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Sri Aurobindo Society - An Introduction


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Sri Aurobindo Society - An Introduction

  1. 1. An Introduction
  2. 2. To move towards tomorrow, to participate in the birth of a new world, in the making of a new humanity, in the creation of a better and happier future – this is the unique privilege and challenge of today. Sri Aurobindo Society strives to bring together all those who want to dedicate themselves to this task, with no distinction of nationality, race, caste, creed, religion or sex. To know is good, to live is better, to be, that is perfect. The Mother
  3. 3. The Society is  An international, spiritual, educational, cultural, non-profit NGO  Recognised by the Government of India as a Charitable Organisation, a Research Institute and an Institution of Importance Throughout India Named after Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo Society was founded by the Mother in 1960. Objectives  Integral Growth & Perfection of the Individual  Social Transformation  A new India offering its best to the World  Realisation of Human Unity in a rich and organised diversity Society House, Puducherry, India
  4. 4. Main fields of activity  Education  Rural Development  Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy  Health  Leadership & Management  Indian Culture  Youth and Women  Children with Special Needs  Palliative Care  Media, Arts & Communication  Social & Economic Development  Research & Training  Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Exhibitions  Books, Audio-visuals, Magazines and E-journals As the Society’s aim is to live integrally the truth that will transform the whole of life, all activities are included in its comprehensive programme. True spirituality is not to renounce life, but to make life perfect with a Divine Perfection. The Mother
  5. 5. Education
  6. 6. The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught. Sri Aurobindo Education India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Education & Research (SAFIER) An education which aims at a total and integral development:  A strong, supple, healthy, beautiful body  A sensitive, emotionally refined, energetic personality  A wide-ranging, lively intelligence and will  The subtler spiritual qualities that unify and harmonise the personality for a life beneficial to the individual and the society
  7. 7.  Development of Qualities and Values, like courage, truthfulness, generosity etc.  Development of Faculties like concentration, imagination, memory, creativity etc.  Preparation of inspirational and beautifully illustrated Books, Audio-Visuals  Development, manufacture & distribution of high- quality, cost-effective Educational Toys & Games to help in the growth of an integral personality  Organising of Non-Formal centres of learning Activities and Programmes Education India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Education & Research (SAFIER)
  8. 8. Activities and Programmes Education India Council for Integral Education (ICIE) Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Education & Research (SAFIER)  Setting up Kindergartens and Schools with a value based approach  Training Programmes and Workshops for teachers, students, parents  Research, Development & Dissemination of resource material  Innovative uses of Technology in Education  Working for an integral, creative and joyful education all over the world
  9. 9. True education must reveal what is already present in the developing beings and make it blossom. Just as flowers blossom in the sun, children blossom in joy. - The Mother Education Camps and Workshops
  10. 10. Rupantar RUPANTAR Is a Multidimensional programme to Transform Education and Inspire Action An education which aims at a total and integral development  encompassing all stakeholders of education.  help strengthen the current Centre and State-run programmes for education
  11. 11. The programme now coversall the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh Trained 4LAKH teachers in Uttar Pradesh Muzzaffarnagar Ghaziabad Muradabad Bareilly Aligarh Etawah Agra Lucknow Gonda Faizabad Gorakhpur Azamgarh Jhansi Allahabad Nodal Training Centers, supported by Branch Training Centres across UP Varanasi A beginning made from Uttar Pradesh With engagement of more than 400,000 (4 lakh) teachers and 165,000 (1.65 lakh) schools, RUPANTAR will benefit more than 20 million (2 crore) children—of which over 70% are in rural areas. For India, this can mean significant support in bridging the skills divide. Rupantar 4 lakh teachers trained
  12. 12.  A collaborative initiative with Satya Special School, Puducherry; and College of Education at the University of Oregon, USA Arohan every child is beautiful Children with Special Needs  Aims to create a model of excellence and a training centre of inclusive education for Children with Special Needs (CWSN) in a rural outreach programme  It will bring together the best practices from the East and the West in a creative and innovative synthesis, and also be sustainable, scalable and replicable
