The MotherWorks of The Mother
The Mother (Madame Mirra Alfassa) was born in France in 1878. An accomplished painter and musician, she began to have psychic and spiritual experiences at a very early age. In 1906 the Mother voyaged to Tlemcen, Algeria, where she studied occultism with Max Theon. In 1914, she met Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, and recognized him as the "Divine Master" whom she had met in her dreams. In her spiritual diary (published as Prayers and Meditations) the next day, she wrote:
"It matters little that there are thousands of beings plunged in the densest ignorance. He whom we saw yesterday is on earth; his presence is enough to prove that a day will come when darkness shall be transformed into light, and Thy reign shall be indeed established upon earth."
After spending nearly four years in Japan the Mother returned to Pondicherry in April of 1920 to stay for good. When Sri Aurobindo withdrew from outer activities for exclusive concentration on his work (November 24, 1926) he entrusted to the Mother the guidance of the disciples who had gathered around him. This was the beginning of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
Auroville, the City of Dawn, 10 kilometers outside of Pondicherry, was founded by The Mother in 1968. On November 17, 1973 the Mother left her body.