November 17

The Mother's Mahasamadhi
17 November 1973

(Day of silence)

From The Mother: The Story of Her Life, Georges Van Vrekhem :

“On 17 November 1973, the Mother laid down her residual human body while she continued to exist forever in a body consisting of a supramental substance. The supramental substance as worked out by the Mother is a material substance – otherwise the earthly revolution would have no meaning – though it is composed of a substance more refined than the Matter known to us. Generally speaking, the Gross Matter of our Mother the Earth is still in the process of transformation. This process is now in an advanced stage thanks to the avataric Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. When gross Matter will have become sufficiently subtle and receptive, i.e. transformed, the mature souls, ready and waiting in their soul-world, will descend and incarnate in it. The formation of their bodies will be moulded by the existence of the Mother’s supramental body, the prototype of the new species.”

Three days after her passing the Mother’s body was placed in the Samadhi along side Sri Aurobindo.

Read below the narration on The Mother's Samadhi by Satprem and Udar.

Narration on The Mother's Samadhi Day

Mother's Samadhi in Delhi Ashram
17 November 2023

The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day was observed as a day of silence and a conscious effort was made to keep conversation to the level of necessity. An effort was also made to foster inner silence. In the evening, lamps of aspiration were kindled near the Shrine, followed by silent meditation in the Meditation Hall. All attendees received Prasad and a card with the following message on exiting the Meditation Hall.

Do not allow any outward circumstance to shake the faith in you, for nothing gives greater strength than this faith to go through and arrive at the goal. Knowledge and tapasya, whatever their force, have a less sustaining power – faith is the strongest staff for the journey. The protection is there over you and the watchful love of the Mother. Rely upon it and let your being open more and more to it – then it will repel attacks and always uphold you.

—CWSA 32:308 Sri Aurobindo
(Message fiven by Sri Aurobindo on 8 October 1936)