Highlights of Events & Activities 2019-2020
Creating the next future
Empowering with Zero Investment
Hon’ble Education Minister - Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Dr. Satbir Bedi – Chairperson, NCTE, launched the Education Innovation Handbook and felicitated 1000 teachers for their participation in Rupantar's zero-investment innovation for empowering education.
Desilting of Bahour Lake
As a part of Svarnim Puducherry’s water initiative project, the water retention capacity of the historical Bahour lake in Pondicherry was enhanced by desilting process. The initiative was inaugurated by Dr. Kiran Bedi, Hon'ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
Shri. Ashwani Kumar, IAS, Chief Secretary, Puducherry along with the senior officials participated in the consultation meeting with Corporate Heads from CII and senior members of Sri Aurobindo Society to deliberate and initiate collaborative efforts to bring positive changes in Puducherry.
More than 2,000 direct beneficiaries and 50,000 indirect beneficiaries, all women, were provided regular entrepreneurial training to upgrade their skills, thereby increasing their income by more than 46%.
Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary efforts. SAS joined hands with other like-minded organizations and the Government of Puducherry to help the people and health professionals during the COVID-19 crisis.
Sri Aurobindo Society was bestowed with the Award of Excellence by the Government of Puducherry, Department of Tourism for its active participation in organising the Mass Yoga Programme.
VISIONARIES of the NEXT FUTURE
True Spirituality is not to renounce life but to make life perfect with a divine perfection
– The Mother
Sri Aurobindo Society started a journey towards a historic milestone – 15th August 2022, which marks two significant events;
- the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence,
- the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, an eminent leader of India’s freedom movement and a spiritual visionary of human evolution.
Our aim—the Renaissance of India, as she wakes up to her true role in the world.
A journey of transformation based on the true spiritual foundation of India, where all Indians and all those who love India can work together for a united dream.
Our work—a range of activities and programmes across different domains to develop India materially, intellectually, economically and spiritually. Sri Aurobindo Society has designed Renaissance in India, a nation-wide program designed to facilitate India’s journey to becoming a country which is driven by human values of truth, compassion, harmony, beauty and courage. The program aims to usher in a progressive climate which is thriving in prosperity and excellence in all dimensions – economy, knowledge, skills, technology, art, culture and health.
Our work—a range of activities and programmes across different domains to develop India materially, intellectually, economically and spiritually.
Sri Aurobindo Society has designed Renaissance in India, a nation-wide program designed to facilitate India’s journey to becoming a country which is driven by human values of truth, compassion, harmony, beauty and courage. The program aims to usher in a progressive climate which is thriving in prosperity and excellence in all dimensions – economy, knowledge, skills, technology, art, culture and health.
Svarnim Puducherry or Golden Pondicherry is an initiative to build Puducherry as a Model
State, carrying the spirit and consciousness of true India in its foundation. In concept, design, and implementation of each of its components, Svarnim Puducherry aims to express a pursuit for perfection, beauty, unity and creativity, and a realization of the highest of all human values.
Svarnim Puducherry is a collaborative effort involving individuals, organizations, state government, central government, NGOs, corporate and institutes who harbour similar vision about the state and about India. We invite participation in any form and in any field, from individuals as well as organizations and groups to make it a truly inclusive endeavour.
The Laughter Route to Wellness
Mediclowns in action to improve the mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Water Literacy Programme
Six government school students were given hands-on awareness sessions on the importance of water conservation and the simple ways of doing it.
An Innovation Trip
A field trip to Agastya International Foundation to imbibe, inculcate and implement new ideas in education.
Gamification of Science
Experiential learning aims to make science tangible, engaging, and easy to understand. Games and role-plays are used effectively to enable students to find delight in applying and experimenting with the concepts.
Teach to Learn
C Minus 4 is a unique initiative using the 'Teach to Learn' principle whereby senior-grade students are empowered to teach the junior-grade students thereby improving their own cognitive and non-cognitive skills.
