AND MIRA ALFASSA - THE MOTHER
Aurobindo (1872 - 1950) and Mira Alfassa (1878 - 1973), later known
as The Mother developed the Integral
Yoga (ca. 1910-1926) as a vast and futuristic field of Spiritual
Consciousness Research and Application of Spiritual Consciousness Experience
to Life in the subsequent years. The practical impact of this work
expresses itself in various ongoing projects in the present time and
reaches further for the future. Two modern centers for this endeavour
are Mirapuri, the City of Peace
and Future Man in Europe (Italy) and its first satellite Miravillage
was born on 15th August 1872 in Calcutta. He was sent to England for
his education and returned to India in 1893. He worked in the Baroda
College as Professor for French and English. In 1901 he married Mrinalini
Bose. Till 1906 he extensively studied Sanskrit and other Indian languages
and assimilated the rich heritage of Indian Spiritual Culture. Most
of the poems, theater-plays, cultural and political essays which Sri
Aurobindo wrote during this period and the following years were later
published as books.
From 1906 till 1909 he joined the political movement for the independence
of India. During this time he turned to the practise of Yoga. After
profound inner experiences he ended his political time in 1910 and went
to Pondicherry in South India to develop the Integral Yoga.
The Integral Yoga is a way and method which enables man to further expand
his consciousness to become aware of his soul and spiritual reality
and then to go beyond the mental level into the experience of what Sri
Aurobindo called The Supramental. A realization which finaly leads to
the lasting expression of Peace, Love and Human Unity and the opening
up of new and futuristic evolution possibilities.
Alfassa was born on 21st February 1878 in Paris. From childhood on she
had mystical experiences which showed her the possibility of manifesting
a New Consciousness uniting spiritual and material life leading to a
further evolution of man. It is this New Consciousness which Sri Aurobindo
later defined as the Supramental Consciousenss.
Mira Alfassa studied art and became an accomplished artist and musician.
1897 she married Henri Morisset and gave birth to her son André.
In 1905 she began to study parapsychology and occult sciences in Algeria
together with Max Theon and his wife. After her divorce from Henri Morisset
she founded a group of spiritual seekers which was named l'Idée
In 1911 she married Paul Richard and travelled with him to India where
she met Sri Aurobindo for the first time in 1914 and started together
with Sri Aurobindo and Paul Richard the journal 'Arya', which became
the birth place for most of the writings of Sri Aurobindo which later
appeared in book-form: The Life Divine, The Synthesis Of Yoga, Essays
On The Gita, The Secret Of The Veda, Hymns To The Mystic Fire, The Upanishads,
The Foundations Of Indian Culture, War And Selfdetermination, The Human
Cycle, The Ideal Of Human Unity, The Future Poetry.
Till 1920 Mira Alfassa stayed in Japan and then came back to India to
live with Sri Aurobindo and, together with him, further develop the
Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1926
to accommodate the growing number of people who became interested in
the Integral Yoga.
After 1926 Mira Alfassa became known as The Mother, the individual expression
of the power of spiritual consciousness.
