Guiding Light of The Month

Grant, O Divine Teacher, that we may know and accomplish our mission upon earth better and better, more and more, that we may make full use of all the energies that are in us, and Thy sovereign Presence become manifest ever more perfectly in the silent depths of our soul, in all our thoughts, all our feelings, all our actions. - The Mother

The Finding of the Soul

Her feet upon a couchant lion’s back.

Botanical Name: Sansevieria
Common Name: Bowstring Hemp
Spiritual Significance: Joy of Spirituality

In its deep lotus home her being sat
As if on concentration’
s marble seat,
Calling the mighty Mother of the worlds
To make this earthly tenement her house.
-          Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

From the Editor’s Desk (Nov 2018)

In this November edition of our Newsletter, we continue on our journey with Savitri on the quest for the deepest, most resplendent in her. She is seeking for her soul and is well on the way, having met the triple soul forces and given them her word that she would return with the Force, Wisdom and Light so that they may manifest their true selves in the life of the now embodied being who knows not yet the truth of herself. 

So “Onward she passed seeking the soul’s mystic cave.” She was at the threshold where the next journey into the soul-space began. Here too there was a pitch darkness she encounters but the truth is that dawn breaks out only when the night is darkest. Here is a message for us, and the truth in the words that urge us to cling on, and that, it is only when all seems down, gone and finished that a ray of hope steals in, announcing its end and promising the light beyond that announces its end. Here too, she comes face to face with symbolic figures and motives, and divines the nearness of the Truth of her being, her Soul. The path to her soul is not easy, as made out by the imagery used by Sri Aurobindo. Rock after dense and hard rock has to be excavated as Savitri makes her way within, heading towards a ‘rock cave’ where probably the resplendent Light she is looking for is kept hidden, awaiting her arrival into that chamber of Light. And Savitri does arrive therein after a challenging journey, it seems, only because she bore in her a quiet resolution and probably knew at that point that it was this or nothing. The revelation spins forward in her being a transformative force which courses through her nerve and tissue and brings about a change in her fringing on divinity.

Reading the lines in, ‘The Finding of the Soul’ in its self offers golden opportunities of contemplation; Words, other than those from Savitri, will be poor conveyers of the protagonist’s experience as well as ours following the thread of the magnitude of what is presented. One could gain from the canto in any which way; one could take it as a wonderful poetic description of Savitri’s journey, an aesthetically pleasing experience, or in knowing all the inner elements not so obvious to the eye of our own experiences, or listen the lines speaking to our inner ear, urging and guiding one to look within too, and embark on such an immaculate journey. It could be that each of us will live the lines in that way which our own point in evolution dictates. 

Is there a Savitri in us too? And who is Savitri? She is after all the daughter of the Sun, the Light Supreme. Is this daughter of the Sun seeking her radiance out now, having forgotten her lineage through the shock of her re-birth in human time and form? Here we have Savitri set out on a journey to seek her Self, to know it as the raison d’etre so that she could exist in and from that Truth. Life had thrown her into this quest, it appears, at that juncture when she realised that she stood to lose everything that she cherished and gave meaning to her life till then – Satyavan. It is this supreme spirit in her that does not quit when faced with adversity, but looks for another truer platform to stand on and proclaim her divinity and act from that. Simply mind blowing and highly inspirational for any spiritual seeker, reading and re-reading the canto plunges one into oceans of ecstasy at the mere realization of all the possibilities that await one, if only one plunges within.  

Savitri, a journey of Love and Light (Nov 2018)

A sealed identity within her woke;
She knew herself the Beloved of the Supreme:
These Gods and Goddesses were he and she:
The Mother was she of Beauty and Delight,
The Word in Brahma’
s vast creating clasp,
The World-Puissance on almighty Shivas lap,—
The Master and the Mother of all lives
Watching the worlds their twin regard had made,
And Krishna and Radha for ever entwined in bliss,
The Adorer and Adored self-lost and one.

