The Mother's Birthday Celebrations

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Feb 15 21

Parama 2015  Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Feb 15 21

The Mother's Birthday  Darshan Day


Feb 15 2

Joya di's 79th Birthday  

  • Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar
  • Sarod Recital by Soumik Datta
  • Tabla Jugalbandi by Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Shri Anubrata Chatterjee

Jan 15 7

La Mere Annual 2015  Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Jan 15 1

New Year's Day  Darshan Day

Darshan Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Sacred Relics on the first day of the year. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Dec 14 5

Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi Day  Darshan Day

Mahasamadhi Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Sacred Relics. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Nov 14 24

Siddhi Day  Darshan Day

Darshan Day

The anniversary of the Siddhi day or the day of Victory was the occasion for Collective Meditation around the Sacred Relics. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Sep 14 23

Durga 2014  Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Aug 14 15

Freedom 2014  Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Aug 14 15

Sri Aurobindo's Birthday  Darshan Day


Jun 14 24

Sri Aurobindo's Relics Installation Anniversary  

Sri Aurobindo's Relics were installed in Lakshmi's House on 24.Jun.1977.

The Journey of the Relics can be relived through a collection of photographs.


Apr 14 24

The Mother's final arrival at Pondicherry  Darshan Day

Anniversary of the Mother's arrival at Pondicherry for permanent stay

Collective Meditation was held around Sacred Relics. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and the distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Apr 14 15

'Poila Baishakh' - Bengali New Year's Day  

New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar

Collective Meditation was held.

An offering of Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick was made in the Hall of Light


Apr 14 4

Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry  

..."The 4th April is the Ashram New Year, date of Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry."...  The Mother - 1938



Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo's arrival in Pondicherry - 4.Apr.1910

There was a Collective Meditation around Sri Aurobindo's Sacred Relics.


Mar 14 29

Centenary of The Mother's first meeting with Sri Aurobindo  Darshan Day

Darshan Day

The centenary of the Mother's first meeting with Sri Aurobindo at the Guest House (29.3.1914 - 29.3.2014) was the occasion for Collective Meditation around the Sacred Relics. This was followed by a visit to the Darshan room at Lakshmi's House and distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.

Her heart unveiled and his to find her turned;
Attracted as in heaven star by star,
They wondered at each other and rejoiced
And wove affinity in a silent gaze.
A moment passed that was eternity’s ray,
An hour began, the matrix of new Time.
'Savitri', Book 5, Canto 2


Mar 14 15

Arun da's Birth Centenary  

  • Remembering Arun da - by Bharati di

'The home of Grace' Lakshmi's House

  • The Mother - The home of Grace

"We shall call it Lakshmi's House and it will be The home of Grace."

The Mother wrote in February, 1968, with reference to the property at 3, Regent Park, Calcutta.

  • Sri Aurobindo's sacred relics

Sri Aurobindo's Sacred Relics are installed 24th June 1977

Today, Lakshmi's House is a temple that houses Sri Aurobindo's relics.

It is a field of action for the realization of our spiritual Ideal.

Lakshmi's House in 2014

An outer activity as well as an inner change is needed and it must be at once a spiritual, cultural, educational, social and economical action. Spiritual Ideal - Sri Aurobindo


Video Gallery

  • Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri mantra

    02:53

  • Invocation to Sri Aurobindo

    02:26

  • Memorial Plaques - Sri Aurobindo in Calcutta

    12:22

  • Karakahini (Tales of Prison life) - Sri Aurobindo

    1:09:39

  • Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri mantra

    02:53

  • Songs in Joya di's voice

    36:28

  • Invocation to Sri Aurobindo

    02:26

  • Remembering Joya di - by Sraddhalu Ranade

    27:08

  • Smt Kalyani Roy (Sitar)

    46:48

  • Ustad Shahid Parvez (Sitar)

    1:41:28

  • Smt Kaushiki Desikan (Hindustani Classical Vocal)

    1:10:05

  • Ustad Alam Khan (Sarod)

    1:21:51

  • Pandit Soumitra Lahiri (Sitar)

