Renaissance is the monthly e-journal of AuroBharati, the vertical of Sri Aurobindo Society focused on Indian Culture, highlighting numerous forms in which the eternal spirit of India is being reborn and renewed.
It is a space featuring inspiring articles, essays, stories, videos, reflections and accounts of India and her creative genius manifesting in various domains – spiritual, artistic, literary, philosophic, scientific, aesthetic.
The highlight of each issue remains the selections from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother which are carefully curated according to the month’s special theme or focus. These selections are organised in sub-themes and presented in a way appropriate for digital presentation, one that would appeal to the modern mind with limited attention span.
It must be emphasised that we do not change anything from the original texts but only slightly reformat the paragraphs or add a few sub-headings if required, keeping in consideration the preferences of today’s readers. All selections from Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s works are published under the name ‘Renaissance Editor’.
Speaking of the vaster and deeper significance of a new rebirth of India, Sri Aurobindo wrote more than a hundred years ago:
“This Renaissance, this new birth in India,… must become a thing of immense importance both to herself and the world, to herself because of all that is meant for her in the recovery or the change of her time-old spirit and national ideals, to the world because of the possibilities involved in the rearising of a force that is in many respects unlike any other and its genius very different from the mentality and spirit that have hitherto governed the modern idea in mankind, although not so far away perhaps from that which is preparing to govern the future.” (CWSA, Vol. 20, p. 3)
Taking our inspiration from these words we also bring for our readers thought-provoking ideas, insightful voices, and fresh perspectives on diverse topics and issues concerning India – her past, present, but most importantly, her future.
One of the objectives of Renaissance e-journal is to bring to light selected writings of some of the early sadhaks and scholars of Integral Yoga and Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s vision and work. Our focus is on those writings which also have a connection with Indian spirit, culture, yoga, arts, literary tradition, society, aesthetics, etc. In every issue we feature one or more selected writings which were published earlier in journals such as Sri Aurobindo Circle, Mother India and other publications of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and related institutions.
We also feature selections from various compilations of talks and correspondences. The longer essays are presented in easy-to-access multiple parts. We hope that this effort will help the gems given to us by the early sadhaks of Integral Yoga reach a whole new set of audience.
~ In gratitude,
Beloo Mehra (for Renaissance Editorial Team)
Renaissance Editorial Team:
Shri Vijay Poddar, Member Executive, Sri Aurobindo Society
Dr. Beloo Mehra, Senior Academic Mentor, AuroBharati, Sri Aurobindo Society
Editorial Board Members:
- Shri M. S. Srinivasan, Senior Associate, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management, Sri Aurobindo Society
- Dr. Alok Pandey, Member, Research Advisory Council, Sri Aurobindo Society
- Dr. Kundan Singh, Vice President Cultural Integration Fellowship, California, USA
- Dr. Uttareshwar Pachegaonkar, Director, Sri Aurobindo Center for Homeopathy
- Dr. Prabhjot Kulkarni, Educationist, Delhi
Research and Editorial Assistant:
Biswajita Mohapatra, Rishabh Sharma, Uttam, Shruti Ramteke, Kavita Datta, S. Bharat
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