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

Observance of the Anniversary of The Mother’s Final Arrival in Pondicherry

93 years ago, on 24th April, The Mother arrived in Pondicherry to settle permanently and carry out her immense sadhana alongside Sir Aurobindo.

Last month, on the 24th of April, 2013, we commemorated Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry through a special program.It began with invoking the power of the Om, through the Om Choir. It was followed by chanting of mantras from the Mandukya Upanishad. This is the Upanishad which explains the universal sound of the Om. Twelve verses from the Mandukya Upanishad were chanted. The verses essentially introduced and described the three states of the being together with a fourth and transcending state of consciousness. OM is the one word that encapsulates the three states and itself transcends above the three states into the fourth.

The second section revolved around the Arts as a means of interpreting the divine. In this section, scenes of culturally significant personalities were enacted. In the backdrop, lines from Sri Aurobindo’s works such as ‘The Foundations of Indian Culture’, ‘Essays on the Gita’ and ‘The Future Poetry’, amongst others, were recited. These were in reference to the personalities and the larger movement they were a part of. Children dressed up, sang and narratedthe life of each personality in a beautiful and heart warming manner. 

We began with three stalwarts of Bhakti Yoga, several aspects of which Sri Aurobindo had high regard for.Our first segment revolved around the 8th century Alvar saint, Andal. She was the only female Alvar of the 12 Alvar saints of South India and is credited with the great Tamil work ‘Thirupavai’.Our next segment revolved around the 16th century Indian princess Mira. So lasting was her impact that even today, in many regions of Rajasthan, bhajans of Mira are still common in religious night gatherings known as 'Ratijuga’. Post this, we concentrated on the 13th Century Sanskrit poet,Jaidev. He is most known for his composition, the epic poem ‘GeetGovinda’. The next segment revolved around the great Greek epic poet, Homer. He was the author of the great Greek epics ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’. Sri Aurobindo interpreted the epilogue of ‘The Iliad’ in his epic, ‘The Ilion’.We then moved onto Leonardo da Vinci who was an Italian Renaissance polymath. Sri Aurobindo was a great admirer of his many talents, stating that Leonardo was an example of someone who had a higher consciousness.  His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. 

In the third and final section, we turned to Mahasaraswati and invoked her Power. Mahasaraswati is The Mother’s Power of Works.  Sri Aurobindo states that “All the work of the other Powers leans on her for its completeness; for she assures the material foundations, elaborates the stuff of detail and erects and rivets the armour of the structure”

With that we came to an end of the day's program. It was a deeply moving program at the end of which we partook of Mahaprasad. 

- Saurab

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