Friday, August 31, 2007

Sri Aurobindo's thought successfully overarches cultural as well as religious chasms

Sri Aurobindo's influence
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sri Aurobindo lived at a key moment in the history of thought when Marxist materialism, Nietzschean individualism and Freudian vitalism were popular and fashionable. Phenomenology and existentialism developed alongside him. On the whole, along with modern science and Theosophy, these new philosophical formulations fermented among the elite. In a way, the disparate positions arrived at in Western thought find their synthesis in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. By aligning them with the ancient Indian wisdom, he comes up with an integral vision that breathes universality as well as contemporaneity.
S. K. Maitra and Haridas Chaudhuri were among the first academicians or intellectuals, to discern the import of Sri Aurobindo's integral philosophy. Later, D. P. Chattopadhyaya wrote a seminal treatise juxtaposing Sri Aurobindo and Marx to examine their utopian prophecies. Thus, say the scholars, Kant's sublime, Hegel's absolute, Schopenhauer's will, Kierkegaard's passion, Marx's matter, Darwin's evolution, Nietzsche's overman, Bergson's élan vital, all find their due representation in Sri Aurobindo's grand exposition. His thought, in this view, successfully overarches cultural as well as religious chasms.

Initial steps to organize the revolutionaries were taken by Aurobindo Ghosh

Revolutionary movement for Indian independence
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Beginning: Apart from a few stray incidents, the armed rebellion against the British rulers were not organized before the beginning of the 20th century. The revolutionary philosophies and movement made its presence felt during the 1905 Partition of Bengal.
Arguably, the initial steps to organize the revolutionaries were taken by Aurobindo Ghosh, his brother Barin Ghosh, Bhupendranath Datta and Raja Subodh Mallik when they formed the Jugantar party in April 1906 [1].Jugantar was created as an inner circle of the Anushilan Samiti which was already present in Bengal mainly as a fitness club...
Main article: Jugantar
Barin Ghosh was the main extremist leader. Along with 21 revolutionaries including Bagha Jatin, he started to collect arms and explosives and manufactured bombs. The head quarters of Jugantar was located at 93/a Baubazar Street, Kolkata.

Sri Aurobindo was clearly out to establish a new evolutionary religion

Three Hindu cults which have received widespread acceptance in the West are presented. The first is Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation. You will notice that I do not grace him with the title Maharishi which means “great saint.” The second is that of Mr. Aurobindo, whose most significant spin-off in this country has been the Esalen Institute, and in the Catholic Church, the expositions of Bede Griffiths. The third is the movement initiated by Rajneesh Bhagavan who liked to describe himself as “the blessed one who recognized himself as God.” ...
Aurobindo was clearly out to establish a new evolutionary religion. In his own words Aurobindo told us that “All religions have saved a nurnber of souls, but none yet has been able to spiritualize mankind. For that there is needed not cult and creed, but a sustained and all comprehensive effort at self-evolution.” ...
One last spin-off of interest is Father Bede Griffiths, the Benedictine Monk who lived near Auroville in South India. He lived like a Hindu sadhu, supposedly achieving a blend of Eastern and Catholic mysticism. His guru and source of inspiration was also Aurobindo. In his book, A New Vision of Reality, he informs us that the world “is on the verge of a new age and a new culture.” The advertisement tells us he is a “spokes- man of the New Age, speaking for it from his Christian-Hindu Ashram … He concludes his radical vision of a new society and a universal religion in which the essential values of Christianity will be preserved in living relationship with the other religious traditions of the world. Here once again, we have the export of evolutionary and Marxist thought to India, its adoption by a supposed Swami, and its reintroduction to the West, both by Murphy and the Esalen Institute, and also by Father Griffiths within the Catholic Church...Posted in uncategorized

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Future God

talk August 30 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6 pm: Aurobindo Basu of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry will speak on The Future God.
Front Page > Calcutta > Time out, The Telegraph Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The political issue is of a different character than the sublime truths of the faith

