Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Thoughts on Centre Activities: December 2011 - January 2012

18/12/2011 … Reading of the Vignettes followed by OM Choir

After the opening meditation, we each picked up a copy of a book which is really close to all our hearts—“Vignettes”, after all, it consists of several heart warming stories about people who have been touched by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo in several ways. As always, each story brought a smile on our faces, many of us could relate to the experiences penned down in the book.

After the reading, we formed a small circle for the OM choir around a candle lit in all its glory. Words will never suffice to describe the ecstasy experienced by each and every person during the OM choir. We took home with us whatever may have descended, our subtle experiences.

25/12/2011… Savitri Reading

The day of the month when we have our Savitri Reading at the Centre, we were to read “The Secret Knowledge” from Book 1 Canto 4. To enable us to understand Savitri better with each attempt, we make use of the marvelous pictures by Huta and the descriptions for each of them. The paintings have a very unique quality about them. They seem to have a life of their own and we are drawn to them in strange ways and this, together with the Mother’s voice reciting lines of Savitri tend to bring us into another plane, a special one where we can dwell awhile, either in peace, silence, joy or in a state with all three of these co-existing. And as always, the lines seem to reveal to us something new every time we read them.

01/01/2012 …Meditation with Savitri Video

The New Year Special Meditation happened at the Centre in the morning. In the evening, we all gathered to watch the video for Book 1 Canto 4 of the Savitri, which was read the previous Sunday. This video along with the Meditation was the perfect way to start the first month of the New Year!

08/01/2012 … “Elements of Yoga” by Sri Aurobindo (Aspiration)

“Elements of Yoga” by Sri Aurobindo was the book we were to read at the Reading Circle. “Aspiration” was the chosen chapter for the day. After reading it aloud, we used the “Commentaries on Elements of Yoga” by the Mother as a guide to help us understand it better. Aspiration is important to one and all for any and every thing we want to accomplish in life. With an interesting discussion that followed it, we ended the evening with a beautiful closing Meditation.
- Preethi

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