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A two-member SAFIC team responsible for digitizing, editing and re-presenting in electronic format selected articles from the archives of Sri Aurobindo Circle, a print journal published by Sri Aurobindo Society from 1945 to 1998.
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The Mahashakti and Her Powers

Two selections from Sri Aurobindo’s writings are our guiding lights for this issue. What is the Mahashakti, the Divine Energy that governs all, is in all and transcends it all, and what are her powers? What is the Shakti that governs and guides the destiny of India?

The Psychology of Nationalism (Part 13)

In this part, the author emphasises that only a decisive turn to spiritualise all life can be the true basis of a spiritual nationalism. He reminds that this decisive and all-encompassing turn of spiritual evolution is India’s true mission and role for the future of humanity.

The Psychology of Nationalism (Part 14)

The author highlights the triple basis of a spiritual turn of the society if that is the future destiny of humanity and nations. This is – Divine, Freedom and Unity. The significance of individual freedom is brought to light because individual indeed is the basis of evolution of consciousness.

The Psychology of Nationalism (Part 15)

In this concluding part of the 15-part series, the author summarises the inner evolution of Indian national consciousness of which the political idea of nationalism is only a small part. He reminds us that the future course of Indian nationhood lies in spiritualising all the outer aims and activities including science, art, literature, politics and socio-economic organisation.

“A stillness of God building his earthly abode”

In this month’s Guiding Light section we highlight three poems of Sri Aurobindo which speak of Silence, Space and Spirit.

The Psychology of Indian Nationalism (Part 11)

Continuing with the analysis presented earlier, in this part the author argues that Indian national consciousness must arrive at a deeper subjectivity and make spirituality the sole principle of its new effort if India is to be true to her age-long endeavour and render to the world the gift of her spiritual knowledge and her means for the spiritualisation of life to the whole race.

The Psychology of Indian Nationalism (Part 12)

In this part, the author brings the readers’ attention to the deeper reason why the Western idea of secularism, which is a natural outcome of the Western emphasis on outer life and mind is not in harmony with the true spirit of Indian view of life and its purpose.

Sri Aurobindo on Sanskrit

Selections from different writings of Sri Aurobindo highlighting a few key unique characteristics of Sanskrit language, and its significance for the future of India.

The Psychology of Indian Nationalism (Part 9)

In this part, A V Sastri briefly outlines how the unique Indian spirit of nationalist struggle for independence led by Sri Aurobindo, Lokmanya Tilak and others was gradually replaced by the moral-ethical nature of Gandhian call for political freedom. He also writes of the limits of such moralistic attempts.

The Psychology of Indian Nationalism (Part 10)

In this part, the author argues that the time of moral phase of nationalism is over. The need of the hour is a spiritual nationalism, but before we get there we must recognise the ethical-moral development as a necessary stage in human evolution.

Aspiration to Create a Conscious Being

A few insights from the Mother’s works on topics concerning conscious conception and true meaning of maternity are presented in this issue’s Guiding Light section.

The Psychology of Indian Nationalism (Part 6)

In this part, A. V. Sastri speaks of the imitative nature of the early nationalist movement in 19th century India. Indian leaders at that time were so mesmerised by the British versions of Indian political history that they never explored India’s unique line of political development in the past.

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Renaissance, the monthly e-journal of Sri Aurobindo Foundation of Indian Culture (SAFIC), features inspiring articles, essays, book reviews, interviews, and reflections that speak of how the eternal spirit and creative genius of India are being reborn and renewed in various domains – spiritual, artistic, literary, philosophic, scientific, aesthetic.

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