Re: Untold Potentialities: India and the Third World. by Richard Hartz
by RY Deshpande on Sun 26 Aug 2007 01:51 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
There is no doubt that a certain spiritual force had descended in the advent of the Prophet, ushering in perhaps one of the dawns that are spoken of in Savitri. But its overmental splendour was too short-lived and before “the vision and prophetic gleam” could grow into day, it slipped into something else.
Mohammad, as we know,” says Sri Aurobindo, “only developed the existing social, religious and administrative customs of the Arab people into a new system dictated to him often in a state of trance, in which he passed from his conscient into his superconscient self, by the Divinity to his secret intuitive mind.” ...
The issues in these two situations, as seen from the earlier quotes and what we have in the Independence Day message, are altogether different; it will be a mistake if we are to mix them up. When Sri Aurobindo says that “the partition must go”, we have to understand that the political issue is of a different character than the sublime truths of the faith. And what wonderful things we have in Sufism! Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had practised the Islamic sadhana, as also he did of other types, and had realised its truth. Spiritual and socio-political matters should not be confused in our understanding of the fundamentals. RYD
N.B.: Apropos of my book Islam’s Contribution to Science which is ready for publication, let me disclose here that I am looking for some publisher to take it up. The work is running into some 150 pages, with 12 chapters, and is available in the electronic form. Can someone here help me towards it? I shall be very happy if this can happen. And Thanks. RYD

Divine Transformation: B. Muralidharan

Engagements - Chennai Today Religion The Hindu Sunday, Aug 26, 2007
Divine Transformation: B. Muralidharan,
Sri Aurobindo Society Centre, 514, J Block. 8th St, Anna Nagar, 6 p.m.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Terrorism is part of the same circuit as free market capitalism

Re: Untold Potentialities: India and the Third World. by Richard Hartz (3)
by Rich on Thu 23 Aug 2007 08:40 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
RYD This is a volatile subject but calm introspection in the universality of the spirit is what is needed. Let's have it.
RC What I am not getting from this conversation at all is that what is being presented has been done with calm or introspection. The post from the sikh4life site is pure hysteria!
In this most recent letter the strength of the polemic and the sheer hatred of Islam and the couched desire for revenge under the myth of "victimhood" is palatable. The biased and fantastic figures which are presented with no other context then "to argue the pure evil of Islam" are first exaggerated and then cloaked by citing a historian whose writings can not be classified as academic history but rather as entertainment for the masses!
So I'd suggest if statistics and their interpretations are to be posted, please cite an authentic historical source which has been peer reviewed by a major academic journal, and for the sake of balance, at least present how the counter argument reads.
But since the view of Islamic rule in India by the current elders of the Ashram is best voice by the historian Kittu Reddy who compares Muslims to just so many hoards of locusts, I really dont see any jumping off point for an objective consideration of this issue in this forum.
My final comment on the issue is that I find nothing in Sri Aurobindo's text which espouses the attachment to such a passionate hatred of Muslims that is being presented here. And before anyone goes off in trumpeting the Gita as the battle cry against Islam, better they reconcile the fact that the battle of Kurushetra was a war fought only between Hindus!
So do not think that one can detach oneself easily from resentment and hatred because once the Islamic enemy is purged from the Motherland the flames of hatred will continue to be fanned as it turns within! rc
Re: Neoliberal Civilization... by Rich on Thu 23 Aug 2007 11:51 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
the reason I am up tight about the T word is that the manner it has been appropriated by Judeo-Christian neo-conservatives and neo-liberals to label vast populations whose main offense is to resist the occupation of their territories by these self-same hegemonic forces. Although the violence is to be condemned, the fact that terrorism is part of the same circuit as free market capitalism and both reinforce each other in a positive feedback loop of aggression.
But as for individual instances of terrorism or psycho-pathology, which all acts of genuine terror are, I agree the technological possibilities to create mass destruction increase exponentially, it is very troubling. I am not sure about studies on this, but I am sure that the government think tanks such as the Rand Corporation has given it some thought. rich

It is now or never

cc tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 23-Aug-2007 22:26 subject
Centenary of Sri Aurobindo's Address to the students of the Bengal National College
Respected Brother, Bandemataram. Your report on the centenary of Sri Aurobindo's Address to the students of the erstwhile Bengal National College was really great and thought provoking. Yes, 'time has now come again' - and it is now or never. To try awake the sleeping Savitri Erans is a great job. Keep it up. We shall talk. Can I get your telephone number? With regards....Saroj

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Contemporaneity of Sri Aurobindo

