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 he left Japan and travelled to North China and Mongolia. In 1925 he came to Pondicherry where he met Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and was soon accepted as an inmate of the community which had formed around Sri Aurobindo. He was renamed ‘Pavitra’ meaning ‘the Pure’. He was the in-charge of the Atelier. In 1951 the Mother appointed him the Director of the newly established Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.

16 May 2019 marks the fiftieth death anniversary of Pavitra. As our humble homage to him, one hundred and eighty-two photographs of Pavitra with the Mother taken on various occasion have been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee

Founder,

Overman Foundation.

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The following photographs were taken in April 1950 in the Ashram Playground where the Mother is seen taking classes. Priti Dasgupta, Bratati Bhattacharya (Millie), Violette, Vasudha Shah, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar and Pavitra are seen in these photographs with the Mother.

The following two photographs were also taken in the Ashram Playground in April 1950. The Mother is seen distributing prasad to the inmates.

Also seen with the Mother: Arun Ganguli, Pavitra, Soli Albless, Gangaram, Kishore Gandhi, Norman Dowsett, Jayantilal Parekh, Parichand Kothari, Anil Bhattacharya, Ashok, Chandubhai, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Usha.

Also seen with the Mother: Biren Chunder, Noren Singh Nahar, Arun Ganguli, Pavitra, Soli Albless, Gangaram, Kishore Gandhi, Norman Dowsett, Jayantilal Parekh, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Usha.

Prize distribution in the Ashram Playground (circa 1950). Also seen with the Mother are Pavitra and Sujata Nahar.

The following photographs were taken on 24 April 1951 at the Tennis Ground during the Convention for the Sri Aurobindo International University Centre:

Seen in the photograph: Navajata, Surendra Mohan Ghose, Hemendra Prasad Ghose, Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, M. P. Pandit, Soli Albless, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Udar Pinto.

The Mother with Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Udar Pinto.

Seen with the Mother (from left to right) : Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, M. P. Pandit, Soli Albless, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Udar Pinto.

              The Mother with Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

                        Also seen with the Mother: Soli Albless, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Pavitra.

Also seen with the Mother: Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Dyuman.

The Mother with Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Dyuman.

Also seen with the Mother (from left to right) : M. P. Pandit, Soli Albless, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

The Mother with Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto and Dyuman.

 

         The Mother with Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Sutapa and Udar Pinto.

The following photographs were taken in an exhibition organized at the Ashram Playground on 25 December 1951:

                 The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Madeline, Noren Singh Nahar and Pavitra.

                                   The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Noren Singh Nahar, Madeleine, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

         The Mother with Pavitra, Noren Singh Nahar, Madeleine and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli.

                                The Mother with Pavitra, Noren Singh Nahar and Madeleine.

The following photographs were taken on 6 January 1952 during the inauguration of Sri Aurobindo International University Centre (later renamed Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education):

The Mother with Udar Pinto, Sisir Kumar Mitra, Lilou, Amrita, Suprabha Nahar, Sumitra Nahar, Sujata Nahar, Tara Jauhar, Parul Chakraborty, Krishnakumari, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Shane, Norman Dowsett, Dakshinapada Bhattacharya, Shanti Doshi, Usha M, Ajji, Dhanavanti Nagda, Dyuman, Bibhash, Sunil, Narendra, Arun, Mrityunjoy Mukherjee, Soli Albless, Bubu Ganguli and Jhumur Bhattacharya.

The Mother with Sumitra Nahar, Amrita, Suprabha Nahar, Lilou, Sujata Nahar, Krishnakumari, Sisir Kumar Mitra, Norman Dowsett, Pavitra, Chandrakant, Udar Pinto, Dakshinapada Bhattacharya, Shanti Doshi, Dyuman, Jyotin, Vishwanath Lahiri, Soli Albless and Dhanavanti Nagda.

         The Mother with Shane, Sisir Kumar Mitra, Udar Pinto,Pavitra and Norman Dowsett.

