Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sri Aurobindo's Journal "Arya"


"All India Magazine", August 2014, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sri Aurobindo : Der „Lebende Gott" (The "Living God")

English Translation:
Sri Aurobindo presents himself to the pilgrims only four times in a year. On this year’s list of candidates for the Nobel prize for peace stood also a name of a man whom millions of Indians regard as the living incarnation of God: Sri Aurobindo. In Pondicherry, on the East Coast of India, he founded a school of open-minded practical philosophy (worldly wisdom). He himself leaves his room only four times a year in order to show himself for an hour to a procession of his followers - then he retreats again into silence where no stranger has admission and where his much-noticed poems and religious books originated. His consort shares with him the divine honours - but she also governs with practical talent the every-day life of the school (ashram): from the meals to the rhythmic athletics, from the prayer to the works in different handicraft workshops. One speaks of her never otherwise than the "Mother"; and an own mystical cult connects her to her followers whom she presents flowers in a daily celebrated ritual. But the most surprising thing is that the "Mother" is not an Indian but a France-born woman - and it is due to her that the photographer Cartier-Bresson got the rarely-granted audience with the "Living God" and the even more rare permission to take his photograph.

(Translated by Mrs. Else Tyagi)

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  Courtesy:  "HEUTE" Magazine, 8 November, 1950