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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 Guidance in Day-to-Day Life
— Based on Selections from the Collected Works of the Mother
Available since 17-Mar-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 36
Price: Rs 25

Gathered from the Mother’s writings, the selections in this small booklet offer guidance to those who embark on a spiritual path. Passages deal with subjects such as what it means to be vigilant in one’s sadhana, why it is more effective to concentrate in the heart, how to widen one’s thought, the role of wealth as a force of Nature to be utilised in building the new creation, and how to offer one’s wrong movements to the Light.

 




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.

 




cover ABCs of Indian National Education
— Dr Beloo Mehra
ISBN: 978-81-87471-94-3
Available since 16-Feb-2015
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 155
Price: Rs 495

Inspired by what she has found in the Mother’s and Sri Aurobindo’s writings and talks on education, the author has put together a list of twenty-six themes that should guide, shape, or be a part of an Indian national education programme. These themes, one for each letter of the English alphabet, speak to aspects of the essential Indian spirit and emphasise an education based on self-knowledge and self-discovery, a respect for India’s heritage, an understanding of India’s contribution to the past, present, and future of humanity, and a deeper connection with the diverse cultures of the world.

 




cover Faith—A Lifelong Companion
— Ram Sehgal
ISBN: 978-93-84391-48-5
Available since 07-Feb-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 95
Price: Rs 125

In this memoir the author travels back seventy years to his arrival with his family at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1945. It is a journey animated by his faith in the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. The author depends again and again on this essential element of spiritual life to face and triumph over the troubles and obstacles that assailed him in his professional life, first at Air India and later in the field of advertising, where he rose to leadership positions at several agencies. The stories recounted here illustrate and reinforce his thesis that success in life is truly measured by the power of faith and prayer to strengthen you in times of adversity.

 




cover "Eternity looked out from her on Time" : A Pictorial Album
— Photographs of the Mother, and texts from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
Available since 30-Jan-2015
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 91
Price: Rs 300

Issued on the occasion of the centenary of the Mother’s arrival in Pondicherry in 1914, this album presents 120 selected photographs from the Mother’s life, many accompanied by texts from Sri Aurobindo or the Mother. Photos from her childhood and early years in Paris as well as a number from her stay in Japan precede the more numerable ones from her life in the Ashram. The Preface provides a brief introduction and creates an ambience for experiencing the Mother’s presence through these photographs.

 




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