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

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

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