Darshan Day - 21.Feb.2018

Mother, be with me, now and always. Envelope me with your presence. Raise and purify me with your touch. Inhabit me with your living image.

Transform all dullness and darkness into bright and perfect faith.

Transform all restlessness and agitation into inviolable calm and peace.

Transform all attachment into a deep and stainless purity.

Mother, liberate and change me, perfect your child.

Prayer for a disciple - Sri Aurobindo

La Mere Annual 2018

7.Jan.2018 : Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


New Year's Day

1.Jan.2018 : Darshan Day

Darshan Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Shrine on the first day of the year. This was followed by distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and a calendar from the Institute.


Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi Day

5.Dec.2017 : Darshan Day

Mahasamadhi Day

Collective Meditation was held around the Shrine. This was followed by distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.



The only way to come a little closer to him [Sri Aurobindo] is to love him sincerely and give oneself unreservedly to his work. In that way, each one does his best and contributes as much as he can to the transformation of the world which Sri Aurobindo has predicted.

- The Mother


Siddhi Day

24.Nov.2017 : Darshan Day

Darshan Day

The anniversary of the Siddhi day or the day of Victory was the occasion for Collective Meditation around the Shrine. This was followed by distribution of the Darshan Message from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.


Durga 2017

19.Sep.2017 : Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Sri Aurobindo's Birthday

15.Aug.2017 : Darshan Day


Freedom 2017

15.Aug.2017 : Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère



Tribute to Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D L Roy, Dilip Kumar Roy and Kobi Nishikanto

2.Aug.2017: Tribute to Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D L Roy, Dilip Kumar Roy and Kobi Nishikanto

Offering of Songs led by Swastika Mukhopadhyay


Sri Aurobindo's Relics Enshrining Anniversary

24.Jun.2017

Sri Aurobindo's Shrine

Sri Aurobindo's Relics were enshrined in Lakshmi's House on 24.Jun.1977.

Relics are the living Presence of Sri Aurobindo, imbued with His light and force, just as an atom contains an infinite power in itself..... more

Enshrining Ceremony

Relive the journey of the Relics and the enshrining ceremony..... more


Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

9.May.2017: Musical Tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his Birth Anniversary by various artists

Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture celebrated Rabindranath Tagore's Birth Anniversary with an offering of Rabindra Sangeet by various artists. Chorus led by Shri Ashish Bhattacharya and Smt. Pramita Mullick. Solo renditions by Priyangi Lahiri, Shreya Guhathakurta, Sounak Chattopadhyay, Aditi Gupta, Tanjina Toma, Alok Roy Chowdhury and Aniruddha Singha...


The Mother's final arrival at Pondicherry

24.Apr.2017 : Darshan Day

The Mother guides, helps each according to his nature and need, and, where necessary, herself intervenes with her Power enabling the sadhak to withstand the rigours and demands of the Path.

She has placed herself - with all the Love, Peace, Knowledge and Consciousness that she is - at the disposal of every aspiring soul that looks for help.

- Sri Aurobindo


'Poila Baishakh' - Bengali New Year's Day

15.Apr.2017

New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar

Audio recording of Pradyot da's words was played.

There was Collective Meditation in the Hall of Light.

Offering of Rabindra Sangeet by Srabani Sen


Songs by Srabani Sen

15.Apr.2017: Offering of songs on New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar

Offering of songs to celebrate New Year's Day in the Bengali calendar


The Mother's Birthday

21.Feb.2017 : Darshan Day


Vocal recital by Pramita Mallick and group

21.Feb.2017: Offering of songs on The Mother's Birthday


Parama 2017

21.Feb.2017 : Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère


Joya di's 81st Birthday

2.Feb.2017

Artistic Tributes

Sitar Recital by Alif Laila

Vocal Recital by Mitali Banerjee Bhowmik

Celebrations in TFFS

Inter School Art Competition

Tribute by students - Rangoli and Flower-arrangement


Vocal Recital by Mitali Banerjee Bhowmik

2.Feb.2017: Tribute to Joya di on her 81st Birth Anniversary

Tarun Das on Tabla and Anirban Chakrabarty on Harmonium


Sitar Recital by Alif Laila

2.Feb.2017: Tribute to Joya di on her 81st Birth Anniversary

Sudhir Gharai on Tabla


La Mere Annual 2017

7.Jan.2017 : Art Exhibition at Galerie La Mère



'The home of Grace' 

Lakshmi's House

"We shall call it Lakshmi's House and it will be The home of Grace."

The Mother wrote in February, 1968, with reference to the property at 3, Regent Park, Calcutta.

The Mother - The home of Grace

Sri Aurobindo's sacred relics are enshrined.

24.June.1977

Today, Lakshmi's House is a temple where Sri Aurobindo's relics are enshrined.

It is also a field of action for the realization of our spiritual Ideal.

Lakshmi's House in 2014

Spiritual Ideal - Sri Aurobindo

An outer activity as well as an inner change is needed and it must be at once a spiritual, cultural, educational, social and economical action.


The Mother's Instruments at Lakshmi's House

Arun da

Pioneer soul-spirit

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Pradyot da

The Mother's Instrument

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Joya di

She built her Mother's Home.

