Sri Aurobindo and the Nobel Prize

Dear Friends, Deeply impressed by Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine, Sir Francis Younghusband had nominated Sri Aurobindo’s name for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The nomination was endorsed by the Royal Society of Literature and was accepted by the Swedish Academy in 1943 although no prize in literature was awarded in that year. However, Sri Aurobindo’s name was proposed again by Gabriela Mistral, the Nobel Laureate of Chile, who considered him as the ‘highest of...

Seventy Photographs of the Mother taken on 21 February 1972

Dear Friends, 21 February 2019 marked the 141th Birth Anniversary of the Mother. As our humble homage to Her, seventy photographs of Her taken on the occasion of Her 94th Birthday on 21 February 1972 have been published in the website of Overman Foundation. These photographs of the Mother in Her room were taken by Tara Jauhar and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya while those of Her giving Darshan from the terrace were taken by Sudha Sundaram,...

Some Letters of Sri Aurobindo to Amal Kiran: A Personal Correspondence of 1938

Dear Friends, A set letters of Sri Aurobindo addressed to K. D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran written from Pondicherry to Mumbai has been published without any omission for the special value they have of showing a very human side to a divine personality. While several important topics are dealt with in brief, some of the matters mentioned are bound to strike one as trivia, but they become significant because of the writer being what he...

Fifty-five Photographs of the Mother with K. Amrita

Dear Friends, Amrita was the name given by Sri Aurobindo to Karlapakam Aravamudachari Iyengar (19.9.1895—31.1.1969), a Tamil Brahmin who became a close disciple of Sri Aurobindo whom he had met in 1912. He was the Manager of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and later became one of the first Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. He is remembered for his delightful sense of humour. 31 January 2019 marks the fiftieth death anniversary of K. Amrita. As our...

The Story of the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. We are beginning the new year with the publication of a very special article on the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother authored by Shri Gangaram Malwade, a senior inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, as well as some of the early photographs of the Samadhi and a special photograph in which the Mother is seen looking at the Samadhi in the...

Remembering Mona Pinto on her 107th Birth Anniversary

Dear Friends, Ethel Anne Lovegrove better known as Mona Pinto (11 November 1911—21 May 2004) came to Pondicherry in January 1937 and married Udar Pinto in the following month. She was chosen by the Mother to be the overall in-charge of Golconde, a responsibility she executed most efficiently till the last days of her life. On the occasion of Mona Pinto’s 107th Birth Anniversary, an interview of her conducted by Anie Nunnally and an article...

Abhay Singh Nahar: A Homage

Dear Friends, Abhay Singh Nahar was born on 30 April 1924 to Prithwi Singh Nahar and Suhag Kumari Devi. Having received his early education at Santiniketan, he joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram as an inmate in 1940 when he was sixteen years of age. He started working in the Atelier, the workshop of the Ashram and in due course of time became its In-charge. One of the most able lieutenants of the Mother, She entrusted him...

M. P. Pandit’s Talks on the Mother and Indira Gandhi

Dear Friends, Madhav Pundalik Pandit, better known as M. P. Pandit, (14 June 1918—14 March 1993) visited Pondicherry for the first time in 1937 and had the Darshan of the Mother on 4 April and that of Sri Aurobindo on 15 August. After completing his B.Com with high honours he joined the Ashram as an inmate in 1939. He started working under Nolini Kanta Gupta as his assistant but later became one of the Mother’s...

Three Talks by André Morisset, the Mother’s Son

Dear Friends, André Morisset (23.8.1898—29.3.1982) was the Mother’s only son. His father Henri Morisset (6.4.1870—15.11.1956) was a noted French artist. Having received his early education at Lycee Chaptal School, André joined the army in October 1916 as an artillery officer and participated in the First World War. He received, as a reward for his bravery and contribution, several titles of honour which included the Cross of the War 1914-1918 (which he received just after the...

Pratijna Devi : In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, The Aurobindonian community lost a bright jewel with the passing away of Pratijna Devi on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018. Confined to her bed in the Nursing Home of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, for almost three years, her end came at 8.30 p.m. Born in 1938, Pratijna Devi hailed from a royal family. She was the daughter of Raja Narayan Birabhadra Samanta and Rani Ratnamala Jema of Kujang situated in the district of Jagatsinghpur...