In the last chamber on a golden seat
One sat whose shape no vision could define;
Only one felt the world’
s unattainable fount,
A Power of which she was a straying Force,
An invisible Beauty, goal of the worlds desire,
A Sun of which all knowledge is a beam,
A Greatness without whom no life could be.


A camp of God is pitched in human time

Leaving the three Madonnas behind, Savitri presses on her quest to the "soul's mystic cave" and first steps into "a night of God" where the familiar powers of the world-knowledge, wisdom, truth—are held in a screened solution in the reigning holy hush and dark:

       In a simple purity of emptiness
       Her mind knelt down before the unknowable.
      All was abolished save her naked self
      And the prostrate yearning of her surrendered heart:

It is somewhat like the mixing and merging of a drop with the ocean,

      A night of person in a bare outline
      Crossing a fathomless impersonal Night,... 
Presently this general immobility gives place to a new stir of life, the blossoming of "a rose of splendour on a tree of dreams"; the "night of God" changes to day, the air is sweet, the sky is lustrous, and the "mystic cavern... of her secret soul" stands revealed:

      And a holy stillness held that voiceless space.
      An awful dimness wrapped the great rock-doors
      Carved in the massive stone of Matter's trance.

Two golden serpents round the lintel, an eagle with massive wings above, doves at the cornices; inside the court, as in a South Indian temple, sculptured gods snapping moments in the cosmic play; on the walls, pictures conveying the "hieratic message of the climbing planes": the whole a parable of the "extension of the self of God/... And his passion and his birth and life and death/And his return to immortality".297 Savitri seizes the meaning of it all, not through ratiocination, but by her soul's identity with each symbol which is also an order of reality:

      A sealed identity within her woke;
      She knew herself the Beloved of the Supreme:...

She is Mother, Brahma's word, Shiva's spouse, Krishna's Radha; and, indeed, she is the Adorer and Adored self-lost and one". Savitri now comes to the last chamber where she espies the formless fount of her "straying force", and passing beyond it through a tunnel to a house of flame and light, there she meets her secret soul:

      Here in this chamber of flame and light they met;
      They looked upon each other, knew themselves,
      The secret deity and its human part,
      The calm immortal and the struggling soul.
      Then with a magic transformation's speed
      They rushed into each other and grew one.

The long night's journey into day is over; Savitri has explored the inner countries of the spirit, much as a modern visitor to one of the big temples in South India might explore concentric courts, the prākārās, the numerous shrines within, the statues of the minor gods and goddesses and the bhaktas and the god-intoxicated, the paintings on the walls and the sculptured pillars and walls reproducing scenes from epic and purana, the cosmic play and the tāndav dance, and moving from sacred enclosure to another enclosure, always moving within, observing the vāhanās, being enraptured by the ritual, the swaying of the lights and the chanting of hymns, dazzled by the bejewelled gold-shaped outer manifestations of the deity and his consort, and penetrating at long last to the ultimate sanctum, the innermost home of the deity, and receiving the ineffable impact of the 'mystical tremendum', the blaze of the total truth that blinds, the shower of the Grace that cleanses; Savitri has at last seen and grown into her secret Soul. She is now back in the world of man, the same yet different; she is filled with the glory and power of God, and all in her have undergone a "high celestial change"; and henceforth her every act will be "an act of god". Head, brows, throat, heart, navel, all coiled petals of the unfolding bud of this lotus flame have received the impress of new divinity, and in the apparently human mould of Savitri "a first perfection's stage is reached at last":

There is won a new proximity to the skies,
A first betrothal of the Earth to Heaven,
A deep concordat between Truth and Life:
A camp of God is pitched in human time.

