SPECIAL PROGRAMMES IN January,2012

 

The following special programmes will take place in the Meditation Hall  of Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, in January,2012:

Date                 Time                                     Details

1st January     10:00 to 10:30 AM       Meditation  with Mother’s  music

(Monday)                                            followed by distribution of

calendars.

5:15 to 5:30 PM                   Meditation.

5:30 to 7 00 PM                  Video talk on

(with a tea break at     “ 2012 & 1956 – Years of major

6:15 PM for 10 mts)          evolutionary changes”

by

Georges Van Vrekham, Auroville

 

7th January     10:00 AM  to 6:00 PM              Workshop on

(Saturday)                                         “Saptachatustaya in Sri Aurobindo’s

.       Yoga of Self Perfection”

(see separate notice attached for more details)

26th January       5:30  to 5:45 PM                   Meditation

(Thursday)        5:45  to 7:00 PM                   Video talk on

(with a tea break at    “Evolution, with readings from

6:30 PM for 10 mts)                   Savitri”

By Dr.Debashish Banerji.

 

ALL ARE INVITED

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YOGA OF SELF-PERFECTION-Interactive Workshop Jan 7th At Bhavan

Would like to invite you to this special workshop by a eminent Professor of Philosophy

you can watch his video on upanishad n gita click the url

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-cRe1cPTg4

and read about  him here

http://www.nalandainternational.org/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=286&Itemid=99

http://uprs.edu/wpcms/?page_id=70

Please read on and forward to like minded people who are interested in spiritual study

Thank you – in the service of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo



SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY,

Musheerabad Cross Roads, Hyderabad-500048

Call to register Tel:27615401 & 9391043501            Email: sassecryhydbr@yahoo.co.in

INVITES YOU to a day-long open interactive WORKSHOP

from 10:00 AM  to  6:00 PM with suitable breaks,

on Saturday the 7th January, 2012

 

on

SAPTACHATUSHTAYA IN SRI AUROBINDO’S

YOGA OF SELF-PERFECTION

Conducted by

Dr. Debashish Banerji

Professor of Cultural History & Philosophy & Dean of Academic Affairs,

University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

Venue: Meditation Hall of the Society.

Sri Aurobindo’s own yoga sadhana was based on a seven-pronged system of transformative practice (sapta chatusthaya) which he used to organize his experiments with consciousness in his diaries. By considering these seven quartets of transformation, one can arrive at a systematic program for the practice of the Integral Yoga. This workshop will provide a synoptic view of these seven limbs with the four “perfections” or siddhis which each of these aims to establish, and consider the practices involved in each of these limbs.

 

                     1.Admission is free and open to all literate men & women of all ages.

         2.Lunch, tea and other refreshments will be provided to all participants

                     at the venue during the day.

3.Interested participants are requested to register themselves by calling

                    the above-mentioned telephone numbers on or before 3rd

                   January,2012..

Article in The Hindu Metro Plus on our Center

The Hindu Metro Plus Hyderabad Published on Monday 03- May-2010

All life is yoga 

Sri Aurobindo Society, Hyderabad, celebrating its centenary this year, is an oasis of peace

Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Inner space The tranquil surroundings of the bhavan.

You could have passed the busy Musheerabad crossroads numerous times and missed the Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, inconspicuously tucked away much like an oasis in a dessert. This centre, founded in 1972 by Dadaji, a direct disciple of Sri Aurobindo, houses Hyderabad’s Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS). Once inside the greenery and quiet provide a peaceful ambience with a Samadi , a tranquil meditation hall and a library rich in the works of the great poet, philosopher and revolutionary mystic.

SAS, started with the intention of spreading the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and Mother, is open to all and one of six centres in A.P. One of the key thoughts of Sri Aurobindo is that ‘man is an evolutionary being’ and that ‘mind is not the last summit’ and that ‘all life is yoga’. This is a path of affirmative spirituality that accepts all facets of life and focuses on transforming and sublimating them. Hence all activities of SAS are geared towards evolution of consciousness.

The Bhavan is abuzz on dharshan days which are special days in the year when the premises is tastefully decorated and activities such as meditations, lectures and video screenings are held. SAS has a Women’s Wing that trains women and girls from less privileged backgrounds in tailoring and embroidery and conducts art workshops for children.

The youth wing holds weekly readings of Sri Aurobindo’s works and enlightening discussions in English and Telugu focus on helping individuals face everyday challenges. Workshops for the youth are held both at the Society and at educational institutions. “It is our aim to empower the youth with the different aspects of Sri Auribindo’s thought that are strikingly relevant to the various dimensions of our life and society today,” says Srinivas Mulugu, youth activities coordinator.