       The Mother with Pratip Nahar, Pavitra, Sisir Kumar Mitra, Udar Pinto and Chitra Jauhar.

The Mother with Shane, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pratip Nahar, Pavitra, Sisir Kumar Mitra and Udar Pinto.

                         The Mother with Sisir Kumar Mitra, Pavitra and Nolini Kanta Gupta.

  The following two photographs were taken on 24 April 1952 in the Ashram Playground:

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar Pinto and Pavitra.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Sutapa, Narendra, Chandrakant and Pavitra.

                                   The following two photographs were taken on 9 July 1952:

                                             The Mother with Pavitra and Kalyan Chaudhuri.

                                                   The Mother with Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

The following three photographs of prize distribution ceremony were taken on 1 December 1952. Also seen in these photographs with the Mother: Pavitra, Sujata Nahar, Suprabha Nahar and Chimanbhai.

The following three photographs were taken at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in December 1952:

     The Mother with Pavitra, Deb Kumar Bhattacharya, Amrita and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli.

        The Mother with Pavitra, Sujata Nahar, Deb Kumar Bhattacharya and Medhananda.

The Mother with Sujata Nahar, Pavitra, Stephanie, Deb Kumar Bhattacharya and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

The following two photographs were taken on 6 January 1953 at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education:

                           The Mother with Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Dyuman.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Dyuman, Udar Pinto, Amrita and Champaklal.

The following three photographs were taken at the Playground Gymnasium on 21 February 1953 :

                               The Mother with Pavitra, Madeleine, Narendra, Bibash and Grant.

The Mother with Tara Jauhar, Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Madeline, Medhananda and Grant.

The Mother with Madeleine, Tara Jauhar, Pavitra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Udar Pinto.

The following two photographs were taken on 24 November 1953 at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education:

                                          The Mother with Amrita, Pavitra and Medhananda.

                     The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Medhananda.

  The following photographs were taken in 1953 when the Mother had visited the Atelier:

     The Mother with Bula alias Charu Chandra Mukherjee, Viswanath Lahiri and Pavitra.

                 The Mother with Bula, Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Vishwanath  Lahiri and Santosh.

The Mother with Gangaram, Viswanath Lahiri, Noren Singh Nahar, Dyuman, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Kaushalya, Maniben and Kapila.

The Mother with Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Charu Chandra Deb Sarkar, Gangaram, Ramraj, Kapila, Bhanu and Suresh.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dyuman, Gita, Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Khirod and Gangaram.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Vishwanath, Chandrakant, Santosh and Vijayendra.

The Mother with Tara Jauhar, Pavitra, Biren Chunder, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Prafullamoyee Devi on 1 January 1954.

The following two photographs of the Mother with Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya were taken at the Tennis Ground in April 1954:

                                                 The Mother with Pavitra on 7 October 1954.

               The following eleven photographs were taken on 12 October 1954 at the Atelier:

                                               The Mother with Pavitra and Vishwanath Lahiri.

The Mother with Amrita, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

    The Mother with Dyuman, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Viswanath Lahiri.

                                     The Mother with Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

                  The Mother with Pavitra, Bula, Abhay Singh Nahar, Udar Pinto and Prabhakar.

                                            The Mother with Pavitra, Dyuman and Louis Allan.

                   The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

                                  The Mother with Viswanath Lahiri, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Viswanath Lahiri, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Udar Pinto and Pavitra.

The Mother with Jyotin, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dyuman, Pavitra, Chandrakant, Khirod, Abhay Singh Nahar, Laxman and Ajay.

              The Mother with Pavitra, Abhay Singh Nahar, Sushil, Chandrakant and Laxman.

The following two photographs were taken on 3 December 1954 at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education:

The Mother with Sisir Kumar Mitra, Andre Morisset, Pavitra, Sujata Nahar, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Nolini Kanta Gupta.

The Mother with Sisir Kumar Mitra, Andre Morisset, Sujata Nahar, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya and Vishwanath Lahiri.

