Who Speaks for Earth – Carl Sagan

source: cooperative-individualism.org
youtube: Imran reading this out – 24th March 2018

…The civilization now in jeopardy is all humanity. As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and sky. In our tenure of this planet, we have accumulated dangerous, evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders, all of which puts our survival in some doubt. We have also acquired compassion for others, love for our children, a desire to learn from history and experience, and a great, soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity.

Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet earth. But, up and in the cosmos an inescapable perspective awaits. National boundaries are not evidenced when we view the earth from space. Fanatic ethnic or religious or national identifications are a little difficult to support when we see our planet as a fragile, blue crescent fading to become an inconspicuous point of light against the bastion and citadel of the stars.

There are not yet obvious signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, and this makes us wonder whether civilizations like ours rush inevitably into self-destruction. I dream about it . . . and sometimes they are bad dreams.

In the vision of the dream I once imagined myself searching for other civilizations in the cosmos. Among a hundred billion galaxies and a billion trillion stars, life and intelligence should have arisen in many worlds; some worlds are barren and desolate. On them life never began or may have been extinguished in some cosmic catastrophe. There may be worlds rich in life not yet evolved to intelligence and high technology; there may be civilizations that achieved technology and then promptly used it to destroy themselves; and, perhaps, there are also beings who learn to live with their technology and themselves, beings who endure and become citizens of the cosmos.

Immersed in these thoughts, I found myself approaching a world that was clearly inhabited, a world I had visited before. I saw a planet encompassed by light and recognized the signature of intelligence. But, suddenly, darkness — total and absolute.

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Preparing for the Miraculous

source: aurobindo.ru
link: https://www.amazon.in/Preparing-Miraculous-Georges-Van-Vrekhem-ebook/dp/B007R48OT6/255-4268141-3012756

What is the meaning of our existence in the cosmic scheme?
Is there a divine purpose in life or is it merely the mechanical playing-out of competing “greedy genes”?
Do we live in a blind universe aimlessly running its course from Big Bang to Big Crunch or is there a higher purpose in evolution?
If there is a conscious guiding intent, why does it allow evil to exist?
How do we transcend the limits of a blind “scientism” locking itself out of a vaster understanding by refusing to admit the existence of any factors outside of its self-imposed limits of “scientific” verifiability? Can these questions be tackled without landing in the other extreme of religious dogma?
Is our planet Earth special in the universe?
Do we human beings have a special role in evolution?

The Belgian writer Georges Van Vrekhem explores these and other timeless questions in the light of Sri Aurobindo’s evolutionary concept and casts a refreshing new look on issues that have been the lasting preoccupation of seekers throughout the ages.

This book contains the edited versions of eleven talks that Georges Van Vrekhem gave in Auroville in 2010 and 2011:

• Adam Kadmon and the Evolution
• The Development of Sri Aurobindo’s Thought
• Preparing for the Miraculous
• What Arjuna Saw: the Dark Side of the Force
• 2012 and 1956: Doomsday?
• Being Human and the Copernican Evolution
• Bridges across the Afterlife
• Sri Aurobindo’s Descent into Death
• Sri Aurobindo and the Big Bang
• Theodicy: “Nature Makes no Mistakes”
• The Kalki Avatar.

Beyond Man

source: collaboration.org
link: http://www.beyondman.org/
link: Patterns of the Present
link: Hitler and His God

Review of Beyond Man, from The Awakening Ray, Jan/Feb 1998, p. 34-35. By Carel Thieme.

IF any persons from India’s political history, philosophical thought and spiritual greatness can be labeled as The Great Unknown, they are Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Few indeed know about Sri Aurobindo’s role as one of the leaders of India’s early independence movement; or of his theory of evolution beyond mankind; or of his and The Mother’s occult action on world events. Even less is their true mission known: to bring down on earth a higher level of consciousness, called by Sri Aurobindo “the Supermind”, in order to make a divine life on earth possible. For, says Sri Aurobindo, “Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges.”

