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Zero Contradiction

In and interesting interview with Latif Bolat , who is a Sufi musician and sufi scholar, born in Turkey and lived for a long time in the USA we can hear interseting comparisons - on Auroville with other alternative communities he has been visited troughout years of traveling around the globe; on Sri Aurobindo life with Latif Bolat's life and the way of thinking. The later is tryin to create the positive environment for his countrymen and society in general. And in his eyes Auroville got more spiritual perspective than most of the others he saw

Comments: 0 Date: 30 Apr 2011

A class, 'The English of Savitri'

Book 2 Canto 3 The Glory and the Fall of Life (page 120 ~ 121). This recording is a sample of a class that is being given by Shraddhavan weekly at Savitri Bhavan. The aim is to help people whose mother tongue is not English, but who have an aspiration to read Savitri with correct pronunciation and rhythm, and with some first understanding of the words and images of Sri Aurobindos revelatory epic. As a side-effect, it is hoped that they can improve their knowledge of the English language.

Those who attend this course are encouraged to do homework: to read a little from Savitri every day, to revise what we have read and discovered in the class and to aspire for the mantric power of Savitri to open the deep heart centre and widen the consciousness.

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Apr 2011

Manoj Pavitran on mutation

This talk of Manoj Pavitran was part of a series of talks on the topic "mutation" that were held in February 2010. We feel that it still has a great value since we are in the middle of a world crisis that seems to bring the advent of mutation. First we hear an introduction to the three-day event on "mutation", then Aurevan is reading three poems from Anu and after Manoj Pavitran is giving a talk titled "Surrendering to change". He speaks of a poise of peace and silence and the presence of the sacred that we have to establish in ourselves.

Here are some summaries and excerpts of his speech: Manoj Pavitran is talking about our evolutionary crisis and how to surrender to change. He is using excerpts from the Vedas to explain that the whole science and technology depends on the power of thought. We can not proceed further as long as we rely on reason. Thoughts have to be transcended but how does the transition takes place? When Mother created Auroville she said the world is preparing for a big change. She also said to move before thinking. She reversed the traditional wisdom. When she defined the charta the first point ended with " to life in Auroville one must be be a willing servitor of the divine consciousness. First of all what is divine consciousness. Our first approach is by thinking and reading about it. She also gave the vision of Auroville, the Matrimandir. It represents divine consciousness. Now when we go to the inner chamber of the Matrimandir what happens? There is a presence, there is a silence and a deep peace that envelopes and a sense of the sacred. When we go there one thing stands out loud and noisy and that is our thoughts. The presence there, the consciousness that is embodied in that space gives us a direct experience what lies beyond thought and a taste of the divine consciousness with its immediate qualities, a silence, a vast peace and a sense of the sacred, if we are to and become the willing servitors of the divine consciousness this state of consciousness that is directly accessible in that space has to become our natural state of being, When we open ourselves regardless of where we are, when we open to the underlying silence beyond all that is happening, there is a silence and peace which descends which permeates and infuses all over you. It is easy in the Matrimandir's inner chamber but in our action outside we get lost in our thoughts and that inner poise of silence and vast peace ...the first condition is to establish that in us. There is a stillness that is different like when you go into a cave in the mountains. The difference is when there is a presence then there is a vast peace and calm that envelops, then the divine consciousness is present. In those places where great Yogis did there tapasya, their presence can be felt there. In those places thoughts come to a stillness and mind becomes like a clear blue sky, we no more think but mind is a tool to achieve knowledge, a means for reception and expression. Indra the giver of light works with thoughts. As we establish this poise we become anchor points. In human substance there is a presence of a greater consciousness. The wealth that we bring to humanity is a different stage of consciousness that embraces all that is. And it is not you that is doing it, it is done through you. You are the instrument. How to make this instrument as perfect as possible. When we slip of the poise, we can see how noisy the mind is, how agitated our emotions encounter the tremendous forces of hatred and fear, the panic, the fear of death and all that enter but when there is a poise when we are established they dissolve, they dissolve in light and the battle fort with word become visible. Word is the most creative potent power, behind word is force, when Mother says blessings and a scholar says blessings the force behind the words make all the difference. The right word, finding the right word, in any given context becomes a crucial factor. When we leave behind our old ways of thinking that you are a stranger to what is arising in you as words. Words open the doors, words evoke. Words arise from an inner poise that is establishes in peace and silence and the presence of the sacred. They take us to regions and domains that we have never imagined. Usually we use words to describe, a grater power of word is to create. When someone asked Sri Aurobindo "Why is it so?" Then he said "It is so because the Master said so". To become aware of speech and word and what goes out as word becomes a major field of attention and care. Only by embodying what is embodied in the inner chamber of Matrimandir, that vastness, that light, that peace, we can make sure that that what rolls out of us is carrying a fragrance of what is sacred and carries the touch of transformation and harmony and that which leads to a glorious future.

Comments: 0 Date: 12 Feb 2010
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