Guiding Light of The Month

I feel as though I have done nothing yet, as though I have not lived the spiritual life, only entered the path that leads to it, it seems to me that I know nothing, that I am incapable of formulating anything, that all experience is yet to begin. - The Mother

April - May Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

April 16th – Secrets of the Veda, facilitated by Sri Krishnamurthy:
Based on Sri Aurobindo’s commentary on the verses in Mandala 1, Sukta 4, a recap was done on:

·         How the ancient Vedic seers went about to establish perfection in each of their psychological realms and to establish harmony between various realms.
·         Their realization, that the above cannot be achieved without the active collaboration with several cosmic gods.
·         Importance of Indra - the ‘Lord of Mind &Intelligence’ to help seeker’s spiritual progress by preventing attacks from dark forces like Vritra, Vala, Panis etc.
·         Summary of the message conveyed by Verses 1 to 3 – Indra

§  as the ‘Fashioner of right or perfect forms’,
§  accepting the Soma drink and showering the rays of consciousness  on the seeker
§  being requested not to transcend beyond the limited capacity of the seeker’s vision.

Covered in detail the Verses 4 to 6 – containing Sri Aurobindo’s translation, commentary, as also word for word meaning of the verses.

·         Verse 4:   Seeker seeing the spiritual progress of his comrades requests Indra to further his own.
·         Verse 5:   Here are described that suits towards which the seeker aspires.  With fuller Light opening, the dark powers of Limitation will be satisfied and themselves withdraw.
·         Verse 6:   The seeker is appealing to the fighters to affirm that their task is completed by the fullness of human bliss accomplished.  With this the soul shall rest in the peace of Indra.

April 24th – The Mother’s final arrival in Pondicherry, Darshan Day
The program started off with Meditation music and reading of prayers.

Some passages from the Book, Sri Aurobindo, THE MOTHER with Letters on The Mother was read.
                   
April 2017 Darshan Day message was read and as follows:
“The Mother guides helps each according to his nature and need and where necessary, herself intervenes with her Power enabling the sadhak to withstand the rigours and demands of the Path.
She has placed herself-with all the Love, Peace, Knowledge and consciousness that she is at the disposal of every aspiring soul that looks for help”.
-          Sri Aurobindo
April 30th - Prayer meeting in memory of our late senior member Mr Dhana

Mr. Dhana (Mr. Dhanabalasingham son of Mr. Vallipuram Sinnathamby) who passed away on Tuesday, 28/02/2017 in Singapore.

It was a very touching session when Ms Dhana, Mr Sashilal Kashyap, Mr KV Rao, Mr Ramanathan and Shanthi, daughter of Mr and Ms Dhana recollected how wonderful a person Mr Dhana was. He was a role model for every one of us, in living a disciplined and time conscious daily routine. He was a great enthusiastic player of golf, cycling and hiking. Today we the members of Sri Aurobindo Society enjoy the Morning walks of every first Sunday of the month because of his initiative and strengthening the course to the core!
Ms Dhana read the favourite prayer of Mr Dhana. From Prayers and Meditations, it is a very beautiful prayer dated February 15,1914.
May 7th – Readings from AIM Magazine: Read a few passages from April 2017, All India Magazine
The Two Who are One, The first page has lines from Savitri , page 61-63. This issue revolves around the central truths of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga.
There are Two who are One and play in many worlds;

The Supreme Reality, the Divine is One. But for purposes of manifestation, the Wonder-Plan of Delight, the One becomes the Two. It takes one poise as the Existent and another poise as Consciousness. They are not really two different realities but the same Reality in two self-aspects who exists; . This biune reality is the dynamic basis of all manifestation; it reproduces itself at different levels of creation as Brahman-Maya, Ishwara- Shakti, Purusha-Prakriti. All World-play is a working out of their respective relations.

The Two, the Being and the Power, carry their interplay through all the states of existence, in all conditions of the manifestation. Also, one presides from his status in Knowledge while the other functions in the limitations of Ignorance; the interaction of the two works, out the evolution of the world from the obscurities of Matter to the luminosities of the Spirit.

Our pleasure and pain are their wrestle and embrace,
Our deeds, our hopes are intimate to their tale;
They are married secretly in our thought and life.
The universe is an endless masquerade:
For nothing here is utterly what it seems,

What is seen in this universe is not the whole truth of it. All is a surface appearance of what truly exists behind the veil of apparent form. What is observed by the physical eye, what is experienced by the physical senses, is not.

