Of Life, Mind and Progress

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 →

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 →

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 →

Revisiting: Reason, Religion and Reform

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 →

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 →

Citizen Responsibility: Invoking the Sacred

My fellow Indians, Unless you are living on another planet you have all probably heard, read, watched most of the news and analyses there is about the recent bold step introduced by the Government of India led by Prime Minister Modi. Yes, I am speaking of the demonetisation of the large currency notes (of the... Continue Reading →

Sectarianism or Loyalty (by Nolini Kanta Gupta)

"I am open to spirituality, but I don't think I can surrender myself or commit to any one particular path or guru or approach or teaching...that's just not me." "I think I am more of a universalist in my spiritual approach, I prefer being open and wide. No narrow religious type commitment for me." "I feel... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Practicality: The Need of the Moment

Author: Beloo Mehra Published in Collaboration, Vol. 41 (1), Spring 2016, pp. 9-10     It seems pretty much every month there is some big international conference going on somewhere, discussing Climate Change, Solar Energy, Global Terrorism and all such important issues of the day. Political leaders, subject experts, public intellectuals, journalists, pretty much everyone... Continue Reading →

What’s the Right Thing to Do: A Meditation on Dharma, Reason and Offering (Concluded)

Essay published in Collaboration: Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 29-33. CONTINUED FROM PART 4 PART 5 (CONCLUDED) First, we must remember that the true being hidden inside whispers to us very softly through the light it shines upon its outer instruments; the intellect and Reason being the... Continue Reading →

What’s the Right Thing to Do: A Meditation on Dharma, Reason and Offering – Part 4

Essay published in Collaboration: Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 29-33. CONTINUED FROM PART 3 PART 4 In order to facilitate the right working out of our inner law of being, we must act according to a decision or choice based on the highest light we can reach... Continue Reading →

What’s the Right Thing to Do: A Meditation on Dharma, Reason and Offering – Part 3

Essay published in Collaboration: Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 29-33. CONTINUED FROM PART 2 PART 3 Then the question arises – what to do, how to decide our actions, make our choices till one is living in one’s soul, one’s truth of being. Before we... Continue Reading →

What’s the Right Thing to Do: A Meditation on Dharma, Reason and Offering – Part 2

Essay published in Collaboration: Journal of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 29-33. CONTINUED FROM PART 1 PART 2 Given below is another clear and powerful description about Dharma given by Nolini Kanta Gupta[1] which helps us see how the terms Right, Duty and Dharma are better understood as... Continue Reading →

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