Awakening with the Birds ‘in their Chambers of Green’: The Zen Art of Story-Telling and the ‘Haiku’ Garden of Doodling

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”Light” 

From the quickened womb of the primal gloom,

Flowers that Invoke the Creative Life-Force

Flowers that Invoke the Creative Life-Force

The sun rolled, black and bare,

Till I wove him a vest for his Ethiop breast,

Of the threads of my golden hair;

And when the broad tent of the firmament

Arose on its airy spars,

I pencilled the hue of its matchless blue,

And spangled it around with stars.

I painted the flowers of the Eden bowers,

White Jasmine in Bloom

”Leaves of Living Green” – Sri Aurobindo 

And their leaves of living green,

And mine were the dyes in the sinless eyes

Of Eden’s Virgin queen;

And when the fiend’s art in the truthful heart

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form or Nirvana is Samsara or Samsara is Nirvana- Highest Doctrine

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form or Nirvana is Samsara or Samsara is Nirvana- Highest Doctrine

Had fastened its mortal spell,

In the silvery sphere of the first-born tear

To the trembling earth I fell.

When the waves that burst o’er a world accurst

Their work of wrath had sped,

And the Ark’s lone few, tried and true,

Came forth among the dead.

With the wondrous gleams of the bridal beams,

I bade their terrors cease,

As I wrote on the roll of the storm’s dark scroll

God’s covenant of peace.

Like a pall at rest on the senseless breast,

Night’s funeral shadow slept—

Where shepherd swains on Bethlehem’s plains,

Their lonely vigils kept,

When I flashed on their sight, the heralds bright,

Of Heaven’s redeeming plan,

As they chanted the morn, the Saviour born—

Joy, joy, to the outcast man!

Equal favour I show to the lofty and low,

On the just and the unjust I descend:

E’en the blind, whose vain spheres, roll in
darkness and tears,

Feel my smile—the blest smile of a friend.

Nay, the flower of the waste by my love is embraced,

As the rose in the garden of kings:

At the chrysalis bier of the morn I appear,

And lo! the gay butterfly wings.

The desolate morn, like the mourner forlorn,

Conceals all the pride of her charms,

Till I bid the bright hours, chase the night from
her flowers,

And lead the young day to her arms.

And when the gay rover seeks Eve for her lover,

And sinks to her balmy repose,

I wrap the soft rest by the zephyr-fanned west,

In curtains of amber and rose.

Child with Flowers by French Painter Bouguereau

Child with Flowers by French Painter Bouguereau

From my sentinel steep by the night-brooded deep

I gaze with the unslumbering eye,

When the cynosure star of the mariner

Is blotted out from the sky:

And guided by me through the merciless sea,

Though sped by the hurricane’s wings,

His companionless, dark, lone, weltering bark,

To the haven home safely he brings.

I waken the flowers in the dew-spangled bowers,

The birds in their chambers of green,

And mountain and plain glow with beauty again,

As they bask in their matinal sheen.

O, if such the glad worth of my presence on earth,

Though fitful and fleeting the while,

What glories must rest on the home of the blessed,

Ever bright with the Deity’s smile.

– Sri Aurobindo, 1st poem at the age of 10, written in Manchester, UK (appeared in Fox’s Weekly 11th Jan, 1883)

This is the pure consciousness of the witnessing self best experienced when the mind is young and fresh and most importantly is de-conditioned. The state of Blakean ”innocence” is also a state void of action, pure and self-luminous. The child is closest to nature since he/she is born out of nature and the growth process is natural and organic. The child sees ‘things as they are’ not coloured by opinions and complexity of the thought processes and, therefore, much closer to the divinity shining inside. This is also the state of primordial awakening not by any effort but by the grace of the Self:  ”I waken the flowers in the dew-spangled bowers,
The birds in their chambers of green,…” this is closest to a satori experience in Zen. Here, if you read with awareness, you will find a circularity in the composition which starts from a central point in the petal (which is T.S. Eliot’s ‘the still point of the turning world’ in the Four Quartets/here the ‘quickened womb’) and moves along cyclically to the outermost petal creating arrangements through the psycho-kinesthetic process of creative mind exploring the experience of childhood innocence and beauty. Mind is like mirror reflecting anything that falls before it but doesn’t retain any form or shape itself. This which is our very nature is the ”buddha nature” already pure and unstained by any causality. As Ashtavakra said: the bondage is this that you practice samadhi.

Lao Tzu has said often that the natural order is an indefinable order. Man is already organic to the whole system in the universe. The separation of man and nature is because of the thinking process and is only an apparent reality. And the seer-poet of Tao and Zen sings: ”picking chrysanthemums on the eastern fence/gazing in silence of the southern hills/the birds fly home to the soft mountain air of dusk…

So, the fundamental teaching is the art of suspending thought and react spontaneously like the universe (like the child, or, like the flowers, bees and birds). For the artist or the sculptor, it comes down to one single brush stroke or action where there is unity and no differentiation between the body and mind (and its thoughts). This is also mindfulness or moment to moment non-judgemental awareness. In the spontaneity of rhythm the differentiation is severed and the dancer and the dance become one.

“O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer,/ Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?/ O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,/ How can we know the dancer from the dance?” (”Among School Children, W.B. Yeats)

The dancer and the dance cannot be separated; while playing the musical instrument at the zenith of creativity the musician and the instrument (sitar or violin) are one. This unity of consciousness is our very nature, our primordial being our own nirvana.

