Sri AurobindoWorks of Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo, yogi, poet, philosopher, social and political leader, was born in Calcutta on August 15, 1872. From age 7 to 21, he was educated in England. Returning to Inida in 1893, he spent 15 years in Baroda State Service as an administrator and professor, where he made a deep study of India's cultural heritage and political condition. After the partition of Bengal in 1905, Sri Aurobindo left Baroda and went to Calcutta, where he became one of the leaders of the nationalist movement. As the editor of the newspaper Bande Mataram he boldly put forth the idea of complete independence for India. Arrested 3 times for sedition or treason, he was released each time for lack of evidence. During his one year's undertrial imprisionment he spent most of his time in the practice of Yoga and had a series of decisive spiritual experiences.
In 1910, retiring from politics in response to an iner call to devote himself exclusively to Yoga, Sri Aurobindo withdrew to Pondicherry, where he devoted his last forty years to the path of spiritual attainment, not as an end in itself, but as a preparation and a base for the advent of the next phase in terrestrial evolution beyond Mind - the Supramental. For all those who will follow, he has mapped out a more complete method, the Purna yoga, or Yoga of Integral Perfection, which aims at a spiritual realization that would transform human nature and divinize earthly life.
Sri Aurobindo left his body on the 5th of December, 1950.