Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 5

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 4 Duties toward Family Having briefly explored the nature of parental love let us now look at the children’s duty toward their parents. The notion of family duties is an important one for people in the grihastha stage... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 3

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 2   Love, Sacrifice and Ego While it is the ego, a formation of Prakriti, which gives an individual a sense of separate existence, it must be understood that an ego is in reality not and can neither... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 2

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 1 What Does Love Seek? According to Sri Aurobindo, love seeks for two things, eternity and intensity. In his chapters on Yoga of Divine Love (ordinarily referred to as Bhakti Yoga in the Indian tradition) in his work... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Insights on Love and Human Relationships – 1

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99   INTRODUCTION Love and relationships are the root of all human life as lived in our familial and societal contexts. But ordinarily, most people do not take the trouble to examine and understand the nature of these two things. Life situations... Continue Reading →

On Intellectuals and Thinkers and Other Musings on India in the Light of Sri Aurobindo

NEW E-book by Matriwords: Available HERE.   FROM THE INTRODUCTION CHAPTER   Chaturvedi Badrinath once wrote: “reformers have so far tried to change India; the point, however, is first to understand India.” (1993, p. 29) This book is the outcome of some of my attempts to understand India. This attempt is led by my interest... Continue Reading →

Notes on Reading ‘Abhaya’ in the Light of Sri Aurobindo

      “I revere Krishna today as one of the first architects of a unified India. Yes, I believe he did exist in the obscure history of India…. Abhaya has been my window to explore and experience Krishna Vaasudeva.” This is how Saiswaroopa Iyer introduces the second lead of her debut novel, Abhaya, in... Continue Reading →

Sambhavami Yuge Yuge – Part 3

CONTINUED FROM PART 2 In this part 3 (the concluding part) of our special photo-feature the focus is on Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita, विश्वरूपदर्शनयोगः (viśvarūpadarśanayogaḥ), The Yoga of the Vision of the World-Spirit. Here we find one of the most powerfully poetic passages of the Gita, the vision of the Vishwaroopam, the Universal Purusha. With our... Continue Reading →

Sambhavami Yuge Yuge – Part 2

CONTINUED FROM PART 1 In this part 2 of our special photo-feature the focus is on a few selected teachings from the Bhagavad Gita that speak of the Karmayoga, the Yoga of Works. Invoking the grace of Sri Krishna and taking guidance from the relevant explanations and passages from Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Essays on the Gita’ we present here a few summary notes – based... Continue Reading →

Sambhavami Yuge Yuge – Part 1

"...the colloquy at Kurukshetra will yet liberate humanity." (Sri Aurobindo) The Bhagavad Gita brings to us the essence of all the experiences and teachings found in the Upanishads and Vedas. Just as the Upanishads mark a culmination or fruition of Vedic knowledge, the Gita is considered as another grand synthesis of all Upanishadic and Vedic... 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 →

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