The Clarion Call Magazine

The Clarion Call Apr - Jun 2017

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Dear Reader,
In the words of the Dalai Lama, “Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive” In this issue, we touch upon the theme of selfless love. Love that is not limited to the goal of personal gratification but coming from a deep sense of care and oneness. When we place ourselves first and at the center, it forecloses the very possibility of love. Yet there are moments that come to us when we are indeed free from an egocentric love and our heart truly opens up for the other, be it for our family member, our pet or a stranger. I invite you to pay attention and nurture those moments. It might be the very essence of who we are!

Regards,
Ankit Jain
Editor, The Clarion Call

 

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The Clarion Call Jan - Mar 2017

clarion_call_jan_mar2017Dear Reader,

In the words of Lao Tzu: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” In this issue, we touch upon this incredible gift we have as humans, which is the power of introspection- our inherent ability to understand our own self, our own mind closely. The opportunity our human life presents to us is to use this power, in order to create the possibility of a much better world. Each one of us can understand from within us the story of the entire humanity- the fears, the restlessness... and at the same time the limitless potential to be joyful and harmonious beings. And thus, going inwards can help us understand not only ourselves deeply but also others, strengthening the possibility of a much more compassionate and loving world. Hope you enjoy the first Clarion Call issue of 2017.

Happy New Year!
Editorial Team
The Clarion Call

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The Clarion Call Oct - Dec 2016

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It gives us immense joy to bring to you another beautiful edition of our quarterly magazine.

What does it take to truly create an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful coexistence? We are nudged to reflect on this question with a sense of urgency as we see our world sliding into one conflict or the other. From news channels flashing on a daily basis with wars and bombings, terrorist attacks to increasing divorces, increasing sense of isolation and loneliness in our lives, we see the human conflict taking shape with an increasing intensity.

Can we look for answers to this seemingly eternal issue of human conflict by looking at merely external solutions, an approach which seems to have failed miserably; or could we finally start going inwards, looking closely at ourselves and the nature of our relationships with others? We leave you with that question to ponder over.

Regards,
Editorial Team
The Clarion Call

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The Clarion Call Jul - Sep 2016

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The great Sufi poet, Jalal ad-Din Rumi said, “Virtue cannot exist without temptation and difficulties to be overcome”. What then is virtue? According to Wikipedia, “A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being”.

According to Plato, “Virtue is the excellence of the soul.” Generosity, Clarity, Beauty, Justice, Patience, Humility, Kindness, Honesty, Service, Goodness... doesn’t the very mention of these words light us up? Perhaps it is because, deep within, we can relate to virtues as something we deeply identify with. Let us not ignore this fact. Howsoever we might be caught in our daily struggles, virtues are something we naturally feel connected to. Virtues are our musical instrument to sing the song of life. Virtues are our vehicle, virtues are our teacher, virtues are the very essence of who we are!

So then, Rumi in his words seems to be inviting us to smile at the temptations and the difficulties that hold us from bringing the virtues into practice. This issue celebrates the virtues in us, our true identity which is in a battle against the forces of temptations and the difficulties. This is the philosopher’s battle. This is a battle which must be won.

Regards

Editorial Team
The Clarion Call

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The Clarion Call Apr - Jun 2016

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In ancient Rome, mosaics were made using small pieces of marble, tiles, glass, pottery even shells, to create a pattern. Once the small pieces were stuck on to a base there is a process called grouting which fills all the gaps and holds the tiny pieces together. There is no uniformity in the pieces that go into making the mosaics, but they come together in harmony to create breathtaking beauty.

Almost like the Roman empire at its pinnacle of glory, with its many different cultures united under the rule and patronage of Rome. Can we use the symbols of the mosaic today to recreate this kind of harmony, where every piece makes an important contribution to the whole, but is not necessarily the same as the other.

On a personal level harmony comes from finding balance. Harmony is created when there is a balance between intention and action. We create tension when our intention point us towards one direction but all our actions pull us in the opposite direction. When we find the ‘satva’ or the balance we can be in perfect harmony, peace and happiness. We invite you to read on for more on finding harmony personally, in relationships, and ways to create a harmonized society.

Regards, Editorial Team,

Clarion Call

p.s. Our beautiful cover image is a mosaic artwork created by members of New Acropolis, Bangalore !

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The Clarion Call Jan - Mar 2016

clarioncallJan-Mar2016Dear Reader,

New beginnings are times of optimism and joy. As we say good bye to the old year, it’s also time to reflect on the experiences of the year that just past. We follow nature’s cue in turning inward, as we move towards longer nights, there is a slowing down, it gives time to think. It is an opportunity to reflect, on things that matter, on things that are important to us, on nature.

With the new year we move towards to new beginnings. A time for new resolutions, a time to connect to wisdom, love, beauty and peace.

This issue celebrates a way of expressing these ideals. Can we find ways to find meaning in our lives and find a way to express it? Let us use this time to allow for new beginnings – to think, to act meaningfully, to really be alive to every moment, and find the right expression.

Wishing you all a meaningful, intense and happy year ahead.

Regards,

Surekha Deepak
Editor, Clarion Call

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The Clarion Call Oct - Dec 2015

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Today, we live a fast paced life, as we juggle various roles we rush through life. We fill ourselves with activites, sometimes the need to fill up every minute is so important that we are lost when we do not have a ‘to do’ list. In this hurry we often lose our connection with each other. Often, the force that drives us is impatience and the anxiety to achieve results immediately. Then we wonder when the result is loneliness, and isolation.
We cherish moments when we feel connected to people around us, it is love that can make us feel the fraternity, the connections to those around us. We may often be irritated and annoyed by people in our lives but we may need to pause and think of the source of this feeling. Is the cause internal? Is it possible to create a world where each of us feels loved and cared for?
The love we talk of is not the romantic kind, nor is it the kind that is limited to family and friends. We aspire towards such a world, where everyone cares for each other. This edition includes the life of the Mahatma who was able to live universal love. We turn our focus towards Fraternity and explore facets of love and fraternity, the need for trust and the importance of friendship.

Happy reading.
Surekha
Editor, Clarion Call

 

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The Clarion Call Jul - Sep 2015

cc-june-sep-2015Dear Philosopher Reader,
The first issue of our magazine, The Clarion Call, is dedicated to all the practical 21st century philosophers of Bangalore who are still thirsty for pure water of meaningful and wise yet simple words. Our publication is a contemporary statement of ancient wisdom. It is just like the teachings in New Acropolis - ‘Old wine in new barrels’!
For the general knowledge of our readers, the journey in New Acropolis of an exploration towards ‘Life with Meaning’, truly happier and free, always starts with a fundamental individual discovery process, which we call the ‘Know Thyself’ - the Ethical process towards the Higher Self. Our journey continues later on with an adventure into the mysteries of the metaphysical laws of Nature.
The ‘Know Thyself’ philosophical process, that is also dealt to a certain extent in this issue of the magazine (in relation to the inner work of introspection and in regard to the individual path to happiness), if learned and experienced, is what will allow the individual to gradually liberate himself from suffering and ignorance, by being able to use one’s higher intelligence.
The Clarion Call is practically a calling to the Philosophers in our city to be inspired. We invite you to get on-board for a unique journey towards a happier and truly meaningful life!
Ran Kremer
Director, New Acropolis, Bangalore

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