Equality and Freedom: Reading What a Yogi Writes ‘About Woman’

A civilisation as ancient as Indian has well-developed perspectives on key questions of human existence, human development, aims of human life, culture, identity, womanhood, relation between individual and society, etc. which not only shape and contextualise women’s awareness of themselves and their experiences, but also facilitate a keener and deeper perception of the world around.... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 5

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (5), pp. 8-11 CONTINUED FROM Part 4   CHAPTER IV Yuvaan looked around the large but sparsely furnished, railway waiting room – some not-so-comfortable-looking wooden benches pushed against the two walls of the room, a few plastic... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 4

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (4), pp. 8-10   CONTINUED FROM Part 3     CHAPTER III Yuvaan had been in Kashi for only two days. And he was already on his way elsewhere — to Rishikesh. His mother had gone for... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 3

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (2 & 3), pp. 16-19. Continued from Part 2     CHAPTER II The words that continued to float around in his mind that evening…. Sri Aurobindo’s words, words that he had read in that little book... Continue Reading →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 2

A series written by Beloo Mehra for Sri Aurobindo's Action, about a young Indian's awakening to the soul of India, to himself.

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – I

  I feel fortunate to be given an opportunity to write a series of articles for Sri Aurobindo's Action: A Journal of India's Resurgence, a monthly journal that has been published from Pondicherry since 1970. Starting with January 2019, I have been writing the series titled "When Young India Awakes." This is an attempt to... Continue Reading →

Shakti is Waking Up: A Photo-Essay

Published in Sri Aurobindo's Action, The Journal of Indian Resurgence (Vol. 49, No. 5, May 2018), pp. 12-14     Stifled by her own fears, trapped in her own powerlessness, and caught in her own vulnerability, she didn’t even realize how deep she was getting into a pattern of life that would soon be an... Continue Reading →

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 5

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo’s Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105. CONTINUED FROM PART 4   Imagine if we were to replace the word ‘secularism’ by the Indian ideal of sarva dharma sambhava. (Please read the previous part to see how this idea does NOT translate to mean that ‘all... Continue Reading →

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 4

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo’s Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105. CONTINUED FROM PART 3   INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR  The modern Indian social-cultural mindset, for the most part, is occupied with a conception of life that emphasizes materialistic, utilitarian, mechanistic and rational view of life and universe. As... Continue Reading →

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 3

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo’s Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105. CONTINUED FROM PART 2   BRINGING INDIAN-NESS IN THE EDUCATION   Our attempt to seek and re-discover the Indian spirit must be accompanied with our zeal to make this essential Indian-ness relevant for the present times, and for the new... Continue Reading →

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 2

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo’s Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105. CONTINUED FROM PART 1   RE-DISCOVERING INDIAN-NESS   It may not be an exaggeration to say that as a result of centuries of subjugation and the continuing colonial nature of both the Indian state and the Indian educational... Continue Reading →

The Indian Spirit and Indian Education – Part 1

Author: Beloo Mehra; Published in the Annual Issue (2016-17) of Sri Aurobindo's Action, West Bengal, pp. 85-105.     An important churning is taking place in India today. The contemporary Indian mind, which for the most part had until now, almost completely dismissed the possibility that the ancient Indian civilisation had anything to offer for... Continue Reading →

Chintan: India and Me – Part 7: Essence

Have you read the previous parts: 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6?   The group meets once again in their usual garden-classroom after an extended break. After the initial catching up and a small concentration led by Mridula Di, the group settles down for the day's session. For the first few minutes Mridula Di briefly revisits some... Continue Reading →

Two Reflections on Integral Education – 2

Continued from Part 1 First published in Aspiration: An Inner Call, 2008, Vol II, No. 2, pp. 21-26. (Published by Sri Aurobindo Study Centre, Kolkata) II In Integral Education a teacher’s own inner work to discover the spark of divine within is a key factor in facilitating students’ inner un-foldment. Everything else – curriculum, course texts, learning materials, assignments... Continue Reading →

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