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 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.’