Tomorrow is the day of Mahakali puja, and The Mother’s chair is kept at the Ashram where devotees go to receive the same Blessings and feel the invisible Presence watching over their destinies. Therefore we close this year’s readings with Divine Love. The 18th Oct is also Pranab Da’s birthday and hence we also take up a small extract from his stock of memories.
On her birthday anniversary, we are recounting some episodes from life of Esha di (Esha Mukherjee), who came to the Ashram at the age of five and had a unique relationship with the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, who loved her deeply.
There is sometimes a natural tendency to compare Sri Aurobindo’s yoga with other yogas. Today we take a look at the experience of Kundalini awakening with regard to Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga.
This week is celebrated in India as the week of victory, when Goddess Durga wins a fierce battle over the Demon-king Mahisasura, and King Ram conquers Ravan. Hidden behind these stories is a deep symbolism.
There are fake and false persons who imitate spirituality, who unfortunately can damage faith and lull the soul. It is important to distinguish these and know the subtle reasons and the forces working behind them.
One hundred and twenty five years ago on the 11th Sep 1893 Swami Vivekananda awakened the people of America with his speech at the Parliament of Religions. In 1949, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother also gave a message to America. These wonderful messages have a universal and perennial appeal about them.
Yoga has been defined in various ways and each definition corresponds to some state that one arrives at by means of yoga. One such wonderful state described by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is ‘Oneness’. It is even one of the fundamental states to be experienced, a basis on which all else can be built. The essence of this condition is to see the Divine in all things and everywhere.
” … if we are not ready then the New Force can simply break us. Today, as we enter the month of revolutions, we share some of issues concerning the fate of earth and Humanity and the New Creation.”
The Mother and Sri Aurobindo have acted both in the past as well as the present upon world events giving them a certain direction for the future. There were many points where they intervened thereby shaping our history. Today we take a look at one such slice of history with reference to the problems that India faces from the twin borders of China and Pakistan.
The French revolution marked an important step in the earth’s evolutionary history. Sri Aurobindo has written extensively about it and as it seems was very much behind this revolution. Today’s talk is dedicated to this momentous event.
“… yoga itself has evolved and changed as humanity has evolved and changed. For each Age there is a yoga appropriate to the Age. It is in this context that we try to trace in brief the evolution of various yogic systems.”
Russia is a land impregnated with the seed of spirituality. Deep within its past, it was the land through which ancient mystics or Rishis migrated from the Arctic region during the previous Ice-Age towards more habitable regions. Another way is to look within its soul that seeks to establish the Ideal of Brotherhood and Fraternity in humanity. Finally, to the devotees and disciples of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Russia is indeed a special place being the place of Her last incarnation just before the present one.
“Each Avatara opens the way towards the Future. He holds His own example before humanity and gives a path to walk on with His help. Sri Aurobindo opened the way to a divinization of nature and the Sunlit Path of the Supramental Yoga. We share a little glimpse of this path opened for earth and man.”
When we turn towards Yoga, we sometimes look for a concrete external method, an activity or an outer practice or technique so to say. But the real events of yoga, the practice and the results take place largely in our inner subjective psychological space. We look at this aspect of yoga in the Mother’s Light.