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Revisiting an Old Story from Seven Years Back

I had written a story on January 19, 2015 – twenty-five years after that dreadful date of January 19, 1990. And put it on my blog a day later, January 20th. A few months later, I sent it out to an online literary magazine which I used to read during those days. They liked the… Continue reading Revisiting an Old Story from Seven Years Back

Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

The Mother of God – A Poem by Sri Aurobindo

A humble offering on the Mother’s 144th birthday, February 21, 2022 The Mother of God A conscious and eternal Power is here Behind unhappiness and mortal birth And the error of Thought and blundering trudge of Time. The Mother of God, his sister and his spouse, Daughter of his wisdom, of his might the mate,… Continue reading The Mother of God – A Poem by Sri Aurobindo

Beauty · Indian Culture · Indian Religion · Inner View · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

The Tree is in the Lord

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

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

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Simplicity

Originally posted on matriwords:
For this edition of ऋतश्री we take up the theme Simplicity. The Mother once said: “Spirituality is supreme?simplicity. ” (CWM, 14:151) And yet we keep on complicating it all. Why? Because we lack true spontaneity, true sincerity. And because we allow the extremely limited capacity of this instrument called mind which…

Beauty · Indian Culture · Inner View · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spiritual Significance of Flowers · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Protection

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…

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

Unselfishness and Selflessness

Words so deeply inspiring, bringing so much clarity, so much wisdom…you can’t just read them once, twice or thrice. You have to read them again, and then again after a few days, and then again after a few weeks or months, and of course you must read them again after a few years. This is… Continue reading Unselfishness and Selflessness

Beauty · Inner View · Satyam Shivam Sundaram · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

ऋतश्री, the True Beauty – Dawn

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…

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

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

Monsoon Musings

  The Northeast Monsoon has been pouring out its gifts at the Bay of Bengal — sometimes a bit too excessively.  On this day as the rain gods seem to be taking a bit of a break, I find myself recalling and reflecting on some lines from Savitri, which I happened to read last evening. … Continue reading Monsoon Musings

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

Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise

Let us accept it. We all have this problem, this difficulty, this shortcoming, this imperfection. This hunger for praise by others. It is one of the most serious difficulties or imperfections we come across when we walk the path of becoming self-aware, especially becoming aware of the nature of this part of our being called… Continue reading Agni, a Cure for the Hunger for Praise

Indian Religion · Mother India · Spirituality beyond Religion · Words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo

A Note on the Future of Inter-religious Harmony in India

    [The following is an excerpt from a longer essay titled ‘Hinduism and the Future of Inter-religious Harmony in India’ published in my e-book – The Thinking Indian: Essays on Indian Socio-cultural Matters in the Light of Sri Aurobindo.] Let us now go a bit deeper to see if Sri Aurobindo means something more… Continue reading A Note on the Future of Inter-religious Harmony in India