Savitri Era Basics

Anil Kumar Jauhar

Posted on: April 3, 2014

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


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Tusar N. Mohapatra

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