-J

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ARE YOU A DREAM DOODLER?

Are you a nature enthusiast? And do you love stories? Then you will love the ikebana-inspired story gardens conceptualised and created by Alokananda Mukherjee.

You will find winnie the pooh jumping into the bucket of honey in the 100 acre woods while the thirsty crow is cleverly strategizing to quench his thirst from the pitcher amidst nature. The smile of contentment on the face of the cute little monks will touch your heart while the white Budhha statue in the middle of the serene nature will sooth your senses.

All these will be presented to you in a mini garden which can be placed at any part of your house or office as a wonderful piece of art.

Visit the stall of ‘Dream Doodlers’ at the Bangkok Bazar which will be held on 14th and 15th of March at 4A, Short street.

Event:Bangkok Bazar

Stall of Dream Doodlers

Date:14th-15th March’2018

Time:11am-8pm’

Venue:Ganpati banquet,4A, Short street

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Cheers!

Dream Doodlers

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Divine Mother’s Blessings Encoded on the Path to ”Total Surrender”: Deep Learning and the Praxis of Going Beyond Mind 

Om Maa

Divine Mother

Mirra Alfassa: The Divine Mother

Divine Mother’s Blessings Encoded on the Path to Total Surrender: Deep Learning and the Praxis of Going Beyond Mind

“Strength shall be with her like a conqueror’s sword

And from her eyes the Eternal’s bliss shall gaze”.

– Savitri, Book III: The Book of the Divine Mother Canto IV: The Vision and the Boon,

Sri Aurobindo                                                                       Divine Mother Symbol

The dark ignorance of matter

And the falsehood of its twin, the mind

Are billion of years old;

They are the expressions in the cosmic web

They are the connecting fibers

And yet, they are limited to space and time

Only articulate to the senses and not beyond

The Self is the witness to these things

Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson circa 1950

Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson circa 1950

Untouched and completely pure

it’s the shining source of all bliss

The conscious existence of the self is timeless

Satyam Jnaanam Anantam Brahma (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.1.1)

The journey of man’s quest to higher consciousness takes place under the auspices of the Self

The operational hermeneutics is designed by the Divine Mother (Adi Shakti)

With signals encoded on the path to total surrender (Samarpan)

No one does surrender

There’s no doer, only a witness

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Sri Ramana Maharshi

An observer, the Self

The small ego mind (or me) tries with effort

Krishna the Little Child Artwork Courtesy Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

The Little Child Krishna

Caught up in web of ignorance and doubt

He tries every other path that he can grasp

And fails and dies,

And comes back again and again

To script the tragedy of the earth

An Ecstatic Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna in Ecstasy

Shakespearean rag or a Sophoclean grandeur?

Or, a comedy entailed in the irony of Waiting?

The circus goes on…

With new players and plays

And their farcical movements? 2nd or 3rd?

Symphonies are lost and found

Cities destroyed and annihilated

And prayers broken by a cacophony of words

or under the effect of gravity?

(Is it not the source and origin of the very idea of  weight?)

Working out mathematical models for further evolution

Who has passed all these eons from pre-big bang to the particle smashers?

Who has survived to see what it is and shall be?

Who has endured the pain and the joy?

Who?

Tagore and Einstein

Tagore Einstein Meeting

The historians or the evolutionary biologists?

Or the theoretical physicists?

Or the technocrats?

Or the Politicians?

Only, the Observer is…

And surrender happens

Have faith in the Self (The Brahman)

And be blessed by the Mother

When King Janaka asked Ashtavakra

About knowledge, liberation and dispassion

The answer was:

”na pṛthvī na jalaṁ nāgnirna vāyurdyaurna vā bhavān eṣāṁ sākṣiṇamātmānaṁ cidrūpaṁ viddhi muktaye” 1.3

”You do not consist of the elements – earth, water, fire, air or even ether. To be liberated, know yourself as consisting of consciousness, the witness of these”.

”yadi dehaṁ pṛthak kṛtya citi viśrāmya tiṣṭhasi adhunaiva sukhī śānto bandhamukto bhaviṣyasi”

”If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds”. 1.4

Are there any direct messages on consciousness than these?

Be touched by the grace of the divine mother and know thyself

Allow openness and not rigidity

Let the neural networks reconfigure themselves

the descent of consciousness has to take place from a higher dimension

from the noumenal center

then, you have abandoned the doer in you

And awakening is waking-up to what is here

And now….witnessing

Om Maa

 

-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

122nd Birth Anniversary of Sri Dilip Kumar Roy, 22nd Jan, 2018: Realization in the Cellular Mind and Supramental Descent from the Point of Singularity

 

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Sri Dilip Kumar Roy and his college friends in England, 1920

ABOVE: Sri Dilip Kumar Roy and his college friends in England, 1920. CLOCKWISE from lower left: D.K. Roy, K.P. Chatterji, Subhash Chandra Bose (Netaji), C.C. Desai.  Pictures courtesy Pilgrims of the Stars- Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi/ Excerpt from Pilgrims of the Stars/ Dada ji & Indira Ma picture courtesy Hari Krishna Mandir Archives- website: http://www.harikrishnamandirindiraniloy.com/

 

His ways are strange, bewildering!

