15 Aug 1872 — 15 Aug 2022

Also, 75th year of India's Independence

Sri Aurobindo

A Freedom-fighter, Poet, Philosopher, Mahayogi

What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not even a revelation; it is a decisive action direct from the Supreme.

Sri Aurobindo has come on earth not to bring a teaching or a creed in competition with previous creeds or teachings, but to show the way to overpass the past and to open concretely the route towards an imminent and inevitable future.

At Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo developed a spiritual practice he called Integral Yoga. The central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a divine life in divine body. He believed in a spiritual realisation that not only liberated but transformed human nature, enabling a divine life on earth.

— The Mother

Sri Aurobindo's five dreams

in his message on 15th August 1947

August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a new age. But we can also make it by our life and acts as a free nation an important date in a new age opening for the whole world, for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity.

August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a

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The Mother on Sri Aurobindo

on the eve of His Birthday

This evening ... I would like us to meditate on the remembrance of Sri Aurobindo, on the way to keep it alive in us and on the gratitude we owe him for all that he has done and is still doing in his ever luminous, living and active consciousness for this great realisation which he came not only to announce to the Earth but also to realise, and which he continues to realise.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of his birth, an eternal birth in the history of the universe.

—The Mother

Talk by Shri Alok Pandey

Sonnet by Sri Aurobindo

"In the small flaming chariot Shiva rides"

Commentary by M.P Pandit

In the smallest of the small, behold the greatest of the great.

He is everywhere, in the huge and in the tiny. He is the vast and He is the infintesimal.

The electron is the smallest unit on which all forms, all worlds are built. It is a spark of the creative Fire of God. It is a miniature dwelling of God. It is indeed, a luminous vehicle in which Shiva, the snow-white Lord of Peace, drives across the infinitudes of the Spirit.

In the least particle of Matter there dwells a Ray of the Divine Consciousness. It is God on the move.


Lord Krishna consciousness

Excerpts from Uttarpara speech, 30 May 1909

I looked at the jail that secluded me from men and it was no longer by its high walls that I was imprisoned; no, it was Vasudeva who surrounded me. I walked under the branches of the tree in front of my cell but it was not the tree, I knew it was Vasudeva, it was Sri Krishna whom I saw standing there and holding over me his shade.

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Integral Yoga

Words of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother

What is Integral Yoga ?

It is the way of complete God-realisation, a complete self-realisation, a complete fulfilment of our being and consciousness , a complete transformation of our nature- and this implies a complete perfection of life here and not only a return to an eternal perfection elsewhere.

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Sri Aurobindo's Three Madnesses

In a letter dated 30 August 1905 Sri Aurobindo wrote to his wife, Mrinalini :

”I have three madnesses. The first is this. I firmly believe that the accomplishments, talents, education and means that God has given me, are all His.…

The second madness which has recently seized hold of me is: I must somehow see God.… If He exists, there must be ways to perceive His presence, to meet Him. However arduous the way, I am determined to follow that path.

My third madness is that other people look upon the country as an inert piece of matter, stretch of fields and meadows, forests and rivers. To me She is the Mother.…“

Nirodbaran, Sri Aurobindo for All Ages, 1994 ed, p. 53

Sri Aurobindo in Nainital

Excerpts from "The last Karmabhoomi of the Karmayogi", by Ravindra Joshi

Sri Aurobindo is known to have spent about a month here in 1901, from the 29th May to the beginning of July. As disclosed by late Babu Tula Ram Sah of Nainital to Shri Chandra Lal Sah Thulgharia, Sri Aurobindo stayed in the building known as Brook Hill, which faces Van Niwas on the opposite hill.

Sri Aurobindo on Savitri

The tale of Satyavan and Savitri is recited in the Mahabharata as a story of conjugal love conquering death. But this legend is, as shown by many features of the human tale, one of the many symbolic myths of the Vedic cycle. Satyavan is the soul carrying the divine truth of being within itself but descended into the grip of death and ignorance; Savitri is the Divine Word, daughter of the Sun, goddess of the supreme Truth who comes down and is born to save; Aswapati, the Lord of the Horse, her human father, is the Lord of Tapasya, the concentrated energy of spiritual endeavour that helps us to rise from the mortal to the immortal planes; Dyumatsena, Lord of the Shining Hosts, father of Satyavan, is the Divine Mind here fallen blind, losing its celestial kingdom of vision, and through that loss its kingdom of glory. Still this is not a mere allegory, the characters are not personified qualities, but incarnations or emanations of living and conscious Forces with whom we can enter into concrete touch and they take human bodies in order to help man and show him the way from his mortal state to a divine consciousness and immortal life.

— Sri Aurobindo

The Mother's Talk on Savitri

It does not matter if you do not understand it — Savitri, read it always. You will see that every time you read it, there will be something new experience; things which were not here, things you did not understand arise and suddenly become clear. Always an unexpected vision comes up through the words and lines.

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Some of the Major Literary works by Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo's "THE LIFE DIVINE"

Commentaries on the last 2 chapters
by The Mother

The commentaries were given in 1957 and 1958 at the Playground of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The commentaries deal with the two chapters, "Man and Evolution" and "The Evolution of the Spiritual Man", and the beginning of the third chapter,"The Triple Transformation". As a serious illness intervened, the Mother could not comment on all the last six chapters.

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Bhavani Bharti

Bhavani Bharti is the only Sanskrit Poem written by Sri Aurobindo, comprising of 99 verses, depicting the victory of Mother Shakti over Evil.

Watch the Dance-Drama presented by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, based on the Poem, Bhavani Bharti.

Words of Sri Aurobindo

on Lord Ram

“[Rāma’s] business was to destroy Ravana and to establish the Ramarajya – in other words, to fix for the future the possibility of an order proper to the sattwic civilised human being who governs his life by the reason, the finer emotions, morality, or at least moral ideals, such as truth, obedience, co-operation and harmony, the sense of domestic and public order, ... – to establish this in a world still occupied by anarchic forces, the Animal mind and the powers of the vital Ego making its own satisfaction the rule of life, in other words, the Vanara and Rakshasa... “It was not his business to be necessarily a perfect, but a largely representative sattwic man, a faithful husband and a lover, a loving and obedient son, a tender and perfect brother, father, friend – he is friend of all kinds of people, friend of the outcaste Guhaka, friend of the Animal leaders, Sugriva, Hanuman, friend of the vulture Jatayu, friend even of the Rakshasa Vibhishan. “All that he was in a brilliant, striking but above all spontaneous and inevitable way, not with a forcing of this note or that…., but with a certain harmonious completeness. But most of all, it was his business to typify and establish the things on which the social idea and its stability depend, truth and honour, the sense of Dharma, public spirit and the sense of order."

🌷 Lord Sri Aurobindo. (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, 28: 491-492)

"Invitation", a Poem

composed by Shri Aurobindo

in Alipore Jail, 1908-1909

With wind and the weather beating round me
Upto the hill and the moorland I go
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?
Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.
I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.
I am the lord of tempest and mountain.
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.