A talk by Alok Pandey at 47th All Orissa Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Conference, Matrubhaban, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Cuttack.
The Divine Mother as Usha, the Dawn Goddess. (1-01)
The bringer of Illumination and Light.
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on the New Birth: birth of the true consciousness, that of the Divine Presence in us. A video clip by Wilfried Schuh, Germany.
“…you won’t find anything comparable to this anywhere in English; it’s a totally different kind of poetry. Only Sri Aurobindo could bring up this kind of miracle in verbal expression.”
Film narrates the history of building Matrimandir, an important and powerful feature at the heart of Auroville, which was seen by the Mother as the symbol of the Divine’s answer to man’s aspiration for perfection and as the central cohesive force for the growth of city.
The Vedic seers saw the Truth as a Vast, luminous consciousness, a limitless Existence beyond dualities of the mind and the ego. This is the next ascension that Aswapati undergoes, and the first step towards the building of a deeper, higher and truer life within us.
An opening section of the book – a passage from Sri Aurobindo’s “The Mother”
A book of forty-two annotated selections from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri with an introductory passage from Sri Aurobindo’s book The Mother. It has been compiled by Dr Alok Pandey, who’s notes on the approach followed in choosing and annotating the selections are given below.
A video clip, based on a video taped on April 24, 1973 by filmmaker Ms. Flame Schon (Diane Rochlin).
The 24th of April occupies a special place in the Ashram History. It was the day Her final arrival, which marked a new phase of Her Work with Sri Aurobindo for Earth and man. It marked a definitive change in the rhythm and scope of the Ashram life. The Mother has noted that it ‘…was the tangible sign of the sure Victory over the adverse forces.’
“This is Savitri, the Light of the Supreme, the incarnation of the Divine Mother who enters the prison house of matter, veiling Her Light and Glory and Powers. She comes near us to breathe hope and give strength. Her very Presence is enough to disarm the sentries. Her smile is enough to fill us with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”
Yet if one were to ask what is the most fundamental word of yoga that Sri Aurobindo reveals to us, the answer would be very much to simply open to the Mother. With the Mother it is not words and intellect that comes into play but love and surrender. With Her it is as if the Divine Presence we seek within had stepped out in the forefront shedding Its mask of secrecy.
Remember why thou cam’st:
“Find out thy soul, recover thy hid self,
In silence seek God’s meaning in thy depths”
[Sri Aurobindo, Savitri]
“Men are so much engrossed in the crowded life of senses that they hardly aware of themselves as apart from the movements in which they are carried. Even the few who have become conscious of their mental selves and stand aloof from their external life-movements, are lost in the noise of their own thought-activity and emotional turmoils.”