Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Late Dr K Venkatasubramanian endowment annual lecture in memory of Late Prof KR Srinivasa Iyengar

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Swahilya expressbuzz: 23 Apr 2009 MEDITATION and spirituality programmes beckon me — doubly sometimes, happening at the same time in two different venues as it did last Thursday. At one end I ventured to go to Royapuram where Swamini Jai Sathya was conducting a universal meditation for an auditorium full of participants from North Chennai.
The other was in South Chennai's Mylapore where the Chennai Branch of Sri Aurobindo Society organised the Late Dr K Venkatasubramanian endowment annual lecture in memory of Late Prof KR Srinivasa Iyengar. It is by divine providence that I managed to witness both events, which are presented here before you.
Nada or sound is a means for meditation, said Swamini Jai Sathya who took the participants into a long period of silence and meditation with her chanting of various sounds and mantras. At times it sounded like an Islamic call for prayer five times a day on the microphone and at another times it sounded like some chants from the Vedas and the Upanishads. At the end of the meditation session, she answered many questions fielded by the participants. At the event in Mylapore, CD Ayyar, chairman of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Chennai Branch spoke on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Answering a question from the audience on whether it is all right to worship different Gurus such as Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharishi or Sri Raghavendra and Sri Aurobindo, he said, all are great souls. ''The Mother's teaching is not a religion, but a way of life,'' he said.
Dr Tiruppur Krishnan, the editor of Amudhasurabi, said that Sri Aurobindo was part of history. ''Even if we may not have seen him, our father or grand father would have seen him,'' he said. Dr P Ramani, emeritus professor and director of PRIST University, Thanjavur said Sri Aurobindo's Yoga is based on aspiration, surrender and rejection of all the mental impurities. Janakan spoke in Tamil on Prof KRS on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
P Alwar, secretary of the Society said this endowment lecture has been happening since 2000. Last Sunday, five students spoke on different facets of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother at the branch premises on Smith Road.
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