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Posted February 24, 2009on:
I would like to present here one argument which Heehs and his supporters have never cared to consider,—the “argument against intellectual argument”. Any sadhak who has followed a spiritual path will accept that sadhana is best done when you base yourself on something higher or deeper than the mind. Read the rest of this entry »
All choice: She is the golden bridge
On this 21st day of February 2009, which happens to be the birthday anniversary of The Mother, Mira Alfassa, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, let us remember Her and The Master, in Silence and in utter sincerity and faithfulness . …. of Man to outgrow and master all his imperfections and darkness, to grow into a creative, constructive and higher divine being, along with the society, conquering all inner and outer darkness, crossing all barriers and divisions. …
|BABUL’S WORLD: 21 February 1878, The Mother’s birthday (Darshan Day)
By email@example.com (Debabrata Ghosh)
21st February 1878, The Mother’s Birthday. In Sri Aurobindo Ashram it is observed as Darshan Day. On this special day devotees are allowed to visit the room of Mother and Sri Aurobindo …
|Savitri: the Light of the Supreme :: Savitri from Collected Works …
By RY Deshpande
Last night, we (you and I and a few others) were together for quite a long time in Sri Aurobindo’s permanent dwelling-place in the subtle physical (what Sri Aurobindo called the true physical). Everything that took place there (far too …
Savitri: the Light of the Supreme
15 August 1872 Thursday
Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday
 21 February 1878 Thursday
The Mother’s Birthday
 4 April 1910 Monday
Sri Aurobindo’s Arrival at Pondicherry
 29 March 1914 Sunday
The First Meeting of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo
 24 April 1920 Saturday
The Mother’s Final Arrival at Pondicherry
 24 November 1926 Wednesday
The Siddhi of Krishna’s Consciousness in the Physical
 24 November 1938 Thursday
Accident to Sri Aurobindo’s Right Thigh Bone
 24 April 1939 Monday
Introduced as Darshan Day
 5 December 1950 Tuesday
Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi
Strategically Fixing-up of the Supramental in the Physical
 9 December 1950 Saturday
A New Phase of Work Begins with the Samadhi
 12 December 1950 Tuesday
The Mother Gives First Blessings after Sri Aurobindo’s Passing Away
 29 February 1956 Wednesday
Supramental Manifestation in the Subtle-Physical of the Earth
 17 November 1973 Saturday
The Mother’s Mahasamadhi—
She Walking into the New Body
 20 November 1973 Tuesday
A New Leap towards the Work of Transformation in the New Body
The list is open for additions by way of comments from the interested readers. Thanks. ~ RYD
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Sachidananda Mohanty is a Professor of English at the University of Hyderabad, India.
Like the main character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sachidananda Mohanty seems to have a split personality. There is the academic – let us call him Dr. M – who praised the work of Peter Heehs and warned of the danger of “collective bigotry” in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. And there is the writer of a letter to the Trustees – we may call him Mr. S – who has condemned The Lives of Sri Aurobindo and joined the movement calling for Heehs’s expulsion. The contrast between the two makes an interesting study. more »
The Heehs biography controversy is unfortunately a symptom of a much deeper crisis in the Integral Yoga community, with future repercussions which are hardly optimistic. In this consideration of some of the larger issues involved, the editors of sciy and other concerned viewers of the phenomenon draw attention to what is at stake for all those interested in the Integral Yoga. These are only a few of the more serious ramifications. Readers are welcome to add their own concerns as comments. more »
Ananda Reddy is founder-director of SACAR
Ananda Reddy addressed a letter to the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 6 September, 2008. A significant feature of this letter is the cultural issues it raises. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo was written for publication in America and has been widely appreciated there. Some reactions to it in India, such as Reddy’s, have been markedly different. An understanding of the cultural factors underlying these varying responses might contribute to healing the division that has recently arisen in the international Sri Aurobindo community. more »
Lynda Lester made a great presentation at AUM 2007 on fundamentalist tendencies in Integral Yoga. We are happy to post it here:
Today I’d like to focus on the difference between yoga, religion, and fundamentalism in the Integral Yoga community. And because in a discussion like this we’re all coming from different cultures and orientations, my yoga might be your religion and someone else’s fundamentalism. So I thought I’d start out with some definitions…. more »
Until recently, I had not actually read Peter’s book. So, despite the polarizing atmosphere and escalating polemics surrounding its publication, I refrained from taking a position or passing judgment. For how could I come to conclusions about something that I myself had not personally experienced?
