As we enter the week prior to the Mother’s birthday (Darshan Day of February 21), we take a look at some of the past lives of the Mother. These reminiscences also reveal certain deep truths about the memory of past lives and the work of the Divine upon Earth.
Among the many mysteries that we encounter in our journey of life, one of them indeed is Death. Fortunately for us we have the vast experience of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother who have left for us a wealth of deepest understanding about all things, including death. We share today some of the Mother’s discoveries and revelations on Death and Rebirth.
Pavitra da’s departure is no less inspiring than his life. We have heard about great yogis who have shed their mortal cloak consciously, but here is a yogi who not merely shed but fused his mortal cloak with the Divine Mother. Let us share something about this wonderful account and the mysteries associated with Pavitra da’s departure.
16th of Jan 1894 is birthday of Pavitra da, one of the early and foremost disciples of Sri Aurobindo. His life (and his death) are truly exemplary. His seeking brought him to Pondicherry at the Feet of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in 1925, where he devoted the rest of life until his departure in 1969. Today we shall take a look at some aspects of Pavitra da’s life.
We start this year with a short dip into the history of ‘Christmas celebrations’ at the Ashram…. a talk of the Mother on the 25th Dec and another on the 31st Dec are showing us as always the way to live simply and beautifully and divinely.
Today is birthday of Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, who is affectionately known as Dada (elder brother in Bengali). A yogi of rare caliber he was indeed among the chosen one, called by the Divine Mother when the time drew near to start the work on the body and prepare it for the physical transformation….
Today is the 10th day of the Durga Festival….. As Sri Aurobindo points out in one of His remarkable passages, people adhere to a belief system and make it an excuse to do things that are even diametrically opposed to the original intent that gave birth to a movement. Yet the seed of truth is there…
As we enter the week of invocations to the great and mighty Goddess Durga, we share some interesting aspects of The Divine Mother’s relation with her during The Mother’s present incarnation.
Like all beings, the Asura too has his destiny. It is to be either annihilated or else undergo conversion and transformation. But they can do this only through a human body because of the presence of the psychic being. Man has a role to play in this conflict between the Devas and the Asuras. His soul is the battlefield where the powers of Light and Darkness meet and wrestle. He has to make a choice, a decisive choice so to say. It is man who lends the power to the action of the Adversary and it is man who can make them flee.
Evolution is not magic but a real-time event that takes place through steps and processes. Each stage carries its own hazards and challenges, brings its own set of opportunities; opens doors to the highest and the abyss. At any given point of time we may either turn towards the heights or else look towards the abyss. To turn towards the heights is to move towards the godlike nature. To turn towards the abysses is to increase the Asuric propensities in us. The road to Supermanhood passes through an increasing embodiment of the godlike nature…
Ganesh Chaturthi, or the birth of the first among the gods Ganesh, is celebrated all over India with great pomp in the month of September. At one time, this festival was used to unite India in its war against the British. Ganesh is a living and conscious godhead who has a close and loving association with the Divine Mother. Today we take a look at some of the incidents in the Mother’s life connected with god Ganesh, and through these also try to go deeper into the transformation of the religious impulse within man.
At the outset I must admit the enormity of the subject to which none can do full justice, especially in a short time. The purpose however is not so much as to give an exhaustive account but a little glimpse into the life of Sri Aurobindo as a teacher at the Baroda and later Bengal National College. Sri Aurobindo, apart from his administrative duties, was also a professor of French and English at Baroda College.
As we are approaching the Darshan Day of Sri Aurobindo’s birth, let us contemplate on His being as an Avatara, the Avatara of the future ushering for us an Age of Light and Truth and Life Divine.
The word Guru is a word familiar in the yogic traditions. Though now it is used to mean various different things and is also included in the standard English dictionaries, its original meaning is someone who dispels darkness and brings Light.