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

July-August Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse


July 29th – Talk by Prof Vladimir Yatsenko

The Cause of Creation.  THE BEGINNING:
Taking a brief look into Vedic Cosmogony. Shatapatha Brahmana depicts the Myth of Creation in this way.   “At the beginning was the Self (Atman).  He was Alone. He looked around and found nobody else except himself.  He said: “I Am…” But there was no other name to say, for he was alone. … He was not happy. He wanted Another. it can be only for one reason, for delight.”
THE FIRST CREATION: The Eternal Night
“Out of Himself He cast “a luminous shadow”:  - gradually denying himself, withdrawing his Supreme Knowledge from His Supreme Power, becoming unaware of these worlds as Himself. 
THE SECOND CREATION:
When the first Involution took place and the Light was turned into the Darkness, “the Creation became as if unsteady.  It could not sustain itself, so the Supreme Self had to enter it.  And when He has entered, as the text says: “Himself by Himself”, the Creation became steady.”
From this point onward the Evolution starts to takes place:
“A soul of the Divine is here slowly awaking out of its involution and concealment in the material Inconscience.” - says Sri Aurobindo in The Synthesis of Yoga. So, actually there were two Creations (Involutions) before the Evolution could take place: first, out of Himself he created the worlds, and then he entered them, plunging into the darkness and lying down at the bottom of the Inconscient.  

August 4th -  Talk by Prof Vladimir Yatsenko

Above are four operative functions of the consciousness in the Vedantic tradition: which are defining consciousness as an interaction of Knowledge and Power, Name and Form.
Samjnana is the contact of consciousness with an image of things by which there is a sensible possession of it in its substance; if Prajnana can be described as the outgoing of apprehensive consciousness to possess its object in conscious energy, to know it, Samjnana can be described as the inbringing movement of apprehensive consciousness which draws the object placed before it back to itself so as to possess it in conscious substance, to feel it.
Ajnana is the operation by which consciousness dwells on an image of things so as to govern and possess it in power.
Vijnana is the original comprehensive consciousness which holds an image of things in its essence, totality and parts and properties; it is the original, spontaneous, true and complete view of it which belongs properly to the supermind and of which mind has only a shadow in the highest operations of the comprehensive intellect.
Prajnana is the consciousness which holds as image of things before it as an object with which it has to enter into relations and possess by apprehension and analytic and synthetic cognition.
These four, therefore, are the basis of all conscious action....There are secret operations in us, in our subconscient and superconscient selves, which precede this action, but of these we are not aware in our surface being and therefore for us they do not exist. If we knew of them, our whole conscious functioning would be changed.             
- Sri Aurobindo       

August 5th – Reading from AIM magazine – July 2018

1. Renunciation and enjoyment

It talks about how human mind is currently attached to sensuous satisfactions. To overcome that self-denial or external renunciation is necessary for the soul to break out of the clogged sensory pleasures. That does not mean self-torturing which is an offence to the Divine seated within us. The enjoyment should be to see and feel the divine expressing itself in everything within us and without us.

2. Detachment

Our mind has the power of detachment and it can be strengthened by a certain attitude of indifference to the things of the body. While keeping the body in order, we should not be too much worried about what best to eat and how much sleep etc....More than the aid of physical ailments the mind should be trained to a greater potentiality of vigour from the mental and vital energy.

3. Knowing and Seeing God in the world

When one becomes a Yogin raising his step from lower knowledge and gets higher illumination, he can illumine the lower and make it a part of higher knowledge. He becomes a channel of God consciousness and God action in the world. He sees nothing but God in every form and action whether be data of science, philosophy, all activities of past, present and future. In everything he can bring the illumined vision and his liberated power of the spirit.

4. The Yoga of Divine Love
The Supreme Being
Supreme Being is also the Universal Being. To enter into more intimate relation with him we should approach in the growing knowledge, not in ignorance. This supreme Being guides us in whatever way we approach correcting our distorted ways which is the beginning and finally with developing consciousness complete Divinity is realised.

August 12th – Reading of passages from Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, War and Self-Determination

The Spiritual Aim and Life
Jared guided us in the process of understanding the passages read.
Right now our society is founded upon the contracts and associations to bring harmony, otherwise there will be never ending conflicts, clashes of egos. Sri Aurobindo says still it is far from a society founded upon spirituality. Our civilised mentality has only created excessive needs and desires with science developing more mechanical devices and Nature not allowed to bring about the spiritual heart in man.

August 19th – Reading of passages from Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, War and Self-Determination
Continuation of The Spiritual Aim and Life
When the more advanced minds begin to declare civilisation at the peak brings only more confusion, stagnation and decay, to remedy this human mind goes back to think of more science and more mechanical devices. This means to carry a disease to its height is the best way to cure.This will push back the spiritual element in man far back.
The socio-religious machinery in the name of giving spiritual freedom only binds man in imperious yoke and an iron prison. So salvation of true nature of the soul is lost!
Looking forward to Sri Aurobindo’s remedy for all these traumas in the later passages when read.
August 15th – Darshan Day, Sri Aurobindo’s 146th Birth Anniversary

It was indeed a great blessing for all the members to get immersed in  Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness when our youth and children through their prayer reading and the enacting of Sri Aurobindo’s and  Mother’s life made it immensly soulful! Sri Ramanathan gave us the joy of hearing to the Spiritual journey of Sri Aurobindo in a very clarified way.
 As always Popat Bhai arranged for a delicious dinner after the programme.
Thanks to Sanjay and Shailaja for a beautiful introduction and vote of thanks.
-          Jayalakshmi

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