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 Note on the Future of Inter-religious Harmony in India

Reblogged from the ‘Beauty’ blog – an excerpt from Matriwords e-book ‘The Thinking Indian’

 

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[The following is an excerpt from a longer essay titled ‘Hinduism and the Future of Inter-religious Harmony in India’ published in my e-book – The Thinking Indian: Essays on Indian Socio-cultural Matters in the Light of Sri Aurobindo.]


Let us now go a bit deeper to see if Sri Aurobindo means something more when he says that Hinduism would have or could have taken religions like Islam and Christianity within itself. To do so it is also important to consider this assimilation process that is being spoken of here, and also what is meant when we say that Hinduism is an inclusive religion.

In order to remain inclusive, Hinduism should have the capacity to integrate the spiritual realizations, truths, and experiences revealed within the fold of other religious traditions, otherwise it is not inclusive at all. Going by historical record, we can see that what we now know as…

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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 →

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 →

Spirituality Lives in All of Us

We at Matriwords wish all our readers a very happy 2019. Last year saw sporadic activity on Matriwords, we hope to be more regular this year with monthly posts and photo-features. We open 2019 with an excerpt from an article written by Beloo Mehra and published recently in the 2018 Annual Issue of Sri Aurobindo... 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 →

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 →

“If We Are to Live at All…”

  One of the best things about reading Sri Aurobindo is that every time you re-read a passage you get a clearer understanding, a deeper insight, a brighter view of reality. Yes, a brighter view, because no matter how bad things may seem at the moment, the Force of Sri Aurobindo's words -- the words... 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 →

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