A Talk by Dr Alok Pandey from the “Tuesday Talks” series (2011)
Today we share some interesting aspects of the mantra given by Sri Aurobindo in the Gayatri meter which is now known as Sri Aurobindo’s Gayatri.
This talk is about some aspects of meditation, its place in our spiritual pursuit, some of the processes behind it and its role and nature in the Integral Yoga.
Renunciation has often been regarded as an important corner-stone of spiritual life, and this has often led to the impression of a gulf between the spiritual and material existence. Today’s talk is centered around the truth behind Renunciation, its real nature and place in the Integral Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo has given a new yoga for the world and man. It is a yoga that integrates life by transforming it into a divine image. Today we share some thoughts of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo on the subject taking up Her New Year message of 1970 as a base.
We share some aspects of Swami Vivekananda’s and Nolini-da’s lives, closing with a writing of Nolini da which still seems relevant today.
This month we enter the period of Kali when her activity is quite intense. The Mother often spoke about this great and mighty goddess and her different ways of being and action. But She also mentioned what is preferred approach with regard to the Integral Yoga. It is against this background that we base this talk today, the last of this year.
There is a cry the world over pointing at the damage and the harm that we humans have caused to the earth. Several measures are being suggested, but we have to understand the deeper reasons. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo not only foresaw all this, but also shared the vision of the Future.
The Moon occupied an important place in folk lore, myths, art, poetry, mystic literature much before Science began its expeditions. On the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon we take up this subject touching upon some of its aspects, especially in view of man’s cosmic travels to the Moon and beyond.
T.V. Kapali Sastry is among those rare souls who had his own experiences and realisations through traditional yoga practices before coming to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Today we share a slice from his spiritually rich life.
As we enter the month of Sri Aurobindo’s birth we see a sudden unexpected development in Indian polity. However this development has deep far reaching implications. The talk today deals with the Kashmir problem.
The Integral Yoga depends for its fulfilment upon the workings of the Mother’s Force aided by the sadhaka’s openness, receptivity, aspiration, faith, sincerity, quietude and surrender. Today we take up one of these requirements, which is termed as receptivity.
The workings of this yoga do not take place through upadesha and techniques but by a constant opening to the Mother’s Force that will shift our psychological elements and change us. This talk touches upon some facets of this.
There is a common misunderstanding with regard to the role of a Guru and who would it be in the Integral Yoga. This question is typical of the times we live in and needs to be addressed especially in the context of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s withdrawal.