Acupuncture for Deaddiction
Svarnim Puducherry partnered with National Acupuncture Detoxification Association to organise a train-the-trainer camp to administer acupuncture protocols for detoxification and other wellbeing issues.
Smart40 camps with select 40 students in each, were conducted in ten government schools in Puducherry with an aim to imbibe self-awareness and inspire transformative changes in them through life skill training.
Covid -19 Relief
The COVID 19 has shocked the entire world into turmoil. India has also been stung by its evil tentacles. Complete lockdown and social distancing seem to be the only solution to combat the unforeseen acceleration of its spread. Uncertainty and trauma are threatening to become stable pollutants of mental peace. While the direct impact of the virus is itself fatal, the effects of the unexpected lockdown have severely impaired the lives of the already vulnerable and marginalized.
SARVAM with LTFs
Collaboration with LTFS
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the daily routines of many upside down.. Apart from the mental pressure, the financial pressure is being felt by each and everyone. SARVAM along with LTFS played a vital role in supporting nearly 20000 families by providing them meals, helping them by giving shelter, financial assistance for lay-off workers and helping the widows, vulnerable and the marginalized by providing food kits.
Inmate Tailors Stitch Relief
The expert inmate tailors stitched masks during the lockdown, helping the society during the pandemic.
Provisions, vegetables, food kits and other basic necessities were made available as an emergency response to more than 4500 villagers who were mostly old, terminally ill, vulnerable and marginalized and were struggling for their daily living during COVID-19 lockdown.
Including the Excluded
“The lady was so touched when I delivered the essentials that she started to cry and tried to touch my feet. I was almost embarrassed… that is when I realized the immensity of their need,” says a Satya Special School coordinator, on her experience while delivering relief items during COVID-19. As part of the relief work, Special children were given books and toys to keep them engaged – a challenge during the lockdown.
To give authentic, first-hand information on the status of COVID-19 in Puducherry, Sri Aurobindo Society telecasted a programme on AJK – a local TV channel titled Svarnim Puducherry. In this 10-minute programme, the Collector of Puducherry gave a daily updates on the Corona status to the audience. Along with him, healthcare professionals, policemen, and responsible citizens of the society gave tips on safety measures and on utilising the lockdown period effectively, and each program ended with a short presentation of the lesser-known unique facet of Puducherry.
True Education is Integral development of the child—Physically, a strong, healthy, beautiful body; Emotionally, a sensitive, refined and energetic personality; Mentally, a wide, lively, clear intelligence and will; Spiritually, those deeper and subtler qualities that unify and harmonize the whole being through freedom and joy.
Launched in 2015, Rupantar has reached out to more than 2 million teachers in 30 states & union territories.
Through this, the grass-root innovations of teachers from even the remote rural areas are now being replicated in over 750,000 government schools of India.
Rupantar is one of the world’s largest programmes for improvement in education by creating an ecosystem of education stakeholders, working to empower teachers.
Rupantar is one of the world’s largest programmes for improvement in education by creating an ecosystem of education stakeholders, working to empower teachers.
Zero-Investment Innovation For Education Initiatives
ZIIEI, a platform “By the Teachers. For the Teachers.” It is one of the largest initiatives of India to drive innovation in education.
Comprehensive Mental Health Education
CMHE aspires to make inclusive education a reality and bringing about a true social change.
Project Inclusion ‘educates’ and empowers school teachers about ‘hidden’ disabilities in students, and trains them to identify such children in classrooms. Special educators help teachers, parents and siblings of these children to practice the techniques to support the child’s learning.
This is a micro-scholarship program, incentivizing millions of students to improve their learning.
One of the world’s first experiential-learning curriculum based on teacher’s ideas
Leadership by Consciousness
Systematic and structured workshops conducted regularly for the officials of the Department of Education.
Progressing Towards New Horizon
Lt. Governor of Pondicerry, Dr. Kiran Bedi felicitating the teachers who participated in the consultative meeting for teachers organized together by Sri Aurobindo Society and National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), India.
