinisation of the world. Access: Public Add Comment Print Send views (16) Tagged with: writing, book, essay, Integral Metaphysics and Transformation, Metaphysics, exoteric, esoteric, Wilberian, Aurobindonian, integralism

Devidip Ganguly to talk on ‘The Adventure of Consciousness'

Sri Aurobindo Society:
Devidip Ganguly to talk on ‘The Adventure of Consciousness – India’s Spiritual Evolution’, Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Musheerabad, 6 p.m. Posted by sri at 6:08 PM hyderabad-today

34th Maha Samadhi Day of The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 17th November

Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, AP-514, J. Block, 8th Street, Annanagar (16th Main Road, Behind Sri Devi Hospital), Chennai-40, will observe the 34th Maha Samadhi Day of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at its premises as follows on 17th November -
  • At 6.30 a.m, Collective meditation and prayers for end of terrorism and world peace;
  • At 6.30 p.m, Audio show “The Mothers Voice”.

All are welcome. For details contact: 26161826 Related Posts: Aurobindo Centre Plans Prosperity Day Mother’s Birth Anniversary On Feb. 21 Spiritual Songs Spiritual discourse

Time as an aid in the realization of a Supramental Consciousness

Robert E. Wilkinson
Robert is a writer/astrologer/teacher residing in Asheville, N.C. He is V.P. of Aeon Group - an international educational organization devoted to the promotion and distribution of the yogic and cosmological teachings of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. Mr. Wilkinson's primary area of expertise is the role of applied cosmology in the areas of science, psychology and human development. He has lectured throughout the world on the subject of Cosmology, Yoga, Evolutionary Philosophy, Spirituality and Science, and has written extensively on Time as an aid in the realization of a Supramental Consciousness. www.quantumyoga.org

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sri Aurobindo agreed to Churchill's Call for Military action

It should be remembered that at the same time when Gandhi did his good work in India, Churchill was highly successful in Europe combating Nazi Germany. Was he practicing “Be the Change you want to see in the world”?
Churchill did the change - and contributed to it - what the world needed. In fact-some know it - Churchill disagreed with Gandhi about military actions against Germany. it was Sri Aurobindo, one of the Big Integral Pioneers, who agreed to Churchills Call for Military action and to the arms... Posted on Nov 10th, 2007 by Albert

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi: Bimal Mohanty will deliver a lecture

The Hindu Sunday, Nov 11, 2007
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Bimal Mohanty will deliver a lecture on “Spiritual Approach to Life”, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10 a.m.
Sri Aurobindo Devotees: Joint prayer, Sasi Balika Vidya Mandir, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m.; Kovaipudur, 4.30 p.m.; Sri Annai Meditation Centre, Tatabad, 10 a.m.
Front Page > Calcutta > Timeout Saturday, November 10, 2007
TALK November 10 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: A lecture by Dr Karan Singh, MP.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

"Beyond Man" - "Oltre la spezie umana"

Talks in Italy
Georges van Vrekhem, well known Auroville resident author will be in Italy during November 2007 and will speak on the 13th of November in Rome at the occasion of the publication in Italian of his book "Beyond Man": "Oltre la spezie umana".
Further information can be obtained from the book's publisher irradiazioni@irradiazioni.com On November 9th Mr Van Vrekhem will speak in Torino . For information on this event, contact the book's translator dariabl@katamail.com ; or AVI I taly via manarada1@virgilio.it
Beyond Man
After a thirty year study of the source material, Georges worked for six years on the book 'Beyond Man, the Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother' which has been published in The Netherlands, India (second printing), USA, Russia and also in French. This book is moreover translated in German, and the Spanish translation is almost finished. His subsequent biography 'The Mother, the Story of Her Life', has been published in January 2001. See for other works here below.
Books published (in English):
Beyond Man – the life and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (HarperCollins Publishers India, third impression)
The Mother – the story of her life (HarperCollins Publishers India, second impression)
Overman – the intermediary between the human and the supramental being (Rupa & Co Publishers)
Patterns of the Present From the perspective of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother (Rupa & Co Publishers)
Hitler and his God - Van Vrekhem gives a revealing picture of the rise of the unknown Austrian corporal

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A measure of compassionate religion, an awareness beyond the matter-of-fact

