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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....