(An excerpt from “Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri – A study of the cosmic epic”, Dr. Premanandakumar, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)

September - October Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

September 23rd – Self-Dynamising Meditation using Savitri and Huta Paintings

Earlier, through our deep voyage into the unknowable, (Book 3, ‘The Book of the Divine Mother’), over several months, we were trying to form an idea of the infinite powers of our Divine Mother in our minds; all these are like the Silent witness behind everything, experiencing the marvel of the dynamism of the diversifying and integrating Spirit; it is as if this unfathomable Consciousness-Force, has kindled in us a mystic flame of pure Love of aspiration, silently creating a need behind our hearts to experience Aswapati's Boon: “… one shall descend and break the iron law, Change Nature’s doom by the lone Spirit’s power”. This has led us to explore and experience this All powerful Savitri, at the conclusion of Her yoga, through the Canto 6 (Nirvana and the Discovery of the All-Negating-Absolute) and 7 (Omnipresent Reality and the Discovery of the All-Fulfilling Godhead) of Book 7: The Book of Yoga. It is now an invitation to view the experience not only of the Spirit's view on the Silent Force behind but also to integrate these two views (of one looking at the other) to reach the MahaShaktit dynamising the Absolute. 

This month, when we took a deeper dive into Canto 6, we were reminded of 'The Issue' (Book 1, Canto 2): "An Absolute Supernatural darkness falls on man, when he nears God ..... That hour had fallen on Savitri". What we think as naught (zero) is actually unmanifest infinity; the seeming falsehood, ignorance, division, evil, incapacity, hatred, finite-view, commotion, ugliness, time-trap, disharmony and suffering hide behind the Divine Substance as Occult clay as Truth, Knowledge, Unity, Goodwill, Power, Love, Infinity, Silence, Beauty, Eternity, Peace and Delight. We seem to constantly fight the cross currents by taking either the side of the Spirit or Matter: Outside VS Inside, Liberty VS Fraternity, Time VS Timelessness, Form VS Content, Personal VS Impersonal, Head VS Heart, Profit VS Purpose etc; we can all embrace the paradox of integrating both the sides and enjoy the powers of Savitri, The Mahashakti.

September 30th – Short Films from  

Jared helped to us to experience the unexplored side of Prof Vladimir - the creative movie making talent, which he he was unable to bring out during his Singapore visit, due to the lack of slots provided to him. We watched 'Sincerity', 'Sacrifice' and 'Future Education' followed by brief discussion; those who missed are urged to watch these and other short films , by visiting ''. A lot of sincere effort has gone into educate us to look at our future with confidence - packed with tremendous value indeed; again, it is for us to make the best meaning out of them: what might look like as mere experiences of sacrifice, in fact, are filled with delight, progress, knowledge, goodwill and power to those who can aspire for the integral view and Mother's Grace.  

October 7th- Read a few passages from All India Magazine

September 2018 issue- Prenatal Education

On Man and Woman-The relationship between man and woman
In this passage Mother talks about the highest ideal men and women should aim for instead of woman’s part solely interior and domestic occupations and man’s exclusively exterior and social occupations. The supreme reality is men and women are equal in rights and in duties.

True Maternity- Begins with the conscious creation of a being
Mother advises the would be mothers that true maternity begins with the conscious creation of a being, with the willed shaping of the soul unlike the animals who give birth to young ones instinctively ignorantly, machine like. She says a woman’s thought and will are so powerful to bring out a child with highest ideal instead of believing in the obscure bonds of heredity and atavism.
Birth and the Psychic Being-The material conditions and environment that the psychic being chooses,
Mother says. only when the soul has attained perfect psychic being, it has the choice of taking a rebirth; if taking another janma, it can choose the body where it can express its best. In spite of that it has to have a lot of self dynamism to overcome the obstacles like material inconscience.

The psychic being: a result of evolution
Through evolution psychic being is churned out from Matter.
The Divine consciousness which has spread over Matter is lifted up slowly to reach the Divine through several births.
Only the psychic being can remember its past and has the pathway laid to become what it wants to become rather than what it had been!

