Guiding Light of The Month

Like a flame that burns in silence, like a perfume that rises straight upward without wavering, my love goes to Thee; and like the child who does not reason and has no care, I trust myself to Thee that Thy Will may be done, that Thy Light may manifest, Thy Peace radiate, Thy Love cover the world. - The Mother

Growth of the Flame

One close to their bosoms, yet divine and far.


Of thought’s transcendent climb and heavenward leap,
A brooding world of reverie and trance,
Filled with the mightiest works of God and man,
Where Nature seemed a dream of the Divine
And beauty and grace and grandeur had their home,
Harboured the childhood of the incarnate Flame.

-          Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

From the Editor’s Desk (Nov 2017)

As has been traditionally inferred, the flame has been a symbol of hope, power of vision, Light, an agent of purification and aspiration, always rising up in an ardent yearning to realize itself and at the same time, always submitting a prayer to this end, to higher forces, far above the limitations of the human might. In the epic poem Savitri, the flame is a personification of Savitri herself, who is the full form of all that a flame represents. The Canto titled, “Growth of the Flame”, is the theme of this edition of the Newsletter. In this Canto, Sri Aurobindo brings alive in our consciousness the wonder of the Flame’s growth from its birth in time, towards a full-blown manifestation of divinity that it might take up arms against falsehood and ignorance and illusion, at the appointed time and place. 

An earthly place of unearthly charm and beauty 
“Harboured the childhood of the incarnate Flame. 
Over her watched millennial influences

And the deep godheads of a grandiose past
Looked on her and saw the future’s godheads come 
As if this magnet drew their powers unseen.”

It is evident here that this Flame that was being nurtured was no ordinary Flame. Or perhaps it was not even nurtured; It was there growing of its own strength and might, and was preparing the divine ground for future greatnesses to come, and which come as if pulled by that Flame alone. These few lines in themselves give us a direct indication of the vast Divine plan for earth. It was an announcement of the coming of a Force that would change the earth and manifest God’s greatness here. This was Savitri, the Flame, God’s gift to the yearning aspiration of one man, to save the world.

The symbol of the Flame may also be extended, if we allow, to the growth of our own innermost being, hidden deep within, veiled by layers after layers. This revelation of the innermost being, also known as the Psychic Being in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, is akin to a growth of a flame, when it comes forward to the forefront, showing itself more and more as the growth process progresses till finally it stands unveiled at the front of the being, influencing all its parts and planes and leading it simultaneously to a Life Divine where every act and move is a Divine sanction executed by the enlightened being, as it proceeds to open itself to the manifestation of Divinity in the earthen clay. How does this growth take place? How do we remove the layers which block the real Person within? How do we unmask ourselves, removing those masks we have put over us knowingly and without any consciousness of them? It is indeed a tall order. But this human birth is also worthy of reverence. There is an opportunity, so it seems, given to us to realize the greatness, the flame within so that life may assume a beauty and light, its right, now veiled. The process has to be worked out in each individual with clues along the way, as we journey on in life. 

This month of November also sees two important occasions. On the 17th, we remember The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day. This will be observed as a day of silence. On 24th we observe the 91st anniversary of Siddhi Day or the day of Victory, signifying the descent of the Overmental or Krishna’s Light into the Earth plane in 1926. 

Savitri, a journey of Love and Light


Aware of the universal Self in all
She turned to living hearts and human forms;
Her soul’
s reflections, complements, counterparts,
The close outlying portions of her being
Divided from her by walls of body and mind
Yet to her spirit bound by ties divine.

(Savitri, Book four, Canto two)


(Meditations on Savitri, by Huta, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)





A single lamp lit in perfection’s house

All her life’s turns led her to symbol doors
Admitting to secret Powers that were her kin;
Adept of truth, initiate of bliss,
A mystic acolyte trained in Nature’
s school,
Aware of the marvel of created things
She laid the secrecies of her heart’
s deep muse
Upon the altar of the Wonderful;
Her hours were ritual in a timeless fane;
Her acts became gestures of sacrifice.
                                                                                                        