In August 1997, Harper Collins India released Beyond Man, The Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother by Georges Van Vrekhem. The book comes as an unexpected, agreeable and timely surprise, in this 125th year of Sri Aurobindo’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of India’s freedom, to which not only Sri Aurobindo but also The Mother have contributed so much.

Georges Van Vrekhem, who lives in Auroville, has been working for six years on this book. He quotes extensively both from the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother as well as from the writings by those who have been near to them. The result is a hefty volume of over 500 pages. But its story is gripping and will introduce the reader to the heart of the matter. In fact, the book is so informative and thought -provoking that its length feels rather like a bonus than an ordeal. It has clearly been the aim of the author to write an integral, catholic text about his subject, based on all the documents available.

While reading, one starts to realize how much outward facts are determined
by interventions from other levels of consciousness, for which those facts are only the external appearances and signs. The writer has presented us the biographical material in this context, for instance when explaining Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s occult action on world events. The inclusion of interesting historical, philosophical and spiritual vistas drawn from other sources, has resulted in a richly embroidered tapestry as a background to the exceptional life of the Two-in-One, the “double–poled Avatar of the Supermind” as Van Vrekhem calls Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

The book reveals the golden thread running through the realization and fulfillment of the work of the double-poled Avatar. Highlights are the explication of the descent of Sri Krishna in Sri Aurobindo’s body on 24 November, 1926; the rationale behind the two World Wars; Sri Aurobindo’s voluntary confrontation with Death; the manifestation of the Supermind on 29 February, 1956, when the aim of the avataric incarnation was fulfilled; and The Mother’s ordeal while going still further and building the archetype of the supramental body.

The author shows that Sri Aurobindo had progressed much farther in his Yoga than is commonly believed. He stresses the relevance of the double-poled Avatar, the One Consciousness incarnated in two bodies, which e.g. made possible that one half of the incarnated Avatar (Sri Aurobindo) could consciously enter death because the other half (The Mother) would remain on earth. He shows The Mother’s acceptance, in her Love for mankind, to venture beyond every known limit for the realization of the supramental body, in an effort that will have shortened the material manifestation of the new species by thousands if not millions of years.

In Beyond Man, the importance of the transitional being, called in French by The Mother “le surhomme” is stressed. The Mother, announcing the descent of the consciousness of the ‘surhomme’ in January 1969, explains that, just as in every other great leap in evolution, this time too transitory beings or races will appear. They, born like all of us from human parents, but manifesting a certain degree of a supramental consciousness, will in turn find the key for the creation of the supramental beings. This important element in the evolution, first described by Sri Aurobindo in ‘The Supramental Manifestation Upon Earth’ and afterwards time and again elaborated upon by The Mother, has rarely been given due attention. It is one of several illuminations in this important book.

It is unavoidable in a book of this magnitude that some prevailing standpoints and opinions on the life and work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are being put into question. But Van Vrekhem’s comments are always restrained and worded in a language of moderation. He clearly has been writing in a spirit of understanding, inclusion and construction. His guiding idea seems to have been to consider all Aurobindonians as one family. So doing, Beyond Man shuns no important point or argument, but it is never polemical.

The publishers, Harper Collins Publishers India, have done a fine job and produced a beautiful book that lays lightly and comfortably in the hand. Still, most of the printing errors might have been’ avoided if the proof-reading had been done with more care. It even happens in a couple of sentences that some words have been omitted – and no, Sri Aurobindo did not marry in 1889, but in 1901 – but the book as a whole reads very fluently and pleasantly indeed. The errors will surely be corrected when a second impression is issued – and we hope an index, indispensable for the really interested reader, will then also be included.

Beyond Man is a standard work and a fount of information on the life and work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. It is a must for all those who aspire to live in their Light.


Harmony is a movement begun in 2016 at the request of a friend. It aims to make the world a more peaceful place. Support us by registering here and spread this page link with your friends. If mailing, please cc shasa@cselian.com so we know. Feel free to write to us and suggest more prayers and hymns.

