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Daily Archives: 2016/10/12

4th AV Singing Festival

Last night we have seen once more that our community has many hidden talents, and in this case many beautiful voices….
4th Auroville Singing Festival was meant to be in much smaller and more simpler scale than previous years with the subtitle “Unplugged”

We have heard
Imagine(John Lennon) by Marlenka, Swaha,Ahilya and on piano Jade and MatthewMarriet TubmanPaula MurphyPoint of No Return Tatiana with Rolf(guitar), Shakti (piano), Armando(drums). Gino (percussion)
Accentuate the Positive Marlenka with Rolf(guitar), Mattehw(sax)
Vanakkam to the Mother, Father, Guru,Mira Culture Group, Sagu)oerscussion)
Scarborough Fair Sindhuja and Ananda , Ananda(guitar)
Just a Man JivatmanSolnyshkoShakti, Svetlana with Shakti(guitar). Slava(guitar), Gino(percussion)
Soy Pan, Soy Paz, Soy Mas Susana with Rolf(guitar), Sagu(percussion
Deb. Pietosos, oh Adolalorata (Giussepe Verdi) – VeraHabanera – Carla (Bizet)
Vellai Thamari Devi Namasivayam
for closure and sing a long OXYGEN

kudos go to OK for up cycle installation on the stage
and Matthias for sound
organized by Community Cultural Colors Noeul, Ananda and Rolf

better images of singers by Manohar you can see here

Selections par Gangalakshmi 97

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 selection is La Vie Divine – Etre Gnostique

Synthesis of Yoga Chapter IV

Today continues the Introduction of the Synthesis of Yoga, the first half of Chapter IV: The Systems of Yoga, page 31 , and the second half will be recorded next week.
Sri Aurobindo explains that in practice there are three conceptions necessary before there can be any possibility of Yoga; three consenting parties to the effort: God, Nature and the human soul.
Hatha Yoga is explained in depth. Raja Yoga, will be the next thing considered…

Mr. Lakshminarayan from SLI

Mr. Lakshminarayanan shares his views about various aspects of the upcoming local body, panchayat elections for neighboring villages of Auroville. He emphasis on the power a voter has, as member of the graham sabha and educates of the new amendments in seat reservation. He informs about 50% seats being reserved for women in the upcoming elections and points out as a good sign. He believes Women as administrators can do a much better job and is feeling rather optimistic about the upcoming elections. The panchayat elections play a major role in Auroville life as well, as Auroville is surrounded by at least 7-8 local Panchayat bodies and hence, elected officials will play a crucial role in maintaining and even strengthening the relations with the local villagers. Sustainable Livlihood institute SLI , is doing a commendable job in bridging the information gap between the villagers and Auroville and is playing an important role in guiding the locals to a better lifestyle and providing better means of livelihood.

‘What is Health?’

Centre for International Research for Human Unity (CIRHU) started ‘Aurovilian Conversations’. a series of weekly reflections (not formal debates or lectures) on various subjects of human and societal growth and development.

The conversation held on 6 Sep (thursday) 2016 at CIRHU, TownHall of Auroville on ‘What is Health?’ is an interesting and enthusiastic subject discussed by students, interns, new comers and people of Auroville.

Linda Grace, from Sante (Intergral Health Services of Auroville) has chaired the discussion and she spoke on the importance of ‘health and consciousness in todays’s world. She emphasized mainly on the self-interest and self-reliance of an individual to keep up once health and therefore look for sustainable and divine living.

The three pillars which shape the well-being of an individual and tune into a healthy life are described by Linda Grace. They are, Mental Health, Social Wellness and Private/personal time for oneself.

Members of CIRHU: Giacomo, Luigi and other visitors and students have participated in the discussion.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Oct 2016

Mr. Laksminarayanan from SLI

Mr. Laksminarayanan, former AD panchayat, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, & Currently liaison officer, SLI ( Sustainable Livelihood Institute ).
He has over 40 years of experience in working with the grassroot governance institutions. He delivers a powerful presentation, educating the locals upon the up coming panchayat elections. Mr. Laksminarayanan emphasis on the fact that every voting member is a part of ‘graham sabha ‘ and in turn has judiciary powers of the elected panchayat official, if required so. He educates, that Tamil Nadu has had a history of local panchayat governance right from 700 A.D. , and points out to various policies for qualification and disqualification of elected members which have been made clear, even in that era. He emphasis on the role of the Graham Sabha and highlights to the fact, every voting member is automatically a member of the graham sabha and has judiciary powers over the elected members and can bring them to accountability if required. Mr. Laksminarayanan dwells upon these serious issues with a rather jolly mood and reminds the people that, gone are the days when elected members of panchayat can favoritism of any kind and the elected members must work diligently to make sure all the basic needs of villagers are met. He is responsible in his professional life, to have lead and caused up to 31 panchayat elected official, to be disqualified and resign.

Mother's Q & A – 7/3/56

Mother’s Questions And Answers, March 7, 1956

Mother speaks about the practice of animal sacrifice, and its actual result. She explains how to be luminously open and also why we may not feel the presence of the Divine force which works in us and brings the progress we achieve when something unwanted and unneeded is finally removed from our being. She explains how we can know when we are still trying to identify ourselves with the bad thing which is passing out of us.Then she speaks about the arbitrary simplification of ideas which results in people not being able to know what is Spirit and what is Matter.

Savitri, B. II, C. VI, Part 2

Savitri, Book II, The Book Of The Traveller Of The Worlds, Canto VI, The Kingdoms And Godheads Of The Greater Life, Part 2 of 5, Pages 179 – 184

The Mother and Divine Creatrix, who is the Greater Life and builds and inspires the Greater Life, does everything only to attract and keep her eternal Lover, the Master of Existence. Here Sri Aurobindo calls her ‘this Greatness”. On earth, in heaven, in hell she is the same; of every fate she takes her mighty part. Time is her road of endless pilgrimage. This Greatness creates a larger world of greater life with embodied beings who live not by the body or in outward things: a deeper living was their seat of self. This region borders on our mortal state.

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