The Mother called Savitri “the supreme revelation of Sri Aurobindo’s vision” and stressed the importance of reading it every day because each time one reads it, new experiences are revealed, a new understanding emerges. Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem features in four of the five English publications introduced in this issue. Meditations on Savitri—Vol. IV with 100 paintings by Huta covers Book Eight to Book Twelve. The Mother and Huta meditated together on lines chosen from Savitri, and the Mother described her vision evoked by those lines to Huta, with the help of a few pencil strokes. Huta then completed the work in her studio as an oil painting. This is the final volume of the paintings. Volume V will collect the Mother’s sketches that formed the basis for Huta’s paintings.

One of Huta’s paintings for Book Twelve, Epilogue: The Return to Earth

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Numberless the stars swam on their shadowy field
Describing in the gloom the ways of light.
Then while they skirted yet the southward verge,
Lost in the halo of her musing brows
Night, splendid with the moon dreaming in heaven
In silver peace, possessed her luminous reign.
She brooded through her stillness on a thought
Deep-guarded by her mystic folds of light,
And in her bosom nursed a greater dawn.

Many scholars, devotees and Savitri-lovers have written summaries, introductions, and explanations of Sri Aurobindo’s poem. Dr Judith Tyberg (Jyotipriya), in her own summary of Savitri, wrote that “its spiritual conception is so all-embracing, so integral that it gives birth to a power which transforms life on earth to a life of divine activity rather than leading to an escape from life. The epic is a mantric expression of this great Seer-sage’s inner findings and conquests, leading to his vision of an age of truth-consciousness and immortality.”

The next three books are all aimed at helping the reader reach a better understanding of Savitri. They each take a different approach, allowing for individual capacities to absorb the broad themes of the poem. Invitation to Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri by M. V. Nadkarni is based on a series of thirty-one talks he gave to introduce the poem to readers. The author was a noted speaker on Savitri, and this series covers the entire epic as well as chapters on how to read Savitri and comparisons with the original legend. There is also a glossary of Sanskrit terms used in the poem and references for the many quotations from Savitri and from other texts by Sri Aurobindo cited by the author.

Shraddhavan has brought out a very brief, concise handbook on Savitri by compiling one-page summaries of each canto from the works of M. P. Pandit and from the work of members of the Gruppo Germoglio of Modena, Italy. An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Epic Savitri acts as a guide to understanding how the poem progresses so that the reader may more closely follow the text and appreciate the images, symbols, and poetry. It also provides an introductory reading list of reference works and studies by various authors. Yet another approach is featured in A Focused Journey through Sri Aurobindo's Savitri.The book is a collection of extensive excerpts drawn from Savitri that cover all the cantos of the poem, with subtitles by the compiler that attempt to highlight the central message and theme of the passage.

The final English book introduced below is a pictorial journey—Auroville 1968–2018: Glimpses into 50 Years of Photographic Archives. It captures the people and places of Auroville, and gives a vivid sense of Auroville life in such fields as education, the creative arts, scientific research and experimentation in sustainable energy, soil and water conservation, and architecture. Highlighted are the inauguration ceremony in 1968, the construction of the Matrimandir, and Auroville’s golden jubilee celebration held on 28 February 2018.

Working on the pipe scaffolding at the Matrimandir in the mid-1970s
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The Dalai Lama visits Auroville



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ENGLISH

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Meditations on Savitri — IV
Book Eight – Book Twelve
— Paintings by Huta under the Mother's guidance
ISBN: 978-81-87372-40-0
Publisher: The Havyavahana Trust, Pondicherry
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 225
Price: Rs 1250

This is the fourth volume in a series that presents 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 100 paintings accompanied by the corresponding lines from Savitri covers "The Book of Death" (7 paintings), "The Book of Eternal Night" (22 paintings), "The Book of the Double Twilight" (24 paintings), "The Book of Everlasting Day" (34 paintings), and "Epilogue: The Return to Earth" (13 paintings).