It was on April 4, 1910 that Sri Aurobindo reached the city of Pondicherry from Calcutta, a significant journey that was prompted by an Inner calling. To mark this event Centenary celebrations are being held through the year worldwide. The first of the events at Hyderabad was the play ‘Tryst with God’ staged to an appreciative audience on Sunday by students of the Sri Aurobindo International School.

SAS invites people from all walks of life to benefit from the valuable teachings of Sri Aurobindo and welcomes volunteers to join in their work. For information call 2761 5401, email smulugu@gmail.com to register for adult and youth camps.

PADMINI B. PATELL

Youth Group: Summary-11/Nov/09 Session

The youth group session conducted by Srinivas  started off with Srinivas sharing with every one about his earlier visit to one of the Shaktipeets in Kurnool, the Jogabmamba temple in Alampur which may be now completely under water due to the recent floods. The Topics taken up for discussion from the Words of the Mother were on Radha & Krishna and Religion and Occultism.

The answer to the question why Krishna is represented always in the child form was that Krishna represents the continuous progress of the humanity. Later on Srinivas explained the relevance of the Hindu mythologies and how  at each stage in life say at 10, then in 20’s and 30s’they are to be reread and reunderstood with greater maturity. He also said the  good and evil in each of the characters represented in the Mahabharata have to be debated upon and understood in the right perspective.

On the topic of technology smsing and social networking such as facebook are influencing todays youth, the discussion turned towards whether these technologies are a forerunner of an emerging world of superconsciousness where we are all one interconnected single being (Gaia) as depicted by Isaac Asimov in the Foundation. Many followers of Sri Aurobindo are surprised by Asimovs foundation series and wonder whether he was inspired by Sri Aurobindo as the one of characters he depicts has close resemblence to Sri Aurobindo. It is also wondered if he based his whole concept of Gaia – which is a single interconnected collective consciousness – where when a single person thinks the thought reverberates in the minds off all the beings on earth, so that it becomes one single entity is inspired by the superconsciousness and theories of Sri Aurobindo.
 
Next in answer to Harshitas question about the difference between religion and spirituality Srinivas explained that
while religion is more of custom and rituals but also has its final destination as realising the divine, spirituality is the conscious effort to develop oneself to realise the divine while it need not lean towards a particular religion to realise the divine. 

Later an approach to reading and group meeting was quoted from the book an Early chapter in Mothers Life by M.P.Pandit. Mother had said that according to a Chaldean tradition if 12 sincere aspirants pray sincerely the Divine Inner flame can be realised. Also how our thoughts create and bring forth entities or beings that aim to realise the objective of the thought and how group meditation or aspirations can create a more powerful entity was discussed.

The discussion then turned towards the group meditation which is planned on Fridays between 7-8 pm. Update on the Friday meditation session will be posted asap.

Radha’s Prayer

The Mother’s words in the form of Radha’s Prayer:

radhasrikrishnaO Thou whom at first sight I knew for the Lord of my being and my God, receive my offering.

 Thine are all my thoughts, all my emotions, all the sentiments of my heart, all my sensations, all the movements of my life, each cell of my body, each drop of my blood.

I am absolutely and altogether Thine, Thine without reserve.

What Thou wilt of me, that I shall be. Whether Thou choosest for me life or death, happiness or sorrow, pleasure or suffering, all that comes to me from Thee will be welcome.

Each one of Thy gifts will be always for me a gift divine bringing with it the supreme Felicity.

Contributed by: Harshitha, Youth Group Member

The Mother said:       Love divine gives itself and asks for nothing consciously it endeavours to realise in them that which is its eternal aim it is, in its pure movement, the seeking for union of the self with the Divine, a seeking absolute and regardless of all other things.

Meerabai and Radha had all the qualities mentioned above and many more. They completely lost themselves and saw Krishna in everyone and everything they came into contact with. Sri Aurobindo also had this experience when he was in goal, and he saw Krishna everywhere around him.

 The Mother’s body has participated as much as her soul in this constant aspiration for and surrender to the Divine. Her Prayers are clear indications that the aspiration of her body and, in fact, of her whole physical consciousness has been even greater than that of her soul and that   she had already realized a complete and constant inner union with the Divine very early in life and that her subsequent aspiration and endeavor have been to realize an equally complete and constant union in her physical consciousness and outer life.

