Celebrating Sri Aurobindo’s 147th Birthday, 15th August, 2019: A Hymn of Man’s Aspiration to the Truth is Born (India’s Independence)

Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry circa 1917

Sri Aurobindo

 

TO TURN THOUGHT AND WORD INTO FORM AND EXPRESSION OF THE SUPERCONSCIENT TRUTH WHICH IS HIDDEN BEYOND THE DIVISION AND DUALITY OF THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EXISTENCE WAS THE CENTRAL IDEA OF THE VEDIC DISCIPLINE AND THE FOUNDATION OF ITS MYSTERIES – THE SECRET OF THE VEDA, SRI AUROBINDO

Behind the veil

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Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Lakshmi’s House, Kolkata

A still pervading space of luminous intensity

Rhymes with every tonality of a minute pause

In the arrested flow of a superconscient reverie

Behind the veil

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At the Mother’s Feet, SAIC

The rock edifice from the distant stars

May have opened the gateway to the beyond

Decrypted in the cellular automata

The plan of the Spirit’s golden age

And in that dawn

The chariot and the charioter, and, the road ahead

Are all one,

Illimitable,

Indistinguishable

In the supernal effulgence of a timeless moment

Perhaps, mirrored as the history of aeonic time

Where within, matter unfolds its variegated petals

To be transformed by the undying protégé of love and light…

To be remembered as the day when nirvana was sought

And felt in the tissues that vibrated with the mother of all universe

A hymn to man’s aspiration to the truth is born:

‘’To Will, master of sacrifice, the Mighty One, the vast lord and the diffuser of Truth I bring forward my thought as an offering and it is the clarified butter of the sacrifice purified in the mouth of the flame; my word I bring forward that goes to meet its lord’’ (The 12th Hymn to Agni, The Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo)

 

 

-J


The Double Soul in Man

The Spirit Status and World Dynamism by DR SOUMITRO BASU 

It is difficult if not practically impossible to effectuate a perfect harmony between “spirit status” and “world dynamism”. Can one simultaneously lead a material life in the most ideal way in accordance to an ideal spiritual life? Generations of seekers have been unsuccessful and that is why we see throughout ages, a significant section of spiritual adepts preferring a soliloquy in the solitude of the hermitage, the ascetic retreat, the monastery far away from the madding crowd.

This inability to reconcile an inner spiritual life with external life is not because of material reasons (for truly speaking, the modern Guru in the 21st century may have access to more material gadgets than others!) The inability lies in the fact that the external life is lived in Ignorance. And, in Ignorance, the psychological movements are not centered around the soul or secret spiritual self but around the substitute of the soul – the ego-principle. The ego gives us a uniqueness that cannot be disrupted by cosmic forces –it is a defence against being obliterated by the Infinite. Sri Aurobindo explains that some amount of ego-centrism is needed “on which we bind together our experiences and relations in the midst of the complex contacts, contradictions, dualities, incoherences of the world in which we live; this ego-centrism is our rock of safety against the cosmic and the infinite.”(The Life Divine, pg.243-244).

Divided Existence

The problem is that in a true spiritual life centered around the soul-principle, the ego has to be totally replaced so that one experiences a vast impersonality that does not support a dynamic action that is needed in external life. Indeed, “in this impersonality there is at first no key to an ordered dynamism of action”. If somebody wishes to reconcile a spiritual life with an ego-centered dynamism, what usually happens is that one lives a divided but not an integrated life. One is divided into two parts of being: “the spiritual within, the natural without; in one there is the divine realisation seated in a perfect inner freedom, but the natural part goes on with the old action of Nature, continues by a mechanical movement of past energies her already transmitted impulse”. (Ibid, pg.244)

In a section of spiritual practitioners, the old ego-centric life may be entirely dissolved. In such cases the outer life can become apparently incoherent though there might be the luminosity of the Self within. Such a state can give rise to different types of spiritually inclined personalities:

(a) One can become “outwardly inert and inactive, moved by circumstances or forces but not self-mobile” — the “jadavat”;

