Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi 5.Dec.2016

To express our gratitude to Sri Aurobindo we can do nothing better than to be a living demonstration of his teaching.

- The Mother

Darshan Message  

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Siddhi Day

24.Nov.2016: Darshan Day

Darshan Day

The anniversary of the Siddhi day or the day of Victory was the occasion for Collective Meditation around the Shrine. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Durga 2016

30.Oct.2016: Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Sri Aurobindo's Birthday

15.Aug.2016: Darshan Day


Freedom 2016

15.Aug.2016: Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère



Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay

3.Aug.2016: Remembering Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D. L. Roy and Dilip Kumar Roy

Remembering Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D. L. Roy and Dilip Kumar Roy


Sri Aurobindo's Sacred Relics

Sri Aurobindo's Relics were enshrined in Lakshmi's House on 24.Jun.1977.

Relics are the living Presence of Sri Aurobindo, imbued with His light and force, just as an atom contains an infinite power in itself....


Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

9.May.2016: Musical Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his Birth Anniversary by various artists

Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture celebrated Rabindranath Tagore's 155th Birth Anniversary with an offering of Rabindra Sangeet by celebrated artists. Chorus led by Shri Ashish Bhattacharya and Smt. Pramita Mullick. Solo renditions by Mriganka Sarkar, Shreya Guha Thakurta, Iffat Ara Dewan, Debashish Roy Choudhury, Rohini Roy Choudhury, Biswarup Rudra, Anita Pal, Shamik Pal, Imon Chakraborty...


The Mother's final arrival at Pondicherry

24.Apr.2016: Darshan Day

We read, we try to understand, we explain, we try to know. But a single minute of true experience teaches us more than millions of words and hundreds of explanations.

So the first question is: How to have the experience?

To go within yourself, that is the first step.

And then, once you have succeeded in going within yourself deeply enough to feel the reality of that which is within, to widen yourself progressively, systematically, to become as vast as the universe and lose the sense of limitation.

These are the first two preparatory movements.

And these two things must be done in the greatest possible calm, peace and tranquillity. This peace, this tranquillity brings about silence in the mind and stillness in the vital.

This effort, this attempt must be renewed very regularly, persistently. And after a certain lapse of time, which may be longer or shorter, you begin to perceive a reality that is different from the reality perceived in the ordinary, external consciousness.

The Mother


'Poila Baishakh' - Bengali New Year's Day

14.Apr.2016:

New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar

Audio recording of Pradyot da's words was played.

There was Collective Meditation in the Hall of Light.

Offering of Rabindra Sangeet by Shri Ashish Bhattacharya

He was accompanied by Pandit Biplab Mondal on the Tabla, Shri Anjan Basu on the Esraj and Shri Panchanan Boral with Mandiras.


Songs by Ashish Bhattacharya

14.Apr.2016: Offering of songs on New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar

Offering of songs to celebrate New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar


Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry

4.Apr.2016:

Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry

There was Collective Meditation around Sri Aurobindo's Sacred Relics at Lakshmi's House.


The Divine Adventure

1910. The middle of February.
It is late evening.
4, Shyampukur Lane,
The office of Karmayogin.
A flight of stairs. A bare room.
He is seated on the only cot.
Around Him are the faithfuls.
The air is purposeful yet relaxed.
There is laughter and mirth.
Suddenly a young staff member rushes in.
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The Mother's first meeting with Sri Aurobindo

29.Mar.2016:

The First Meeting Day

The 102nd anniversary of the Mother's first meeting with Sri Aurobindo at the Guest House was the occasion for Collective Meditation around the Sacred Relics.

"I came here..... I had an appointment for the afternoon. He was living in the house that's now part of the second dormitory, the old Guest House. I climbed up the stairway and he was standing there, waiting for me at the top of the stairs….EXACTLY my vision! Dressed the same way, in the same position, in profile, his head held high. He turned his head towards me…and I saw in his eyes that it was He... more


Basanta Utsav - Spring Celebration

An offering of Music and Dance to celebrate the onset of Spring


The Mother's Birthday

21.Feb.2016: Darshan Day


Parama 2016

21.Feb.2016: Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère



Joya di's 80th Birthday

2.Feb.2016:

Artistic Tributes

Kathak Recital by Smt Saswati Sen

Jugalbandi between Shinjini Kulkarni (Kathak) and Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla)

Celebrations in TFFS

Inter School Art Competition

Special Assembly to remember Joya di

Tribute by students - Rangoli and Flower-arrangement


Kathak Recital by Smt Saswati Sen

2.Feb.2016: Tribute to Joya di on her 80th Birth Anniversary

The highlight was a brief tabla performance by Pandit Birju Maharaj, who also sang a song he had composed earlier and an emotional performance by Smt Saswati Sen to a song sung by Joya di.


Felicitation of Pandit Birju Maharaj

2.Feb.2016: Joya di's 80th Birth Anniversary

The text of the felicitation document was recited in three languages - English, Hindi & Bengali.


