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Sri Aurobindo on the Significance of the Ramayana (Video)

The Ramayana has given to the Indian mind figures to be loved and imitated. “The portrayals of Rama and Sita are full of the living truth of the ideal life, of the greatness that a man and woman may be and does become when the innermost part of one’s being, the soul, is given a… Continue reading Sri Aurobindo on the Significance of the Ramayana (Video)

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ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Prayer

Originally posted on matriwords:
The theme for this edition of ऋतश्री is – Prayer. Prayer is one of the most common practices we have to connect with the Divine, to establish a relation with the Divine. Whether it is for a small personal, material object or some larger and less self-centered one, most of us…

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“A nexus between the physical and supraphysical”

“The image to the Hindu is a physical symbol and support of the supraphysical; it is a basis for the meeting between the embodied mind and sense of man and the supraphysical power, force or presence which he worships and with which he wishes to communicate. But the average European has small faith in disembodied… Continue reading “A nexus between the physical and supraphysical”

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ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Protection

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Today we explore the theme — Protection. Divine always protects. But we have to become worthy of that divine protection. We have to protect that tiny flame of aspiration that burns within. We have to be vigilant and be on our guard against all sorts of forces that seek to deviate…

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Unselfishness and Selflessness

Words so deeply inspiring, bringing so much clarity, so much wisdom…you can’t just read them once, twice or thrice. You have to read them again, and then again after a few days, and then again after a few weeks or months, and of course you must read them again after a few years. This is… Continue reading Unselfishness and Selflessness

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Of Ram and Ramlīla

“It is a singular and as yet unexplained phenomenon in the psychology of mankind that out of so many magnificent civilisations, so many powerful, cultured and vigorous nations and empires whose names and deeds crowd the pages of history, only a select few have been able to develop a thoroughly original and self-revealing literature. Still… Continue reading Of Ram and Ramlīla

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Prayer, On My Mind, In My Heart

  In the spirit of Navaratri…   “The efficacy of prayer is often doubted and prayer itself supposed to be a thing irrational and necessarily superfluous and ineffective. It is true that the universal will executes always its aim and cannot be deflected by egoistic propitiation and entreaty, it is true of the Transcendent who… Continue reading Prayer, On My Mind, In My Heart

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The Great World-Mother

Once during his Baroda years, Sri Aurobindo visited a Kali temple on the bank of the Narmada river. Recounting that visit, he later said: “With my Europeanised mind I had no faith in image worship and I hardly believed in the presence of God. I went to Kemali where there are several temples. There is… Continue reading The Great World-Mother

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Of India’s Destiny and Indian Painting

Going through the pictures of some of my personal favourite paintings representing various Indian schools and traditions, including some by famous Indian artists, my mind started to wonder if these paintings have something to say about the past, present and future of India’s civilisational march. The result is this small tapestry that interweaves the pictures… Continue reading Of India’s Destiny and Indian Painting

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Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

The decluttering and reorganising continues on this space…. ***** Sometime back at the suggestion of a friend, I had expanded and revised an old blog post on Art Appreciation, for possible publication in a Sri Aurobindo related journal. The article was published in the August 2019 issue of New Race: A Journal of Integral Studies,… Continue reading Art Appreciation with Sri Aurobindo

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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