RELIGIOUS Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Discourse on Contemporaneity of Sri Aurobindo, as part of Nikam memorial lecture, by Sachidananda Mohanty, The Indian Institute of World Culture, 6, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, 6.15 pm. deccanherald.com/Aug 23 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Centenary of Sri Aurobindo's Address to the students of the Bengal National College

from Anirban Ganguly anirbangan@gmail.com 18:39 (1 hour ago)
to Tusar N. Mohapatra tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 22-Aug-2007 18:39
subject Centenary!
Tusarji, Tomorrow is the centenary of Sri Aurobindo's Address to the students of the Bengal National College - Work That She May Prosper, Suffer That She May Rejoice - 23 Aug 1907.
A public commemoration of the event has been organised, I also remember it silently within & I know you do too. Anirban

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What the great revolutionary had written about the real soft powers

Soft Powers sunayana.com Sunayana Panda’s blog
The crowds at the Nehru Centre on the evening of the 17th August were not for the exhibition on Sri Aurobindo which was being held on the ground floor. No, they were, in fact, for the talk that was going to be given by Shashi Tharoor. For once there were young people waiting in the foyer instead of the usual venerable and scholarly types that one gets to see there. Obviously, this was an unusual event...
When he spoke of the religious diversity of our country he implied that there was something beyond religion that kept this vast ocean of humanity together. Although he did not say it, one can understand that this entity that one can’t define is certainly what, in essence, is at the heart of every religion and those spiritual values are what all Indians have in common.
And finally, I hope that when he went downstairs, for the private dinner which was being hosted for him and the special invitees, he saw the exhibition on Sri Aurobindo and read what the great revolutionary had written about the real soft powers, the spiritual powers, that had guided his life.

An unfortunate statement...The editors seem to be too confident...This is too presumptuous...dubious and self-contradictory

Re: 18: The Wonderful Boon
by RY Deshpande on Mon 20 Aug 2007 09:20 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
But from the editors who examined the Savitri-manuscripts in detail we have rather an unfortunate statement about the third line of this passage. While proposing the replacement of “twixt” by “in”, this is what they say: “The last emendation of a handwritten line was necessitated by what the editors consider to be a slip made by the author while revising. All handwritten versions, except the last, of line 491 [p. 347] of Book Three, Canto 4, run as follows:
And in the pauses of the building brain.
When he copied this line in the ‘final version’, Sri Aurobindo wrote ‘twixt’ instead of ‘in’. This word, although somewhat archaic, is perfectly legitimate, and in fact of fairly frequent occurrence in Savitri. But here it does not make sense. The ‘pauses’ of the brain are what come between, or twixt, its ordinary activities. Sri Aurobindo’s intention surely was that it is in these pauses that, as the sequel says, ‘thoughts’ from hidden shores come in and touch the seeker. Perhaps he meant to alter ‘pauses’ when he substituted ‘twixt’ for ‘in’. At any rate,” the note further says, “the unrevised version of the line, as given above, seems to represent Sri Aurobindo’s intentions better than the revised one, and it has therefore been restored to the text.” The editors seem to be too confident to say that “twixt” for “in” was a slip on the part of Sri Aurobindo himself. We do not know. This is too presumptuous, that “Sri Aurobindo’s intention surely was that it is in these pauses”.
But this “twixt” must have been read out to Sri Aurobindo at least on three or four occasions later. The typescript, the proofs of the canto when it was published in the Advent in 1947, the fascicle that had come out again in 1947, and finally when the proofs of the 1950-edition of Part I of Savitri were read out to Sri Aurobindo. We cannot say that the same slip kept on happening at every stage in the sequence...
It is stated that even at the advanced stage of proofreading Sri Aurobindo “made extensive alterations and added new lines and passages.” This can be discerned from the differences “between the typescripts and the printed texts” as we have presently in the archival possession. But then we are also told that the “only major gap… is the proofs of the early printed versions of a substantial portion of the poem” and that “Sri Aurobindo’s proof-revision was light.” As “revision was neither extensive nor complex”, it may be said, “the consequences of not being able to see the proofs themselves are quite minimal”. Therefore, the editorial discernment is: Absence of the final proofs need not be considered of much consequence. But then all this becomes dubious and self-contradictory, when the claim is “we want an authentic edition of Savitri”.
Based on careful studies and researches, an attempt was made in the 1980s to bring out a Critical Edition of Savitri; but it proved abortive. By any reckoning, this was enormous work, of going through the ‘manuscripts’, or what are called the copy-texts, and noting down with respect to them the departures present in the 1972 edition. Instead of the Critical Edition of Savitri what we have now, established on these textual examinations and collations, a Revised Edition brought out in 1993. This revised edition is also accompanied by a supplement that lists several editorial details. These provide the method of approach adopted, while accepting the readings as given in the newly edited work.
There are, however, certain issues which need another look in order to take care of the objections that could be raised in some particular contexts. The main drawback is, the non-availability of the researched data which are absolutely essential for an alert reader to arrive at his own conclusions when interpretational differences arise.