Aravind Eye Care System
Aravind Eye Hospitals are named after Sri Aurobindo, one of the 20th century’s most revered spiritual leaders. In spirit, Sri Aurobindo’s teachings focus on mankind’s transcendence into a heightened state of awareness through repair, as an instrument of what he called the Divine Force.
At Aravind one finds, mutual with modern talent and management practice, a measure of compassionate religion, an awareness beyond the matter-of-fact, and the impetus of a mission. Given the scale of blindness and the challenges faced in a developing country, the Government alone cannot meet the health needs of all. Realising this quandary, Dr. Venkataswamy wanted to establish an swap health care model that would supplement the efforts of the Government and also be self-sufficient.
Link: aravind Email Address: Email Contact Form Phone: 0091-452-4356100
Our Specialities: At Aravind single finds, united with modern know-how and supervision practices, a assess of concerned spirituality, an responsiveness beyond the matter-of-fact, and the impetus of a mission.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Inner knowledge and inner technique can change the world

Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Auroville We took a short day trip from Pondicherry to a township named Auroville. Part of their charter;

"For millennia, we have been developing outer means, outer instruments, outer techniques of living, and finally those means and techniques are crushing us. The sign of the new humanity is a reversal in the standpoint, and the understanding that inner knowledge and inner technique can change the world and master it without crushing it."

Auroville is an international commune of 1800 residents started in 1968. It is a VERY BEAUTIFUL place. The residents renounce religion and meditate for 6-7 hrs a day in the meditation center, Matrimandir. With their free time, they do what it takes to keep the community together. They strongly stress education and applying learning and understanding from the world at large. They engage in ; research into a cashless economy, environmental regeneration, organic farming, renewable energy, health care, education, handicrafts, etc.
In addition to sustaining this in Auroville, the township also provides a major source of employment to the 40,000 inhabitants of local villages and works with those villages to improve their infrastructure and provide education and health care.On our arrival, I was very impressed with the visitor center. A series of unique buildings built into a hillside and with many terraces w/vines and trees. It was a very clean, cool and modern place. The walk to the meditation center was about a 10 minutes walk on a beautiful path- lots of shade, a beautiful rock garden, benches to rest under a huge Banyon tree. The path is supposed to be walked in silence.... so I skipped ahead of the kids a bit to take that feeling in.
The center itself, Matimandir, is a huge golden ball (very Epcot center-ish) with a point at the top bringing in light to a prism where it is reflected on the walls. There is a deeper meaning to each reflection point....but, I didn't take notes on that. I may have remembered, except that when I got to the center, I discovered that I couldn't enter it. It was closed for remodel. "When will it be opened?", I asked the security guard. "Six months, Maam". Drats.
Well, of course, I sat down and did the meditation that I came to do, anyway! Back at the visitor center, I did some shopping....could have done a lot more. It's probably good that the kids needed to go!
It is certainly one of my favorite adventures on this trip and points directly to the need to come to India again. I want to go inside Matimandir to meditate.
The reflection that I have on Auroville.....it's rather interesting that this community renouncing all religion is in India- a place filled with religious history and practice so powerful that it is an intricate part of daily life. Here churches aren't important for most. Religion is practiced wherever you are. If you are Hindu (most are), there are temples everywhere, but you don't need to go to a temple and you don't enter into a religious community to offer puja....there doesn't have to be a service and other people...it's an innate part of each individual.
In Auroville, the inhabitants renounce all religion, but it feels no different. It's an extremely spiritual place. It's just practiced in a different way. What I've been surprised by is that regardless of each person's religious beliefs, the culture here really respects all religion and is quite open and welcoming to anyone- even a Western female tourist. Peace-W:) Posted by A Reedy Adventure at 8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Savitri by Sri Aurobindo

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For information on the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, South India search their excellent website. http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/home.htm
The Sri Aurobindo Society is headquartered in Pondicherry and has many branches and numerous websites. http://www.sriaurobindosociety.org.in
For a list of the many Sri Aurobindo Centers in the U.S. and internationally search the website at: http://www.miraura.org
For a complete list of Sri Aurobindo Centers and Study Groups in the U.S. and for books on the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo as well as numerous products from Auroville, one can contact Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham at: SASP@LODINET.COM
Another Sri Aurobindo Center and an excellent source for books and products is Matagiri in Mt. Tremper, NY. Their website is: http://www.matagiri.org The email address is: matagiri@aol.com
For information on the East-West Cultural Center in Los Angeles and their many programs: http://www.earthlink.net/~ewcc
A site consecrated to the works and vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and an offering to the Humanity and The Divine residing in it: http://www.searchforlight.org/

