Guiding Light of The Month

In this immense heroic struggle, in this sublime struggle of love against hatred, of justice against injustice, of obedience to Thy supreme law against revolt, may I gradually be able to make humanity worthy of a still sublimer peace in which, all internal dissensions having ceased, the whole effort of man may be united for the attainment of a more and more perfect and integral realisation of Thy divine Will and Thy progressive ideal. - The Mother

May-June Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

For the first three sessions of the month, we continued to study Sri Aurobindo's Bases of Yoga, focusing on the chapter 'Desire - Food - Sex'. Last month, we learnt about the origin of desire - how it is a wave and force of Nature thrown upon us and not something we should view as 'our own'. It is by attaining this clarity about the true nature of desire that we can more easily detach ourselves from it. This month, we focused more on how we should detach ourselves from the desire and greed for food. Sri Aurobindo does not advise us to fast for prolonged periods to achieve this. Instead, we should take food in moderation, offer it up to the Divine, see it as a mere physical necessity to maintain the body and gradually lose all desire for it - becoming increasingly calm and detached whether the food we eat is in line with our preferences or not.   Next, we also studied Sri Aurobindo's advice to sadhaks about the need for complete mastery and elimination of the sex impulse. This requires a reliance on the Mother's force, coupled with detachment and rejection that must lead eventually to a complete expunging of the sexual desire from mind, vital, body and the wider subconscient. This is usually a long process, although it is necessary for the safe progress of the sadhana and the secure descent of the higher consciousness into one's being. 

In the second session, after the study of ‘Bases of Yoga’, we also carried out the OM choir activity. Each member offered their best OM, and soon the room was full of a song chant of truth and love - a sincere symphony aspiring for the music of the higher spheres.

For the final sessions of both May and June, we watched ‘Meditations on Savitri’ on Book VI Canto II: “The Way of Fate and the Problem of Pain” After that, we read the Canto several times before having a discussion. This Canto sings of the sublime and impossible mystery of pain in a world where all is Sat-Chit-Ananda, Being-Consciousness-Bliss. In the session, we heard the chant of Narada, a song of vast rhythmic grandeur full of the magnificent music of Sri Aurobindo. As we contemplate the words through silence and sharing, we seek to grasp a little of the Truth and Power of the Savitri mantra.  The Word we heard illuminates the mystery of suffering, inspiring a global and synthetic vision that helps us to see the hidden Bliss in cosmic pain.

- Jared

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