    1:08:11

  • Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar (Hindustani Classical Vocal)

    1:26:39

  • Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor)

    1:01:51

  • Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt (Sitar)

    1:24:17

  • Kobi Pranam - 10.May.2013

    2:22:39

  • Smt Sraboni Sen (Rabindra Sangeet)

    33:17

  • Satyananda Baul - 13.Jan.2013

    1:38:01

  • Raga Music Symphony

    2:00:01

  • Rabindranath's "Rakta Karabi"

    31:30

  • Performance by "Dohar"

    1:13:58

  • Smt Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta

    41:22

  • Smt Kalyani Roy (Sitar)

    46:48


Guidance for the seeker

This message is generated randomly from a collection of short written statements taken from the notes, letters, and messages of The Mother.

The process of generating the guidance is the electronic equivalent of randomly looking up a book to receive an indication or answer.

The Mother explains the process

Everybody can do it. It is done in this way: you concentrate. Now, it depends on what you want. If you have an inner problem and want the solution, you concentrate on this problem; if you want to know the condition you are in, which you are not aware of - if you want to get some light on the state you are in, you just come forward with simplicity and ask for the light. Or else, quite simply, if you are curious to know what the invisible knowledge has to tell you, you remain silent and still for a moment and then open the book. I always used to recommend taking a paper-knife, because it is thinner; while you are concentrated you insert it in the book and with the tip indicate something. Then, if you know how to concentrate, that is to say, if you really do it with an aspiration to have an answer, it always comes.

For, in books of this kind (Mother shows The Synthesis of Yoga), books of revelation, there is always an accumulation of forces - at least of higher mental forces, and most often of spiritual forces of the highest knowledge. Every book, on account of the words it contains, is like a small accumulator of these forces. People don't know this, for they don't know how to make use of it, but it is so. In the same way, in every picture, photograph, there is an accumulation, a small accumulation representative of the force of the person whose picture it is, of his nature and, if he has powers, of his powers. Now, you, when you are sincere and have an aspiration, you emanate a certain vibration, the vibration of your aspiration which goes and meets the corresponding force in the book, and it is a higher consciousness which gives you the answer.

Everything is contained potentially. Each element of a whole potentially contains what is in the whole. It is a little difficult to explain, but you will understand with an example: when people want to practise magic, if they have a bit of nail or hair, it is enough for them, because within this, potentially, there is all that is in the being itself. And in a book there is potentially - not expressed, not manifest - the knowledge which is in the person who wrote the book. Thus, Sri Aurobindo represented a totality of comprehension and knowledge and power; and every one of his books is at once a symbol and a representation. Every one of his books contains symbolically, potentially, what is in him. Therefore, if you concentrate on the book, you can, through the book, go back to the source. And even, by passing through the book, you will be able to receive much more than what is just in the book.

There is always a way of reading and understanding what one reads, which gives an answer to what you want. It is not just a chance or an amusement, nor is it a kind of diversion. You may do it just "like that", and then nothing at all happens to you, you have no reply and it is not interesting. But if you do it seriously, if seriously your aspiration tries to concentrate on this instrument - it is like a battery, isn't it, which contains energies - if it tries to come into contact with the energy which is there and insists on having the answer to what it wants to know, well, naturally, the energy which is there - the union of the two forces, the force given out by you and that accumulated in the book - will guide your hand and your paper-knife or whatever you have; it will guide you exactly to the thing that expresses what you ought to know…. Obviously, if one does it without sincerity or conviction, nothing at all happens. If it is done sincerely, one gets an answer.

Certain books are like this, more powerfully charged than others; there are others where the result is less clear. But generally, books containing aphorisms and short sentences - not very long philosophical explanations, but rather things in a condensed and precise form - it is with these that one succeeds best.

Naturally, the value of the answer depends on the value of the spiritual force contained in the book. If you take a novel, it will tell you nothing at all but stupidities. But if you take a book containing a condensation of forces - of knowledge or spiritual force or teaching power - you will receive your answer.

 


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