Sri Balaram and Sri Krishna

Sri Krishna (R) and Sri Balaram (L), Old Indian Art

To fathom Him I fail.

How He fulfils our hearts with His love

Devi Sarasvati, Goddess of Learning Bengal Kalighat Painting

Devi Saraswati, Goddess of Learning, Kalighat Painting Bengal

O Friend, I cannot tell.

 

I learned to laugh through tears and staked

My all to glimpse His Face:

I won Him by becoming His,

Lost all and gained His Grace.

 

Relentlessly He weaned me from

My lesser loves, my kin,

Till even the mate I once had hailed

Loomed far and alien.

 

Now dead I am grown to fear and shame

In my lone quest for Thee:

Strange, none befriends when thou becom’st

One’s friend, O Mystery!

(Song that came to Indira Maa after 14 hours of meditation at Mussorie, 1949. Dadaji, i.e. Sri Dilip Kumar Roy translated it into English. The original song was in simple Hindi. – from a spiritual science point of view some sort of super-luminal synapse taking place in the brain by mediation of Non-Local Consciousness, thereby articulating in simple harmony the essence of the Lord as expressed in Srimad Bhagavatam)- The Advent of Mira, Pilgrims of the Stars, Autobiography of Two Yogis, Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy with Sri Sita Ram Das Omkarnath Ji  and Mata Indira Devi

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy with Sri Sita Ram Das Omkarnath Ji and Mata Indira Devi

 

MY FIRST MEETING WITH SRI AUROBINDO:

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy: “You must, then, realize it yourself first?”

Sri Aurobindo: “Obviously. Be it a new realization or light or idea- it must first descend into one person from whom it radiates out in widening circles to others. Doesn’t the Gita, too, say that the ways of the best of men act as models to the rest? In the Integral Yoga, however, the work starts after the realization, whereas in most other yogas it ends with the realization. The reason is that I am primarily at manifestation, for which I must, obviously, reach the Supramental myself before I can bring it to bear on our earth-consciousness. For this, ascent has to be the first step- descent is the next.”

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy: “How will the descent work, to start with?”

Sri Aurobindo: “When the Supramental touches our being, our consciousness will overpass its twilit stage of the mental, where the Divine Truth is distorted, into the upper regions where light has free play, that is, where there are no such distortions. This will in its turn bring about the transformation of mind, life and body, as that will be one of the functions of the Force as its inception in the world of matter, generally- to usher in subsequently the new era in man’s living. You must not misunderstand me. What I want to achieve is the bringing down of the Supramemtal to bear on this being of ours so as to raise it to a level higher than the mental and from there change and sublimate the workings of mind, life and body….”

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy with Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy with Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guha Roy

Processing symbols

Connecting with the aural frequencies of the bees and birds,

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Sri Aurobindo amd Divine Mother Symbol

 

With the faraway spiral galaxies

With the dewy grass, stone artefacts and mandalas

Under the shade of the peepal and banyan trees

Silence adumbrates wisdom of the new era

And the boat leaves for the other side,

The fisherman’s song and the cradle of stars

Are there to commute and encounter a synapse

The river rolls itself

Unfolding into the cherubic circles of the night jasmines at bloom

The optic nerves connecting data

Divine Mother Symbol

Divine Mother Symbol

To the point of singularity

Through realization in the cellular mind

Optimizing surrender through energy vortex of the earth

Completing the circuit

With convolutional patterns and symmetries

Leveraging time

For the Timeless Descent!

-J

 

 

 

Bhakti-Rasa and the Cry of the Way-Lost Child: Tracking the ‘Dance’ in the Supramental Yoga

DOING AWAY WITH THE THE I-NOTION IS THE SAME AS NOT DESIRING THE PERSONAL ATTAINMENT OF ENLIGHTENMENT. (ZERO-ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE EXTINCTION OF ME, ALL ELSE IS BONDAGE, WEI WU WEI)

KNOWLEDGE SEARCH PROCESS CENTRAL TO INTELLIGENCE. IT ALSO INCLUDES STATE-SPACE SEARCH

 

Dilip Kumar Roy with Krishnaprem

Sri Dilip Kumar Roy and Sri Krishnaprem

“Impenetrable, a mystery recondite   

Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson circa 1950

Sri Aurobindo and Divine Mother photograph by Henri Cartier Bresson circa 1950

Is the vast plan of which we are a part;

Its harmonies are discords to our view,

Because we know not the great themes they serve.”

(Savitri, Sri Aurobindo)

In the calmness of the morning

Light breathing through the cedar and pines

Reflects the flying birds

On the waters of the lake

Frames are tranquilized in the ethereal dolour of this vastness of experience

A profound intelligence is the restful operation on the dynamic rhythm of ‘suchness’

Spontaneous it is, the blooming lotus is the yogic ananda –anubhuti of wu nien

Things as they are…wonderfully crafted by the blessings of the Lord

In one encounter have embraced the whole existence with love

Solemnized by an utter cry of the child who has lost his way (Bhakti-Swarup)

“Who in his heartfelt yearning cries and cries”. (PILGRIMS OF THE STARS, DILIP KUMAR ROY AND INDIRA DEVI)

Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy: Tapoban Katha

Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy: Tapoban Katha

 

 

-J

 

 

The dynamic space-process that Martin Heidegger calls ‘Enchanted Regioning’: Enlightenment and ‘Thoughts from the far East’

