Conversations with the Mother on the subject of flowers in particular and Nature more generally form the first new title introduced in this issue. Throb of Nature is a compilation of the author’s notes jotted down from his conversations with the Mother. While explaining the significance of a flower, the Mother told the author:
It is not the need for perfection, but the need of perfection.… I do not mean the striving for perfection, but it is the inner urge, the heart’s desire of perfection. When one lives for perfection alone—as some need the Divine, some the Realisation, some the Consecration and some need Perfection. It is this need of Perfection which is one of the four powers of the Mother—that of Mahasaraswati.

In Sri Aurobindo's Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Ramakrishna the author brings together comments made by Sri Aurobindo – in his major works and in his letters to disciples – as well as a few comments by the Mother, on the lives of these avatars and their particular roles in advancing the evolution of humanity. Sri Aurobindo saw all four as messengers who came to earth with a special mission. The author contends that if one closely follows Sri Aurobindo’s commentaries, one realises that “his ultimate purpose is to reveal the original, unifying Vedantic truth behind the Avatars’ messages”.

Reading about the Mother’s life and her work is always an absorbing experience, and this collection of essays on that subject, Mirra Alfassa—The Mother, provides information on the Mother’s early life and education, her cultural background and training as an artist, her literary and artistic works, her ground-breaking ideas on education, and, most importantly, her spiritual collaboration with Sri Aurobindo.

The remaining four books in English introduced below are all centred on Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem Savitri. The English of Savitri: Volume 5 (Book Two – The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds) Part One: Cantos One to Four is the latest volume in the series based on the transcripts of classes held at Savitri Bhavan. The book explores two questions inspired by the title of Book Two: “Who is the traveller?” and “What and where are these worlds?” The author studies line by line the first four cantos of Book Two, explaining sentence structure, imagery, and the meanings of certain words.

Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: An Apocalyptic Literature examines those aspects of the poem based on the concept of revelatory visions of the future of mankind. The author defines the genre of apocalyptic literature and its mystic or spiritual basis, and Savitri as an Indian illustration of the genre.

The paintings on Savitri made by Huta under the Mother’s guidance represent several years of collaborative work and are being republished in four new volumes. The Mother named these paintings Meditations on Savitri.The most recent books, Volume II (Book Two: The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds, Book Three: The Book of the Divine Mother) and Volume III (Books Four to Seven), are introduced in this issue. The Mother and Huta meditated together on lines chosen from Sri Aurobindo's Savitri, and then the Mother described her visions to Huta, often sketching a brief outline, and Huta completed the work in her studio as an oil painting. Here is a painting from Volume III of Meditations on Savitri.
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There is a Power within that knows beyond
Our knowings; we are greater than our thoughts,
And sometimes earth unveils that vision here.
To live, to love are signs of infinite things,
Love is a glory from eternity’s spheres.
Savitri, Book Five, Canto II



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ENGLISH

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Throb of Nature
— Conversations with the Mother on flowers and nature; Recollected by Mona Sarkar
ISBN: 978-93-5210-161-0
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 241
Price: Rs 325

The compiler has collected his notations on Nature and flowers from his numerous conversations with the Mother. The notations are organised into chapters such as “Flowers Have Their Own Language”, “Aspiration”, “Transformation”, “Promptings of Nature”, and “The Universal Game”.  Each chapter begins with the picture of a flower with the significance given by the Mother, along with her comment. In these conversations the Mother reveals her identity with the powers and forces of universal Nature, how to communicate in joy and harmony with this subtle world, and the ways in which she used flowers to transmit to her disciples the vibrations and spiritual qualities carried by each flower.

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Sri Aurobindo's Commentaries on Krishna, Buddha, Christ and Ramakrishna
Their Role in the Evolution of Humanity
— Wilfried Huchzermeyer
ISBN: 978-81-939500-0-5
Publisher: Prisma, Auroville, in collaboration with Verlag W. Huchzermeyer, Germany
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 115
Price: Rs 300

In this short work, the author studies the various statements and commentaries made by Sri Aurobindo, and a few by the Mother, on the life and work of these Avatars of the past. The interpretations revealed in these commentaries indicate that he saw all four as messengers who came to earth with a special mission, to support and accelerate the evolution of humanity in a particular way. The chapters discuss what Sri Aurobindo has written in his major works and in his letters to disciples on each of the four Avatars, beginning with Krishna, who played a significant part in Sri Aurobindo’s own sadhana. Comments by the Mother shed additional light on these subjects.

