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

December Sunday Activities at the Centre - A glimpse

December 2nd - Passages from All India Magazine-July 2018 issue - All Life is Yoga, by Sri Aurobindo, Selections from The Synthesis of Yoga Part II

Following Meditation and Readings from the Prayers and Meditation, we gathered in a circle and read random passages from the issue in turns. The titles of the selections were: Renunciation and Enjoyment, Detachment, Knowing and seeing God in the world and Complete surrender is the chief mainstay. The Synthesis of Yoga offers a step-by-step methodical guide to Integral Yoga complete with in-depth explanations from all angles, including and especially the psychological.

Sri Aurobindo summarises Integral Yoga into these three stages:

There must be, first the effort towards at least an initial and enabling self-transcendence and contact with the Divine; next, the reception of that which transcends, that with which we have gained communion, into ourselves for the transformation of our whole conscious being; last, the utilisation of our transformed humanity as a divine centre in the world.

December 5th – Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi Day

We gathered in our centre premises to observe the occasion of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamdhi Day. The main part of the programme was the reading of senior sadhak’s accounts of the last few days of Sri Aurobindo’s passing and the significance of the Mahasamdhi. We read first an excerpt from Amal Kiran’s, ‘The Passing of Sri Aurobindo – Its inner Significance and Consequence’. We read of the astrologer who predicted the year when Sri Aurobindo would see to his “self-undoing”, and Sri Aurobindo’s nonchalant response, though he did indicate that the astrologer was partialy correct in his predictions; his ‘strange’ display of affection to the attendants around him; and his sudden interest in hurrying up with Savitri, and in his own words, “I must finish Savitri soon.”  Amal Kiran accords significance to the passing of Sri Aurobindo. Here is an excerpt from the excerpt, “Everything foes to prove that what happened in the small hours of that December day was no purely physical casualty…”

Following this, we read an excerpt from Nirodbaran’s account of the passing of Sri Aurobindo titled, Sri Aurobindo “I am here, I am here!”. The events that specifically took place on the 4th of Decemebr to the 5th  and then to the 9th were graphically brought before our minds’ eye. Here are some poignant lines from this reading, “The news spread around in the early hours of the morning. The reaction of the disciples can be better imagined than described. Through the hush of night one by one they came and mounted up the stairs of Heaven to see what nobody had seen before. It was not eath they saw, not a resurrection, nor a withdrawal into Nirvana but a grand repose, a death pulsating with power, light, beauty in every limb as if death had become immortal in the body of the King of kings.”

We then read words of The Mother written on the significance of the Mhasamadhi of Sri Aurobindo. One such satatement from The Mother was:

“We stand in the Presence of Him who has sacrificed his physical life in order to help more fully his work of transformation.

He is always with us, aware of what we are doing, of all our thoughts, of all our feelings and all our actions.”

We concluded the session with readings from Savitri, from Book 1, Canto IV: The Secret Knowledge,

Pgs. 70-73, which ended thus:

To evoke a Person in the impersonal Void,

With the Truth-Light strike earth’s massive roots of trance,

Wake a dumb self in the inconscient depths

And raise a lost Power from its python sleep

That the eyes of the Timeless might look out from Time

And the world manifest the unveiled Divine.

For this he left his white infinity

And laid on the spirit the burden of the flesh,

That Godhead’s seed might flower in mindless Space.

We then spent some time in concentration in the silence that the solemn contemplation on Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi evoked.

December 9th – A Special session on Huta’s relationship with The Mother and Huta as The Mother’s instrument in the  manifestation of Beauty through Art, Part 1

December 16 - A Special session on Huta’s relationship with The Mother and Huta as The Mother’s instrument in the  manifestation of Beauty through Art, Part 2

In these two sessions, Jared brought us through the life of Huta with The Mother, especially in being Her instrument in bringing out the essence and spirit of Savitri, the epic poem by Sri Aurobindo in the Art form. Huta started her journey with The Mother into Savitri on her birthday, on 1st September 1961. The Mother herself initiated her into this journey of representing Savitri in lines and colours, making it clear to Huta that The Mother alone would do all the work and she will only be a docile instrument in the hands of The Mother. Each day, she met The Mother twice, once before noon and then in the evening to show Her the work done and receiving feedback and instructions for corrections. The Mother worked with Huta from another plane and Huta responded. She relates in the book her trials and tribulations, attacks and struggles and how The Mother kept watch over Her and brought her along the journey to complete the work She had given her on her birthday in 1961.

December 23rd – Meditations of Savitri by Huta

This evening Pictures 12 and 13 of Book 12, ‘Epilogue, The Return to Earth’ was the focus of our meditation. Mr. Ramadoss led us through the pictures and the accompanying Savitri lines as members recited the lines in turns.

Meditations on Pic. 12

Wondering at her and her too luminous words

Westward they turned in the fast-gathering night.

Drawn by white manes upon a high-roofed car

In flare of the unsteady torches went

With linked hands Satyavan and Savitri,

Hearing a marriage march and nuptial hymn,

Where waited them the many-voiced human world.
Meditations on Pic. 13
Numberless the stars swam on their shadowy field

Describing in the gloom the ways of light.

Then while they skirted yet the southward verge,

Lost in the halo of her musing brows

Night, splendid with the moon dreaming in heaven

In silver peace, possessed her luminous reign.

She brooded through her stillness on a thought

Deep-guarded by her mystic folds of light,

And in her bosom nursed a greater dawn. 

- Jayanthy


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