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The Pine Tree, Coronation Throne, Norbugang Chorten, Yuksum, West Sikkim

The tree blooms in spring               561

Standing before it, I

Exchanging grace

In a silent rapture

A thousand years have passed

On this ground where we live and die

The tree and I,

Have felt the wetness of the air

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy

And the wind rushing through the pines

Megha Malhar Raga

Megha Malhar Raga, Hindustani Classical Raga, Associated with the power to bring out rains

Recollecting each and every name

Like a flame

Of the birds and stars, mountains and rivers

Adjacent to each other we stood

The skull and the wood

Green leaves and hair

Teeth and thorns

Shredded underneath this ground

Where we live and die…

listen to Raga Megha Malhar Pandit Jasraj

Holy Mother Sarada Maa

Sarada Maa

Puja antarer puja

Khuje paoyar puja

Chena achenar ei bandhan theke mukti paoyer puja

Jaha bastob tahai satya tahai ananter antar darshaner ananda dhyan

Paripurnatar akhanda jyoti te she nejeke utshorgo koriachey

Ei jyoti antarer bashoman pratik

The only symbol of an eternal deliverance

Sabda Taranga theke bodher uday

Akhyar parichay shei ananter nirbak sritir madhur saisaber bandana

Words are a process of creation of the manifest from the unmanifested sempiternal childhood

There is a field of silence called the lateral unborn field of union

Martin Heidegger called it ‘enchanted regioning’

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Japan,

Rabindranath Tagore and Divine Mother, Japan, circa 1917

In Zen, it is the space of enlightenment; it is dynamic

Sahasra lahari samudrer kampane ek sroter milito pran

Sudhu theke jay nritya o tar chirantan chetona

Sudhu theke jay shei chetona phooler kushume

Jhara patar sree angane

Suryer taploke

Ba jyotshnay snighdha pakhiralaye

Meshpalak unmukto haste dhariyachey meghomallar ke

Baje rudra bina prati koshe

Er artha jagoron maha-mantrer jagoron

Sabda taranger dyoti kaler strot ke shodhon kariachey

“Mother is the discoverer of Man’s secret after he has been stripped of his machines, his religions, his spiritualisms and his materialisms, his Western or Eastern ideologies — when he is himself, simply a heart beating and calling for the Earth-of-Truth, simply a body calling for the Truth of the body, like the seagull’s cry for space and high wind.

It is her secret and her discovery that I will try to tell you.

For Mother is a fairy tale in the cells of the body.

A human cell, what is it?

Another concentration camp … biological this time?”

Or a passport to … where? – The Mind of the Cells, Satprem

-J


Tourism supports 1 in 10 jobs, outpacing global economy for 6th consecutive year, WTTC

Travel & Tourism generated 1 in 10 of the world’s jobs in 2016 as the sector grew by 3.3%, outpacing the global economy for the sixth year in a row, reads a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

WTTC’s Economic Impact Report 2017, which is conducted in conjunction with Oxford Economics, researches the economic impact of Travel & Tourism impact on global level, for 25 regions, and 185 countries.

According to the research, Travel & Tourism grew by 3.3% in 2016, generating US$7.6 trillion worldwide, which is 10.2% of global GDP when the direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector supported a total of 292 million jobs in 2016, which is 1 in 10 of all jobs in the world

Additionally, global visitor exports, which is money spent by foreign visitors, accounted for 6.6% of total world exports, and almost 30% of total world services exports.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “This is the sixth year in a row that Travel & Tourism has outpaced the global economy, showing the sector’s resilience, and the eagerness of people to continue to travel and discover new places, despite economic and political challenges across the world.

The continuous growth of our sector underlines the significance of business and leisure travel in driving economic development and job creation throughout the world.”

Southeast Asia (8.3%) was the region with the fastest growing Travel & Tourism sector in 2016, driven by the expanding Chinese outbound market and the countries own growing markets. Latin America (0.2%) was the slowest growing region. Some countries performed well above the world average, but the Brazilian economy dragged down the whole region.

The other regions registered the following growth: South Asia (7.9%), North East Asia (4.6%), Oceania (4.4%), the Caribbean (3.2%), North America (3.1%), the Middle East (2.7%), Sub-Saharan Africa (2.4%) and Europe (1.6%).

Travel & Tourism is expected to grow by 3.8% in 2017, generating US$ 7.9 trillion. This growth is slower than previously forecast, as a result of a downgrade to the global economy and a dampening of consumer spending.

Over the next decade the sector is forecast to grow at an average of 3.9% per year. By 2027 it will generate more than 11% of the world’s GDP and employ a total of 380 million people. One quarter of all jobs created in the next decade will be supported by Travel & Tourism.

Scowsill continued “The future prospects for Travel & Tourism are good, but the sector continues to face challenges. The impact of terrorism and the rise of populism pose a severe risk to the ability of people to travel efficiently and securely. The sector itself needs urgently to address the impact of growth on destinations and its own contribution to climate change if it is to be sustainable in the long term. The UN’s 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a perfect opportunity to explore solutions together. We look forward to welcoming delegates at our upcoming Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, 26-27 April where these challenges will be addressed.”

About WTTC:

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. Every year WTTC, together with Oxford Economics, produces its flagship Economic Impact Report, which looks at the socioeconomic benefits of Travel & Tourism on global, regional and country level. This year the report shows data on 25 regional groupings and 185 countries.

