Nishikanto’s English poems

Dear Friends, The late Nishikanto Raichowdhury (1909-1973) was one of the greatest mystic poets not only of Sri Aurobindo Ashram but of Bengal as well. In his early years, he was a student of Kala Bhawan (Santiniketan) where he was one of the blue-eyed boys of Rabindranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore. He joined the Ashram in 1934. Sri Aurobindo was an ardent admirer of his poetry and had called him the ‘Brahmaputra of Inspiration’. He...

Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his father-in-law

Dear Friends, Today we are sharing with you two letters written by Sri Aurobindo to his father-in-law Bhupal Chandra Bose (1861—1937). The first letter, dated 8 June 1906, was written during the early days of Sri Aurobindo’s political career and the second letter, dated 19 February 1919, was penned shortly after the death of Sri Aurobindo’s wife Mrinalini Devi in December 1918. These letters are indeed very special for they reveal the unknown aspects of...

Sri Aurobindo’s letter to Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Dear Friends, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who later became the second President of India had approached Sri Aurobindo in August 1934 through Dilip Kumar Roy asking him to contribute an article for a proposed volume on contemporary Indian philosophy. When Dilip Roy conveyed his request to Sri Aurobindo, the latter asked Dilip to excuse him. But when Dr. Radhakrishnan persisted Sri Aurobindo wrote to him directly on 2 October 1934. Today, we take the opportunity of...

Sri Aurobindo’s letter to Mahatma Gandhi

Dear Friends, Not many people are aware of the fact Mahatma Gandhi had visited Pondicherry on 17 February 1934. Ever since his return to India from South Africa in 1915, he was desirous to meet Sri Aurobindo. For the purpose of arranging a meeting with Sri Aurobindo, the Mahatma had written to Govindbhai Patel, a follower of Sri Aurobindo who was initially associated with him. But when the permission for an interview was refused by...

The Mother’s paintings

Dear Friends, The Mother once said that She began to draw at the age of eight and started to learn oil painting and other painting techniques when She was ten. She added on another occasion that at twelve She was already doing portraits. Vividly does one of Her disciples remember what She spoke apropos Her own paintings. Himself an amateur with the brush, he was acutely concerned with the thoughtless scatter of her best work...

Darshan photographs of the Mother

Dear Friends, On the occasion of the Mother’s 133rd birthday, we are sharing with you some photographs of the Mother taken on 21st February 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. We are also taking the liberty of sharing with you the recollections of Peter A. about the Darshan of 21st February 1971 to illustrate what one felt while he/she stood in the presence of the Mother. Those of you who had the privilege of having...

The Mother’s Last Interview

Dear Friends, From the beginning of April 1973 the Mother had become unwell while She was giving blessings. Though She rested for a few days and became a little better, She understood that meeting people and granting special interviews would no longer be possible. Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, the Mother’s confidant, writes in his Pranab’s Talk on the Mother (pp. 3-4):      ‘…on the 20th of May at about 9:30 p.m. when I had just gone...

The Mother’s Correspondence with Dilip Kumar Roy

Dear Friends, Not many people are aware of the fact that the Mother had a unique bond of love and affection with Dilip Kumar Roy (1897-1980), one of Sri Aurobindo’s most favourite disciples. Sri Aurobindo is reported to have written the maximum number of letters to Dilip Kumar Roy. Even after Sri Aurobindo’s accident in November 1938 which resulted in the cessation of all correspondence between Him and His other disciples, the epistolary exchanges between...

Photographs of the Mother’s early years

Dear Friends, The late Pournaprema, the Mother’s youngest grand-daughter, whom we lovingly addressed as ‘Pourna-di’, has begun her book on the Mother titled A Unique Little Girl in the following words: ‘A unique little girl… Do you understand what that means? A unique little girl, is a little girl who is not ordinary. I believe you know her… This is the little girl who is not ordinary. This little girl is called Mirra—Mirra Alfassa. That...

The Mother’s First Essay

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 28th of February a number of documents related to the Mother’s life and works every week as tributes.   Today we are starting our series of tributes to the Mother by publishing the first essay titled The Path of Later On which...