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Mirra Alfassa - The Mother
Her Life and Her Work
— Sunayana Panda
ISBN: 978-0-9562923-4-6
Publisher: First Feature Ltd., London, UK
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 145
Price: Rs 200

Essays about the Mother written by the author over a period of fifteen years are collected in this volume, whose stated aim is to introduce the Mother and her work to a wider audience, outside the environs of the Ashram and Auroville communities and people associated with them. Starting with the biographical facts of her birth, her family, and her education, the essays then look more closely at how her early life prepared her for the work she undertook with Sri Aurobindo in India, her cultural background, her life in Paris and her training as an artist, her sojourn in Japan, her spiritual seeking, her literary and artistic works, her contribution to the field of education, and her spiritual collaboration with Sri Aurobindo.

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The English of Savitri: Volume 5 (Book Two – The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds) Part One: Cantos One to Four
Comments on the language of Sri Aurobindo's epic Savitri
— Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-82474-27-2
Publisher: Savitri Bhavan, Auroville
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 301
Price: Rs 550

Like the previous volumes in this series, this book is based on the transcripts of classes held at Savitri Bhavan. Its aim remains the same, to read the poetry according to the natural rhythms of English speech and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Savitri by explaining Sri Aurobindo’s vocabulary, sentence structure, and imagery. The book begins with an Introduction that explores two questions inspired by the title of Book Two: “Who is the traveller?” and “What and where are these worlds?” The author then studies line by line the first four cantos of Book Two. The remaining eleven cantos of Book Two, Cantos Five to Fifteen, are summarised in a page each at the end of the volume. The Afterword places the content of this volume in the context of the series.

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Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: An Apocalyptic Literature
— Prof. Dr Madhumati M. Kulkarni
ISBN: 978-81-93953-80-8
Publisher: Academy of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Belgaum
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 370
Price: Rs 575

This book is a study of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri based on the concept of revelatory visions of the future of mankind. Taking a scholarly approach to the subject, the author includes chapters defining the genre of apocalyptic literature and its mystic or spiritual basis, and Savitri as an Indian illustration of the genre. Subsequent chapters examine the revelatory aspects of the poem in relation to the true nature and purpose of the human being, the mystery of consciousness on the mental, vital, and physical planes, and the hidden meaning of consciousness on the planes of the higher mind, the illumined mind, the plane of intuition, the overmind, and the supramental.

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Meditations on Savitri — II
Book Two: The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds, Book Three: The Book of the Divine Mother
— Paintings by Huta under the Mother's guidance
ISBN: 978-81-87372-38-7
Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 258
Price: Rs 1250

This is the second volume in a series that will present all of the 472 paintings on Savitri made by Huta under the Mother's guidance. From 1961 to 1966 the Mother and Huta meditated together on lines chosen from Sri Aurobindo's Savitri, and when an image appeared to the Mother she described it to Huta with the help of a few strokes. Huta then completed the work in her studio as an oil painting. The Mother named the series of paintings Meditations on Savitri. This volume of 111 paintings accompanied by the corresponding lines from Savitri, covers Book II, "The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds” (94 paintings) and Book III, “The Book of the Divine Mother” (17 paintings).

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Meditations on Savitri — III
Book Four – Book Seven
— Paintings by Huta under the Mother's guidance
ISBN: 978-81-87372-39-4
Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 282
Price: Rs 1250

This is the third volume in a series that will present all of the 472 paintings on Savitri made by Huta under the Mother's guidance. From 1961 to 1966 the Mother and Huta meditated together on lines chosen from Sri Aurobindo's Savitri, and when an image appeared to the Mother she described it to Huta with the help of a few strokes. Huta then completed the work in her studio as an oil painting. The Mother named the series of paintings Meditations on Savitri. This volume of 124 paintings accompanied by the corresponding lines from Savitri, covers Book Four, "The Book of Birth and Quest” (31 paintings), Book Five, “The Book of Love” (21 paintings), Book Six, “The Book of Fate” (23 paintings), and Book Seven, “The Book of Yoga” (49 paintings).