When she was about twelve, Mirra used to go for solitary walks in the woods at Fontainebleau, and she would often sit for hours at the foot of a tree losing herself in communion with Nature. It was a singular concatenation, the ardent young girl self-absorbed in the infinitudes, and the silent ageless tree with the imperious woods around: quite an equation of the mathematics of the Spirit! The very birds and squirrels made friends with her, and would often perch on her, or crawl lovingly over her. And, indeed, Mirra felt perfectly at peace there in the bosom of Nature, and experienced a sense of identity. Some of the trees at Fontainebleau were supposed to be quite ancient – perhaps two thousand years old or more ­ and it was as though Mirra had captivated the heart of primordial Nature. The trees almost seemed to understand her, and whisper in a familiar language to her. The spirit of a tree had once become aware of the talk of cutting it down, and when Mirra went to sit under it began soliciting her to somehow save it from the threatened destruction. In later life she intervened in several cases and succeeded in staying the murderous axe. Her companionship with Nature was thus no pose, no mere figure of speech, but a deep commitment flowing from a sense of spiritual oneness with all life, all Nature.

On one occasion, however, as Mirra was climbing a hill in the Fontainebleau woods, her foot slipped, and she started falling down. Would she hit the flint stones below? She was unafraid all the same, and she felt as though Somebody was supporting her during her seemingly precipitate fall, and she safely reached the ground as though nothing had happened, as though she had but leisurely walked down the hill.

From the age of twelve, Mirra started doing what we might term Yoga, and her deep interest in occultism also sprouted at about the same time. Doing Yoga meant aspiring steadily for union with the Divine, and this led to the recurrence of certain dreams, visions, and even realisations. She read, and she pondered, and she had long meditative sessions.

These comrade selves to raise to her own wide breadths
Her heart desired and filled with her own power
That a diviner Force might enter life,
A breath of Godhead greaten human time.

Between her eighteenth and twentieth years, Mirra was able to achieve “a conscious and constant union with the divine Presence” and for effecting this communion she had neither Guru nor Book to guide her. In other words, with unerring intuition and a compulsive psychic movement Mirra had been able to reach the heart of the great mystery: her own secret Self which was at once the best Shastra and the sanctuary of the ultimate Guru. While describing the instruments of Yoga-Siddhi, Sri Aurobindo says in The Synthesis of Yoga:
The supreme Shastra of the integral Yoga is the eternal Veda secret in the heart of every thinking and living being ….
As the supreme Shastra of the integral Yoga is the eternal Veda secret in the heart of every man, so its supreme Guide and Teacher is the inner Guide, the World-Teacher, jagad-guru, secret within us. It is he who destroys our darkness by the resplendent light of his knowledge …. He discloses progressively in us his own nature of freedom, bliss, love, power, immortal being.

But of course, ordinarily the written or received Shastra, “the Word from without, representative of the Divine,” does help the psychic efflorescence. Where the self-unfolding has already taken place, as with Mirra in the first flash of her flowering womanhood, subsequent access to a received Shastra or an external Guru could be, “as it were, a concession of the omnipotent and omniscient Divine to the generality of a law that governs Nature”.

This was how Mirra began reading Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga and later, more important still, poring over the Bhagavad Gita. She found Vivekananda’s lectures illuminating, and it seemed a marvel that somebody could explain something to her so clearly. Then an Indian* introduced her to the Bhagavad Gita and said, “Read the Gita, and take Krishna as the symbol of the immanent God, the inner Godhead.” And in one month, even though she had access only to a poor French translation, she was able to enter into its spirit and find the immanent Divine, the God within.

Thus was it for a while with Savitri,
All worshipped marvellingly, none dared to claim.
Her mind sat high pouring its golden beams,
Her heart was a crowded temple of delight.
A single lamp lit in perfection’s house,
A bright pure image in a priestless shrine,
Midst those encircling lives her spirit dwelt,
Apart in herself until her hour of fate.


Mirra’s manifesto for the future, a matter of hardly three pages, and originally given in two instalments, although rather too analytical in appearance and even repetitive in part, is nevertheless a remarkably comprehensive enunciation of the ends and means before modern man “who needs must choose between the abyss of imminent destruction and the steep and narrow golden path of endless possibility. Early in her life, certain dreams and visions had come to her with a persistent frequency, certain avenues had seemed to open up, whose materialisation or fulfilment was to be promoted during the wide expanse of her later life.

She had already come across several people with a high aspiration and a keen urge to move towards new horizons, but the tiresome struggle for existence was wearing them down. Although very young at the time, Mirra had wanted to create a little sheltered world where such sincere aspirants would be freed from the exhausting preoccupations of earning and spending, but assured of the material necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter – so that they could turn towards the higher life.