Sri Aurobindo continued his work of Consciousness Evolution and Spiritual
and Supramental Transformation till 1950 when he left his body. During
the years 1926-1950 Sri Aurobindo wrote innumerable letters, answering
questions about the Integral Yoga, a multitude of poems describing his
spiritual experiences and far reaching essays on the Supramental Manifestation
on earth. In 1950 he completed his major work 'Savitri' which presents
the complete vision and realization of the Integral Yoga of himself
and The Mother in the form of a deeply touching epic poem of nearly
Mira Alfassa - The Mother continued the work of Consciousness Evolution
till 1973, leaving a stunning legacy of wisdom, knowledge, realization
and impulses for making physically effective the Integral Yoga in a
life where Spirit and Matter are one: Shortly before 1950 The Mother
envisaged the foundation of an Ideal City in Hyderabad where she would
live together with Sri Aurobindo, an idea which was dropped after Sri
Aurobindo left his body. In 1951 she founded instead the Sri Aurobindo
International University to modernize and expand the scope of the Sri
Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. This endeavour she further strengthened
when she established the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch together
with Surendranath Jauhar in 1956 and The Mother's International School
which is also located in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch and
has since then grown into one of the biggest and most important schools
of its kind in India. Throughout her life she wanted to create a new
type of city for all those who want to develop their consciousness for
a further, spiritually inspired evolution. In 1957 ideas for such a
township again were in the air but did not materialize. In 1967 plans
were made and some land acquired to found a city in the Indian state
Gujarat, which she named Ompuri. This project did not move further and
The Mother started in 1968, together with the architect Roger Anger,
near Pondicherry the Auroville project which she saw as a 'more external
extension' of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. In 1973 The Mother
gave her blessings to Michel Montecrossa to establish a cultural center
and guest house for the Friends of Mirapuri in Auroville. It is named
'New Community' and is located in the Auroville settlement 'Certitude'
opposite the building called 'Auroson's Home'. New Community fullfilled its purpose as a Mirapuri Center for promoting international understanding and cultural exchange at Auroville from 1973 till 1982. After that Mirapuri suspended the work at New Community because Auroville was overthrown by an organized, violent and sectarian movement which disrobed Auroville of its original aim of becoming a place of peace and pratical world unity as envisaged by Mira Alfassa – The Mother and as confirmed by the UNESCO. As a result of the changes in Auroville the Mirapuri people working at New Community were threatend with murder, put under constant and heavy psycological stress and were confronted with all kinds of physical harassment making it impossible to lead a free and civilized life in dignity, dedicated to a nobel ideal. Therefore Mirapuri would resume work at New Community only on condition that human rights are restored and protectet at Auroville and Mira Alfassa's original plan of creating in India a place of peace, freedom and practical world unity would be activated again. From 1970 till 1973 Mira Alfassa – The Mother together with Michel Montecrossa prepared the
initial planning for Mirapuri and Miravillage which led to the foundation of Mirapuri - the City of Peace and Future
Man in Europ (Italy) on 15th August 1978 and the establishment of Miravillage
in Germany, as the first satellite of Mirapuri, which now are the two
biggest independnet and selfsupporting centers of activity based on Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in Europe,
providing an effective and humane living and working environment for all those
who want to realize the Ideals of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother and practise
their Integral Yoga as a way of consciousness development.
If you want
to know more about the biography of Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa - The Mother,
read in English:
'Mirapuri - City of Peace and Futureman in Europe, Italy Vol. 1' and Vol. 2
'Mirapuri and the Sunrevolution' (also available in Italian) or in German: 'Mirapuri - Stadt des Friedens
und des Zukuftsmenschen in Europa, Band 1: Grundlagen im Werk von Sri Aurobindo
und Der Mutter in der Zeit von 1872-1950'.
All books are available from Mirapuri-Verlag.
Mirapuri-Verlag on DVD the documentary movie: 'Mirapuri - City of Peace
and Future Man in Europe, Italy and Miravillage - the first satellite of Mirapuri
in Germany'. The futuristic Adventure of Consciousness and Joy based on the
Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa - The Mother.
most important work of Sri Aurobindo is his book 'Savitri' in which he describes
the complete vision, way and realization of the Integral Yoga. It is available
in the original english edition as well as translations into various languages
Savitri Image from the
'Meditation on Savitri' DVD-Series
ON SAVITRI DVD-MOVIE-SERIES IN 12 PARTS -
THE MAJOR INTRODUCTION INTO THE INTEGRAL YOGA OF SRI AUROBINDO AND MIRA ALFASSA
- THE MOTHER:
SRI AUROBINDO'S MAJOR WORK AND MOST IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION TO HIS INTEGRAL YOGA
AND REALIZATION. THE 'MEDITATIONS ON SAVITRI' DVD-MOVIE-SERIES VISUALIZES SAVITRI
IN 12 PARTS THROUGH IMAGES, PAINTED BY HUTA HINDOCHA, ON THE BASIS OF ORIGINAL
DRAWINGS AND DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS BY THE MOTHER. THE MEDITATION ON SAVTRI MOVIES
PRESENT ALL IMAGES TOGETHER WITH RECITATIONS FROM SAVITRI SPOKEN BY THE MOTHER
AND ACCOMPANIED BY HER OWN ORGAN MUSIC. THE MEDITATION ON SAVITRI SERIES WAS
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY MICHEL MONTECROSSA ON BEHALF AND WITH THE SPECIAL
BLESSINGS OF THE MOTHER.
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See here the 'Meditations
on Savitri' introduction movie.
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