AuroBharati

AuroBharati

India - From Past Dawns to Future Noons

Contemporary India

This article presents a wide view of various Indian cultural forms from classical literature to folk theatre to modern audio-visual forms to suggest that Rām-kathā continues to thrive as an important influence despite the outer hybridity in Indian popular cultural landscape.
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While the world argues over feminism and post-feminism, social equality vs. essential difference etc., here we have in these words of the Mother such clear insight into the truth that must be at the basis of a true and authentic man-woman relationship.
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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.

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What really is Indian nationalism and what was the seed of Indian nationalism?

Reading through the pages of Bande Mataram and Karmayogin we are reminded of Sri Aurobindo’s emphasis on the psychological rather than the physical principle as the foundation of nationality. Nationhood, according to him, refers primarily to the notion of psychological unity which, in turn, might be heightened by common collective memories of ancient traditions, past heroes and sufferings, by common geographical habitation and by common interests and values. It was this view of nation which made him speak of nationalism as “the passionate aspiration for the realisation of that Divine Unity in the nation, a unity in which all the component individuals, however various and apparently unequal their functions as political, social or economic factors, are yet really and fundamentally one and equal.” (CWSA, Vol. 7, p. 679).

In many of his political speeches and writings Sri Aurobindo spoke of spiritual nationalism. But there is one writing dated 16th November 1907, in which we find an enthralling explanation of the sacred origins of Indian nationalism, and the conditions in which it grew. The essay opens with a deep insight into how great ideas and movements develop and grow over time, which makes it highly significant for our times, more than 113 years later.
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An important conversation on a topic highly significant for our times – ‘Yoga and Cultural Misappropriation’ with Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Bhavanani.
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A reflective look at selected insights from Nolini Kanta Gupta’s book ‘About Woman’ 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.
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Book Review – Thank you India: A German Woman’s Journey to the Wisdom of Yoga
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