And in her middle age she was actually to be in a position to organise such a community life for a large group of spiritual aspirants. Thus, in the wider background ‘of the inspiring epic of her divine ministry and manifestation, this 1912 manifesto has a key place, like the corner-stone of a magnificent edifice.


(On The Mother, K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)


Flowers Speak….


Blossoming of Nature


Abundant and strong, nothing can stop its growth.



Nature proves her collaboration with a smile of flowers.

****



Spiritual Ascension

Fearless, regular, uninterrupted

All perfection of which the outer man is capable, is only a realising of the eternal perfection of the Spirit within him. We know the Divine and become the Divine, because we are That already in our secret nature.


(Flowers and messages, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)

Radha’s prayer


O Thou whom at first sight I knew for the Lord of my being and my God, receive my offering.

Thine are all my thoughts, all my emotions, all the sentiments of my heart, all my sensations, all the movements of my life, each cell of my body, each drop of my blood. I am absolutely and altogether Thine, Thine without reserve. What Thou wilt of me, that I shall be. Whether Thou choosest for me life or death, happiness or sorrow, pleasure or suffering, all that comes to me from Thee will be welcome. Each one of Thy gifts will be always for me a gift divine bringing with it the supreme Felicity.


(White roses, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)

My little adventure


A world nestled in neem trees, profound pomegranate flowers, peacocks and parrots, a world where Mother sings her music and passionate children sing her praise, perhaps swans will fly there one day, perhaps lotuses will blossom all day long.

I spent a week at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi branch, along with the neem trees and pomegranates, along with peacocks and parrots, singing beautiful music, listening to the melodious harmonium that is living along with everyone and with the children and didis.

I took up a small school project in art and music, to be with the children in Mirambika and get to know everyone in the Ashram. And I had a lovely time. I assisted in giving creative ideas for artwork with children and shared few beautiful songs with them. I observed the concept of Integral Education put into practice as I worked with them. As I worked with the children of perseverance group, I relished in watching them work well in a team, in doing a science project. I suggested ideas on making the artwork more interactive and found them accepting the ideas very well. With the young kids, the green group, I worked on a quilling project and it was good to see how enthusiastic they were about it. We drew lotuses, sunshine, peacocks and a little boy wanted to do fire.

The school was filled with beautiful pictures of Sweet Mother and everywhere I turned, I saw her smiling at me. I felt really beautiful as I did music along with the children. I was given a keyboard and little children of many groups surrounded me. As I played the notes, they sang along with me and the children’s voices still reverberate in me. A very delightful moment it was, when a child told me that she didn’t want to sing, but just close her eyes and listen to what I was playing. She did so and it was beautiful. When the youngest group came over, I really did not want to teach them songs, instead, I let them teach me. And they taught me a song on Mother Saraswati. Are they all the swans flying in the school? In the Ashram? I wonder… And another evening, I spent time at Matri Kalamandir learning a song on Savitri along with didis. As I listened to the Harmonium being played, I fell in love with it!

The shrine was like a white chariot carrying a golden princess, the trees where reverberating with the chants of morning birds, the evening meditations where glorious, table roses spoke of colorful compassion, squirrels where squeaking with joy all day long and Mother was watching all with calm passionate eyes. This was my stay at the Ashram in Delhi last month. And I am back home to Bangalore with sweet little memories.

Sandhya


September - October Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

September 24th – Savitri and Rig Veda

Jared has started taking us on an exciting journey, over several weeks, deep into the ‘Doctrine of the Mystics’– an almost all encompassing view of Vedas from our Master. It is packed with surface, subtle and intuitive knowledge for us to explore and enjoy.

Beyond all these, Sri Aurobindo has penned it based on his knowledge through identity and hence it is the formless infinite projected in the finite document form. As we are all aware, Savitri too is similar never ending journey for us to meditate upon and is sure to continue to reveal new insights even to very devoted deep followers.

“We have the same cosmic gradations as in the Puranas but they are differently grouped, -- seven worlds in principle, five in practice, three in their general groupings – Doctrine of the Mystics

Just before commencing the Doctrine of the Mystics, our topics of Rig Veda were Agni - the Flame and Usha - the Dawn. While delving into the Doctrine of the Mystics, we were thrilled to find the subtle knowledge that there are SEVEN occurrences of the word DAWN, FIVE occurrences of AGNI and THREE occurrences of FLAME.

