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...

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...