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The Mother:

The Mother was born in Paris as Mirra Alfassa in 1878. She studied art, music and occult sciences in her early life, guided by spiritual experience at a very early age. In 1914 she met Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, India and in 1920 she moved permanently to Pondicherry to join him as his spiritual collaborator. In 1926 she was formally given full charge over the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the spiritual and material welfare of the disciples who had formed around Sri Aurobindo by that time. She contined to expand the scope of the work of integration of the inner and outer life with the founding of the International Centre of Education, a model school which puts into practice the integral education methods developed by her. In 1968 the Mother founded the international city of Auroville as a place for material and spiritual research for the future evolution of humanity in harmony with itself and its earthly environment.

The Mother's writings are powerful, direct and decisive in their spiritual force and clarity.


Writings of the Mother:

Search for the Soul in Everyday Living

162 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524574
Excellent introduction to the Mother's teachings, including chapters on "to be conscious", concentration and meditation, progress, obstacles, etc. Search For The Soul gives the seekers practical steps which can be taken HERE AND NOW. In addition, it points out the direction and the goal, clearly and in a language that each one can grasp. The Mother's teachings touch the soul and reveal its nature with an immediacy and clarity which are undeniable

 

Soul and Its Powers:

147 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524671
Man has been searching for the meaning of life even from before the birth of Christ. Various religious/spiritual disciplines have developed over the centuries. But inevitably the solution was to escape from life towards a nirvana or a heaven that gave peace and salvation but left this earth unchanged. The Mother and Sri Aurobindo had a contrary view however, formulated upon their experiences and realizations. There is more to life than to escape from it.


Flowers and Their Messages:

309 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 094152468X
By entering into contact with the nature of a flower, its inner truth...one knows what it represents...if you are in contact with it, if you feel it, you can get an impression which may be translated as a thought. There is a kind of identification with the vibration, a perception of the quality that it represents...little by little there occurs a close approach between these vibrations, that are of the vital-emotional order, and the vibration of mental thought.

Forthcoming Title December 2004 from Lotus Press:

Commentaries on the Dhammapada

Commentaries on the Dhammapada

One of the ancient texts of the Pali Canon of Buddhism, the Dhammapada has a revered place among the noted scriptures of the world. It is quite special in its focus on the practical implementation of the Buddha's teachings in daily life, through the examination and self-control of one's thoughts, words and deeds. "Dhamma" is sometimes translated as "virtue", but in its deeper sense it is the innate law of life.
"Pada" means "footstep" or path. The Dhammapada is not so much a religious text as a text of practical psychology for those wishing to undertake an inner, spiritual discipline to change their lives.

The Buddha broke out of the conventions of his time in order to speak to the condition of mankind and provide a path toward liberation from the wheel of birth, death and Karma, the chain of consequences. The Dhammapada encapsulates his basic teachings and provides guidelines for gaining insight and an understanding that goes beyond any single teaching or religion. One of the "great books" of humanity, the Dhammapada can provide benefit to seekers from any philosophic or religious or spiritual path with its timeless non-sectarian wisdom.

The present edition is especially valuable as it contains an English translation that is at once clean and concise, while also filled with a spiritual sense and meaning. This translation compares favourably with those that have appeared in the past from an intellectual standpoint, and it is certain to awaken in the reader a sense of the reverence and
spiritual aspiration that truly resides in the text.

The commentaries are by the Mother, who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and the spiritual guide of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for many years. After each Dhammapada chapter, she has added her own observations and insights to turn our focus towards the realizations in consciousness that the text implies. Her practical acumen and spiritual wisdom create a force for understanding that is missing from a purely academic commentary.

Other Major Titles:

Collected Works of the Mother

17 volume set

7100 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0940985780
This 2nd edition of the Collected Works of the Mother in 17 volumes has been released to coincide with the 125th Birth Anniversary of the Mother. The Mother's writings contain a powerful force of yogic action that can transform the seeker's practice.

Prayers and Meditations:

7100 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0940985780
This 2nd edition of the Collected Works of the Mother in 17 volumes has been released to coincide with the 125th Birth Anniversary of the Mother. The Mother's writings contain a powerful force of yogic action that can transform the seeker's practice.

Health and Healing in Yoga:

300 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 8170580234
The extracts for this book have been selected from the writings and talks of the Mother. Most of the chapters begin with a series of short written statements arranged under the first title. The titles which follow are generally longer passages taken from talks; a few are from essays and messages

Audio:

Four Aspects of the Mother CD

58.58 min Audio CD
Sri Aurobindo's powerful "Matri Upanishad" chapter 6 of The Mother, read by The Mother. The mantric force of the writing is accentuated by the power of The Mother's reading.

Four Aspects of the Mother Audio Cassette:

58.58 min Audio Cassette
Sri Aurobindo's powerful "Matri Upanishad" chapter 6 of The Mother, read by The Mother. The mantric force of the writing is accentuated by the power of The Mother's reading.

 

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Compilations from the Writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother:

Living Words:

Soul-Kindlers for the New Millenium

198 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0910261423
Inspiring selections from the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother dealing with spiritual growth towards a new consciousness beyond mind which has now manifested itself upon the earth, heralding the birth of a New World.


The Yoga of Sleep and Dreams:

The Night-School of Sadhana

144 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0940985748
The Yoga of Sleep and Dreams: The Night-School of Sadhana The practice of yoga continues day and night. This book aids the seeker in becoming conscious and turning sleep and dreams into the opportunity for real and substantial progress on the path of yoga.

 



The Psychic Being

Soul: Its Nature, Mission and Evolution

223 pp Paper Back
ISBN: 0941524566
The present compilation is an attempt to bring together in one volume the manifold teachings pertaining to the psychic being which are to be found in the numerous works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The selections deal with the nature of the psychic being, shedding the light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother on the inner constitution of the human being and on various related questions such as the process of inner growth, the afterlife, and rebirth.

 


Living Within

The Yoga Approach to Psychological Health and Growth

Western psychotherapy and the personal growth process has gained considerably from the experience acquired within Eastern traditions. Living Within makes it apparent that there is a great deal more to learn that is of both practical and theoretical value.

Indian imported editions of The Mother's writings now available:

 

Sri Aurobindo's Writings:

Sri Aurobindo was a prolific writer over a wide range of subjects including philosophy, yoga, poetry, human unity and much more. Most of his major works have been published in US editions by Lotus Press.

Outline of Sri Aurobindo's Teaching

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