October 14th and October 21st- The Human Cycle

The Ideal of Human Unity, War and Self Determination
War and self-determination
Read a few passages from the Chapter- The Spiritual Aim and Life
Sri Aurobindo gives us a clear understanding  that true aim of the spiritual society is for the soul incarnated in the human body to fulfil its diviner purpose rather than succumbing to just the satisfaction of physical, vital and emotional well being or to flee away to its freedom from the diseased prone body.
The individual soul in man is the collective form of the Infinite. It will hold sacred every aspect man’s physical, vital, emotional, intellectual and psychic evolution. Inspite of the manifold manifestation of the soul as an individual, human society, nation, it is one divine reality, the conscious infinite in Man.
This reality as a dogma or creed does not impose on man’s lower natural being.
To raise to a spiritualised society, large liberty will be the means to give the freedom to raise the society from its yoke of slavery to beliefs, customs and authority. By shaking of all these fetters man chooses to wear the yoke which helps him to find his diviner inner nature and its aspiration.
The true spirituality is the one which does not lay a yoke upon for example science, philosophy or any art forms or compel them to square their conclusions with any statement of dogmatic religious or even of assured spiritual truth as some of the old religions attempted. If let free in their action will find the unity of Truth with Good and Beauty and God.
The true Spiritualisation of humanity happens when the true inner theocracy is established removing the false theocracy of dominant church or priesthood.
This chapter ends with the word  “Sarvabhavena” from Bhagavad Gita where Lord Krishna says one who finds true divinity in everything in and around himself will be free from all illusion and delusion, the freedom which Sri Aurobindo talks about!

- Jayalakshmi and Ramadoss

Along the Way… October Walk Review (walk no 398)

Uncle Kashyap used to say that Gardens By the Bay is a treasure trove - once you visit this place you will be addicted to it. Therefore there were no two opinions when it was suggested that the October walk be held in his cherished venue.
A small group of enthusiastic walkers assembled near the Magnificent Bull Statue at 8 am sharp (Memories keep flooding to me that Uncle Kashyap would always make it a point to be at the walk venues two minutes early). Another group of around 13 people ventured out straight away to jog/explore the Wonderful Wizard of OZ in Flower Dome.
Ably guided by Praveen with the warming up exercises, the group, after reaching our favourite “Planet” spot ( a hefty seven tons bronze sculpture of a baby floating in the air), set out to explore different territory this occasion. Alok volunteered to take us through the adjacent Marina Bay Sands. It was indeed a walk with a difference – an unforgettable experience. This is the first occasion when substantial portion of the walk was inside an air conditioned mall. Crossing the Dragon Fly Bridge over the ECP into Marina Bay Sands (MBS), travelling the ups and downs of the escalators marvelling at the ambience of F&B Celebrity restaurants, engaging in vertical climb (Just only lifts!) soaring up to the 57th Floor to enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore shorelines, coming down to the fourth storey for viewing the Singapore Floating Platform and our Nation’s Pride Singapore Merlion, not to miss the luxury fashion brands shops catering to the exclusive elite of market and the Sampan rides along the canal at the Shoppes at MBS, we had feast for our eyes throughout. As Praveen remarked it was good that we came in very early in the day without our spouses when the grandiose shops were still not open for business, lest we should have burnt a big hole in our wallets.
Thereafter we came back to the Gardens by the Bay to enjoy the Heritage Gardens. We were overwhelmed with joy upon coming to know that many of the inscriptions depicting the diverse history and Singapore culture told through fascinating story of plants in the four themed garden were contributions by Uncle Kashyap’s eldest daughter Savita.
Rounding up our walk with a visit to Sun Pavilion, home of a large collection of cacti, we reluctantly bade adieu to the Gardens by the Bay and reached the host’s premises. True to the Kashyap tradition, we were warmly welcomed by the entire Family. Musical performance followed our meditation and reading of prayers. Ramni and Praveen with their kirtans and bhajans ably assisted by unle Kashyap’s Music teacher and our K V Rao on the tabla were indeed a treat to our ears. The pinnacle of course is the lovely rendition of the song “What makes you Beautiful” by our little Deepika captivating the entire audience. I am sure Uncle Kashyap would have felt proud that the October brunch Sangeeth tradition is kept alive and humming.
As usual, we were all treated to a sumptuous brunch by the Kashyap Family.
It was a worthwhile day spent in the Park which Uncle held dear to his heart and in the Kashyap Nivas where lived and loved.
-          S. Ramanathan