The discourse regime of the (pseudo)enlightenment industry?

Re: Untold Potentialities: India and the Third World. by Richard Hartz (4)
by Rich on Mon 20 Aug 2007 09:26 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Science, Culture and Integral Yoga
DB wrote: The scrupulous avoidance of stereotypical usage of words through at least two means: (1) to keep one's language expression within the limits of one's experience; and (2) to handle language creatively - is mandatory to prevent the easy slippage into the "integral religion" of "conscious evolution." In this regard, Sri Aurobindo himself gives us the best example. Further, he coins a completely different dictionary for his own use in the Record of Yoga. DB.... Permanent Link
regards the Record, I have heard various tales from senior sadhaks in the Ashram, that it was not the intention of Sri Aurobindo to publish his personal diary or what we call the Record of Yoga.
  • First is that an assertion which can be verified?
  • and next if true, is the fact that it was not published by either Sri Aurobindo or the Mother because they wished to resists its slippage into the discourse regime of the (pseudo)enlightenment industry?
  • or even mis-interpreted by the aspiring sadhak or sadhika?
  • or did he just wish for these to simply function as his own personal notes and reflections?

Monday, August 20, 2007

His great task was to anchor into the collective consciousness of humanity the ‘supramental force'

We became attracted to the works of Sri Aurobindo, a freedom fighter, mystic, and highly accomplished yogi who had lived much of his life in deep contemplation in Pondicherry, India. Joined in this work later by a Frenchwoman, Mirra Alfassa, who eventually came to be known as the Mother, his great task was to anchor into the collective consciousness of humanity what he referred to as the ‘supramental force', a force that he claimed would most surely awaken humanity into her true evolutionary destiny as a supramental species, as far beyond the current human species as humanity is beyond the apes.

Grace and I spent much time in Auroville, the city of human unity founded by the Mother after the death of Sri Aurobindo. We connected deeply with the spirit of these two visionaries, and had some powerful glimpses of the supramental realms, which they had promised would soon be manifested in the mass consciousness of the Earth. We spent a lot of time meditating in the Matrimandir, a golden sphere in the center of Auroville, which represented a vehicle for the descent of this supramental force... Posted by Enlightenment 2012 at 6:33 AM

Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Auroville Township Planning and Development Research Organisation

L’Av d’Av constituted - Carel
The meeting then proceeded to vote on the acceptability of the proposed individuals. But the outcome was challenged by both the Auroville Council and the Working Committee, which, after studying the process of the Residents' Assembly meeting, concluded that the evaluation of support to individual members “was not organized perfectly and hence it is not possible to defend the decisions supposedly taken as decisions of the Resident Assembly.” The Council and Working Committee then recommended a different proposal.
Angry outbursts followed, particularly from those who considered that they had been elected. Finally two members each of the Council, the Working Committee and of the proposed planning team sat together for a long afternoon. Focusing on ‘what shall we do next?' they hammered out a proposal. The following day, in a full meeting of all three groups, this proposal was accepted with minor modifications and published in the News and Notes, the weekly newsletter.
A novelty in the way l'Avenir d'Auroville will function is that the meetings of its coordinators will be open to the public. This is a historic first (for Auroville!) To prevent misunderstandings and coordinate activities, monthly meetings between the Council, the Working Committee and the coordinators have been scheduled. And the groups agreed that the Working Committee and Auroville Council will evolve a fair workable system to resolve appeals against decisions of working groups, including those of L'Avenir d'Auroville.
Joint efforts have, indeed, paid off. And one other major point was gained from the process: all agree that the functioning and method of decision making of the Residents' Assembly has to be finalised. The Working Committee has promised to submit a proposal to the Residents' Assembly soon. Home > Journals & Media > Journals > Auroville Today > June-July 2007 Current issue Archive copies The Auroville Experience

Friday, August 17, 2007

135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo

AUROBINDO JAYANTI
August 15 at Mahajati Sadan; 9.30 am: Sri Aurobindo Pathamandir observes the 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Govinda Gopal Mukhopadhyay will preside. August 15 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani: Homage at the shrine of Sri Aurobindo by Hon’ble Justice Chittotosh Mukhopadhyay, Hon’ble Justice Shyamal Sen and state minister Kshiti Goswami. Jayanti function at 6 pm. Speaker: Anshu Banerjee. Reading and recitation by Arup Basu and Debasish Mitra. Song by Rahul Mitra.
telegraph india.com Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Puducherry celebrates its 45th Independence Day on August 16

