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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

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

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

Guest Post · Spirituality beyond Religion · When a Picture Leads · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

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)

"All Music is Only the Sound of His Laughter" · Indian Culture · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

His Excellency, Stop – No Eating Here!

For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Wondering about the title of this post: “His Excellency, Stop – No Eating Here!”? This message was conveyed by none other than the great Santoor Maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma at a special concert held in Pondicherry in March 2014. And this message was conveyed… Continue reading His Excellency, Stop – No Eating Here!

Personal reflections

More to Come Still….

One year. Of much happenings. Unforeseen and predictable. Irreplaceable losses, indescribable gains. Unexpected visits, unsurprising truths. Unimaginable moments. Of involving, of witnessing. Of turmoil, of calm. Of pain, of healing. Of questioning, of acceptance. Of battle, of surrender. Through it all, one love has been constant. Supporting, motivating, comforting. A conditional love. Yes. Because unless… Continue reading More to Come Still….

Beauty · Spirituality beyond Religion

We Pray that It will be Done in Beauty….

It has been a while since my last post…critical matters of heart, matters of life have become the sole occupation. And while that still remains so the following words on my Facebook feed this morning resonated deeply. To pray, you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole… Continue reading We Pray that It will be Done in Beauty….