|Institute for Wholistic Education The Mother's Books Annotations|
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:
Flowers and Their Messages:
309 pp Paper Back
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.
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
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
Prayers and Meditations:
7100 pp Paper Back
300 pp Paper Back
Four Aspects of the Mother CD
58.58 min Audio CD
U.S. editions of The Mother's writings now available:
Compilations from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother: