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

Indian Culture · Inner View · Reminders to self · Spirituality beyond Religion

Life and Mind

Life, a field for progress. An actual, real, throbbing, vibrant, pulsating, living field for putting to real, outward test whatever little progress there might have been on the inside. Is that inner progress real? Life asks the question, we have to answer it. Mind generally has a tendency to enjoy processing various kinds of inputs… Continue reading Life and Mind

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

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

This simple formula — Wash, Rinse, Repeat — is not only good for our hair, it works wonders for one’s mind and heart as well. Yes, the mind and heart also need some good, regular cleansing. The dirt and dust left over from small, medium and big stresses, the dryness and dullness resulting from all sorts of repetitive and mundane… Continue reading Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Current Events · Mother India · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Reading Political Speeches – 2

CONTINUED FROM PART 1     I became more at ease when I accepted a partly-colonized, partly-decolonized consciousness as part of the modern day educated Indian experience. I felt mentally calm enough to accept that it is part of how I interpret my experience and that of others. But I also realized that this was… Continue reading Reading Political Speeches – 2

Current Events · Mother India · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Reading Political Speeches – 1

Last week, in honour of the Indian Independence Day, a special article on Sri Aurobindo, the revolutionary was shared on our sister blog, Matriwords. This two-part reflective post may be seen as a continuation of that theme.    May 2006. At my suburban home in the Midwestern United States. I was stuck in bed with a… Continue reading Reading Political Speeches – 1

Indian Culture · Indian Religion · When a Picture Leads

Stone Worshipers

Sometimes when you are browsing through the photo folder on your computer, you come across some old photograph which takes you on a little meditation of sorts. Bringing you to an insight, an understanding or a realization perhaps, but more like a remembrance of something. Something you had read long time ago. Something you thought you… Continue reading Stone Worshipers

Reminders to self · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

    Remember the game you played as a teenager? He/she loves me, he/she loves me not.  Well, it seems to me that in some ways we don’t really outgrow the silly game. In our not-so-poised moments, we may find ourselves second-guessing the love the ‘others’ in our lives may have for us. On some level,… Continue reading She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Education · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Inner Light for the Intellect

Last month, my young nephew who is now in the last year of his high school came to visit me for a few days. And in one of our conversations about his studies and his future academic plans the topic swerved over to more serious stuff. We discussed questions such as: why compulsory schooling, why study certain subjects, and finally, who… Continue reading Inner Light for the Intellect

Indian Culture · Indian Religion · Inner View · Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Saras, That Which Flows: Let the Inspiration Flow

So much is constantly happening in the life and the world around us. There is so much darkness, so much falsehood, so much ignorance, so much suffering. Within us. All around us. It is so easy to be sucked in by all that. So easy to forget that there is a whole other way of being. No,… Continue reading Saras, That Which Flows: Let the Inspiration Flow

Beauty · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spirituality beyond Religion

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

Mother India · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

Freedom: What is it for?

MUSINGS ON THIS 15 AUGUST (To see readers’ comments on this post, click HERE to visit the blog’s previous version.) August 15 is Sri Aurobindo‘s birthday. It is also India’s Independence Day. What better day than today to recall and meditate on following words of his: Our first necessity, if India is to survive and… Continue reading Freedom: What is it for?

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India’s Daughters: They Make it Happen

Sometimes you don’t need too many of your words. You just need to be an instrument to spread the words of others. No, not just the words, but the works, the really good, noble and inspiring works of others. Today’s post is like that.  Today’s post is about India’s daughters who make me proud to… Continue reading India’s Daughters: They Make it Happen