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Reminder to Reject

Once again I am reminded of the need for constantly becoming aware of those countless little, pesky flaws in my nature that stand in the way of making the inner aspiration more sincere and true and complete. Once again I am reminded that the path to becoming self-aware and gaining even a tiny bit of… Continue reading Reminder to Reject

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Divinity in Details

The intricately carved pillars lead you into the chamber of Beauty and Divinity. Beauty in Divinity; Divinity in Beauty.  Your eyes want to linger on the details of the pillars, take in every piece of carving and beauty. At the same time the inner quietude pulls you in. Disciple: Is form inseparable from the experience of beauty? Sri… Continue reading Divinity in Details

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Remember the Truth

We are living in the days of post-truth and alt-facts. Whatever these terms mean, or may not mean. We are living in the times when everything and anything is available for ‘re-telling’ and ‘re-interpretation.’ When all [his/her]stories from the collective memory of a people are being twisted and re-twisted in the name of ‘artistic license’ and… Continue reading Remember the Truth

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Surrender to the Guru

Every time I find myself getting somewhat lost or scattered in the multiplicity of noises coming from here and there, I feel this deep need to go back to the basics, I mean the most basic fundamentals of the path I aspire to pursue. This is one of the ways I have discovered which helps me to re-gain my inner poise,… Continue reading Surrender to the Guru

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An Afternoon at Ajanta

First published in Next Future, an e-magazine of Sri Aurobindo Society (July 2016) “The first and lowest use of Art is the purely aesthetic, the second is the intellectual or educative, the third and highest the spiritual. By speaking of the aesthetic use as the lowest, we do not wish to imply that it is… Continue reading An Afternoon at Ajanta

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Show Me the Money!

Money is the talk of the town these days, actually of the whole nation. And of course, we know the reason. From the corrupt politicians whose stacks of cash suddenly became useless overnight to the mafia of the fake currency industry who found themselves out of business; from terrorists of all hues and their propagandists who relied on loads… Continue reading Show Me the Money!

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Nine, who are One

Navaratri special post: Nine nights of the Divine Mother. Some invoke Her in nine forms and names, some in three, some in four, some innumerable.  “The One whom we adore as the Mother is the divine Conscious Force that dominates all existence, one and yet so many-sided that to follow her movement is impossible even for the quickest… Continue reading Nine, who are One

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The Love of the Gopis

A special post on Krishna Janmashtami Since times immemorial, Sri Krishna and His Lila remain a captivating source of inspiration for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, dancers, storytellers and all types of classical, folk, traditional and contemporary artists in India. Krishna as balgopal stealing butter, his childhood antics and pranks, his acts of remarkable and extraordinary valour and courage,… Continue reading The Love of the Gopis

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Reading Political Speeches – 2

CONTINUED FROM PART 1     I became more at ease when I accepted a partly-colonized, partly-decolonized consciousness as part of the modern day educated Indian experience. I felt mentally calm enough to accept that it is part of how I interpret my experience and that of others. But I also realized that this was… Continue reading Reading Political Speeches – 2

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Reading Political Speeches – 1

Last week, in honour of the Indian Independence Day, a special article on Sri Aurobindo, the revolutionary was shared on our sister blog, Matriwords. This two-part reflective post may be seen as a continuation of that theme.    May 2006. At my suburban home in the Midwestern United States. I was stuck in bed with a… Continue reading Reading Political Speeches – 1

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Of Knots and Freedom

A special post for the special occasion of August 15, the birthday of Sri Aurobindo (15 August, 1872- 5 December, 1950) as well as the Indian Independence day.  A day meant to celebrate the spirit of freedom. The truer, inner freedom.   A post that hopes to remind us of the various knots we tie around and… Continue reading Of Knots and Freedom

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Being Human (Guest Post)

  I am very pleased to share today some of the photographic work of a talented, not-yet-18 young man, who happens to be my nephew. Pranav is a sensitive, introvert and quieter-than-his-(teen)age type of fellow, who sometimes uses poetry and prose to give an expression to his pondering, questioning and reflecting. On other occasions he… Continue reading Being Human (Guest Post)