Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri has been the subject of numerous books: complex discourses on its symbolism, appreciations of its poetic stature and its mantric quality, explanations of its structure and philosophy, discussions of how it exemplifies Sri Aurobindo’s concept of the future poetry, and studies that highlight the yogic experiences and realisations of its principal figures. The first of the new English books introduced below, Four Aspects of Savitri, presents four ways to approach the poem as noted down by the Mother for a disciple: as a daily record of Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual experiences; as a guide to a thorough system of yoga; as an integral yoga meant for transforming life on earth into a life divine; and as a record of the Mother’s experiences facing the physical limitations of earth nature during the process of transformation, sometimes called “the holocaust of Prakriti”. Based on a series of talks given by the author, each chapter is followed by questions from the participants, lending an informal yet educational nature to the discourse.

The next two works focus on the political side of Sri Aurobindo’s life. Tracts for His Times examines the unique influence of the English journal Bande Mataram, primarily written and edited by Sri Aurobindo from 1906 to 1910, on converting the mind and will of a people to a new political programme aimed at complete independence for India. While laying out his ideas to achieve political freedom through civil struggle, Sri Aurobindo exposed and challenged the repressive policies of the British Government in India and laid bare the weak-minded attitudes of the Moderates who were entrenched in the Indian National Congress.

In a similar vein, Alipore Conspiracy Case presents an overview of the history of the nationalist movement led by Sri Aurobindo and other political leaders, including the important role played by the publication of Bande Mataram. The book then narrows its attention down to the events leading to the arrest of the group of young Bengali revolutionaries living at Manicktala Garden, the subsequent arrest of Sri Aurobindo, and the ensuing trial popularly known as the Alipore Bomb Case. The drama of the trial that unfolds in the pages of this book and the numerous photographs of people, places, and events combine to form a history lesson in India’s early struggle for independence.
Some of the young men who, along with Sri Aurobindo, were undertrial prisoners in the Alipore Bomb Case:
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Bijoy Kumar Nag
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Sisir Kumar Ghose
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Abinash Chandra Bhattacharya
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Asoke Chandra Nandi

Lastly, Sri Aurobindo: A Legend joins the canon of biographies that attempt to shed light on the meaning of Sri Aurobindo’s life through an examination of his education in England, his early political and revolutionary activities, his years of silent yoga before the arrival of the Mother, his writings on philosophy, human and social development, yoga, poetry, the Vedas and the Upanishads, and the Gita. The author admits the difficulty of her task and therefore decides to focus on what she can glean of his inner life from a study of his writings: “His surface life apart, he lived and worked on another plane of consciousness, fathomable only as far as reflected in and through his works. Even then, these, when taken in chronological order, are mere ‘sign-posts’ to guide us through the journey of his life.”



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ENGLISH

coverFour Aspects of Savitri
— Ananda Reddy
ISBN: 978-93-85391-06-4
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 204
Price: Rs 360

Based on talks given in 2006, this book is organised around two written notes. First, it takes a deeper look into the symbolism expressed in the “Author’s Note” by Sri Aurobindo which precedes the beginning of the epic Savitri. Then there are a series of chapters examining the significance of a note written by the Mother to a disciple listing the four important aspects which form the essence of the epic—that it is the daily record of the spiritual experiences of Sri Aurobindo, a complete system of yoga that can be used as a guide to sadhana, the yoga of the Earth in its ascension towards the Divine, and the experiences of the Divine Mother in her effort to adapt herself to the body she has taken and the ignorance and the falsity of the earth upon which she has incarnated.

coverTracts for His Times
Bande Mataram and Sri Aurobindo's Anti-colonial Discourse
— Sabita Tripathy, Nanda Kishore Mishra
ISBN: 978-93-5207-302-3
Publisher: Authorspress, Delhi
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 404
Price: Rs 1600

The authors of this study set out to explore Sri Aurobindo's political thought and revolutionary ideas embedded in his early political writings and speeches, most notably in his articles for the journal Bande Mataram. Chapters are devoted to the germination of his patriotism and his early action in the political field, his critique of the moderate policies of the Indian National Congress, a study of his concept of nationalism, his strategy to achieve political freedom through civil struggle, his journalistic crusade to demand Swaraj as the natural right of his countrymen, his scheme for a national system of education, and an analysis of the rhetorical devices and unique narrative voice used by him as an offensive weapon against both the British Government and the Moderates of the Indian National Congress.

coverAlipore Conspiracy Case
An Outline of a Sensational Trial in the History of the Indian Independence Movement
— Niharendu Roy
Publisher: New House, Kolkata
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 160
Price: Rs 150

Drawing on an array of resources, the author presents an overview of the history of the nationalist movement led by Sri Aurobindo and other prominent political leaders of the day. He recounts how the movement intensified as a result of the repressive stance of the British Government in India. The arrest of the group of young revolutionaries at Maniktala Gardens and the subsequent arrest of Sri Aurobindo set the scene for the Alipore Conspiracy Case, which is outlined in detail in this book. The valour and dedication of the young men is underlined by the short life sketches appended after the main narrative. Originally presented as an exhibition at a book fair in Kolkata, the book includes more than fifty pages of photographs of the people and events related to this historic trial.

coverSri Aurobindo: A Legend
— Madhumita Dutta
ISBN: 978-93-80736-23-5
Publisher: Avenel Press, Burdwan
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 263
Price: Rs 300

The author of this biography terms it a study of Sri Aurobindo’s life and his transformation of consciousness told through the lens of his writings. Examined in tandem, his life and his writings become an integral study in literature, history, psychology, philosophy, and yoga. Combining historical context and with liberal quotations from Sri Aurobindo’s writings, she focuses on some important aspects of his political and spiritual life and the social and cultural background in which he lived and worked.

coverKrishna - the Eternal Godhead
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-384-9
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 50
Price: Rs 30

SANSKRIT

coverShanai Shanai (Balageetavali)
— Dr Sampadananda Mishra
ISBN: 978-81-7060-381-8
Publisher: AuroPublications, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 56
Price: Rs 100

TAMIL

coverAnnaiye Thaangal Ivvaru Koorinirgal ...
— Thoguthu Vadivamaithavar: Huta
ISBN: 978-81-87372-36-3
Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 118
Price: Rs 200

Tamil translation of Mother You said so...

Description of content for original work:
        This book records conversations which the Mother had with Huta from 1955 to 1973. Huta recorded the talks from memory and sent them the next day to the Mother for corrections. In these revealing talks, the Mother teaches Huta how to live the true inner life and constantly encourages her to overcome her problems and difficulties, to reject the influence of the adverse forces, and to open herself completely to the Divine. In addition, the Mother talks to her about the Future Painting. Also included are a few letters written by the Mother.

GUJARATI

coverSavitri Shabdamrut - 6
— Shraddhavan
Publisher: Yoga-Yukta Prakashan, Vadodara
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 364
Price: Rs 150



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