Overman Foundation Distributions

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Title: Aitareya Upanisad

Author: Anirvan (translated into English by Gautam Dharmapal)

Description: Shri Anirvan’s Aitareya Upanisad is the translation of the second volume of the Upanisad Prasanga Series written by him and published by the Burdwan University in 1969. Aitareya Upanisad belongs to Rigveda. Aitareya Brāhmana is one of the Brāhmana of Rigveda and Aitareya Aranyaka is at the end of the Brāhmana. It has five Aranyakas. The last four chapters of the second Aranyaka is Aitareya Upanisad. Shri Anirvan had discussed and interpreted Aitareya Upanisad in the light of Aitareya Aranyaka. In his insightful introduction, he has also discussed all the relevant subjects contained in the Aranyaka in detail.

Number of pages: 270

Price: Rs. 250 (Two Hundred and Fifty) only.



Title: Katha Upanisad
Author: Anirvan (translated into English by Gautam Dharmapal)
Price: Rs. 300 (Three Hundred) only.
Number of pages: 359
Description: Katha Upanisad holds an important place in Indian philosophy. Though, men know the difference between the preferable good way and the way of pleasures, they generally take to the way of pleasures. In this Upanisad, through the dialogue between Yama—the god of death and Naciketa, a search has been undertaken to find the way of abstinence (nivrtti) from the way of natural activity (pravrtti). With diligence one can see the great difference between Knowledge and Ignorance, between Virtue (dharma) and Sin (adharma) and one can discover an unknown world where all these differences dissolve, where Truth and Harmony are realized. The real and secret inner truth, the eternal and Universal Dharma is laid in this Supreme Truth. Being pleased with the faith, aspiration and illumined intelligence of Naciketa, Yama—the deity of Dharma gracefully bestows this Supreme Truth to Naciketa. The extraordinary discussion on Brahman in the Katha Upanisad is the nerve centre of the spiritual sadhana of India. This discussion about Brahman found in these talks on Katha Upanisad by Anirvan will open up new vistas of Truth.

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Title: Īśā Upanisad
Author: Anirvan (translated into English by Gautam Dharmapal)
Price: Rs. 250 (Two Hundred Fifty) only.
Number of pages: 156.
Description: Īśā Upanisad is the only Upanisad directly connected with Śukla Yajurveda (its last chapter), unlike other Upanisads which are connected with the Brāhmana portion of the Vedas. It is as if a clarion call of the Truth that all works lead to and end in knowledge. In only 18 mantras, we have an all comprehensive integral and harmonious vision and philosophy of Life Divine. Transformation of greed and lust tainted with black and evil works into unattached but strong white-pure and good works and its culmination into the Universal consciousness of an all-embracing Aupanisadic Purusa is the central theme of this Upanisad. The uniqueness of this commentary of Anirvan lies in his wonderful interpretation of the contradictory terms Vidyā (knowledge) and Avidyā (ignorance, rather the unknowable) and Sambhūti (Becoming Birth-Creation) and Asambhūti (Non-Becoming Non-Birth or Vināsa—Destruction). By giving his mystic and yet analytic interpretation, he has boldly brought about a harmony between the two opposite currents of works-Sacrifice and Knowledge and thus established Life Divine on this Earth on sound footing. In the end we have a wonderful unity of Works, Knowledge and Devotion (Karma, Jñāna and Bhakti) as found later in the Bhagavad Gita.


Title: Eternity looked out from Her on Time: A Pictorial Album
Price: Rs. 300 (Three Hundred) only.
Number of pages: 91
Description: Issued on the occasion of the centenary of the Mother’s arrival in Pondicherry in 1914, this album presents 120 selected photographs from the Mother’s life, many accompanied by texts from Sri Aurobindo or the Mother. Photos from her childhood and early years in Paris as well as a number from her stay in Japan precede the more numerable ones from her life in the Ashram. The Preface provides a brief introduction and creates an ambience for experiencing the Mother’s presence through these photographs.

At the Motrano Retreat

Title: At the Motrano Retreat—The Book of the Divine Mother
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 525 (Five Hundred and Twenty-five) only.
Number of Pages: 416
Description: This book includes the revised transcriptions of the talks the author gave at Motrano in Italy in 2015 on The Book of the Divine Mother, one of the most illuminating cantos of Savitri.

