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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

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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 · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Of Art, Love and Creation

It was one of those afternoons when you simply don’t feel like doing anything. All you want to do is just be. On one such afternoon, I lazily walked around my home with no purpose or aim in mind, nothing to organize, nothing to sort, nothing to do except just be. My eyes wandered around… Continue reading Of Art, Love and Creation

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

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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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

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

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

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

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

Current Events · Indian Culture · Indian Religion · Inner View · Mother India · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

She, who rides the Lion

Ma Durga is in news these days. No, not because it is Durga Puja time.  But because the Asura is in news these days.  A bunch of folks who see themselves as the voice of the marginalised, the advocate of the down-trodden, the champion of the oppressed have been made the ‘news of the hour’ by some vested… Continue reading She, who rides the Lion

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The Golden Day Special (Guest post by Margaret Phanes)

It gives me great joy to introduce this very special guest post. Margaret Phanes is a dear friend, whom I have never met in person but feel a deep friendship with because of our shared love for the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. I have known her for many years now. She and I regularly interacted via emails… Continue reading The Golden Day Special (Guest post by Margaret Phanes)

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

Of Artist’s Ego, Art for Art’s Sake, Consciousness and More (a non-review of Katyar Kaljat Ghusali)

A couple of weeks ago I watched a Marathi film (with English subtitles as I don’t know Marathi) titled, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (translated, A dagger through the heart). Before watching the film, I didn’t know much about the plot nor had I read any reviews (as per my normal habit), except that I had seen some youtube clips… Continue reading Of Artist’s Ego, Art for Art’s Sake, Consciousness and More (a non-review of Katyar Kaljat Ghusali)

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

Musings on Peace, Harmony and the Art of Spaces

For readers’ comments, click here for previous version of this blog.   The other day I was working at my desk, fully absorbed in reading a big document on my laptop, highlighting some points, trying to make sense of others, when I suddenly looked up. And this is the view I saw from the window… Continue reading Musings on Peace, Harmony and the Art of Spaces

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When Art Opens toward Ananda

A new post in the series – Satyam Shivam Sundaram A series featuring inspiring words from various sources, words that speak of timeless truths, words that remind me of the deeper and hidden truth behind surface events and phenomena, words that shine light when all seems dark, words that are just what I need –… Continue reading When Art Opens toward Ananda