The author explains how our ancestors prescribed simple practices based on their close observation of the connection between sound and air.
We begin with a prayer of the Mother, dated October 23, 1937. This is followed by a beautiful audio-visual offering on Gratitude created by the Art Studio-12 Qualities. This meditative experience takes one to a deep and quietly joyful place within where gratitude for the Divine is a spontaneous vibration of one’s inmost being.
In our flower-meditation series, Sheeba Naaz reflects on her own experience and a few other gratitude stories she has heard and witnessed around her. She reminds us that it is not really the happiness which makes us feel grateful but on the contrary it is gratefulness that makes us happy. The Mother’s ‘handkerchief’ story also finds a special place of honour in this beautiful piece.
The author here reminds us that generally there is a great chasm between what the soul suggests and the intellect understands and the senses execute. The only way to bridge the rift between spirit and its instruments and to create harmony and order in place of clash and cacophony among the different parts of our being is to be absolutely sincere.
We are relaunching the Renaissance with this issue centered on the theme of Yoga. Sri Aurobindo once said that it is to make the yoga the ideal of human life that India is rising today. Guided by these words, this present issue is our humble offering toward the celebration of June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
In the selected passages, we find a brief introduction to Sri Aurobindo as the greatest yogi of our age. We also learn what is unique about the Integral Yoga, which set on a manifold practical basis promises the emergence of a new state of consciousness by which our persisting problems, individual and collective, will be radically solved.
In these passages we get a glimpse of the fundamental difference between Integral Yoga and other paths of yoga. We learn about the evolutionary aim in Integral Yoga, which Sri Aurobindo summarises as – to become divine in the nature of the world. Commenting on a letter of Sri Aurobindo, she tells us that if one cannot change the nature it is not worth the trouble of doing yoga, for yoga is done precisely in order to change the nature.