Sunday, September 30, 2007
This prosperity is, I am told, due mainly to the business genius of the "Mother" of the ashram -- a woman of Jewish origin, the widow of a Jew, then of a Frenchman* -- and the son that she had with her first husband. Members of the organization, full at the same time with zeal and practical direction and enjoying the confidence of these two people, are also, perhaps, persons in charge, each one following his talents. In any event, in the reception hall, where there are many photographs of the late guru and the "Mother" for sale -- large and small, for all budgets -- one is impressed by the business-like atmosphere of the place, an impression that is specified and intensified during a visit of the workshops. And one recalls, by contrast, the spiritual energy that emerges from certain writings of Aurobindo Ghosh: his Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita, his Divine Life or his Synthesis of Yogas. There is the feeling of a deep rift between this more than flourishing organization which covers two thirds of a city of more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, and the wise one who lived there in the most complete isolation -- invisible to the crowd and even to his disciples, except for a few hours a year.
[*Mr. Paul Richard, her first husband, was called Alfassa. The "Mother," still alive when these pages were written, died since then -- in 1973 -- at 95 years of age.]
However, there is a fact which seems to me eloquent, and it is this: in the midst of this traditional civilization that is still that of India, it is precisely from these organizations -- the most secular, the most "modern," in a word the most anti-traditionalist -- that the gestures, writings, and declarations hostile to Hitlerism came.
Aurobindo Ghosh himself did not, to my knowledge, ever express a judgment "pro" or "contra" any of the great figures or the great political (or more-than-political) faiths of our time. He had definitively left action -- and what action!* -- for contemplation, and it was confined to the spiritual domain. But at the end of 1939 -- or was it 1940? -- the newspapers of Calcutta published that the "Ashram of Pondicherry" had made the colonial Government of India a gift of ten million pounds sterling "to help the British war effort." Mr. de Saint-Hilaire, known as Pavitra, secretary of the Ashram, whom I questioned on this point in 1960, answered me that he "could not say to me" if information collected and published twenty years earlier in the press of Calcutta was exact. But he told me that "that could well be," considering that Hitlerism went, according to him (and undoubtedly also according to more than one person having some influence in the ashram), "against the direction of human evolution." (Against evolution? And how! Nothing could be truer! But far from being a reason to fight it, it would be, on the contrary, a reason to support it. Universal decline is a sign, more and more visible, that our cycle advances rapidly towards its end. Any combat against it, all "return to the eternal principles," necessarily goes "against the direction of human evolution." It is a phase of the perpetual fight against the current of Time. But this is, I repeat it, I insist on it, a reason -- the imperative reason -- to exalt rather than to condemn it.)
[*He had, at the beginning of the century, played a leading role in the anti-British "terrorist" movement of Bengal.]
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Ned in the Big City Posted by ned on September 26, 2007. Filed under Personal Journey.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
by RY Deshpande on Wed 26 Sep 2007 01:48 AM PDT Permanent Link
[The article has first appeared in the quarterly Golden Chain, August 2007, an alumni journal of the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Sunayana belongs to the 1979 alumni batch.] Keywords: SriAurobindo, Spirituality, People, Literature, India, History, Ashram, Art Posted to: Main Page CULTURE EDUCATION LITERATURE .. European Union .. India INTEGRAL YOGA SRI AUROBINDO
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The Sanatan Dharma -- eternal because universal -- does not belong just to India, but to every nation of the world.
"A year of seclusion and of training"
"Then He placed the Gita in my hands"
"I knew it was Vasudeva, it was Sri Krishna"
"Narayana was sitting there on the bench"
"The next thing He told me"
"It is for the Dharma and by the Dharma that India exists"
"If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal" Posted September 25th, 2007 by Priyadarshan in Sri Chinmoy Bharat Path Sri Aurobindo Yoga
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
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Prof Mangesh V Nadkarni passed away this morning, at 6.30, here in Pondicherry. by RY Deshpande on Sat 22 Sep 2007 08:36 PM PDT Permanent Link Posted to: Main Page Science, Culture and Integral Yoga
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"In fact, you can immediately see the difference between those who have a mantra and those who don't. With those who have no mantra, even if they have a strong habit of meditation or concentration, something around them remains hazy and vague. Whereas the Japa imparts to those who practice it a kind of precision, a kind of solidity: an armature. They become galvanized, as it were."
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Thursday, September 06, 2007
श्री अरविन्द जन्मोत्सव पर्व की समाप्ति
महाशक्ति श्री अरविन्द के जन्मदिवस के उपलक्ष्य में आयोजित पाक्षिक समारोह समाप्ति की घोषणा करती है और भविष्य में भी श्री अरविन्द से सम्बन्धित लेखों के प्रकाशन का निर्णय लेती है। श्री अरविन्द ने कहा था के अन्तर्गत अन्तिम किस्त प्रस्तुत है-
हमें अपने अतीत की अपने वर्तमान के साथ तुलना करनी होगी और अपनी अवनति के कारणों को समझाना तथा दोषों और रोगों का इलाज ढ़टना होगा। वर्तमान की समालोचना करते हुऐ हमें एक पक्षीय भी नही हो जाना चहिए और न हमें, हम जो कुछ हैं, या जो कुछ कर चुके है उस सबकी मूर्खतापूर्ण निष्पक्षता के साथ निन्दा ही करनी चाहिए। हमें अपनी असली दुर्बलता तथा इसके मूल कारणों की ओर ध्यान देना चाहिए, पर साथ ही अपने शक्तिदायी तत्वों एवं अपनी स्थाई शक्यताओं पर और अपना नव-निर्माण करनी की क्रियाशील प्रेरणाओं पर और भी दृढ़ मनोयोग के साथ अपनी दृष्टि गड़ानी चाहिए। (श्री अरविंद साहित्य समग्र, खण्ड-1, भारतीय संस्कृति के आधार, पृष्ठ 43 सें)
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1 comments: Rakesh Pasbola ने कहा… ये पंक्ितयां कुछ सोचने को मजबूर करती है. वैसे मेरा मानना है कि हमेशा इन्सान को Positive आैर negative दोनो प्रकार से सोचना चािहए आैर सोचने के बाद जो उचित हो उसे करना 05 सितंबर, 2007 11:01 एक टिप्पणी भेजें नई पोस्ट पुरानी पोस्ट मुखपृष्ठ सदस्यता लें टिप्पणियाँ भेजें (Atom)
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Delhi Book Fair (Annual) September 1 - 9, 2007 Pragati Maidan