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Beloo Mehra
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Student of Sri Aurobindo, Author, Blogger, Educator. Several degrees in Education and Economics, extensive teaching experience at school and university level in India and abroad, a keen interest in educational, social and cultural thought of Sri Aurobindo.
Student of Sri Aurobindo, Author, Blogger, Educator. Several degrees in Education and Economics, extensive teaching experience at school and university level in India and abroad, a keen interest in educational, social and cultural thought of Sri Aurobindo.

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"The earlier Bankim was only a poet and stylist—the later Bankim was a seer and nation-builder." (Sri Aurobindo)

Today is 180th birth anniversary of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, whom Sri Aurobindo called a Rishi for giving Indians the reviving mantra to awaken and create a new India, the mantra of Bande Mataram.

Re-sharing an essay I wrote a few years back about Bankim's first and only novel in English (published in 1864), which happened to be the first Indian or rather first Asian novel written in English.

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"'Rajmohan’s Wife', when read as an “allegory of modern India” reminds the reader that national consciousness when invoked through and inspired by thoughtful and noble literature, art and music is always much more real and uplifting than anything uttered by the so-called political leaders and workers of the official machinery.
"To appreciate the vast contribution made by this noble soul, Bankim Chandra, to the awakening of his motherland and to the renaissance of Indian literature and thought, and to do it through the lens of a literary criticism that is grounded in the eternal essence of all things Indian and is not merely an imitation or regurgitation of whatever theoretical frameworks that may be the 'fad of the day' — this is what makes reading Bankim extra, extra special for me."

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This photo-essay on the waking up of Shakti found another home on IndiaFacts.
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“What Nature is, what God is, what man is can be triumphantly revealed in stone or on canvas.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Vol. 1, p. 451).
Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
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A new blog post after a long, long break: A post on some Indian views on Beauty and Art

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Beauty indeed escapes all human definitions. It is in and of the form, but also and primarily beyond the form, it is in movement and also in stillness. Beauty is something to be experienced, though that experience may also be limited by the limitations of the experiencing heart and mind.

More on the link:
Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
Some Indian Views on Beauty and Art
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Come, let us hear that something which is deeply real, living, a mysteriously hidden spirit in these rocks and stones at or around Chandragiri Hill in Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, Hear them speak of a climb, an upward movement, from matter to spirit.

Nowhere else do we find this story of ascent, of the involution and the evolution, told better than in Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem, Savitri. Presenting here a few verses which breathe life, meaning and soul into these photographs. More on the link below.

https://matriwords.com/the-climb/
The Climb
The Climb
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“The spirit and ideals of our civilisation need no defence, for in their best parts and in their essence they were of eternal value. India’s internal and individual seeking of them was earnest, powerful, effective. But the application in the collective life of society was subjected to serious reserves." (Sri Aurobindo)

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New post on Matriwords:

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Let the force of the words, the truth of the words seep into the consciousness, let the truth do its work, because that indeed is what we need the most today — to be on the side of the truth, to be aware of how to be on the side of the truth.
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"...people take no trouble to see whether their intellect is giving them right thoughts, right conclusions, right views on things and persons, right indications about their conduct or course of action. They have their idea and accept it as truth or follow it simply because it is their idea. Even when they recognise that they have made mistakes of the mind, they do not consider it of any importance nor do they try to be more careful mentally than before."(Sri Aurobindo)
Inner Light for the Intellect
Inner Light for the Intellect
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The concluding part of the ongoing series on Indian Education is now up on the Matriwords blog.
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In the current social-political climate of India a conflict (misguided, if I may add) has been created between what is ‘secular’ and what is not. Directly connected with that is a fundamental question faced by our educational institutions – should schools and colleges be secular or not?
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