Inclusivity in Classrooms
Special Education training for teachers to identify and support children with hidden talents and disabilities.
Israel Education Summit
At the Global Education Summit held in Tel Aviv in June 2019, Sri Aurobindo Society signed an MoU with EdTech Israel to foster synergies between Israeli and Indian Education Startups.
SAFIER strives for an Integral Education which fosters in each child the attributes and values of a responsible, capable, active and giving member of the family, the society, the nation and humanity, at large.
Teaching the Experiential Way
A team of 30 students and teachers of ‘Sri Aurobindo School’, Gaddipally, Telangana, discussed the experiential ways of teaching and learning to make learning easy and interesting.
Parenting in New Age
A special interaction with the Doctor-Parent community of Amravati on creating an awareness of what should form the contents of a true education for their children..
Trends in Education
Shri. Shivakumar, Director of SAFIER, delivered a talk on ‘Values & Peace Education’ in a panel discussion that was organized by the Immaculate College of Education, Puducherry.
BASIC COURSE IN INTEGRAL EDUCATION
THEORY AND APPROACHES
Sri Aurobindo Society has been conducting annual workshops on Integral Education for more than 32 years. These intensive courses are meant for those who want an understanding of a deeper and more transformative education that addresses the whole being, first of the teacher/facilitator, and then of the child.
Study, discussions, exchange of ideas, and ways and means of implementing the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral Education are the focus areas of this yearly workshop.
The Power to Dream, the Will to Realize
SARVAM works for a progressive, empowered village community, which takes responsibility for bringing about a change in their lives, and thus becoming a dynamic part of the nation’s evolution and growth. The approach is integral and inclusive, touching every person and every aspect of village life.
Rural Women across 20 villages become Digital Sakhis learning facets of Digital Finance, Savings, Credits, and Insurance with the support of LTFS and several banks
Eye Camps held in association with Arvind Eye Care where glasses were distributed and cataract patients were enlisted for free surgery
Zero Shadow Day
Children celebrated the planet and the planetary system on International Earth Day and the Zero Shadow Day.
The Health Inspector of Government Health Centre from Thailapuram interacted with the villagers to give them useful awareness on Dengue
English Access Microscholarship Program has been conducted for students in the village to learn English language in association with US Consulate and Regional English Language Office (RELO) .Mr. Moulik D. Berkana, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai; Mr.S. Gokula Krishnan, English Language Outreach Coordinator, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, graciously took part in the felicitation function and gave away the certificates to the 100 aspiring students.
Annual Summer Camp
In the month-long eleventh annual summer camp, events and activities were organized for the 300 participating children on the themes of ethics, character building, values, and spirituality.
Auro Film Fest
A day-long fiesta of entertainment at the Auro Children's Film Festival along with special children from Satya Special School in November 2019
Audience Choice Award
The SARVAM Trust won the Audience Choice Award at the fourth Annual Charity Awards, Also, Ms Chitra S, Director - SARVAM, received the prestigious award of 'The Most Inspiring Individual' at the same forum.
AN INTEGRAL APPROACH TO END-OF-LIFE CARE
Palliative care is the care and treatment of the symptoms, discomfort, and stress of old age and life-threatening illnesses. In India, it is estimated that the total number of people who need palliative care is likely to be 5.4 million people a year, but unfortunately, there is neither enough support nor enough facilities.
Transcending pain, Transforming lives
SANJEEVAN is a new model of comprehensive community-based home care for the incurably and terminally ill, chronically bedridden and elderly, by taking care of their physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
More than 92 sensitization programmes were conducted for the volunteers throughout this year.
Nurses Training Programme
Students from the Sabari College of Nursing underwent sensitization & training programme to be better equipped to provide palliative care.
Training Programme at SAS
Around 26 women went through intensive training to enable them to handle palliative patients with emotional and spiritual sensitivity.
Training for Anganwadi workers
Anganwadi workers and teachers were sensitized to palliative care to enable them to help in the community-based initiative.
