Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library
It was in his speech at Uttarpara that Sri Aurobindo for the first time spoke publicly of his Yoga and his spiritual experiences.
...I looked at the jail that secluded me from men and it was no longer by its high walls that I was imprisoned; no, it was Vasudeva who surrounded me. I walked under the branches of the tree in front of my cell but it was not the tree, I knew it was Vasudeva, it was Sri Krishna whom I saw standing there and holding over me his shade. I looked at the bars of my cell, the very grating that did duty for a door and again I saw Vasudeva. It was Narayana who was guarding and standing sentry over me. Or I lay on the coarse blankets that were given me for a couch and felt the arms of Sri Krishna around me, the arms of my Friend and Lover. This was the first use of the deeper vision He gave me. I looked at the prisoners in the jail, the thieves, the murderers, the swindlers, and as I looked at them I saw Vasudeva, it was Narayana whom I found in these darkened souls and misused bodies...Once more He spoke to me and said, "Behold the people among whom I have sent you to do a little of my work. This is the nature of the nation I am raising up and the reason why I raise them."..
Jaikrishna Public Library
Amarendra Chatterje, who had gone from Uttarpara to fetch Sri Aurobindo for speaking to the "Santana Dharma Rakshini Sabha", writes, "I went to the 'Sanjibani' Office to fetch Sri Aurobindo. I found him absolutely quiet, as if he was in meditation. So I did not talk for long with him. We went by train to Uttarpara. Many in the audience had also come there in the same train. The train arrived at 3 o'clock. The time for the meeting was 5.30 p.m. The 'jamindar' of Uttarpara, Raja Pyari Mohan, and his son, Michhri Babu had come to the station to receive Sri Aurobindo. After taking a little rest and tea at the house of Surendranath Chattopadhyaya, a regular procession was organized. The meeting was fixed at the open courtyard of the Library on the eastern side, on the west bank of the Ganges. Sri Aurobindo was the only speaker. There were about ten thousand men in the audience. His voice was not voluminous and so the audience kept pin-drop silence in order to be able to hear him"
"He was heard in the pin-drop silence... The reception Sri Aurobindo got at Uttarpara was extraordinary..."
'Uttarpara Speech' - Commemorative Plaque at Jaikrishna Public Library Grounds
A Commemorative Marble Plaque bearing excerpts of the Uttarpara Speech was installed on Jaikrishna Public Library grounds in 1972.
The bust of Sri Aurobindo was installed on 1.December.2008.
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