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

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

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

Guest Post · Inner View · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

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)

Indian Culture · Indian Religion · Inner View · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Hare Krishna

A Krishna Janamashtami Special   For the last couple of weeks I have been reading and thinking about a few things on Indian Art, especially focusing on the theme of spirituality in Indian Art. It has been a wonderful learning so far, and someday hope to go deeper into what is now a very preliminary… Continue reading Hare Krishna

Beauty · Guest Post · Inner View · Spiritual Significance of Flowers

Flowers, Home, Saris and More

  She definitely has a way with words. Regular readers of Dagny know what an inspiring and inspired writer she is. But there is also another side to the nature of her inspiration which I have recently experienced. Her words have the ability to quieten me down, making me ready to discover that deep and calm… Continue reading Flowers, Home, Saris and More

Education · Indian Culture · Personal reflections · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Should Dance Educate? How?

  Sri Aurobindo once wrote: “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 not of immense value to humanity, but simply… Continue reading Should Dance Educate? How?

Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

A Poet and A Painter: एक कवि और एक चित्रकार

To read readers’ comments on the previous ‘blogger’ version of this post, click here.   आज से ९ वर्ष पूर्व ३१ अक्टूबर २००५ को भारत की एक प्रसिद्ध कवियत्री और लेखिका इस दुनिया को छोड़ दूसरी दुनिया में जा बसी। अमृता प्रीतम की दर्द भरी कविताओं और संवेदनशील कहानिंयों एवं उपन्यासों ने भारतीय साहित्य के अनगिनत प्रेमियों के दिलो-दिमाग़ में अपना… Continue reading A Poet and A Painter: एक कवि और एक चित्रकार

Beauty · Education · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Do Not Imitate

To see readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. There are times when all you need to do is stop trying. Stop trying to know, understand, explain, decipher, imagine, make sense of, struggle. You don’t need to.   These are times when you just need to be ready. Ready to be in the… Continue reading Do Not Imitate