Spirituality Is the Essence
Indian Culture has made a unique and unparalleled contribution in every field of human activity—religion, philosophy, science & technology, architecture, music, dance, arts, trade, and commerce. Its basis has been Spirituality, along with a powerful rational, ethical, and aesthetic mind, combined with a prolific creativity.
Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) strives to rediscover these truths and their application in modern life and times. It tries to evoke among the youth a great love for India, a pride in their heritage, and an aspiration and will to create an even greater future.
The Scientific Heritage of India
The one-day workshop, held at Kalakendra, Bharat Nivas, Auroville, focused on the contributions of the seers and sages of India in the fields of science and technology, and traditional knowledge of ancient Indians in metallurgy, mathematics and medical science. Auroville Sanskrit Team partnered with SAFIC to organize the programme.
Dr. Mishra on TedX
The myth that Sanskrit is an ancient language and is also the language of yogis and rishis was shattered in the TedX talk by Dr. Sampadananda Mishra.
International Conference on Prenatal Education
The purpose of this conference was to create conscious humanity for the future by infusing consciousness at every step of the process - from pre-conception to pregnancy, from prenatal education to childbirth, and from postnatal care to parenting.
Learning the Divine Language - Sanskrit
Sri Aurobindo Society has taken focused multi-dimensional efforts to revive and promote thel ancient language of India - Sanskrit. Spandana is a bi-annual intensive course on Sanskrit conducted at two levels – beginners and advanced.
Residential Study Camp For Indian-American Children
“Unmeṣa: Explore, Evolve, Realise” is a residential study camp which was designed by Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) in collaboration with Agastya Gurukulam. It aims to help Indian-American children prepare themselves for deeper transformation and inner evolution.
Prema Nirjharini 2020 – the musical cascade
This year, the much-awaited annual musical offering was co-organized by SAFIC with Raj Nivas, the official residence of the Lt. Governor of Puducherry. The dual aim of this year’s offerings was to celebrate the 143rd birth anniversary of The Mother, and The Golden Day of Supramental Descent on 29 February.
Indian Yoga Association – Pondicherry Chapter
Sri Aurobindo Society is a founder member of the Indian Yoga Association. Around 18 members participated in the discussion on the formation of the Puducherry chapter of IYA held on December 8, 2019, in Puducherry.
Children With Special Needs
Every Child Is Special
AROHAN is a collaborative initiative with Satya Special School (Puducherry) and college of education, university of Oregon (Eugene, USA), to build capacities of primary caregivers, special educators and parents on providing care, therapy and education through the early intervention programme.
Special Online Classes
Satya Special School teachers mastered the daunting task of delivering interactive online classes for special children.
Parents as Co-therapists
A support group was formed and parents were trained to take care of their children and keep them involved in constructive activities during the lockdown.
Panel discussions were conducted with doctors and thought leaders from multiple disciplines to explore ways of bringing positive transformation in the lives of special children.
Train the Teachers
Special teachers trained on best practices of special education, with fraternities from Physio associations.
Games for CWSN
Cooperative team games were organized for CWSN to help improve their social conduct and interactivity skills.
For meaningful and long-lasting progress, science and technology have to be synthesized with
Sustainability and Spiritual values, in the service of humanity.
SHARANAM is a unique structure for Training Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation, instrumental in nurturing an integrated approach towards village development in India.
SHARANAM is an effort to establish harmony between the design, idea, the materials, the environment, the process, and the people, at all levels, in creating one of the greenest campuses of India. It is a training and educational campus with a residential complex and extensive facilities, incorporating ecological and energy-efficient principles.
Sanctuary Nesting Site
A proposed place for the sanctuary nesting site. A breathtaking view as one walks on the thick bund on the banks of the waterbody.
A proposed place that will help people learn about water retention and also freshwater wetlands.
Children Activity Zone
A meeting place, Koodam, is the area under the big banyan tree, where the children would be introduced to the area that they are visiting.
