Introduction:

“What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not even a revelation; it is a decisive action direct from the Supreme.” -The Mother

“Sri Aurobindo belongs to the future; he is the messenger of the future. He still shows us the way to follow in order to hasten the realisation of a glorious future fashioned by the Divine Will. All those who want to collaborate for the progress of humanity and for India’s luminous destiny must unite in a clairvoyant aspiration and in an illumined work.” –The Mother

Seventy-five years after the last great war ended the world is at the crossroads once again. Despite the significant progress they have made, India and other nations are beset today by many of the same problems that scourged them decades ago. The intellectual frameworks, and the institutions that were triumphantly established to uphold them, have only languished and the world is constantly being buffeted by the rise of newer belligerent nations dreaming of world domination, previously unknown virulent diseases, waves of economic and religious turmoil, and increasingly intractable sources of social and international strife and conflict. We appear to have mistaken the symptoms for the deeper causes of our problems even in India and overlooked the lasting solutions that may have always been within reach. Indeed, Sri Aurobindo, widely known as nationalist, revolutionary, philosopher, poet, yogi and guru, wrote clearly in 1947 that what was required was “a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society”. To gainfully understand the bases and implications of this statement it is necessary to know more deeply about the life and work of Sri Aurobindo whose sesquicentennial birth anniversary will be celebrated on 15th August 2022.

The Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC), Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, India plans to organize a series of lectures and seminars to simultaneously mark the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 75th year of India’s Independence. From August 2020 to August 15th 2022, the lecture/seminar series will unveil 12 principal domains from among the unique and profound contributions of Sri Aurobindo, to help understand the nature of India’s impending Renaissance and the pathways of human evolution as ‘an Adventure of Consciousness’ towards a ‘Life Divine’.

In addition, we are initiating a two year Mahayajnya (a conscious collective effort in line with the forces of evolution) towards that auspicious Day, towards a revival of Indian thought and powerful creation in the following Decisive Action areas: Spirituality, Literature, Politics & Governance, Art & Culture, Technology & Artisanship, Health, Education & Research, Liberal Arts, Dairy & Agriculture, Design & Architecture, Economic and Pure Sciences! CLICK HERE for details.

These oral presentations are designed to elucidate the rich and compelling insights that Sri Aurobindo has provided into a wide range of subjects such as the cultural foundations of India, the significance of the Mind, the nature of human evolution and the goals of yoga before synthesizing and weaving them into a central idea or a tool that can help resolve the myriad problems of India and the world.

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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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