Ratna Chakrabarti: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Friday, 3 March 2017, the Aurobindonian community of Pondicherry lost a bright jewel with the passing away of Ratna Chakrabarti at the age of seventy-five. The word “Ratna” means jewel and she, indeed, lived up to her name. Born in Kolkata on 28 July 1941 to Santosh Kumar Chakrabarti and Bokul Rani, Ratna received her early education in Arambagh Girls School. Afterwards she joined the Mahakali Balika Vidyalaya and Howrah Girls College...

Facsimile of the chapters of The Mother by Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, Sri Aurobindo has described the Mother as the one who ‘is the divine Conscious Force that dominates all existence, one and yet so many-sided that to follow her movement is impossible even for the quickest mind and for the freest and most vast intelligence. The Mother is the consciousness and force of the Supreme and far above all she creates.’ In his Savitri, he has described the Mother as ‘the golden bridge, the...

Maurice Schumann’s Recollections of his meeting with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

Dear Friends, Maurice Schumann (10 April 1911—9 February 1998) was a French politician, journalist and author. He was also an inspirational radio spokesman of General Charles de Gaulle and the French Resistance in broadcasts to Nazi-ruled France from London during the Second World War. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France from 1969 to 1973. On 27 September 1947 Maurice Schumann (at that time he was the head of a French cultural delegation)...

Thirty Photographs of the Mother Inaugurating the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.

Dear Friends, During the early years of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, children were not allowed to live in the Ashram. In the early 1940s, when a number of families were admitted to the Ashram, the Mother decided to open a school to provide education to the children who had come with their parents. On 2 December 1943 she formally opened a school for about twenty children and she herself was one of the teachers. On 24...

Sixty Photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi

Dear Friends, On 5 December 1950 at 1:26 a.m., Sri Aurobindo the “Colonist from Immortality” had left his physical sheath as a supreme act of sacrifice for the sake of mankind. To quote the words of the Mother: “Sri Aurobindo was not compelled to leave his body, he chose to do so for reasons so sublime that they are beyond the reach of human mentality.” In the bygone years several photographs of Sri Aurobindo’s mahasamadhi...

Chitra Bose: In Memoriam by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, On Saturday, 13 August 2016, the firmament of the Aurobindonian Community of West Bengal lost one of its brightest stars with the passing away of Chitra Bose, founder of Sri Aurobindo Bal Mandir, one of the eminent pre-primary schools of Calcutta, and Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Sakti Centre. Born on 17 March 1933 to Harendranath Majumdar and Shanti Devi, Chitra Bose grew up in an atmosphere where politics and spirituality existed simultaneously...

Happy Birthday to Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, 20 October 2016 marks the eightieth birthday of Dr. Prithwindra Mukherjee. Born on 20 October 1936 to Tejendranath and Usha Rani, he the grandson of the famous revolutionary Jatindranath Mukherjee alias Bagha Jatin. He came to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1948, studied and taught at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. He was mentioned by the Sahitya Akademi manuals and anthologies as a poet before he attained the age of twenty....

Rare Photographs of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

Dear Friends, Ever since the inception of Overman Foundation, we have strived to collect rare photographs and documents on Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Sri Aurobindo Ashram of Pondicherry and present them before the members of Aurobindonian community. During the course of our search for new or unearthed materials on Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, we have come across several rare photographs of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Today we take the opportunity of sharing...

Ramakrishna Das Babaji: Two Tributes by Manoj Das and Gunananda Das

Dear Friends, Ramakrishna Das (14 August 1908—8 November 1998)—better known as Babaji Maharaj—was born in the village of Rairpur situated in the district of Jagatsinghpur in Orissa. Even from his early years he had a strong inclination towards spiritual life. He started reading spiritual books and great epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana at the age of nine and was deeply touched by the life of Raghu Behera who had realized the Divine through...

Two Rare Press Reports on Sri Aurobindo

Dear Friends, Throughout the month of August, we have published a special series on Sri Aurobindo. As the concluding installment of the said series, we have published two rare press reports of Sri Aurobindo. The first report had appeared on 16 February 1910 in the Bengalee. According to this newspaper, Sri Aurobindo was present on the evening of 15 February at the Chandpal Ghat of Calcutta to receive Shyam Sunder Chakravarty and Satish Chandra Chatterjee....