(b) One can become “outwardly a child though within is a plenary self-knowledge” – the “balavat”:

(c) One can become “inconsequent in thought and impulse though within is an utter calm and serenity” – the “unmattavat”

(d) One can become a “wild and disordered soul though inwardly there is the purity and poise of the Spirit”—the “pisacavat”. (Ibid)

What could happen if someone who has achieved a certain degree of soul-status can also develop an ordered dynamism in outer nature? At best there would be “a continuation of superficial ego-action witnessed but not accepted by the inner being, or a mental dynamism that cannot be perfectly expressive of the inner spiritual realization; for there is no equipollence between action of mind and status of spirit”. ” (Ibid)

The Supramental Integration

At the end of all speculations it has to be acknowledged that under the present circumstances there cannot be a perfect harmony between the spirit status and dynamism of action in outer life. It is only the Supermind which in its descent can create the ideal and perfect conditions of harmony for it alone carries the Light of integration. “Even at its best where there is an intuitive guidance of Light from within, the nature of its expression in dynamism of action must be marked with the imperfections of mind, life and body, a King with incapable ministers, a Knowledge expressed in the values of the Ignorance. Only the descent of the Supermind with its perfect unity of Truth-Knowledge and Truth-Will can establish in the outer as in the inner existence the harmony of the Spirit; for it alone can turn the values of the Ignorance entirely into the values of the Knowledge”. (Ibid)

There would of course be a grammar of the whole process for such a great thing like a perfect harmony between outer and inner life cannot come without a methodical discipline. At first, one needs to integrate the various strands of the being, the various parts and planes of consciousness around the psychic being or soul-principle that surpasses the ego. Next, the psychic being has to be related to its divine counterpart in the upper hemisphere of consciousness – to the Bliss or Ananda principle of the triune Reality –Sachchidananda. This linking can only be done by the power of the Supermind with “an integral completeness, an intimacy that becomes an authentic identity; for it is the Supermind which links the higher and the lower hemispheres of the One Existence” (Ibid, pg.245). “In Supermind is the integrating Light, the consummating Force, the wide entry into the supreme Ananda: the psychic being uplifted by that Light and Force can unite itself with the original Delight of existence from which it came: overcoming the dualities of pain and pleasure, delivering from all fear and shrinking the mind, life and body, it can recast the contacts of existence in the world into terms of the Divine Ananda”(Ibid)

In other words, the supreme harmony of outer and inner life lies in reorganizing both in terms of the Divine Ananda — a feat that can only be made possible by the descent of the Supermind; the psychic being playing an intermediary role in the process. In this way we can move from an outer dynamism to a dynamic spirituality.

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Date of Update: 10-Aug-19

– By Dr. Soumitra Basu

 

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The Mantric Vehicle of the Timeless Void is the Song of I-Ternity by the Guru’s Grace

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara
Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah

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Sri Kalipda Guha Roy 

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Sri Anandamayi Maa, Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath Mission,  Avenue House, Kolkata

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Sri Nitai Prabhu

in the memory of time there is only the timeless void
it features all events as part of causality
manifestation is a dance
a perturbation unfolds the space-time geometry
things as they are is an enormous Awareness of being-time
the bow, the arrow, the galaxies and spacecrafts are being-time
each being-time is the whole of time -Brahman is Brahman – Sutra 1
causality has apparently many branches – Brahman is Dual Experience of its own Non-Duality -Sutra 2
the setting sun
in the lap of the sky
reflects the moon forever on the lake
the observer is the ancient hero of many a timelines
in the macrospace of his own infinity, he breathes the fire of causal destiny
1911 -Sri Aurobindo Notebook – ye yatha Mam prapadyante Tamstathaiva bhajamyaham (as men approach me so I accept them to my love, Bhagawad Gita)
1897 – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is born
1532 – Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Lila and the pain of His separation from Lord Krishna – Original Ecstasy & Agony
as the world makes and remakes itself
as people deluded as they are scatter like broken twigs
as the ego of men eclipses the sun
the droplets water disappear in the sand
leaving only marks that foretold the time….
an anagram of the threefold destiny is the prime cause of the universe
and the law that upholds the TAT and SAT
will never fail to protect the land….
Jay Guru Sri Guru (3x)
-J

