India: Land of the Rishis
Indian civilization is the offspring of the Vedic Rishis. Some of the mightiest spiritual personalities of the world, the ‘rishis’ are also among the earliest visionaries of integral spirituality. They saw the light of Truth with an inner vision, heard the voice of Truth with their inner ears, and expressed what they saw and heard in cosmic metres, which form the bulk of the Vedas. Their vision and word gave birth to the Indian civilization.
But in India, this Rishihood is not confined to the Vedic age. The soul of India is still giving birth to Rishis. Spirituality in India is an unbroken and constantly renewing tradition. There was never a period in Indian history without some well-known or unknown sages, seers or saints standing as pillars of Love, radiating light of the Spirit into the world. This great spiritual quest of India continues even in our modern age, exemplified in the life and realizations of spiritual masters such as Sri Aurobindo, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharishi, and many other less-known and unknown yogis all over India.
Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture (SAFIC) organized its Annual Exhibition, titled RISHAYAH—EXHIBITION ON SEERS AND SAGES OF INDIA, from August 12 to 20, 2015, at the Ashram Exhibition Hall, Puducherry.
Highlights of the Exhibition
The highlights of the exhibition were as follows:
• The life stories of some of greatest ‘rishis’ of India
• The eminence and greatness of Indian saints, sages, seers, prophets, visionaries and spiritual gurus and their various achievements
• Revelations of how their vision and word gave birth to the Indian culture
This exhibition also commemorated the SANSKRIT WEEK, which is being celebrated throughout India and the world towards the end of August.
Nearly 800 people attended the exhibition apart from the students of Ashram School and the inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Many visitors made more than one visit to cover the vast treasure of material made available on the ancient and modern greats of our country.
Some testimonials, views and comments from the Visitors Book:
“All the great saints, their voices and vibrations, the highest of Vedic resonances under one roof. How can the mankind thank you.” —Aparna Ekbote
“The organisers of the exhibition deserve a great appreciation for their effort in bringing before the public the great tradition of rishis of the past.” —Saadhu Charan
“Awe-inspiring collection of knowledge, presented in such an authentic and efficacious manner. May it reach more places.” —Kaushal Sharma
“Wonderful work of research of past culture of India. If this can come in a book form, it will be of immense value to the younger generations.” —Ramesh C. Vaidya
“Difficult to say in a few words the beauty and value of this exhibition. While reading the material, one lives a certain past atmosphere. Just a dip in it and one plunges in an ancient atmosphere.” —Nayana
“My request to SAFIC is that there should be permanent gallery for saints and sages of olden days.” —Krishnaraj Dafle
“This exhibition is very nice and everybody in the country should know this information. I loved to know about the ancient times.” —Sreekanta Ghosh
“A wonderful edit on sages. May we expect these in a print form which will be useful for young generation?” —Santosh Kumar Banerjee
“Thank you for such a beautiful insight in spiritual Indian history.” —Mirajyoti
“This is like a garland of flowers of immortality which give fragrance of the divine. —Ch. Harshavardhana
“This exhibition is truly like a spiritual initiation and meditation.” —Prabha
“Spirituality, mathematics, religion, and everything from our Sanatana Dharma in this exhibition. We appreciate the organization and wish it to continue to flourish in this enlightenment and literacy programme.” —Kiran Dey
“The entire exhibition is very beautiful, exposing the insight of the lives of great yogis. It would be really useful and enlightening if this information can be made available in other local languages too.” —R. Meerabai