Pondicherry revisited….. photo gallery

Pondicherry, a place of awakening and rising

Dear ones, Pondicherry is an ancient place in South India where the sages and ascetics have done penance, meditated, done research on metaphysical topics and the rishis had their gurukuls or spiritual schools. On such a kind of place, with the divine will was the Aurobindo Ashram made by Shri Aurobindo and The Mother. The Ashram, it is popularly called, is a place of Force to reckon with. Immense peace pervades this place. Seekers who are stuck with obstructions or require more force to push their way up in their spiritual journey should make the effort to visit the samadhi of Shri Aurobindo and the Mother to seek their blessings for success. They will be assisted with love and compassion. Positive difference in one’s level is fast to see and will be very much appreciated by them.

I took a break from my work and visited Pondicherry with a friend of mine with these intentions between 13th and 18th of Deccember’12. There was no plan of showcasing many photos in this segment, but the people’s thoughts have reached the Omnipresent Universal Mind of Shri Mahavatar Babaji. It is the wish of many devotees that they see the place visually on the net since many can’t go there, it is quite far and in one corner of South India. Keeping the wishes of all of you who have interest in their spiritual development, I have weaved a theme around my pictures and you can also read my thoughts which were behind my mind while I took them. They all tell a story, a story of human evolution…..of awakening, of our blooming and rising.

The awakening….







The  rising and falling of our thoughts waves ……




The guest house


The blooming of our tranquil souls!……






Pondicherry- the place, the streets and its homes near Ashram in ex-French Colony…..








The Ashram, just a few aspects of it….




The last picture also has a story to tell. It has a white plain building where out of concrete structure, a red hibuscus flower dares to face the Sun and smile at it beautifully!! It pushes as though, all the obstructions trying to stop it and it rises up to tower its presence and look directly at the bright Sun.

I took that picture after the sunrise while we were strolling on the pavement of a promenade. There is more symbolism in this  picture as I perceive. The red blooming  flower shouted for my attention and said, ” Look at my background, it is all white and I am red in color. In Pondicherry in the ashram, the samadhi of The Mother beams dynamic Force for which I represent here.The red colour is for Shakti or Force. And Shri Aurobindo’s samadhi beams immense peace and tranquility. My white background portrays that. So Pondicherry is a centre of Force and Peace…..


I thought it would be a nice idea to share a few inspiring lines from ‘The Prophet’ Khalil Gibran where according to me, Love spoken here is about the penance of the seeker and the reward is the Love of God in return……

‘Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.

And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you, follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

And when he speaks to you believe in him

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.

Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,

So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He thrashes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free you from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant:

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.’

Much love


12 Responses to Pondicherry revisited….. photo gallery

  1. Dear Sarikaji,
    Pranaam to you and Babaji.
    Thanks a lot for such amazing photos with a divine theme. I am more eager now to visit Pondicherry ! All the photos give a very peaceful and divine feeling. I have really loved all of them. THANKS…
    And equally wonderful words of Khalil Gibran about sacred and spiritual fire of God ! Too deep and so meaningful !
    With lots of love and gratitude. Nirav

  2. spiritinlife says:

    Dear Nirav, Pondicherry does have very strong vibes of tranquility and spirtuality; it is very easy to sense that. And therefore I decided to weave a theme around it keeping that thought in my view. This is the first time I took a few pictures of the Ashram, thanks to my friend sweet insistence!!! And look how useful they have turned out to be.
    Regarding ‘The Prophet’ surely they are the words of the wisdom of a sage. I go back to it once in a while, even if they are just five to ten lines. Found these lines yesterday and so shared them with all.
    You can add it to your library if you have not done yet!
    With divine blessings

  3. Kalpanaben M Jani says:

    Dear sarikaji, every post is very useful in our life and teach us new in meditation. i am very unknown this line but lucky i am so read this site,i am near you and my Babaji, my english is poor so i am not regularly ans you but i read and understand everything,pl give me your blessing so my life go to easy way,with lots of love you and BABAJI kalpana

    • spiritinlife says:

      Yes Kalpana, my blessings are with you dear and please feel free to speak your mind. And you will understand everything because you have to be intuitive and not theoretical in this matter. And lots of love for you too.

  4. midhunpk210 says:

    dear ma,

    thanks for this post , the photos are really good.

    shall visit this place one day if god allow,

    with love,
    Midhun Pk

  5. Resham says:

    Love these lines quoted by you from Kahlil Gibran:

    “He thrashes you to make you naked.

    He sifts you to free you from your husks.

    He grinds you to whiteness.”

    And this one particularly, struck a chord as if they are written for me. 🙂

    “He kneads you until you are pliant.”

    I wish such blessed, soul changing Love engulfs me too.

    the last and the lovely one: “And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.”

    thank you for the beautiful pictures Maa.

    • spiritinlife says:

      Dearest Resham, indeed these perfect lines are conveying your inner heart’s story. How much beating and kneading does flour get to become edible bread? Same thing goes for our soul. We must redeem, we must purify until we can be eligible to be ready for offering ourselves at the holy altar.
      God bless you each day and ever more at every step in your beautiful journey. With love and my prayers. Yours Ma.

      • Resham says:

        Maa, if there is something good in me and my life, it is because of God’s grace and your untiring efforts to change me. I feel so good with you and the Blessed Masters. It is my real home, the confusion & void in my life and my search for happiness ends here. 🙂

        • spiritinlife says:

          My dear child Resham, first of all I thank you and all others for wishing me a happy Mother’s day. You conveyed through your quote in the morning -“You are the very best Mom anyone could have asked for”. I say the same thing to you and all others who have come to me through my Gurus with the will of God that you are the very best child that any Mother could have asked for!
          The bond between us is of unconditional love, simplicity and honesty and hence will weather all conditions and tests. It is for keeps.
          When there is pure love between two people who will feel the burden of working hard on whom? Everything is lovely and beautiful since the journey and home of God is so, so wonderful always.
          You have done something virtuous and have found this ancient, simple and indigenous path to God. You must now do more good actions to retain your secure place in the land and kingdom of God. Continue being good to all, seek divine help within and take every step carefully with a cheerful disposition.
          God bless you and everybody on this wonderful day.

  6. Resham says:

    My sweet Maa, after reading this wonderful reply from you here, what more can I ask for in life? I am very happy and thankful to you and God for all the blessings…I will keep this precious reply etched in my heart and memory and all our precious memories in the treasure house of my heart. Always, always at your service with boundless love, adoration and respect for You and all my Gurus.

  7. midhunpk210 says:

    Love to go there, again and again.

  8. Resham says:

    Came back today morning to read these wonderful lines again : He kneads you until you are pliant

    And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.’ How true and amazing. <3

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