Chinmayi was born as Mehdi Begum into an aristocratic family of Hyderabad which was, in the pre-independence era, a princely state ruled by the Nizam. She was a sister of Aga Sayed Ibrahim who had joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram sometime in 1927 and was renamed ‘Dara’ by Sri Aurobindo. Mehdi Begum too settled in the Ashram in 1927 at the young age of twenty or twenty-one and was renamed ‘Chinmayi’ by Sri Aurobindo, meaning, ‘the pure spirit consciousness. Chinmayi, one who is full or all made of the pure spirit consciousness.’
Chinmayi served the Mother as Her personal attendant and would accompany Her when the Mother walked on terrace over the room of Pavitra holding a parasol over Her. She passed away in 1953 due to cancer.
A painting of the Mother made by Chinmayi has been published in the website of Overman Foundation. In this painting, the Mother is seen at Her dressing table in the Boudoir situated on the first floor of the Ashram main building.
With warm regards,