A special session at the Savitri Readers’ Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, in April 2017 (Part 2)
There are two beings in my single self.
A Godhead watches Nature from behind
At play in front with a brilliant surface elf,
A time-born creature with a human mind.
A special session at the Savitri Readers’ Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, in April 2017 (Part 1)
Man seeks for Freedom and Knowledge and Bliss and Power since he is intuitively aware of his divine Origin. However he can take one of the two paths towards this Goal of divine self-fulfillment. One is the path of the gods, a gradual and patient unfolding of the godlike nature in him through aspiration, faith and surrender. The other is the path of the Titans, impatient and stormy, driven by self-will and ego.
“Then Sri Aurobindo stopped speaking altogether […] His face resembled that of a child’s, without any lines of thought or anxiety, a tender face perpetually filled with a happy smile. His eyes were full of profound peace and tranquillity. His body exuded a fragrance like that of a baby’s tender body.”
When we turn towards Yoga, we sometimes look for a concrete external method, an activity or an outer practice or technique so to say. But the real events of yoga, the practice and the results take place largely in our inner subjective psychological space. We look at this aspect of yoga in the Mother’s Light.
“Sri Aurobindo’s Life”, A Talk by Nolini Kanta Gupta in Bengali
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Alok Pandey (audio recording in English).
A talk by Dr Alok Pandey at the Beach Office of Sri Aurobindo Society in February 2017.
[Sri Aurobindo] only said: “Human beings are weak. It is not good to make them still more weak by dwelling on their weaknesses. Rather one should think only of that which gives strength to the mind.”
“Consciousness […] has to come down and break the hard block of inert matter, striking and scattering and throwing up, as it were, its myriad disparate bits, turning them into particles of Light and Consciousness. These free sparks at the outset become erratic, errant conscious units, free but fighting against each other […] but that is the way towards a purer, higher, wider, integrating consciousness. We are thus in a transition period; it is an interregnum, beset with great difficulties, but they are also great opportunities.”
“The Seer-king Aswapati now ascends to the higher planes. He leaves the limits and boundaries of terrestrial nature, and enters the domain of the Gods, who preside over creation and its various aspects and functioning as powers of the One.”
“Sudhir lived with Sri Aurobindo like a family member for almost a year. Later, he looked after Sri Aurobindo when they both were in the Alipore Jail in the year 1908-1909. Here are a few experiences and anecdotes recounted by Sudhir, originally in Bengali.”
The 6th installment from a documentary series on VIMEO, this one – featuring Janaka (Bernard Delambre) sharing his experiences with the Mother. Directed by Fred Cebron. In French, with English subtitles.