On February 21st, 2019, The Mother's Birthday
On Feb 21, 2019, Sri Aurobindo Ashram- Delhi branch celebrated the 141st birth anniversary of The Mother.
The Ashram was decorated with portraits of The Mother adorned with flowers. Devotees thronged the Ashram in
great numbers to show their love for Her. Vast array of flowers were strewn along the walkway leading to the
meditation hall where devotees sat in meditative silence. The assortment of dahlias was particularly remarkable.
Bakery products (chocolate cakes, peanut, almond and cashew cookies,
murmure namkeen, and bread), tailoring
unit clothes (dhoti, suit, frocks, baba suits, nighties, salwar-kameez, fancy bags) and paper products
(marbelled papers, pen stands, diaries, photo frames, lamp shades, chit pads etc.) were displayed on
exhibition-cum-sale. All the products were made by our vocational trainees.
The main program was set for the evening where a cultural show was put up by vocational trainees, aspirants
and an ashramite at The Hall of Grace. The event began with lighting of candle by Tara didi. The theme of the
show centred on core teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The importance of a holistic way of life
achievable through perfect balance between the mind and the body was demonstrated through exercises.
Participants exhibited yoga mudras. They formed pyramidal structures using their bodies to demonstrate
strength and stability. Female participants showcased a performance on Kalaripayattu. This form of martial
arts considered one of the oldest in the world draws from fighting techniques of animals. The students aptly
demonstrated rudimentary exercises to enhance related movements.
The last performance, based on folklore from Uttarakhand, invoked Goddess Nanda Devi.
The event came to a close with the invoking of the Divine Mother
Ya Devi sarva-bhuteshu,
Vidya rupen sansthita,
namastasye namastasye namastasye namo namah
The audience then gathered at the dining hall for a sumptuous snack of tea and cakes. After this hour-long
tea-break, from 6.15 PM onwards, all the devotees assembled near the Samadhi lawns for participating and
witnessing the March Past, and Lights of Aspiration. March past is performed on all Darshan days as a salute
to the Mother as well as Mother India. In a smooth continuation with the March Past is performed what we call
“Lights of Aspiration” where the participants make beautiful formations holding two lit
diyas, symbolizing the
psychic aspiration in their hearts. Immediately after this, everyone present moved silently to the Meditation
hall, where the ashram choir alongwith Tara didi led a meditative bhajan-singing and reading from
Sri Aurbindo’s The Mother.
The day ended with distribution of the Darshan day cards to all present and prasad. Many devotees stayed back
for dinner toof.
Exhibition of products made by Vocational trainees
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