Two of the new books introduced in this issue offer the reader quite special experiences. Udar, an evocation in photographs, stories, and remembrances of the life of the disciple who was formerly known as Laurence Pinto, provides a veritable history of Ashram activities from the late 1930s to the 1990s in which Udar played a significant role. Champaklal’s Treasures, a collection of letters, notes, and messages written by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and some early conversations of Sri Aurobindo, reveals an intimate portrait of how they gave shape and form to their sublime vision in so many different aspects of life.
Two young men of completely different background and education, Udar and Champaklal found themselves drawn to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, each through his own nature. Champaklal, when just a young man of twenty, came from his village in Gujarat to stay in the Ashram in 1923. He once said that “I came here with the object of God-realisation. But here, I found the stress on transformation. Very soon, however, both receded and service took hold of my being entirely.” And it is as the faithful attendant, first to Sri Aurobindo and later to the Mother, that Champaklal was best known. The writings presented in Champaklal’s Treasures, whether just a few sentences or a long letter to a disciple, offer us unexpected insights into the life that was concentrated around Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Thus we have this note of the Mother’s dated 25 February 1952 that reads
Later in the book is a long section containing correspondence with early disciples that includes several letters from Sri Aurobindo to his brother Barindra Kumar Ghose. The following is an extract from a letter written in 1920 and translated from the original Bengali:
While Champaklal’s mantra was service, Udar’s might well have been action. With the sound technical knowledge of a trained aeronautical engineer and a head for organisation, Udar became one of the pillars of the Ashram, called upon by the Mother to take up many new or complicated projects. The pages of the book Udar are filled with more than 400 photographs and numerous remembrances that clearly exhibit Udar’s immense enthusiasm and commitment to the Mother’s work.
Even reading poetry was a field of action for Udar. The Mother had told him that the whole of Savitri is a mantra for the transformation of the world and that he should make Savitri his life. He began to learn the entire poem by heart and later on, in the 1980s, started to recite and read from Savitri every day during regular sessions attended by many friends and visitors. It is typical that he delved deep into this work with his full energy, as he had done so often when the Mother called upon his faithfulness and ability.
one of Mother's children
This book commemorates the birth centenary of Laurence Pinto(1907–2001), who was given the name “Udar” by Sri Aurobindo in 1938. Printed on art paper, it is a collection of anecdotes, facts, stories, and over 400 photographs that reveal the story of Udar’s life. Educated and trained as an aeronautical engineer, his talents and skills were used by the Mother in the creation of Harpagon Workshop and the construction of Golconde, the organisation of the Physical Education Department, and the development of the Handmade Paper Unit, the Laboratoires Senteurs, Coco Garden Concrete Works, and Honesty Engineers and Contractors. The photographs and memories recorded here give vivid testimony to Udar’s dynamic presence in the daily life of the Ashram over a span of many years.
Edited by M. P. Pandit, Revised by Roshan
This book comprises writings and talks of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother that were collected and preserved by Champaklal, who served them personally for more than five decades. It is organised into five parts: a section of short letters by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, which have been arranged and provided titles by the editor; some notes, prayers, and reflections of the Mother; a section that includes the significance of their blessings and symbols, and Sanskrit names given to disciples and devotees; letters written by Sri Aurobindo to some of the early disciples; and records of some interviews and talks. Containing new material recently found among Champaklal’s papers, this is a revised and enlarged edition. The book is available again after a long time.
|Songs of Youth
Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya
These forty-two songs, written and composed by Pranab Bhattacharya over the course of many years beginning around 1967, appear in their original Bengali with English translations. Musical notations have also been provided. When the first set of songs was published in 1971, the Mother gave a message calling them “ideal songs to give courage, determination, and a push towards realisation”.
Bengali translation of Notes on the Way
Recorded conversations on the Mother's own spiritual experiences between 1964 and 1973, mostly on the subject of the physical transformation of the cells of the human body through spiritual means.
|Jeevansafalyachi Kala (Part 1)
M. P. Pandit
M. P. Pandit
|Su Il Cibo
Parole dagli scritti di Mère e Sri Aurobindo
"Il cibo è fatto per sostentare il corpo e a questo fine si deve prenderne quanto serve. Mangiare troppo appesantisce il corpo e lo vincola alla materia; mangiare troppo poco lo indebolisce e rende nervoso; bisogna trovare il giusto equilibrio fra bisogni del corpo e quantità di cibo.
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