One of the challenges for a spiritual aspirant is how should he deal with life. On one side he is expected to practice the acceptance of all things as the Divine, on the other – to labour and put in effort towards self-perfection. How are these two attitudes, seemingly contradictory, are to be reconciled is the theme of today’s sharing.
Before the 24th April Darshan it may be helpful to get into the mood and atmosphere of the early days of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival and the earthly lila of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Often this is the simplest way to open one’s heart to Their Love and Compassion and Grace.
Sri Aurobindo’s coming to Pondicherry marks the start of a new project, the progressive divinization of the race, of Matter, so that this earthly life may become the Life Divine. Today we share some thoughts on Sri Aurobindo’s coming to Pondicherry and the preparation needed for the New World to precipitate into this material World.
There is a law of Karma that seems to chase us beyond the pyre and the grave. And yet there is Grace. This is our hope of redemption from the Law that is binding even upon the gods. Today we share the Mother’s revelations on this aspect of death and after-life.
Death is a moment of intense concentration. It is a moment of great transition, from one state of existence to another. This evening we share some reflections and truths about this crucial and critical moment of which we hardly know and yet which holds so much importance in our life.
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.