Travel & Tourism is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. The sector contributes US$7.6 trillion or 10.2% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector also accounts for 292 million jobs or one in ten of all jobs on the planet.

For over 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses, who bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, and raise awareness of the importance of the sector.

WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together over 900 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability. This year’s Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 – 27 April 2017.

Annebeth Wijtenburg

Communications Manager

annebeth.wijtenburg@wttc.org

+44 (0) 207 481 6483

Every Moment of Time is Self-Contained and Quiescent- Dogen: Heidegger’s Waiting and the ‘Releasement’ (*Supramental Descent)

Krishna Puja

Krishna Puja German Lithograph circa 1930

“A branch of heaven transplant to human soil;

Nature shall overleap her mortal step;

Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will”.

– The Book of the Divine Mother, Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

Radha Krishna Playing Holi with Companions

Radha and Krishna Playing Holi with their companions

Martin Heidegger once said ‘we are to do nothing but wait’

Rabindranath Tagore and Students, Santiniketan, 1929.

Tagore with Students in Santiniketan circa 1929

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Without any fixed notion or objective

This is a kind of everlasting transcendental openness

With an immense joy one just waits….

Waits and waits and waits…

The song of the universe wells up in the heart

And the myriad colours at the core of one’s being

Attuned to the pure consciousness

Lights the lamp to kindle a billion stars

This is a supramental descent

An act of grace but not by any individual effort

A supraconscient release of the plenum existence

Into an ocean of bliss

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Mantra written by Sri Aurobindo in 1927

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Yogishwar Sri Kalipada Guharoy

Satyachaitanyer matrikore

Anander Utshe bashoman ek pradip

Baye jaay pratiti khane maha-sunyatar shei chanda

Jar nishpap dhani hate prashobito habe ei maha-bishwa

Sudhu pratikhyar alo phutiye tole agamani barta

Ek adi-anadi bairagya adorsho….

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Sonajhuri Forest (Acacia Auriculi), Santiniketan, Birbhum 

-J

The Semiotics of Surrender: Celebrating the 139th Birth Anniversary of the Divine Mother *21st Feb 2017

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Divine Mother in Pondicherry

‘In the integrality and absoluteness of bhakti and surrender, we find the essential condition of perfect peace leading to uninterrupted bliss’. – 2nd Dec, 1954, Divine Mother

What is the secret of success in sadhana?

Surrender. -13th Oct, 1965, Divine Mother

‘We must lie before the Divine always like a page perfectly blank, so that the Divine’s will may be inscribed in us without any difficulty or mixture’. – 20th Nov, 1954, Divine Mother

‘There is a Supreme Consciousness that governs the manifestation. His wisdom is certainly much greater than ours. So we need not bother about what will happen’. Blessings. – Divine Mother

Mother and Sri Aurobindo Last Photographs by Bresson

Mother and Sri Aurobindo Last Photographs by Bresson

“If things were simple, word would have gotten around”.

– Jacques Derrida

Surrender the secret pathway

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Varanasi Diary 2015: The Parable of the Search for the Soul/Savitri, Sri Aurobindo

Intricately designed by the supreme consciousness

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Tibetan Art Showing the Kalachakra, New Doling Monastery, Ravangla,Sikkim

And a masterwork of the Divine perfection is laid

It is not a trial that the soul undergoes

But a process by which replenishment occurs

Beyond any mortal judgement or choice

Eternity shapes time’s insufficiency

Turning many vortices to accelerate evolution

Within the body, a conscious-energy recalibrates itself

By drawing upon the design-patterns reflected in the mirror series

A leap in awareness is a primordial step

Mind-to-Mind transfer completing the karmic-loop

The universe unfolds itself in alphas and omegas

In a persistent colour of perception the drama is told

An actor free to enact every possibility

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Sacred Choten (Rock) behind Old Doling Monastery Ravangla, Sikkim

He, the redeemer not by choice or by birth

But by soul-deliverance of the eternal sacrifice

That assigns divinity to a god or a stone

Builds the foundation based on the Semiotics of Surrender

A prayer upon a prayer upon a prayer…

Consciously experienced as the ecstasy in all

He who has planted the root of unity in differences

‘A vast surrender was his only strength’.

“He is never seen, but is the witness; He is never heard, but is the Hearer; He is never thought of, but is the Thinker; He is never known, but is the Knower. There is no Other witness but Him, no other hearer but Him, no other thinker but Him, no other knower but Him”. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

-J


Invocations Devi Khadgamala Stotra, 17th Feb 2017, Auroville

Performed @ Auroville’s SAWCHU platform  in Bharat Nivas

Performers @ Rekha and Laurence, and filmed by Manohar

The Sri Devi Khadga Mala Stotram is a very special composition of praying to the Goddess Shakti, the Divine Mother in a unique and complete way. Unique in the sense that each of the names uttered is for a significant cause, with meaning description and encapsulated with divine energy and utmost devotion.

Khadgamala Stotram is a hymn sung in the praise of Divine Mother, which is said to bestow a protective garland of mystical weapons from the Devi from all sorts of calamities upon those who recite it. The Devi Khadga Mala Stotram takes us mentally through the Sri Chakra, the mystical geometric representation of the Supreme Goddess, describing the significance and meaning for each form given.