The Triple soul forces

Her feet upon a couchant lion’s back.

Botanical Name: Pincushion flower
Common Name: Scabiosa atropurpurea
Spiritual Significance: Blessigns

Mother of light, Mother if joy and peace,
Thou art a portion of my self put forth
To raise the spirit to it's forgotten heights
And wake the soul by touches of the heavens.
Because thou art, the soul draws near to God;
Because thou art, love grows in spite of hate
And knowledge walks unslain in the pit of Night.
-          Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

From the Editor’s Desk (Oct 2018)

The October edition of our Newsletter has as its theme canto 4 of Book Seven of Savitri, in the Book of Yoga, The Triple Soul Forces. Savitri’s yoga continues as she seeks out her soul. She was then on the highway that led her past luminous souls. She met luminous beings along the way and felt a deep silence in her midst and fathomed her nearing destination. However, such luminous destinations rarely come so easy. Savitri still has vistas to cross. In this canto, Savitri comes face to face with the triple soul forces, and the alter-egos of these divine forces, now muted, restricted, curbed and curtailed, not being able to carry out their divine work, but which, with an awakened Psychic would be able to realise and execute the true purpose of their existence in the being. It has been an amazing journey that we have had with Savitri as she traversed rough roads earlier and who now stands close to the gateway leading to her soul. It is exhilarating even to know that we are indeed travelling with Savitri and discovering our own inner world and its inhabitants. In this particular juncture of the journey, we stand face to face with the Divine powers residing within us but Divine powers left bereft of the means to express themselves fully. They appear in their limitation and yearn to be realised and expressed in their fullest. But this comprehensive expression can never be, unless the Soul emerges from behind the dense dark clouds of our nature and comes forward,  resplendent and shining, removing the clouds forever, and giving the full power to the now limited Divine powers to exist in their divinity fully. In order, the first force or power we meet is the Power of Divine Compassion.  She embraces the agony of the downtrodden, the beaten, the defeated, the incapable, and all that suffers in the night of God in incapacity. As she completes her introduction, another voice rises from the void, the voice from the shadow of Divine pity, which is Self-Pity. This creature is steeped in the toxic waste of self-pity, and writhes in pain, seized with dejection and rejection, accepting its lot as given.  

Next on the journey, she meets with another force, the power of Divine Strength, who is here to help the being stand strong and do a work for God, who is still striving to perform her work but who waits faithfully for God to come and give her the Divine Power to express herself fully. The alter-ego of this power of Divine Strength speaks next, in  ignorance. This is the ego of world desire, which brags about all its achievements here. It reeks strongly of our modern thinking mind, devoid of the expression of the workings of the higher consciousness. Savitri moves on and comes face to face with another being on a higher ground, the force or Divine Power of Light which is the reason of all true wisdom, bliss and peace. She too is awaiting the fullest expression of her power since the reigning power of the soul is still in the background, denying her the power of true expression. The voice of the alter-ego, the lower mind in man cries out its misery of being bound to the body, which at this point is still limited, receiving its inputs from the limited senses to fathom its truth, and express it, in its smallness and deformation. To all these divine powers which are yearning to exist in their truth, Savitri gives the assurance that she will bring to them that Light, Love and Life that alone will save and continues on her upward journey.