Kathak Recital by Smt Shinjini Kulkarni

2.Feb.2016: Tribute to Joya di on her 80th Birth Anniversary

A Jugalbandi between Shinjini Kulkarni (Kathak) and Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla)


La Mere Annual 2016

7.Jan.2016: Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


New Year's Day

1.Jan.2016: Darshan Day

Darshan Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Sacred Relics on the first day of the year. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


'Aspiration 2015' (11-20 Dec)

20.Dec.2015:


Songs by Aloke Roy Chowdhury

20.Dec.2015: Musical program at Aspiration 2015 - annual celebration of culture

'Swarna Juger Gaan' - Songs by Aloke Roy Chowdhury



Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta

18.Dec.2015: Musical program at Aspiration 2015 - annual celebration of culture

'Giti Alekhyo' - Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta with Narration by Saswati Guha Thakurta



'Pratham Partha': A drama presentation

16.Dec.2015: Musical program at Aspiration 2015 - annual celebration of culture

Presented by Abdullah Al-Mamun Theatre School Praktoni (Bangladesh)


Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla) & Supratik Sengupta (Sitar)

14.Dec.2015: Musical program at Aspiration 2015 - annual celebration of culture

Solo performances and Jugalbandi


Tagore's 'Shapmochan': A dance-drama

11.Dec.2015: Musical program at Aspiration 2015 - annual celebration of culture

A dance-drama directed by Minu Haque



Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi Day

5.Dec.2015: Darshan Day

Mahasamadhi Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Sacred Relics. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.

O mortal, bear this great world's law of pain,
In thy hard passage through a suffering world
Lean for thy soul's support on Heaven's strength,
Turn towards high Truth, aspire to love and peace.
A little bliss is lent thee from above,
A touch divine upon thy human days.
Make of thy daily way a pilgrimage,
For through small joys and griefs thou mov'st towards God.


Shikha di (1948-2015)

3.Dec.2015:



'The home of Grace' 

Lakshmi's House

"We shall call it Lakshmi's House and it will be The home of Grace."

The Mother wrote in February, 1968, with reference to the property at 3, Regent Park, Calcutta.

  • The Mother - The home of Grace

Sri Aurobindo's Sacred Relics are installed.

24.June.1977

Today, Lakshmi's House is a temple that houses Sri Aurobindo's relics

And a field of action for the realization of our spiritual Ideal.

Lakshmi's House in 2014

An outer activity as well as an inner change is needed and it must be at once a spiritual, cultural, educational, social and economical action.

Spiritual Ideal - Sri Aurobindo

The Mother's Instruments at Lakshmi's House

Arun da

Pioneer soul-spirit

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Pradyot da

The Mother's Instrument

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Joya di

She built her Mother's Home.

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Sri Aurobindo in Calcutta (1906-10)

Bengal National
College

1906

Bengal National College started with Sri Aurobindo as its first Principal on 15.Aug.1906. Sri Aurobindo attached much importance to National education and included it as part of the new Nationalist Party's programme.

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'Bande Mataram'
newspaper

1906-08

'Bande Mataram' was an English newspaper edited by Sri Aurobindo. It was almost unique in journalistic history in the influence it exercised in converting the mind of a people and preparing it for revolution.

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Congress Split at Surat Session

Dec. 1907

Sri Aurobindo presided over the Nationalist Conference at Surat in 1907 where in the forceful clash of two equal parties - the Moderates and the Nationalists - the Congress was broken to pieces.

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Realization of 'Nirvana'

Jan. 1908

Sri Aurobindo realized Nirvana or Silent Brahman Consciousness in January 1908. This experience turned out to be the beginning of a greater realisation.

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Alipore Bomb Case

1908-09

Alipore Bomb case was a historic trial in which the British Government tried to implicate Sri Aurobindo in various revolutionary activities.

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As a Prisoner

1908-09

Sri Aurobindo spent one year in Presidency Jail as an under-trial prisoner in the Alipore Bomb Case. He was kept in solitary confinement for certain periods.

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Cosmic Consciousness

1908-09

Sri Aurobindo realized Cosmic consciousness and the Divine as all beings and all that is, during his confinement at Presidency Jail as an undertrial prisoner.

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'Karmayogin' newspaper

1909-10

Karamayogin was a weekly journal in English started by Sri Aurobindo as a review of National Religion, Literature, Science, Philosophy etc.

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Departure

1910

Sri Aurobindo departed from Calcutta on the strength of an 'Adesh' (Divine command) from above, first to Chandernagore and then to Pondicherry.

