Saturday, August 29, 2015

A talk by Surendra Sharma on Surendra Nath Jauhar

2 sep 2015 prog - Sri Aurobindo Ashram
02.09.2015 (Wednesday). Chachaji Bust w frame website 336x437. Samadhi day of Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar 'Faquir'. Surendra Nath Jauhar: A Pictorial ...

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: Programmme :

 06:15 am
Flower offering at Rev. Chachaji’s Samadhi
 06:30 am
Invocation by Karuna Didi    
 08:15 am
Special assembly by MIS in Hall of Grace
09:15 am

06:30 pm
Lights of Aspiration
06:45 pm
Songs offering by Karuna Didi
07:00 pm
A talk by Surendra Sharmaji 
07:40 pm

Some conversations of the Mother with Satprem give an insight into the Mirambika Crisis These conversations are of the Mother with Satprem who used to record the Mother’s voice and his collection was named ‘The Mother’s Agenda’. Here are a few...

Savitri - 19: Vedic gods and the the great Purano-tantric Trinity ...
Sri Aurobindo's Savitri 19: Vedic gods and the the great Purano-tantric Trinity— Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva | The Light of the Supreme.

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Author: Anahita Anahita is a disciple of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother & studies Hatha Yoga, Vedanta in the light of Integral Yoga and Hindustani classical music  ...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ramli Ibrahim plans a performance on Savitri

The Hindu-August 21, 2015 ANNIE PHILIP

Puducherry holds a special place for dancer Ramli Ibrahim. Greatly influenced by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, he said he keeps coming back to Puducherry for inspiration. “Puducherry is where you meet your kindred spirit,” he said.

This coastal town represents the spirituality that artistes and dancers want to convey, he said, adding that ‘freedom of expression’ is inherent here.

Among his memorable performances, he named the one at Matrimandir, Auroville and the one at Puducherry a year after the 2004 tsunami.

“Puducherry is already an international centre for arts in a quiet way. The vibrations of this place are so special,” he said.

Mr. Ibrahim also revealed plans to create a performance based on Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem ‘Savitri’.

Lalit Verma, owner of Aurodhan Gallery, and a close associate of Mr. Ibrahim said, “Ramli is great dancer and a greater human being. He is a person who unifies all through his work.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bonfire and theatrical presentation of Savitri

M. DINESH VARMA The Hindu, August 19, 2015
It is not that truth-seekers from across the world lose track of their birthdays in the immersive experience of Auroville. While individual birthdays do count in the Aurovillian’s life, it is only two days of the calendar that brings everyone together for a bonfire celebration quite unlike any other.

The only two occasions of the bonfire communion are Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary, which coincides with the Independence Day, and Auroville’s own founding anniversary falling on February 28.

In fact, it is with collective meditation and soulful music, though sans the bonfire, that Aurovillians celebrate the birth anniversary of Auroville founder and Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual collaborator Mirra Alfassa, The Mother, who established the experimental universal township in 1968.

“The lighting of the bonfire began in the early years to mark the birthday of Auroville. The Mother’s birthday celebrations which preceded Auroville’s anniversary only by a few days, did not have the bonfire part but it was no less beautiful in its conception,” said an Aurovillian who is part of a team involved in the celebrations of Sri Aurobindo’s birth anniversary for the past several years.

Auroville’s pre-dawn bonfire has always drawn scores of Aurovillians, school children and visitors. And Sri Aurobindo’s 143rd birth anniversary that fell on Saturday was no different.

One of the interns of a few years ago at Auroville’s International House has described the bonfire experience on a website as “a really simple, quiet and sacred ceremony.”

“At around 5.45 am, while the bonfire was already burning, Auroville Charter was read in French, English, Sanskrit and Tamil (the four official languages of the “City of Dawn”). Around the urn in the shape of a lotus bud located in the middle of the Amphitheatre there was a beautiful belt of white flowers and the words “Bénédictions à Auroville” written also with flowers and candles. Lovely…” the student wrote. 

By convention, the bonfire is organised at the Amphitheatre located adjacent to the Matrimandir, the golden sphere which is looked upon as the soul of Auroville, and a banyan tree. This structure was not yet ready at the time of Auroville’s opening, and would be built in phases and took its final form with red sandstone in the 1990s.

“Occasionally, we do have dancers who wish to stage a performance as an offering are allowed to do so provided the theme is in harmony with the setting,” the organiser said.

Preparations for the bonfire celebrations begin a few weeks in advance. There is even a dedicated team at Matrimandir to organise the event to tend to details such as the text to be played, the installations or what flowers to be used for the floral arrangements.

The theme changes every year as do the text or music that is played after the bonfire is lit at 5.15 a.m. There was live music by a couple of child talents—Shandra on the flute and Vera ringing the bell —in fact, the bell was done especially for the Russian Pavilion by a bell master in Russia.

