To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Auroville’s inauguration on 28 February 1968 our first new publication takes a look back at the preparations for the event and the ceremonial mixing of earth from countries around the world in the marble urn located at the centre of Auroville. The Mother’s direction of the ceremony and the live broadcast from her room in Pondicherry as she read the Auroville Charter take centre stage as the drama of the inauguration unfolds. Using numerous photographs and interviews with those who participated in the event, the absorbing narrative of Inauguration of Auroville: Concept and Purpose draws the reader to the vision of human unity symbolised by the founding of Auroville.
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The Charter of Auroville in the Mother's handwriting and sand from the Samadhi were the first items to be lowered into the marble urn.
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Two of the security volunteers wearing the badges depicting the flower of Auroville (Godhead)
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The English of Savitri: Volume Three—Book Seven: The Book of Yoga continues the series based on classes held by the author at Savitri Bhavan. It looks at Part Two of Savitri, which covers the first part of Savitri’s story, from her birth in the first canto of Book Four to the death of Satyavan at the end of Book Eight. The volume begins with brief summaries of Books Four, Five, and Six, and concludes with a summary of Book Eight. The seven cantos of Book Seven are studied in detail; each sentence is examined closely and the vocabulary, sentence structure, and imagery are explained.

The next book introduced below originates from workshops given in Auroville. An Introduction to the Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo’s Vision and Practical Guidance is, at 120 pages, a digest meant to ground newcomers in the basics of the Integral Yoga, guide them to the major works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and give an overview of the communities and organisations connected to the study and practice of the Yoga.

The Ascent of the Sacrifice is a compilation from the works of Sri Aurobindo that addresses questions about the nature of sacrifice “in its triple character,—a sacrifice of works, a sacrifice of love and adoration, a sacrifice of knowledge”. In one of the extracts Sri Aurobindo asks and later answers this vital question:
An ascension towards a greater consciousness, an occupation of our mind, life and body by its powers has been accepted as the outstanding object of the Yoga: but still life here, not some other-life elsewhere, is proposed as the immediate field of the action of the Spirit,—a transformation, not an annihilation of our instrumental being and nature. What then becomes of the present activities of our being, activities of the mind turned towards knowledge and the expression of knowledge, activities of our emotional and sensational parts, activities of outward conduct, creation, production, the will turned towards mastery over men, things, life, the world, the forces of Nature?

A short work titled Sri Aurobindo and Uttarpara Speech gives the background for this historic speech, delivered by Sri Aurobindo shortly after his release from Alipore jail in 1909. Using personal reminiscences and newspaper accounts of the time, the author sets the scene at the Uttarpara Public Library ground:
As Sri Aurobindo stood up…a thunderous roar of bande mataram by a ten-thousand-strong crowd greeted him. Absolute silence prevailed in the meeting ground at a single raising of the finger by the speaker.…

No public address system was available at that time and Aurobindo’s voice was very mild, available to about a hundred people. But the assembly was absolutely silent in their all-consuming urge to hear him.

A new French edition of The Synthesis of Yoga is now available in two volumes. La Synthèse des Yoga is a fresh translation based on the most recent English edition of the work, published in 1999, which compared all available manuscripts and revisions made by Sri Aurobindo. Also, a new biography of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother has come out in French. L’Aurore d’une vie nouvelle: L’aventure de Sri Aurobindo et de Mère traces how their lives have, since the beginning, been linked at the very core to the same vision of a higher consciousness, leading humanity to the possibility of a divine life on earth.



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ENGLISH

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Inauguration of Auroville
Concept and Purpose
— Concept & Layout: Franz Fassbender
ISBN: 978-81-928152-5-1
Publisher: PRISMA, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 151
Price: Rs 650

On 28 February 2018 Auroville celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its inauguration and this book, replete with historical information, photographs, reminiscences, and conversations with the Mother about the event, presents a narrative that captures the optimism and high feeling of the day. The Mother directed the organisation of the inauguration and, from her room in the Ashram, read out her message and the Charter of Auroville that was broadcast live to the guests and participants at the arena in Auroville. From the smallest detail, such as the badge to be worn by the security volunteers, to the dramatic moment, when young people deposited the soil of countries from around the world into the inaugural urn, the book tells the story of how Auroville was announced to the world.