The following two photographs of the Mother and Pavitra were taken on 26 March 1955 when She visited Aroume, the building which houses the Dining Room:

The following three photographs were taken when the Mother visited the Exhibition House on 15 August 1955:

                                The Mother with Udar Pinto, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Victor, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Chandubhai, Anil and Chandrakant.

The Mother with Pavitra and Gautam Chawla at a Japanese Exhibition organized on 15 August 1955 at Golconde.

                    The following undated sixteen photographs were taken in the Sportsground:

                        The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

            The Mother with Chandubhai, Udar Pinto, Vishu, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Gangaram and Chandrakant.

            The Mother with Pavitra, Vasudev, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar Pinto and Chandu.

The following photographs were taken on 20 February 1956 at an Embroidery Exhibition organized at the Exhibition House:

The Mother with Sehra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Vasudha Shah, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Chiman, Amrita, Jayantilal Parekh, Chandrakant, M. P. Pandit.

The Mother with Jayantilal Parekh, Udar Pinto, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Counouma, Pavitra,  Vasudha and Venkatesh.

          The Mother with Sehra, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Pavitra.

                           The Mother and Pavitra at Swadeshi Cotton Mills on 1 September 1956.

The following six photographs were taken on 24 November 1956 at an exhibition of dolls organized at the Exhibition House:

The Mother with Gautam Chawla, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Lakhsmi, Chitra and Indu.

     The Mother with Jo, Chitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Aster Patel, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

 

The Mother with Pavitra, Lakshmi, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Padma, Michele, Pratik and Laurraine.

The Mother with Gautam Chawla, Udar Pinto, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra, Chitra and Indu.

                                The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Chitra and Pavitra.

The following two photographs were taken when the Mother had visited Parc-a-carbon (the present Park Guest House) on 1 December 1956:

                                     The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The following four photographs were taken on 9 December 1956 when the Mother had visited Cazanove:

                      The Mother with Abhay Singh Nahar, Pavitra and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli.

The Mother with Samir Kanta Gupta, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Deb Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto, Pavitra and Abhay Singh Nahar.

The Mother with Abhay Singh Nahar, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Gauri Bhattacharya, Niranjan and Pavitra.

The following three photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the Ashram Poultry on 9 December 1956:

The Mother with Gama Sarkar, Sumantra Kothari, Dakshinapada Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Kamal, Gauri Bhattacharya and Pradyot Bhattacharya.

                    The Mother with Kamal, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra and Gama Sarkar.

The Mother with Kamal, Dayakar Reddy, Dakshinapada Bhattacharya, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Gama Sarkar and Pavitra.

The following two photographs of the Mother were taken on 18 March 1958 when She had visited Le Faucheur:

The Mother with Ananta, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Pavitra.

  The Mother with Ananta, Udar Pinto, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra, Huta and Eleonor.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited Le Faucheur on 18 March 1959:

                                                  The Mother with Pavitra and Arun Ganguli.

                                 The Mother with Pavitra, Arun Ganguli and Manoranjan Ganguli.

                                    The Mother with Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the New Horizon Sugar Mills on 12 April 1959:

                                      The Mother with Laljibhai, Udar Pinto, Mukta and Pavitra.

The Mother with Millie, Modi, Mukta, Kanani, Pavitra, Laljibhai, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Dayabhai, Dr. Prabhat Sanyal. Asher, Liloo, Kesarimal and Keshavmurti.

                  The Mother with Mukta, Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Laljibhai.

                        The Mother with Pavitra, Laljibhai, Henderson, Kanani and Udar Pinto.

The Mother with Henderson, Laljibhai, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Udar Pinto, Pavitra and Mukta.

The Mother with Kesavmurti, Dr. Prabhat Sanyal, Kesarimal, Asher, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pathak, Vishwanath, Mukta, Pavitra and Laljibhai.

                   The Mother with Laljibhai, Pavitra, Pathak, Nolini Kanta Gupta and Mukta.

