India’s Daughters: Some Insights from the Past

“The greatness of the ideals of the past is a promise of greater ideals for the future.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 20, p. 85)   Indian cultural vision of human life and existence is the deepest, highest and greatest ever conceived by the human mind. Its attempt to mould the collective life of the community... Continue Reading →

Hampi Continues to Live – Part 7

Continued from Part 6 Chakratirtha, Tungabhadra River and Kodandarama temple (Photos by Suhas Mehra, text by Beloo Mehra)   Not far from Vittala temple, a short walk along some semi-paved/stepped rocks and you will soon find yourselves entering into a cave-like rock formation. A few minutes later as you come out out of this cool... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

“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 →

Wit and Humour in Sri Aurobindo’s Tales of Prison Life (by Kalpana Bidwaikar)- Part 3

CONTINUED FROM PART 2     Sri Aurobindo a great observer as he was, not only of the material arrangements in the prison but also of the people around him, the Britishers and especially the jail authorities could not escape his attention. The prisoners had to go to the court for trials at regular intervals.... Continue Reading →

Wit and Humour in Sri Aurobindo’s Tales of Prison Life (by Kalpana Bidwaikar)- Part 2

CONTINUED FROM PART 1     Sri Aurobindo’s prison life began on May 5, 1908. During the solitary confinement he was uneasy in the beginning, “but after three days of prayer and meditation an unshakable peace and faith again overwhelmed the being” (p. 11). He was confined to a solitary cell which was nine feet... Continue Reading →

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