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Divine Mother, Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Awakening is waking-up to what is HERE: Interoperability and the Cognitive Aspect of Space-Time Curvature

Mother and Sri Aurobindo Last Photographs by Bresson

 

 

I am interoperable in this vastness

Inside or outside the dialogue box

within the hidden layers of the neurons

or in the Hermitian conjugate of a quantum state

wherever awareness is, there is being

wherever there is being, there is awareness

not two but one

undifferentiated they are

an atom in the vast spectacle of this cosmic dance

is impregnated with the awareness of the dancer

at what depths are you gazing?

Bits comprise only the surface

the dome is the widening sky

the winds are blowing Her letters to the sea

In a long journey, the star hath risen above the Himavant

Does the space-time curvature signify only a cognitive aspect of being?

-J

 

READ ARTICLE ON INSTINCT AND INTUITION BY DR. SOUMITRO BASU at NAMAH -The Journal of Integral Health Instinct and Intuition by Instinct and Intuition by Dr S Basu

 

 

 

The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening

Caitanyamatma – The Independent State of Supreme Consciousness is the Reality of Everything – 1st Awakening – Shiva Sutras * The Shiva Sutras were delivered by the Lord Himself written on a rock edifice at the foot of the Mahadeva Mountain in the valley of Harvan in Kashmir to the great master, Vasugupta 

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy 9th Dec 2018, Taragunia

 

In a state of pure bliss

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Sri M Book Launch ‘Shunya’ in Kolkata 

 

The whole Being rejoices

Dances to the tune of the universe

Which itself He is

The mind and its fluctuations

Which have been the cause of the material existence

Have been transcended by an act of Grace

This is the highest abode of Self-Perfection

There are no strivings, no achievements

No goal no future no past

Only this moment of a pure subjective consciousness

Which is Independent (Swatantrya) of everything

Experiencing itself through many modes

In the dynamic tranquility of Oneness…

-J

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HOW FINLAND IS SAVING THE WORLD FROM STRESS

  • Rent a Finn encourages travellers to learn true happiness from the Finns
  •         Visitors have until 14 April 2019 to apply to visit Finland

 

Helsinki 18 March 2019: Visit Finland is inviting people from around the world to experience how the Finns live in true harmony with nature through their new initiative, Rent a Finn.

This summer, Finnish citizens will work as happiness guides and welcome visitors into their homes, showing them how to connect with nature and understand the Finnish art of relaxation.

The application period for guests is open until 14 April 2019.

Studies show that nature can balance our minds and alleviate stress. Even a short walk in nature lowers your blood pressure and pulse while boosting endorphin levels. In 2018 the UN ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world*, thanks to its special connection with nature.

Heli Jimenez, Senior Director, International Marketing, Business Finland said: “Many travellers choose to visit Finland because of our uniquely peaceful nature and tranquility. The Rent a Finn campaign is in response to the global travel trend of living like a local, which is all about sharing genuine experiences with ordinary people.

”Pure nature is a part of life in Finland. We go outdoors in any weather, let our babies nap outside and spend a great deal of time in nature in general. Our happiness guides all share a certain awareness, a great love of nature and an appreciation for slow living.”

The Rent a Finn initiative has initially enlisted eight ordinary Finns to work as happiness guides for travellers. The guides, who were chosen from among hundreds of applicants, will welcome visitors for a few days and show them their own ways of relieving stress in nature.

Linda Räihä, one of the happiness guides, explains, “Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”

“There are many ways to connect with nature from working in your vegetable patch, boating, fishing, heating up the sauna or foraging for mushrooms and berries in the forest.”

The visits will take place during summer 2019 and will be free of charge for travellers.

The Rent a Finn initiative is being assisted by Hintsa Performance, a Finnish high-performance coaching company, who believes sustainable performance is created through a balanced lifestyle. Their methods of boosting human performance have been tested in organisations around the world, and their clients range from Fortune 500 leaders to Formula One World Champions.