Savitri The Poetry of Immortality

Title: Savitri: The Poetry of Immortality
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 575 (Five Hundred and Seventy-five) only.
Number of pages: 486
Description: There are silences so deep one can hear the journeys of the soul, and it is that which gives meaning and substance to idealism, to nobility, grandeur, eloquence, to skylarks and to green cottages and to flower beds. There may not be overtones and undertones to set the absolute tempo of a masterpiece. But if that journey has to be a soaring ascension to snow-white peaks of silence in the ardour of climbing, in the warmth and intimacy of a vibrant experience, then it has yet to grow in the abundance of subtleties and suggestions that constitute multi-tonal harmonies of silence. Given to blue-bright omniscient hush inspiration streams forth unceasingly, and music transcends mortal speech. Then from the all-seeing heights there is the descent of poetry with the rhythmic sense of the creative Word. Then the five suns of poetry shine in their blaze in our skies,—the Suns of Truth, Beauty, Delight, Life and the Spirit. That is what we have in the epic Savitri.


Title: Savitri’s Swapna Yoga
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 300
Number of pages: 260
Description: Savitri’s Swapna Yoga is based on the Book of Yoga, Book Seven, Canto Two of Savitri.
“Immediately Savitri enters into the Dream or Swapna Yoga, when to her is revealed the entire cosmic Past, Past since the beginning of things out of the extraordinary all-potent Void of the manifesting Spirit. She has re-lived the psychic memory of the evolutionary unfoldment in the long process of time. She sees how the Past has arrived at the Present and also begins to perceive the Future’s prospects. In this stream of consciousness she recognises that Man is not the culmination of these epochal happenings, and that a greater superior being, a being first governed by the Mind of Light, Surhomme, Overman, must emerge and take the lead of the evolutionary march. A portion of the divine Savitri enters into her and puts a diamond seal of this materialisation on a bright course of the coming events. A high note is already struck in the gains of her Yoga.”


Title: Running Through Savitri
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 800 (Hardcover)
Number of pages: 740
Description: Savitri is the Yoga of Transformation—that is the entire significance and content, the strength of yogic Savitri. Savitri is the veritable Yoga of Transformation even as it embodies in it experiences of the Master Yogi. Intensely also these are the experiences of the Mother. The Mother has said: “Savitri is an exact description—not literature, not poetry (although the form is very poetical)—an exact description, step by step, paragraph by paragraph, page by page. … The realism of it is astounding.” Running Through Savitri is a compilation of all eight-line sentences in Savitri along with extensive commentaries on the prophetic possibilities that open out for the very Soul of the Divine in the context of the soul of the earth and of the soul of the mortal.
cover of sanatana dharmaTitle: Sanatana Dharma: An Aurobindonian Perspective
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 800 (Hardcover)
Number of pages: 740
Description: If we have to look into the merit of Sanatana Dharma it is this which must be the main focus—a new birth taking place in leaping flames of the new fire. There has to be the luminous spiritual perspective and it is that in its trueness which can help us reorganise ourselves, our social structure, it based on the values that derive their strength and their power from the manifesting spirit itself, their beauty and their joy and the bright rushing force of life. Such could be the envisioned Aurobindonian formulation of the fourfold quality of the soul of man, of the soul of the earth, of the soul of the universe, of the soul of heaven. Wisdom and Strength and Beauty and Perfection are its great personalities to which should add also Love and the Joy of the Divine.

This book is a collection of essays on the glory of Sanatana Dharma. The themes discussed in this book are The Central Truth of the Hindu Religion, Swaraj and the Musulmans, The Renaissance in India, The Mission of the Vedanta by Swami Vivekananda, The Social Foundations for India, The Fourfold Order of Society, Beyond Chaturvarna—the Mother Explains, Chaturvana in the Karmayogin, The Brahmin—The Mother, The Fourfold Order of Cosmic Manifestation, Yajna in Savitri’s House of Meditation, Prithvi Sukta: Hymn to Goddess Earth, Avatar and Grace, The Gita on Avatarhood, Yoga-Skill-Works, Towards Integral Transformation, Four Luminous Powers and the Story of Creation, Doctrine of the Mystics, The Mother on the Dhammapada, The Significance of Rebirth, Chaturvarna or the Fourfold Personality, The Essence of Gita’s Teaching, The Supramental Sense, Towards the Supramental Time Vision and The Yoga of the Cells to name a few.

an atrocious biography

Title: An Atrocious Biography
Author: R. Y. Deshpande
Price: Rs. 750 (Hardcover)
Number of pages: 700
Description: This book “critiques systematically and with incisive scientific thoroughness” Peter Heehs’ controversial biography of Sri Aurobindo, The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. It also includes thought-provoking essays dealing with themes like Sevenfold Yoga in the Life of Sri Aurobindo, A Set of Rules described by the Mother, The Future of Humanity, Instruments of Higher Knowledge, The Avataric Work: Towards the Intermediate Race, Centennial Celebration of the Theme of Evolution, A Key Statement about the Integral Yoga and Ideas that have a Destiny to name a few.

