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

Love and Nature

“Love of Nature is usually the sign of a pure and healthy being uncorrupted by modern civilisation. It is in the silence of a peaceful mind that one can best commune with Nature.” (The Mother, CWM 16: 401) What is Nature? When this question was once asked of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, she… Continue reading Love and Nature

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

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

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

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

On Divine Grace

The entire existence, this world is a gradual self-expression and manifestation of the Divine, says the Indian spiritual tradition. But without the vision to experience the world, and everything and everyone in the world, as a manifestation of the Divine, and more importantly, without the experience of our own self as a manifestation and as… Continue reading On Divine Grace

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

When Everything was Perfect

That moment, that morning everything was perfect. Just for a few moments, everything was right, just right, just perfect. Everything was in the right place, as it should be. Nothing was amiss, nothing was wrong. Can it be so? Can it all be perfect? That moment that morning it all was. I had gone out… Continue reading When Everything was Perfect

Inner View · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion

Practicing Harmony

We practice harmony when we place things in an order that feels just right. Things outside, things inside. Things tangible, things intangible. Things physical, things subtle. We practice harmony when things placed in the right order bring a quietness within. The quietude that brings a calm equality toward everything. Everything around us, everything within. We practice harmony when the calm equality… Continue reading Practicing Harmony

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

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

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

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

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

Did I miss a birthday?

I almost missed my blog’s birthday. It was quite late in the evening that I remembered that my blog completed three years yesterday. Not only that, I remembered this morning that earlier this month Matriwords our research blog also had its first birthday.  How to mark this special occasion of two birthdays in a month? Well, simply by… Continue reading Did I miss a birthday?

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)