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The English of Savitri: Part 3 (Book Seven – The Book of Yoga)
Comments on the language of Sri Aurobindo's epic Savitri
— Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-82474-15-9
Publisher: Savitri Bhavan, Auroville
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 442
Price: Rs 550

Like the first two books in this series, this one is also based on transcripts of classes held at Savitri Bhavan. The author's aim in those classes was to read the poetry as correctly as possible, according to the natural rhythms of English speech, to gain a basic understanding of the vocabulary, sentence structure, and imagery used by Sri Aurobindo, and thereby gain a better understanding and appreciation of the poem. This volume covers the seven cantos of Book Seven, The Book of Yoga. As the previous volume covered Book Three and this one resumes with Book Seven, brief summaries of Books Four, Five and Six are given in an introductory section to provide some continuity to the series. Also included at the end is a summary of Book Eight.

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An Introduction to the Integral Yoga
Sri Aurobindo's Vision and Practical Guidance
— Ashesh Joshi
ISBN: 978-93-5268-026-9
Publisher: Ashesh Joshi, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 121
Price: Rs 100

This compact introduction to the Integral Yoga has four main sections. Each section consists of extracts from the writings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother interspersed with explanatory notes or comments by the author. The first section introduces some basic concepts of Yoga. The second deals with specific aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s vision, the third with some features of the practice of the Integral Yoga, and the fourth with guidance on the path. This last section also contains short biographies of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, brief summaries of their major writings, and a few pages on the Ashram, Sri Aurobindo Society, Auroville, and Auroville International.

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The Ascent of the Sacrifice
— In the words of Sri Aurobindo (with Comments and Discussions)
ISBN: 978-81-86510-20-9
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 127
Price: Rs 125

Based on a series of study classes conducted at the Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre, this book is a compilation of extracts drawn primarily from Sri Aurobindo’s The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita, and his writings on the Veda. At places the extracts are followed by comments and discussions from the classes. The selections are organised by theme: the nature of sacrifice, its Vedic symbolism, its significance, the law of sacrifice based on the descent of the Purusha, and the ascent of sacrifice through the works of knowledge, love, and will through a labour of self-discipline and self-perfection.

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Sri Aurobindo and Uttarpara Speech
— Trija Ray
Publisher: Uttarpara Sri Aurobindo Parishad, Uttarpara
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 40
Price: Rs 50

This short book discusses Sri Aurobindo's speeches as a leader of the independence movement in general and the background for this historic speech given on the grounds of Uttarpara’s public library after his release from Alipore jail in 1909. In the Uttarpara speech Sri Aurobindo spoke publicly for the first time about his spiritual experiences in prison. He explained that God had given him the strength "to speak a word to this nation which will help to raise it". The message on Sanatan Dharma was the central theme, and some have written that the speech contained in seed form the basic principles of his Integral Yoga that evolved later.

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Divine Compassion
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-393-1
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 48
Price: Rs 30

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Divine Smile
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-390-0
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 48
Price: Rs 30

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Towards Life Beautiful (Part I)
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-394-8
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 42
Price: Rs 30

FRENCH

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La Synthèse des Yogas
Nouvelle édition en 2 volumes
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-93-5210-040-8
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 1078
Price: Rs 975

La Synthèse des Yogas est sans doute, avec La Vie Divine, l'œuvre "philosophique" majeure de Sri Aurobindo. Il y expose l'essentiel des trois voies principales du yoga (le yoga des œuvres ou de l'action, Karma Yoga ; le yoga de la connaissance, Jnana Yoga ; le yoga de l'amour et de la dévotion, Bhakti Yoga), et propose une synthèse de ces voies dans un yoga intégral, le yoga de la perfection de soi. Ces chapitres ont tout abord paru dans la revue Arya, de 1914 à 1921, puis sous forme de livre une vingtaine d'années plus tard. Sri Aurobindo les a remaniés à diverses reprises, notamment celui intitulé "Conscience cosmique", et ils ont été publiés récemment en anglais dans la nouvelle édition de ses œuvres complètes. La présente traduction, revue et augmentée, en a tenu compte.

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Journal du Yoga: Livre II
12 mars - 31 décembre 1914
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-902032-5-8
Publisher: Aurobhasha, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 509
Price: Rs 1250

Entre 1909 et 1927, Sri Aurobindo a noté ses expériences yoguiques, réunies en deux volumes dans ce Journal du Yoga. Ces notations sont assez régulières entre 1912 et 1920, et nous en trouvons un petit nombre en 1909, 1911 et 1927. Ce Journal comporte des notations complémentaires, notamment les descriptions des sept chatusthayas (groupes de quatre éléments) qui constituent la base du yoga que Sri Aurobindo pratiquait à cette époque.