An array of green plants and trees is sure to attract all the butterflies that can feed on the rich nectar from the flowers.
A proposed place to sit down and focus, coupled with a small nursery for the children to try their hand at plant propagation.
To disseminate knowledge about medicinal plants to all, a garden will be created to accommodate many of the important plants of medicinal value.
Matrikunj, ‘The Mother’s Grove’—is a 43-acre land on the outskirts of Puducherry,
where Sri Aurobindo Society carries out research in conscious, natural and organic farming.
Nurturing Desi Cows
“Humans need cows more than cows need humans." Around 10 desi cows are nurtured and protected in our green environment of Matrikunj and the cattle feeds are completely organic.
In the 43-acre expanse of Matrikunj, regular research and hands-on training are conducted to explore, educate, and inspire humanity to use natural agricultural practices.
AHAR (Application of Homeopathy in Agricultural Research) is unique research where poisonous chemical fertilizers and pesticides are replaced by homeopathy medicines.
The domain of business is in a continuous quest for improvement in productivity and profits while seamlessly expanding the organization. There is a growing search for new paradigms. Managing the human element is still the most important and also the most challenging.
Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM) works to define new paradigms of leadership based on values, beauty, compassion, harmony and a deep sense of universal interconnectivity. It strives to help executives and managers to realize that often an inner realignment helps overcome many challenges. A change in attitudes, values and consciousness can enable the right decisions and help find lasting solutions
Leadership by Consciousness
Executive Workshop on Leadership by Consciousness for Toyota Kirloskar Limited provided deep insights on Leadership and Conflict management.
A one-day programme for middle level managers in the corporate to succeed over stressful challenges effortlessly
Intuitive Decision Making
Thought leaders across the globe are realizing the significant role of intuition in taking successful and sustainable business decisions.
Insight and Inner Consciousness
Around 95 officials from the Department of Education, Puducherry attended the workshop that covered a range of mindful Leadership themes including Insight and Inner Consciousness.
Leadership in Education
Six different leadership styles that are considered important in the EQ framework were the topics of the workshop that was conducted for officials of the Education Department, Karnataka.
Values of Leaders
A workshop highlighting leadership ethics, values & morality was attended by the officials of the Education Department, Sikkim.
Despite quantum leaps made by modern medical science, the realization of perfect health and wellness is still out of humanity’s reach. Our focus needs to shift from a narrow illness-centered approach to something deeper and more holistic, where the body, the emotions, the thoughts, and the Self are all in harmony. Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Integral Health and Research (SAIIIHR) is working with this approach to research applying new ways of enhancing health and healing and curing illness through a synthesis of modern and traditional methods.
SRI AUROBINDO CENTRE FOR HOMEOPATHY (SACH)
SACH runs a homeopathy clinic, which apart from treatments, is also involved in researching and understanding health to
create awareness and realize integral health for all.
Homeopathy medicines to improve immunity were distributed during the Corona Pandemic.
Dealing with Emotion
A workshop that helped the participants handle their negative emotions and also to purify and uplift their emotions.
A workshop on deepening empathy by enhancing the abilities to perceive and listen and have compassionate conversations.
The workshop was a deep self-exploratory journey aiming to reach self-mastery where one learns to respond rather than react to any situation. It was indeed a cherished discovery for the participants.
NAMAH is a journal dedicated to the cause of an integral approach to psychology, health, and medicine. The basic concept is that a human being is a complex whole constituted by the body, the emotional nature, the mind, and, behind all these, the core self — soul or spirit. An Integral approach is one that takes into account all these aspects and their interactions and embraces diverse modalities of treatment recognising that each modality has its virtues and limitations.
The importance of Mantrocchar, Yogasanas, Pranayama, and Yoganidra was taught to the participants by Yoga Guru Swami Taponidhi Saraswati.
Practising Life Skills
This workshop aimed at fine-tuning, practising, and perfecting life skills that are so vital in refining and perfecting day-to-day living.
Pursuit of Harmony
A 2-day seminar to enable an individual to explore harmonious living both individually and collectively.
