From 21st to 23rd November 2013, the Annual Women’s Council Seminar was conducted at Puducherry, in which 86 participants (68 women and 18 men) took part actively. A unit of Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), the Women’s Council focuses on all issues relevant to women and works for women empowerment in all walks of Indian society. The theme of this year’s Seminar was FAITH. The Seminar began with the Mother’s recorded music ‘Quiet Power’. After invocation, Shri Pradeep Narang, (Chairman of the Society), introduced the theme ‘Faith’ with its relevance in modern life, followed by a presentation of the flowers depicting different aspects of faith, aspiration and trust, by Krishna Mody.
Post self-introduction, the delegates were organized into groups for a thorough discussion on surrendering with absolute Faith to the Divine, in the light of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. On all the three days of the Seminar, from 6 to 7 am, Akhila conducted simple yoga sessions for the participants to encourage healthy and beautiful body and fresh mind, which are instrumental in revitalizing the body from within and alleviating the various physical mental and emotional issues that in turn lead to illnesses.
Shri Saikat Sen conducted an interactive and dynamic workshop on self-confidence, self-development and progress, together with videos and questionnaires on self-analysis. The role of Faith in curing medical ailments was stressed upon in a session conducted by Dr Arati; a probe into the deeper subtleties of Faith was handled by Dr Alok Pandey; and a simple healing therapy by Dr M. S. Sundararajan received good responses. The importance of Faith in various circumstances in life was explained by many speakers, including Shri Jayabharat Jethwa from the Society’s Nairobi Centre. Recitation of verses from Sri Aurobindo’s poems and the ‘circle dance’ activity were among the major highlights of the sessions.
The Seminar ended in a collective chanting of shlokas and receiving ‘Prasad’ (blessings of the Mother) along with a gift of the book, ‘Dynamic Faith’, compiled from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The delegates left with a sense of fulfilment reflected in their bright and happy faces, strengthened with Faith as their armour to go forward in life.