Category: Culture

  • Navdurga: the 9 Forms of Durga

    The Navratri festival in India is a celebration of the nine nights of the Divine Mother. The Mother Goddess manifests in many different forms. In Hindu culture, each of the nine nights is associated with a particular form of the Mother Goddess, Durga or Shakti (Navdurga). Read more.

  • From the Immortals of Meluha to Immortal India – in conversation with Amish

    Shruti Bakshi speaks to bestselling author Amish Tripathi about a wide range of topics from his books to his writing process, to atheism in ancient India and current issues in India relating to religion, society and politics. As someone with vast knowledge about India's past and ancient wisdom and who refuses to be pigeonholed as 'left' or 'right', Amish's views are refreshing, insightful and enlightening.

  • Primal Divergence : A Contrast of Cultures (Part-4)

    The final part in this four-part series in which Ganesh Varadharajan contrasts Eastern and Western thought with a focus on pop-culture portrayals of the evolution and future of humanity. In this part, Ganesh explains The Mother's vision of the future of humanity and the role of the Supramental towards achieving it - something that appears to have inspired many Hollywood movie makers in recent times.

  • Guru’s Words on ‘Guruvada’ – Part I

    "I had the same kind of violent objection to Gurugiri, but you see I was obliged by the irony of things or rather by the inexorable truth behind them to become a Guru and preach the Guruvada.” - Sri Aurobindo What is a Guru? In light of current events, it appears Indians desperately need to dig deeper into their spiritual traditions to understand this. Beloo Mehra's insightful exposition drawing on the insights and wisdom of Sri Aurobindo makes for a must-read in this regard.

  • Life Advice from One of India’s Great Teachers

    "Religion is what we do with ourselves when we are alone. In every one of us is a secret shrine where no one could intrude, to which we must retire as often as possible and discover what our true self is as distinct from the appearance we present to the world outside. Most of us are self-deceivers and constant examination alone can save us...." 5 September has been celebrated as Teacher's Day in India since 1962 in honour of the great scholar and philosopher Dr S. Radhakrishnan who became President of India in 1962. In this excerpt from this essay 'My Search for Truth', Dr Radhakrishnan gives valuable advice not only for teachers but all people in general.

  • Primal Divergence : A Contrast of Cultures (Part-2)

    Part 2 of the series in which Ganesh Varadharajan​ explores the limitations of modern science that follows in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks and is not able to grasp the evolution of successive conditions of energy as expounded in Indian thought systems like the Sankhya philosophy. Western pop culture portrays the next stage in the evolution of man as a brutish being, with the idea of beauty of form as emphasised by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, being completely disregarded.

  • Vedic Chanting: An Amazing World at the Intersection of Tones and Letters

    Vedic chants are considered to be the oldest unbroken oral tradition in the world. They are incredibly sophisticated arrangements of tones and letters that have a profound impact on the consciousness of the listener. Here we have the fortune of having a trained practitioner and teacher of Vedic chants, Dr Sivaram Hariharan aka Sydney Kishore, who describes his experience of learning Vedic chanting and some of the technicalities involved.

  • Primal Divergence : A Contrast of Cultures (Part-1)

    Ganesh Varadharajan explores the divergence between the East and West, essentially between Vedanta and Greek thought in the understanding of man and his relationship with the Divine. Setting side-by-side, examples from modern pop culture like Hollywood and the deep spiritual insights as articulated by Sri Aurobindo, makes for an interesting analysis of the diverging world and life views.