Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

April-May Sunday Activities at Centre – A glimpse

28 April 2013 –Meditations on ‘Savitri’

That evening, we turned our attention to one of the many turning points of the epic poem, ‘Savitri’. Book 3, Canto 4, ‘The Vision and the Boon’.Ashwapathy has the vision of the One Worshipped. Like in a whirlwind trip, in a jiffy, the six pictures that made up that section of Meditations on ‘Savitri’, brought us through the whole of the Canto 4. This section in a sense, brought before us about 6 aspects of the canto: Ashwapathy’s magnificent tryst with the Divine Mother, his mighty vision of Shiva’s dance which tore the past, his luminous vision of “the Omnipotent’s flaming pioneers”, his ardent prayer for Her to descend upon earth and the benevolent granting of the supreme boon and his return to the “speed and noise Of the vast business of created things.” Following meditation on the words of Mother and the paintings by Huta, we settled to read the lines that came along with the pictures. These lines were heavily laden and reading them had an effect on our state of consciousness. A few questions were raised, mainly by those seeking some clarifications. It was good sitting together and going through those very significant lines. We ended the evening with New Year meditation music and headed home, looking forward to next Sunday’s activities.

5 May 2013 - Readings on Mother’s Work and OM Choir

We were still on the broad topic of exploring the inner world. Our reference for the day was Mother’s words compiled in ‘Living Within’ by A.S. Dalal. We did a simple exercise on quietening the mind and focusing our attention inwards. Participants shared their experience in gong within for those few seconds. One participant mentioned that she immediately could go in and be with a silent self within. Another mentioned that thoughts of events preceding his arrival at the Centre dominated his mind space. Another simply allowed her attention to be occupied by items and articles she saw in the room prior to the exercise. Following this sharing, we read a passage The Mother had written on the best attitude one could hold towards events in one’s life, from within. We concluded this part of the evening reading short but poignant passages on that helped us contemplate on what it meant to be living within.

OM choir followed next. We enjoyed the harmony of our voices offering the majestic OM that filled our outer as well as our inner world. The fact that our inner world was also filled with only this sound became evident when we stopped OM choir and let ourselves be led by the vibrations produced by the sound OM on our being. For some time, the ringing of OM continued. We concluded this first Sunday evening with meditation on New Year’s music by Sunil-da.

12 May 2013 - Talk by Jared Quek- “The Spiritual Transformation”

The second Sunday is when we have been having talks by Jared at the Centre. The topic this time was “The Spiritual Transformation”. As always, we were each given a hand-out with excerpts from The Life Divine. Spiritual Transformation, just as in any other form of Transformation, is a steady process with constant evolution across a period of time. Every bit of Transformation that one undergoes comes with effort from our side,at least initially (which may last life times, we have been told) and a lot of Grace from the Divine.

The first part of the talk was about the three essential motions that pave the path to the process of Spiritual Transformation. These three motions are The Rift in the lid of the stubborn Mind, The Ascent and The Descent. It is the rift that opens our vision to something above us, the SOMETHING here is the eternal Presence which signifies infinite Bliss. It is the same rift which also helps in the descent of powers of this Presence into our being.

From this topic, we went on to the next topic, The Spiritual Nature. This brought about a fundamental question relating to this subject—“Who exactly is a Spiritual Person?”. We shared our views and opinions on what we thought necessarily constituted a person who is aspiring to be Spiritual. After this discussion, Jared also highlighted briefly the Danger and Limitation of pulling down the Forces hastily, before the wholesome Transformation is complete. We concluded the day with a few lines on “The Supramental Necessity”.

19 May 2013 - Musical Offering by PanditBarun Pal on the Hans Veena

It was a privilege indeed for us to have Barun Pal ji at our Centre. He filled the room with the melodious strains of offering, devotion and gratitude through the Hans Veena, accompanied by the assenting notes of the tabla, played by Sri Mihir Kundo of The Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS). The first Raag to fill the space was Shivaranjani and the second, Jansamodini. Besides being a musical offering dedicated to the Divine, it was also an occasion for the disciple to honour his guru. Barun Pal ji’s guru was none other than the late Pandit Sri Ravi Shankar, the Sitar Maestro. It was indeed our privilege to have Barun Pal ji and Sri Mihir Kundo in our midst. They indeed brought us on a special journey through music.

- Jayanthy and Preethi

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