"One can progress through meditation, but through work, provided it is done in the right spirit, one can progress ten times more."
-The Mother

Celebration days at the Delhi Branch

The courtyard lit with diyas on Diwali night
The four Darshan Days, the Foundation Day of the Delhi Branch, and other special occasions are celebrated, sometimes with a day-long programme. The birthdays of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother are well attended and the celebrations are spread over several days. Many devotees from the town make it a point to spend these days at the Ashram and have their meals here as Prasad.

Musical offering by Pt. Barun Kumar Pal
Fun games
Eminent speakers on various spiritual subjects are invited on Darshan days and special days to give enlightening talks and discourses on Sri Aurobindo’s teachings. To rejuvenate the energy, to use the talents and potentials of young people of the Ashram, cultural programme and physical demonstrations are organized twice in a year.

Ashram youth present a cultural programme

Special Days of Spiritual Significance and Activities

12 February : Ashram Foundation Day (all day programme)

21 February : Darshan Day and The Mother’s Birth Anniversary

29 February : Supramental Day

29 March : Anniversary of The Mother’s first arrival in Pondicherry

4 April : Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry

23 April : Foundation Day of The Mother’s International School

24 April : Darshan Day and The Mother’s final arrival in Pondicherry

April – June : Various camps (Study camps, adventure (youth) camps, etc at Nainital)

August : Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Anniversary Celebration (around 15 August; Lecture Series from 6 pm on several days)

13 August : Birth Anniversary of Sri Surendra Nath Jauhar ‘Faquir’

15 August : Darshan Day and Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday

2 September : Samadhi Day of Sri S.N. Jauhar ‘Faquir’

October : Various camps (Study camps, adventure (youth) camps, etc at Nainital

Variable date : Diwali – Festival of Light

17 November : The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day (Day of silence)

24 November : Darshan Day and Siddhi Day. March Past and Satsang at 6 p.m.

5 December : Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi Day. Satsang at 10 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

25 December : Christmas: 'The Descent of Light'. Satsang at 7 p.m.

31 December : Midnight meditation and calendar distribution.

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