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Yoga on the Road

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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 powerful, potentially dangerous machine at his command, and others also having, and many others not having,...

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

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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 feelings and non-vegetarian food. As expected, the advice has been ridiculed because it ‘lacks rationale’,...

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Swadharma

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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 that situation is his swadharma. That is what Krishna tells Arjuna when he hesitates to fight in the battle...

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Swabhava

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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 for a particular work, because what we do is not important; what matters is the attitude with which we do it....

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Sincerity

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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 lack of all pretensions. Lack of sincerity is a subtle form of deception. Like charity, sincerity begins at...

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Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri

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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, has described it as “perhaps the most powerful artistic work in the world for expanding man’s mind towards...

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Every Sinner Has a Future

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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 crimes, and there are crimes that are not sins. To illustrate with a few examples, wasting food is a sin, but not a...

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Did Sri Aurobindo Take the Easy Way Out?

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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 spiritual pursuits. From a superficial examination of these facts it is easy to conclude that he found in the safe...

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Let Not Depression Depress You

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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 his life, and just withdraws from life. He sits glum in a corner; avoids talking, eating or working; finds it...

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Occupational Hazards of a Spiritual Guide

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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 spiritual guide is not a guru, and certainly not a spiritual master. A spiritual guide is a seeker with above-average...

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