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Title: A Look at the Symbol Dawn: Observations—Comments—Discussions

Author: R.Y. Deshpande

Description: Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri opens with the Symbol Dawn and immediately in the first two sentences poses the problem of this creation. It says that the Gods are not yet awake and that the mind of Night is standing in the way of the divine Event. The divine Event is the manifestation of a new creation upon earth, manifestation in the mortal world. If that is to happen then the mind of Night should be first dislodged from the path. But how? The book answers this question. 

Number of pages: 400

Price: Rs. 400 (Four Hundred) only.


Title: Japasūtram: The Science of Creative Sound
Author: Swami Pratyagatmanda Saraswati (translated into English by Prof. S.N. Roy)
Description: The book begins in a discursive and dramatic way, and in a manner which seems to be inclined to metaphorical and pictorial thinking. The present small book tells especially of vak and prana, of varnamala or the Creative Exponents, of nada, bindu, kala and ardhamatra, in very general terms. This may stimulate an interest for a closer and deeper study as amplified and illustrated in Japasūtram.
Number of pages: 300
Price: Rs. 350 (Three Hundred and Fifty) only.

inner yoga

Title: Inner Yoga
Author: Anirvan (translated into English by Simanta Narayan Chatterjee)
Description: Inner Yoga includes eleven philosophical articles based on the themes of The Eight-Limbed Yoga: The Outer Practices, The Eight-Limbed Yoga: The Inner Practices, Japa Yoga: The Four Limbs, Dhārana Yoga: The Three Regions and Four Centres, Mantra Yoga: The Mystery of Ajapā, Dhāranā Yoga: Fixation within the Body and outside It, Dhyāna Yoga: The Three Limbs, Samādhi Yoga: Bhāva and Bhāvanā, Yoga: From the Outer to The Inner, Yoga with a Support and Yoga without a Support: The Yoga of Sleep. The subject of this book is transformation of life and awareness of a larger life that surrounds us. In ordinary course, a man looks outwards but when he learns to turn his gaze inwards he becomes aware of a secret life, a larger life buried within. Through earnest endeavour and devout invocation, this life can become dynamic and manifest. The process, method and concepts connected with Yogic development have been discussed with great scholarship and insight by Anirvan. This book is not a guide for practising Yoga but understanding, experiencing and articulating Yogic states after intense sadhana.
Number of pages: 100
Price: Rs. 150 (One Hundred and Fifty) only.

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Title: The Mother on Savitri

Description: Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri running into about twenty-four thousand lines is not only a literary masterpiece; it is the supreme revelation of his vision and a record of his yogic and spiritual attainments. It proclaims the future of man and prepares the necessary ground for the powers of the spirit to enter into his life. It speaks, for instance, about the essential sound becoming the material sound, and it is that which can give rise to new expression. It is the sound that can bring to us the knowledge-power of the spirit. These are the possibilities and these have been most forcefully and luminously brought out by the Mother. It is that gift of hers which we value most, that which can form a constant source of inspiration, that we may grow more and more fully in it. Through it we can reach the vast realms of delight, brihat saubhagam, in the accomplishment of our life and our soul.

In the compilation The Mother on Savitri, every efforts has been made to collect all the “writings” of the Mother on Savitri, her avowals and pronouncements made on different occasions in different contexts. It is believed that this compilation will form a constant source of inspiration to all the lovers of Savitri, that it will be a means for them to march on the spiritual path of progress, lead them to attainments which only Savitri can offer. If Savitri herself ascends to the vast realms of delight, brihat saubhagam, then surely it does open out a way for us all, those who wish to follow her path.

The anthology also includes two sketches of “Savitri” and “The Descent of the Supreme Mother” made by the Mother as well as facsimiles of her messages on Savitri.