Media is playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives. It has a great power, outreach, and impact in moulding public belief and attitudes. It can help and enhance when this power and medium is used positively by communities for self-improvement and social change. Sri Aurobindo College of Arts and Communication (SACAC) is a creative centre for learning in media, arts, and communication, providing to the youth professional skills, a search for excellence, a higher aspiration, and deeper values.
The Exploration of Self
SACAC invited Colette-Veasey-Cullors of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) conducted a three-day workshop on “The Exploration of Self”.
Students visited the Studio of the well-known fashion designer Suket Dhir and had a very interesting walkthrough of the modern fashion industry.
Prateek Shekhar, a student of SACAC, won the Best Short Documentary award for his film 'Chai Durbari' at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival, held in Kerala (IDSFFK, 2019)
Live Sound Workshop
A worksho to improve the live sounds mixing and live sound essentials was conducted to improve their knowledge and skills.
Auro Children's Film Festival
The first Auro Children’s Film Festival 2019 saw active participation of over 150 children belonging to the private and Government Schools. This inclusive endeavour also saw equal participation of Children with Special Needs.
Children actively discussing about the movie with one of the facilitators of the Auro Children Film Festival 2019.
The future of the nation and the world depends on the youth. It is their privilege to prepare themselves and to work with dynamism and sincerity for a happier world for all. AuroYouth is a launching platform to enable the youth to prepare for the new dawns of the future—an adventure into the realms of consciousness. it encourages youth to look deep within, realize their potential, explore topics of their interest, and to become agents of change in their communities and builders of a better tomorrow.
All India Youth Camp
The Annual All India Youth Camp, themed ‘INNER FLIGHTS’, was organised at Puducherry from January 4 to 12, 2020. A total of 29 participants, aged between 18 and 28 years, from 11 states of India joined with youthful verve and enthusiasm. It was a camp filled with engaging participation, inquisitive questions and a lot of new discoveries and perspectives about themselves and the world around them.
One - Day Youth Camps
Meditation-based workshop that was attended by nearly 30 aspiring youths
Youth camp on aims of life and the values of success attended by the students of Arya Mahila PG College.
The fourth edition of the AuroYouth Camp focused on understanding relationships
The objective of the camp was to orient the trainers in taking the message of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to the youth of India through various activities.
Activities covering meditative practices, unleashing the hidden powers of the mind, and discovering the Light within.
To help the students in their own life and also for extending service to the community.
Specially-privileged youths' camp
A Youth Camp at M.P. Institute of Hospitality training Bhopal was organized for 28 specially-privileged youths with speech and hearing difficulties. The workshop, aided by a sign-language interpreter, was brimming with the enthusiastic participation of the young people.
Puthiya Nambikkai, New Hope
This initiative of SAS aims at rehabilitating inmates of the Central Prison at Puducherry, and also to improve the conditions of their family.
Medical Checkup and Psychological Counselling
Regular healthcare along with psychological counselling provided with patience and empathy has been pivotal in transforming and mainstreaming several inmates.
In the inspiring self-sustaining English training initiative, the senior inmates, trained earlier in basic conversations and writing in English, are now giving English lessons to the new inmates.
Learning to Grow Goodness
Inmates are trained to grow vegetables using organic methods to provide them a sustainable livelihood option.
Prison life should ideally be an opportunity for reformation. However, in practice, most prisons have a demoralizing and negative effect on the inmates and they emerge worse than before.
Puthiya Nambikkai, the Prison Reformation Project, was initiated in partnership with the Puducherry Central Prison authorities, with a vision of a holistic transformation in the lives of prisoners. The program has an integral framework that provides physical and mental healthcare and psychological counselling to inmates and their families as well as to prison personnel, exposes the inmates to self-sustaining livelihood options and training, provides an orientation to the prison administrators, and helps in building a positive environment in the prison. Solomon, an ex-inmate, went through the interventions and by the time he was released from prison, he had already decided to steer his life back to normalcy and live a safe and happy life with his family. Read about his journey.