Savitri, a journey of Love and Light

All beautiful grew, subtle and high and strange.
Here on a boulder carved like a huge throne
A Woman sat in gold and purple sheen,
Armed with the trident and the thunderbolt,
Her feet upon a couchant lion’
s back.

A formidable smile curved round her lips,
Heaven-fire laughed in the corners of her eyes;
Her body a mass of courage and heavenly strength,
She menaced the triumph of the nether gods.

A halo of lightnings flamed around her head
And sovereignty a great cestus zoned her robe
And majesty and victory sat with her
Guarding in the wide cosmic battle-field

Against the flat equality of Death
And the all-levelling insurgent Night
The hierarchy of the ordered Powers,
The high changeless values, the peaked eminences,

The privileged of Truth,
And in the governing Ideal’
s sun
The triumvirate of wisdom, love and bliss
And the sole autocracy of the Light.


Questions and Answers (Oct 2018)

Q: Maheshwari lays down the large lines of the world-forces..." What does this mean" the large lines of world-forces?

The Mother: It means that she makes the plan of what the world should be, of the universe.

She has a vision of the whole, a global creation, instead of seeing the details she sees the totality if things, she lays down the large lines of the plan, and what the creation should be like, towards what it ought to advance , and then what the results will be.

She has a universal vision, she is less concerned with the details thank with the whole.

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

I shall save earth, if earth consents to be saved.

Savitri's single-minded quest has now brought her almost to the threshold of her inmost, her secret soul. She is met, one by one, by the soul's triple forces, each embodied as a mother spirit, as a Madonna. First the Madonna of suffering, Mother of sorrows and grief divine; next, the Madonna of might, Mother of works and force; and last, the Madonna of light, Mother of joy and peace. Each claims to be Savitri's soul, and each is partly right; but Savitri cannot, she will not, accept these partial identifications. She will not stop till the full splendour of self-discovery overwhelms her.

      First to meet Savitri during the "passion of the first ascent" is a woman in "a pale lustrous robe", seated on "a rugged and ragged soil", with "a sharp and wounding stone" pressed against her feet. She is as it were the incarnation of the world's pain. From the anxious moment of birth to the "dolorous end of life", it is a tale of striving and failure, sorrow and pain; and the Mother's compassion goes out to man as he thus lies stretched on the cross:

      Accepting the universe as her body of woe,
      The Mother of the seven sorrows bore
      The seven stabs that pierced her bleeding heart:
      The beauty of sadness lingered on her face,
      Her eyes were dim with the ancient stain of tears.

"I am thy secret soul", she tells Savitri, "I am woman, nurse and slave and beaten beast/.. .I am the spirit in a world of pain".285 In the course of her long sad impassioned speech, she gives an account of her unique preoccupation with human suffering and her round of painstaking works to tend the lowly, the miserable, the nearly lost. However seemingly hopeless the human lot, however apparently unavailing the appeals to Heaven, she has neither denied nor lost hope of deliverance. When she concludes her speech, however, there explodes a cry from below, the voice of the Man of Sorrows, breathing exasperation and despair, a job in his burning passion of defeat:

      I am he
      Who is nailed on the wide cross of the universe;
      To enjoy my agony God built the earth,
      My passion he has made his drama's theme.
      He has sent me naked into his bitter world
      And beaten me with his rods of grief and pain

And so on, a mixture of defiance and impatience, assertion and negation, Titan and man. Savitri, having heard both the Madonna and the Man of Sorrows, answers with serene understanding; the Madonna is indeed a "portion" that Savitri's soul has put forth "to bear the unbearable sorrow of the world"; because of her, the wretched can somehow bear their wretchedness and hope against hope for a dawn of deliverance. Savitri promises to return to the Madonna with an accession of strength that will enable them to abolish cruelty and misery forever from the earth. But, in the meantime, Savitri must continue her quest.

