Wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother believed that poetry, music and art could act as aids in sadhana so Their disciples were encouraged to pursue artistic endeavours. To quote Sri Aurobindo’s own words: ‘Spirituality is a wider thing than formal religion and it is in the service of spirituality that Art reaches its highest self-expression. Spirituality is a single word expressive of three lines of human aspiration towards divine knowledge, divine love and joy, divine strength, and that will be the highest and most perfect Art which, while satisfying the physical requirements of the aesthetic sense, the laws of formal beauty, the emotional demand of humanity, the portrayal of life and outward reality, reaches beyond them and expresses inner spiritual truth, the deeper not obvious reality of things, the joy of God in the world and its beauty and desirableness and the manifestation of divine force and energy in phenomenal creation.’ (The Hour of God, p. 248)
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram of the yesteryears had some of the finest artists of India as its inmates. Krishnalal Bhatt, Jayantilal Parekh, Sanjivan Biswas, Nishikanto Roy Chowdhury and a few others were among the first generation of the Ashram artists.
As a Christmas offering, we are happy to present before our readers a collection of paintings made by the artists of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. These paintings, made by Krishnalal Bhatt, Jayantilal Parekh and Chinmayee in the 1930s and 1940s, depict the various parts of the main building of Sri Aurobindo Ashram as they were in those days.
With warm regards,