Puthiya Nambikkai, the Prison Reformation Project, was initiated in partnership with the Puducherry Central Prison authorities, with a vision of a holistic transformation in the lives of prisoners. The program has an integral framework that provides physical and mental healthcare and psychological counselling to inmates and their families as well as to prison personnel, exposes the inmates to self-sustaining livelihood options and training, provides an orientation to the prison administrators, and helps in building a positive environment in the prison.
Solomon, an ex-inmate, went through the interventions and by the time he was released from prison, he had already decided to steer his life back to normalcy and live a safe and happy life with his family. Read about his journey.
Inmate Tailors Stitch Relief
The expert inmate tailors stitched masks during the lockdown, helping the society during the pandemic.
In order to make prison life truly rehabilitative, the focus is on steering the inmates towards mainstream livelihood options. Towards this, they are given training on multiple areas including mat weaving, tailoring, organic farming, etc. They are also trained on computer basics.
AuroYajna the Integral Yoga wing of Sri Aurobindo Society tries to implement the practices of the ancient scriptures of Yoga: Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita.as a means to attain the yoga of self-perfection which Sri Aurobindo and the Mother propose.
Age No Bar
Enthusiastic participants practicing the concepts of Integral Yoga taught in the workshops.
Auro Agni - Global Centre for Integral Yoga
‘AuroAgni – Global Centre for Integral Yoga’ is planned to be a centre of excellence for exploring and learning the relevance, applicability and efficacy of Integral Yoga in various aspects of life and the world including education, health, wellness, business and economy, social development, leadership, art, and culture. Regular experiential workshops, retreats, and training programmes will be organised.
AuroAgni will include an international research centre called the Auro Research Academy, with residential facilities, for carrying out research on various themes based on the principles of Integral Yoga and the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Matriniketan, a large and beautiful heritage building in Puducherry with a wonderful view of the sea—having a unique architecture harmoniously fusing in elements of French and Tamil styles, is being developed as the campus in collaboration with INTACH, Puducherry.
AuroAgni will include an international research centre called the Auro Research Academy, with residential facilities, for carrying out research on various themes based on the principles of Integral Yoga and the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Matriniketan, a large and beautiful heritage building in Puducherry with a wonderful view of the sea—having a unique architecture harmoniously fusing in elements of French and Tamil styles, is being developed as the campus in collaboration with INTACH, Puducherry.
POWERFUL THOUGHTS, INSPIRING VISION
World over, people search for sublime truths underlying existence, for ways of bringing joy, beauty and harmony in our lives. These rich and inspiring insights, learning, experiences and outlook on life have been expressed in various ways and forms, be it music, dance, literature, painting, sculpture, films and the arts.
AuroPublications publishes spiritually themed books and creates multimedia and audiovisual products containing deep insight and values. There is a special focus on the integral yoga and the vision of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
AuroPublications, the publishing division of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, undertakes literary and audio-visual works of deep insight while striving towards practical applicability – in the form of e-books, multimedia, and educational aids. There is a special focus on Integral Yoga and the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have shed Light and Benevolence on the apparent and obvious as well as the unknown and the invisible. Somewhere in this giant arc of insight and wisdom are examples of Their outlook on the world of animals, birds, and insects.
AuroPublications have recently published a compilation of Their words on animals, beautifully illustrated with rare photographs of The Mother with animals.
All India Magazine
Since 1971 Sri Aurobindo Society has been ceaselessly publishing the All India Magazine (AIM) to bring forth the words of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Integral Yoga and its everyday application. The compilations have been carefully selected from the Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
A Monthly Bulletin of the Women’s Council of Sri Aurobindo Society focuses on all issues relevant to women, and helps them to awaken to the truth that all human beings are manifestations of one universal Self.
