ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Prayer

The theme for this edition of ऋतश्री is - Prayer. Prayer is one of the most common practices we have to connect with the Divine, to establish a relation with the Divine. Whether it is for a small personal, material object or some larger and less self-centered one, most of us have often called and... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 6

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 5 After visiting the Pāpanātha temple we headed back to the main temple complex. The sun was setting now, it was the golden hour, the banyan tree on the bank of river Malaprabha seemed to glow with a natural golden hue. A... Continue Reading →

Matrimandir, “Divine’s Answer to Man’s Aspiration for Perfection”

Auroville, the Divine's Dream "There should be somewhere on earth a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill who have a sincere aspiration could live freely as citizens of the world and obey one single authority, that of the supreme Truth; a place of peace, concord and... Continue Reading →

The One Whom We Adore as The Mother

Speaking about her photographs, the Mother had once said: "...each photo represents a different aspect, sometimes even a different personality of my being; and by concentrating on the photo, one enters into relation with that special aspect or different personality which the photo has captured and whose image it conveys." (CWM, 16: 232) As a... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Simplicity

For this edition of ऋतश्री we take up the theme Simplicity. The Mother once said: "Spirituality is supreme simplicity. " (CWM, 14:151) And yet we keep on complicating it all. Why? Because we lack true spontaneity, true sincerity. And because we allow the extremely limited capacity of this instrument called mind which is ever-busy dividing, classifying,... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 5

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 4 "Man's seeking after beauty reaches its most intense and satisfying expression in the great creative arts, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, but in its full extension there is no activity of his nature or his life from which it need or ought... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Protection

Today we explore the theme -- Protection. Divine always protects. But we have to become worthy of that divine protection. We have to protect that tiny flame of aspiration that burns within. We have to be vigilant and be on our guard against all sorts of forces that seek to deviate us from the path.... Continue Reading →

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Dawn

This third part of the series ‘ऋतश्री – the True Beauty,’ explores the theme – Dawn. The following lines from Sri Aurobindo, taken from his commentary on the opening section of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, describe perfectly the deeper symbolism of Dawn for an aspirant on the path of Light. "...as day is the symbol of... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 12

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 51 (1), January 2020, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 11 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER XI - continued For a few minutes, Yuvaan just stood there. In awe. He was completely rested and feeling fresh after the nice... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 4

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 3 "To use the terms of Indian philosophy, most art expresses the play of Prakriti; Buddhistic art in its most characteristic creations expresses the absolute repose of the Purusha; Hindu art tends to combine the Purusha and Prakriti in one image." (Sri... Continue Reading →

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