Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 3

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 "The further you go back in time the greater the grandeur you meet in the conception. The nearer you come to our time the more the art becomes great in detail. Even up to the time of the Delvada Temples something... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 2

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 1 “The temple means religious feeling, worship, adoration, consecration.”(Sri Aurobindo, CWSA 30:181) Virupaksha Temple - Meeting the Gods on the Outside Walls We are still outside the Virupaksha temple, also known as Lokeswara Mahasila Prasada named after Lokamahadevi, the queen who commissioned... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Pattadakal 1

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra “…everyone who has at all the Indian spirit and feeling, can at least give some account of the main, the central things which constitute for him the appeal of Indian painting, sculpture and architecture.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 20: 261) Pattadakal Temple Complex After Aihole and... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 11

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (12), December 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 10 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER X – continued “A day may come, must surely come, we will say, when humanity will be ready spiritually, morally, socially for the... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 10

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (11), November 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 9 When Young India Awakes CHAPTER IX - continued Yuvaan and Rishi had been chatting about this and that for more than an hour when Rishi’s host, one middle-aged... Continue Reading →

‘The New Creator’

An offering for August 15, 2020 The Divine is what you adore in Sri Aurobindo.(The Mother, CWM 13: 27) Of the significance of his date of birth, Sri Aurobindo himself spoke thus: "August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 9

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (10), October 2019, pp. 8-10 CONTINUED FROM Part 8b When Young India Awakes CHAPTER VIII – continued Yuvaan spent the morning hours arranging for the taxi which would take his mother and her friend back to Delhi,... Continue Reading →

Devaki and Krishna in Goa

The Avatar "The crisis in which the Avatar appears, though apparent to the outward eye only as a crisis of events and great material changes, is always in its source and real meaning a crisis in the consciousness of humanity when it has to undergo some grand modification and effect some new development. For this... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 4

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 Having spent some time exploring the Badami rock-cut cave temples 1, 2 and 3 in our earlier posts we now move to the last and the smallest of the four caves. Cave 1 is dedicated to Lord Shiva, caves 2 and... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 5

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 4 Duties toward Family Having briefly explored the nature of parental love let us now look at the children’s duty toward their parents. The notion of family duties is an important one for people in the grihastha stage... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 4

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 3   LOVE GROWS AND PURIFIES ITSELF “Love of man, love of woman, love of things, love of thy neighbour, love of thy country, love of animals, love of humanity are all the love of God reflected in... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 3

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 2 We continue our exploration of the famous Badami cave temples carved out of the soft red sandstone atop a hill. After exploring caves 1 and 2 we now climb up to cave 3, and the exterior view itself makes us stop... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 3

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 2   Love, Sacrifice and Ego While it is the ego, a formation of Prakriti, which gives an individual a sense of separate existence, it must be understood that an ego is in reality not and can neither... Continue Reading →

Chalukya Temple Trail – Badami 2

Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo and Suhas Mehra Continued from Part 1 As we start climbing up the steps to reach cave 2, we turn around and take one more look at the majestic cave temple 1 with Nataraja who has already stolen our hearts!   Dedicated primarily to Lord Vishnu, cave 2... Continue Reading →

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