The Mother with Vishwanath Lahiri, Madanlal, Arun Ganguli, Barin Ganguli, Gauri Bhattacharya, Pavitra, Amrita, Manoranjan Ganguli and Abhay Singh Nahar on 5 December 1959.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the Handmade Paper Factory on 9 December 1959:

                                         The Mother with Amrita, Pavitra and Udar Pinto.

                                The Mother with Akki, Pavitra, Udar Pinto and Chandrakant.

                        The Mother with Amrita, Akki, Udar Pinto, Pavitra and Nolini Kanta Gupta.

                         The Mother with Amrita, Dayakar Reddy, Udar Pinto, Pavitra and Bula.

            The Mother with Kiran Chowdhury, Pavitra, Chandrakant, Madan and Dwija.

           The Mother with Kiran Chowdhury, Udar Pinto, Laljibhai, Pavitra, Dwija and Madan.

The Mother with Nirmal, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Kiran Chowdhuri and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

                        The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Amrita, Madan and Togo.

                              The Mother with Pavitra, Kiran Chowdhury, Sitangshu and Udar Pinto.

                                                                The Mother and Pavitra.

                   The Mother with Robi Ganguli, Amrita, Akki, Pavitra, Udar Pinto and Sitangshu.

The Mother with Udar Pinto, Amrita, Pavitra, Madan Poddar, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Chandrakant and Prabhakar.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Amrita, Prabhakar, Udar Pinto, Pavitra, Panu Sarkar and Laxmipat.

The Mother with Pavitra, Udar Pinto, Madan Poddar, Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya and Chandrakant.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the Atelier in March 1960:

                                     The Mother with Pavitra and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

The Mother with Abhay Singh Nahar, Charu Chandra Deb Sarkar, Laxman, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dayakar Reddy, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Pavitra, Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya, Udar Pinto, Viswanath Lahiri and Sudhi.

The Mother with Abhay Singh Nahar, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dayakar Reddy, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Kishore, Abhay Singh Nahar, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Dayakar Reddy, Pavitra and Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the Ashram Press on 23 August 1961:

                                          The Mother with Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli and Pavitra.

The Mother with Vishwanath Lahiri, Amrita, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Chinu Raghavan, Dayakar Reddy and Parikshit.

The Mother with Pavitra, Amiyo Ranjan Ganguli, Nolini Kanta Gupta, M. P. Pandit, Udar Pinto, Lallubhai, Andre Morisset, Hriday Bhattacharya, Noren Singh Nahar, Kusum, Chitra Sen, Vishawanath Lahiri and Shivrani.

The following photographs were taken on 9 December 1961 when the Mother had visited the New Horizon Stainless Steel Factory:

                             The Mother with Laljibhai, Sumitra, Udar Pinto, Pavitra and Jaques.

                      The Mother with Kishorilal, Pournaprema, Pavitra, Udar Pinto and Sumitra.

                            The Mother with Udar Pinto, Kishorilal, Cheta, Sumitra and Pavitra.

The following five photographs were taken when the Mother had visited Jhunjhun Home on 16 December 1961:

The Mother with Amrita, Pavitra, Nolini Kanta Gupta, Navajata, Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya, Abhay Singh Nahar and Udar Pinto.

The Mother with Nolini Kanta Gupta, Abhay Singh Nahar, Dayavati Jauhar, Pema, Pavitra and Kireet Joshi.

                            The Mother with Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya, Amrita and Pavitra.

                            The Mother with Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Navajata.

                     The Mother with Pradyot Kumar Bhattacharya, Pavitra and Nolini Kanta Gupta.

The following photographs were taken when the Mother had visited the Ashram Theatre on 25 December 1961:

                                                  The Mother with Udar Pinto and Pavitra.

 

 

 

                                   The Mother with Pavitra, Ajit, Dinesh, Asher and Udar Pinto.

                                 The Mother with Pavitra and Vasudha Shah on 15 August 1964.