The world-play is enacted by Kali, the Shakti, in the form of a Cosmic Dance, a gigantic whirl of her Energies. For this creative display of her powers, Shiva, the static partner, provides the stage on his immovable body. His willing person is the ground on which her feet stamp the steps. He supports the world-dance with his will of assent.

This Dance of Kali is enacted not only on the universal stage, but also on the stage of each individual life. Each one is able to withstand the pressure of her movement because of the strength of Shiva that is individuated in him and supports the corresponding kinesis. And in spite of all its stresses, none is willing to withdraw from the play because each tastes something of the bliss that the Shiva within derives from it.
Source: Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo.

Note: The Editorial passage says that Sri Aurobindo clearly and categorically stated that not only there is no difference between The Mother’s consciousness and His consciousness but revealed that one of the fundamental steps in His Integral Yoga is to open to the Mother and take refuge in Her.

May 14thTalk on “General Overview of Indian scriptures through ages - in the Light of Sri Aurobindo”, by Sundari

The talk began by showing a confession from Sri Aurobindo, as follows:

"When I approached God at that time, I hardly had a living faith in Him. The agnostic was in me, the atheist was in me, the sceptic was in me and I was not absolutely sure that there was a God at all. I did not feel His presence. Yet something drew me to the truth of the Vedas, the truth of the Gita, the truth of the Hindu religion. I felt there must be a mighty Truth somewhere in this Yoga, a mighty Truth in this religion based     on Vedanta” Sri Aurobindo”.

The following points were sequentially covered during the entire session:

·         Hinduism as “Law of Life”.  The most sceptical and the most believing too.  While it has been greatly questioned and experimented, it has given the deepest experience of positive spiritual knowledge too.
·         “Bharatiya Scriptures” - A chart was shown covering Sections of Vedas, Upanishads, Vedanagas, Upavedas, Smritis, Darshan Shastras, Puranas, Itihasas and Gita.

·         “Major classifications” – like Shruti, Smriti, Samhitas and Shastras.
·         “Literary Structures” – as elaborated by Sri Aurobindo in SABCL Vol 10, The Secret of the Veda – page 501.
·         “Difference between Vedas & Upanishads” – the types and what each contains.
·         “Vedangas – Like Shiksha, Kalpa, Vyakarana, Nirukta Or Nighantu, Chandas, Jyotisha
·         “Six Darshanas” – Like Poorva Mimamsa, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga
·         Talk ending with mention of Tantra & Dharma Shastras, Major Puranas and Bhagavad Gita.

May 21st - The Secret of the Veda session:

A quick overview was done of the main message conveyed in verses 1 to 6 (of Mandla 1, Sukta 4).    Then rest of the verses (7 to 10) were explained in detail – covering, Sri Aurobindo’s translation / commentary, and word for word meaning of the verses given by Sri Kapalli Shastry / M.P.Pandit.

·         Verse 7:   Here the emphasis is on Rishi Madhucchandas’ intent in making the ‘Divine Ananda’ (that is poured out earlier) to be made swift and intense in the system and to be offered back to Indra for the support of his intensities further.  It is the profound joy manifest in the inner sensations that gives the ecstasy by which the man or the God grows strong.

·         Verse 8:   Due to Indra’s continued support, the ‘Divine Mind’ in the Rishi gained strength leading to the destruction of all that opposed, as ‘Coverers or Beseigers’.  Also this gave protection to the possessions already won in past battles from ‘Atris & Dasyus’ -devourers & plunderers.

·         Verse 9:   Though the Rishi’s 'intelligence’ has already become rich and variously stored, he seeks to increase its force of abundance yet more – in order to remove the ‘Restrainers’ as well as the ‘Vritras’.  This way full and assured possession of the riches can be maintained.

·         Verse 10:  In this concluding verse, the Rishi praises Indra as ‘a continent of bliss in his vastness’ and ‘the friend of the Soma’ to whom one should rise the chant.  Also this ‘Divine Light’ obtained in its entire greatness – free from limitation – befriends the human soul and carries it safe through the battle, to the absolute end of its march – ‘the summit of its aspiration’.

·         Thus ends Madala 1 Sukta 4.
-          Jayalakshmi


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