Friday, July 22, 2011

The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days


One of The Mother’s many volcanic ideas that shook us in the school days and hooked us to her lasso is that the flowers decorating her photo need not be thrown away daily. Each flower, we were told, has the right to serve the divine as long as it remains fresh through shuffling and sprinkling of water. That was a radical challenge to the traditional canons of pollution consigning the basiphula to the drains round which lyricists have waxed eloquent down the years. [TNM] 1:27 PM Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another amazing concession was offering prayers with the ubiquitous Bata slippers on without the punishing stipulation of the head touching the ground. The Mother apparently was empathetic with our being tormented by such tyranny over the youngsters during umpteen religious ceremonies day in and day out.  Many Centres still shoo away the shoes for reasons of hygiene and decorum and the genuflecting posture is a common sight. But the young ones must be rebelling still. [TNM] 1:13 PM Thursday, December 16, 2010

The ubiquitous Soviet Land in our school days used to be a coveted source of color pages for covering the text books. No one was interested in its official propaganda. [TNM] 5:11 PM Saturday, November 06, 2010

Because the truth is that I have no means to prove that Sri Aurobindo was divine; and rather out of my self-interest I attribute divinity onto him. It’s a free choice and others are equally free to treat him as per their sweet will. [TNM] 8:52 PM Thursday, October 28, 2010

Growing up amidst myriad family celebrations and religious festivals in honour of multiple gods and goddesses makes the members of the so-called Hindu society pretty credulous. Competing cosmologies drawn from diverse sources of mythology and branches of philosophy keep the embers of confusion burning in most minds. The national spirit, therefore, struggles to find its feet for ever. Nothing strong and enduring can be built as long as this love affair with perpetual uncertainty persists. The Life Divine and its worldview must rule our minds. Nothing less than a national campaign can achieve this. [TNM] 9:30 PM Sunday, August 08, 2010

The scintillating Odissi by Ramli Ibrahim and his student at Kamani yesterday showcasing labyrinths of tantric imageries was a compelling interrogation as well as dialogue between art and ontology. The age old questions, it seemed, remains unresolved. [TNM] 10:15 AM Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Without reading a single title that Heehs has so assiduously authored over the years, it is surely unfair to offer a critique of his output; his alleged misadventure in the pages of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, however, has already made history. [TNM] 6:40 PM Sunday, August 01, 2010

Much water has flown down Hindon Cut during my five years as a blogtender, and it has been a learning process throughout. Many years back, I read something to the effect:
“No matter, if you haven’t read Wordsworth or Byron;
Neither had Shakespeare nor Milton.” 
This piece of self-help maxim has been a morale booster in general and for blogging in particular. Thanks everyone. [TNM] [Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.] 8:43 PM Saturday, June 19, 2010

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