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Invitation to Sri Aurobindo's Savitri
Based on a series of talks in Pondicherry
— M. V. Nadkarni
ISBN: 978-81-7060-400-6
Publisher: AuroPublications, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 426
Price: Rs 450

The first chapter of this book, which is based on the author’s series of thirty-one talks introducing the poem, lays down a few key principles in his approach to the subject. First, that in writing Savitri, Sri Aurobindo was leaving for posterity a verbal embodiment of his own consciousness. Then, through the poetry he was flooding the earth atmosphere with the vibrations of hope and love in an age already wallowing in nihilism, building a bridge between this world of human limitations and the future world that he was opening up. And that is why the writing of Savitri is a very significant event in human history. The transcribed talks cover the entire epic as well as chapters on how to read Savitri and comparisons with the original legend. The book concludes with a glossary of Sanskrit terms used in the poem and references for the many quotations from Savitri and from other texts by Sri Aurobindo cited by the author.

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An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Epic Savitri — A Legend and a Symbol
— Compiled by Shraddhavan
ISBN: 978-93-82474-28-9
Publisher: Savitri Bhavan, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 67
Price: Rs 125

Beginning with Sri Aurobindo’s own Author’s Note on Savitri, some statements of the Mother on Savitri, and a note on how the poem developed over the years from 1916 to 1950, this concise handbook then very briefly summarises each canto of the entire epic. Compiled by Shraddhavan of Savitri Bhavan, the summaries are based on work by M.P. Pandit and members of the Gruppo Germoglio of Modena, Italy. The book concludes with an introductory reading list of reference works and studies by various authors.

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A Focused Journey Through Sri Aurobindo's Savitri
(Selections from Savitri)
— Edited by Chandra Prakash Khetan
ISBN: 978-81-86510-29-2
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 454
Price: Rs 600

A collection of extensive selections from Savitri covering all the cantos of the poem, this book attempts to guide the reader by providing titles to the selections that highlight the central message and theme and throw some light on the content of the passage itself. It also includes chapters on what Sri Aurobindo and the Mother said about Savitri, the story of Savitri from the Mahabharata, and a look at the original legend vis-à-vis Sri Aurobindo’s treatment that gave us Savitri: a Legend and a Symbol.

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Auroville 1968–2018: Glimpses into 50 Years of Photographic Archives
— Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER)
ISBN: 978-93-82474-23-4
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research, Auroville
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 447
Price: Rs 5300

Celebrating fifty years through photographs, this book is a dynamic visual narrative of Auroville’s development. Although the photographs, both familiar and fresh, do not follow a strict chronological order, there are recurrent themes that provide a historical perspective. It begins with the local inhabitants of the land on which Auroville is built, followed by photos of the inauguration ceremony in 1968 and the first settlers to arrive on the dusty plains, some very dramatic photos of the Matrimandir construction, and ends with the golden jubilee celebration on 28 February 2018. Interspersed are photographs of several people who played a role in supporting the growth of Auroville, a photomontage of Auroville’s children, studying, playing, and growing up before our eyes, and views of Auroville life through the creative arts, sport, experimental architecture, alternative energy, village development, quiet moments of contemplation in the beauty of the growing surroundings, and informal portraits of its residents.

FRENCH

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Journal du Yoga: Livre III
1915 - Fin 1919
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-902032-6-5
Publisher: Aurobhasha, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 522
Price: Rs 2250

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Journal du Yoga: Livre IV
1920 - 1927
— Sri Aurobindo
ISBN: 978-81-902032-8-9
Publisher: Aurobhasha, Auroville
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 345
Price: Rs 1560

Les livres 3 et 4 du Journal du Yoga couvrent la période du 1er janvier 1915 au 31 décembre 1927. Le Journal du Yoga est l’« Agenda » de Sri Aurobindo. Chaque jour Sri Aurobindo note l’évolution de sa sâdhanâ [discipline spirituelle], selon le « programme » qu’il reçoit intérieurement quelque temps après son arrivée à Pondichéry en 1910. Ainsi est tracé jour après jour, dans tous ses détails, le parcours d’un yoga « incalculable, soumis à nulle règle, modèle, dogme ou shastra. » Ce développement yoguique culmine en décembre 1926 avec la réalisation des « Sept Soleils du Supramental », la découverte du « huitième Soleil de Vérité caché au sein de la Terre », puis du « Supramental suprême » en 1926-27

ITALIAN

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Lo Scopo della Vita
— Sri Aurobindo e Mère
ISBN: 978-93-5210-202-0
Publisher: Domani, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 43
Price: Rs 130

Ha detto la Madre:

“Una vita senza scopo è sempre una vita miserevole. Tutti dovrebbero avere uno scopo. Ma dobbiamo sapere che dalla qualità del nostro scopo dipende la qualità della nostra vita. Che il nostro scopo sia elevato e grande, generoso e disinteressato; renderà la nostra vita preziosa per noi e per gli altri.”

