RELIGIONS

The saint who created a city

Sri Aurobindo donned the cap of a revolutionary, poet, philosopher, writer, and spiritual master, during the course of his life. Born in Kolkata, he spent his early years in foreign countries, before coming to India. He became one of the primary leaders fighting for Indian independence, from British rule. With time, Aurobindo drifted from his political career and found a new motive in life – bringing a new spiritual consciousness amongst people. Yoga and meditation became his primary concerns in life and thus, emerged the development of a new spiritual path, which he termed as Integral Yoga. It was during this time that Sri Aurobindo Ashram, also known as The Mother, was formed. Started as a small unit, the organization soon grew is size as well as reach and is operational till date. Founded in 1926, Sri Aurobindo Ashram had only 24 disciples in its early days. The ashram that started as a small organization grew into a dynamic spiritual community and is operational even in the present times. It has branches in cities all over the world, apart from the downtown area of Pondicherry.

Though Sri Aurobindo retreated from his ashram life in November 1926, he spent hours replying to the letters of his disciples and followers. His letters gave him the opportunity to explain about yoga and its applications. Sri Aurobindo brought relief and respite to his followers and released them from their pain, fear and anxiety. Apart from his spiritual mission, he also took interest in the political scenario of the world. Sri Aurobindo believed that every religion was right in its own way. A poet, philosopher, writer and spiritual master, he offered a new vision of yoga and a spiritual path that could be followed by his disciples. Out of his many works is ‘The Life Divine’, a comprehensive explanation of his integral yoga. Sri Aurobindo died in 1950, refusing to undergo any surgery or even healing himself on his own.

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Mirra Alfassa – the “Mother” – talks