La terminologie spéciale employée par Sri Aurobindo puise dans le sanskrit et dans d'autres langues. Un glossaire provisoire fait l'objet d'un volume séparé.

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L'Aurore d'une vie nouvelle
L'aventure de Sri Aurobindo et de Mère
— Racontée par Cristof
ISBN: 978-93-5210-047-7
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 293
Price: Rs 275

Dans ce livre, l'auteur a voulu raconter la vie de Sri Aurobindo et celle de Mère non comme deux histoires séparées, deux biographies, mais comme une seule, car leurs vies sont depuis le début, et depuis toujours en fait, reliées au coeur d'une même aventure, l'aventure de la conscience. Tous deux ont traversé le vingtième siècle en pleine conscience ; ils ont connu la beauté et la grandeur de son héritage culturel et spirituel, mais aussi la misère et les drames : la guerre en Europe, la révolution en Inde. Et pourtant, dans la nuit qui tombait sur le monde ils ont vu pointer la lumière, et ils ont apporté à l'humanité un message d'espoir, la vision d'une grande Possibilité qui nous est offerte : celle de transformer cette vie humaine en une vie divine. De l'Angleterre et de la France jusqu'en Inde en passant par le Japon, nous suivons cette merveilleuse histoire qui nous conduit vers un avenir lumineux : l'aurore d'une vie nouvelle sur la Terre.

HINDI

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Bachche ki Parvarish Kaise Karen
Adhyapakon tatha Abhibhavakon ko Salah
— Srima va Sri Aravind ke shabdon men
ISBN: 978-93-86588-00-5
Publisher: The Resurgent India Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 35
Price: Rs 40

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Prithvi par Divya Jeevan ka Avirbhav (Soft Cover)

Sri Aravind va Srima ke Shabdon men (Tippaniyon sahit)
— Sankalankarta: Chandra Prakash Khetan
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre, Jhunjhunu
Pages: 330
Binding: Soft Cover
ISBN: 978-81-86549-04-9
Price: Rs 300

Prithvi par Divya Jeevan ka Avirbhav (Hard Cover)

Pages: 330
Binding: Hard Cover
ISBN: 978-81-86549-03-2
Price: Rs 400

Hindi translation of A Divine Life Manifesto

Description of content for original work:
        This compilation concerns Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's vision of a divine life and how it is likely to unfold in the terrestrial nature in future. As an integral education is likely to play a crucial role in preparing mankind for this future life, this book briefly presents such aspects of integral education relevant for this purpose. Extracts on other important issues related to the manifestation of a divine life on earth as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are also included.

GUJARATI

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Savitri Shabdamrut - 7
— Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-5268-595-0
Publisher: Yoga-Yukta Prakashan, Vadodara
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 428
Price: Rs 160

ORIYA

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Vedarahasya (Pratham Bhag)
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-93-5210-133-7
Publisher: Navajyoti Publication, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 305
Price: Rs 160

Oriya translation of The Secret of the Veda

Description of content for original work:
        Sri Aurobindo’s study of the Veda examines the philosophic system of the Vedic mystics, the meaning of Vedic terms, and the sense of Vedic symbols and the psychological functions assigned to the Gods. The book also includes translations of selected hymns of the Rig Veda. Sri Aurobindo believed that a study of the Veda based on a modern method of critical research would reveal the esoteric and psychological sense of the Veda that was concealed behind an arcane system of symbols and rituals. He held that the ancient spiritual conceptions expressed in the Veda had perhaps once been a common culture spread over a large part of the earth, with India as a centre.

ASSAMESE

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Sri Aurobinder Bani: 15 August 1947
— Sri Aurobindo
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Guwahati
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 5
Price: Rs 10

Assamese translation of Sri Aurobindo's Message: 15 August 1947

Description of content for original work:
        In response to a request from All India Radio, Sri Aurobindo gave a message to mark 15 August 1947, the day of India's independence. This message to his countrymen spoke of five dreams that he had worked for, and which he now saw on the way to fulfilment. The realisation of these dreams would mark the beginning of a new age, not only for India but for the entire world, "for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity".



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