Number of pages: 261.

Price: Rs. 300 (Three Hundred) only.

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Title: Savitri and the Yoga of the Cells

Compiler: R.Y. Deshpande

Description: We may say that the last decisive physical transformation in Sri Aurobindo’s yoga-tapasya began sometime in the mid 1930s. The realization of the Overmind consciousness working in the physical was already attained by him in 1926; it set off a certain globality of operation for its functioning at the material level. Since then his entire yogic effort was organized towards getting the higher, the supramental perfection in the substance of the body itself. This transformation of the death-afflicted physical was certainly a most difficult endeavour whose parallel in its totality could nowhere be traced in the spiritual history. The body was not ready to hold the charge of luminous immortality in it. It had remained an unbaked vessel, atapta tanu. The cells of the body had not awakened yet to the reality that is seated deep within them. The problem of the inconscient nature was yet to be tackled.

Sri Aurobindo’s concern was chiefly this: it was a two-fold effort, of invoking and bringing down the dynamism of the supreme Truth on the earthly plane, and preparing the unregenerate inconscient material nature to receive it for its unhampered action. The spiritual and occult-yogic tapasya carried out together by him and the Mother saw that this was done. It opened up new and bright doors of the physical, for the entry of the Infinite’s dimensions in the earth-possibilities. Presently it has made its manifestation an accomplished fact in the subtle physical.

We have a detailed account of these developments in Savitri; it is the most complete Record of Yoga of his yoga-tapasya—and also of the Mother’s up to that point, that is, till 1950. Aswapati has based his life upon Eternity. He knows the source from which his spirit came but he has accepted the body of the earth. The cosmic past weighs heavily in it. It is in this body that the powers and possibilities of the spirit have to enter in and work. There is a degree of receptivity but the members feel tired soon. The imperative is, the body’s cells must hold the Immortal’s flame.

The Mother reveals: “The physical realisation is truly a concrete realisation. For the first time, I saw myself, my body—truly a harmonious form. The supramental world exists in a permanent way, and I am there permanently in a supramental body. I now know that for the two worlds to join in a constant and conscious relationship what is missing is an intermediate zone between the existing physical world and the supramental world as it exists. This zone has yet to be built.” The Mother’s Yoga of Cellular Transformation begins in it.

In Savitri and the Yoga of the Cells extensive passages from the revelations made by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother about their attempts and realizations have been compiled. These accounts roughly corresponds to the period 1940 to 1973 when the Mother withdrew from her physical body—the three decades in which intense yoga-tapasya was done in the physical for the Divine’s physical.

Number of pages: 800.

Price: Rs. 800 (Eight Hundred) only (Hard-cover)

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Title: Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: A Centennial Commemorative Volume (1909-2009)

Description: This bilingual compilation comprises of twenty-three thought-provoking articles in English and Bengali penned by the renowned researchers and scholars like Dr. Ananda Reddy, Dr. Prema Nandakumar, Prof. Dilip Kumar Roy, Dr. Goutam Ghosal, Dr. Goutam Neogi, Prof. Radharaman Chakrabarti, Dr. Ratri Ray, Dr. Saurendranath Basu, Prof. Shyamalesh Das, Dr. Tarunkumar Mitra, Prof. Supriyo Bhattacharya, Dr. Usharanjan Chakraborty, Sri Jagmohan (Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Former Union Minister of Communication, Urban Development, Poverty Alleviation, Tourism and Culture), Aju Mukhopadhyay and the late Prof. Arabinda Basu to name a few. 

The themes of the articles discussed in this anthology include Power of the Indian Mind and Sri Aurobindo’s Vision of India and the World, Towards a Morally Elevating State: The Ideas of Sri Aurobindo, The Concept of the Indwelling Self in the Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, The Vedic Spirituality and Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo and Subramania Bharati: Patriotic Poets of the Indian Renaissance, The Unforgettable Nationalist Duo: Aurobindo Ghosh and Bipin Chandra Pal during the Swadeshi Movement, The Uttarpara Speech: A Unique Piece of Deliberative Oration, Sanatana Dharma to Life Divine, Nationalism Beyond Nationalism: A Perspective, Religion in the Post-Modern Condition: Some Lights from an Interesting Correspondence of Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo and Yoga for the Divine, Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: Beginning of a “Spiritual Odyssey” etc.

