Historical Who is Who

AUROBINDO GHOSE

1872 - 1950
India
RELIGION

 

Born into a Bengali Hindu background in Calcutta, he was sent to England at the age of 9, where his studies culminated at Cambridge University. He became adept in several European languages and widely read, returning to India after 14 years, initially to work in state administration, to publish poetry and engage in local politics. These last led to his campaigning against British rule, for which he was imprisoned. He spent the second half of his life in Pondicherry (a French enclave), practising a distinctive version of Yoga which was designed to bring into human reality a present sense of divine being. This became central to the life of an ashram, run by his mother (Mirra Richard) and himself (later centre of the town Auroville). His beliefs are set out in his extensive writings. He embodied an ethical mysticism.

Life

http://hinduism.about.com/od/gurussaintsofthepast/a/aurobindo.htm

Writings

These are extensive. They can be downloaded from: http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/sriauro/writings.php

Most notably:

vols 21-2 The Life Divine

vols 23-4 Synthesis of Yoga

vols 25 The Ideal of Human Unity

Video

Life of Sri Aurobindo (10 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6iOjTkqiCk

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