Beauty · Inner View · Personal reflections · Reminders to self

Four Lessons from Home Renovation

During the months of December 2018 and January 2019, we spent about 5 weeks getting several long-overdue renovation and repair projects completed around the home. The projects involved all sorts of works including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and some basic landscape designing — pretty much everything. There still remains some major painting work, but that… Continue reading Four Lessons from Home Renovation

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View

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

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

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

The Love of the Gopis

A special post on Krishna Janmashtami Since times immemorial, Sri Krishna and His Lila remain a captivating source of inspiration for painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, dancers, storytellers and all types of classical, folk, traditional and contemporary artists in India. Krishna as balgopal stealing butter, his childhood antics and pranks, his acts of remarkable and extraordinary valour and courage,… Continue reading The Love of the Gopis

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

And So I Wait…

      I have nothing to write today. Actually, it has been days since I have written anything. I mean anything that means something. I mean, that which really means something to me, first of all. Yes I have written a few things on the net here and there, a comment on someone’s blog… Continue reading And So I Wait…

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?

Education · Indian Culture · Mother India

Bring Back the Joy to School

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his interaction with students spoke about the importance of a joyful childhood, of children experiencing joy and thrill of learning something new, of children being children. A few days ago, one of my articles on education focusing on this very aspect of bringing joy back to the school was… Continue reading Bring Back the Joy to School

Indian Culture · Personal reflections · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

An Extraordinary Moment

For readers’ comments, please click HERE for its previous version. August 2012. I stood there. In awe. In front of That. Couldn’t move my eyes off That. And in a few seconds it happened. The tears started flowing. Tears that must flow when your heart is so full, so very full that it just doesn’t… Continue reading An Extraordinary Moment