The book also has a message from the pen of Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former Governor of West Bengal, an excerpt of which is quoted beneath:

“The world is one now in a way which it was not some decades ago. But, for Sri Aurobindo, it always was one. There was a unity in everything that he saw… Every word of Sri Aurobindo’s August 14-15 speech reads like a script that is contemporary, written today and is also timeless. A script which can be said to be of tomorrow, of 10 years from now, 100 years from now. He has himself said it is no coincidence that the date of birth of our country and the day on which he arrived happen to share the date and month…Let us dedicate ourselves, remembering that every Indian of all denominations and creeds is the symbol of the unity which Sri Aurobindo said is yet to come to us. Let us in our lives become that unity.”

Number of pages: 320.

Price: Rs. 200 (Two Hundred) only. (Hard-cover)

Kena Upanishad

Title: Kena Upanisad

Author: Shri Anirvan

Number of pages: 246.

Price: Rs. 225 (Two Hundred and Twenty Five) only (soft cover).

Description: Translated from Bengali to English by Shri Gautam Dharmapal, Shri Anirvan’s (1896—1978) “Kena Upanisad” is the translation of the third volume of the Upanisad Prasanga Series written in Bengali by him and published by the University of Burdwan.

“Kena Upanisad” consists of the four sections of the fourth chapter of the Jaiminīya Brāhmana Upanisad of the Sāmaveda. It begins directly with Brahman as its subject matter and tells us in first two parts how it is impossible to know or attain Brahman by our ordinary senses including mind. To realize Brahman we have to open ourselves to higher intuitive levels of mind. In the third and fourth parts, the Upanisad beautifully speaks about the unknowable Brahman and about the subjective and objective ways of its realization through an allegorical story about Gods led by Indra on one side and Yaksha and Umā Haimvatī on the other. Brahman has to be meditated upon and realized as “Tad Vanam”—“That most Delightful Dear One”.

Sadguru OmkarTitle: Confessions, Upadesh and Talks

Author: Sadguru Omkar

Number of pages: 305

Price: Rs. 180 (One Hundred and Eighty) only (soft cover).

Description: Sadguru Omkar (1889—1978)—formerly known as Nilkantha Brahmnachari—was involved in national revolutionary activities from his school days. The group of which he was a part was closely connected with the Jugantar group of Bengal. Because of his revolutionary activities he had to take refuge in the French territory of Pondicherry. When Sri Aurobindo arrived at Pondicherry on 4 April 1910 Sadguru Omkar was among those who went to receive him. He was connected with the Mopla agrarian revolution in Kerala and imprisoned for more than eleven years for his involvement in the Ash murder case. In prison the transformation from a revolutionary to a spiritual Sadhaka took place as vividly described in his notes which he later collected as ‘Confessions on the way towards Peace’. After his release from prison he took the ‘Confessions’ to Sri Aurobindo who wrote a small foreword the next day. He settled down at the lower Nandi Hills in 1930 and built a small Ashram near a Shiva Temple.

The present volume comprises of Sadguru Omkar’s “Confessions on the way towards Peace” (including the foreword written by Sri Aurobindo), Upadesh (advices) and selected talks which were delivered to his disciples and visitors over a period of four decades.

Achinpather Divyapathik

Title: Achinpather Dibyapathik

Author: Anurag Banerjee

Number of pages: 268.

Price: Rs. 100 (One Hundred) only.

Language: Bengali.

Description: Published in 2008 by Sutanu Prokashoni (Kolkata), Achinpather Dibyapathik is a comprehensive biography of Dilip Kumar Roy (1897—1980), the noted singer, composer, musicologist, author, poet and a dear disciple of Sri Aurobindo.

Debotar Shrom

Title: Debotar Shrom

Author: Anurag Banerjee

Number of pages: 128.

Price: Rs. 50 (Fifty) only (hard cover).

Language: Bengali.

Description: Published in 2008 by Sutani Prokashoni (Kolkata), Debotar Shrom is an anthology of one hundred poems of Sri Aurobindo translated into Bengali by Anurag Banerjee.

3 Replies to “Overman Foundation Distributions

  1. What shall I speak on R. Y. Deshpande ? Sincere, Prolific, original. But no praise is enough for such a living genius. My pronam to him.
    Goutam Ghosal

  2. The very wide range covering the content under the imposing Titles of Books and their preeminent authors touch the cloud surpassing summits! Grateful for sharing the details of the Publications of the Overman Foundation.

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