  13. 13.  Works towards a holistic development of children with special needs (CWSN) including mentally challenged children, between 0 and 15 years old  Care, cure, rehabilitation, and effective access to specialized services, reinforcing the capacities of an Integrated Specialty Center in Puducherry Children with Special Needs
  14. 14. Rural Development
  15. 15. The Sarvam Integral Rural Development Programme aims to  Adopt an entire village and develop it to become a model village  Empower the village community to take charge of their own destiny and future  Make a genuine difference not only to their way of living, but also to their way of thinking and being  Research in new and creative ideas to develop a sustainable, scalable and replicable model  Create an International Centre for Rural Development based on a deeper holistic approach Sri Aurobindo Rural & Village Action & Movement (SARVAM) Rural Development The village is the cell of the national body and the cell-life must be healthy and developed for the national body to be healthy and developed. Sri Aurobindo
  16. 16. Rural Development Education Health Economic Development
  17. 17. Rural Development Organic Farming and Dairy Housing
  18. 18. SHARANAM - Skill Development & Training Centre
  19. 19. Sri Aurobindo Institute for Science and Technology (SAIST) For an all round progress, science and technology have to be synthesised with spiritual values and service of humanity. The R & D work at SAIST involves developing technologies  which will be based on sound Ecological, Environmental and Energy efficient principles  which will be appropriate to the regions and cultures, specially in rural and semi-urban areas of Developing Countries  which will impact a large number of people directly and bring a change in their lives Sustainable Development and Science & Technology
  20. 20. Sustainable Development and Science & Technology Areas of work at present:  Green buildings and Sustainable Designing  Wind Energy – development of a new type of Wind Turbine  Appropriate technology for Rural Development Training Local Unskilled WorkersWind Turbine Sri Aurobindo Institute for Science and Technology (SAIST)
  21. 21. Health
  22. 22. SAIIIHR aims to  Study and understand ‘Health’ in all its dimensions, with a new and total awareness of the human being  Help individuals to become aware and to develop the healing powers within for prevention and cure of illness  Synthesise various modern and traditional systems of medicine  Work all over the world for the total elimination of disease and illness by going to the root causes An illness of the body is always the outer expression and translation of a disorder, a disharmony in the inner being. The Mother Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Integral Health and Research (SAIIIHR) Health
  23. 23. Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Integral Health and Research (SAIIIHR) Health  An Integral Health Institute where one can learn how to live life meaningfully in all its aspects  A new approach based on Yogic Psychology and the spiritual dimension of Health  Interdisciplinary research projects on diagnosis and treatment using different systems of healing – Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Flower Remedies, Acupressure etc.  Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Training Programmes on various aspects of Integral Health  Publication of Books, Journals, preparation of Audio-Visuals Activities & Programmes
  24. 24. Sanjeevan an Integral approach to end-of-life care Palliative Care  A collaborative initiative with the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, Kerala  Aims to develop a comprehensive system of community-based care for the incurably ill, chronically bedridden, elderly and dying people in Puducherry, by taking care of their physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs  It is patient centred, and not disease- focused; the goal is to provide the best possible quality of life for patients and their families
  25. 25.  Developing a community based model for Palliative Care in Puducherry through • establishment of a Sanjeevan Centre • capacity building in the community • establishment of outpatient outlet / day care centre supported by practitioners of mainstream and alternative medicines • establishment of home care units led by nurses and doctors specially trained in Palliative Care  Sensitization and capacity building in other parts of India to facilitate the development of Community based Palliative Care programmes Project highlights Palliative Care
  26. 26. Leadership & Management
  27. 27. SAFIM aims to provide the Modern Managers with  Deep and holistic insights into all aspects of Management and Organisational Development  Ways to develop and express fully their inner potential and creativity  Knowledge to manage oneself as the key to managing others and the environment  The best of Management Skills and Technology integrated with Spiritual Insights and Yogic Psychology Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM) Leadership & Management One must be able to control oneself before one can hope to govern others. The Mother
