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 – 4

Author: Beloo Mehra (2020). Published in Sraddha, Vol. 11 (4), April 2020, pp. 82-99 CONTINUED FROM PART 3   LOVE GROWS AND PURIFIES ITSELF “Love of man, love of woman, love of things, love of thy neighbour, love of thy country, love of animals, love of humanity are all the love of God reflected in... 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 →

A Series Inspired by India’s Rebirth – 8b

Author: Beloo Mehra (2019). Published under the title ‘When Young India Awakes’ in Sri Aurobindo’s Action, Vol. 50 (8-9), August-September 2019, pp. 16-19 CONTINUED FROM Part 8a (The August-September issue of Sri Aurobindo's Action journal is a double issue. For the ease of online reading, the full Chapter VII published in the print-version is reproduced... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Infidel Next Door (by Dr. Rajat Mitra)

“…if you will not learn from history, you will have to be taught by a harsher teacher the same lesson—and taught perhaps at a much more tremendous price…” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 7, p. 770)   Dr. Rajat Mitra’s ‘The Infidel Next Door’ is a book divided in 100 chapters. But each of these small... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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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“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 →

What is Yoga – II (Passages from Sri Aurobindo’s Writings)

Continued from Part 1... Today we share some excerpts from one of Sri Aurobindo's major works on the philosophy and practice of Integral Yoga titled, The Synthesis of Yoga. In the opening chapter, titled Life and Yoga, he writes: In the right view both of life and of Yoga all life is either consciously or subconsciously a Yoga.... Continue Reading →

What is Yoga – I (Passages from Sri Aurobindo’s writings)

In honour of the upcoming International Yoga Day, we share some excerpts from two of the writings of Sri Aurobindo. In this first part of this series, we share a small essay written by Sri Aurobindo around 1911. We believe these selected passages shed some much needed light on what is Yoga in its essence. This is especially... Continue Reading →

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