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Filmy Musings: Amar Prem (and a painting at home)

  I have this lovely, vibrant, colourful painting at my home. This water colour titled “Love Blooms” is done by my sister. It looks exquisite in a white simple frame, and comes with its pair titled “Samadhi.” The other day I was dusting in the room where these two paintings are, and as I reached… Continue reading Filmy Musings: Amar Prem (and a painting at home)

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads

Unearthing the Path: A Photo-Essay

In my ongoing ‘decluttering’ journey, I have decided to clean my blog as well. I have started a process of sorting through old blogs and will be keeping only those pieces which speak something significant to me. There is a lot of stuff in this space that I am no longer able to connect with… Continue reading Unearthing the Path: A Photo-Essay

"All Music is Only the Sound of His Laughter" · Indian Culture · Indian Religion

Voice of the God…प्रभु अपने मुख से गायी…

On the occasion of Ram Navmi (re-sharing an old post)   Ram – just the name calms one down. Soothes the nerves and brings tranquility. Imagine what love for Ram can bring to his bhaktas! There are many reasons to love Ram! Every Ram-bhakt has his or her own special connection with some special aspect… Continue reading Voice of the God…प्रभु अपने मुख से गायी…

Indian Culture · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Revisiting a Book about 12 Women

   Some posts must be re-blogged…this is one of them.   On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I revisit and re-post this after adding a few more remarks and insights which I think make it more relevant.       Maharshi Veda Vyāsa Once upon a time, long, long, long ago there lived a… Continue reading Revisiting a Book about 12 Women

Beauty · Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self

Four Lessons from Home Renovation

During the months of December 2018 and January 2019, we spent about 5 weeks getting several long-overdue renovation and repair projects completed around the home. The projects involved all sorts of works including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and some basic landscape designing — pretty much everything. There still remains some major painting work, but that… Continue reading Four Lessons from Home Renovation

Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

When it Hurts

  When you dig and dig some more to find out why something bothers you so much, it hurts. When you discover, or at least you think you have discovered, the real reason why something bothers you so much, it hurts. When you figure out that the real reason why something bothers you so much… Continue reading When it Hurts

Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Of Love, Egoism and Attachment

  “Attachment is egoism in love.” This is how Sri Aurobindo once defined attachment (The Synthesis of Yoga, CWSA, Vol. 23, p. 329). Perfect definition, if we deeply, seriously and sincerely think about it. Attachment, egoism and love — these three have an intimate connection. Let us start with the most immediate, the first circle… Continue reading Of Love, Egoism and Attachment

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View

Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art

Modern tendency is to depreciate the value of the beautiful and over-stress the value of the useful. Generations of Indians have been cut off from the ancient roots of their aesthetic cultural traditions, thanks to a mercenary and soul-less education. According to Sri Aurobindo, this situation can only be corrected if education can figure out… Continue reading Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art

Inner View · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

On Divine Grace

The entire existence, this world is a gradual self-expression and manifestation of the Divine, says the Indian spiritual tradition. But without the vision to experience the world, and everything and everyone in the world, as a manifestation of the Divine, and more importantly, without the experience of our own self as a manifestation and as… Continue reading On Divine Grace

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Learning Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

“All great artistic work proceeds from an act of intuition, not really an intellectual idea or a splendid imagination,— these are only mental translations,— but a direct intuition of some truth of life or being, some significant form of that truth, some development of it in the mind of man.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 20,… Continue reading Learning Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Monsoon Musings

  The Northeast Monsoon has been pouring out its gifts at the Bay of Bengal — sometimes a bit too excessively.  On this day as the rain gods seem to be taking a bit of a break, I find myself recalling and reflecting on some lines from Savitri, which I happened to read last evening. … Continue reading Monsoon Musings

Inner View · Reminders to self · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise

Let us accept it. We all have this problem, this difficulty, this shortcoming, this imperfection. This hunger for praise by others. It is one of the most serious difficulties or imperfections we come across when we walk the path of becoming self-aware, especially becoming aware of the nature of this part of our being called… Continue reading Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise