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When ASPIRATION was created, Sri Debabrata Ghosh became the First Member. He has been a person who tried to know Truth, but found that one has to go beyond Mind to find the Real Truth. And he was an… Continue
Debabrata Ghosh, who was indeed a great Soul, has left the earthly scene. When ASPIRATION was created, Sri Debabrata Ghosh became the First Member. He has been a person who tried to know Truth, but found that one has to go beyond Mind to find the Real Truth. And he was an indispensable member for ASPIRATION. His contributions to ASPIRATION are invaluable.
All of a sudden, Debabrata, who was known to me as Babul, left us all on last 16th June 2009 at 3-15 am due to heart failure. On 6th June 2009, he published in ASPIRATION an article on Promod Kumar Chattopadhyay , a famous painter and writer, who wrote in Bengali the famous book “Tantrabhilashir sadhusanga” and who was also in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1958 to 1975. It was a superb article. I commented as follows :
An enlightening blog!
I have read “Tantrabhilashir sadhusanga” years ago! However, that is a marvellous and highly interesting work.
Thank you, Babul, for this presentation!
Debabrata commented on 8th June : Thank you Sri Chaki, for your kind comment,. I count on you very much. By the way -do you know Bengali?
I replied on14th June as follows: Dear Babul [Debabrata],
As you wanted to know, I may say that I know Bengali. Please send me you postal addresss, so that I may send you two Bengali translations, Bharater Punarjnma and Bharatmata [from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother respectively] and published by Mira Aditi Centre. I wanted to send a third book, Sri Aurobindo athaba Chetahar Abhijan, translation of the famous bok, Sri Aurobindo or The Adventure of Consciousness by Satprem. This was also published by Mira Aditi Centre. But I dont have an extra copy now with me. All these translations are done by me. Please send me your postal address in an e-mail or in a message. Barin Chaki 14-06-2009
But I got no reply from Babul. Yeasterday, I was informed by his daughter that he has left all of us.
His date of birth was 06-07-1944. He retired from Life Insurance Corporation of India five years ago. His whole life after retirement was devoted to his computer (Blogs, Aspiration and Flickr) and he had read the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother early in his life and continued to read till his last day at home. The mos important of the websites, prior to and beside ASPIRATION was Babul’s World.
The spiritual people that he came into contact with were Anirvanji, Promode Kumar Chattopadhyay, Sri Haridas Ganguly and of course The Mother. He met The Mother in 1971.
As said by his daughter, his near and dear ones were his wife, son and daughter. The three of them were his whole world.
I pray The Mother and Sri Aurobindo that Devabrata, the immortal Soul, may be at The Mother’s Gracious and Blissful Shelter of Protection permanently, till he begins a New Journey on earth, with a new Blessed Life, when he will reach the Goal being a part of the New Humanity.
Comment by V.Kannapiran
Bonne Fête Kailas!
Kailas Jhaveri worked at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York in the department of Information from 1954-1956. She was a dreamer and believed that the aim of the United Nations is to work for human unity, to help nations be free of colonial rule and to become self-governing. Its objective, she also believed, is to help developing countries through their many international specialized agencies such as UNESCO, FAO, UNICEF, etc. Charmed by meeting people of different nationalities, she changed her course of study from psychology – she already had a degree in philosophy – to international organisation. In one of these classes Kailas met Dr. Adiseshiah, who had been invited to give a talk on UNESCO and international organisation. This marked the beginning of a life-long friendship. In 1964 she left New York, where she lived and worked for over ten years, to become an ashramite, while playing a pivotal role in expounding the ideal of Auroville to UNESCO, with the Mother’s blessings.
This is the introduction, noted down from Kailas’s words, to one of the papers that I wrote to introduce, in Auroville, Kailas’ work for the Mother. The speech she delivered in March stirred something very deep. The Mother was there. The extract below, from Kailas’ autobiography, is one among countless examples of her incredible dedication, faith, surrender to the Mother:
“I was put in charge of the UNESCO Section of Sri Aurobindo Society, but practically, I had no office, no table, no chair, no almirah, no typewriter, no secretary and no money. I learned to use any means available. For instance, I carried out my correspondence, using the Society’s typewriter after the office hours, sometimes working till after midnight and filing my papers at home in my Ashram almirahs. Sometimes, I gave my papers for typing to Doreen, Navajata’s excellent secretary. She was faultless and superb in her execution” wrote Kailas. “It seemed that I was given responsibilities, but sometimes I had to find my own means to carry them out. Even to go to Bombay, Madras, Delhi, or to Paris for the UNESCO conference, I had to find the finances or the transport needed. And the Divine provided me with whatever was needed from unexpected sources.”
Bonne Fete Kailas! The spirit of the early sadhaks is still alive!
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