Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy for retired government servants

Posted at: Sep 20 2015
‘He is Mr Veeriah, a retired employee in the Railways.” Thus was he introduced to me by Venkatachalam, president of the Sri Aurobindo Society, Tirupati Chapter, located in the NGO’s colony almost at the foot of Seven Hills in the north. The latter was a retired IAS officer who had settled in Tirupati, devoting the rest of his life to spirituality. Seventy-five years old and white-haired, he was always dressed in an immaculate white kurta and pyjamas and was sincere in organising spiritual gatherings and discourses. He lived with a sister in a village nine kilometres from the heart of the town.
Veeriah was around 80 years old, stocky and bespectacled. He carried a walking stick wherever he went. While greeting him with folded hands, I said, “My father, too, was in the Railways. He worked as a superintendent and retired from service in 1982 and died in 2006.” “I retired as a Railway guard — A Grade, in 1985.”
I would give lectures on Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and Patanjali’s yoga every Sunday evening for a small gathering that consisted of mostly retired government servants. The Society was a haven for them and every alternate day in the week some lecture on spirituality would be organised. Veeriah was a regular visitor and attended the lectures and discourses. Mine he never missed, in spite of his advancing age. Thus we drew close to each other. 
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo & The Mother.

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