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

Of Flowers, Opening and Receptivity

It has been about 13 years. And I still remember that late afternoon as if it was yesterday. While walking home from the place where I worked at the time, I came across an amazing little beautiful flower, deep pink in colour. It looked like some wildflower or some that we normally refer to as… Continue reading Of Flowers, Opening and Receptivity

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

“A Mighty Guidance”

Certainly, not all is well with the world today. I don’t have to give any examples to prove this fact. Certainly, not all will get well with the world any time soon. I don’t have to give any reasons to explain why. Certainly, not all well-wishers of the world, who are more in love with… Continue reading “A Mighty Guidance”

Beauty · Education · Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Enough With the Clichés on Change

Change is the only constant, it is often said. But nothing in the world is as simple as a cliché. We must dig a bit deeper if we want to get closer to the truth. What kind of change are they talking about who speak of constant change? Is it only an outer change? Or… Continue reading Enough With the Clichés on Change

Guest Post · Inner View · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Simplicity and Eternity of Love (Guest Post by Dilip Kumar Roy)

  “…[love] exists by itself and its movement is free and independent of the objects in which and through which it manifests. It manifests wherever it finds a possibility for manifestation, wherever there is receptivity, wherever there is some opening for it. What you call love and think of as a personal or individual thing… Continue reading Simplicity and Eternity of Love (Guest Post by Dilip Kumar Roy)

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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

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