A Talk by Dr Alok Pandey from the “Tuesday Talks” series
This month we enter the period of Kali when her activity is quite intense. The Mother often spoke about this great and mighty goddess and her different ways of being and action. But She also mentioned what is preferred approach with regard to the Integral Yoga. It is against this background that we base this talk today, the last of this year.
There is a cry the world over pointing at the damage and the harm that we humans have caused to the earth. Several measures are being suggested, but we have to understand the deeper reasons. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo not only foresaw all this, but also shared the vision of the Future.
The Moon occupied an important place in folk lore, myths, art, poetry, mystic literature much before Science began its expeditions. On the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon we take up this subject touching upon some of its aspects, especially in view of man’s cosmic travels to the Moon and beyond.
T.V. Kapali Sastry is among those rare souls who had his own experiences and realisations through traditional yoga practices before coming to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Today we share a slice from his spiritually rich life.
As we enter the month of Sri Aurobindo’s birth we see a sudden unexpected development in Indian polity. However this development has deep far reaching implications. The talk today deals with the Kashmir problem.
The Integral Yoga depends for its fulfilment upon the workings of the Mother’s Force aided by the sadhaka’s openness, receptivity, aspiration, faith, sincerity, quietude and surrender. Today we take up one of these requirements, which is termed as receptivity.
The workings of this yoga do not take place through upadesha and techniques but by a constant opening to the Mother’s Force that will shift our psychological elements and change us. This talk touches upon some facets of this.
There is a common misunderstanding with regard to the role of a Guru and who would it be in the Integral Yoga. This question is typical of the times we live in and needs to be addressed especially in the context of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s withdrawal.
Today we close the series of explorations on the evolution of a religious towards a spiritualized humanity with the Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s visions of the Future. As always these revelations are often seemingly cryptic and yet disclose a deep truth towards which we move.
As man evolves, the society evolves, science and technology evolve, even religion and man’s contact with beings of the higher worlds evolve. What is the future of Religion which is becoming almost a dying spent up force, is this death a new beginning, the sign of a new birth?
The Uttarpara speech not only reveals the transition point in Sri Aurobindo’s yoga but also lays the broad foundations of a universal religion for India and the World. We reflect upon this speech today to bring home to our hearts the core truths of Sanatana Dharma.
There seems to be a revival of the Nation-idea in recent times. On the other hand another idea that is getting strong is the idea of Internationalism. Today we share some of Sri Aurobindo’s thoughts on the subject.
Of all the divine powers there is none that is as magical as Love. With the Divine Love is the power of transformation. Yet it gets easily distorted in the world and humanity due to the general action of falsehood.