Yoga on the Road
Jun28

Yoga on the Road

A Smile Every Mile The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers. ― Dave Barry   Driving is an interaction. It is an interaction between the driver and the vehicle. It is an interaction between the driver and the other users of the road. It is an interaction between a man with a...

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Does the Mother’s Mind Bend the Baby Before It is Born?
Jun15

Does the Mother’s Mind Bend the Baby Before It is Born?

True maternity begins with the conscious creation of a being, with the willed shaping of a soul coming to develop and utilise a new body. – THE MOTHER (of Sri Aurobindo Ashram)   According to a news item published today (The Times of India, 14 June 2017, p. 1)  the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) has published a booklet ‘Mother and Child Care’ advising pregnant women to avoid bad company, bad...

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Swadharma
Nov27

Swadharma

Discovering One’s True Inner Calling Swadharma literally means our very own dharma, or what is right for us. Swadharma may be roughly translated as sacred duty. There are certain principles that are almost universal, but there are some variations that apply to individuals because of the unique situation in which they are placed. For example, in general it is wrong to kill, but not so for a soldier in the battlefield because killing in...

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Swabhava
Nov27

Swabhava

What am I made for? Devotedly engaged in one’s own work, man attains perfection. The Gita (18:45) Provided we do want to work, one of the greatest sources of misery in life is to find the work that we can do happily. The work that we want to do may not be available to us. The work that is available to us may appear to us too easy, too difficult, uninteresting, or below dignity. In yoga, it is said that we should have no preferences...

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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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