The Mother's Lasso

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Chunibhai Patel (19.6.1903—19.8.1992) was a Gujarati sadhak who was renamed ‘Dyuman’ (“the luminous one”) by Sri Aurobindo on 24 November 1928. He visited Pondicherry for the first time on 11 July 1924 and surrendered himself to Sri Aurobindo. He became an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in May 1927. He was in charge of the Dining Room and looked after the Granary. A dedicated worker to the core, the Mother made him one of the Founder-Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust on 1 May 1955. He became the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust in 1991.

On 2 February 1988 Dyuman had given a talk on the Service Tree to some of the youngsters of Sri Aurobindo Ashram outside his room in the Ashram main building. The slightly abridged version of the said talk—which was originally published in the January 1989 issue of Mother India (the monthly…

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Originally posted on Sri Aurobindo Studies:

The integral Yoga is not specifically fixated on the spiritual salvation of an individual, but on the evolutionary urge that is systematically transforming all life on earth, a process within which the individual can participate and obtain the result. It is helpful to view the evolutionary process through the lens of Time. When we look at the creation of the material world, it appeared to have no consciousness other than that of pure Matter. The forces at play were material energies, and it took endless millenia for Matter to be prepared to hold and manifest the next level of consciousness, that of the Life-Force. Once it took hold, this Life-Force was able to radically change the face of the planet, modifying the qualities of Matter along the way. The next phase brought about the development of the mental consciousness and once again, a radical transformation of both Matter and now…

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Born to Chhotelal and Umiyaben Purani, Champaklal (2.2.1903—9.5.1992) arrived at Pondicherry on 1 April 1921. In 1923 he joined the community which had formed around Sri Aurobindo. He was the personal attendant of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and their most faithful servitor. His published works include Champaklal Speaks, Champaklal Treasures, Visions of Champaklal and Prayers and Aspirations. Nirodbaran, his gurubhai who also served Sri Aurobindo as a scribe and attendant, has recalled about him: “… his spirit of service has left an indelible impression on my soul and taught me what true service is.” (Twelve Years with Sri Aurobindo, p. 199 1995 edition) The Mother while introducing Champaklal to her son André Morisset in 1949 had said: “He came here when he was very young. I taught him many kinds of work. He has himself taken up Sri Aurobindo’s personal service. He…

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We all remember that, in June 2009, Prithwindra Mukherjee, the Paris-based Indian scholar, was nominated Chevalier (“Knight”) in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

In 2010, while launching Prithwindra’s biography Bagha Jatin (National Book Trust of India), Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee qualified it as an adequate history of India’s struggle for freedom.

In June 2013, Jean-Claude Boulogne, President of the French Writers’ Guild (Société des Gens de Lettres) launched Prithwindra’s Tantot diese, tantot bemol – a trilingual anthology with 108 poems by Rabindranath Tagore – on the occasion of the centenary of the Nobel awarded to Tagore.

In June 2014, Prithwindra Mukherjee received from the French Academy (Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres) the 2014 Hirayama Award for his long career as an author, especially for his French Thesis on the pre-Gandhian phase (1893-1918) of India’s freedom movement.

According to the Decree of 1st January…

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Nolini Kanta Gupta (13.1.1889—7.2.1984) was an active participant in the Swadeshi and national education movements from the tender age of sixteen. He was introduced to Barindra Kumar Ghose, noted revolutionary and Sri Aurobindo’s younger brother, towards the end of 1907 who influenced him to join the Maniktolla Secret Society at 32 Muraripukur Road in Calcutta. On 2 May 1908 Nolini Kanta was arrested in connection with the Muzaffarpur bomb outrage along with the other members of the Maniktolla Secret Society. The trial later came to be known as the ‘Alipore Bomb Trial’. After spending a year in Alipore Central Jail as an undertrial he was acquitted in May 1909 due to lack of evidence to prove his involvement in any conspiracy of waging war against the British Empire. He withdrew from active politics after his acquittal from prison and became the chief associate of Sri Aurobindo (whom he…

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Guest post by BOBBY KUNHU

On 17th December there was a dramatic sequence where, the youngest of a family of aged parents and five sisters who were inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry attempted suicide by jumping off a water tank. The police rescued the woman, booked her and her sisters for attempt to suicide and released them on bail. This was following a Supreme Court order evicting them from the ashram at the end of a decade long struggle against the ashram. Their demand was simple that the management of the Ashram be taken over by the State to contain the corruption within. On the morning of 18th December, the family of seven decided to walk into the sea. Three died, four were rescued. Amongst the four who were rescued, one was allegedly raped by two men in her state of unconsciousness.

The South Asian spiritual…

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Sri Aurobindo reminds us that while we can find strategies to “accept” the imperfections of the world through stoicism or philosophical acceptance or devotional fervor, there remains within us that spark of aspiration that drives us towards something higher, better, more perfect, more true. That is the sign and seal of a greater opportunity for us which is striving to be born out of our existing nature. He points out that “It is right and reasonable to endure with equanimity suffering and subjection to defect as the immediate will of God, a present law of imperfection laid on our members, but on condition that we recognise it also as the will of God in us to transcend evil and suffering, to transform imperfection into perfection, to rise into a higher law of Divine Nature.”

He continues “In our human consciousness there is an image of an ideal truth of being…

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