JUNE 26-30, 2019
SRI AUROBINDO INTEGRAL YOGA RETREAT
Human Evolution, the next step
Speaking of the future of our Earth, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother said “If man could once consent to be spiritualised.” This year we dwell upon this theme of spiritualization as the next step on our evolutionary journey, especially on the 50th year of ‘the descent of Superman’, an event of tremendous significance whose full impact is yet to be understood. Topics include: Whispers of a New Creation, What is Transformation?, Towards Universal Spirituality, The Crisis of Today and the Demand of the Hour and more.
As always, our focus will be on practical ways to align and consciously collaborate with this New Consciousness that is inevitably molding earth’s future and shaping our destiny.
"We are at a decisive hour in the history of the earth. It is preparing for the coming of the superman and because of this the old way of life is losing its value. We must strike out boldly on the path of the future despite its new demands. The pettinesses once tolerable, are tolerable no longer. We must widen ourselves to receive what is going to come." The Mother, 29 December 1971
Draft Agenda(Note, breakfast, lunch and dinner included each day)
Wednesday: Noon-5:30pm Registration, 4:00-5:00pm Yoga, 6:30-7:30pm Dinner, 8:00-9:30pm Introduction to Human Evoluiton, the next step
Thursday: 6:45-7:45am Yoga, 9:00-Noon Whispers of a New Creation and What is Transformation?, 2:30-5:15 Integral Yoga Practices and Development of our Latent and Inner Powers Part I, 5:30-6:15 Yoga, 8:00-9:30pm Karma Yoga in the Light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
Friday: 6:45-7:45am Yoga, 9:00-Noon Towards Universal Spirituality and The Crisis of Today and the Demand of the Hour, 2:30-5:15 Working Towards Unity and Development of our Latent and Inner Powers Part II, 5:30-6:15 Yoga, 8:00-9:30pm The Role of Auroville and Matrimandir in the Descent of the Supramental
Saturday: 6:45-7:45am Yoga, 9:00-Noon Consciousness and Lines of Human Evolution and Awakening to the Mind of Light, 2:30-4:00pm The Relevance of the Vedic Studies for the Future of Humanity, 4:30-8:30 Evening at the La Grace Center
Sunday: 6:45-7:45am Yoga, 9:00-Noon Closing Comments and Om Choir
Be sure to save the dates: June 26th-30th, 2019!
ABOUT / Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. At the age of seven he was taken to England for education. There he studied at St. Paul’s School, London, and at King’s College, Cambridge. 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. Sri Aurobindo had begun the practice of Yoga in 1905 in Baroda. In 1908 he had the first of several fundamental spiritual realizations.
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. Sri Aurobindo left his body on 5 December 1950.
The Mother was born Mirra Alfassa in Paris on 21 February 1878. A pupil at the Academy Julian, she became an accomplished artist, and also excelled as a pianist and writer. Interested in occultism, she visited Tlemcen, Algeria, in 1905 and l906 to study with the adept Max Theon and his wife. Her primary interest, however, was spiritual development. In Paris she founded a group of spiritual seekers and gave talks to various groups.
In 1914 the Mother voyaged to Pondicherry to meet Sri Aurobindo, whom she at once recognized as the one who for many years had inwardly guided her spiritual development. After a stay of eleven months she was obliged to return to France due to the outbreak of the First World War.
In April 1920 the Mother rejoined Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. When the Sri Aurobindo Ashram was formed in November 1926, Sri Aurobindo entrusted its full material and spiritual charge to the Mother. Under her guidance, which continued for nearly fifty years, the Ashram grew into a large, many-faceted spiritual community. The Mother left her body on l7 November 1973.