Friday, August 14, 2015

Life of the young revolutionaries at Maniktolla Gardens

— Nolini Kanta Gupta
ISBN: 978-93-5210-015-6
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 145
Price: Rs 90

In these reminiscences Nolini Kanta Gupta narrates events from his student years, the time he spent as a revolutionary and as a prisoner in Alipore Jail, the early years in Pondicherry with Sri Aurobindo, life during the two World Wars, and his years as both a young footballer and an elderly athlete. The book also includes some early memories of the Mother. As most of the recollections were originally talks given by Nolini in Bengali to his classes, they reflect the intimacy and charm of his relation with the students. These memoirs first appeared in English in 1969 along with the reminiscences of two other early disciples, K. Amrita and Suresh Chakravarti. In this edition only Nolini’s memoirs have been included.

A Pilgrimage to Sri Aurobindo
— Amrita
ISBN: 978-93-5210-036-1
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 69
Price: Rs 60

These reminiscences tell the story of how Amrita, at the age of fifteen, conceived a great desire to meet Sri Aurobindo and pursued this dream for more than three years until he finally met his Master in 1913. Amrita writes of his early life in his village, his days as a student in Pondicherry, his contact with the poet Subramania Bharati, his efforts to meet Sri Aurobindo, his studies in Madras, and his gradual initiation to Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. This brief narrative, written in 1962 in Tamil, was translated into English in 1969 and published under the title Old Long Since as part of the larger book Reminiscences. In this book, the English translation of Amrita’s memoir is being published for the first time as an independent book.

Sri Aurobindo and the Logic of the Infinite
Essays for the New Millennium
— Rod Hemsell
Publisher: University of Human Unity, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 319
Price: Rs 325

This collection of essays, many of which were originally presented as lectures, readings, and workshops, attempts to examine the writings of Sri Aurobindo in the context of philosophy and to present the ideas of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in relation to topical subjects and concerns. It is the author’s conviction that only through the radical transformations – individual and collective – proposed by them that pressing global concerns such as war, poverty, exhaustion of natural resources, and the destruction of the biosphere will be effectively addressed. Ranging across diverse subjects, there are also essays on Auroville, spirituality in healing, Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri, and the work of supramental transformation done by the Mother.

The Inner World of Sri Aurobindo Ashram
A firsthand account of an unprecedented spiritual adventure in the modern era
— Kush Sen
Publisher: Kush Sen, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 161
Price: Rs 65

A collection of essays written mostly over a span of twenty years, this book looks at certain aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and Integral Yoga and provides a personal perspective on spiritual practice in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Topics include the meaning of the terms spirituality, yoga, and surrender in Sri Aurobindo’s lexicon, the role of the Divine Mother in the supramental transformation, and the special character and purpose of the Ashram. The essays in the final section attempt to examine and explain the hidden, complex inner dynamics of sadhana as practised individually and collectively in the Ashram.

In Awareness
— Sundaram
Publisher: Sri Aravind Krupa Trust, Ahmedabad
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 445
Price: Rs 400

These musings, poems, and essays by Sundaram, a well-known Gujarati poet and a member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1945 until his passing in 1991, represent in English some of the different facets of his writings. The first, long section comprises pithy expressions of some inner musings and insights, presented in a journal format covering ten years. The second part, “Vijaya Poems”, is a collection of English poems written for Ashram students and teachers. Parts Three and Four are English translations of some of Sundaram’s Gujarati poems. The final section contains eight essays, including a long piece, “Sri Aurobindo: The Poet”.

The Path of Later On
— A Story by The Mother; Illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane
ISBN: 978-93-82474-01-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research, Auroville 
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 37
Price: Rs 690

Written by the Mother as a school essay in 1893, this simple story of a young student points to the moral lesson of heeding one’s inner voice and choosing the right path, and never postponing that choice for a later time. The story has been illustrated as a picture book for children.

The Way of Gratitude
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-370-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 41
Price: Rs 30

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