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Live at SAIoC

Hindustani Classical Collection

  • Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy

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  • Sitar recital by Ustad Shahid Parvez

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  • Vocal recital by Smt Kaushiki Chakrabarty Desikan

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  • Sarod recital by Shri Alam Khan

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  • Sitar Recital by Pandit Soumitra Lahiri

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  • Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar (Hindustani Classical Vocal)

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  • Santoor Recital by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya

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  • Sitar recital by Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt

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  • Dhrupad Recital by Pandit Falguni Mitra

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  • Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar

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Rabindra Sangeet

  • Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

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  • Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Rajashree Bhattacharya

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Collection 2016

Collection 2015

  • Songs by Aloke Roy Chowdhury

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  • Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman

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  • 'Pratham Partha': A drama presentation

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  • Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla) & Supratik Sengupta (Sitar)

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  • Tagore's 'Shapmochan': A dance-drama

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan

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  • Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay

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  • 'Dilip Kumar Roy and Romain Rolland': A lecture by Dr. Chinmoy Guha

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  • Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar

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  • Sarod Recital by Soumik Datta

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  • Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Anubrata Chatterjee on the Tabla

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Collection 2014

  • Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul

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  • Gouri Guha (Vocal) and Contemporary Dance Program

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  • Book Launch of 'Katak Kori Katak Komal'

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  • Tribute to Manna Dey

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  • Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee

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  • Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick

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  • Songs by Shri Sounak Chattopadhyay

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Collection 2013

  • Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

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  • Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen

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  • Devotional songs by Smt. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta

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  • Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy

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  • Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul

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  • A presentation of Raga Music Symphony

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  • Play-reading of Rabindranath's 'Rakta Karabi'

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  • Folk songs of Bengal by 'Dohar'

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  • Songs by Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Play-reading by Supriti Mukhopadhyay

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Guidance for the seeker

This message is generated randomly from a collection of short written statements taken from the notes, letters, and messages of The Mother.

The process of generating the guidance is the electronic equivalent of randomly looking up a book to receive an indication or answer.

The Mother explains the process

Everybody can do it. It is done in this way: you concentrate. Now, it depends on what you want. If you have an inner problem and want the solution, you concentrate on this problem; if you want to know the condition you are in, which you are not aware of - if you want to get some light on the state you are in, you just come forward with simplicity and ask for the light. Or else, quite simply, if you are curious to know what the invisible knowledge has to tell you, you remain silent and still for a moment and then open the book. I always used to recommend taking a paper-knife, because it is thinner; while you are concentrated you insert it in the book and with the tip indicate something. Then, if you know how to concentrate, that is to say, if you really do it with an aspiration to have an answer, it always comes.

For, in books of this kind (Mother shows The Synthesis of Yoga), books of revelation, there is always an accumulation of forces - at least of higher mental forces, and most often of spiritual forces of the highest knowledge. Every book, on account of the words it contains, is like a small accumulator of these forces. People don't know this, for they don't know how to make use of it, but it is so. In the same way, in every picture, photograph, there is an accumulation, a small accumulation representative of the force of the person whose picture it is, of his nature and, if he has powers, of his powers. Now, you, when you are sincere and have an aspiration, you emanate a certain vibration, the vibration of your aspiration which goes and meets the corresponding force in the book, and it is a higher consciousness which gives you the answer.

Everything is contained potentially. Each element of a whole potentially contains what is in the whole. It is a little difficult to explain, but you will understand with an example: when people want to practise magic, if they have a bit of nail or hair, it is enough for them, because within this, potentially, there is all that is in the being itself. And in a book there is potentially - not expressed, not manifest - the knowledge which is in the person who wrote the book. Thus, Sri Aurobindo represented a totality of comprehension and knowledge and power; and every one of his books is at once a symbol and a representation. Every one of his books contains symbolically, potentially, what is in him. Therefore, if you concentrate on the book, you can, through the book, go back to the source. And even, by passing through the book, you will be able to receive much more than what is just in the book.

There is always a way of reading and understanding what one reads, which gives an answer to what you want. It is not just a chance or an amusement, nor is it a kind of diversion. You may do it just "like that", and then nothing at all happens to you, you have no reply and it is not interesting. But if you do it seriously, if seriously your aspiration tries to concentrate on this instrument - it is like a battery, isn't it, which contains energies - if it tries to come into contact with the energy which is there and insists on having the answer to what it wants to know, well, naturally, the energy which is there - the union of the two forces, the force given out by you and that accumulated in the book - will guide your hand and your paper-knife or whatever you have; it will guide you exactly to the thing that expresses what you ought to know…. Obviously, if one does it without sincerity or conviction, nothing at all happens. If it is done sincerely, one gets an answer.

Certain books are like this, more powerfully charged than others; there are others where the result is less clear. But generally, books containing aphorisms and short sentences - not very long philosophical explanations, but rather things in a condensed and precise form - it is with these that one succeeds best.

Naturally, the value of the answer depends on the value of the spiritual force contained in the book. If you take a novel, it will tell you nothing at all but stupidities. But if you take a book containing a condensation of forces - of knowledge or spiritual force or teaching power - you will receive your answer.

 


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