(Source: Auroville)

 

We are only Links in the Chain: Circular Movement is the preset Auto-Response of the Life Divine (man/da/la)

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Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Monastery, Kolkata

‘Namu Myoho Renge Kyo’

‘Namu Myoho Renge Kyo’

‘Namu Myoho Renge Kyo’

‘I take refuge in the wonderful law of the Lotus Sutra’

  • Founded by Japanese Monk, Nichidatsu Fuji (1885-1985), the Nipponzan Monastery at the heart of Kolkata in Lake Place is an ideal place for meditation on the Lotus Sutra, which incidentally is the last teaching of Buddha’s life.
  • The ancient link b/w India and Japan was reinstated after Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to Japan in 1916; the Poet also met Sri Mirra Alfassa in Japan who would later join Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry.
  • Fuji was very much influenced by the writings of Nichiren and thought of travelling to India, the spiritual birthplace, to invigorate the teachings of Enlightenment. This was a difficult time here in Calcutta when the country was striving for freedom from the British Colonial Rule.
  • Fuji arrived in 1931 and walked the streets near lake place beating his drum and chanting ‘Namu Myoho Renge Kyo’.
  • He met Mahatma Gandhi in 1933 at Wardhah and shared his ideas of compassion and non-violence.
  • Industrialist and philanthropist, Sri Jugal Kishore Birla gave him land to build a monastery in 1935 which is now the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Monastery at 60/1, Kabi Bharati, Kolkata 700029
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Temple of Immaculate Conception at Kamarpukur where Sri Sri Ramakrishna was born 

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Buddha inside Nipponzan Monastery, Kolkata (Photograph of Monk Fuji in the back)

“The Knowing Self is not born;
It does not die. It has not sprung from anything;
nothing has sprung from It. Birthless, eternal, everlasting,
and ancient, It is not killed when the body is killed”.
– Katha Upanishad

Bhakti (Love & Compassion) is the MOTHER of GYAN or KNOWLEDGE, Everything Flows from the Source which is AKHANDA JYOTI OF BHAKTI RASA-LILA

‘Ask Nothing, Give Everything’- Sri Krishnaprem (*that is the Road to Sri Sri Radha Rani)

After Her darshan, one-on-one with the Lord is possible.

‘Circular Movement is the Divine Movement’. – Sri Krishnaprem

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Kankali Tala Temple, Birbhum -one of the 51 Shakti-Pithas

KANKALI TALA TEMPLE -one of the most important Shakti Pithas among the historical 51 pithas. Sri Mata Parvati’s skeleton (kankal) is believed to have fallen here during the great cosmic tandava (dance/surge of Macro-cosmic energy) of Lord Shiva. Therefore, it is a spiritual center or a powerful energy-vortex.

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Tashiding Monastery in West Sikkim considered as the spiritual heart or the vortex point of Sadhana in the lower Himalayas 

All objects are the perceiving of them, and the perceiving of them is
what they are. It follows that the perceiving of them is not separate
from the objects, and the objects are not separate from the perceiving
of them.

Therefore, no objects exist as objects, either as phenomena or in noumenon.

APPEARING (FORM) is not an object, but a functioning. It appears as a
objectivisation.

HAPPY 2017 – As we are LINKS in the CHAIN, I open my heart to all of
you so we can walk together to see the great transformation coming to
this world. It will be a higher consciousness of technology that will
enable a sustainable living based on higher ethics and aesthetics.

Love & Peace

-J

 

An Anatomy of the Memory of Silent Worship: 5th December Maha-Samadhi Day, 2016

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Sri Aurobindo Last Jouney/Maha-Samadhi 5th Dec 1950

A silent melody of the heart directs Life Divine     

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Divine Mother at Pondicherry photograph by Henri-Cartier Bresson

It has the latent frequency of the universe

It configures and re-configures itself by an unknown process

Unknown because it cannot pre-empt itself

But it knows how to propel and navigate

Self-contained, it is the BLISS Regulator

The art of Surrender is the Miracle of Miracles

It is the only pre-requisite to be with the Divine

To have the heart’s content in every situation is the indomitable will that makes you free

Pray to the Mother so your embryonic self can connect with the universe

Pray to the Lord in you and the Lord in All

A single word can create the dynamic pathways of the circuit for consummation

That is the Secret of Upanishadic mantras

That is Urandiskhungtat/Tool//Wool/Cool//Pool (*Proximity to the Future can RECREATE THE PAST)

FAST MOBILIZED DIGITAL CHROME

Supra-Causal WALKING BOAT-MAN

Supremely vast, the universe is ready inside the heart

After death, the LILA ALLOWS more spectral plays in varied ways

His last journey was the rite where we learned the rules to play game!!!

-J

Press Release

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Friday 2nd December, 2016

St John’s looks to break into Indian and Chinese B&B market for 2017

As the number of tourists from Asia visiting the historic university city of Cambridge continues to rise, one of its most iconic Colleges is looking to target visitors from both India and China to develop revenues that can help to fund its core work in education and research.

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St John’s,  founded in 1511, is one of the largest and best-known Colleges in Cambridge  

Indian and Chinese visitors to Cambridge are being targeted by one of the university city’s most iconic colleges in a bed and breakfast business campaign designed to attract growing numbers of “high value” tourists from Asia.

