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

Wake up to the Inner Light

Much is happening in the world outside, much conflict, much chaos, many battles. We read about some of these, we hear about some, and we assume or think (often falsely) that we know something about them. But do we really know?

With our limited and narrow vision we are unable to see the deeper forces working behind and shaping these outer events, these outer battles. Yet we continue to form opinions despite our ignorance. The ignorance, however, is not only of the forces behind the outer battles, but also of the battles inside us – the conflict and chaos inside, reflected in the world outside.

We must aspire to wake up to an inner light if we want to become conscious of the battles inside. Because in these inner battles are found the hints for knowing something about the outer battles.

For this month’s photo-feature we pay a visual homage to the Light.


Truth and Light are synonymous or equivalent words in the thought of the Vedic seers even as are their opposites, Darkness and Ignorance. The battle of the Vedic Gods and Titans is a perpetual conflict between Day and Night for the possession of the triple world of heaven, mid-air and earth and for the liberation or bondage of the mind, life and body of the human being, his mortality or his immortality. It is waged by the Powers of a supreme Truth and Lords of a supreme Light against other dark Powers who struggle to maintain the foundation of this falsehood in which we dwell and the iron walls of these hundred fortified cities of the Ignorance.

(Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 15, The Secret of the Veda, p. 473)


In spite of the night the spiritual Light is there.

Light must illumine the consciousness and the shadows of Ignorance must be dissolved in all.

(The Mother, CWM, Vol. 15, p. 68)

All veils must be dissolved and the light must shine fully in the hearts of all. (p. 69)

The light is everywhere, the force is everywhere. And the world is so small. (p. 69)


Open your heart and the Light will enter and dwell within it. (p. 68)


Life is a journey in the darkness of the night. Wake up to the inner light. (p. 69)


 Every obstacle must disappear, in every part of the being, the darkness of the ignorance must be replaced by the Divine’s knowledge. (p. 69)


Bugles of Light, bugles of Light, shatter the heart of the Darkness!

(Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 2, Collected Poems, p. 673)

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14 comments on “Wake up to the Inner Light

  1. Rajlakshmi
    November 28, 2016

    Isn’t it amazing how just by looking at a lighted diya we feel at peace. Atleast I do when I watch the flame fighting the breeze to stay alighted. Your pictures are gorgeous and the captions just as peaceful and meaningful.

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    • Beloo Mehra
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks Rajlakshmi! Glad you enjoyed the post. And I agree completely, just focusing on a lighted diya for a few minutes is very soothing and calming.


  2. Suzy
    November 28, 2016

    Beautiful pictures of lights. Agree with Rajlakshmi that just looking at diyas brings peace. And so true that what is within is reflected outside. Super post.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Shubhangi Srikanth
    November 28, 2016

    wow..each one of these pictures and the thoughts are brilliant! I loved the diya inside the conch, there’s something so magnificent about it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      November 29, 2016

      Thanks, Shubhangi. I am happy to hear that the conch picture seemed extra special to you, I really like floating flowers and candles in it. It was designed by my talented sister and handcrafted by an artisan in Rajasthan. So a very special piece for me too 🙂


  4. menakabharathi
    November 29, 2016

    You have brought meaning to these pictures! Reminded my college days when we used to go to the meditation room and look at the diya. Those were days when we were trained to meditate looking deeply into the flames and find our souls there. Diya has this effect.
    Menaka Bharathi has recently published

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    • Beloo Mehra
      November 30, 2016

      Thanks for this lovely comment, Menaka. You are right, concentrating on a lit diya can be a deeply meditative experience. Happy you enjoyed the post.


  5. Me Otherwise
    November 30, 2016

    Oh wow.. the clicks are so lovely. A touch of piousness and warmth. Your pics did Kindle that inner magic as you have mentioned. Surely that’s the beauty of lamps they do create a magic.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      November 30, 2016

      Thank you, Ramya for appreciating this post. I am happy the pictures could convey a sense of piousness to you. That’s how I also feel about them, carrying a deep sense of purity which helps purify something within.

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  6. Parul Thakur
    December 4, 2016

    Loved those comments and the thoughtful pictures. Light from a diya and the flame has always attracted me. To me, it’s like there but not yet. Strength that that you dare not touch. It speaks to me on many levels and your most is just all that and mch more, Beloo. Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      December 5, 2016

      Thanks, Parul. So happy that you enjoyed this post and the message resonated with you so deeply.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Bindu
    January 12, 2017

    Such beauty in lighted lamps,,such silence in floating flowers,,such serenity all around…
    wish beauty,silence and serenity pervades in our hearts too….

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      January 14, 2017

      Thanks so much, Bindu for the beautiful wishes of serenity and silence.


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