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Sri Aurobindo in Calcutta (1906-10)

Bengal National College

Bengal National College

1906

Bengal National College started with Sri Aurobindo as its first Principal on 15.Aug.1906. Sri Aurobindo attached much importance to National education and included it as part of the new Nationalist Party's programme...

'Bande Mataram' newspaper

'Bande Mataram' newspaper

1906-08

'Bande Mataram' was an English newspaper edited by Sri Aurobindo. It was almost unique in journalistic history in the influence it exercised in converting the mind of a people and preparing it for revolution...

Congress Split at Surat

Congress Split at Surat

Dec. 1907

Sri Aurobindo presided over the Nationalist Conference at Surat in 1907 where in the forceful clash of two equal parties - the Moderates and the Nationalists - the Congress was broken to pieces...

Realization of 'Nirvana'

Realization of 'Nirvana'

Jan. 1908

Sri Aurobindo realized Nirvana or Silent Brahman Consciousness in January 1908. This experience turned out to be the beginning of a greater realisation...

Alipore Bomb Case

Alipore Bomb Case

1908-09

Alipore Bomb case was a historic trial in which the British Government tried to implicate Sri Aurobindo in various revolutionary activities...

As a Prisoner

As a Prisoner

May 1908-May 1909

Sri Aurobindo spent one year in Presidency Jail as an under-trial prisoner in the Alipore Bomb Case. He was kept in solitary confinement for certain periods...

Cosmic Consciousness

Cosmic Consciousness

1908-09

Sri Aurobindo realized Cosmic consciousness and the Divine as all beings and all that is, during his confinement at Presidency Jail as an undertrial prisoner...

'Karmayogin' newspaper

'Karmayogin' newspaper

1909-10

Karamayogin was a weekly journal in English started by Sri Aurobindo as a review of National Religion, Literature, Science, Philosophy etc...

Departure from Calcutta

Departure from Calcutta

1910

Sri Aurobindo departed from Calcutta on the strength of an 'Adesha' (Divine command) from above, first to Chandernagore and then to Pondicherry...


Live at SAIoC

Hindustani Classical Collection

Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy
Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy
Sitar recital by Ustad Shahid Parvez
Sitar recital by Ustad Shahid Parvez
Vocal recital by Smt Kaushiki Chakrabarty Desikan
Vocal recital by Smt Kaushiki Chakrabarty Desikan
Sarod recital by Shri Alam Khan
Sarod recital by Shri Alam Khan
Sitar Recital by Pandit Soumitra Lahiri
Sitar Recital by Pandit Soumitra Lahiri
Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar (Hindustani Classical Vocal)
Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar (Hindustani Classical Vocal)
Santoor Recital by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya
Santoor Recital by Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya
Sitar recital by Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt
Sitar recital by Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt
Dhrupad Recital by Pandit Falguni Mitra
Dhrupad Recital by Pandit Falguni Mitra
Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar
Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar

Rabindra Sangeet

Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta
Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta
Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman
Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman
Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan
Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen
Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Rajashree Bhattacharya
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Rajashree Bhattacharya
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists

Collection 2017

Sitar Recital by Alif Laila
Sitar Recital by Alif Laila
Vocal Recital by Mitali Banerjee Bhowmik
Vocal Recital by Mitali Banerjee Bhowmik
Vocal recital by Pramita Mallick and group
Vocal recital by Pramita Mallick and group
Songs by Srabani Sen
Songs by Srabani Sen
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Tribute to Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D L Roy, Dilip Kumar Roy and Kobi Nishikanto
Tribute to Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanto Sen, D L Roy, Dilip Kumar Roy and Kobi Nishikanto
Songs by Ashish Bhattacharya and group
Songs by Ashish Bhattacharya and group

Collection 2016

Kathak Recital by Smt Saswati Sen
Kathak Recital by Smt Saswati Sen
Felicitation of Pandit Birju Maharaj
Felicitation of Pandit Birju Maharaj
Kathak Recital by Smt Shinjini Kulkarni
Kathak Recital by Smt Shinjini Kulkarni
Songs by Iman Chakraborty
Songs by Iman Chakraborty
'Basanta Utsav' - Spring Celebration
'Basanta Utsav' - Spring Celebration
Songs by Ashish Bhattacharya
Songs by Ashish Bhattacharya
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay
Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay
Songs by Smt. Nupurchhanda Ghosh
Songs by Smt. Nupurchhanda Ghosh

Collection 2015

Songs by Aloke Roy Chowdhury
Songs by Aloke Roy Chowdhury
Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee
Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee
Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta
Rabindra Sangeet by Shreya Guha Thakurta
Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman
Rabindra Sangeet by Shama Rehman
'Pratham Partha': A drama presentation
'Pratham Partha': A drama presentation
Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla) & Supratik Sengupta (Sitar)
Anubrata Chattopadhyay (Tabla) & Supratik Sengupta (Sitar)
Tagore's 'Shapmochan': A dance-drama
Tagore's 'Shapmochan': A dance-drama
Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan
Rabindra Sangeet by Iffat Ara Dewan
Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay
Songs led by Smt. Swastika Mukhopadhyay
'Dilip Kumar Roy and Romain Rolland': A lecture by Dr. Chinmoy Guha
'Dilip Kumar Roy and Romain Rolland': A lecture by Dr. Chinmoy Guha
Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar
Flute Recital by Pandit Ronu Majumdar
Sarod Recital by Soumik Datta
Sarod Recital by Soumik Datta
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Anubrata Chatterjee on the Tabla
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Anubrata Chatterjee on the Tabla