In questo libretto la Madre e Sri Aurobindo ci mostrano il cammino affinché la nostra esistenza sia elevata allo scopo più grande.

HINDI

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Shrimadbhagavad Gita (Bhag 2)
Mool tatha anuvad sahit
— Compilation from the Works of Sri Aurobindo with commentary
ISBN: 978-81-86510-31-5
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Divine Life Trust, Jhunjhunu
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 558
Price: Rs 450

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 eighth to eighteenth 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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Arther Mulya
— Sri Aurobindo O Srima
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Kolkata
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 40
Price: Rs 40

GUJARATI

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Sri Matajinu Param Sannidhya
— Shobha Mitra
Publisher: Sri Arvind Yog Sadhana Kendra, Navsari
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 224
Price: Rs 150

Gujarati translation of Living in The Presence

Description of content for original work:
        These reminiscences date back to 1942, when the author first met the Mother, and describe how she eventually came to settle permanently in the Ashram in 1951, while still a teenager. Dance and music were her interests and later, in the Ashram, they became her field of work and sadhana. As well as performing, she taught singing and arranged cultural programmes. In this book, translated from the original Bengali, she gathers memories recorded over the years in her notebooks and brings them to life in a series of vignettes. Through the intimate details of her exchanges with the Mother, a vivid portrait of her spiritual journey emerges from the pages.

MARATHI

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Suryalokit Path
— Sri Mataji
ISBN: 978-81-942132-1-5
Publisher: Sahitya Prasar Kendra, Nagpur
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 206
Price: Rs 200

Marathi translation of The Sunlit Path

Description of content for original work:
        In this book, which is a collection of brief passages mostly from conversations with disciples and students at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, the Mother invites her listeners and readers to answer the call of adventure by courageously taking the path of spiritual self-perfection and transformation. The excerpts are arranged thematically to present the Mother's guidance to the seeker, showing the way through shadows and stumbles to a sunlit path through such topics as how to control one's thoughts, breaking the hard shell of the ego, the absolute necessity of a perfect sincerity, the right attitude to take when faced with even the most mundane affairs of life, the nature of dynamic meditation, and the liberation of a complete surrender to the Divine.

TELUGU

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Yoga Samanvayam Vol 1 (Bhagalu 1 nundi 2)
— Sri Aravindulu
ISBN: 978-93-5210-191-7
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 648
Price: Rs 390

Telugu translation of The Synthesis of Yoga

Contents of Volume I:
Introduction: The Conditions of the Synthesis
Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works
Part Two: The Yoga of Integral Knowledge

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Yoga Samanvayam Vol 2 (Bhagalu 3 nundi 4)
— Sri Aravindulu
ISBN: 978-93-5210-192-4
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 442
Price: Rs 280

Telugu translation of The Synthesis of Yoga

Contents of Volume II:
Part Three: The Yoga of Divine Love
Part Four: The Yoga of Self-Perfection

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Sadhana
— M. P. Pandit
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Tenali
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 92
Price: Rs 60

Telugu translation of How Do I Proceed?

Description of content for original work:
        This book presents an outline of the scope, practice, and goal of the integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, stressing more of its practical side than its philosophical content. The author begins with the three basic processes of the Yoga: aspiration for the Divine, rejection of all contrary movements, and surrender of one's will to the Divine Will on each level of one's being. The next chapters deal with ways one may approach the Yoga, and the final chapter discusses the key role of the psychic being in the sadhana.

SANSKRIT

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Lalanagitani
— Asha Agrawal
ISBN: 978-81-7060-404-4
Publisher: AuroPublications, Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 33
Price: Rs 125



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