I recently had the opportunity to curate December 2021 issue of Sri Aurobindo’s Action Journal dedicated to the theme of Nature. To be more specific, I was guided primarily by the idea of love for Nature, a love for Mother Earth. After much reading and reflecting, I finalised on a diversity of selections from various… Continue reading The Tree is in the Lord
Light heals. Dawn is an assurance that Light is right behind. Dawn reminds us to turn our gaze towards the Light, because the Night will soon end. Dawn is a promise of a forward movement…towards Light, Hope, Beauty and Truth.
“…as day is the symbol of a time of activity, night of a time of inactivity, so dawn images the imperfect but pregnant beginnings of regular cosmic action; it is the Being’s movement forward, it is its impulse to look out at the universe in which it finds itself and looking towards it, to yearn, to desire to enter upon possession of a world which looks so bright because of the brightness of the gaze that is turned upon it.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 18: 278)
Offered with a prayer for Light, Love, Peace and Healing
About the video: One morning bright and early, just when the Sun was about to rise, he ran up the stairs to our rooftop and fixed his camera on a tripod to catch those glorious moments when night was about to transformed into dawn. About an hour of video footage condensed into a short timelapse Sunrise is the result.
Originally posted on matriwords: Today we explore the theme — Protection. Divine always protects. But we have to become worthy of that divine protection. We have to protect that tiny flame of aspiration that burns within. We have to be vigilant and be on our guard against all sorts of forces that seek to deviate…
Originally posted on matriwords: This third part of the series ‘ऋतश्री – the True Beauty,’ explores the theme – Dawn. The following lines from Sri Aurobindo, taken from his commentary on the opening section of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, describe perfectly the deeper symbolism of Dawn for an aspirant on the path of Light. “…as day…
We have all been there. In moments – though they feel much, much longer than moments at the time – of hopelessness, feeling harassed by circumstances and happenings that feel suffocating, depressing and unbearable. We have all done it. Ask questions like – why do these things happen to me? Why me? Why now? When… Continue reading Hope
“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
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
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
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Today on this World Environment Day, I certainly feel rich! I feel rich when I see the beauty and blessings of Mother Nature in my little garden. Today I remember the little sapling of Rangoon Creeper that we had planted in a little corner of… Continue reading Do I Feel Rich Today?
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. To read the first part of the story, click here. He had offered her a life of beauty, a life with nature, trees, flowers and butterflies. She had said yes, a big happy yes. That’s exactly what she had wanted too. But something changed.… Continue reading Priceless are the Moments….Part II
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. He knew he had to capture it. That sight. That moment. For his love. Dangling on the chain was that beauty he knew his love would love. A thin little branch, a chain of the big tree of life, and there it was dangling… Continue reading Priceless are the Moments…Part I
Remember this post I did about a beautiful photograph? And how on some quick search it turned out that the photograph is a still from a film called Bright Star based on the love letters written by John Keats to his beloved Fanny Brawne in the last four years of his life? Well you may… Continue reading Mr. Keats and Ms. Brawne