The life of Sri Aurobindo, the Indian revolutionary who turned to spirituality, was an inspiration for everyone today, said India’s envoy in Singapore, as he joined followers of the freedom-fighter and philosopher in celebrating his 150th birth anniversary.
The remarks by Shilpak Ambule, High Commissioner of India in Singapore, came as he attended a seminar to mark the occasion. The three-hour seminar, ‘Humanity Unity & Individual Growth: A Journey of Destiny in the Light of Sri Aurobindo’, had participation from experts and musical performances by artistes from the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society.
Some 120 followers of Sri Aurobindo — he was born Aurobindo Ghose and edited a paper titled Vande Mataram — also attended the seminar.
Ambule highlighted the life of Sri Aurobindo, pointing out how the seer, philosopher, yogi and poet was “an inspiration for all of us today”. Experts shared how Sri Aurobindo had propounded the path of “Integral Yoga” that sought to transform human consciousness to a higher level, embodying all elements of the human being — the spirit, mind, and vital.
In 1910, Sri Aurobindo retreated to Puducherry (Pondicherry) and devoted himself to sadhana (dedicated learning).
The seminar attendees were given an insight into Auroville ashram in Puducherry, which today stands as a testament to the seer’s teachings and philosophy and welcomes seekers from all around the globe.
The seminar was organised by the 51-year-old Sri Aurobindo Society, Singapore.