Also, this year the floral decorations reflected symbols of Sri Aurobindo. It was also decided to play the text of The Mother’s readings from the 1960s of a final passage of Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri.

One of the high points of this year’s celebrations was the theatrical presentation of ‘Savitri, in which The Mother, his spiritual collaborator found “the supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision.” Efforts are on to organise a staging at The Ashram theatre later this week.
A really simple, quiet and sacred ceremony
One of the interns at Auroville’s International House

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tara Didi, Pranjal Jauhar, Mirambika, and Sarvodaya

The 38th day of the peaceful protest was very eventful. The protest site was cleaned up and a floral Rangoli was made on the footpath. The Indian tricolor was hoisted at the protest site in the morning and the national anthem was sung with gusto. Many Sarvodaya residents joined the event. Patriotic songs were sung and applauded. Despite much rain and humidity, dozens of Mirambika parents and children continued to remain on the site after the flag hoisting and their numbers peaked to over 40 by 8 pm.

Through the day Sri Aurobindo’s followers kept trickling into the Ashram to to celebrate his birthday with offerings at the Samadhi, prayers and meditation. As the protesters sang ‘we shall overcome’, ‘saaray jahaan say achcha Mirambika hamara’, ‘hum dekhenge and other songs, the curious ones stopped to talk to the protesters. Some pamphlets about the Save Mirambika campaign were distributed to these followers. Many shared personal experiences and wished the campaign well. Earlier, Pranjal Jauhar sent out a respected Mirambika Diya / teacher to tell the parents not to distribute pamphlets on the road outside Gate No. 6. His demand was ignored. An agitated Tara Didi was seen talking to the Ashram guards and gesturing toward the singing protesters.

Even as all these activities were going on, Mirambika children present quietly engaged in art and craft activities, decorated the tents and the footpath. Every one got water, tea, snacks and sweets. Wax lamps were lit in the evening to make yet another Rangoli. Light to heavy intermittent rains could not dampen the Mirambikan spirit on this wonderful day!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Life of the young revolutionaries at Maniktolla Gardens

— Nolini Kanta Gupta
ISBN: 978-93-5210-015-6
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 145
Price: Rs 90

In these reminiscences Nolini Kanta Gupta narrates events from his student years, the time he spent as a revolutionary and as a prisoner in Alipore Jail, the early years in Pondicherry with Sri Aurobindo, life during the two World Wars, and his years as both a young footballer and an elderly athlete. The book also includes some early memories of the Mother. As most of the recollections were originally talks given by Nolini in Bengali to his classes, they reflect the intimacy and charm of his relation with the students. These memoirs first appeared in English in 1969 along with the reminiscences of two other early disciples, K. Amrita and Suresh Chakravarti. In this edition only Nolini’s memoirs have been included.

A Pilgrimage to Sri Aurobindo
— Amrita
ISBN: 978-93-5210-036-1
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 69
Price: Rs 60

These reminiscences tell the story of how Amrita, at the age of fifteen, conceived a great desire to meet Sri Aurobindo and pursued this dream for more than three years until he finally met his Master in 1913. Amrita writes of his early life in his village, his days as a student in Pondicherry, his contact with the poet Subramania Bharati, his efforts to meet Sri Aurobindo, his studies in Madras, and his gradual initiation to Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. This brief narrative, written in 1962 in Tamil, was translated into English in 1969 and published under the title Old Long Since as part of the larger book Reminiscences. In this book, the English translation of Amrita’s memoir is being published for the first time as an independent book.

Sri Aurobindo and the Logic of the Infinite
Essays for the New Millennium
— Rod Hemsell
Publisher: University of Human Unity, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 319
Price: Rs 325

This collection of essays, many of which were originally presented as lectures, readings, and workshops, attempts to examine the writings of Sri Aurobindo in the context of philosophy and to present the ideas of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in relation to topical subjects and concerns. It is the author’s conviction that only through the radical transformations – individual and collective – proposed by them that pressing global concerns such as war, poverty, exhaustion of natural resources, and the destruction of the biosphere will be effectively addressed. Ranging across diverse subjects, there are also essays on Auroville, spirituality in healing, Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri, and the work of supramental transformation done by the Mother.

The Inner World of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
A firsthand account of an unprecedented spiritual adventure in the modern era
— Kush Sen
Publisher: Kush Sen, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 161
Price: Rs 65

A collection of essays written mostly over a span of twenty years, this book looks at certain aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and Integral Yoga and provides a personal perspective on spiritual practice in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Topics include the meaning of the terms spirituality, yoga, and surrender in Sri Aurobindo’s lexicon, the role of the Divine Mother in the supramental transformation, and the special character and purpose of the Ashram. The essays in the final section attempt to examine and explain the hidden, complex inner dynamics of sadhana as practised individually and collectively in the Ashram.

