A wider view of Indian cultural forms suggests that Rām-kathā continues to thrive as an important influence despite the outer hybridity in Indian popular cultural landscape.
Written in response to a disciple’s query about a particular statement of Gandhi, this letter of Sri Aurobindo strongly emphasises the need to develop a deeper and wider understanding of truth that is beyond mental-moral-ethical ideals. We also get a glimpse of a significant difference between the Christian or Semitic and the Hindu understanding of virtues or qualities, particularly Humility, which are considered important from a spiritual point of view.
These selections taken from the Mother’s volumes highlight some practical advise on how to inculcate the values of sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, and self-control in children from an early age. She reminds the parents and educators that these things are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches.
We present four brief passages from Sri Aurobindo’s writings done in early 1910. The immense value and significance of these ‘passing thoughts’ can’t be missed in today’s cultural and intellectual climate of India when Indian mind is trying to rediscover the true essence of Indian-ness and create new forms to express the eternal truth of the Indian spirit.
In this second part of the series, the author speaks of the great value and emphasis our ancestors placed on protecting the plant kingdom given its role in keeping the whole cycle of life robust and strong. Several religious and social rituals were put in place to encourage the protection of plants and trees.
In this series, the author, a qualified specialist in Alternative Medicine who has conducted extensive research among rural and tribal communities of our country learning about diverse customs and practices related to health and well-being, advocates living in harmony with Nature for a life of wellness and also strives to evoke and enhance the inherent divinity within.
India has had a long history of physical education. The heroes that India gave to herself represent not only great qualities of courage and valour but also of physical strength and excellence. In ancient India, there was an emphasis on the pursuit of an integral aim of life, which determined the discipline of integral education. Both the material and spiritual poles of the being had their place in this system.
We feature a reflective look at selected insights from Nolini Kanta Gupta’s book with a focus on the issues of equality, freedom and education for girls and women. The timeless truths that a yogi reveals in a deep examination of a social phenomenon must be kept in consideration when addressing contemporary issues.
India needs Shakti alone, said Sri Aurobindo once. What can help Indians, and especially the youth of India grow in Shakti? What factors hold us back? What is necessary to infuse our knowledge with courage? What needs to be done to strengthen our society from within? These and other related questions were explored in this conversation with Sandeep Balakrishna, presented here in three parts.