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Discourse on Indian culture by Kittu Reddy

Sri Aurobindo Society: Discourse on Indian culture in the light of Sri Aurobindo’ by Kittu Reddy, 100, Gangadhara Chetty Road, Bangalore 6.30 pm. Deccan Herald » City Today Saturday, November 3, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Integrity ends up taking us to purity

Integrity demands that one be willing to bear their share of the burden, their share of the evil, the suffering, the fear, and the anxiety, without running away from any of it. This is an essential part of the spiritual journey that we simply can’t avoid. Integrity ends up taking us to purity, but you can rest assured that it doesn’t start there. It starts with a lot of ignorance and impurity, faces it, and offers it up for transmutation, being totally naked and unashamed with the Divine. The Dangers of Moralism from The Stumbling Mystic by ned

It is not yet known if any one else has trodden on this Way

Satprem is remembered Satprem is remembered TODAY, the 30th October 2007, on his birthday anniversary. He was a rare person, who dedicated his life and existence, for the Future, for the mankind, for the future mankind, following The Words of The Mother, on the Way towards Supermanhood from the present manhood, on the Way transforming the mankind into the New Race, the race of the Supermen, the race of the Supramental Beings. After departure of The Mother, he left Sri Aurobindo Ashram, published Mother’s Agenda, and wrote a number of books of immortal value, which shed Light on the New Way.
For those who are less acquainted with Satprem, it may be said that he was born in Paris in 1923. In course of his life, when he was twenty years old, he was arrested by Gestapo (of Germany during Hitler’s regime) and spent about a year and a half in some concentration camps. He came out therefrom as an extremely shocked, upset and sad person. A spiritual destiny led him to Egypt and thence to India, where he took up a job in the French colonial government in Pondicherry. And he then knew Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Soon, he resigned and left for Guiana, Brazil, Africa etc.
He finally returned to India in 1953. On 3rd March 1957, The Mother named him Satprem. His previous name was Bernard. Satprem was a close disciple and also a confidante of The Mother, and he stayed in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Sometime after the Mother’s Departure on 17th November 1973, Satprem left the Ashram.
In 1982, Satprem withdrew completely to set out on a new venture, on a new adventure, uncertain and dangerous, of finding out the great passage in the next evolution, the evolution beyond Man. And specially, he undertook the task of exploring the cause of “death” and the ways and means of conquering “death” — Life has evolved since billions of years, but it is conquered by “death” — and it continues to be an enigma for Mind also. Evolution beyond Mind shall have to be an Evolution beyond “death” too...
Satprem concentrated and worked on bringing this change in the consciousness of the cells in the physical body. That is the Way for integrally transforming the human being towards Supermanhood. That work is Satprem’s contribution to the mankind, in which he is indeed unique and it is not yet known if any one else has trodden on this Way.
Satprem says:
And then you begin to wonder if it is not the body that holds the true secret — if it is not these first cells or that microorganism from a few billion years ago that hold what we have been seeking in vain with all our scientific or intellectual artifices, if it is not this first spasm of “life” enclosed in a bubble that knows or recognizes its Nectar, its air from beyond the graves, its life denser than all our lives, its breathing more powerful than all our oxygens — and that, finally, not only the way out of this grave, but the way to let another air in here which will bring our walls down.
A new Life.
A new Earth.
A new Evolution — Evolution II.
[Satprem : Evolution II]
And Satprem lived and worked for this progressive journey beyond death and beyond Ignorance. He has definitely made a great deal of progressive exploration and advancement on the Way. And the Work must go on till the goal is achieved. That is the greatest and the most important for the mankind — to go beyond mankind. The Work must continue and will continue. That is why Satprem should be remembered, as a brilliant pioneer.
Barindranath Chaki
30-10-2007
Posted simultaneously in The New Vision , Zaadz and Sulekha.