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A Collection Of Teachings Of Sri Aurobindo On Various Topics

True quietude is a very great force, a very great strength. Man becomes God and human activity reaches its highest and noblest when it succeeds in bringing body, heart and mind in touch with spirit. Desire is the chief enemy of spiritual perfection. Calmness belongs to the strong. Man’s greatness is not in what heContinue reading “A Collection Of Teachings Of Sri Aurobindo On Various Topics”

India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word

“India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle ofContinue reading “India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word”

Modi leads plans to mark 150th birth anniversary of Aurobindo

Great Indian philosopher’s message and work offer unique vision for global well-being. By A fortunate coincidence, India marks its 75th anniversary as a free country at the same time as the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Aurobindo (1872-1950) was a poet, revolutionary, philosopher, mystic, and yogi par excellence. He was not interested in hugeContinue reading “Modi leads plans to mark 150th birth anniversary of Aurobindo”

For Sri Aurobindo, Indian ‘Renaissance’ Was Bigger Than Just Imitating the West

On August 15, 1947, India attained independence from the British Raj. Seventy-five years earlier on the same day Sri Aurobindo, a great yogi and a spiritual reformist, was born, who was one of the pioneers of the Indian independence movement. Aurobindo’s father Dr Krishnadhan Bose was a professional doctor in England. Krishnadhan was so influencedContinue reading “For Sri Aurobindo, Indian ‘Renaissance’ Was Bigger Than Just Imitating the West”

Remembering Sri Aurobindo on his 150th birth anniversary 

As we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence, another exceptional event calls our attention—the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, the revolutionary turned mystic, the supramental sage. Addressing this coincidence, in a message to All India Radio broadcast on August 15, 1947, he wrote, “I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanctionContinue reading “Remembering Sri Aurobindo on his 150th birth anniversary “

Sri Aurobindo, Indian nationalist, poet, philosopher and spiritual Guru

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo, Indian nationalist, poet, philosopher and spiritual Guru was born in Calcutta on 15th August 1872. Sri Aurobindo spent his formative years in England studying at St Paul’s and Trinity College where he excelled in the study of Literature and the Classics. In 1892 he returned to India where he became heavily involved in the Indian independence movement. HeContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo, Indian nationalist, poet, philosopher and spiritual Guru”

DD to telecast Sri Aurobindo documentary

DD to telecast Sri Aurobindo documentary on Aug 14-15. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, Doordarshan will premiere his films ‘The Transformation’ and ‘Naya Janma’. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, Doordarshan willContinue reading “DD to telecast Sri Aurobindo documentary”

Auroville launches month-long festival to mark Sri Aurobindo’s sesquicentennial celebrations

Month-long programmes have been conceived to offer glimpses of Sri Aurobindo’s wisdom as a revolutionary, poet, seer and guide to a larger audience. Auroville set the ball rolling on the “Invocation-the Gnostic Festival”, a series of events coinciding with Sri Aurobindo’s sesquicentennial celebrations and the 75th Independence anniversary, by engaging former civil servant D.R. KarthikeyanContinue reading “Auroville launches month-long festival to mark Sri Aurobindo’s sesquicentennial celebrations”

The strength of stillness

By Sri Aurobindo (1910) There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. Silence acts, speech gives the impulse to action. Silence compels, speech persuades. The immense and inscrutable processes of the world all perfect themselves within, in a deep and august silence, covered by a noisy and misleading surfaceContinue reading “The strength of stillness”

Habituating your consciousness to draw upon helpful forces

“If there are always forces around which are concerned to depress and discourage, there are always forces above and around us which we can draw upon, – draw into ourselves to restore, to fill up again with strength and faith and joy and the power that perseveres and conquers. It is really a habit thatContinue reading “Habituating your consciousness to draw upon helpful forces”

PM Narendra Modi leads plans to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Aurobindo

The great Indian philosopher’s message and work offer unique vision for global well-being. It is the fortunate coincidence that India’s 75th anniversary as a free country also concurs with Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birthday. Aurobindo (1872-1950) was a poet, revolutionary, philosopher, mystic, and yogi par excellence. Sri Aurobindo was never interested in huge statues, grandiose projects,Continue reading “PM Narendra Modi leads plans to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Aurobindo”