In Awareness
— Sundaram
Publisher: Sri Aravind Krupa Trust, Ahmedabad
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 445
Price: Rs 400

These musings, poems, and essays by Sundaram, a well-known Gujarati poet and a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1945 until his passing in 1991, represent in English some of the different facets of his writings. The first, long section comprises pithy expressions of some inner musings and insights, presented in a journal format covering ten years. The second part, “Vijaya Poems”, is a collection of English poems written for Ashram students and teachers. Parts Three and Four are English translations of some of Sundaram’s Gujarati poems. The final section contains eight essays, including a long piece, “Sri Aurobindo: The Poet”.

The Path of Later On
— A Story by The Mother; Illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane
ISBN: 978-93-82474-01-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research, Auroville 
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 37
Price: Rs 690

Written by the Mother as a school essay in 1893, this simple story of a young student points to the moral lesson of heeding one’s inner voice and choosing the right path, and never postponing that choice for a later time. The story has been illustrated as a picture book for children.

The Way of Gratitude
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-370-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 41
Price: Rs 30

Friday, August 07, 2015

Peaceful sit in protest has entered its 30th day

Save Mirambika – getting more & more support from one and all - Famous author @chetan_bhagat tweeted / retweeted twice in support of #SaveMirambika today. After YouTube video support from famous fashion photog @tkhiwal,...

“Dear Friends, For 8 years my kids went to a dream school called Mirambika.
Stemmed on the teachings and principles of Sri Aurobindo, this school professed on Integral education, a combination of teachers, parents and natural environment, necessary for the harmonious growth and learning of the child. A small school of less than 150 students, as it had it’s own quirks of no regular syllabus, no numerical comparisons of students but had a whole lot of love, patience and perseverance from the Diyas (teachers) who were the guiding light for every childs’ learning.

The school building was uniquely designed such as to encourage the freedom of learning which helped children to explore, seek, observe, question towards better understanding. The school building (was always inviting us with hundreds of Jade plants hanging from the ledges), was nestled in 5 acres of natural surroundings of gentle wilderness which housed the duck pond, banyan tree, geese, rabbits, turtles, herb garden, sand pit, mud bath pit, neem grove (full of big neem trees), sunlit path….. ( a school setting one can only dream of).

Suddenly mid April, the management of Sri Aurobindo Education Society (SAES) which recently came under the leadership of Pranjal Jauhar, overnight shunted Mirambika out of its settings, caged it in a regular school building, to make way for an Engineering college. The shift was done shoddily and shabbily, all under the claims of saving Mirambika from the Delhi Developmental Authority.

As the parents started protesting of the sudden shift, the management came up with different stories and requested the parents to help save Mirambika (to calm down the hue and cry). On delving into the matter, it surfaced that there was no threat but the management had decided to shift Mirambika out of it’s building and start an Engineering college for pecuniary reasons.

The school that vehemently prophesied Sri Aurobindo’s teachings “to follow the path of truth” was brutally thrown aside for some expansion plans by the management of Sri Aurobindo Education Society.

Some parents have filed a case in Delhi High court against management for the brutal, unjust shift of the school and for its restitution. Some parents have been on a peaceful Dharna since 29 days (living in tents on the footpath) in protest. The management has employed a battery of senior lawyers to fight against the parents.

Unfortunately, the warm, welcoming, ever friendly and peaceful Mirambika is in a Mess and it desperately needs to be preserved in it’s original state and environment. Hence I urge you and your friends for IMMEDIATE SUPPORT. Please sign the petition to take Mirambika back to it’s original setting, before it fades into oblivion. August 6, 2015 - savemirambika 

SAES hits a new low under Pranjal Jauhar – more violation of child rights
Mirambika kids cannot go to the Ashram dining hall for after having thrown them around at will in breach of law on April 14 and July 1 into under construction fire safety failed premises built on residential Ashram land, PJ thinks that kids using the Ashram dining hall is violation of some law. They are brought food, as some children put it, in cages by the zookeepers. What are they being fed for lunch while the Ashramites eat good hot food? Bread, in some cases stale, with sprouts. Rice with peas and sour curd / yogurt. 

Even as some kids have reported sick, a few Diyas justify such violation of child rights as preparation for a situation where what one wants is not available and survival is at stake. For such doomsday scenario preparation, kids are not permitted to bring their own lunch tiffins. Maybe their divine PJ is punishing the kids so that their parents stop opposing his engg college but his tactics will only lead to more determined effort by the parents to restore Mirambika to its rightful pre 14 April ecosystem. August 8, 2015 - savemirambika 

Monday, August 03, 2015

Gandhi was condemning Madanlal Dhingra in 1909