Savitri Bhavan in Auroville is a centre dedicated to fostering a living sense of Human Unity through spiritual education based on the vision and teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The central focus is Sri Aurobindo’s mantric epic Savitri : a legend and a symbol, which the Mother has called ‘The supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision’.

Savitri Bhavan aims to gather and create, to house and make available all kinds of materials and activities that will foster a deeper appreciation of Savitri, of the lives, work and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and of the aims and ideals of Auroville, in a space that breathes the atmosphere of Savitri.

S A V I T R I   B H A V A N

May 2015

EXHIBITIONS

Sri Aurobindo : A Life-Sketch in Photographs
Continues in the upstairs corridor

FILMS

No films this month

New Activity

Meditation with Hymns to the Mystic Fire by Sri Aurobindo

Weekly Vedic poetry reading of Agni hymns from the Rig-Veda by Nishtha

Fridays 5:30 to 6:30 pm from May 1st onwards

As late as the mid 1940s Sri Aurobindo revised around 100 of his earlier translations of Agni hymns, and in addition translated around 60 more for the first time. From this one can conclude how much importance he gave to these unique inspirations of the Vedic Rishis, which, being himself a seer-poet, he was able to render in a very powerful way.

These weekly sessions will include readings of Sri Aurobindo’s English renderings of selected hymns to Agni as published in Hymns to the Mystic Fire, as well as recitation of the same hymns in the original (metrically restored) Vedic language. If wished, participants may collectively recite some verses so as to get in direct touch with the Vedic Sanskrit.

The first session will include a general introduction to Hymns to the Mystic Fire.

 

REGULAR ACTIVITIES

Sun 10.30–12 noon: Savitri Study Circle
Mon 5-6pm: The Integral Yoga in Savitri led by Dr.Ananda Reddy
Mon, Tue, Fri 3-4 pm: Yoga and the Evolution of Man, led by Dr. Jai Singh
Tue 5-6 pm: Savitri study in Tamil, led by Sudarshan
5.45–7.15 pm: OM Choir (see details below)
Tue, Fri, Sat 4-5pm L’Agenda de Mère : listening to recordings with Gangalakshmi
Wed 5.30-6.30 pm: Reading The Life Divine, led by Shraddhavan
Thu 4-5 pm: The English of Savitri, led by Shraddhavan
Sat 5-6.30 pm: Satsang led by Ashesh Joshi

OM Choir

The voice that chants to the creator Fire,
The symbolled OM, the great assenting Word                (Savitri p.310)

In 1961 the Mother gave the adesh to Narad to bring down a new music. She said that one must go far above words and bring down the pure Music. Mother told us to sit in a circle and have no preconceptions as to what we would sing but to be silent and let the music descend in us. The OM Choir aspires to bring down the New Music for the New World in a collective body. We sing only OM, the creative and effectuating word after starting with warming-up and voice exercises given by Narad.

Full Moon Gathering
Sunday May 3, 7.15-8.15pm in front of Sri Aurobindo’s statue

Digital Library : multimedia facilities for individual study
again functioning after being out of service for repairs and upgrading

offers individual computer access to a large range of audio-visual materials. All the recordings of courses, guest lectures and special events held at Savitri Bhavan are available, as well as much more. Aurovilians, visitors and volunteers are invited to make use of this opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and the aims and ideals underlying the experiment of Auroville.

Main Building, Office and Exhibition open Monday to Saturday 9-5
Reading Room and Digital Library will be closed on Saturdays throughout this month

 

Everyone is welcome