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Sri Aurobindo For All Ages

Sri Aurobindo For All Ages

Sri Aurobindo For All Ages

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Item Code: NAF310
Author: Nirodbaran
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788170582021
Pages: 254 (8 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 Inch x 5.5 Inch
weight of the book : 330 gms
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This biography is written by a disciple who had the great privilege of serving Sri Aurobindo for twelve year as his literary secretary and before this, of carrying on a long correspondence with him. During the years 1938-1950 Sri Aurobindo’s attandants used to speak with him on various general topics, and many interesting anecdotes and experiences culled from both the talks and the letters give a unique flavor, an intimate feel to his book. It is sprinkled throughout with homour and personal touches which bring to the reader a very living contact.

 

Foreword

There are biographies and biographies: each one has its particular value, its particular viewpoint. This new biography stands apart from all other books on Sri Aurobindo’s Life, its first distinctive feature being that it is written for the young generation, for whom it was a long felt need. And its other special value lies in the fact that it is written by a disciple who had the great privilege of serving Sri Aurobindo for twelve years as his literary secretary and, before this, of carrying on a long correspondence with him. During the years 1938-1950 Sri Aurobindo’s attendants used to speak with him on various general topics, and many interesting anecdotes and experiences culled from both the talks and the letters give a unique flavor, an intimate feel to this book. It is sprinkled throughout with humour and personal touches which bring to the reader a very living contact.

The author had originally made a draft; he gave it to a close friend of his, Ashit Gupta, who was a professor of English in the Centre of Education, to rewrite it in his practiced English style. Ashit Gupta took up the work very gladly even though he was suffering from a debilitating illness. Day after day, for nearly fourteen months, he took infinite trouble, carried out an exhaustive research of all available facts and rewrote the entire book, making it a true piece of art. But unfortunately he passed away before he could give the finishing touch to the last two chapters.

The book is written in a simple yet noble style; it preserves the intention of the author, that of a personal narration which gives it a special charm.

This is why the book claims distinction from the other biographies of Sri Aurobindo, often more scholarly and less intimate.

 

Contents

 

  Foreword  
  Part I  
1 Family Background and Childhood (1872-1879) 3
2 Manchester and St. Paul's School London (1879-1890) 8
3 Cambridge: The Call of the Motherland (1890-1893) 15
4 Baroda (1893-1906) 23
5 The Nationalist movement: Bande Mataram (1906-1907) 55
6 Surat Congress and the Aftermath (1907-1908) 74
7 The Alipore Bomb Case: one year in Jail (1908-1909) 89
8 Karmayogin - Chanderangore Pondicherry (1909-1910) 104
  Part II  
9 Pondicharry: Cave of Tapasya (1910-1914) 127
10 Coming of the Mother Arya Review world war I (1914-1920) 146
11 Beginnings of the Ashram (1927-1938) 168
12 The Intergal yoga and the Ashram 191
13 The Growth of the Ashram (1938-1950) 215
  Eplilogue 237
  Appendix 239

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