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.
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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.
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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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With the demise of Dr. Kireet Joshi on Sunday, 14 September 2014, at 5 a.m. the Aurobindonian firmament has lost one of its brightest stars. Born on 10 August 1931, he studied philosophy and law at the Elphinstone College under the University of Bombay. In 1952 at the suggestion of Prof. Chubb he met K.D. Sethna alias Amal Kiran at Bombay at the latter’s residence. The interview with Amal Kiran which lasted for more than an hour made young Kireet Joshi feel ‘greatly widened’ and ‘deeply happy’ (to quote his own words) and he began to regard Amal Kiran as his first teacher in regards to the teaching of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
In 1953 Kireet Joshi was awarded a gold medal and the Vedanta Prize for topping the Master of Arts examination. In 1955 he was selected for the I.A.S. and in the following year he…
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When the human struggle based on disciplines, paths and methods finally dissolves in the all-embracing divine action that comes about through a complete self-surrender to the Divine, we find that the Divine Spirit, which encompasses all that exists, and beyond all that exists in an infinite, vast, silent, immobile Existence, carries out all actions through the individual forms, while the seeker identifies with the Divine Consciousness, not the ego-personality.
Sri Aurobindo describes this process: “An omniscient consciousness will take up our knowledge and our ignorance, our truth and our error, cast away their forms of insufficiency… and transform all into its infinite light. An almighty Power will take up our virtue and sin, our right and wrong, our strength and our weakness, cast away their tangled figures… and transform all into its transcendent purity and universal good and infallible force. An ineffable Ananda will take up our petty joy and…
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As the third installment of our series on Sri Aurobindo, an article by Dr. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar titled Darshan of Sri Aurobindo has been published in the online forum of Overman Foundation.
Dr. Kodaganallur Ramaswami Srinivasa Iyengar (1908—1999), M.A. D.Litt, was a famous writer and former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University who had gifted the Aurobindonian circle two extraordinary biographies of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother titled Sri Aurobindo: A Biography and a History and On the Mother: The Chronicle of a Manifestation and Ministry respectively. Recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1985, his other books include titles like Indian Writing in English, Education and the New India, Leaves from a Log: Fragments of a Journey, Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Man and the Poet, Sitayana, Saga of Seven Mothers and Krishna-geetam.
This article by Dr. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar was…
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