Monday, September 12, 2011

Beyond the morning meditation

Opting for a life of aspiration is only the first step and the real challenge is subjecting oneself to constant vigilance and evaluation while being engaged in multifarious activities within the society. For many, a broad ethical roadmap is enough while others settle for a devotional routine with collective participation.

The Ashram in Puducherry is a legacy of the teaching of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo. It used to be the powerhouse of inspiration for the followers spread worldwide, but no longer. No wonder, certain inmates have assumed it to be a site for research in history and psychoanalysis. More confusion is likely to set in as direct disciples are leaving one by one. Auroville, too, is yet to be sure of its role and its inhabitants.

Local centres follow diverse programme and devotees are ordinarily guided by them. Apart from readings and lectures, collective meditation constitutes a common item. All these impart a sense of satisfaction as well as security, no doubt, but the real key is self-examination.

At personal and organisational levels, this much might be enough; but for working for the country, additional commitment and capabilities are essential. Translating the message of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo to practical life of our people would entail enlisting the same. [TNM55]

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