Paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Barindra Kumar Ghose

Dear Friends,

Sri Aurobindo’s youngest brother Barindra Kumar Ghose (5 January 1880 — 18 April 1959) was a noted revolutionary of the Swadeshi movement. Convicted in the Alipore Bomb Trial, he was sentenced to transportation for life in the Andaman Cellular Jail. Soon after his release in January 1920 courtesy an amnesty granted by the Government of India he went to meet Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry. From August 1923 to December 1929 he remained at Pondicherry  under the spiritual aegis of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Though Barindra Kumar is also known for his books in Bengali and English, the fact that he was also a painter is not known to many. Today we are taking the opportunity to share with you three paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother made by Barindra Kumar.

With warm regards,

Anurag Banerjee


Overman Foundation.


                                        The Mother’s Feet

31 Replies to “Paintings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by Barindra Kumar Ghose

  1. There is a psychic touch in his vision and expression that reminds of some of Abanindranath Tagore’s masterpieces : I wonder when and where did he acquire such mastery in his technique.
    Prithwindra Mukherjee

  2. Beatific .. these paintings are infused with the glow of the Psychic and something more which is indefinable !

    Thank you !


  3. When did he actually make these paintings ? Any dates are given ? The style is definitely Indian – to look for the inward Spirit. Has he or Sri Aurobindo said anything about Mother’s paintings ?
    ‘Painting stills the emotions, ‘ and these paintings do fulfill that basic condition.
    Very interesting and revealing ?

  4. Few of my thoughts are, by the Grace of Her–automatically transmitted to you.

    My love and deep gratitude.

    I find in you the blossom of the energies of my thirties.

    Therefore, no thanks. It is our duty…

    Biswajit Ganguly.

  5. Something so soft and sweet in the paintings… yet indomitable, powerful… . The first one feels like one huge embrace of the universe. no bar or barrier …there is a place for all in his bosom … a freedom is given to enter …The second – the surrendered lotus at Her feet, given, offered, prone, speaks something of artist’s state as well …. beautiful. The second one – Light, Light where He casts his glance …. All of them, irresistable. Captured something deeply special ….

    With Gratitude

  6. Excellent! This in fact seems to contradict the fact that the same Barindra could leave the Ashram after developing some difference of opinion with the Master and the Mother, and rather helps us overcome that nagative experience.

    This sharing is one of the best activities of Overman Foundation. Can you share some photos of Bharat Brahmachari whose desciple Yogadananda later became an Ashramite? I asked for that even at the Ashram archives but was told it was not available.

  7. First time, seeing the paintings drawn by Barinda, heard some thing about him, through nirodbaran, one of the attendant of The master. Thankful to you very much, in the record of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo mentions the previous lives of his disciplies, he has recorded, Barin was
    the godhead ARYAMAN.

    1. There is some evidence that he could paint.
      Sri Aurobindo: “He (Barin) was also a painter, but it did not come to much in spite of his exhibitions. ”

      (Nirodbaran, Talks With Sri Aurobindo, vol. 1, 18 DECEMBER 1938)

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