In the Prayer of Nov 19,1912—this is the year with which the “Prayers and Meditations” begins—she says : ” I said yesterday to that English man who is seeking for Thee with so sincere a desire, that I had definitively found Thee, that the Union was constant.” But this is not the union to satisfy the Mother’s whole being. She starts with this union as the base, but for the immense spiritual structure she has to rear upon it, much greater conquests have to be made, a more integral union has to be attained. So, not content with this union, she says, “Yet I know that this state of union is poor and precarious compared with that which it will become possible for me to realize tomorrow.” Again, in the Prayer of May 16, 1914, the Mother says, “Now I clearly understand that union with Thee is not an end to be pursued, so far as this present individuality is concerned; it is a fact accomplished long since. And that is why Thou seemest to tell me always: ‘Do not revel in the ecstatic contemplation of this union, fulfil the mission I have confided to thee on the earth’

This is a point of capital importance inasmuch as it affords the right perspective to the tremendous significance of the Mother’s life-work. Not union only in the depths of her being, which is the common objective of all mystics, but union even in the outermost nature, and a complete possession and government of the whole being by the divine Love, so that the divine Will, realized by the Mother in her union with the Eternal, may fulfil itself in her terrestrial existence. But what is this divine Will in regard to the Mother ? “To be the Life in all material forms, the Thought organizing and using this Life in all .forms, the Love enlarging, enlightening, intensifying, uniting all the divers elements of this Thought, and thus by a total identification with the manifested world, to be able to intervene with all power in its transformation. On the other hand, by a perfect surrender to the Supreme Principle, to become conscious of the Truth and the eternal Will which manifests it. By this identification, becoming the faithful servant and sure intermediary of the divine Will, and uniting this conscious identification of the Principle with the conscious identification of the becoming, to mould and model consciously the love, mind and life of the becoming according to the Law of Truth of the Principle. It is thus that the individual being can be the conscious intermediary between the absolute Truth and the manifested universe, and intervene in the slow and uncertain advance of the Yoga of Nature in order to give it the swift, intense and sure character of the divine Yoga.”

A colossal work, well-nigh staggering to our timid and tethered intelligence ! Our imagination faints before the vastness and complexity of its conception, and yet something in us, awed and attracted, pledges to it its eternal adhesion and loyalty.

This, then, has been the sole aspiration of the Mother’s whole being : to realize an integral union with the Integral Divine and become the conscious intermediary between Him and the material world, so that His unflawed manifestation may be possible in transformed human nature. Divine manifestation can, therefore, be said to be the core of her mission in this life.

Prayers and Meditations of the Mother — May 24, 1915.

Copyright: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Pondicherry -605002 India

Talk by Sri. Anadi Charan Swain, State Organiser, Orissa

Sri. Anadi Charan Swain the State Organiser of Sri Aurobindo Study Circle Association in Orissa was iIMG_0266nvited by the Musheerabad Sri Aurobindo Center for a talk and an interactive session. Here is a brief account of the gathering.

 As a part of the Sunday (20-Sept-09) youth group session we had the opportunity to meet people who live the words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It was very inspiring to know and understand the phenomenal work done in Orissa and how Sri Anadiji and the group lead by him have reached the remotest of villages in Orissa to spread the message of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

 Sri Anadiji shared with us his experiences in his work and how they bring together small but effective group of 6-7 dedicated people together to establish a Study circle. He also shared some of his experiences while travelling the deep IMG_0270Jungles of Orissa and how when he was face to face with a huge wild elephant he had prayed to the Mother and instantly felt the protection, intuition and calmness required to face the situation and slowly backed a few steps before breaking into a run and thus saving his life all the while the elephant quietly watching him though at a striking distance.

 Though outwardly very simple Sri Anadiji seemed to be the embodiment of true aspiration and it was clear he was living the principles taught by the Mother and applying them in daily life. The depth of his answers as he patiently answered the various questions asked by the young and aspiring sadhaks proved that his knowledge was a living one.

 For example when asked how one distinguishes between the divine will and ones own will- he replied as follows: IMG_0271Divine will is clear, certain and resolute without any wavering or inner contradiction while individual will is unsure, hesitant and vacillating. He also answered many more questions about how to keep the faith in the Mother and how surrender overcomes all obstacles in the path of Sadhana.

 In all the session was a great inspiration and because people like Anadiji are living the principles taught by the Mother and applying them in daily life there is always much to learn from them.

Women’s Group, Minutes Of The Meeting – 10th Oct ’09

Women’s wing meeting held on Saturday the 10th October 2009.

The first women’s wing meeting  convened by Mrs. Anita Raman, (Women’s Wing Coordinator) was attended by Mrs. Ramanamma,  Mrs. Kalyani,  Mrs. Padma,  Ms. Sasmita Patra,  Ms. Preeti Chottai and Ms. Prabha Subramaniam.

It was decided that the following activities would be taken up by the Women’s Wing starting from ‘the 24th October 2009.

Activity Conducted by Date Time Fees
Fabric Painting Mrs. Kalyani 2nd & 4th Saturdays 3.00- 4.30 pm Rs.200
Origami (Paper craft) Mrs.Kalyani Sundays 3-4 pm(tentative) Rs.200
Study/Introspective session Ms Anita Raman & Ms Sasmita Patra All Saturdays 5-6 pm Nil

Proposed

1. Group Activity for Children

2. Computer Training for underprivileged children

3. Flowers and its effectiveness in spiritual development