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cover Auroville Architects Monograph Series: Poppo Pingel
— Mona Doctor-Pingel
ISBN: 978-1-935677-11-6
Available since 23-Apr-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 204
Price: Rs 1650

In this first monograph of a three-volume series on Auroville architects, Mona Doctor-Pingel presents a bird’s eye view of architect Poppo Pingel’s life, of his influential work in Auroville, and a few brief write-ups on his oeuvre penned by those who have been professionally associated with him. The book features a description of the context of Poppo’s work, Auroville, as well as a Foreword by Balkrishna V. Doshi. This volume is replete with photographs, both in colour as well as in black and white, providing a visual introduction to the architect’s work. It also carries a few photographs of the city of Auroville in its early years.

 




cover The Divine Journey: Glimpses of the Mother's Life (DVD)
— Prepared by Sri Aurobindo Archives & Research Library
ISBN: 978-93-5210-080-4
Available since 22-Apr-2015
Price: Rs 175

A 30 minute audiovisual of the Mother's life.
Photographs accompanied by Sunil's New Year music of 1978 & 1979.

 




cover The English of Savitri
Comments on the language of Sri Aurobindo's epic Savitri (Book One)
— Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-82474-00-5
Available since 20-Apr-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 512
Price: Rs 500

Based on the transcripts of classes given by her at Savitri Bhavan, the author’s aim as reflected in this book has been to try to read the poetry as correctly as possible, according to the natural rhythms of English speech, to gain a basic understanding of what the words mean and the structure of each sentence, and thereby to enter more deeply into the atmosphere of the poem. Drawing on what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have written and said about Savitri and on what she has learned from the work of such commentators as Amal Kiran, A. B. Purani, Dr Prema Nandakumar, and M. P. Pandit, the author shares her understanding of the poem. This volume covers the five cantos of Book One.

 




cover Letters on Yoga: Volume I (New CWSA edition)
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-7058-953-2
Available since 03-Apr-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 590
Price: Rs 290

Letters on Yoga—I, the first of four volumes, contains letters in which Sri Aurobindo speaks about the foundations of his spiritual teaching and method of Yogic practice. The letters in these volumes have been selected from the large body of letters that Sri Aurobindo wrote to disciples and others between 1927 and 1950, but primarily in the 1930s. About one-third of the letters in the present volume were not published in the Sri Aurobindo Birth Centenary Library.

This first volume is arranged by subject in five parts: the Divine, the Cosmos, and the individual; the parts of the being and the planes of consciousness; the evolutionary process and the supermind; the problems of philosophy, science, religion, and society; and questions of spiritual and occult knowledge. Individual letters deal with many subjects relating to these themes, including definitions of the outer being, the inner being, and the psychic being as well as of the planes of consciousness from the supermind to the subconscient, the supramental descent and transformation, doubt and faith in yoga, and answers to questions about destiny, karma, death, and rebirth.

 




cover Sri Aurobindo: Selected Photos
— Compiled by Michael Bonke
ISBN: 978-3-934726-70-3
Available since 18-Mar-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 298
Price: Rs 1900

The 145 black and white photographs in this book have been selected and arranged in an attempt to bring out the depth of spiritual vibration that radiates from Sri Aurobindo’s photos. There are four categories of pictures: Sri Aurobindo’s youth in England and his political period before imprisonment; his time in Alipore Jail and his early stay in Pondicherry, pictures taken by Cartier-Bresson in April 1950; and pictures of his Mahasamadhi. Most are unretouched photographs, arranged without chronology or theme or identifying remarks. At the back of the book the pictures are reproduced in smaller size with dates and some brief comments.

 




cover Meditations on Savitri: Book One
The Book of Beginnings
— Paintings by Huta under the Mother's guidance
ISBN: 978-81-87372-34-9
Available since 17-Mar-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 263
Price: Rs 1000

This is the first in a series of volumes that present all of the 472 paintings on Savitri made by Huta under the Mother’s guidance. From 1961 to 1966 the Mother and Huta meditated together on lines chosen from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri, and when an image appeared to the Mother she described it to Huta with the help of a few strokes. Huta then completed the work in her studio as an oil painting. The Mother named the series of paintings Meditations on Savitri. This volume of 127 paintings accompanied by the corresponding lines from Savitri, covers the five cantos of Book I, “The Book of Beginnings”. From 1962 to 1966 these paintings were published in book form in four volumes. However, many of the paintings were redone prior to a 1967 exhibition, and these are included in the present book.

 




cover Cure of Illness
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-368-9
Available since 14-Mar-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 50
Price: Rs 30

 




cover Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India
— Sachidananda Mohanty
ISBN: 978-1-138-85933-3
Available since 09-Mar-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 174
Price: Rs 650

Using the lives and works of Irish poet and spiritualist James Cousins, French thinker Paul Richard, Dilip Kumar Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, art historian Ananda Coomaraswamy, and revolutionary-intellectual Taraknath Das, the author explores their connections to Sri Aurobindo as regards the concepts of cosmopolitanism, citizenship, and modernity in India. He discusses issues of cosmopolitanism concerned with moving beyond literary, cultural, and ethical borders towards a more universal world view and how they are closely connected to the idea of cultural citizenship which these six figures believed in. He argues that by becoming bridges between cultures and ways of life, East and West, they brought the best of their cultures into a synthesis and were truly modern cosmopolitans.

 




cover Blessings of the Grace
— Conversations with the Mother; Recollected by Mona Sarkar
ISBN: 978-81-7058-986-0
Available since 20-Feb-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 187
Price: Rs 170

These conversations with the Mother, originally held in French, were noted down from memory by Mona Sarkar. They took place from 1959 to 1968, and covered such topics as the Mother’s way of working with sadhaks, the different nature of the experience when people met her in her interview room, her work to reveal the divine harmony behind appearances, her relation with her own Mahasaraswati aspect, the power of Sri Aurobindo’s presence one feels in his room, and the new consciousness that descended on earth in 1969. The last fourteen pages contain the Mother’s written answers to questions Mona had submitted to her in his diary in 1951. The book contains many photographs of the Mother and facsimiles of her handwritten notes in the original French.

 




cover Matrimandir: Hymn to the Builders of the Future
— Dominique Darr
ISBN: 978-2-7466-7417-2
Available since 18-Feb-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 212
Price: Rs 3000

This book of photographs and brief accompanying texts by photographic reporter Dominique Darr chronicles the construction of the Matrimandir from its conception in 1965 to its official inauguration in 2008. After the introduction, the photographs are organised into sections, with introductory texts in French and English, that follow a chronology: the beginnings of Auroville in 1968; the excavation of the Matrimandir’s foundation, completed in January 1972; the emerging concrete structure with its four pillars; the participants, skilled and unskilled, who laboured on the site; the shape of the geodesic dome and its covering of golden discs; the area surrounding the Matrimandir; the inner chamber lit by a ray of the sun falling on a crystal; and the meditation rooms around the base of the structure.

 




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