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

July - August Sunday Activities at the Centre – A glimpse

July 26th – Savitri Reading Circle:

Read from Book Ten, Canto 4 (page- 641 to 646) - The Dream Twilight of the Earthly Real:

The lines in these pages describe the scenes Savitri is taken through by the God of Death. After the marvel of the Ideal world, the God of Death takes Savitri through Earthly Real.

“There comes a slope slipping away from the realm of the ideal downwards to lower levels. Thought and sense grow heavy. Savitri sees the mountains, streams, cities and harbours below with multitudes in travail. In an air of uncertainty all seem to wait for death to end their labour. Before her eyes pass all systems, philosophies, laws, creeds- now persisting, now perishing again reappearing. All looks a meaningless dream. Ascetics call, anchorites meditate-but to no purpose. The cycles roll and come back again.” [Quote from “A Summary of Savitri by M.P. Pandit”]

God of Death reinforces to Savitri his stance – “Do not hope to plant the living Truth on earth, do not try to make Matter’s world the home of God. There is no God or he exists only in name. And if there is a Self it is bodiless and is never born” Quote from Savitri, The Golden Bridge, The wonderful Fire by Mangesh V. Nadkarni.

Our gratitude to M.P.Pandit and Mangesh V.Nadkarni whose explanations of Savitri paves a sun lit path to our understanding of the great epic SAVITRI.

August 2nd – Readings from AIM Magazine February 2015:

This compilation mainly consists of a few extracts from Prayers of the Mother as recorded in “Prayers and Meditations”. Both Mother and Sri Aurobindo spent their whole life in bringing a transformation to our Earth and the Humanity. The titles we read are Union with the Divine, and the necessity and utility of work.

I am sure daily reading of these Prayers will bring us closer to our Inner Self and the Peace will reside in us to make us stronger to grow spiritually.

August 15th – Sri Aurobindo’s 143rd Birth Anniversary Celebration:

It was indeed a very joyous celebration with a packed room of devotees.

Thanks to our dear Marty who had decorated the altar with flowers of every hue and colour nicely arranged.  While soaking in the brilliant beauty of the flowers I remembered the words of the Mother that “Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them. It is a subtle and fragrant language. Flowers seem to speak lovingly about The Mother! After the meditation music, Devotional music on Guru by students of SIFAS widely opened our devotional path way to our Guru Sri Aurobindo.

Kashyapji gave a very precise summary of Sri Aurobindo’s mission on this earth and our Centre’s birth and growth in the past 30 years to the new comers. He also warmly talked about the members and volunteers who took part in bringing about the beautiful atmosphere in the Centre.

KV Rao gave a good introduction to Shri S.S.Lahari. Shri S.S. Lahiri’s talk on “Five Dreams of Sri Aurobindo” was a real eye opener to our understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s “Poorna Avatar” to bring about India’s freedom from British, Human unity by Yoga Sadhana and ultimately Supramental Transformation.

Shri Lahiri very humorously said that these Dreams never allowed Sri Aurobindo to sleep!
Even as early as 18th November 1922 Sri Aurobindo has expressed to Chittaranjan Das that “I see more and more manifestly that man can never get out of the futile circle the race is always treading UNTIL he has raised himself on to the new foundation. I believe also that it is the mission of India to make this great victory for the world.”

After the vote of thanks by KV Rao, meditation music was played.

Mahaprasad was greatly enjoyed by everyone!

Thanks to Popatbhai, THE ANNADATHA!

August 16th – Meditation on Savitri with Huta’s visuals:

Book Eleven, The Book of the Everlasting Day-Canto 1 The Eternal Day: The Soul’s Choice and The Supreme Consummation - Picture 1 to Picture 9
The scene pictured is a heavenly one. At last Savitri brings the Everlasting Divine on the Earth.
She sees marvellous sun looking down from ecstasy’s sky. Heaven and Earth are merged with scenes of luminous joy in everything around. Time and Eternity live as one.

Just reading these wonderful passages makes our small self-rise like a rocket to attain that Eternal Day!

What a great Poet our Guru Sri Aurobindo is, who has experienced that state to bring them down to us.

-         Jayalakshmi

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