Shakti Kumbh 2024 attempts to explain the symbolic significance of numbers from one to nine and their association with some important concepts and divinities of Indic knowledge. It also explores how we have used numbers to organize knowledge about creation and systematically ascertain the order of divinities in a complex pantheon to envision a grand view of cosmology from a numerical perspective.
Numbers are believed to be symbols, each having a potency and symbolic significance of its own. To the intuitive seekers of Brahman, the numbers offered many opportunities to meditate upon and realize the hidden symbolism, and its archetypal power, its shakti.
Duration of SK24: 9 days
Morning Track: 9am to 10am Keynote and 10.30am-12pm Experiential Workshop. Speakers-Facilitators will present on the numerical themes in the Light of Sri Aurobindo.
Evening Track: 4pm to 6pm Panel/Workshop/Presentations, will be associated philosophy and related concepts from all IKS (Indic Knowledge Systems) which will include external experts and speakers on the day’s numeric theme.
The number one symbolizes the state of nonduality, the oneness of existence hidden in all of creation beyond the veil of delusion. The oneness of being is also the subjective state of both Brahman and Atman, in which there is no experience of distinction and separation between the known and the knower, the object and the subject, the self and the non-self. One alone exists by oneself, illumined by the self, immersed in the self, permanent, unchanging, and unmoving. It is a state in which one is, the state of “I am I am” in which “I” transcends the ego to become “I” alone.
This Being is experienced as and by AdiParaShakti
“The first of these dreams was a revolutionary movement which would create a free and united India. India today is free but she has not achieved unity. At one moment it almost seemed as if in the very act of liberation she would fall back into the chaos of separate States. By whatever means, in whatever way, the division must go; unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of India’s future. The second dream was for the resurgence and liberation of the peoples of Asia and her return to her great role in the progress of human civilisation. The third dream was a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. India’s spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice. The final dream was a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society.” – Sri Aurobindo
In the Evening Track, we cover:
In the Evening Track to explore:
“There is an old tradition which says that the world was created seven times, that is, the first six times it returned into the Creator. This is the idea of pralaya. It is said that this happened six times and that we are now the seventh creation, and that this is the last one. That means the world will not go back again into pralaya, and there will be a perpetual progress. And this is the creation of Equilibrium.
Consequently, now, there is no longer anything good or bad: there is what is in equilibrium and what is not in equilibrium. There is imbalance and balance. That’s all.”
– The Mother Sri Aurobindo.
The ultimate question we must ask ourselves is what is the significance of our lives. We become self-aware and world-aware, but we have no reference point to determine why this may be. For most people, it is simply a matter of accepting the conditions of life and striving to survive and thrive in whatever situation we may find ourselves. The highest state of our being is not a denial, contradiction and annihilation of all that we now are;
“it is a supreme accomplishment of all things that our present existence means and aims at, but in their highest sense and in the eternal values”
– Sri Aurobindo
“Nirvana in my liberated consciousness turned out to be the beginning of my realisation, a first step towards the complete thing, not the sole true attainment possible or even a culminating finale. It came unasked, unsought for, though quite welcome. I had no least idea about it before, no aspiration towards it, in fact my aspiration was towards just the opposite, spiritual power to help the world and do my work in it, yet it came – without even “May I come in” or a “By your leave”. It just happened and settled in as if for all eternity or as if it had been really there always. And then it slowly grew into something not less but greater than its first self!”
– Sri Aurobindo
Morning Track: In the Light of Sri Aurobindo: 3-3-3
A short presentation of three shlokas from different geographic regions reiterating the concept of ekam. This is followed by three bhajans of Kabir, Subramanya Bharati and Akka Mahadevi that describe unity in diversity all directing one toward the one super power that guides us.
February 23, 2024: Number 3: Iccha-Kriya-Gyana Shakti
February 26, 2024: Number 6: ShadRitu
February 28, 2024: Number 8: Ashta Sakhis of Radha
All four cultural programs will be 45-50 minutes and with live musicians and dancers.
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