Paolo Tommasi: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Thursday, 17th July 2020, renowned architect and artist Paolo Tommasi passed away at JIPMER (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research), Pondicherry, at the age of ninety-two. Hailing from Ancona, Italy, Paolo Tommasi had made a name for himself as an architect, painter and interior designer. At the age of thirty-eight, he visited Pondicherry in 1966 and met the Mother. He had always been a spiritual seeker; after meeting the Mother...

Paolo’s Trip to Pondicherry: Prithwindra Mukherjee Remembers

Dear Friends, On Thursday, 16th July 2020, renowned architect and artist Paolo Tommasi, who played a pivotal role in helping Roger Anger, the French architect, to design the ‘Matrimandir’ at Auroville as well as the twelve beautiful gardens surrounding it, passed away at JIPMER at the age of ninety-two. A beautiful reminiscence of Paolo Tommasi, written by Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee, has been published in the website of Overman Foundation. With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee Founder,...

The Soul of a Plant from the ‘Arya, Volume I, No. 1

Dear Friends, An article from the Arya, Volume I, No. 1, August 1914, entitled ‘The Soul of a Plant’ starting at p. 49 under the general heading “Varieties” and the subtitle as above was attributed to Sri Aurobindo. However, it was not included in the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library, published in 1972, most probably because of a note signed by Nolini Kanta Gupta: ‘Not Sri Aurobindo’s’. Perhaps this note was prompted by what constitutes...

The Chinese Betrayal: Early Warnings Unheeded—Lessons from Sardar Patel and Sri Aurobindo by Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty

                                        Dear Friends, The nation has been shocked beyond belief by the wanton aggression by the Chinese in Ladhak. Our countrymen do not know enough about the prophetic words of Sri Aurobindo and Sardar Patel dating back to November 1950 regarding the Chinese invasion of Tibet and the threat posed to India. An article entitled “The Chinese Betrayal: Early Warning Unheeded: Lessons from Sardar Patel and Sri Aurobindo” authored by Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty which...

Amal Kiran’s Unfinished Correspondence with the Mother on St. Francis

Dear Friends, K. D. Sethna (25.11.1904 — 29.6.2011) was a Parsi sadhak who joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the age of twenty-three in December 1927. He was a noted poet, author, scholar and cultural critic whose published works include more than fifty titles. In 1930 he received the name of Amal Kiran from Sri Aurobindo. He was the editor of the monthly magazine Mother India from the time of its inception in 1949. Some of...

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...