Activities

Upcoming Events

Due to the current pandemic situation, all upcoming events will be held outdoors with social distancing precautions in place. To stay informed about upcoming events, please contact us or subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates on the latest developments.

Regular Activities

Our primary mission is to be a community of disciples collectively practicing the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in day to day life. As this yoga does not proceed according to a structured outward method, but rather by a subtle and flexible inward process that varies over time and from one person to the next, there are relatively few standard activities that characterize us.

The unifying quality of our community life is inward; we each try to maintain and strengthen our relation with the Divine in all activities. Outwardly, we generally spend our days working either at our business office located on the premises, at our warehouse in Lodi, or on other tasks related to the physical maintenance and development of the Ashram.

Weekly Study Groups

Throughout the week we gather together in the evening for collective meditation and to read and discuss words from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Guests and visitors are always welcome to participate. Currently, the weekly schedule for evening activities is:

Monday 7:30pm – OM Choir
Wednesday 7:30pm – Study Group: On Thoughts & Aphorisms
Friday 7:30pm – Study Group: Letters On Yoga IV
Saturday 7:30pm – Study Group: Sharing Circle

Monthly Retreats

On the third Saturday of every month we host a collective retreat, which serves as an opportunity for the wider community of devotees and visitors to come together and take part in a day-long program organized around a particular theme.

Each retreat is facilitated by a different volunteer, and the schedule and particular activities of the day are chosen to suit the theme. Regular retreat activities include talks and presentations, reading and discussion, group meditation, small group sharing, free time, karma yoga (work dedicated to the Divine), as well as a potluck lunch and dinner.

To receive a monthly announcement that describes upcoming retreat themes and activities, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Darshan Days

A special program and meditation is prepared for every Darshan day. Usually the programs take place in the evening but not always, so if you would like to join please contact us or subscribe to the newsletter for more details.

The observed Darshan and other special days are as follows:

January 1: New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31 10:30 p.m. – 12:00 midnight)
February 21: The Mother’s Birthday
February 29: Supramental Manifestation Day (Golden Day)
April 24: The Mother’s Final Arrival Day in Pondicherry
August 15: Sri Aurobindo’s Birthday
November 17: The Mother’s Mahasamadhi
November 24: The Siddhi Day
December 5: Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

Past Events

Here are some video recordings of recent presentations that took place:

Our Many Selves – A wonderful presentation on the planes and parts of the human being. Originally presented at AUM 2016, here it is re-presented and professionally filmed at one of our retreats.

Integral Yoga: Coming to America – A brief but thoroughly informative tour of all sorts of anecdotes and important historical instances of the development of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga in America.

Upanishads Workshop by Debashish, Part 1 – The Image of the Horse in the Brihadaranyaka

Upanishads Workshop by Debashish, Part 2 – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: Gods, Demons and Immortality