As a published author myself, my own natural writing style tends more toward the creative rather than the academic or scholarly. So to be honest, I was not sure if I could wade through more than 400 pages of biographical details drawn from decades of archival research. After all, I was, I believed, sufficiently familiar with the essential outline and major events of Sri Aurobindo’s life. And as a dedicated practitioner of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga as well as a serious student of his own writings since the mid-1960s, having read all of his major works before coming to Pondicherry to meet the Mother, I wondered how I could possibly benefit from pouring through the micro-facts and minutia of such a figure whose Life was so much greater than the sum of its parts. I also had reservations about whether such an academic approach would turn out to be a boring compilation or disconnected series of meticulously-researched historical details which would simply drone on, failing both to hold my attention or hold together as a whole…. more »
In an act of desperation the petitioner as well as those Ashramites who are conspiring against Peter Heehs are attempting to file criminal charges in this matter. Note that these charges are being filed under the following sections: Section 501 is “printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory” – Section 500 covers punishment for defamation; Section 275 (a) does not seem to exist though 275 covers sale of adulterated drugs.
The truth however, will not be denied. Not only will this case be dismissed but the truth regards the hypocrisy and malice of those persons who have seen fit to conspire in secret to take these actions will be unveiled for all to see.
The truth of this matter will be revealed in a forthcoming text that will be announced on SCIY. The voices of the ashramite leaders of the ex-communication movement will speak for themselves. What will become obvious is their disregarded for the spirit of the yoga as well as the rules and regulations of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram itself in persecuting a fellow sadhak. more »
This is a community website for the well wishers of Sangh Parivar. The aim of Sangh Parivar is to take Bharat to the pinnacle of glory. This website is independent of any Sangh Parivar organisations.
Savitri Bhavan is located in the International Zone of Auroville, between Bharat Nivas and Matrimandir. It has been created as a unit of SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research) to be a focal point for Sri Aurobindo studies in Auroville, taking Savitri, his revelatory epic poem, as a starting point for exploring his other writings, and using what he has written elsewhere to deepen our understanding and appreciation of Savitri, the most profound and powerfully creative of all his works. It is meant as a place where all kinds of materials for study, research and concentration on Sri Aurobindo’s revelatory epic poem Savitri can be gathered and made available.
The varied activities being organised and developed by Savitri Bhavan aim to make Sri Aurobindo’s insights more accessible to people of very different psychological types and cultural origins. Our object is not mere intellectual or academical scrutiny of Sri Aurobindo’s language and thought. We approach his writings for help and light, for the psychological insights and support which can aid us to live in such a way that Auroville can fulfil its mission as a pathfinder towards a new kind of human society.
About Savitri Bhavan
Savitri is the masterwork of Sri Aurobindo, freedom-fighter, poet, and spiritual pioneer. Taking as his framework and starting point the ancient Indian symbolic legend of Satyavan and Savitri, Sri Aurobindo worked on this epic poem from October 1916 to a few days before leaving his body in December 1950. Almost 24,000 lines of masterly mantric poetry carry the essence of his revolutionary spiritual vision. His spiritual co-worker, The Mother, has said of it :
“ Savitri – the supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision.”
“I believe that it is his message.
All his other writings are preparations,
but Savitri is the message.”
“ Savitri is a mantra for the transformation of the world”.
We dream of an environment in Auroville
that will breathe the atmosphere of Savitri
that will welcome Savitri lovers from every corner of the world
that will be an inspiring centre of Savitri studies
that will house all kinds of materials and activities to enrich our understanding and enjoyment of Sri Aurobindo’s revelatory epic
that will be the abode of Savitri, the Truth that has come from the Sun.
Support is welcome from everyone who feels that the vibration of Savitri will help to manifest a better tomorrow.