Narad reveals how pain chisels out greatness and why is suffering allowed to those who are among the good and the great, whose very life is to serve a higher purpose and who live selflessly. This is a question that vexes all who look upon pain and suffering as some sort of judgment by God for our errors and sins.
The second video clip from three-part “Homage to Sri Aurobindo” series, based on lines from the Savitri.
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.
This short video clip opens three-part “Homage to Sri Aurobindo” series and is based on lines from the Savitri. Produced in 2012 by Wilfried Schuh (Germany).
The very first stages of transformation, the transformation of the Mind of Ignorance into a Mind of Light, are now being described in the passages that follow. This initial step leads us to a freedom from Ignorance, as the ignorant human mind gets transformed into the mind of a seer.
A talk of Dr. Alok Pandey in Hindi at the Beach Office of Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry in 2017.
A conversation between Alok Pandey and Narad, recorded in Pondicherry in 2014.
“It’s difficult to write love poetry where you talk about fulfilled love. When the poet finds that the beloved is gone, then his highest poetry comes out. Love fulfilled for most people is sheer domesticity, there is no poetry left. But here you see how he lifts the whole thing. He’s made an adoration of the body, an adoration of the heart, an adoration of the mind. “
“…LET the pure perfume of sanctification burn always, rising higher and higher, and straighter and straighter, like the ceaseless prayer of the integral being”
Human life as we experience now, in our ignorance, is not the final intended act of Nature. It is a stage, a transition, a rather long preparation, often through much struggle and suffering, for divinity, for the divine unfolding in and through man as an intermediary link.
“At last I find a meaning of soul’s birth
Into this universe terrible and sweet,
I who have felt the hungry heart of earth
Aspiring beyond heaven to Krishna’s feet.”
A selection from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on Harmony and Cooperation, as well as recording of a conversation between Alok Pandey and Narad on this topic.
Narad has heard the queen, her anguish that blames the Cosmic management. But behind her anguish there is also the seeking to understand the Eternal’s Play. Narad starts his long reply setting the first notes.
A beautiful concert of sacred hymns, chants and devotional songs, recorded at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco, California, in May 1977, almost exactly 40 years ago. Music was performed by Vasanti Rao, then – secretary of Madhav P Pandit, who often accompanied him on lecture tours.