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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

   Aurobindo Ghosh


Sri Aurobindo Ghosh was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872.  At the age of seven he was taken to England for education and in 1890 went up to King's College, Cambridge.  Here he stood in the first class in the Classical Tripos and also passed the final examination for the Indian Civil Service.  Returning to India in 1893, he worked for the next thirteen years in the Princely State of Baroda in the service of the Maharaja and as a professor in Baroda College.  


During this period he also joined a revolutionary society and took a leading role in secret preparations for an uprising against the British Government in India.  He was the first political leader in India to openly put forward, in his journal Bande Mataram, the ideal of complete independence for the country.  Prosecuted twice for sedition and once for conspiracy, he was released each time for lack of evidence. 

In 1910, he withdrew from politics and went to Pondicherry in order to devote himself entirely to his inner spiritual life and work.  During his forty years in Pondicherry he evolved a new method of spiritual practice, which he called the Integral Yoga.  Its aim is a spiritual realization that not only liberates man's consciousness but also transforms his nature. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator, the Mother, he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.  Among his many writings are The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga and Savitri.


Effective Environmental Management — Principles and Case Studies: Rory Sullivan, Hugh Wyndham; Allen & Unwin, Australia. Rs. 395. All Men Are Brothers — Autobiographical Reflections – Mahatma Gandhi: Compiled and edited by Krishna Kripalani. . . (New Arrivals, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 16, 2007)

Sooraparaju Radha Krishnamurthy, S. Ramadevi, 10-30/5, Koundinya Homes, Gokale Nagar, Ramanthapur, Hyderabad-500013, Rs. 80. (Universal Wisdom, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 09, 2007)

Filmmaker and writer B.D.Garga has written this book about an important but often forgotten dimension of the film history in India — the non-fiction films. Documentaries, newsreel and actuality material that merely records an event, like . . . . . (Non-Fiction Cinematic Work, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 25, 2007)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ought to be ready to pitch in if called upon by Cambridge to help increase the flow of Indian students to his old university. (Cambridge Looks To Pm , Telegraph, Amit Roy, Sep 18, 2007)

The Chinese have for long marvelled at the Indian ability with English. Now, a large number of them are taking concrete measures to pick up tips on learning English from India. (China Keen To Learn English From India, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 04, 2007)

What made J Agarwal write this book? The author came across several Hindu professionals in his long stay in the US who were ignorant of the concepts of Hinduism. Being motivated by the ignorance of a majority of people, Agarwal decided to write . . . . (Dharma Of Life Deciphered, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 03, 2007)

India has celebrated the 60th anniversary of its independence. Sixty years is a long time in the life of a nation. On August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru announced that India had "awakened to life and freedom". (Americans To Blame Too, Pioneer, Claude Arpi, Aug 29, 2007)

Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER), Secretariat, Bharat Nivas, Auroville-605101. (From The Blurb, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Aug 21, 2007)

Last year, around this time, my article in The Pioneer on the impending 60th birthday of India's freedom had a tear to shed on how the event seemed to have gone almost unheeded. (Being Smug And Callous, Pioneer, Vinayshil Gautam, Aug 16, 2007)

Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother: Georges Van Vrekhem; Rupa & Co., 7/16, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi 110012. Rs. 395. (Yoga Of Self-Perfection, Hindu, Prema Nandakumar , Aug 14, 2007)

The Madras High Court today rejected a challenge by Novartis to a provision in the Indian Patents Act that denies patents for minor improvements to known drugs, and the Swiss drug giant said it was unlikely to appeal. (Hc Rejects Novartis Plea Against Patent Law Clause, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Aug 07, 2007)

SRI ARAVINDA DARSHANAM: Srisarvari; Master Yogashram, Plot 89, Krishna Enclave, Military Dairy Farm Road, Tirumalagiri Road, Secunderabad-500015. Rs. 100. (Sage Of Puducherry, Hindu, Sarojini Premchand, Jul 31, 2007)

For almost a week now, newspapers have written reams and reams about the seventh and last Harry Potter book. (A Quiet Escape, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 25, 2007)

Within 10 days of India acquiring a rare manuscript of Mahatma Gandhi before it was to be auctioned, handwritten drafts of a series of articles and autographed letters of the father of the nation went under the hammer here. (Mahatma’S Letters Auctioned, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 14, 2007)

Let’s channel-surf. Breaking news continues to be the same old stale information about Pratibha Patil. (Sacred And Profane , Telegraph, Malvika Singh, Jun 29, 2007)

Not many get to choose the place they die in, but knowing Ramachandra Gandhi, one gets an eerie feeling that this peripatetic thinker would have wanted to breathe his last moments in a place that was his home – and yet not his home – for so many . . . . (Ramu Gandhi: A Solitary Thinker In Smug, Noisy Times, Tribune, Manish Chand, Jun 18, 2007)

India’s maritime history can be traced to Vedic times. Though our ancestors never left any chronological record of events connected with the country’s fortunes at sea, there are enough indicators to believe that our maritime heritage spans more . . . (Special Article, Statesman, Sam Rajappa, Jun 02, 2007)

Brazil's AIDS control programme will save $30 million every year by breaking Merck's patent on Efavirenz. (Putting People's Health Before Company Profits, Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, Jun 01, 2007)

A critical examination of Golwalkar's thought and his legacy: his conception of Indianness (The Idea Of Being Indian, Hindu, Mrinal Miri, Apr 24, 2007)

Nirmalchandra Bhattacharyya's memoirs provide an engrossing account of a critical period of modern India (Reliving The Past, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Apr 19, 2007)


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