The Mother and my Handicap by Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee

                                                 The Mother with Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee On the internet wall of SAICE, along with the good news of my Padma award, announced on 25 January 2020, you have come across a photo showing  me on crutches, standing with my parents and my brothers. A well-wisher has even posted it with a rare gusto on the Messenger page.  This photo is associated with so many phases of memory that I would like to share with...

Epistolary Exchanges between Amal Kiran and Paul Brunton on Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, Paul Brunton was the pen-name of Raphael Hurst (21 October 1898—27 July 1981), a British author of spiritual books. In 1930, he embarked on a voyage to India, which brought him into contact with Meher Baba, Vishuddhananda Paramahansa, Paramacharya of Kanchipuram and Ramana Maharshi. At the Paramacharya’s insistence, he met Ramana Maharshi in 1931, which led to a turn of events culminating in revealing Ramana to the western world. He became famous on...

One Hundred and Eighty-Six Photographs of the Mother taken on 24 April 1951—1973

Dear Friends, The 24th of April 2020 marks the Centenary of the Mother’s final arrival in Pondicherry. About the significance of 24 April 1920, the Mother had written that the anniversary of Her return to Pondicherry ‘was the tangible sign of the sure Victory over the adverse forces.’ As our humble homage to the Mother on this special occasion, we have published almost all the available photographs of the Mother taken on 24th April from...

Manoj Das on being awarded the ‘Padma Bhushan’ — A Personal Memoir by Aryadeep S. Acharya

The Government of India has taken a very, very appropriate step to confer its third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, to a literary genius that Manoj Das is. I take this occasion to write my reminiscences of him. Way back in 1974, Naresh, my dormitory mate in one of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram’s guest houses, New Sweet Home, was his typist. I still recall a simply-dressed Manoj Das coming one afternoon on his bicycle...

An Unpublished Letter of Nirodbaran to The Illustrated Weekly of India

Dear Friends, 4 April 2020 marks the 110th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry which went on to become the ‘cave’ of His ‘tapasya’. On this special occasion, we are sharing with our readers an unpublished letter of Nirodbaran to The Illustrated Weekly of India. Having obtained his M.B.CH.B. Degree (equivalent to M.B.B.S.) from Edinburgh, Nirodbaran Talukdar (17.11.1903—17.7.2006) visited Sri Aurobindo Ashram in the first week of January 1930. He visited the Ashram once...

Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental World by Sahana Devi

Dear Friends, 4 April 2020 marks the 110th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry which went on to become the ‘cave’ of His ‘tapasya’. On this special occasion, we are sharing with our readers a dream-vision of Sahana Devi about Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental World. Born with a golden voice, Sahana Devi (17.5.1897—6.4.1990) was one of the foremost singers of Bengal. A niece of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, she was a favourite of Rabindranath Tagore who...

Fragment of a Poem in French by Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, 4 April 2020 marks the 110th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in Pondicherry which went on to become the ‘cave’ of His ‘tapasya’. On this special occasion, we are sharing with our readers a fragment of a poem in French written by Sri Aurobindo around 1927. He used alexandrine couplets, the form favoured by classical French writers, but did not observe the convention of alternating masculine and feminine rhymes. The alternative to the...

Dr. A. S. Dalal awarded the ‘Auro Ratna Award’ for the year 2019

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, The tenth ‘Auro Ratna Award’ ceremony was held on Sunday, 22 December 2019 at ‘Care’, the senior citizens’ home run by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. Shri Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and Registrar of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Dilip Dutta, Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and Shri Manoj Das, famous litterateur, recipient of Padmashri and...

“Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”—A Talk by Dr. Alok Pandey

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, The seventh Subhash Kumar Mukherjee Memorial Oration, organized by Overman Foundation, was held on Friday, 20th December 2019, at Matru Sadan, in Pondicherry. The speaker was Dr. Alok Pandey who spoke on the topic, “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” Born on 19 June 1960 to Harish Chandra Pandey, Dr. Alok Pandey obtained his degree of MBBS, MD (Psychiatry) from AFMC, Pune. He is a former Associate Professor in...

Mona Sarkar: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

                                                                     Mona Sarkar : In Memoriam Sixty years ago, on 18 January 1960, the Mother had narrated the following significance of birthdays to a young man on the eve of his twenty-sixth birthday: ‘… it is truly a special day in one’s life. It is one of the days in the year when the Supreme descends into us — or when we are face to face with the Eternal — one...