Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

January-February Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

January 21st – The future poetry
We continued our exploration of the Rhythm and Movement. THE MANTRA, poetic expression of the deepest spiritual reality, is only possible when three highest intensities of poetic speech meet and become indissolubly one, a highest intensity of rhythmic movement, a highest intensity of interwoven verbal form and thought-substance, of style, and a highest intensity of the soul’s vision of truth. All great poetry comes about by a unison of these three elements. Jared explained metre (Matra) with lots of examples for us to practice through reading aloud.

January 28th – Self dynamising meditation using Savitri and Huta paintings
We continued our self-dynamising meditation viewing the Huta Paintings of Book 3, Canto 3 (‘The Book of the Divine Mother’, ‘The House of the Spirit and New Creation’) along with Mother’s organ music and Her Voice. We tried to weave using the threads of the last seven months of glimpses into a Spiritual fabric. This canto provided us the perfect framework of Cosmic and Terrestrial creation using the cosmos’ seed of integral knowledge of One Self, the Heartbeats of the One Soul representing the great world rhythms and the all conscious Light.

The great world-rhythms were heart-beats of one Soul,
To feel was a flame-discovery of God,
All mind was a single harp of many strings,
All life a song of many meeting lives;
For worlds were many, but the Self was one.
This knowledge now was made a cosmos’ seed:
This seed was cased in the safety of the Light,
It needed not a sheath of Ignorance.

February 11th – Hansaveena performance by Shri V Ramanan

Shri Ramanan is a devotee of our Mother and Master. Hansaveena was conceptualized and brought to reality by Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravishankar whose senior disciple was Pandit Barun Kumar Pal. Ramanan has followed the Gurukula system as a senior disciple under Pandit Barun Kumar Pal. Shri. Ramanan has performed at several prestigious venues and festivals, including the Indian Slide Guitar Festival, The India Habitat Centre, The George Harrison Festival at the Ravi Shankar Centre and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Mr. Ramanan has also founded a performing arts school, Sadhana School of Music, Dance and Arts, which has over 60 students training in various Indian and Western Art forms.

It was a mystical evening of musical delight. Mdm Jayalakshmi as the facilitator provided the needed support on behalf of our Society and shared a short clip of the performance to our members as it was progressing.  

A Self-Dynamising Meditation on Savitri Mantra based on ‘The Essence of Poetry’

‘The Essence of Poetry’ is the Chapter II in our Master’s divine work ‘The Future Poetry’.

He explores the grand possibility of poetry - the discovery of a closer approximation to what we might call the Mantra in poetry, that rhythmic speech which, as the Veda puts it, rises at once from the heart of the seer and from the distant home of the Truth — the discovery of the Word, the Divine movement, the form of thought proper to the reality. It is accomplished through the stress of soul-vison (Soul-idea, soul of emotion for the delight of the soul and embodied Truth of life or Truth of Nature) behind the surface view of words; it is a spiritual excitement of rhythmic voyage of self-discovery among the magic islands of form and name in the inner and outer worlds. It is the greater Truth and its delight and beauty it is seeking. It is true joy for ever with beauty which is Truth and Truth-beauty supporting each other in ever increasing fashion.

“There is perhaps a truth in the Vedic idea that the Spirit of creation framed all the movements of the world by chandas (The study of poetic metres and verse in Sanskrit), in certain fixed rhythms of the formative Word, and it is because they are faithful to the cosmic metres that the basic world-movements unchangingly endure. A balanced harmony maintained by a system of subtle recurrences is the foundation of immortality in created things, and metrical movement is nothing else than creative sound grown conscious of this secret of its own powers.”

It is a Divine Delight exploring the rhythm, the imagery, the ideas and the spiritual power packed in some of the sample passages of Savitri through meditating on the Essence of Poetry. It is still a long way for us to comprehend our Master’s Savitri Mantra – The poetic expression of the deepest spiritual reality through the unison of the highest intensities of the Rhythm, the Style and the Soul’s vision of Truth exactly reflecting the conception, perception and the sensation of the occasion; however, every step we take is a progress in our infinite journey of delight exposing every time some of the subtle and immaterial elements even to the experienced devotees – truly packed with infinite possibilities and in infinite dimensions as Jananam of Brahma - who is Sarvam, Anantam, Gnanam and Anandam – who is the Creator, the Creation and the Movement of Creation. This unending infinite scope is bewildering to terrestrial ordinary beings; in addition, the dualities of our terrestrial world make searching of the essence as looking for needle in a hay stack. The Grace of our Divine Mother makes this discovery for progress easier through our consecration and surrender.

Below is a picture reflecting our humble self-dynamising meditation attempt to contemplate on the essence of poetry highlighted above – through a deep dive into the ocean of Savitri to catch a few pearls to make a garland as our offering to our Divine Mother. Of course, it is a small crude step in our journey through the infinite golden path of delight requiring further purification, liberation, consecration and surrender. It is not just the canto or story line or passage but also beyond to get as close as possible to the transcendent Truth beauty and the beauty of Truth involved.

Here is the Mother’s quote on self-dynamising meditation: “… Everyone has his own mode of meditation. But if one wants the meditation to be dynamic, one must have an aspiration for progress and the meditation must be done to help and fulfil this aspiration for progress. Then it becomes dynamic” Mother Q&A 1956

This deep meditation can lead us to a feeling of flame discovery of God: Savitri in Her ‘all powerful and all encompassing’ state as experienced and expressed to touch our emotions, feelings and senses by our Master:

Out of the infinitudes all came to her,
Into the infinitudes sentient she spread,
Infinity was her own natural home.
Nowhere she dwelt, her spirit was everywhere,
The distant constellations wheeled round her;
Earth saw her born, all worlds were her colonies,
The greater worlds of life and mind were hers;
All Nature reproduced her in its lines,
Its movements were large copies of her own.
She was the single self of all these selves,
She was in them and they were all in her.

Book VII “The Book of Yoga”, Canto VII “The Cosmic Spirit and the Cosmic Consciousness"

Deeper dive into Savitri can reveal Beauty of Knowledge behind the ignorance surrounding our life, Delight of Truth hiding behind falsehood and Love of Goodwill behind the apparent evil.

The above pictorial representation brings to our inner vision a sense of being inside the Matrimandir accompanied by the Sound of Divine music, the mystic air of formless forms, the Light of consciousness, the water of Life and the Earth of Life forms realised. It is as if the Symbol of Sri Aurobindo at the centre is coming to Life powered by Sat and Chit for the Divine Ananda through the magic of our Mother’s Divine Love and Light thus creating the Beauty of multiplicity around us.

- Ramadoss

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