                                                                       Same as above.

                                                  The Mother and Pavitra on 15 August 1965.

In the following three photographs, the Mother is seen with Pavitra, Andre Morisset (Her son) on 21 February 1966. Also seen in the last photograph: Vasudha Shah.

                                 

                                                                                           Photographs courtesy: Ms. Tara Jauhar.

7 thoughts on “One Hundred and Eighty-Two Photographs of the Mother with Pavitra

  1. Thank you, Anurâg, for these moments spent in the company of the Mother and the Pure One !

  2. ” When to the sessions of sweet silent thought we summon up remembrances of things past through these photographs with the Divine Mother’s presence and Pavitra-Da along with other children of the Sweet Mother –
    Many thanks , dear Anurag for this memorable gift with due acknowlegement to William Shakespeare’s famous line from one of his sonnets –
    Surendra s chouhan – SAICE ’69

  3. Those who were fortunate to have been around when the Mother was present in her physical incarnation must be feeling a void which will never be filled. And what about those who were not so fortunate to have seen Her ?

  4. It is worthwhile to recall here the Mother’s experience of how extraordinarily Pavitra left his body. Below are some extracts from the Mother’s Agenda – May 17, 1969.
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    May 17, 1969

    (About Pavitra’s departure. Pavitra was the oldest French disciple; chemist and engineer of the École Polytechnique, he came to the Ashram in December, 1925, after having pursued his quest all the way to Mongolia’s lamaseries.69)

    You know that I used to see Pavitra every day, in the evening. He was in a poor state. But I had been forewarned (long ago) that his inner being was waiting for A. to return before it would leave. I don’t know whether he was aware of something in his outward consciousness, but at any rate he had never said anything. But I knew … The day A. arrived, that very day (May 13), just before coming here, Pavitra fell down. He came here with quite a few scratches. I thought it would stop there, but the day after A.’s arrival (I don’t remember, I never keep a clear memory of dates), at any rate between the 15th and 16th, at night, after 9 (I didn’t look at the time, so I don’t know precisely, but I was on my bed), Pavitra’s whole individualized consciousness (but not in a form), his conscious, fully awakened consciousness, down to all that can come out of the cells, began to come and enter into me …… It came while I was lying on my bed; it began, and it was so material that there was a very strong friction in all the cells, everywhere. It went on for three hours. After three hours, it became … not exactly still, but no longer active. Then, the next morning, I saw A. (it was on the 16), I saw A. at about 8:30 (naturally, Pavitra had been in bed since the day before, they had put him to bed), and in the morning, A. told me that just as he was about to come here, Pavitra opened his eyes and looked at him … So I told him, I don’t know, but with a yogic knowledge of the process, quite an extraordinary knowledge” (he had never boasted of having it), “his conscious being melted last night and entered my body, this body …” I told him, “We’ll see.” But half an hour later, they told me that just as I was talking with A., the doctor declared he had left.

    …….
    …….
    …….I wasn’t expecting it, I didn’t think about it, didn’t even know that he knew how to go out like that – it must have been something deep down in him that knew. I didn’t even know he knew how to do it.
    ……..
    ……..There was nothing in a form, nothing. And some time after I’d lain down, it started coming, but then with an extraordinary SCIENCE of the process! And for THREE hours without stop, continuously, in the most steady manner, like that: an action. After three hours, it was as it is now; I felt as if he said, “Now it’s over.” Only, you never know, of course: there might be some consciousness lingering in the body … I thought it was better to wait till this afternoon, not to shut him up with something in his body.

    It has brought to the body consciousness a sort of sense of satisfaction: the appeasement that satisfaction gives. That’s there quite concretely.

    Did he know it from a previous life, or …? I don’t know. Or else, he just didn’t talk about it. Because the way he spoke, he didn’t seem to know the secrets of yogic processes. It was done with a rare perfection …. Three hours without stop, without flagging – three hours – continuous, continuous. Naturally, I was lying on my bed ….

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