Flash of intuition reveals much more – the seven dawns represent the seven ignorance we need to conquer, the five agnis represent the touching of the ‘Being of the Becoming’ (Psychic Being) for our golden psychic pathway and the three flames represent the triple transformation of Integral Yoga.

We marvelled at the significance of the clarified butter (quintessence – 5th essence- of milk) being offered to agni as emphasized in the Vedas signifying our aspiration to touch our soul (Hamsa). Thus, five also can represent the five external senses we need to purify, liberate and perfect; three can represent the internal senses of Shruti, Dristi and Smriti.

Matching with the macrocosmic view of the Doctrine of the mystics, we also took similar whole view of Savitri – of course, with our limited knowledge.

First, we glanced at the selected seven Huta paintings together representing

  • Divine self-conceptualization of Dynamic Delight (in the causal plane) represented by the World Stairs Chariot (Book 2, Canto 1, Picture 1)

  • Divine self-limitation (Spirit taking-on different aspects by gradually embracing inconscience, suffering etc) represented by the Mother of the Seven Sorrows, Madonna of Suffering and Madonna of Might (Book 7, Canto 4, Pictures 1, 4, 7)

  • Divine self-absorption (until complete Involution) carved in the massive stone of Matter’s trance (Book 7, Canto 5, Picture 20)


  • Savitri’s Triple Transformation (as the Divine role model for replication of many out of the One) represented by the ‘Flaming Serpent raising (released from sleep) through the seven chakras – as in a flash from a supernal light’ (Book 7, Canto 5, Picture 10) and the ‘Seven Lotuses representing each part of the Being trembling with Delight’ (Book 7, Canto 5, Picture 11)

Next, we glanced at another set of seven paintings together representing ‘Savitri – Usha the Dawn, Agni the Flame and OUR ROLE MODEL’ drawn from Book 4, Canto 1 and Canto 2.


The purpose of this session was
  • To reemphasize that our aim of life is to search for and grow our Psychic Flame (Being of Becoming) as well as to help others to progress towards this self-discovery. It is not ‘Matter or Spirit’ but ‘Spirit and Matter’. The same has been generalized by Mother, educating us to broaden our outlook, to even embrace aspects of the opposing ideas so that our thoughts can be channelled towards a core central idea (rooted in higher consciousness)

  • To explore the possibility of reviewing Savitri in a different sequence rather than the canto by canto approach

  • To go deeper into the Huta paintings beyond the surface view

September 28th Sep, 30th Sep, 1st Oct and 3rd Oct – Prof Mohanty’s Talks at our Centre



Professor Sachidananda Mohanty delivered a series of four inspiring talks at our Centre. He is the Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa at Koraput, India. He was recently nominated as a member for the Commission on Education for UNESCO by the President of India. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation, administered by the Ministry of the Human Resources Development, (MHRD) Government of India.

On the 28th Sep, he commenced his talks with Swami Vivekananda's Message for Today. The lecture brought in the Prof’s reminiscences of his visit to Chicago in 2005, the location where Swamiji had delivered his memorable talks to the World Parliament of Religions. He elaborated on how Swamiji utilized his deep integral vision of Self, Concept of Nations, Meaning of Religions and Importance of World Union to deliver the all-encompassing Sanatana Dharma view of Hinduism and India. Swamiji further inspired our Master Sri Aurobindo - appearing in His dreams in Alipore jail revealing the Being of the Becoming and enabling the descent of Transcendental and Universal forces to accelerate our evolution on Earth. Our Master could at once experience the consciousness reversal in Him thus enabling Him to see God in everyone and everything around.

(Photo of our members and Prof. & Mrs. Mohanty's visit to Sri Ramakrishna mission, Singapore)

On the 30th Sep, the topic was ‘Sri Aurobindo and the Challenges of the Modern World’. Prof Mohanty elaborated on the four ideas of his book “Cosmopolitan Modernity”: 1) Tyranny of the State Idea, 2) Religion Vs Secular Modernity, 3) Problem of self-determination and 4) Identity Politics. In this modern world, we in the name of internationalism devalue regional cultures and unfortunately accelerate the decline of rich languages. Cosmopolitanism is the way to go – meaning to be a rich world citizen beyond the narrow ‘either/or’ view embracing a broader outlook. It is important to preserve the positive essence of the tradition and cultures (not the outer ritualistic doctrines) while also renewing our views to progress utilizing the modern developments. Prof Mohanty highlighted the deep political thoughts of Sri Aurobindo throughout His life and His prophetic solutions to most of the pressing problems inflicting the history of mankind including recent and current ones such as Northern Ireland and North Korea. Prof Mohanty also emphasized the four overlapping principles of Rationality, Individuality, Universality and Progress.