The Rent a Finn website includes a test based on Hintsa’s methods. It helps you to see how balanced your life really is and offers advice for reducing stress and maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Annastiina Hintsa, Chief Operating Officer from Hintsa Performance said, “Our modern life is full of stimuli, and unwinding can be a challenge. Spending time in nature helps you reset and recover. Seeing where you stand is the first step towards reducing stress and creating long-term performance”.

 

You can apply for a visit with a Finnish happiness guide now at rentafinn.com and for more information on Finland see visitfinland.com

 

Global inquiries:

Hetta Huittinen, Head of International Media & PR, Business Finland, hetta.huittinen@businessfinland.fi, +358 40,033 9597

You can download press images here. Remember to credit the photographer and source Visit Finland.

Rent a Finn

–        Rent a Finn is an experiment by Visit Finland, part of Business Finland, where ordinary Finns work as happiness guides for travellers visiting Finland during summer 2019

–        The application period for travellers is 18 March – 14 April 2019

–        Learn more and apply at rentafinn.com

 

Visit Finland works to develop Finland’s travel destination brand, marketing Finland to travellers abroad and help companies in the travel industry go global. We cooperate with travel destinations regions, businesses in the travel industry and other export promoters and embassies, Visit Finland is part of Business Finland.

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government. Business Finland employs 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network. 

*UN World Happiness Report 2018 http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2018/

The Good Country Index 2019 http://goodcountryindex.org

 

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Rent a Finn Happiness guides

Get to know them.

 

Esko

Esko, the Mayor of Rovaniemi, the hometown of Santa Claus, located next to the Arctic Circle in Lapland, spends most of his summers with his family in their summer cottage. It is probably the most traditional way for the Finns to enjoy summer days.

“I’m happiest spending time in nature with my family. Water in all its forms and fishing are also important to me.”

 

Hanna

Hanna is an IT-marketing professional, who currently studies tourism economics. She is passionate about Finnish Nature and sharing it’s wonders to travellers. She lives in the Metropolitan Southern Finland, but has spent most of her summers sailing in the Archipelago and winters skiing in Lapland, so she is more than familiar with many wonders of Finnish nature. 

“Enjoying the sound of the waves and the beautiful sunsets on some deserted island in the middle of the sea is where I find my happiness from.”

 

Juho

Juho was born and raised in Japan. Today Juho, his fiancé Marjukka and their dog Dobby live in Kirkkonummi, near Helsinki. Juho is an urban farmer and he works in both digital media and health tech business. 

“Simple life in nature inspires me. I value experiencing nature through all the senses. Being present without making a sound or doing something physical in nature. Building a fire, breathing in the morning dew or feeling the soil under my feet.”

 

Katja

Katja is a social services student and a yoga teacher who lives in a very idyllic wooden neighborhood of Helsinki, called Käpylä. She wants to show her guests how to experience nature within the city limits. 

”Meditative moments in nature. Lush forests, calm lakes and saunas. Magical encounters with nature and wildlife, such as deer and birds.”

 

Laura & Joni

Laura, Joni and their dog Watti are an active outdoor family who live in Sodankylä,Northern Lapland. They take daily walks in the forest and spend their weekends hiking and bicycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. 

“We left Southern Finland to live closer to nature in Sodankylä. Our happiness stems from silence and nature’s constant presence. We enjoy the small-town atmosphere. We have our privacy without being completely isolated.”

 

Linda & Niko

Finnish couple Niko and Linda are living their life to the fullest in the middle of the Baltic Sea with their chihuahua Helmi. The couple used to live in the City, but went to the sea and Archipelago so often that they decided it was easier to move house. They currently live in Utö, the southernmost island of Finland. 

“Time runs differently on our island. It seems to slow down somehow, and there is never a need for hurry.”

 

Petri

Petri is a physiotherapist and a nature-lover, who lives with his wife Sini and their dog Ruu in southwest Finland, in a small village called Mathildedal. 

