“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...

Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee conferred with the ‘Padma Shri’ by the Government of India

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, 26th January 2020 has brought to us the delightful news that Paris-based legendary researcher, author, musicologist, grandson of illustrious revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee alias ‘Bagha Jatin’ and respected member of Overman Foundation, Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution in the field of literature and education. Born on 20th October 1936 to Tejendranath and Usha Mukherjee, Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee is the grandson...

Manoj Das conferred with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the Government of India

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, 26th January 2020 has brought to us the delightful news that legendary author, senior inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and respected member of Overman Foundation, Shri Manoj Das has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Padma Bhushan’ for his contribution in the field of literature and education. Born on 27 February 1934 to Madhusudan Das and Kadambini Devi in Sankhari, a remote coastal village of Odisha, India, Manoj...

The Inner Significance of Becoming An Ashramite and Receiving the Ashram “Prosperity”—A Talk given by Nolini Kanta Gupta

Dear Friends, Nolini Kanta Gupta (13.1.1889—7.2.1984) was an active participant in the Swadeshi and national education movements from the tender age of sixteen. He was introduced to Barindra Kumar Ghose, noted revolutionary and Sri Aurobindo’s younger brother, towards the end of 1907 who influenced him to join the Maniktolla Secret Society at 32 Muraripukur Road in Calcutta. On 2 May 1908 Nolini Kanta was arrested in connection with the Muzaffarpur bomb outrage along with the...

A Rare Photograph of the Mother

Dear Friends, We, at Overman Foundation, try to present before our readers new discoveries related to the lives and works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Very recently we have come across a rare photograph of the Mother which has not been seen by many. This special photograph of the Mother has been published in the website of Overman Foundation. We are grateful to Shrimati Shyam Kumari, senior member of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, for...

Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s Visit to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Dear Friends, Vinayaka Narahari Bhave, better known as Acharya Vinoba Bhave (11 September 1895—15 November 1982) was an Indian advocate of nonviolence and human rights. An associate of Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, he was chosen by the Mahatma in 1940 to be the first individual Satyagrahi against the British rule. Best known for his ‘Bhoodan Movement’ through which he took donated land from land-owners and gave them to the landless for cultivation,...

Mona Sarkar departs to his heavenly Abode: A Grateful Remembrance by Surendra Singh Chouhan

Dear Friends, Mona Sarkar, the Chief Captain of the Department of Physical Education of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, and author of several books like The Supreme, Sweet Mother—Harmonies of Light and Blessings of the Grace left his body on Friday, 11 October 2019 at the age of eighty-six. A loving homage to Mona Sarkar authored by Surendra Singh Chouhan has been published in the website of Overman Foundation. With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee Founder, Overman...

Correspondence with Sri Aurobindo A Propos a Gujarati Translation of Maurice Magre’s Impressions of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Dear Friends, Apropos of the translation of Maurice Magre’s article on Sri Aurobindo Ashram which was published in two installments in the website of Overman Foundation on 17 September 2019, we are publishing portions of Sri Aurobindo’s correspondence with Dr. Naik, an inmate of the Ashram from 1931 to 1938, who made a Gujarati translation of Maurice Magre’s impressions of the Ashram. In order to clarify the points being discussed, the relevant portions of the...

The Ashram at Pondicherry by Maurice Magre—Part II

Dear Friends, Maurice Magre (2 March 1877—11 December 1941) was a French poet, writer and dramatist. A staunch defender of Occitanie, he contributed significantly to make known the martyr of Cathares of the twelfth century. He was one of the most far-ranging and extravagant French writers of fiction in the first half of the 20th century, and perhaps the finest of them, because of the versatility of his imagination and the manner and purpose for...