The Immensity and Intimacy of Space

This issue is all about Space, or should we say, Spaces. Spaces within and without, inner and outer and in between. Spaces in their stillness and immensity, in their emptiness and richness. Spaces that are sacred and that are made sacred. Spaces that are infinitely vast and intimately personal. Along with spaces come in memories and experiences – historical, cultural, personal, psychological, spiritual. These and other related themes are explored in the diversity of pieces selected for this issue.

“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.

A Special Door at Matrimandir

“When a memory is made tangible through an architectural symbolism, we are dealing with a defining moment in the life of a community.” An educationist from Auroville writes about a special memory behind a special door at the Matrimandir.

Seeing आकाश (ākāśa)

We start a new series under the title – वाग्वेद (vāgveda). Every month a particular Sanskrit word, preferably related to the theme of that month’s issue, will be highlighted and its detailed etymological explanation will be presented. The word for this month is आकाश (ākāśa).

Peace, Harmony and the Art of Spaces

Have you ever wondered what makes one space feel harmoniously beautiful and another space, sometimes even the most well-designed space, feel jarring, out of order almost? And how is all this related to the inner spaces in which we dwell – spaces where practicing harmony is both an art and a science of life and living.

An Artist’s Meditation: On Space, Art and Experience

An artist – sculptor and painter, muses on the inner dimensions of space, consciousness, art and experience. The piece has a meditative quality to it, and takes the reader to a space within where the inner gradually begins to merge with the outer infinite which is not different from the infinity within.

माँ भारती (Mā Bhārati)

India is not a mere piece of land. It is a Shakti, a power, a godhead. To this Shakti that is Mother India is dedicated this small poem in Hindi invoking the sacredness that is She. An English translation of the poem is also included.

Manifesting Peace: Elements of a Sacred Space

A young Indian-American college student who recently visited Pondicherry and Auroville, writes about the elements that make a space sacred and how peace manifests in such sacred spaces.

That Marvelous Dawn

A poem expressing the marvels of Mother Nature which make a dawn contemplative and beautiful giving the entire space – within and without – a deep sense of sacredness and serenity.

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.

Devabhasha – The Language Divine

This year the World Sanskrit Day coincides with India’s Independence Day and Sri Aurobindo’s birthday – August 15. In honour of this triple celebration, this issue of Renaissance is dedicated to Sanskrit, the language whose revival is essential for a true rebirth of India.

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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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