“Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: A Centennial Commemorative Volume (1909-2009)”.

Cover of Uttarpara Speech A Centennial Commemorative Volume

Dear Friends and Well-wishers of Overman Foundation,

We are happy to announce that Overman Foundation has taken up the distribution of the book Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: A Centennial Commemorative Volume (1909-2009).

Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech has been defined by his biographer A.B. Purani as “a public document of Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual life and contains in seed form some of the basic principles of the yoga he evolved. The human in him yet spoke of the Divine and then the human was completely transformed into the Divine. The Light that he shed was the Light Divine and it is for humanity to follow it and profit by it.” (The Life of Sri Aurobindo, p. 123)

This bilingual compilation comprises of twenty-three thought-provoking articles in English and Bengali penned by the renowned researchers and scholars like Dr. Ananda Reddy, Dr. Prema Nandakumar, Prof. Dilip Kumar Roy, Dr. Goutam Ghosal, Dr. Goutam Neogi, Prof. Radharaman Chakrabarti, Dr. Ratri Ray, Dr. Saurendranath Basu, Prof. Shyamalesh Das, Dr. Tarunkumar Mitra, Prof. Supriyo Bhattacharya, Dr. Usharanjan Chakraborty, Sri Jagmohan (Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Former Union Minister of Communication, Urban Development, Poverty Alleviation, Tourism and Culture), Aju Mukhopadhyay and the late Prof. Arabinda Basu to name a few.

The themes of the articles discussed in this anthology include Power of the Indian Mind and Sri Aurobindo’s Vision of India and the World, Towards a Morally Elevating State: The Ideas of Sri Aurobindo, The Concept of the Indwelling Self in the Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, The Vedic Spirituality and Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo and Subramania Bharati: Patriotic Poets of the Indian Renaissance, The Unforgettable Nationalist Duo: Aurobindo Ghosh and Bipin Chandra Pal during the Swadeshi Movement, The Uttarpara Speech: A Unique Piece of Deliberative Oration, Sanatana Dharma to Life Divine, Nationalism Beyond Nationalism: A Perspective, Religion in the Post-Modern Condition: Some Lights from an Interesting Correspondence of Sri Aurobindo, Sri Aurobindo and Yoga for the Divine, Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: Beginning of a “Spiritual Odyssey” etc.

The book also has a message from the pen of Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former Governor of West Bengal, an excerpt of which is quoted beneath:

“The world is one now in a way which it was not some decades ago. But, for Sri Aurobindo, it always was one. There was a unity in everything that he saw… Every word of Sri Aurobindo’s August 14-15 speech reads like a script that is contemporary, written today and is also timeless. A script which can be said to be of tomorrow, of 10 years from now, 100 years from now. He has himself said it is no coincidence that the date of birth of our country and the day on which he arrived happen to share the date and month…Let us dedicate ourselves, remembering that every Indian of all denominations and creeds is the symbol of the unity which Sri Aurobindo said is yet to come to us. Let us in our lives become that unity.”

Published by Uttarpara Sri Aurobindo Parishad and comprising 320 pages, Sri Aurobindo’s Uttarpara Speech: A Centennial Commemorative Volume (1909-2009) is available at a price of Rs. 200 (Two Hundred only).

To place an order for the aforesaid book, please write to the following email address:


With warm regards,
Anurag Banerjee

Overman Foundation.


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