  28. 28. Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM)  An International Integral Management institution based on a holistic approach  Research on a dynamic spiritual approach to solving problems and challenges faced by Executives today  A deeper understanding of the Money power and its role in the future  Organisation of Seminars, Workshops and Training Programmes  Publication of Books, Journals, preparation of Audio-Visuals Activities & Programmes Leadership & Management
  29. 29. Indian Culture
  30. 30. SAFIC aims to  Carry out authentic research to rediscover the truth and genius of Indian Culture in its depth and fullness  Re-awaken the capacity that enabled India to excel in every aspect of life, and apply it dynamically to contemporary life and all its activities  Create new forms of philosophy, literature, art, science and critical knowledge, based on a synthesis of the East and the West  Look at existing problems of the World in the light of Indian Spirituality and Psychology Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) O India, land of light and spiritual knowledge! Wake up to your true mission in the world, show the way to union and harmony. The Mother Indian Culture
  31. 31. Activities and Projects  The best India can offer to the World in all fields of life – spirituality and religion, mathematics, medicine, surgery, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, state-craft etc.  Sanskrit and its importance for India  Books, Films, CDs, CD-ROMs  Research, Training, Workshops, Seminars Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) Indian Culture
  32. 32. Youth & Women
  33. 33. To inspire the Youth and Women to  Find and realise their aim in life  Develop and express their full potential  Prepare them, spiritually and materially, to play their true role in all aspects of collective life  Channelise their talents, enthusiasm and energies to build a new future Youth & Women Progress is youth; at a hundred years of age one can be young. The Mother AuroYouth and Women’s Council
  34. 34.  Self Development programmes  Camps, Seminars and Workshops at regional, national and international levels  Books, Journals, Audio-Visuals  Taking up of projects in various fields according to their inclination and interests Activities and Programmes The true domain of women is the spiritual. We forget it but too often.… True maternity begins with the conscious creation of a being, with the willed shaping of a soul coming to develop and utilise a new body. The Mother Youth & Women AuroYouth and Women’s Council
  35. 35. Youth Camps
  36. 36. Media, Arts & Communication
  37. 37. Media, Arts & Communication AuroTV and AuroFilms are part of a production, research and training institute which prepares innovative films, TV programmes and multimedia presentations, using the latest technologies and platforms. It aims at preparing Films and TV programmes that will  Uplift, inspire, touch, transform, and manifest Beauty and Truth  Look for the soul and deeper essence in life and nature  Bring together people who are inspired by these ideals AuroTV and AuroFilms “At the service of Beauty and Truth”
  38. 38. Media, Arts & Communication The films and programmes will be of all types:  Full length feature  Docu-dramas  Educational  Children’s  On environment, social and cultural issues  On India It will be a centre for research and training in all aspects of film making, TV and multimedia, with special emphasis on character building. AuroTV and AuroFilms “At the service of Beauty and Truth”
  39. 39. Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC) SACAC, New Delhi,  Finds new and effective ways of making the media an instrument for social change, based on a spiritual foundation  Offers various intensive courses with hands- on technical training. The main courses include  Audio Engineering & Music Production  Creative Documentary  Photography  Advertising & Public Relations  Digital Marketing  Gives to the Youth quality training along with higher aspirations and deeper values Media, Arts & Communication
  40. 40. Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC)
  41. 41. Social & Economic Development
  42. 42. AuroService  AuroService encourages and supports all types of economic and business activities based on spiritual values, and aspires to generate funds for social transformation.  The guiding principles are  Truth  Perfection  Harmony  Service  Work as Sadhana  Right use of money Social & Economic Development Activities & Programmes
  43. 43. Prisoners Reformation & Rehabilitation Puthiya Nambikkai a step towards new future  Puthiya Nambikkai, meaning ‘New Hope’ in Tamil, is a collaborative effort with the Pondicherry Police Department and Satya Special School, Puducherry  Aims at Prisoners Reformation and Rehabilitation by including the prison staff and the spouses and also the children of the prisoners The project involves Extensive study of the existing prison conditions at Puducherry Central Prison, the background of its prisoners and their families, and also involving the police personnel in the process of reformation and rehabilitation It works towards Helping in the reformation of prisoners and return them as productive members of society in respect to Education, work skills, treating others with respect, and self-discipline.
