Sincerity
Nov27

Sincerity

Sincerity means more than honesty. It means that you mean what you say, feel what you profess, are earnest in your will. SRI AUROBINDO When we end a letter with ‘yours sincerely’, it is almost a reflex. Rarely do we give a thought to what it means, how difficult it is to be sincere, and therefore, how rare total sincerity is. In ordinary day-to-day affairs, sincerity means saying what we mean, and doing what we say. Sincerity implies...

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Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri
Nov27

Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri

There is a teacher present in every line of Savitri – the consciousness of Sri Aurobindo himself. Savitri is perhaps the best known and least understood work of Sri Aurobindo. Its fascination lies partly in the insurmountable challenge it presents to those who try to understand it at the mental level. Running into about 24,000 lines, Savitri is one of the longest poems in the English language. Raymond Frank Piper, an American scholar,...

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Every Sinner Has a Future
Jul27

Every Sinner Has a Future

The Seven Social Sins: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principle. MAHATMA GANDHI Sin is a crime in the eyes of God. Crime is the term usually reserved for violating man-made rules. A crime is punishable in the court of law. A sin may also be a crime; however, there are sins that are not...

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Did Sri Aurobindo Take the Easy Way Out?
May07

Did Sri Aurobindo Take the Easy Way Out?

…the mind is incapable of judging spiritual things. THE MOTHER Sri Aurobindo was sent to England at age seven for ‘further studies’, and returned to India in 1893 at age twenty one. His full-time engagement with the struggle for India’s freedom was restricted to a short period (1906-1910), of which one year (1908-1909) was spent in prison. In April 1910 he went away to Pondicherry, after which he dedicated himself exclusively to...

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Let Not Depression Depress You
Jul12

Let Not Depression Depress You

A depression is always unreasonable as it leads nowhere. THE MOTHER (on 31 May 1955, CWM 14:264) There is hardly anyone in the world who has never been depressed. If you have never been, perhaps you have forgotten, or have not yet lived long enough. A person gets depressed when he perceives his life to be not only miserable, but also beyond repair. A severely depressed person resigns himself to his fate, refuses to even try improving...

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