Research, Essays, Commentaries – Inspired by the Social-Cultural-Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo (PLUS a bit of photography too!)


All aphorisms of Sri Aurobindo are taken from Complete Works, Vol. 12 (Essays Divine and Human). The Mother’s quotes are from Collected Works, Vol. 10 (On Thoughts and Aphorisms). All photographs by Suhas Mehra, taken at Chennakesava Temple at Belur, Karnataka. 

Hoysala Emblem

Hoysala Emblem


Hoysala Emblem 2

In the Buddhists’ view to have saved an ant from drowning is a greater work than to have founded an empire. There is a truth in the idea, but a truth that can easily be exaggerated.

To exalt one virtue,—compassion even,—unduly above all others is to cover up with one’s hand the eyes of wisdom. God moves always towards a harmony. (Sri Aurobindo)

Any exaggeration, any exclusiveness, is a lack of balance and a breach of harmony, and therefore an error in one who seeks perfection. For perfection can only exist in supreme harmony.  (The Mother)


Gajasurasamhara at Belur

Gajasursamhara Shiva


Varaha Avatar of Lord Vishnu

Prince Bhima at Belur

Prince Bhima of Mahabharata

In God’s providence there is no evil, but only good or its preparation.

Virtue and vice were made for thy soul’s struggle and progress; but for results they belong to God, who fulfils himself beyond vice and virtue. (Sri Aurobindo)

Vice and virtue are inventions of human thought for the needs of evolution and progress—but in the Divine Consciousness, vice and virtue do not exist.

The whole universe is in a slow ascending evolution towards That which it must manifest. (The Mother)

My lover took away my robe of sin and I let it fall, rejoicing; then he plucked at my robe of virtue, but I was ashamed and alarmed and prevented him. It was not till he wrested it from me by force that I saw how my soul had been hidden from me. (Sri Aurobindo)

Let us drop our robe of virtue so that we may be ready for the Truth. (The Mother)

To see more photo-features, click HERE.

Linking with ABC Wednesday, V: V is for Virtue

10 comments on “Virtue

  1. Zephyr
    June 5, 2016

    Such beautiful pics and quotes! Especially loved ‘Vice and virtue are inventions of human thought for the needs of evolution and progress—but in the Divine Consciousness, vice and virtue do not exist,’ quote by The Mother. The last one is so so beautiful too.

    I had first seen these wonderful sculptures at Belur and Halebeedu back in ’77. They had had taken my breath away then as they still do — even in a photograph! Great clicks, Suhas.

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    • Beloo Mehra
      June 5, 2016

      Thank you, Zephyr! Always a joy to hear that the words we select for these photo-features resonate with you. And you are so right about the spectacular marvels that the temples of Belur and Halebidu are. Indeed breathtaking!


  2. Parul Thakur
    June 7, 2016

    I loved your pictures and how you matched those verses with perfection.
    Belur and Halebidu are on my list and I am hoping this winter I should be able to see the carvings.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      June 8, 2016

      Thanks, Parul. I am sure you will love what you see and experience at Belur and Halebidu.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Melody62
    June 8, 2016

    Wonderful quotes and photo’s!

    What I love most is the richness in your culture when it comes to statues and buildings. I would love to see them for myself although that probably will never happen

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      June 13, 2016

      Thank you, Melody. Happy you enjoyed the post.

      Keep visiting this blog, from time to time we keep sharing pictures from our travels to places of cultural and historical interest. That way, at least you will get to see a bit of my country 🙂


  4. Me Otherwise
    June 8, 2016

    I have been to this place- belur and the twin temple helibedu… beautiful indeed. I remember the temple standing on a sort of star shaped platform….

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      June 13, 2016

      These are magical places indeed. Happy to know that you have been there. Thanks for stopping by this blog!


  5. Roger Green
    June 12, 2016

    Vice and virtue – often competin, occasionally the same.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      June 13, 2016

      Interesting way to put it, Roger! Thanks for stopping by!


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