B1 C1 Opening Remarks Dawn, as the Master-poet suggests, is a symbol. Ordinarily, that is to say, materially, physically, it is the herald of a new day. However it is also a symbol of Hope, the advent of Light and Illumination, at once physical and psychological, as well as spiritual. It reveals to the downcast Read More
Questions such as did They complete Their Work etc are absurd in the first place. To begin with, we as a human race did not even know that there is such a Work undertaken by the Divine; that creation has a grand purpose and is on the road to its fulfilment. We became aware only because They shared it with us and they shared it so that we can consciously collaborate and have the joy of participating.
“…It is only divine Love which can bear the burden I have to bear, that all have to bear who have sacrificed everything else to the one aim of uplifting earth out of its darkness to the Divine” – from a letter of Sri Aurobindo, 1934
Book One, as the name itself suggests is the Book of Beginnings. It sets the note and the backdrop of the epic. The Beginning referred to here is the beginning of King Aswapati’s Yoga, his central aspiration to save Earth and humanity from its strange predicament of a never-ending cycle of rise and fall.
“… we are turned towards that light, and we read Savitri with veneration and devotion, and it gives us a great deal. So we have some work to do, a whole programme to work out, and we all share in the promise of which this Book of Promise is full. And we know what to do for the rest of our lives. Happy travels!”
Prof. Nadkarni’s concluding talk at Savitri Bhavan on March 5, 2003
Book Twelve, “Epilogue” and an Overall Review.
An talk in Hindi at the Beach Office of Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, 2016.
“Life is the first mystery encountered by us, death is the last. We know something about the events in between and also a little about the processes of life and death….. It is unlikely that a purely physical approach will make us any wiser. Its utility too is doubtful since to conquer death without changing our inner life, prone to suffering and diseases of various kinds, would mean only a prolongation of our present ills.”
A Sonnet by Sri Aurobindo, written on March 14, 1936.
Recitation by Aravinda Maheshwari.
Recollections and Savitri Recitation by Nirod-da in Auroville, 2000 (audio)
“Calling the powers of a bright hemisphere,
We shall shed the discredit of our mortal state,
Make the abysm a road for Heaven’s descent,
Acquaint our depths with the supernal Ray
And cleave the darkness with the mystic Fire.”
” the primary thing in your life is to realise the soul that you are, not read about it. Reading spiritual literature doesn’t help; direct realisation is what helps. Realise that you are the soul, bring it to the front and lead your entire life under its guidance. That basically is what spirituality is all about.”
An audio recording of a lecture, delivered by Georges van Vrekhem (Sri Aurobindo Ashram / Auroville) in Philadelphia in 1998.
The second conversation of Alok Pandey and Narad on significance of the Siddhi Day.
Recorded on November 24, 2016 at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.