On the 1st Oct, we were treated to the significance of the meeting of our Master and The Mother – A memorable moment in the human history indeed. Their Divine Unity enabled the impossible possible - the bringing down of the Supramental Light, Force, Love and New Consciousness to our Earth. Prof Mohanty brought out the significance of Their life journeys comparing the Visionary trajectory of Sri Aurobindo with the Mystic, Power and realization driven trajectory of The Mother. These two parallel Lives had to amalgamate on a common path through the convergence of Their Divine Aspirations. Their ‘Knowledge through Identity’ led to ‘The Supramental Consciousness driven Divine Justice’ pathway. The Creative Evolution as revealed by them was also touched upon. Finally, Prof Mohanty gave us a glimpse of a rare archive material in his possession, namely, “Sri Aurobindo as I understand Him” by Barin Ghosh.

3rd Oct was devoted to a bird’s eye view of our Master’s works.

October 7th – Recording for ‘Savitri Around The World’ Recital

‘Savitri Around The World’ is a project of Auroville to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Auroville and remembering The Mother’s Words:

“SAVITRI IS A MANTRA FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD”

The plan is to start on the February 25th, 2018 early morning IST (“The hour before Gods awake”) with the recorded reading (Parayan) of the first lines of Savitri by The Mother. Then the continuous reading would be taken up by participants from the Ashram and other places in India. From India, the readings will move on from East to West following the Sun around the world passing through over 45 countries before ending at Auroville on the February 27th evening. The initial plan was to organize an online live continuous reading. But based on logistic difficulties the plan has been changed to collect recordings from around the world and play them from February 25th to 27th next year.
Singapore was allotted 12 passages from Book X, ‘The Book of the Double Twilight’, Cantos 2 and 3 (‘The Gospel of Death and the Vanity of the Ideal’ and ‘The Debate of Love and Death’). There were 22 of us and we enthusiastically shared the passages to make sure all those interested got the chance to participate in the Parayan. This shared reading idea was from Satyakam and was gladly endorsed by the Auroville team.

We assembled for the recording at our centre on Saturday the October 7th afternoon. Anand Venkat provided tremendous help with the recording, editing and uploading. Dhana helped us with the coordination during the recording. With Mother’s Grace, we all enjoyed the Divine Delight – a very rare opportunity indeed. Our special thanks to all those who participated and helped in this Divine endeavour.


 October 8th – Rig Veda: The doctrine of the mystics

We continued our journey on ‘The Doctrine of the Mystics’ covering the Vedic Sacrifice which is a form of self-giving of all our gains and works to the powers of the higher existence. The whole world is a dumb and helpless sacrifice in which the soul is bound as a victim self-offered to unseen Gods. The liberating Word must be found, the illuminating hymn must be framed in the heart and mind of man and his life must be turned into a conscious and voluntary offering in which the soul is no longer the victim, but the master of the sacrifice. By right sacrifice and by the all-creative and all-expressive Word that shall arise out of his depths as a sublime hymn to the Gods man can achieve all things. He shall conquer his perfection; Nature shall come to him as a willing and longing bride; he shall become her seer and rule her as her King.

The above is what we had tried to portray in our earlier session of Savitri using the second set of 7 pictures: “The Birth, Childhood and Growth of the Flame – Our Role Model” from Book 4, Canto 1 and Canto 2. Instead of the nature ruling us through slow trial and error progress, we can convert nature to be a willing instrument of the Divine. The last of these seven pictures is enlarged below highlighting the Love, Beauty and Delight - with Savitri in complete harmony with Nature.


The image of this sacrifice is sometimes that of a journey or voyage; for it travels, it ascends; it has a goal -- the vastness, the true existence, the light, the felicity -- and it is called upon to discover and keep the good, the straight and the happy path to the goal, the arduous, yet joyful road of the Truth.

It has to climb, led by the flaming strength of the divine Will, from plateau to plateau as of a mountain, it has to cross as in a ship the waters of existence, traverse its rivers, overcome their deep pits and rapid currents; its aim is to arrive at the far-off ocean of light and infinity.