  44. 44. Research, Training, Publications, Audio-visuals New words are needed to express new ideas, new forms are necessary to manifest new forces. The Mother Research, training, publication of books, journals, and preparation of audio-visuals in various fields are an important part of the Society’s activities. There is a conscious effort to open new vistas through the development of capacities and faculties still dormant in Humanity. A radical transformation of our present limited consciousness into a higher consciousness which will be the source of unbound creativity, joy and harmony, is the ultimate goal.
  45. 45. One of our greatest assets are our volunteers and interns. Students, professionals, groups and organizations from all over the world contribute their skills and expertise towards our vision. Volunteers and Interns Shweta - Nasik Vivek - Indore Riddhi - Mumbai Kinzie & Rachel - Oregon Ann - Geneva
  46. 46. Branches and Centres
  47. 47. The Society has members, centres and branches all over India and in many parts of the world. They are centres of sadhana, of spiritual pursuit and material perfection, engaged in a wide range of activities. To open a centre is not sufficient in itself. It must be the pure hearth of a perfect sincerity in a total consecration to the Divine. The Mother Branches and Centres Auro Mirra Centre of Education - Patiala Navakriti, Nursery School - Delhi
  48. 48. Sri Aurobindo Centre of New Education – Jodhpur Mirambika School For New Age – Bangalore Branches and Centres
  49. 49. Trek to Gangotri Good Parenting Art and Craft Branches and Centres Workshops Study camp on Upanishads Drawing competition
  50. 50. Branches and Centres Garba Recording Studio - Noida Presentation on the Gita - Surat Launch of ‘Maa’ CD - Mumbai
  51. 51. Baroda Bhopal Bangalore Siliguri, West Bengal Some Branches and Centres Nowgong, Madhya Pradesh
  52. 52. SAS Global Heidelberg, Germany Nairobi, KenyaLondon, United Kingdom Singapore Centre
  53. 53. Visionaries of the Next Future
  54. 54. Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) Sri Aurobindo has come to tell us: “It is not necessary to leave the earth to find the Truth, it is not necessary to leave life to find one’s soul, it is not necessary to give up the world or to have limited beliefs in order to enter into relation with the Divine. The Divine is everywhere, in everything, and if He is hidden, it is because we do not take the trouble to discover Him.” The Mother Poet, revolutionary, Rishi and one of the greatest thinkers of modern India, Sri Aurobindo, came to Pondicherry in 1910 to pursue a Yoga that aims at a total transformation of this earthly life into Divine Life.
  55. 55. Mirra Alfassa, known as the Mother, came from France and joined Sri Aurobindo in 1914. They laid the foundation and took up the task of building a new world, a new society that strives to express and embody the New Consciousness, which Sri Aurobindo called the Supramental. The Mother (1878 – 1973) I belong to no nation, no civilisation, no society, no race, but to the Divine. I obey no master, no ruler, no law, no social convention, but the Divine. To Him I have surrendered all, will, life and self… The Mother
  56. 56. We invite you to join us in the challenging task of creating a new and more beautiful tomorrow. Let us all come together and work for the advent of a new World, of which  Peace and Unity will be the foundation  Diversity and Dynamism its way of action  Harmony and Happiness the constant results
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