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...

Huta – ‘The Offered One’ – a very special child of the Mother by Shraddhavan

Dear Friends, On 17 November 2011, Thursday, Huta D. Hindocha breathed her last. One of the closest disciples of the Mother whose notable publications include The Story of A Soul, White Roses, About Savitri, Mother, You Said So and Salutations, she departed on the very day the Mother had withdrawn from the physical in 1973. As a mark of our tribute to her, we are publishing an article on her penned by Shraddhavan in the...

Tara Jauhar awarded the “Auro-Ratna Award” for the year 2017

Dear Friends and Well-wishers, The eighth “Auro-Ratna Award” ceremony was organized on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 at Van Niwas, the Himalayan retreat centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch. In this ceremony, Ms. Tara Jauhar, Chairperson, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch, was presented with the “Auro-Ratna Award” for her invaluable contribution in the Aurobindonian movement. The award ceremony began at 9 a.m. and was attended by the members of Van Niwas and the participants of...

The Mother’s Photographs with Indira Gandhi

Dear Friends, Born to Kamala and Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister), Indira Gandhi (19 November 1917—31 October 1984) was elected the President of the Congress party in 1959 and became the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India. She went on to become India’s third and the only female Prime Minister in 1966. She served two terms as the Prime Minister—from January 1966...