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 →
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 →
Author: Beloo Mehra, Published in Sri Aurobindo's Action, Vol. 50 (8 & 9, Aug-Sept 2019), pp. 5-6 “Western civilisation is proud of its successful modernism. But there is much that it has lost in the eagerness of its gains and much which men of old strove towards that it has not even attempted to... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 written by Beloo Mehra for Sri Aurobindo's Action, about a young Indian's awakening to the soul of India, to himself.
This article was first published on IndiaFacts. Every year around Diwali we hear and read about all sorts of 'concerns' about environment and pleas to 'ban' firecrackers. This year we have a ban on sale of firecrackers imposed by the highest court of the country in the National Capital Territory. Similar concerns for water are heard... Continue Reading →
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 →
Some writings are so important that they deserve not only to be read again. But also to be shared again. Like this one by M. S. Srinivasan.
“The Spirit is a higher infinite of verities; life is a lower infinite of possibilities which seek to grow and find their own truth and fulfilment in the light of these verities. Our intellect, our will, our ethical and our aesthetic being are the reflectors and the mediators. The method of the West is to exaggerate life and to call down as much—or as little—as may be of the higher powers to stimulate and embellish life. But the method of India is on the contrary to discover the spirit within and the higher hidden intensities of the superior powers and to dominate life in one way or another so as to make it responsive to and expressive of the spirit and in that way increase the power of life. Its tendency with the intellect, will, ethical, aesthetic and emotional being is to sound indeed their normal mental possibilities, but also to upraise them towards the greater light and power of their own highest intuitions. The work of the renaissance in India must be to make this spirit, this higher view of life, this sense of deeper potentiality once more a creative, perhaps a dominant power in the world. But to that truth of itself it is as yet only vaguely awake; the mass of Indian action is still at the moment proceeding under the impress of the European* motive and method and, because there is a spirit within us to which they are foreign, the action is poor in will, feeble in form and ineffective in results, for it does not come from the roots of our being. Only in a few directions is there some clear light of self-knowledge. It is when a greater light prevails and becomes general that we shall be able to speak, not only in prospect but in fact, of the renaissance of India.”
~ (Sri Aurobindo, The Renaissance in India and Other Essays on Indian Culture, pp. 15-16)
* may replace with Western/Modern-rationalistic
-Mr. M.S. Srinivasan, Senior Research Associate, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Research in Social Sciences, Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, India.
The need of the hour for India today is not a nostalgic dreaming of our past greatness but to think, dream and work for building a new and greater India of the future. But the future cannot be created in a vacuum; it has to be built out of the essence of the past. The power to shape the future has to be drawn from the roots of our national vitality and the spiritual and psychological resources of our nation.
In the ultimate analysis, the long-term viability and progress or the “sustainable development” of a nation depend not so much on its material, ecological or technological resources but primarily on its spiritual and psychological resources. And the greatest of the spiritual and psychological resources of a nation are its people. In…
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Have you read the previous parts: 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b? This evening Mridula Di decided to take up the topic the group had just started grappling with in their last discussion. About the outer sheaths and the inner core of an individual and nation. About the connection between the inner and outer.... Continue Reading →
Continued from Part 5a Readers may recall that the group had just read a story about the four princes and Kimsuka tree. They had also pointed out a few insights revealed by the story, about the multiple aspects of truth, about our inability to comprehend the full truth in its entirety, about our tendency to think of... Continue Reading →
This evening Mridula Di found the group to be in their more than usual jovial and fun mood. As they all chatted animatedly while enjoying the hibiscus sharbat and murukku served for the evening snack before the class, Mridula Di quickly in her mind changed her plan for the session. Leaving the group to their snacking and... Continue Reading →
PART 1 PART 2 PART 3a PART 3b PART 4a Continued from post 4a: After the brief concentration, the group is now ready for their session. Mridula Di begins…. M: Well, as you... Continue Reading →
Read Parts 1, 2, 3a, 3b The group is waiting in the garden; some are chatting with one another while others are just looking around, silently. Today, there are no cushions or chattais or stools outside to sit on. Soon Mridula Di joins them. After initial greetings she tells the group that today they will... Continue Reading →