An Introduction

“If in the following pages we give many data on the outer life of the Mother, it should not divert the mind from the proper purpose of such a writing: to point towards the timeless ever-living Mother of the Universe, her Power and Love, which are felt if we turn towards her.”

Birth and Girlhood (1878-1896)

Even in her early years Mirra became conscious of her special purpose of life, her mission on earth: “I started contemplating or doing my Yoga from the age of 4. There was a small chair for me on which I used to sit still, engrossed in my meditation […]” From the age of five she was conscious that she did not belong to this world and did not have a human consciousness.

Paris (1897-1904)

Whilst Sri Aurobindo’s main interests in the early stages of his development were literature, poetry, languages and history, for the Mother they were, no doubt, art and music. But these were to her forms of expression which led to something deeper or revealed something hidden within: the search for God and spiritual realization were her sole objective in all things.

Paris and Tlemsen (1905-1912)

The Mother’s high inner realization and spiritual radiance soon attracted towards her many seekers. In 1906 a small group was formed under her guidance, which was named Idea. They met regularly on Wednesday evenings at her house, first in rue Lemercier, later in rue des Lévis and after 1910 in rue Val de Grâce. Apart Read More

Diary Notes and Meeting with Sri Aurobindo

“Wherever the call was, I could attend.” On the strength of this quotation we may surely assume and affirm that now the Mother is in a similar way influencing earth events from the subtle physical plane and giving individual guidance to disciples and devotees. “Even without my body the work could go on.” This is certainly a most significant revelation.

Japan (1916-20)

We find the Richards in London on 13 March 1916, embarking on the long journey to the Far East. They reached Japan in June 1916 and stayed for four years in the land of the rising sun, the first year mostly in Tokyo, the last three years in Kyoto. They briefly touched China too.

Pondicherry (1920-26)

The Mother was back in Pondicherry, and she was never again to leave India. Over these years the foundation of the Ashram was laid, even though it was not consciously planned or discussed. Things took their own course and there was an organic development.