 

St John’s College was founded in 1511 and is known for producing several of Cambridge University’s Nobel Laureates and numerous other distinguished academics, as well as for its riverside setting and famous “Bridge of Sighs”. Now, the college is hoping that this unique history will prove a draw for its bed and breakfast business for tourists during the summer of 2017.

 

While Cambridge colleges were once strictly private for most of the year and closed off to the general public, the situation has changed dramatically during recent decades. Like many others, St John’s offers a bed and breakfast service while students are away during the long summer vacation, and many rooms are therefore vacant. Rather than staying in a hotel, this gives tourists the chance to enjoy the unique surroundings of a centuries-old college in the heart of one of Britain’s most spectacular cities.

 

Tourism is one of the main ways in which, especially during the summer months, the College generates income which it can invest in its core aims, which are teaching students and supporting world-class research. With numbers of visitors from India and China both on the rise in Cambridge, St John’s is now making a concerted effort to appeal to would-be customers from both of those countries in particular.

 

“The economic growth in both countries means that we are seeing more independent, high-value visitors coming to Cambridge,” Bill Brogan, who is Catering and Conference Manager at St John’s College, said. “Some are business people or visiting academics, but there are also a lot more families who are just interested in seeing a part of the UK outside London. Our thinking is that if you choose a hotel you could be anywhere, while a stay in a Cambridge College is an experience unlike anywhere else.”

 

Cambridge is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the United Kingdom outside of London. According to Visit Britain, the city had approximately 430,000 “staying” visitors in 2015 – an increase on the previous two years.

 

Research by the same organisation also suggests that visits from China and India to the UK overall are on the rise. Between 2014 and 2015 (the latest period for which accurate and complete data is available) it recorded a 45.7% increase in visitors from China, and an 8.47% increase in visitors from India.

 

Brogan estimates that about a fifth of the College’s own Bed and Breakfast custom during 2015 similarly came from those two countries. As a result, the College is now developing existing collaborations in both China and India to promote its bed and breakfast business. Information is being sent to bodies such as the China-Britain Business Council, Air China, the Institute of Hospitality, and several Indian universities, as well as smaller businesses and suppliers with which the College has a relationship, such as Sula Vineyards near Mumbai.

 

Visitors to St John’s are typically drawn by its famous grounds on the River Cam and its architecture, some of which dates back to the Tudor Era, and which also includes the Bridge of Sighs and the superb 19th-century Chapel designed by George Gilbert-Scott. These have provided the backdrop for numerous blockbuster films.

 

Among several other prominent Indians, Dr Manmohan Singh, the country’s former Prime Minister, is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of the College, and was awarded a BA in Economics in 1957. Since 2007, he has given his name to a scholarship programme that enables academically outstanding doctoral students from India to study at St John’s.

 

Noted Chinese alumni include the novelist Louis Cha, who became a Doctor of Philosophy at St John’s at the age of 86 in 2010, and was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of the College in September of that year. A stone, inscribed with a poetic couplet which he composed for the College at the start of his career as a graduate student in 2005, stands in the College’s rose garden. The College is developing strong links with China, not least through exchange programmes and opportunities for Visiting Overseas Scholars to study at the College.

 

The resulting high international profile has made St John’s one of the most popular destinations in Cambridge. During the financial year 2014-15, more than 54,000 tourists visited, generating a £160,000 profit for the College.

 

Bed and breakfast facilities are available at St John’s every summer. For more information, visit: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/bed-breakfast.

 

For more information, please contact: Tom Kirk, St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Tel: +44 (0)1223 768377, Mob: +44 (0)7764 161923; Email: tdk25@cam.ac.uk

ART AND MINDFULNESS:EXPRESSION OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL UNITY IN MAN by having a discourse with the Universe

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“Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to-day.”
― Romain Rolland, Jean Christophe. Vol 1

“We are the music-makers

We are the dreamers of dreams”.

“The individual man must exist for Man the great, and must express him in disinterested works, in science and philosophy, in literature and arts, in service and worship”. (Rabindranath Tagore)

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Divine Mother and Sri Aurobindo

“But if Art is to reach towards the highest, the Indian tendency must dominate. The spirit is that in which all the rest of the human being reposes, towards which it returns and the final self-revelation of which is the goal of humanity. Man becomes God, and all human activity reaches its highest and noblest when it succeeds in bringing body, heart and mind into touch with spirit. Art can express eternal truth, it is not limited to the expression of form and appearance. So wonderfully has God made the world that a man using a simple combination of lines, an unpretentious harmony of colours, can raise this apparently insignificant medium to suggest absolute and profound truths with a perfection which language labours with difficulty to reach. What Nature is, what God is, what man is can be triumphantly revealed in stone or on canvas.

Behind a few figures, a few trees and rocks the supreme Intelligence, the supreme Imagination, the supreme Energy lurks, acts, feels, is, and, if the artist has the spiritual vision, he can see it and suggest perfectly the great mysterious Life in its manifestations brooding in action, active in thought, energetic in stillness, creative in repose, full of a mastering intention in that which appears blind and unconscious. The great truths of religion, science, metaphysics, life, development, become concrete, emotional, universally intelligible and convincing in the hands of the master of plastic art, and the soul of man, in the stage when it is rising from emotion to intellect, looks, receives the suggestion and is uplifted towards a higher development, a diviner knowledge.”

