Three Rare Photographs of the Mother

Dear Friends, As the second installment of our special series on the Mother, we are publishing three rare photographs of the Mother taken between 1927 and 1930. In the first photograph, the Mother is seen coming down from the roof of the Meditation House. In the second photograph, the Mother is seen with Pavitra, one of Her foremost disciples, in the old Secretariat building.  In the third photograph, the Mother is seen standing near Her...

The Anti-Hindi Riot of Pondicherry by Togo Mukherjee

Dear Friends, On 11 February 1965, a big infuriated mob under the pretext of anti-Hindi demonstration had attacked Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Since this attack—which lasted for a few hours—was absolutely unexpected no help was available. There was only one person—a true hero—who defended the Ashram almost single-handedly and kept the attackers at bay till he was critically injured. This gentleman was Shri Dhritindranath Mukherjee better known as ‘Togo’ in the Aurobindonian community.     Shri Togo...

The Mother’s Birth Certificate

Dear Friends, February is the month in which, on the 21st, the Mother’s birthday is celebrated in the Aurobindonian community. To commemorate the said occasion, we would publish from this week onwards till the 29th of February a series of photographs and documents related to the Mother’s life and works as our humble tribute. As the first installment of the series, we are publishing the copy of the birth certificate of the Mother. This birth...

Publication of ‘The Mother: The Birth and Growth of a Flame’ by Anurag Banerjee

Dear Friends, It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Overman Foundation has published its seventh book ‘The Mother: The Birth and Growth of a Flame’ on 8 January 2012. Written by Anurag Banerjee and with a preface by Dr. Ananda Reddy (Director, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, Pondicherry), this book is a detailed account of the Mother’s pre-Ashram years and covers the course of her life in France, Algeria and Japan till her...

Publication of ‘Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore’.

  Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation, It gives me immense pleasure to announce that on 31 December 2011 Overman Foundation has published its sixth book ‘Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore’—a bilingual anthology of articles written on the two great luminaries of the bygone century. This book—which is a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of his 150th Birth Anniversary—comprises of articles in English and Bengali contributed by Dr. Prithwindranath Mukherjee, R. Y....

Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities—A Review by Deepali Gupta

Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities: compiled and edited by Anurag Banerjee. Published by Overman Foundation, Kolkata. Price—E-copy: Rs. 200. (Hard-copy: Rs. 450). “Sri Aurobindo: His Political Life and Activities” by Anurag Banerjee presents to the reader a well researched account of Sri Aurobindo’s life as a nationalist, a political revolutionary, an educationist in the truest sense, and an inspirer of the youth and countrymen to awaken to the call of the motherland. The...

Rare photographs of Barindra Kumar Ghose

Dear Friends, As the second installment of our tribute to the great nationalist and revolutionary Barindra Kumar Ghose, the younger brother of Sri Aurobindo, on the occasion of his 132nd Birth Anniversary, we are publishing a set of his rare photographs. We also take the opportunity to inform you that Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, has  published Barindra Kumar Ghose’s book The Tale of My Exile : Twelve Years in the Andamans (introduced and edited by...

Sri Aurobindo on Ethics—A Review by Deepali Gupta

Sri Aurobindo on Ethics: compiled and edited by Anurag Banerjee. Published by Overman Foundation, Kolkata. Price—E-copy: Rs. 20. (Hard-copy: Rs. 60). “The outward work can never be small if the inward one is great, and the outward work can never be great or good if the inward is small or of little worth.”— Meister Eckhart. The above quote wonderfully weaves the ideas of Karma and Dharma to give us a right view of what we...

Barindra Kumar Ghose’s tribute to the Mother

Dear Friends, 5 January 2012 marked the 132nd birth anniversary of Barindra Kumar Ghose (1880-1959), the noted revolutionary, journalist, author and Sri Aurobindo’s youngest brother. He was one of the earliest inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and resided at Pondicherry till 1929. It is said that Barindra Kumar left the Ashram because he was unable to accept the Mother. Today we are publishing a tribute paid by him to the Mother which was published in...

Noren Singh Nahar Recalls

Dear Friends, Wish you a very happy New Year. May the year 2012 become a magnificent, healthy and fruitful year for all. Today we are republishing the reminiscences of Shri Noren Singh Nahar, a senior member of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, who is an inmate since 1939. The reminiscences, based on my interviews with him, were published on 1 December 2009 on the occasion of his 89th birthday. It was again republished in the ‘Advent’,...