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Title: The Mother: The Birth and Growth of a Flame. Author: Anurag Banerjee. Publisher: Overman Foundation, Kolkata. Number of pages: 362. Price: Rs. 475.
The briefest and the most comprehensive biography of the Mother is undoubtedly the sixth chapter of Sri Aurobindo’s small booklet, The Mother. He reveals:
‘The One whom we adore as the Mother is the divine Conscious Force that dominates all existence, one and yet so many-sided that to follow her movement is impossible even for the quickest mind and for freest and most vast intelligence. The Mother is the consciousness and force of the Supreme and far above all she creates…
There are three ways of being of the Mother of which you can become aware when you enter into touch of oneness with Conscious Force that upholds us and the universe. Transcendent, the original supreme Shakti, she stands above worlds and links the…
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About a year before he left his body, he asked me to read Satprem’s book “The Adventure of Consciousness”. From then on, I moved to reading the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and it was only then that I got a clear explanation for many of the things that I had experienced with my Guru. This made me marvel at the tremendous depth and clarity of the insights that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have left in their writings, and that is what I have aspired to present on this blog.
The Mother Mirra Alfassa as a Guru
Dharana Shakti : the capacity to sustain spiritual experiences
The laissez-faire approach of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Why spiritual experiences do not repeat?The story of a soul(Huta)
A contemplation exercise before going to sleep
Reconciling Family life with YogaA case of Yogic Illness
Gita Chapter 7, Verse 16 – Four types of Divine seekers
Reminiscences of the Mother’s physician, Dr. Bisht
How does the Self-realized person speak? (Gita 2:54)
Handling Rejection by the Guru
Concentration on Mother’s photograph
The spiritual aptitude (adhikara) needed for Yoga
Identifying the signs of spiritual progress
Signs of readiness for the spiritual path
Modalities of the Initiation process (Diksha)
Practicing Yoga without a Guru
Explaining the Ascent-Descent in Integral Yoga
Early mystic experiences of Sri Aurobindo
Considered to be the father of photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson (22 August 1908—3 August 2004) was a world-famous French photographer who co-founded ‘Magnum Photos’ along with Robert Capa, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert. He spent more than thirty years on assignments for the Life magazine and other journals. He documented some of the great upheavals of the twentieth century which included the Spanish Civil War, the liberation of Paris in 1944, Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral in 1948, the fall of the Kuomintang administration in China, the student rebellion at Paris in 1968 to name a few. His published works include reputed titles like The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1947), The Decisive Moment (1952), The Europeans (1955), People of Moscow (1955), China in Transition (1956), Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1963), About Russia (1973), etc.
In April 1950 Henri Cartier-Bresson had visited Pondicherry and taken several photographs of the Mother…
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The history of the Ashram school – now known as the International Centre of Education – can be probably divided into four periods. The first period is from 1943 to 1950, the second one is from 1951 to 1958, the third is from 1959 to 1967 and the fourth one is the period after that.
This article will deal mainly with the third period – that is to say from 1959 to 1967. However, the first two periods will be briefly touched upon.
Before the 1940s children were, as a rule, not permitted to live in the Ashram. But when, during the war, a number of families were admitted, it was found necessary to initiate a course of instruction for the children. Consequently, on 2 December 1943 the Mother opened a school for about thirty children. She herself was one of the teachers. The number of children increased gradually over…
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Shri Anil Kumar Jauhar, the eldest son of the founder of Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch, and an inseparable part of the Ashram and its associated educational institutions ever since their inception, left suddenly on 28 February 2014 in “the hour before the Gods awake” to take refuge in The Mother’s lap. In 1939, nine year old Anil, the founder, and a friend of the founder (Prof. Indra Sen) made their first visit to Pondicherry. He was the last of the trio still with us. Therefore, with Anilji’s departure, a vital link of the Ashram with its past has been snapped. Anilji did not marry, but was a father figure to many large families – the Ashram community, The Mother’s International School, Mirambika, and the S.N. Sunderson Company.
Anil ji’s devotion to The Mother was total. He observed all the four austerities described by the Mother with great sincerity and intensity. At the physical level, his needs were few, but he took good care of his health. He ate very little, and could not be tempted to eat anything just because it was palatable. Heat and cold did not bother him. In summers, not only he did not need an air conditioner, he could take an evening walk well before sunset. In winters, he did not use a heater. As a young person, he excelled in sports; later in life, he walked a lot. Till a couple of years ago, he walked a good five kilometers briskly every evening; of late, he had slowed down and walked less, but he still walked regularly, without a walking stick, till the very last evening while he was in the body. At the vital level, he had power, but he used it sparingly, without fear or favour, for the general good. At the mental level, he observed extreme austerity of speech. He spoke only when necessary, only as much as necessary. He was basically a doer, not a talker. At the psychic level, he had immense love for The Mother and all of Her children.
Anil ji was polite to a fault, but firm when it came to principles. He could be swayed neither by pressure nor by proximity. Although he ran a business, at heart he was not a businessman. Quite early on, he had asked for The Mother’s permission to wind up the business. But She had told him to continue with it because business should not be entirely left under the control of the Asuric (evil) forces. He continued with the business, but ran it with total detachment. He had genuine concern for the welfare of all the employees of S.N. Sunderson & Company. He was sincerely committed to the motto of the company, “an honest business for honest people”, given to it by The Mother. In the Ashram affairs, he was scrupulous in keeping it away from commerce and politics, no matter what the temptation, of which there are plenty. He was extremely punctual. He came for meetings a few minutes before time; but was at the same time so polite that he never had a harsh word for others who might be late. More