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Path of Prayer
— Selections from the Works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother
ISBN: 978-81-7060-411-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 50
Price: Rs 60

ITALIAN

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Colloqui Serali con Sri Aurobindo (Volume 2)
— Trascritti da Purani
ISBN: 978-93-5210-183-2
Publisher: Domani, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 307
Price: Rs 650

Negli anni dal 1923 al 1926 e dal 1938 al 1943 un ristretto gruppo di discepoli aveva avuto la possibilità di incontrare la sera Sri Aurobindo e discorrere con lui dei più svariati argomenti, in un clima sempre disteso e amichevole, sovente intercalato da fragorose risate per l'immancabile vena umoristica del Maestro. Un discepolo, Purani, aveva poi trascritto il contenuto di quegli incontri, riportando il più fedelmente possibile le parole del suo Guru.

Ne è risultata una straordinaria raccolta del pensiero di Sri Aurobindo in campi che vanno dalla pratica del suo yoga, alla spiritualità, la politica, l'arte, la filosofia, la scienza, la medicina ecc., e della sua azione come Yogi, arrivando a influenzare gli stessi avvenimenti mondiali.

HINDI

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Shrimadbhagavad Gita (Bhag 1) (Soft Cover)

Mool tatha anuvad sahit
— Compilation from the Works of Sri Aurobindo with commentary
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Trust, Jhunjhunu
Pages: 574
Binding: Soft Cover
ISBN: 978-81-86510-26-1
Price: Rs 450

Shrimadbhagavad Gita (Bhag 1) (Hard Cover)

Pages: 574
Binding: Hard Cover
ISBN: 978-81-86510-27-8
Price: Rs 550

This book, based on a series of study classes conducted at the Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Education Centre, includes a detailed commentary on a Hindi translation of the first seven chapters of The Bhagavad Gita: With Text, Translation and Commentary in the Words of Sri Aurobindo, presenting each verse of the Gita's original Sanskrit text along with its translation based on Sri Aurobindo's Essays on the Gita. The slokas are followed by notes compiled from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

BENGALI

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Srimayer Aloy Bharat O Tar Bhabisyat
— Srima
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Karmadhara, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 42
Price: Rs 10

Bengali translation of India and Her Destiny

Description of content for original work:
        Compiled from the writings of the Mother, this booklet speaks of India's soul and its mission to act as spiritual guru to the world, the significance of India's freedom, its division, and its path to unity, India's true genius and her destiny, and some notes on Indian culture.

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Asimer Lilapathey
— Supriyo Bhattacharya
Publisher: Srinvantu Spiritual Trust, Kolkata
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 472
Price: Rs 400

ASSAMESE

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Param (Assamese)
— Mona Sarkarer smriticharan
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Guwahati
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 97
Price: Rs 160

Assamese translation of The Supreme

Description of content for original work:
        These conversations with the Mother were noted down from memory by Mona Sarkar. They were originally held in French, and took place in the late 1960s. The contents include, among others, "Mother – The Supreme", "The Mother's Voice", "The Mother's Feet" and "The Luminous Gaze of the Supreme". As expressed in the introductory note, "In spite of the human incapacity to convey the true value of Her words, ... these talks, it has been felt, reflect Her Light and Her Force; they bring something of Her Presence." The book contains numerous photographs of the Mother.

GUJARATI

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Chaitya Purush
— Sri Aravind ane Sri Matajinan akshararashimathi sankalit
ISBN: 978-93-5210-168-9
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 270
Price: Rs 160

Gujarati translation of The Psychic Being

Description of content for original work:
        The selections in this compilation deal with the meaning and nature of the psychic being, its role and action in the awakening to the inner life, and its influence on the afterlife and the process of rebirth. Many of the extracts clarify the difference between the soul in its purely essential form and the psychic being, which is the soul in its evolutionary, individualised form. The process of psychic growth and development and the central role of the psychic being in the individual's sadhana are some of the key concepts in Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga and are given prominence in this compilation, which is aimed mainly at the general reader.

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Sadhanamarganan Bhayasthano
— M. P. Pandit
Publisher: Yoga-Yukta Prakashan, Vadodara
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 33
Price: Rs 30

Gujarati translation of Pitfalls in Sadhana

Description of content for original work:
        Three talks, "Meditation-Work-Reading", "Rituals-Emotions-Psychic" and "Obsessions-Defects-Desires".

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Upanishad Achaman
— Prof (Dr) Suryakant Vaishnav
Publisher: Lajja Publications, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 64
Price: Rs 100

TAMIL

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Arulalar Sri Aravindar Aruliya Savitri
— Sri Aravindar
ISBN: 978-93-82474-22-7
Publisher: Savitri Bhavan, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 267
Price: Rs 250

Translation of Savitri, Book I — The Book of Beginnings



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