Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year Celebration in Sri Aurobindo Ashram






JANUARY 1 - NEW YEAR'S EVE

Starting in the year 1927, the Sri Aurobindo ashram began the first New Year’s Celebration. On this eve of the New Year day, the sadhaks assembled in the Ashram around  midnight and as soon as the clock struck midnight The Mother welcomed the new year with music on her organ. This was followed by Pranams in the stillness of the night and The Mother blessed everyone.

The last of the midnight Pranams was on the 31 December 1937. “From the 1st January 1939, this Pranam began to take place in the morning … The midnight silence was replaced by the Mother’s ‘Bonne Année’ which was reciprocated.

From 1933, The Mother started distributing a message after her serene music — a thought, a prayer, an aspiration to serve as a guide for the whole year. These messages, written both in English and French, are reproduced in facsimiles of the Mother’s handwriting whenever possible. Between 1974 and 1984, New Year messages were not distributed at the Ashram.
By and by the cards came to be distributed even outside the Ashram; thus those who could not participate in the midnight ceremony of [the New Year] were also able to receive The Mother’s benediction and guidance for the New Year.”


From 1985 to the present, the Pondicherry Ashram has distributed messages selected from the writings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo to devotees around
the world.




                                                                            







Courtesy and Link:
http://www.searchforlight.org/ecards/NYmessage1/ecardssend.asp

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That's what Sri Aurobindo once said to me. What he saw was that the supramental Force would have enough influence on the various governments of the earth, of the nations, to permit hope for a harmony.
                                                                                                  - The Mother
(Mother’s Agenda, Volume 8, Page 138)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bhrigu Saṃhitā and Sri Aurobindo



The Bhrigu Sahitā  is a thousands of years old Sanskrit astrological (Jyotish) classic attributed in its introduction to Maharishi Bhrigu during the Vedic period, the Treta yuga. Its introductory chapter states that it was compiled by the sage out of compassion for humanity so that humanity could cope with the pressures of its existence and move towards a more spiritual nature. The Bhrigu Samhita claims to contain predictions about current and future lives as well as information about the past lives.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhrigu_Samhita )


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On 15 August 1950, an old sadhak with a capacity for vision saw Sri Aurobindo drawing into himself dark fumes that were rising from the subconscious parts of the people as they were coming to him for darśan in a procession. He was gathering up the lower elements of earth-nature within the area of representative humanity and then drawing them into himself.
Was he negotiating a deal of transformation with the bleak - or black - Nadir of existence? Was he hewing a pathway to Light by tunnelling through Night? As he said in the sonnet The Pilgrim of the Night', written in 1938 and revised in 1944:

I made an assignation with the Night;
In the abyss was fixed our rendezvous:
In my breast carrying God's deathless light
I came her dark and dangerous heart to woo.

Another interesting circumstance was Surendra Mohan Ghose's consulting Bhrigu astrologer in Delhi in October 1950. On being shown Sri Aurobindo's horoscope, the astrologer found the correct reference which tallied "exactly with Sri Aurobindo's life", and the astrologer concluded:
After 78 years.... he will develop a ghr̥ṇā  towards his body, and then he may leave his body; otherwise death is in his control.
Of course, if a certain yajña or sacrifice could be performed, the catastrophe might still be averted. Surendra Mohan hurried to Pondicherry and told, first Nolini, and then the Mother who promptly spoke to Sri Aurobindo, about the Bhrigu prediction. "Don't worry" was all that Sri Aurobindo said to Surendra Mohan. But on the Mother's suggestion, Surendra Mohan contacted the astrologer again and after some delay got a copy of the whole reading and sent it through a messenger to Pondicherry; but as things were to turn out, it was much effort to no purpose - the letter reached Nolini after 5 December 1950!

(Sri Aurobindo: A biography and a history – K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar, Page 733)
                                                                     

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Sri Aurobindo didn't have much faith in Bhrigu. In a letter

written on 4 May 1936, he referred to the Bhrigu

Samhita as the "old dodge", and added: "Long ago I had

a splendiferous Mussolinic-Napoleonic prediction of my

future made to me on the strength of the same old 

mythological Bhrigu."


(SABCL,Vol. 26, p. 365) 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas : A Festival of Light






Every Wednesday the Mother held classes for a group of children. Since it was Christmas time Mother was telling us about the origins of this Festival of Light and why we celebrated it here, in the Ashram.
Long, long ago, She said, some wise men noticed that the days were getting shorter and the nights longer at that time of the year. They felt that the increasing darkness might soon engulf the world and life would suffer. So they sat together in meditation and prayed and prayed. They then noticed that the days were slowly becoming longer and the stark nights shorter. Since then the Return of Light was celebrated in Ancient Egypt.
"That is why the 25th of December was a festival of Light long before Jesus Christ. This festival was in vogue long before Christianity and originated in Egypt and probably the birth of Christ was fixed on the same day as that of the return of Light."
- The Mother


(Udar, one of Mother’s children, Page 76)







                                                  Dear Friends,
Wish you all a Merry Christmas!
On 25 December 1929 the Mother had distributed little bunches of the leaves She called ‘New Birth’ to the members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This was the earliest reference of Christmas being celebrated in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In 1944, on the occasion of Christmas, the Mother had asked Mona Pinto (In-charge of ‘Golconde’) to organize a little celebration for the children who had joined the Ashram with their parents due to the outbreak of the Second World War. This celebration was organized at the residence of Mona Pinto which was situated in front of the present Ashram Library. A couple of years later it was decided to organize Christmas celebrations in the Playground. For about ten years, Christmas was celebrated at the Ashram Playground and the Mother sat near the Christmas tree and distributed gifts to Her children. From 1958 Christmas was celebrated in the Ashram Theatre where the Mother distributed the Christmas gifts till 1961. Though She stopped visiting the Theatre to distribute gifts, She continued to give special messages during Christmas till 1972.
On the occasion of Christmas, almost all the available photographs of the Mother taken during Christmas in various years have been published in the website of Overman Foundation. These photographs were taken by Venkatesh, Chiman-bhai, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
To view the photographs, kindly click on the following link:
http://overmanfoundation.org/2017/12/25/photographs-of-the-mother-during-christmas-celebrations/

With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee
Founder,
Overman Foundation