Friday, December 13, 2013

Darshan Days in Sri Aurobindo Ashram


Video Credit : This Video was shot by filmmaker
Ms. Flame Schon (Diane Rochlin). She had lived
in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and Auroville
from November 1970 to April 1974.
I have her permission to share this Video with all of you.
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IMPORTANT DATES IN THE ASHRAM

Shortly after the Siddhi day in November 1926, Sri Aurobindo retired from daily contact with his disciples and placed the Mother in charge of their care. Thereafter he saw them only a few times a year on what came to be known as Darshan days. The Sanskrit word "Darshan" means "seeing" and refers, in this context, to seeing Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and to receive their blessings.
At first there were three Darshan days: the Mother's birthday, Sri Aurobindo's birthday, and the Siddhi day. In 1939 a fourth day was added: the Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry. On these occasions, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother sat together in a small room, while the sadhaks and devotees approached one by one and offered flowers and bowed down at their feet.
After Sri Aurobindo left his body in 1950, the Mother continued to give Darshan on these days. From 1963 onwards, she gave Darshan from the terrace for five or ten minutes as she gazed upon those who had gathered in the street below.



 A Brief Timeline
 15 August 1872Sri Aurobindo's birthdayAurobindo Ghose is born in Calcutta. At the age of seven he leaves for London.
 21 February 1878The Mother's birthdayThe Mother is born in Paris to a Persian father and an Egyptian mother. She is named Mirra Alfassa.
 24 April 1920The Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry
The Mother first visits Pondicherry in 1914; she returns
to settle permanently in 1920.
 24 November 1926Siddhi day or the day of Victory
Sri Aurobindo experiences
 the descent of Krishna into his body. He explains, "The descent of Krishna would mean the descent of the Overmind Godhead preparing, though not itself actually bringing, the descent of Supermind and Ananda."
 02 December 1943The Mother inaugurates the opening of a new school
The Mother starts a school for 20 children and becomes herself one of its first teachers. This school later grows into Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
 5 December 1950Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi daySri Aurobindo leaves his body.
 9 December 1950Sri Aurobindo's body laid to rest
 29 February 1956Day of the Supramental ManifestationThe Mother has the concrete experience of the descent of the Supramental Consciousness on Earth.
 17 November 1973The Mother's Mahasamadhi dayThe Mother leaves her body.
 20 November 1973The Mother's body laid to rest


Courtesy and Link :

http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/saa/dates.php


1 comment:

pianomonika said...

Very impressing to see the Mother in the video,her smile is going to heart.
"Darshan days'' were those days, on which people received the blessings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
First there were three Darshan days: The birthday of the Mother,the birthday of Sri Aurobindo and the Siddhi day.
The Sri Aurobindo Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo on the 24th November 1926(Siddhi Day )
A fourth day was added in 1939,
Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry.
During the Darshan-days sadhaks and devotees approached one by one
offering flowers and bowed down at their feet.
Sri Aurobindo left hos body in 1950 and the Mother continued to give Darshan on these days.
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The Brief timeline is a good overview to get first facts.