Guiding Light of The Month

To Thee, supreme Dispenser of all boons, to Thee who givest life its justification, by making it pure, beautiful and good, to Thee, Master of our destinies and goal of all our aspirations, was consecrated the first minute of this new year. - The Mother

Remembering Mr Lok Kek Seng…

I first met Lok in 1965 through another friend Purshotmen Naidu when we were in Teachers' Training College. In 1973, Daya, whom I had known since 1964 informed me about the talk on Sri Aurobindo by late Navajata at the NTUC Conference Hall. This is how I came in touch with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Subsequently I introduced Sri Aurobindo and The Mother to Purshotmen and he, to Lok. 

We were so fascinated by the ideas and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Ashram that in 1975, Daya, Kim, Veronica, Lok, my wife, Sartha and I decided to visit the Ashram. All of us physically felt the Force as we entered the gate to the Samadhi. After a week in the Ashram we decided to go on a two-week tour of South India. Inspite of our persuasion, Lok decided to stay back and immerse himself in the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram. On our return Daya, Lok and I got actively involved in our Society. Although some of us became less active gradually, Lok continued to be active till his passing away. 

Lok was a sincere and committed devotee. But he was not found of rituals. To mark our society's 25th anniversary we published a souvenir magazine titled "All Life is Yoga". Lok was in charge of the publication. He did not even want any photographs of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in the magazine. When I asked he said that we had to go beyond photographs. He was truly a practitioner of yoga of Sri Aurobindo. He believed that practice was more meaningful than praying. Lok will be missed but certainly remembered in our hearts. 

- Jagir Singh Riar

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