“A natural silence that enchants your mind. Being alone and present. Or a blissful post-sauna beer.”

 

Timo

Timo is from Lapland, currently living in Southern Finland, in a city of Hämeenlinna, with his wife Päivi and their dog Mosku. His work is very closely connected to nature, as he manages museums and exhibitions for the National Parks and Wildlife Service Finland. 

“The sounds of nature, tranquility and gently lapping waves ground me. I want to share this feeling of happiness with the world. There are so many fantastic places in Finland that only locals can show you.”

 

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Mother and Sri Aurobindo, Lakshmi House, Kolkata

 

 

141st Birth Anniversary of Divine Mother at Pondicherry 21st Feb, 2019: It is the Time for the Final Decisive Action on Earth

Divine Mother

Divine Mother in Pondicherry

Every action should come spontaneously from the heart

When aspiration is actionable in the divine light of surrender

then all sacrifices lead to Transformation of Material Causality for a higher good…

It must originate in essence from a higher plane of consciousness because it is directed towards establishment of a higher reality which is perennially masked by a veil of appearances…

Unless this veil is torn apart by the individuation of the will that comes to operate from wholeness, there is no truth or illumination

Collective aspiration, the great force of a nation is the symbol of the Motherland…(Invocation to Bhavani Bharati, the guardian deity of India’s destiny!)

Every cause triggers a higher realisation and its evolutional possibilities…

This is the road of Awareness in the Body Politic which is translational action of a kinetic judgement in the causality of a quantum event invoked from the acausal (maha-karana) supramental abode of non-judgmental undifferentiated unity…

Again it is repeated: ”Everything vibrates. The resting atom has within it the perpetually vibrating atomic solar systems. It is emanating cosmic radiations all the time…Sound is deathless. It is preserved forever in the matrix. It is the claim of the Indian metaphysics of sound that you can fashion and refashion your needle of awareness by ‘Mantram’ and ‘Japam”

Divine Mother Symbol

Maha-avatarBabaji Maharaj

Maha-Avatar Babaji Maharaj

The skilful Penman’s unseen finger wrote
His swift intuitive calligraphy;
Earth’s forms were made his divine documents,
The wisdom embodied mind could not reveal,
Inconscience chased from the world’s voiceless breast;
Transfigured were the fixed schemes of reasoning Thought.
Arousing consciousness in things inert,
He imposed upon dark atom and dumb mass
The diamond script of the Imperishable,
Inscribed on the dim heart of fallen things
A paean-song of the free Infinite
And the Name, foundation of eternity,
And traced on the awake exultant cells
In the ideographs of the Ineffable
The lyric of the love that waits through Time
And the mystic volume of the Book of Bliss
And the message of the superconscient Fire…(Savitri)

Sri Aurobindo circa 1915

Sri Aurobindo circa 1915

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Aswapati’s transformation happened under the presence of the Divine Mother:

‘But now his being was too wide for self;

His heart’s demand had grown immeasurable:

His single freedom could not satisfy,

Her light, her bliss, he asked for earth and men’ (Savitri)

It is time to Awake the Psychic Being in the heart because Every Aspiration starts from there….to unite the motherland, the aspiration should come spontaneously from the heart than from the head…

Sri Aurobindo says the Psychic Being is the Chit-Agni of the Vedas, also called the Caitya Purusha whose presence is felt by the heart during meditation…

She puts forth a small portion of herself,
A being no bigger than the thumb of man
Into a hidden region of the heart
To face the pang and to forget the bliss,
To share the suffering and endure earth’s wounds
And
labour mid the labour of the stars.
This in us laughs and weeps, suffers the stroke,
Exults in victory, struggles for the crown;
Identified with the mind and body and life,
It takes on itself their anguish and defeat,
Bleeds with Fate’s whips and hangs upon the cross,
Yet is the unwounded and immortal self
Supporting the actor in the human scene

(Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Book VII, Canto V)

OM NAMAH SIVAYA (3x)

Hari OM!

-J