We encourage people to pray for world peace twice a day and also to help others and be kind to them. The prayer can take any form. A Hymn, chanting of the Lord’s Prayer or His Name or just this simple one:

Dear God, give man the fortitude to listen to the words of peace and love in his heart and not be swayed by the evil forces that abound in the world around him and incite him to commit acts against the very principles that his religion and beliefs are founded upon.
Grant him the understanding that each man is free to choose his religion, that none is superior to the other, that each man understands the will of God according to his own nature and the truth of his being.
If he must talk of his religion, let it be with an openness to understand his brother’s religion as well, for as Lord Krishna says – All paths lead to me.
Let us hold hands and stand against the spread of ignorance and conflict.
Let us embrace one another and truly accept each other’s faults and limitations as our Lord accepts us.
A minutes silence for contemplation and thoughts for world peace.
Unspoken by Shasa, Nov 2015

Or to put it in the words of Swami Vivekananda (from his closing speech at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1893:
Assimilation and not Destruction, Harmony and Peace and not Dissension


Assorted articles by contributors and well wishers.

Also, articles by some famous people like

Teach Your Children

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix,the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

AS Dalal

source: auro-ebooks.com

Moslem by birth, Dr. Dalal was born in Tanzania, moved to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for seven years, then worked in the U.S. as a psychologist for over two decades before returning to the ashram where he now lives. He has compiled ten books based on the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and has written two books integrating Sri Aurobindo’s psychological thought with modern psychology.

* Psychology, Mental Health and Yoga
* A Greater Psychology
* Eckhart Tolle and Sri Aurobindo

Compilations (from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother)
* Living Within – The Yoga Approach to Psychological Health and Growth
* The Psychic Being
* Soul – Its Nature, Mission and Evolution
* The Hidden Forces of Life
* Growing Within – The Psychology of Inner Development
* Looking from Within – A Seeker’s Guide to Attitudes for Mastery and Inner Growth
* Powers Within
* Living Words
* Soul Kindlers for the New Millennium
* Our Many Selves
* Practical Yogic Psychology
* Emergence of the Psychic
* Governance of Life by the Soul
* The Yoga of Sleep and Dreams – The Night-School of Yoga
* The God-Touch – And Other Lights from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri
* Gifts of Grace – Five Aids for Inner Growth
* Morality, Idealism, Religion and Yoga

Build India

India won its Independance from the British on August 15th 1947 and was finally free to start building a nation in its own image. That of the oldest surviving culture from a previous golden age, at once a synthesis of many diverse cultures and religions.

The Indian Constitution is the longest and took 3 years to frame.

The Build India Group was floated in 2006 and advocates the celebration of Pledge Festival. This is now held on the 26th of November which is Constitution Day. Schools are encouraged to have flag hoisting and to take the pledge which runs as follows:

We the people of India today
Do solemnly pledge ourselves
To the service of our nation
With honesty, sincerity and commitment
Always keeping our nation’s
Interests paramount
In all that we think, do or say,
For the greater glory of this land.

You can see more on the Official BIG Facebook Group.

Also to be recited of course is the Indian National Pledge and the anthem.

The convener of this movement in South India was the Late Professor PJ Naidu, chief editor of the Journal of School Social Work.

This page welcomes articles on the identity of India and its evolution and how Indians should set an example for the betterment of the world.


Prayer and Manthra are (seemingly) interchangeable. The idea is to regulate your breathing and focus on the Chit Akash (he inner space where thoughts and emotions come from. When you close your eyes – that is inner space.) This is naturally the location of the third eye where the 2 eyes focus when the eyelids are closed.


youtube: Rudram Chamakam

Gayathri^1 Manthra:
Oh God, the Protector, the basis of all life, Who is self-existent, Who is free from all pains and Whose contact frees the soul from all troubles, Who pervades the Universe and sustains all, the Creator and Energizer of the whole Universe, the Giver of happiness, Who is worthy of acceptance, the most excellent, Who is Pure and the Purifier of all, let us embrace that very God, so that He may direct our mental faculties in the right direction.
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