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Nehdia Sameen It was our good fortune to have had Ned graciously contribute here over the years and to have had her provide some of our most insightful commentaries. She was very special, her star was in the ascendent, her trajectory toward a prodigious future when suddenly her soul opened to the "world of light".   The Fear of Life and Death Sri Aurobindo Death wanders through our lives at will, sweet Death Is busy with each intake of our breath. Why do you fear her? Lo, her laughing face All rosy with the light of jocund grace ! A…

Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Review by J. Kepler

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="563" caption="Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)"][/caption] The Seven Quartets of Becoming – a Review by J. Kepler Debashish Banerji (hereafter DB), has written a new book – “The Seven Quartets of Becoming”, subtitled “A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo." Authors attempting to present Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga most frequently use the descriptive framework Sri Aurobindo articulated in writings published in the latter decades of his life, e.g. the Arya texts he extensively revised in the 1930's and 40's, as well as a mountain of letters he wrote during the 30's to various disciples explaining…

General Strike MayDay 2012

This May Day, hundreds of thousands of workers, immigrants, students, retirees, and unemployed people across the U.S. and around world will take to the streets, many for the first time. (If you are in NYC, check herefor a schedule for the full day!) For folks new to protest (and of course, everyone else) we've thrown together a last-minute May Day Checklist: What To Bring (1) An affinity group: An affinity group is a group of people you know and trust. Before going to the demo, bring together a group of 2 or more friends and discuss your plans for the…

Blasphemy tag strains Aurobindo Ashram: The Deccan Herald

Blasphemy tag strains Aurobindo Ashram M R Venkatesh in Pondicherry, April 21 2012 The Deccan Herald The ashram trust has received a large number of letters from eminent persons appreciating Heehs’ biography as an objective work by a famous historian “When you pick a rose, there are a few thorns,” sighs a soft-spoken, self-effacing resident at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram here, as an aesthetically done pathway leads you to a rectangular courty The scorched sensation that the summer sun brings and sharp twitters of birds does not diminish one bit the profound solemnity that etherises the “Samadhi” of the late patriot…

Introduction to The Seven Quartets of Becoming

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="506" caption="Sri Aurobindo c. 1910"][/caption] order info SEVEN QUARTETS OF BECOMING INTRODUCTION   I Sri Aurobindo grew up in England, where he came to know very little about India or things Indian. After his schooling, he took to the study of Classics at Cambridge University, where he encountered the Sanskrit literary tradition. He returned to India in 1893 and joined the services of the ruler of Baroda where he worked in administrative positions and as a teacher at the Baroda College. There he also consolidated his knowledge of Sanskrit, learnt a number of spoken Indian languages…

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