      Next to meet Savitri on her upward route is a woman in "gold and purple sheen, /Armed with the trident and the thunderbolt"; her feet on a lion's back, her eyes emitting fire, her head ringed with a halo of lightnings; it is the Mother of Might, and she tells Savitri:

I am Durga, goddess of the proud and strong,
And Lakshmi, queen of the fair and fortunate;
I wear the face of Kali when I kill,
I trample the corpses of the demon hordes...
I rend man's narrow and successful life
And force his sorrowful eyes to gaze at the sun
That he may die to earth and live in his soul.

While Durga-Lakshmi claims that she alone is Savitri's secret soul, there comes a "warped echo" from below, from "the dwarf Titan, the deformed chained god"that is man the master of knowledge and power, the asuric man; he is the man that has mastered Nature and would one day supersede God; he would smash the atom, canalise cosmic energy, "expunge a nation or abolish a race".

Savitri, having heard them both, admits that while knowledge and power are necessary, without wisdom they cannot achieve much. Savitri promises to return to the Madonna of might with an accession of light that will enable them together to abolish fear and weakness and hatred forever from the heart of man. In the meantime, Savitri will continue her quest.

      Savitri meets last the Mother of joy and peace. The Madonna of light stands revealed on a piece of clear and crystalline ground; sun-bright her face, moon-bright her feet, nectarean her smile; she too claims in captivating musical speech to be Savitri's secret soul:

 I have come down to the wounded desolate earth
To heal her pangs and lull her heart to rest
And lay her head upon the Mother's lap
That she may dream of God and know his peace
And draw the harmony of higher spheres
Into the rhythm of earth's rude troubled days.

She buoys up man with dreams and visions, with ideals and aspirations; freedom, valour, justice, resignation, thought, wisdom, beauty, truth, good, all are but godheads of the human soul; against the pressure of the ignorance, man struggles to raise himself to the level of the gods, and the Madonna arms him with the necessary faith and perseverance:

      I bring meanwhile the gods upon the earth;
      I bring back hope to the despairing heart;
      I give peace to the humble and the great,
      And shed my grace on the foolish and the wise.
      I shall save earth, if earth consents to be saved.

Once again, as the Madonna's voice ceases, there comes up another cry, "a warped echo naked and shuddering" from the mental Man, man the apologist and would-be practitioner of pure reason:

      The finite he has made his central field,
      Its plan dissects, masters its processes,...
      His knowledge scans bright pebbles on the shore
      Of the huge ocean of his ignorance.

Hasn't the sum of the giant endeavours of mere mental man petered out into nothing? No wonder "a cosmic pathos" trembles through the moan of the "all-discovering Thought of man", man the natural scientist and philosopher.

(An excerpt from “Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri – A study of the cosmic epic”, Dr. Premanandakumar, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)

The Mother on Vijayadashmi day

The annual battle of victory of Durga symbolise the rhythmic intervention of the Supreme Divine Consciousness and periodically gives a new impetus to the universal progress

(Picture and Quote extracted from AIM, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry)

August - September Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

August 26th – Savitri Circle

Book 7, The Book of Yoga, Canto 5- The Finding of the Soul

Read the 11 passages from Meditations on Savitri.

In this Canto, Savitri goes onward in her search for the secret cave of her soul. At first she finds herself in the supernatural darkness that intervenes before one reaches God,
She moves silently and approaches a wide end. The emptiness breaks, a wave ripples within, and there is a blissful stir. Dawn breaks out followed by Day and in that brilliance Savitri recognises the mystic cavern which is the dwelling of her secret soul. The great rock-doors of the cave appear in an awful dimness.

 Savitri passes from room to room, she feels her self one with all that she sees and a sealed identity within her awakes. She realises that she herself is the Beloved of the Supreme.

