Shobha Mitra : The Story of a Dedicated Soul by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the Aurobindonian community lost a great music maestro and a creative genius with the passing away of Shobha Mitra at the age of eighty-five. She belonged to the rare class of composers who believed in the philosophy of ‘Art for the Divine’s sake’ instead of ‘Art for Art’s sake’. She had learnt music from the likes of Dilip Kumar Roy and Sahana Devi and had kept the glorious...

Three Women and Four Destinies : Rereading the Life of Mrinalini Devi by Sachidananda Mohanty

Followers of Sri Aurobindo know that Mrinalini Devi who was preparing to come to Pondicherry, following the consent of Sri Aurobindo in 1918, fell a victim to the widespread influenza that was raging then in Bengal. We also know from the letter of Mrinalini’s father Bhupal Chandra Bose that, after Sri Aurobindo’s departure for Pondicherry, she had become a close disciple of Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother, who addressed her affectionately as Bau-Ma (daughter-in-law...

Years with my Mentor: K. D. Sethna by Goutam Ghosal

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...

Five Videos of the Mother

Dear Friends, We are taking the opportunity of sharing with you five videos of the Mother which have been uploaded in the youtube channel of Overman Foundation. In the first video, the Mother is seen meeting a team of Soviet gymnasts who had visited the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on 2 April 1956. To see the video, kindly click on the following link: In the second video, the Mother is seen giving special blessings to Her...

Kusum-ben Nagda: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Sunday, 12 May 2019, one of the senior-most inmates of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram community as well as one of its most loved members breathed her last at the Ashram Nursing Home. With her passing away, the community has lost one of those blessed ones who had the good fortune of touching the feet of Sri Aurobindo and being blessed by His touch on Darshan days. A most dedicated and sincere soul...

One Hundred and Eighty-Two Photographs of the Mother with Pavitra

Dear Friends, Philippe Barbier Saint-Hilaire (16.1.1894—16.5.1969) was a French sadhak who graduated from the prestigious École Polytechnique with a degree in engineering in 1914. During the First World War he served as an artillery officer. After the end of the war, he joined the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Paris as a junior engineer. He was deeply interested in occultism and hence left France for Japan in 1920 to study Zen Buddhism. In 1924...

Dr. Aster Patel awarded the “Auro Ratna Award” for the year 2018

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, The ninth ‘Auro Ratna Award’ ceremony was held on Sunday, 25th November 2018, at the ‘Hall of Harmony’ in Pondicherry; hosted by Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville including Shri Manoj Das Gupta (Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and Registrar of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education), Padmashri Manoj Das (senior member of Sri...

Chum: the Silent but Radiant Jewel by Anurag Banerjee

                                                   Chum: the Silent but Radiant Jewel There are people who speak a lot but convey nothing substantial. And there are people — alas, only a handful — who don’t speak much but convey a lot through their silence or soulful expressions of their eyes. In spite of their silent presence, such people are easily noticeable even in a crowd because the radiance of their personalities shine brightly like a glittering jewel. One of such...

Washing of Sri Aurobindo’s Clothes by Chitra Sen

Clothes used personally by Sri Aurobindo or in his service were taken care of by different people who washed, ironed, and when needed, mended them. Sri Aurobindo’s clothes were washed by Champaklal, Moti-ben, Anjali, Bibha and later by Nalina for a few days. These clothes were ironed by Nalina and Anjali. There were many ladies who were given the work of mending the clothes when needed. When we look at the photographs of Sri Aurobindo,...

Photographs of the Mother’s Darshan of 24 April 1963 and 1966

Dear Friends, The Mother came to Pondicherry for the first time and met Sri Aurobindo on 29 March 1914. In February 1915 She went back to France and after a sojourn in Japan returned to Pondicherry for good on 24 April 1920. About the anniversary of Her final return to Pondicherry, the Mother had remarked that it was the tangible sign of the sure victory over the adverse forces. 24 April 2019 marks the ninety-ninth...