December 03, 2016

How can one return after death?

Dear fellow Sadhaks,
DECEMBER 5 MONDAY - Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi Day
Please join us for a Special Meditation.   The Meditation will begin at 5.30 pm and end at 6.00 pm.  Please be seated 5 minutes before.
Sri Aurobindo left his body in the early hours of 5th December 1950. Two hours after His passing away, The Mother announced the news to the Ashram inmates. The news spread rapidly and was transmitted throughout the world immediately.  Not only Pondicherry, but the whole of India and the world at large were stunned at the news of His departure. [...]
DECEMBER 9 FRIDAY- Sri Aurobindo’s body was was laid to rest.
On 9th December 1950, the Body of Sri Aurobindo was finally kept inside the Samadhi in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram premises.  Please join us for a Special Meditation.   The Meditation will begin at 5.30 pm and end at 6.00 pm.  Please be seated 5 minutes before.
A video of Sri Aurobindo’s MAhasamadhi prepared by the Ashram is available on YouTube:
With Regards,
Arun Naik
Sri Aurobindo Society - Noida Branch

DECEMBER 11 SUNDAY – 12th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. You are invited for the Annual Lunch at the Bhavan.

5.1 The Mystery of Death
Death, the great annihilator of the works of time, is the only thing certain about life. Yet we know nearly nothing about this event with any certainty. For all our modern and scientific development, we cannot predict death. It remains as enigmatic as it has always been. All that we know is that death exists but what it is we do not know.
We have observed something about the processes of death but not the why and how of it. So too we have learnt something about what happens to the physical body after death but we have little clue about the self and its experience after death.
Most do not come back to tell us what happened behind the iron curtain that abruptly ends life. The few who return, remember very little. And the rare ones who both return and remember are ignored by modern science. Thus, a useful body of evidence is lost just because it would shake the very foundations of our theory of material reductionism.
For material processes are, in the final analysis, only a last step in a chain and series of events that happen simultaneously or successively on other Time-Space domains of our vast cosmic existence.

Date : 1st -3rd December, 2016
Event : Conference on Shakespeare 'All the world is his stage : Shakespeare Today'  in collaboration with Asian Shakespeare Association.
The programme includes plenary lectures, paper presentations, seminars by over 80 scholars from 18 countries alongside three performances inspired by the bard, a manga workshop and two film screenings. For more information please visit:
Venue : IGNCA Conference Room and Auditorium, C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi. Invitation Program Details Contact No. : 9717855433

Date : 15th - 17th December 2016
Event : Acarya Abhinavgupta MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS - International Seminar & Exhibition on Acarya Abhinavagupta: The Genius of Kashmir. Venue : IGNCA, New Delhi Concept Note Contact No. : 011-23388438

Date : 17th -30th Dec., 2016
Event : THE JOY OF LEARNING’ an Exhibition on Early Childhood Education based on the philosophy of Lorris Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar. THe exhibition will be inaugurated on 17th Dec., 2016 at 10.00am. Venue  : IGNCA Exhibition Hall, 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi Invitation About Exhibition Contact No. : Ms. Shobha Chandra 9999405546

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Cosmic Mysticism: Quest for the Absolute in the Works of Tagore and Sri Aurobindo
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November 24, 2016

Ideas and perspectives that are to be changed

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But intellectual work is different from the role of the intellectual. The latter suggests second-order reflection: not just changing the way others see the world but explicitly addressing the ideas and perspectives that are to be changed and how they are to be changed. Intellectuals can be found at elite levels, including in universities, in literary reviews, and in think tanks, but they can also be found at the grassroots, among those challenging their marginalization. They are not found in between. At a conceptual level, the bourgeois intellectual is an oxymoron, as the essence of the bourgeoisie is a needy clinging to the perceived security of worldly order.
The experience of marginalization breeds intellectuals, but the privations of marginalization suppress the possibility for those intellectuals to express themselves. Those at the margins, who suffer at the hands of elites, by means of the ideas of elites, automatically question those ideas. At the margins, it is natural to imagine the world otherwise—but it is also exceedingly difficult to sustain this imagination, given the power and violence of elites. Despite these odds, impressive intellectuals emerge from the margins: Anna Julia Cooper and Ida B. Wells, Paul Robeson and C. L. R. James, Ella Baker and James Lee Boggs, to name just a few black examples.
Circumstances change. Oppression takes new forms. Anti-black racism may persist in its virulence, but the current economic and cultural regime of neoliberal multiculturalism is particularly skilled at sowing confusion and misdirection. Many aspects of this phenomenon have been carefully discussed (for example, by Lisa Duggan, Jodi Melamed, and Lester Spence)

Creating a better future through great literature

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reading and discussion of rich literature gave students a platform for exploring alternatives and thinking about their own dilemmas.
Teenagers ask: “Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? Where am I going?” I’ve found that guiding students through literature and active discussion begins the process of answering these difficult questions and provides life skills that extend beyond the classroom.
Conflicts between good and evil presented in stories and poems can be applied to personal and ethical choices in a student’s life, and these concepts are the same for every student—from urban to suburban schools, from American to international schools—the universal qualities of literature provide shape and substance for student exploration. Because literature is a cultural treasure that stands as a pillar of human experience, great books and the conversations surrounding them can lead students to moments of insight, of truth.
Now, with the Great Books Foundation in the service of the Shared Inquiry method, I have the opportunity to reach thousands of students of all ages all over the country.
Through the reading and discussion of literature, students develop a deeper sense of their potential and begin the long process of discovering their personal identities. Literature also allows students and adults to connect with their larger cultural identities, a process that requires the exercise of empathy and understanding, particularly when cultural assumptions are challenged.
The experience of literature offers the possibility of common ground—our shared humanity—and the opportunity to confront and understand a world of different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives. Literature, therefore, is essential for personal growth and social progress—our very survival may depend on it.
Pioneers for Change is a seed-bed for innovative thought. Joseph P. Coulson, Ph.D. is President of the Great Books Foundation, 
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[You are as naive and ignorant as a newborn lamb. That is the way things come, only one doesn't notice.] Sri Aurobindo

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