Once again Savitri finds herself on the human soil. She finds that the half-opened lotus-bud of her heart has bloomed revealing her secret soul. Her being calls the mighty Mother of the worlds to come down and in a flash a Face, a Form comes down into her heart. The moment its feet touch the quivering bloom of her heart-lotus, a mighty movement rocks the inner space and a flaming serpent rises released from sleep in the Night of the Inconscient. It storms its way upwards, striking all the lotuses — Centres of Consciousness — on its route and setting them vibrating in light and bliss, till it reaches the Eternal’s space in the crown of the head.

The mighty Mother — an image of the original Power — is seated there, armed, her arm lifted in a saviour gesture, a sacred beast prone below her feet.
All in the being of Savitri undergoes a celestial change. The working in each of the Centres, the Lotus-kingdoms, is transformed. Behind all stands her deathless soul casting aside its veil of Ignorance and surrendered in the hands of the World-Mother.

September 2nd – Reading from All India Magazine – August 2018

The Secular Legends- Sri Aurobindo talks about how even the great epics like Mahabarata looses its original kernel of sweetness when redacted by the later poets.They become disfigured and marred by transforming them into secular legends.

The Hindu Mind- It is really amazing how Sri Aurobindo has analysed both our Hindu mythology and
Greek mythology. While Greek minds aimed at limited and finite perfection, Hindu mind went beyond the surface of the earth to infinite spiritual loveliness and exaltation.

The true subject of Hindu epic -The characters of Hindu legends-
-These passages talk about how the main core of these epics are struggle between the right and the wrong ideals, where the human and divine actors are just like pawns moved to and fro by immense world impulses which they express.

And also they present character types. For example Rama, Sita and Savitri represent moral excellence.
Ideal love is triune energy, neither a mere sensual impulse nor mere emotional nor mere spiritual.
In their limit of extension the three meet and harmonise, and they are no more triple but triune.

The Rishis of yore-  Sri Aurobindo says our vedic Rishis won their knowledge by meditation working through inspiration to intuition.  Rishis of the yore had incalculable spiritual energies. They were inspired thinkers.

September 9th – The Human Cycle

Mr Suryanarayanan gave us an beautiful insight into Eric and also wrote this passage for the newsletter.
Eric' is one of the poetic dramas of Sri Aurobindo. 'Eric' is set in the heroic age of Norway, when the many petty kingdoms were engaged in frequent fights with one another.

Eric (the hero of the play) wants to unite the entire SCANDINAVIA. He wins the first round of battle and is elected as the King of Norway. 
Even after winning the war, Eric is not peaceful. He is afraid that one day or the other 'all this realm with labour built' may dissolve like a transitory cloud.
It is in such a situation that the play begins. He feels besides strength and wisdom he needs another power and prays to Goddess Freya to indicate to him what is lacking.

At this point, he suddenly hears a song 
'Love is the hoop of the gods 
Hearts to combine.....'
which reveals to him that love alone can unite. 

In the profound words of Prof. M.V. Seetaraman :
Love of the Goddess of Love desires love in Eric and he with his intense faith and opening to Her finds love born in him with Aslaug (the heroine of the play) as the instrument. And so he becomes the vehicle of manifestation of this love for others. And his desire in every relationship is only to unite hearts and so love in Eric desires love in others and brings the birth of love in them.
Eric, the complete man, can bring love in the hearts of a limited world of human beings and save them from their death -in- life, their tragic existence, but to save the whole world from Death is the work of the Divine Mother. The Vibhuti looks forward to the Avatar. Eric points to Savitri.

September 16th – The Human Cycle

War and self-determination
We read a few passages from The Spiritual Aim and Life. Jared facilitated in understanding the passages.
It talks about how the original spiritual element of the religion is now crushed by its outward aids and forms and machinery. And a great sign of this failure is when the individual is obliged to flee from society in order to find room for his spiritual growth.
Now the religion is distorted and has made man the slave of dogmas, slave of customs in addition to his being slave of his own inner weakness, ignorance and passions.
The true spirituality in the religion makes man get rid of this yoke and progress upwards for higher freedom and find the finest inner law of his nature.
- Jayalakshmi