A Tribute to Udar Pinto, Mona Pinto and Millie Pinto

Dear Friends, On 15 August 1937, Lawrence Marshal Pinto (24 April 1907—7 December 2001) and his newly married wife Ethel Anne alias Mona had their first Darshan of Sri Aurobindo at Pondicherry. The impact of the Darshan was such that Lawrence Pinto, who was then in his thirtieth year, decided to join Sri Aurobindo Ashram as an inmate. His wife Mona too followed him and joined the Ashram with their only daughter Gauri who was...

An Unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, We are sharing with all our readers the reminiscence of an unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo as recounted by Indubhai, one of the early inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This reminiscence is followed by another anecdote narrated by K. D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran. With warm regards, Anurag Banerjee Founder, Overman Foundation.                                                           An Unusual Darshan of Sri Aurobindo At the beginning of June 1947—the date may be 4th or 5th—I was...

Satprem and Sujata : A Tribute by Dr. Kireet Joshi

Dear Friends, Born as Bernard Enginger on 30 October 1923, Satprem was a member of the French Resistance during the Second World War and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. He was released after spending one and a half years in German concentration camp. He visited Pondicherry for the first time in 1946 and came to know of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Their evolutionary yoga. After travelling to French Guiana, Brazil and Africa,...

The Mother’s Photographs with her Japanese friend Nobuko Kobayashi

Dear Friends, The Mother and her husband Paul Richard had spent three years in Kyoto (in Japan) from 1917 to 1920. During their stay, they had befriended Dr. Kobayashi and his wife Nobuko Kobayashi, who were followers of a certain Dr. Okata who had taught them the mystery of meditation, ‘the still sitting of the lovely statue of Nara.’ Under the influence of Dr. Okata, Dr. Kobayashi (who was a surgeon) gave up his practice...

Sri Aurobindo Studies in the English Department of Visva-Bharati

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, Amazing news from West Bengal ! The English Department of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan has been conducting courses on Sri Aurobindo Studies for the last five years with the initiatives of Professor Goutam Ghosal, Professor Debarati Bandyopadhyay, Professor Amrit Sen and others. Apart from teaching poems and prose works by Sri Aurobindo in BA and MA, the Department of English, Visva-Bharati, has introduced various psychological theories of Sri Aurobindo like Integral Psychology, Consciousness...

Complete Set of the Mother’s Photographs taken at the Sports Ground

Dear Friends, The Sports Ground of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, was opened by the Mother in 1951. On the opening day of the Sports Ground, there was a grand March Past with music played by the Ashram Brass Band. The Mother would visit the Sports Ground every day during the Athletics Competitions and also attended the 2nd December Demonstrations, the dress rehearsal and the final day of the programme. 21 February 2018 marked the Mother’s...

Complete set of photographs of the Mother in Japan

Dear Friends, The Mother arrived at Pondicherry for the first time on 29 March 1914. Eleven months later, on 22 February 1915, she—along with Paul Richard— was compelled to leave Pondicherry due to the outbreak of the First World War. They reached Colombo on the Dupleix of the Messageries Maritimes and boarded the Japanese ship “Kamo Maru” on 26 February. On 18 March they reached Paris and left the city again on the 29th, travelling...

Photographs of the Mother’s Rare Darshan on 29 December 1967

Dear Friends, In December 1967, a large number of miners had visited Pondicherry from the north. For them, a special Darshan of the Mother was arranged on 29 December, that is, exactly fifty years ago. Photographs of this rare Darshan (taken by Ms. Sudha Sundaram) which the Mother granted to Her children on 29 December 1967 from the terrace on the second floor of the Ashram Main Building have been published in the website of...

Photographs of the Mother during Christmas Celebrations

Dear Friends, Wish you all a Merry Christmas! On 25 December 1929 the Mother had distributed little bunches of the leaves She called ‘New Birth’ to the members of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. This was the earliest reference of Christmas being celebrated in Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In 1944, on the occasion of Christmas, the Mother had asked Mona Pinto (In-charge of ‘Golconde’) to organize a little celebration for the children who had joined the Ashram...

Albert Patel: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Wednesday, 13 December 2017, the Aurobindonian community of Pondicherry lost its senior-most member with the passing away of Albert Patel at the age of ninety-four. Albert’s father Ambalal Patel was one of the early disciples of Sri Aurobindo. He came in touch with Sri Aurobindo’s writings at an early age when he was in college at Baroda. Prior to that, he was a follower of Vishnu Bhaskar Lele under whose guidance Sri...