This small and concise booklet contains a collection of lectures by Dr. Nadkarni on Savitri and its background. Click for you copies
STORE / BOOKSHOP /JOURNEYS/ CAFÉ / EVENTS
AURA is an initiative of the Auroservice Trust, which works in close collaboration with SAS, encompassing a store and services including a café, a travel information centre, and an event venue.
A heavenly abode for book lovers. What else does one need more than a silent, cozy corner to read?
16, Goubert Avenue, White Town, Puducherry, a perfect place to buy the entire collections and compilations of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
Cycle Tour de Pondi
To discover the city in its authentic way, cycle tours are organized to explore the AngloFrench culture that is still prevailing in the city.
Explore Paris of the East
A one-day tour was organized for the first-year students belonging to the Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry Central University. The tour covered several aspects of Pondicherry and Auroville.
A walk to find out the hidden treasures of nature. Forest and farm walk to educate the future generation about the eco system, biodiversity, and the need to conserve them for a sustainable future.
It is all fresh, organic & vegan @ Aura Café.
Located on the rocky Pondicherry beach, the patrons enjoy the gentle sea breeze and exquisite sea view adding to the natural flavours of the offerings.
World Tourism with Children
Lt. Gov. of Puducherry. Dr. Kiran Bedi personally appreciated children for their participation in the World Tourism Day celebrations.
Opening the Pages
The cozy room with a spiritual ambiance is the best place to launch a book. Country Drive, a collection of poems by Sukrita Paul Kumar and Yasmin Ladha, and Sunayana Panda’s new book Mirra Alfassa was launched at the AURA Shoppe.
The Mask Speaks
Do we wear masks when we interact? In one of the Aura Events, Oregon-based Poet and Yoga Instructor Joan Dobbie's conducted a workshop "The Mask Speaks" to unravel the instinctive masks that human wear.
Currently, there are about 310+ Branches and Centers
SAS has members, centres and branches in India and abroad. These are meant to be centres of sadhana, of spiritual seeking and service to the Divine. This work can express itself in various forms such as meditation and study, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and cultural programmes, youth camps, educational workshops, schools, health programmes, art, handicrafts, farms, managing cottage industries and other group activities.
At AuroSchools, learning is sensitive, individualized, happy, and creative with an emphasis on the fitness, emotional wellbeing, mental development of the students.
The schools offer transformative, holistic education to children. They seek to develop children so that they become integral personalities and agents of positive transformation in the world. Various programmes on Arts & Craft are conducted to improve learning through the various elements of creativity.
List of AuroSchools
- Sri Aurobindo Vidyalaya, Tirupati
- Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Chandigarh
- La Vision School, Ompuri
- Mother’s Children Preparatory School, Ranchi
- Aura Mirra International School (AMIS), Bengaluru
- Mirambika School For New Age, Bengaluru
- Sri Aurobindo Vidyamandir, Yalavatti
- Sri Aurobindo Aspiration Convent School, Khandwa
- Sri Matri Vidya Mandir, Ratlam
- AuroSchool Navakriti, New Delhi
- Auro—Mirra Centre of Education, Patiala
- Sri Aurobindo International School, Patiala
- Sri Aurobindo Centre of New Education, Jodhpur
- Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre,Jhunjhunu
ACTIVITIES OF BRANCHES & CENTRES
There is no fixed programme laid out for Branches and Centres. They can develop and add new activities according to their inner needs and social requirements.
The Branches and Affiliated Centres of the Society are engaged in a variety of activities including
- meditations, talks, seminars and conferences
- setting up of educational institutions and administration
- teachers’ workshops and youth camps
- dance, drama and music classes
- research programmes
- health and medical camps
- handicraft and cottage industry showrooms
- publication of books
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTES
SAS works in collaboration with many Indian and international organizations, institutions and
individuals. The relationships with some of these esteemed organizations span over many
years, even decades. Some of the SAS Partners are:
Sri Aurobindo Society
No. 11, St. Martin Street
Puducherry – 605 001, India.
Office hours: IST 9:00 am To 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm To 5:30 pm
Phone: +91-413-2336396 / 97 / 98
Email: [email protected]
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