And this is no easy or peaceful march; it is for long seasons a fierce and relentless battle. Constantly the Aryan man (the pioneering individual) has to labour and to fight and conquer; he must be a tireless toiler and traveller and a stern warrior, he must force open and storm and sack city after city, win kingdom after kingdom, overthrow and tread down ruthlessly enemy after enemy. His whole progress is a warring of Gods and Titans, Gods and Giants, Indra and the Python, Aryan and Dasyu. Aryan adversaries even he has to face in the open field; for old friends and helpers turn into enemies; the kings of Aryan states he would conquer and overpass join themselves to the Dasyus and are leagued against him in supreme battle to prevent his free and utter passing on.

But the Dasyu is the natural enemy. These dividers, plunderers, harmful powers, these Danavas, sons of the Mother of division, are spoken of by the Rishis under many general appellations. There are Rakshasas; there are Eaters and Devourers, Wolves and Tearers; there are hurters and haters; there are dualisers; there are confiners or censurers. But we are given also many specific names.

Vritra, the Serpent, is the grand Adversary; for he obstructs with his coils of darkness all possibility of divine existence and divine action. And even when Vritra is slain by the light, fiercer enemies arise out of him. Shushna afflicts us with his impure and ineffective force, Namuchi fights man by his weaknesses, and others too assail, each with his proper evil. Then there are Vala and the Panis, miser traffickers in the sense-life, stealers and concealers of the higher Light and its illuminations which they can only darken and misuse, -- an impious host who are jealous of their store and will not offer sacrifice to the Gods. These and other personalities -- they are much more than personifications -- of our ignorance, evil, weakness and many limitations make constant war upon man; they encircle him from near or they shoot their arrows at him from afar or even dwell in his gated house in the place of the Gods and with their shapeless stammering mouths and their insufficient breath of force mar his self-expression. They must be expelled, overpowered, slain, thrust down into their nether darkness by the aid of the mighty and helpful deities.

We also covered the important role Angirasas play through their chanting to recover knowledge out of ignorance, the cows (rays), the horses (strength), day, water, sun etc. Sri Aurobindo and Mother have strived to go beyond what the Vedas have revealed by bringing down the Supramental Light, Force, Love and the New Consciousness upon Earth. Through our own choice, we can open our gates to the Divine Forces through our Being of the Becoming (Psychic Being).
- Ramadoss

Along the Way… October 2017 Walk Review (walk no 386)

The last time we had joined the morning walk was a few years back. On 1st October, the first Sunday of the month, we decided to join the walk at Gardens by the Bay so as to bring my Mother-in-law out for a mind and body refreshing morning. It was a good decision as we enjoyed the day thoroughly right from the beginning. Enthusiastic walkers, both young ones and those young at heart, joined and soon the finally tally that day before we began the walk had reached a staggering 36.  

The sun was up and bright when we did our warm up exercise led by Devdutt Lal.  We split into smaller groups to suit each person’s individual walking pace. Later as we started the walk, Sooriya Bhagawan was kind enough to hide behind the clouds and a cool breeze accompanied us as we continued along the water front. There’s nothing quite like a brisk walk along river with the panoramic view of the skyline on one side and the gardens on the other. It was a great bonding time as members shared their previous walking experiences. We spotted types of floras, not commonly found in urban cities, such as Sanghu poo, Thumba poo and sharing the medicinal value of those. Some bright wild flowers along the walking path were feast for our eyes. Also saw few types of the flower of the month, Hibiscus. Took group snaps and ended our walk.



When we reached the host, Uncle Kashyap’s house, refreshing drinks and titbits awaited us. We began as usual with opening meditation followed by bhajans sung by Kashyap Uncle and his family members. We could join in with the heart-warming renditions of songs such as “Jyothi Kalash Chhalke” thanks to the provided lyrics. We ended off with a passionate beat box performance by the young man Amit, Kashyap Uncle’s grandson. We were also very fortunate to hear the short and sweet lecture by Dr Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice Chancellor of Central University of Orissa (Guest Speaker) on how to involve youth in Sri Aurobindo Society Singapore’s activities so that they become future torch bearers of this Movement.

It was indeed a joyous occasion to celebrate the birthdays of members with a cake to be led by Uncle Kashyap whose birthday also falls in the month of October. Later we had a sumptuous spread for lunch. As Uncle Kashyap shared that the morning walk, which first started in early 70s has since been going strong with newcomers regularly joining the ever-consistent senior members of the society. This unbroken tradition will go a long way from here with everyone’s participation under Mother’s Divine Grace.
                                                                
-          K.Chandrakala