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Puducherry, Aug 15: The Union Territory of Puducherry will celebrate its 45th Independence Day here tomorrow.It was on August 16, 1962, that the ''De-Jure'' (Legal merger of the Union Territory with the Indian union) was effected after the French parliament ratified the treaty of cession.
The Union Territory will observe a public holiday tomorrow.Freedom fighters, who fought for the liberation of Puducherry from the French colonialism will be honoured on the occasion. UNI Tags: puducherry, 45th independence day, freedom fighters.

दिघरिया पहाड़ स्थित श्री अरविंद घोष स्मारक निर्माण हेतु औपचारिक भूमि पूजन

जागरण-->समाचार-->राज्यवार खबरें-->झारखण्ड -->देवघर
अरविंद घोष की जयंती धूमधाम से मनी देवघर। अखिल भारतीय विद्यार्थी परिषद की ओर से आयोजित संत अरविंद घोष की जयंती धूमधाम से मनायी गयी। मंगलवार को कोयरीडीह उच्च विद्यालय में आयोजित कार्यक्रम में विभिन्न लोगों ने भाग लिया। इसके पूर्व दिघरिया पहाड़ स्थित श्री अरविंद घोष स्मारक निर्माण हेतु औपचारिक भूमि पूजन किया। बाद में गोष्ठी में श्री अरविंद के व्यक्तित्व एवं कृत्तत्व की चर्चा की गयी। गोष्ठी का उद्घाटन जिला प्रमुख व प्रधानाध्यापक श्री बलभद्र ने संयुक्त रूप से किया। इस अवसर पर वक्ताओं ने आजादी की लड़ाई में अरविंद की भूमिका की चर्चा करते हुए आधुनिक भारत के निर्माण में उनकी योगदान पर चर्चा किया। इस अवसर पर जिला प्रमुख प्रो. पवन कुमार झा ने कहा कि अरविंद घोष केन्द्रीय विश्वविद्यालय में पढ़ाई करने के बाद फ्रांस जाकर उन्होंने बम बनाने का प्रशिक्षण प्राप्त किया। वे देश के आजादी के लिए दत्तचित होकर कार्य करते थे। मौके पर हिमांशु शेखर दूबे, भुवनेश्वर राय, अनंत दूबे, नारायण दास, सुरज राय, विनय कुमार, जलज कुमार, लाल मोहन मांझी, अरविंद कुमार यादव, अलका सिंह, नवीन दास ने भी संबोधित किया। मंच का संचालन विभाग प्रमुख राजीव रंजन सिंह ने किया है। [Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:30:32 AM (IST) ]

The room used by Sri Aurobindo was thrown open to the public

Other States - Puducherry Birth anniversary
PUDUCHERRY: The 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo was observed here on Wednesday at the ashram.
A large number of devotees from within the country and from abroad thronged the ashram premises from early morning to offer prayers. A mass meditation was organised and the room used by Aurobindo was thrown open to the public on the occasion.
— Staff Reporter The Hindu Thursday, Aug 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

We should dare to study his profound Integral Philosophy in a view of what is yet unknown to us

Re (3): Untold Potentialities: India and the World in the Third Millennium by Richard Hartz
by Vladimir on Tue 14 Aug 2007 09:38 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Mr. Yeshwant Sane,
Sri Aurobindo’s views may seem very familiar to the already known to us, you can even try to identify his Philosophy as another seventh darshana, but his consciousness is quite different. The Mother says: Sri Aurobindo belongs to the Future. Maybe we should dare to study his profound Integral Philosophy not in a view of what is already known but in a view what is yet unknown to us. His light may recover the lost spiritual treasures of the Vedic Knowledge and show us the Path to the future realisations.
In the Service of Truth, Vladimir Science, Culture and Integral Yoga

Presentation on Hierarchy of Minds by Ajit Sabnis

Deccan Herald » City Today Wednesday, August 15, 2007 RELIGIOUS
Sri Aurobindo Complex Trust: 135th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, presentation on Hierarchy of Minds, by Ajit Sabnis, Cultural cum exhibition Hall, Sri Aurobindo Complex, J P Nagar I Phase, 10.15 am.