Lt. Governor inaugurates a 10-day photo exhibition at the Ashram

A 10-day exhibition showcasing rare photographs of revolutionary poet-cum-nationalist Sri Aurobindo is on at the Exhibition hall of Aurobindo Ashram near the beach.. Lt. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday inaugurated the event in the presence of Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, Speaker R. Selvam and Minister for Public Works K. Lakshminarayanan. The exhibition features some ofContinue reading “Lt. Governor inaugurates a 10-day photo exhibition at the Ashram”

Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

By the time he had moved back to Calcutta in 1906, the state had been split in half by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India. The British claimed this schism was ‘administrative’, but it was largely an attempt to quell burgeoning political dissent in the region.  The partitioning of Bengal – a prime example of BritishContinue reading “Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh”

Sri Aurobindo – principles of true teaching

“The business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material” – Sri Aurobindo – The Human Cycle Published in JuneContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo – principles of true teaching”

The Mothers founding principles of Auroville

Auroville

The founding principles of Auroville are as follows: “Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages. AurovilleContinue reading “The Mothers founding principles of Auroville”

The Methods and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo developed an education system which is popularly known as integral education. Integral Education aims at bringing about change not merely in the society but primarily in the human behaviour or nature itself. Therefore it seeks to help the individual as follows: 1. To develop an integrate personality of both the pupil & theContinue reading “The Methods and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo”

150th birth anniversary year of Sri Aurobindo: ‘Govt committed to helping in Auroville expansion plan’

Founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa – known as ‘The Mother’ – Auroville currently has a population of 3200 people, with the Auroville Foundation owning 3,300 acres of land. A plan, known as the Galaxy Plan, envisages a city of 50,000 residents. The government is committed to expanding Auroville into a ‘city’ in line withContinue reading “150th birth anniversary year of Sri Aurobindo: ‘Govt committed to helping in Auroville expansion plan’”

150 Universities Should Be Involved In Writing Papers On Sri Aurobindo’s Life: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday suggested that 150 universities across the country should be involved in writing papers on different aspects of spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo’s life and philosophy to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that 150 universities across the country should be involved in writing papers on differentContinue reading “150 Universities Should Be Involved In Writing Papers On Sri Aurobindo’s Life: Prime Minister”

A look at India’s first modernist building, Golconde in Pondicherry

This is the first reinforced-concrete structure in India, predating Chandigarh’s and Ahmedabad’s modern architecture. Golconde in Pondicherry was completed in 1945. It was built as a dormitory for members—ashramites, as they are called—of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It might be easily overlooked from the street, but walk through the singular discreet wooden door with aContinue reading “A look at India’s first modernist building, Golconde in Pondicherry”

Guiding Light: The drive of desire and the spiritual path

Most men are, like animals, driven by the forces of Nature: Whatever desires come, they fulfil them, whatever emotions come they allow them to play, whatever physical wants they have, they try to satisfy. We say then that the activities and feelings of men are controlled by their Prakriti, and mostly by the vital andContinue reading “Guiding Light: The drive of desire and the spiritual path”

Documentary on Auroville’s afforestation project to be screened at ChangeNow summit.

‘I am excited and proud that my film will be screening alongside Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary Breaking Boundaries,’ says Aurovillian Christoph Pohl. Aurovillian Christoph Pohl’s documentary Ever Slow Green, which tells the story of Auroville’s unique afforestation project that took root on an eroded desert plateau in Villupuram district, has been officially selected for screening at the prestigiousContinue reading “Documentary on Auroville’s afforestation project to be screened at ChangeNow summit.”

Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

In 1879, a young Indian boy arrived in England from Calcutta (now Kolkata), in the state of Bengal, sent by his father to receive a British education. Aurobindo Ghosh showed enormous promise and would go on to receive a scholarship to study classics at King’s College, Cambridge. By the time he had moved back toContinue reading “Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh”

In Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, a vision for spiritual consciousness

‘Kavi’ does not just mean ‘poet’. In classical Sanskrit, the term was used for any maker of prose or verse. In Vedic times, it had an even simpler definition—anyone who saw and sang. It is with this context that viewers were introduced to ‘Sri Aurobindo—The Kavi’, a webinar event conducted Friday by Sri Aurobindo FoundationContinue reading “In Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, a vision for spiritual consciousness”

