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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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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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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Occupational Hazards of a Spiritual Guide
Jul12

Occupational Hazards of a Spiritual Guide

It is true that some people are more capable than others of entering into relation with this field of ideas and manifesting it through their conscious cerebrality. But this is nothing other than an additional responsibility for them: since they are in possession of this wealth, they are its stewards and must see that it is used for the good of the greatest number. THE MOTHER (in a talk on ‘Charity’ delivered on 20 May 1912) A...

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