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Posts Tagged ‘Yoga’

Yoga Day at Ilaignarkal Centre

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, I went to the Ilaignarkal Education Centre to witness the all day yoga celebration. In this segment, I interview Meenakshi and Anand, the principal organizers of the event as well as two participants. Tune in for the inspiring account of the Centre’s efforts to disseminate Indian history and culture to the youth as well as Anand’s haunting and beautiful Vedic hymns.

Ashesh Joshi on his new book

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, I talk with Ashesh Joshi who released his new book ‘Introduction to Integral Yoga’ in Savitri Bhavan. In this interview, Joshi discusses why he felt compelled to pen this book, his work in Auroville and the world running workshops and finally, the power of Integral Yoga.

Celebrate International Yoga Day

Youth Link invites us to celebrate International Yoga Day with events in Savitri Bhavan, and Matrimandir, starting with sun salutations at 5.15am at MM amphitheater….followed by Sanskrit Mantra Chanting at Savitri Bhavan, at 8.30am Exhibition of words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral Yoga & Book Release: An Introduction to the Integral Yoga…at 6pm Yoga Dance Performance & Mudra Chi Collective Practice, at MM Fountain…

Ilaignarkal Education Centre is planning to organize A DAY LONG YOGA SESSION from 9 a.m. to 6 pm. without break (akanda yoga/thodar yoga).
At any given time there will be a few students concentrating on yoga exercises. This programme will be guided by Ms. N. Janaki and B. Anandou, yoga teachers of our school.

Sustainable Livelihood Institute (SLI) celebrates the International Yoga Day with the following activities –. Yoga Session at SLI campus : 8.15 to 9.00 a.m
Karma Yoga–perfection at work is a definition of yoga- A discussion.
10 a.m to 11 a.m- All are welcome .
Session on Yoga for rural community members: 11 a.m. – 12 noon.

On Monday,19th June 4-5 pm we are invited to a Presentation at SLI. On re-design training process For Rural Development Institutes of Tamil Nadu Government..

One can progress through mediation, but through work provided it is done in the right spirit one can progress ten times more.
The Words of The Mother, Vol. 14 A discovery in Morocco points to the
oldest Homosapiens fossils found so far. An international team of researchers uncovered 300,000 year-old fossil bones of Homo sapiens, a find tha is approximately 100,000 older than any other previously discovered Homosapiens fossils.The discovery, reported in two papers published June 8, 2017 in the journal Nature (here and here), was made at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.
The team noted that the fossils reveal a complex evolutionary history of mankind that likely involved the entire African continent. Professor Jean-Jacques Hublin is a a palaeoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Hublin said in a statement:We used to think that there was a cradle of mankind 200,000 years ago in east Africa, but our new data reveal that Homo sapiens spread across the entire African continent around 300,000 years ago.

Selections par Gangalakshmi 209

Une série hébdomadaire de lectures par Gangalakshmi (en Français) de sélection d?oeuvres sur ou de la Mère et Sri Aurobindo, qui lui semble La Manifestation Supramentale.
A weekly series of readings by Gangalakshmi (in French) from selected works by or on the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
This week Savitri by Sri Aurobindo Livre VII, Chant Quatre – la triple force de l’Ame, part 2.

On the special request from listeners this edition is un cut!!!

Synthesis of Yoga Pt. 1, Ch. 11

“The Master and Mover of our works is the One . . .the Self of all beings, Master of all worlds, the Light and Guide . . . All that is, is he, and he is the More than all that is, . . . and we ourselves are being of his being (though we know it not) . Even our mortal existence is made out of his substance; there is an immortal within us that is a spark of the Light that is for ever.”

It is long before we can see truly, and longer still if we would be transformed. Key is our renunciation of the egoism of the worker. When our surrender to his Dilvine Shaki is absolute, only then will we have arrived. And of course in all Yoga the first requisites are faith and patience. The Gita reminds us that the Yoga must be practiced, applied, with a heart free from despondent sinking which may come due to our impatience. Remmmmmmmmmembering that the Master has promised us he works always through our nature; we are his creation; in our errors is the substance of a Truth which works to reveals its meaning to us. . . He is wiser that our reason . . .

This reading is the first one of this chapter; to be continued .

Feedback on EP, MM closed

RAD on restructuring TDC/L’Avenir d’Auroville was ratified by 81% of votes.

RAS shares that on 11th May, 2017, an information-sharing General Meeting (GM) was held, where the Entry Task Group (ETG) presented the proposed changes to the Entry Policy 2015. We are invited to answer some questions on this topic (the feedback period will run for two weeks until Wednesday, June 14)

Auroville Institute of Applied Technology signed MOU with 6 companies in Tamil Nadu 
and Pondicherry to be partner; and thus aquired industry stipend for 96 students under the Dual System of Training.

The Matrimandir Team informs us that Matrimandir will be closed to visitors for urgent renovation and repair works from 5.6.2017 to 5.7.2017. For Aurovilians, concentration the Matrimandir will be open from 6 – 8 am and from 5.30 to 8 pm only.

Be honest towards yourself -(no self-deception). Be sincere towards the Divine – (no bargaining in the surrender). Be straightforward with humanity -(no pretence and show).
The Mother, 25th of June 1963

Festival for the Guardian Deity

In the Auroville bioregion are many temples associated with the local deities which the villagers propitiate for sound living and greater harmony. One such deity is the Ayyanaar, who is the Guardian of the space, known for keeping negative influences at bay. One can identify this deity by the large red warrior sitting with his two consorts, prominently displayed on the roadside.
The custom of the villagers is to conduct festivals at regular intervals to keep the energy of the deity vibrant and alive. One such festival is the celebration of the ‘Marriage day’ of Ayyanaar with his consorts. This festival has been celebrated recently on April 24th. It is surprising to see that this day coincides with that of the Mother’s Final Arrival day in Pondicherry, April the 24th. Coincidence or synchronicity!?! Just a play of the Divine, maybe!
So on this occasion, the village held an all-night play depicting the story of Ayyanaar in the local folk tradition. Here is the audio of some interesting parts from the 5 hour play.

Classical Guitar Solo

Quiet Sturaday evening with special candle light atmosphere at Pitanga, and Ashaman offering classical guitar solo. In second part of the recital Vera joined him with her soprano for few songs. We heard pieces mostly of South American composers, and two longer pieces of Bach(Prelude) and Barrios. And as Ashaman among other said – to perform classical guitar solo could be compare to an Olympic event considering the challenges the performer meets.


Comments: 1 Date: 30 Apr 2017

Savitri, B. II, C. XIII

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto XIII, In The Self Of Mind, Pages 283 – 288

King Aswapathy reaches the silent Self of Mind at the summit of the mental worlds and feels that he has arrived at his goal. But a ray of light falls upon all things seen or touched or heard or felt, and showed his mind that nothing could be known. He must reach “That”, the true source of all knowledge. Sri Aurobindo poetically describes and destroys all the value of the planes of Mind which the traveler has been through so far, and the immortal spirit of the king is imprisoned in a world where all must die to live and live to die.

Mother's Q & A – 11/7/56

Mother’s Questions And Answers, July 11, 1956

Mother gives us an excellent summary and introduction to the subject of the beings who live in the occult worlds, the worlds which are invisible to ordinary eyes. Then she points out that the advent of this new and stronger consciousness brings more clarity. One result is that we can see things in our own nature which we may not like, but which were always there. She also points out that when the Force which is at work is stronger and more insistent, naturally what resists, resists more strongly. Then she explains how to be in the consciousness that can see the working of the new force.

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