Comprehensive and up to date botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry

The Sri Aurobindo Trust sponsored a comprehensive study into the botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry. Main GoalThe present study meets two objectives: Identifying the plant species, preparing and publishing a photographic flora Distribution map of endemic and RET species found in Merveille, extending to thePondicherry Bio-region. Output As a result ofContinue reading “Comprehensive and up to date botanical survey of Merveille and its surrounding area, Pondicherry”

The Ashram

The ashram

Created in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has grown, under the Mother’s guidance, from a small group of a small group of disciples into a diverse community of almost 2,000 members. Counting the 400 students of the Centre of Education and the hundreds of devotees who live close to the Ashram, the larger community consistsContinue reading “The Ashram”

Sri Aurobindo Exhibition

Sri Aurobindo

The exhibition “Sri Aurobindo & The Mother, The Advent of a New World” was created as a permanent exhibition for the Auroville Visitors Center in 2014.Conceived as a meditative journey through Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s vision and action, it displays some of their most essential and inspiring texts,and it is illustrated with photos andContinue reading “Sri Aurobindo Exhibition”

The Spirit of Auroville Exhibition

The Spitit Of Auroville

The permanent exhibition ‘Auroville, The City the Earth Needs’ has been created on the occasion of Auroville’s fiftieth birthday and was inaugurated on the 28th of February 2018.Conceived as an exploration of the Auroville’s Charter and it’s four main themes — Karma Yoga, Unending Education, The Cradle of a New World and Human Unity —,itContinue reading “The Spirit of Auroville Exhibition”

Divine Ananda

Sri Aurobindo

The yoga we practice is not for ourselves alone, but for the Divine; its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world, to effect a spiritual transformation and to bring down a divine nature and a divine life into the mental, vital and physical nature and life of humanity.

Letters on Yoga

Letters on Yoga

“The spiritual life (adhyatma-jivana), the religious life (dharma-jivana) and the ordinary human life of which morality is a part are three quite different things and one must know which one desires and not confuse the three together.

Sri Aurobindo and the Earth’s Future

Earth

Sometimes a great wandering Thought sees the ages still unaccomplished, seizes the Force in its eternal flow and precipitates upon earth the powerful vision, which is like a power of realizing what it sees. The world is a vision becoming real. Indeed its past and its present are not the result of an obscure impulse coming from the womb of time, of a slow accumulation of sediments which little by little mold us—and stifle us and imprison us. It is the powerful golden attraction of the future which draws us in spite of ourselves, as the sun draws the lotus from the mud, and forces us to a glory greater than any our mud or efforts or present triumphs could have foreseen or created.

Auroville Afforestation Schemes

Auroville Afforestation Schemes

Today it’s difficult to pick up any publication without reading about the state of the environment. But the first Aurovilians, struggling in the late sixties, early seventies to gain a foothold on a scorched and almost barren plateau in south India, did not agonise over pH-levels, the destruction of the ozone layer or the greenhouse effect. They had no choice. They dug, they planted, they watered. And this basic, uncomplicated approach, taken up by many others and refined over the years, has made Auroville what it is today – a comparatively green and pleasant land which is the indispensable physical base for its dreams and its experiments.

To be a True Aurovilian…

David Klammer Matrimandir Auroville

The first necessity is the inner discovery in order to know what one truly is behind social, moral, cultural, racial and hereditary appearances.
At the centre there is a being free, vast and knowing, who awaits our discovery and who ought to become the active centre of our being and our life in Auroville.

Looking for Trustees

People Coffee Meeting Team

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have a passion for the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. We are keen to recruit those who may have some interest in charity, education or similar. Enthusiasm and the ability to think creatively, working alongside a small Trustee Board and Senior Management Team.

SOAS University Partnership Agreeement

SOAS University Partnership Agreement

SOAS, University of London has formally signed a new partnership agreement with the Sri Aurobindo Trust in order to launch a brand new module – ‘Modern Indian Philosophy with a focus on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother’. Sri Aurobindo Trust Dr Erica Hunter; Professor Nirmala Rao; Pruthvish Patel, Sri Aurobindo Trust TreasurerContinue reading “SOAS University Partnership Agreeement”