Sri Aurobindo is one of the greatest scholars, spiritual gurus and national leaders of our country. We today enlighten you about this great man, the legend called Sri Aurobindo.
People all over the world are following the mystical path shown by him and are living fulfilling lives. Here’s more about his life and ideals:
His date of birth coincides with the date given in the Feast of Assumption of the Catholics, who believe that the last avatar of the Virgin Mary will be born on 15 August.
And in fact, Aurobindo has been claimed by many as the last avatar of Virgin Mary.
Young Aurobindo grew up listening to stories of Bengal Renaissance and the reform movement which considered all men and women equal. He learnt the valuable lesson of standing up against discrimination based on caste from his family.
He did his schooling from St. Paul’s School.
In his own words, he had described that in a whole year he had only had two slices of bread with butter, and a cup of tea in the morning; and in the evening a sausage for dinner. That’s how he spent the bitter cold in London.
He was also awarded the Butterworth Prize for literature and the Bedford Prize for history.
He then realized that he might have mastered seven foreign languages, but he knew very little of his own Indian culture.
Aurobindo with Baroda College students, 1906 aurobindo
It is interesting to note that when he was writing these pieces he was merely twenty-one years old.
And the editors got so scared that they urged him to switch writing to cultural topics rather than politics. This insistence made him lose interest and he stopped writing.
He was more involved in the revolutionary activities that were happening secretly. He had secretly joined a society called ‘Lotus and Dagger’ where the members took an oath of secrecy. He also learnt Bengali for it.
Anushilan Samiti was one of the first youth clubs of India, formed to protest against imperial atrocities of the British.
He was an integral part of the team which had four objectives for the national movement – Swadesh, Swaraj, national education and boycott.
Nationalist conference in Surat, December 1907. Aurobindo, the conference president, sitting at the table; Bal Gangadhar Tilak addressing the gathering. aurosociety
But no charges could be proven; he was released after a year of solitary confinement.
An image as captured while he was taken prisoner in Alipore aurosociety
But the British were still wary of him, and his writing. To the extent that Lord Minto said –
“I can only repeat … that he is the most dangerous man we now have to reckon with.”
But he said that a divine voice inside him asked him to leave for Chandernagore immediately.
Later he recalled –
“I could not question. It was Sri Krishna’s adesh. I had to obey. Later I found it was for the Ashram, for the Yogic work.”
Aurobindo in Pondicherry, circa 1915 aurobindo
He said –
Once when his brother fell very ill, a Naga sanyasi came from nowhere and gave him a cup of water cut into four with a knife. Next day his brother was fully cured.
That was his first encounter with Yoga and he said-
“I thought that a yoga which requires me to give up the world was not for me. I had to liberate my country. I took it up seriously when I learnt that the same Tapasya which one does to get away from the world can be turned to action. I learnt that Yoga gives power and I thought why should I not get the power and use it to liberate my country?”
He realized that he had a bigger purpose in life, which was closely connected to the philosophical and mystical side of life.
Alipore jail, where he spent time in solitary confinement themotherindia
Swami Vivekananda through Shri Aurobindo vamanan81
They had in fact heard of a prophecy that a yogi from the north will come and teach them Poorna Yoga.
He then proposed the great importance of spiritualism for the transformation of humans into divine entities.
He started spreading his message through a monthly magazine called ‘Arya’.
Once the ashram was established, he started using Sri in front of his name, which means ‘sacred’ in Sanskrit. The ashram is in Pondicherry, and is today a major center for spiritualism and meditation in India.
Like any other divine light, he attracted followers and the numbers kept growing.
During the time of darshan on important days such as birth anniversary of Aurobindo sriaurobindoashram
This poem has 24,000 lines in total!
We are forever indebted to him for his contributions in the field of philosophical literature, poetry and spiritualism.
She passed way in 1918 when the influenza epidemic was at its height. She could not join him in Pondicherry.
She had arrived with her husband and met Sri Aurobindo. All her life she had felt a connection with a person inside her; she called this person Krishna.
When she met Sri Aurobindo, she instantly recognized him as the Krishna inside her.
In 1926, Mirraw Richard became popular by the name ‘Mother‘, and was considered no less to Sri Aurobindo in term of knowledge and wisdom.
So intense was her skill for meditation and yoga that once she mastered it, they say that instead of her age of 42 she started looking like an 18-year-old girl.
“What Sri Aurobindo represents in the world’s history is not a teaching, not even a revelation; it is a decisive action direct from the Supreme.”
His body was kept on display for four days and later given a samadhi on 9 December, 1950. People, who had the opportunity to see him during those days observed that the body had not decomposed.
There is no better way to close this article than with the message which Mother had engraved on his samadhi.
Sri Aurobindo left behind a huge legacy, for anybody who wants to find a real purpose in life and become a true divine entity.