Collection 2014

Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul
Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul
Gouri Guha (Vocal) and Contemporary Dance Program
Gouri Guha (Vocal) and Contemporary Dance Program
Book Launch of 'Katak Kori Katak Komal'
Book Launch of 'Katak Kori Katak Komal'
Tribute to Manna Dey
Tribute to Manna Dey
Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee
Songs by Pandit Srikumar Chatterjee
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick
Rabindra Sangeet by Smt Pramita Mallick
Songs by Shri Sounak Chattopadhyay
Songs by Shri Sounak Chattopadhyay

Collection 2013

Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Rabindra Sangeet by various artists
Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen
Devotional songs by Smt. Sraboni Sen
Devotional songs by Smt. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta
Devotional songs by Smt. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta
Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy
Sitar Recital by Smt. Kalyani Roy
Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul
Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul
A presentation of Raga Music Symphony
A presentation of Raga Music Symphony
Play-reading of Rabindranath's 'Rakta Karabi'
Play-reading of Rabindranath's 'Rakta Karabi'
Folk songs of Bengal by 'Dohar'
Folk songs of Bengal by 'Dohar'
Songs by Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Play-reading by Supriti Mukhopadhyay
Songs by Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Play-reading by Supriti Mukhopadhyay

Guidance

Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
This message is generated randomly from a collection of short written statements taken from the notes, letters, and messages of The Mother. The process of generating the guidance is the electronic equivalent of randomly looking up a book to receive an indication or answer.

The Mother  explains the process

Everybody can do it. It is done in this way: you concentrate. Now, it depends on what you want. If you have an inner problem and want the solution, you concentrate on this problem; if you want to know the condition you are in, which you are not aware of - if you want to get some light on the state you are in, you just come forward with simplicity and ask for the light. Or else, quite simply, if you are curious to know what the invisible knowledge has to tell you, you remain silent and still for a moment and then open the book. I always used to recommend taking a paper-knife, because it is thinner; while you are concentrated you insert it in the book and with the tip indicate something. Then, if you know how to concentrate, that is to say, if you really do it with an aspiration to have an answer, it always comes.

For, in books of this kind (Mother shows The Synthesis of Yoga), books of revelation, there is always an accumulation of forces - at least of higher mental forces, and most often of spiritual forces of the highest knowledge. Every book, on account of the words it contains, is like a small accumulator of these forces. People don't know this, for they don't know how to make use of it, but it is so. In the same way, in every picture, photograph, there is an accumulation, a small accumulation representative of the force of the person whose picture it is, of his nature and, if he has powers, of his powers. Now, you, when you are sincere and have an aspiration, you emanate a certain vibration, the vibration of your aspiration which goes and meets the corresponding force in the book, and it is a higher consciousness which gives you the answer.

Everything is contained potentially. Each element of a whole potentially contains what is in the whole. It is a little difficult to explain, but you will understand with an example: when people want to practise magic, if they have a bit of nail or hair, it is enough for them, because within this, potentially, there is all that is in the being itself. And in a book there is potentially - not expressed, not manifest - the knowledge which is in the person who wrote the book. Thus, Sri Aurobindo represented a totality of comprehension and knowledge and power; and every one of his books is at once a symbol and a representation. Every one of his books contains symbolically, potentially, what is in him. Therefore, if you concentrate on the book, you can, through the book, go back to the source. And even, by passing through the book, you will be able to receive much more than what is just in the book.

There is always a way of reading and understanding what one reads, which gives an answer to what you want. It is not just a chance or an amusement, nor is it a kind of diversion. You may do it just "like that", and then nothing at all happens to you, you have no reply and it is not interesting. But if you do it seriously, if seriously your aspiration tries to concentrate on this instrument - it is like a battery, isn't it, which contains energies - if it tries to come into contact with the energy which is there and insists on having the answer to what it wants to know, well, naturally, the energy which is there - the union of the two forces, the force given out by you and that accumulated in the book - will guide your hand and your paper-knife or whatever you have; it will guide you exactly to the thing that expresses what you ought to know…. Obviously, if one does it without sincerity or conviction, nothing at all happens. If it is done sincerely, one gets an answer.

Certain books are like this, more powerfully charged than others; there are others where the result is less clear. But generally, books containing aphorisms and short sentences - not very long philosophical explanations, but rather things in a condensed and precise form - it is with these that one succeeds best.

Naturally, the value of the answer depends on the value of the spiritual force contained in the book. If you take a novel, it will tell you nothing at all but stupidities. But if you take a book containing a condensation of forces - of knowledge or spiritual force or teaching power - you will receive your answer.