Near his statue on the Maidan

The Telegraph Front Page > Calcutta > Good Morning Hello It's Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Freedom fervour Homage
Birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo to be observed near his statue on the Maidan, 11.45 am.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

His endeavour was to spread the message of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo into every household in Orissa

saroj patnaik sarojpatna@gmail.com Wed, Aug 8, 2007 at 9:11 PM
We are observing birth centenary of Babaji Maharaj on the 14th of this month. During his lifetime, you know, his endeavour was to spread the message of Mother and Sri Aurobindo into every household in Orissa. The movement is still on.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Buddha and his whole lineage, have declared that the world is incorrigible

The following quotation is a remarkable description of the paradoxes at the heart of Reality and especially that the practitioner of the integral yoga is bound to encounter. In particular, Mother talks about how the Buddha’s teaching fits into the integral yoga here:
...This is where the sharp split in the spiritual thought or spiritual will of mankind lies. The point doesn’t seem to have been well understood.
Some, like Buddha and his whole lineage, have declared that the world is incorrigible and the only thing to do is to get out of it because it can never change -– it changes, but really remains the same. The result is an attitude of perfect acceptance. And the goal is to get out, that is, to escape the world as it is.
Then there are the others, who sense that mankind is striving toward a progressively realized perfection. I see more and more that the two movements complement each other, and not only complement each other, but are almost indispensable to each other...
And finally, a prayer from the Mother with which Luc Venet appropriately concludes the Notebook on Evolution:
My old mantra keeps the outer being very quiet: OM, Namo, Bhagavateh. Three words which to me mean:
OM: I implore the Supreme Lord.Namo: I obey Him. Bhagavateh: Make me divine.
Nothing is impossible.
Amen, Mother. May we be receptive to you always. Posted by ned on August 6, 2007. Filed under Aphorisms, Contemplations, Inspiration, Integral Philosophy, Sadhana.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Difficulties facing the biographer

The Mother - Mirra Alfassa
Mirra Alfassa, later Morisset and Richard (February 21, 1878 - November 17, 1973) but better known as The Mother, was the spiritual partner of Sri Aurobindo and a prominent Hindu Yogin. She was born in Paris to Turkish and Egyptian parents and came to his retreat on March 29, 1914 in Pondicherry to collaborate on editing the Arya...
Difficulties facing the biographer
There are a number of different narratives interwoven in Alfassa's life, most dramatically the transformation of a girl from a non-religious family in France into a woman worshipped by thousands in India as an incarnation of the Divine Mother. [1]; the first Westerner to become an Indian guru [2]
The Mother herself did not care for biographies of her life, and never wrote a comprehensive or systematic account of her life. However a lot of biographical information is found scattered through her works, in her correspondence and talks with disciples, and in several Ashram publications [3]. These have been gathered in compilations by devotees, and the compilations and the original material also serve as reference for several on-line biographies.
A second problem is that many of the experiences related by the Mother and Sri Aurobindo to their disciples do not sit well with the secular Western mind, and hence cannot be easily presented without seeming incredible or fantastic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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www.miraura.org
alles over Savitri
www.savitribysriaurobindo.com
'externe links' betreffende Auroville, Sri Aurobindo en de Moeder:
weblog over Sri Aurobindo en de Moeder
savitrieralearningforum.blogspot.com
de spirituele betekenis van bloemen, gegeven door de Moeder
www.aurobindo.ru/workings/ma/flowers/alpespir.htm
wetenschap en cultuur in het licht van Sri Aurobindo's integrale yoga
www.sciy.org
weblog met foto's van Auroville door een professionele fotograaf
blog.eyesopen.co.uk/index.php/2007/03/14/auroville

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Your serious dedication is such a worthy endeavour

prakriti said... Hello.I was so pleased to see this article by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, with links to her Blog site. Her numerous written works continuing the Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are too often overlooked. Her book,The New Way, Vols 1-3, provides both incredible scope and detail regarding the Supramental Descent occuring in our lifetimes.Thank you. 2:13 AM
Jeanette said...Your publishing of the article-Uniqueness of the New Way by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet was brought to my attention recently and I explored your website and blogs enthusiastically. Given your dedication to the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's work can only further your readers'understanding and appreciation for the evolutionary work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Your serious dedication to broadening reader's exposure to the full Supramental Manifestation is such a worthy endeavour. 8:40 PM