– Sri Aurobindo, The National Value of Art, 1909

ART IS AN ORGANIC EXPRESSION OF THE TRANSCENDENTAL PERSONALITY OF MAN; IT MIRRORS HIS SOUL THAT EXTENDS TO BECOME THE UNIVERSE AND THE UNIVERSE IS HIM IN ALL ITS LUMINOSITY. THEREFORE, HIGHEST ART IS A SYNERGY BETWEEN MAN AND THE UNIVERSE THAT IS MANIFESTED AS AN EXPERIENCE OF AWARENESS. THE PRIMAL MIND ALONE GIVES BIRTH TO ART, ITS THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, ITS THE VIBRATION OF THE COLOURS OF COMPASSION, OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP,OF STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE WHICH FINALLY CONSUMMATES IN THE BLISSFUL STATE OF ‘ANANDA’ – THIS IS PERHAPS THE INDIA STORY – THE STORY OF MANY LIVES TRANSMUTING INTO ONE, FOREVER AND FOREVER….

PRESS RELEASE
Exhibition Dates: 20th October – 23rd October 2016
Timings: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Swabhumi The Heritage, Kolkata
INDIA STORY ART EXHIBITION PRESENTED BY LATITUDE 28 Gallery, New Delhi
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Niyeti Chadha, Untitled, 3.5 x 6 inches, Isograph pen and water colour on paper 2015

In the context of South Asia, with histories of colonialism, ethnic divisions, communal tensions,marginalization, border disputes, living indigenous traditions whose needs and demands contest impositions of political power, urbanization, language politics, and centuries of conquests and border fluidity, maps have been imposed upon maps. Such projects are often ‘carto-histories’ or ‘carto- biographies’ written by agents of power. The irony remains that despite attempts at ‘harmonious’assimilation of parts into a whole, maps are instrumental only when inferred in parts. Lived experience of these inscribed spaces present an entirely different vocabulary of social relations, cultural differences

and particularities, unfamiliar landscapes, and even quotidian symptoms of political and diplomatic relations.
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Waseem Ahmed, untitled, Pigment colour, Silver leaf on archival Vasli Paper 2015

Waseem Ahmed’s delicate use of the miniature style, explores the politically charged terrain of issues and identity. The works visit myths and anecdotes to critique the current, often media generated, caricaturing of the Islamic identity.

Thisath Thoradeniya, who is based in Sri Lanka, picks up the figure of the joker, who occupies the margins of society and has no ostensible relevance except as an entertainer. Yet his comical acts mirror his context and becomes a narrative of testimony. The joker becomes an appropriate channel for the artist to articulate the anxieties stemming from his own personal experiences. Niyeti Chadha is preoccupied by the transient topographies of urban spaces – ever climbing skylines, buildings under construction and the whir that entwines them. Her abstract works enmesh these various geographies, often hyperbolically, giving primacy to the experience of these landscapes and necessarily
escape fidelity to actual architectural spaces in urban India.
The Gond artist Bhajju Shyam invokes the folklore of his village in Madhya Pradesh in his art, creating a contemporary idiom infused with traditional style and content. As a storyteller, his works capture rural and marginalized histories in a form that is disappearing from mainstream, globalized art contexts.
These works which will be exhibited as part of The India Story (TIS), capture narratives that are alternative to media and political narratives, overturning imposed collective identities within South Asia.

About Latitude 28
Through curated shows, careful strategizing and discovering emerging artists with exciting practices, Latitude 28 over the years has become synonymous with cutting edge art coming out of the country, seeking out fresh perspectives in its attempt to stimulate commercial interest in new waves of art- making. The establishment aims to cultivate a space where collectors and art enthusiasts can interact with younger artists and their practices.It provides a horizontal environment where younger artists are
able to contextualise their work alongside the masters of Indian art, experiment with medium, material and institutional critique. We have supported Kartik Sood, Anindita Dutta, and Shweta Bhattad in their innovative practices, exhibiting them alongside veterans such as Anupam Sud and Baiju Parthan. The gallery collection consequently includes cutting edge contemporary alongside modern masters.
Latitude 28 has been imagined as an incubation space, generating ideas through curatorial projects, site-
specific artworks, artist talks and curated walks. Exhibitions such as ‘In You Is The Illusion Of Each Day’
(curated by Maya Kovskaya, 2011), ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’ (curated by Meera Menezes, 2012),
‘Crossing Over’ (curated by Ambareen Karamat, 2013) and ‘Sacred/Scared’ (curated by Nancy Adajania,
2014) tried to initiate renewed readings of artworks within art historical/socio-political contexts.
Latitude 28 frequently travels to International art fairs, and supports our artists’ presence at biennales
around the world. The gallery has been part of Art Gwangju (2012), Art HK (2013) [solo booth project by
Prajakta Palav], Dhaka Art Summit (2014), and most recently Art Dubai (2015) [solo booth project by
Dilip Chobisa]. Latitude 28 is also committed to generating discourse on contemporary art through
projects that are not-for-profit, interact with the public sphere, and commission research articles and
critical writing from critics, curators and researchers. We also partner with similar initiatives, facilitating
several special projects at the India Art Fair over the years.
This investment in the discursive prompted Latitude 28 to organize TAKE on Writing | Critic-Community:
Contemporary Art Writing in India with TAKE on art (its sister publication), an intensive destination workshop in Goa to cultivate dialogue among peers on art criticism. Most recently, the gallery supported