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On Thoughts and Aphorisms: The Mother

Yes. Sri Aurobindo is referring here to his experience in Alipore jail. But what is interesting in this aphorism is the contrast he points out between the material prison where only his body was confined, while his spirit, unfettered by social conventions and prejudice, free from all preconceived ideas and all doctrinaire limitations, had a direct and conscious contact with the Divine and a first revelation of the integral Yoga; and, on the other hand, the mental prison of narrow rules which excludes life " and within which people often confine themselves when they renounce ordinary existence in order to devote themselves to a spiritual life based on traditional dogmatic ideas. So Sri Aurobindo is here, as always, the champion of the real freedom beyond all rules and limitations, the total freedom of perfect union with the supreme and eternal Truth.

Издательство: "Pondicherry" (1984)

Формат: 110x160, 416 стр.

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo on the 24 November 1926 (Siddhi Day). At the time there were no more than 24 disciples in the Ashram (Das 1976 pp.233-4). In December of that year, Sri Aurobindo decided to withdraw from public view, and appointed his co-worker Mirra Alfassa, thenceforth known as The Mother in charge of the ashram.

The early ashram

In the early history of the ashram there was a regular routine. At 6:15 every morning The Mother appeared on the ashram balcony to initiate the day with her blessings. Sadhaks (spiritual aspirants), who got up at 3AM, finished their own meditations and a good portion of the day’s work, and then assembled under the balcony to receive her blessings (Karmayogi no date).

As the ashram grew, many departments sprang up: the office, library, dining room, press, workshops, playground, art gallery, dispensary, farms, dairies, flower gardens, guest houses, legal department, audit department, and many others, too. The heads of the departments met The Mother in the morning and took her blessings and orders. Again at 10 a.m. she used to meet all the sadhaks individually. Once again, in the evening at 5:30 PM, she conducted meditation and met each sadhak once more.

In addition, four times a year she used to give public Darshans (a spiritual gathering where the guru bestows blessings) at which a few thousand devotees gathered and received her Grace.

The ashram today

Today, the ashram is a large institution with locations in cities all over the world in addition to dominating the downtown area of Pondicherry. It provides many charitable benefits to the area, including free medical facilities and a publishing house.

The ashram's effects spring up across the town: local businesses include the "Sri Aurobindo Autocare Services," "Auro Moon Garments Showroom," and "AuroXerox." Most famously, the alternative community Auroville (pop. 1800) sits outside the town. [cite news |first= Stephen|last= McClarence|title= Where Om comes with a French accent South of Madras, Stephen McClarence explores a town that has boules and baguettes as well as an ashram|publisher= The Daily Telegraph (London)|date= 2006-07-29|accessdate=2007-10-21]

Aims & ideals

A complete method of Yoga that would transform human nature to divine life. In Sri Aurobindo's system, the highest aim is the being of one, without the renunciation of life in the world. Such a fulfillment of the consciousness, the urge for perfection, must not be confined to few individuals but must extend to the masses, leading to a new type of being that is "eternal, self-existing, and inalienable".

Sri Aurobindo lays the foundation of his inquiry by focusing on the contradiction between the mundane human existence and the human desire to acquire a divine perfection in life. By introducing the category of evolution, he wants to resolve the paradox of the human being's delimited consciousness and his desire to be identical with a divine form.

Apart from study of Sri Aurobindo's and The Mother's books, there are no specific disciplines recommended, but rather the practice of Integral Yoga means that every sadhak should follow whatever spiritual techniques they feel guided to.

Anyone can join at any time. There's no method, no period and no training as such. It's the only self-practice to reach the higher mind, eternal state and the continuous help will be sourced only from Divine and no one else.

Sri Aurobindo's teachings have influenced not just Indian thought, but also is established throughout the West, thanks to books and regional centers. It is also a contributing element in Integral philosophy.

Some publications

The following is a partial list of journals published by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram or groups connected with. Many of Sri Aurobindo's unpublished letters, articles, poems and so on first appeared in them.

* "Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual", Calcutta since 1942
* "Bartika" (Bengali), Quarterly, Calcutta, since 1942
* "The Advent" Quarterly, Pondicherry (originally Madras), since 1944
* "Sri Aurobindo Circle", Annual, Pondicherry (originally Bombay), since 1945
* "Bulletin of Physical Education" (presently the "Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education"), Quarterly, Pondicherry, since 1949, English-French
* "Mother India", Monthly, Pondicherry (originally a Bombay fortnightly), since 1949
* "Srinvantu", Quarterly, Calcutta, since 1956

ee also

*Auroville
*The Mother's International School
*Integral education
*Sri Aurobindo
*The Mother

References


* Das, Nolima ed., (1978) "Glimpses of the Mother's Life" vol.1, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
* Karmayogi (date?) "Life and Teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother", Mere Cie, Inc. [http://www.motherservice.org/Life%20&%20Teachings/Life%20and%20Teachings.htm online]
* A B Purani, "Life Of Sri Aurobindo", Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, Page 376

External links

* [http://sabda.sriaurobindoashram.org Publishers of Books]
* [http://www.sriaurobindoashram.info/Default.aspx?1=234 Official website] [http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org]
* [http://www.sriaurobindoashram.info On-line reading and search on books by Sri Aurobindo,The Mother and disciples.]

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