The Narasimha Avatar: Optimisation Gone Astray

"The Avatar is necessary when a special work is to be done and in crises of the evolution." ~ Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 28, p. 485. The story goes like this: The demon-king Hiraṇyakaśipu wanted revenge on Lord Viṣṇu and his followers. He undertook many years of austere penance to fulfill his desire. Lord Brahma... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 5

Continued from Part 4 Sri Krishna Temple After a tour of the remarkable Vittala temple in previous part, we now move on to another masterpiece, the Krishna temple of Hampi. The Krishna temple at Hampi -- which is now in ruins, though some renovations were underway when we visited --  was built by King Krishnadevaraya... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 4

Continued from Part 3 Vijay Vittala Temple   "Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinite is native to it." (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 20: 6)   In our last part we wrote about Virupaksha Temple, situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Vijaya Vittala temple is north east of... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 3

Continued from Part 2   Virupaksha Temple   On the banks of Tungabhadra River is the Virupaksha temple, dedicated to God Shiva, known in this area as Virupaksha, the consort of the local goddess Pampadevi. This is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. It is believed to be functioning uninterruptedly ever since the 7th... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 2

Continued from Part 1   A Walk on Hemakuta Hilltop   We began exploration of Hampi at the Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, located on the Hemakuta Hill. As the story goes, one day, Lord Ganesha, being very fond of food, ate so much that he got concerned that his tummy might burst. So he caught a snake... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 1

  In this several-part series, we relive a few moments from our recent trip to Hampi and surrounding areas. The pictures and the accompanying words weave a story of this magnificent city which continues to hold a prominent place in the Indian collective memory since ancient times. The place associated with Shiva and Parvati, Rama... Continue Reading →

Hare Krishna

A special offering for Krishna Janamashtami  -- my humble attempt to capture in photographs a few expressions of the Divinity and the Divine Personality of Sri Krishna. Hopefully these photographs do some justice in expressing some of the essence of the magnificent passage from Sri Aurobindo's Letters on Yoga. -- Suhas     "Krishna consciousness... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul–II (Conclusion)

  CONTINUED FROM PART 4 Authors: Suhas Mehra & Beloo Mehra. Published in the February 2017 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (3), pp. 104-119. Previous parts - 1, 2, 3, 4   The Dangers on the Path Using the example of Germany, after the WWI, Sri Aurobindo illustrates the grave danger of false subjectivism. This happens when the seeking... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul–II (Part 4)

  CONTINUED FROM PART 3 Authors: Suhas Mehra & Beloo Mehra. Published in the February 2017 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (3), pp. 104-119. Organisations where Soul Feeling/Seeking Predominates This growing tendency to seek a subjective communal consciousness is predominantly seen among new business organisations and those struggling to rediscover their identity or redefine themselves in... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul–II (Part 3)

  CONTINUED FROM PART 2 Authors: Suhas Mehra & Beloo Mehra. Published in the February 2017 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (3), pp. 104-119.   Initial Sense of Discovering the Soul Let us go back to the ideal we set before us in the first part of this paper – the ideal of an organisation set... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul–II (Part 2)

  CONTINUED FROM PART 1 Authors: Suhas Mehra & Beloo Mehra. Published in the February 2017 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (3), pp. 104-119. Searching for Deeper Cause However, even when the self-formulation journey of an organisation is still primarily focused around its more objective identity, Sri Aurobindo’s view of the inner processes driving a... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul–II (Part 1)

This is the second article in the series, In Search of Organisational Soul. Readers may access the first article at the links below, presented in four parts.  PART 1            PART 2            PART 3       PART 4 Authors: Suhas Mehra & Beloo Mehra. Published in the February... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul – I (Part 4)

    Authors: Suhas Mehra and Beloo Mehra. Published in the August 2016 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 106-120. CONTINUED FROM PART 3 Implications of the Discovery that Employees Come First The physical parameters (including the company’s financials) are just the shell which provide an external view of the reality. What constitutes as the real body... Continue Reading →

In Search of Organisational Soul – I (Part 3)

Authors: Suhas Mehra and Beloo Mehra. Published in the August 2016 issue of Sraddha, Vol. 8 (1), pp. 106-120. CONTINUED FROM PART 2 The Beginnings The internal dynamics between an organisation and its members play a very critical role in an organisation’s success, and this is particularly true for the new organisations trying to formulate themselves around what... Continue Reading →

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