Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Matrimandir: An Impressionistic Picture

The world is racked with violence: life has lost its sanctity, a dark Power has eclipsed the light of faith, truth and love. At this critical juncture, the Matrimandir is rising like a tower of peace and harmony….

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

My Operation and Esha’s Role in it

Many times in the past as well as recently, some serious physical problems have affected a few of the older sadhaks, making me wonder what the occult reason for this might be. Material science would scoff at such a concern. But, in the Ashram, spiritual science must take the occult into account….

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Yoga in the Material Field

How the Ashram also contributes to the material welfare of the town can be realised from the present story. This story is about a very practical piece of work resulting from the Yogic life pursued in the Ashram under the guidance of the Mother.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

The Mahabharata War and Sri Aurobindo, An Inner Conversation

Sri Aurobindo said that when He was in jail the Gita was put into His hand. … So He told us that this Gita was given to Him by Sri Krishna; and if you read Essays on the Gita, which I recommend very strongly to all of you, those particularly who are grown up, you will have no doubt that it was Sri Aurobindo Himself who was Sri Krishna.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Sister Nivedita as a Disciple

Swami Brahmananda said: ‘Next to Vivekananda nobody else ever loved India so much.’ ‘I see Nivedita as the Mother of the masses,’ said Rabindranath. … Vivekananda knew and said that Nivedita would awaken nationalism among the Hindus and had directed her to dedicate herself to that end.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Nishikanta: Poet in Crisis

Since childhood, he had been brought up in Shanti Niketan. Poet and artist, he became at once Tagore’s favourite. Tagore initiated him into the subtleties of Bengali literature with care and affection. In Art, Abanindranath and Nandalal were his masters.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

In Memory of Sahanadi

Seeing Sahanadi’s example I realise that one need not have knowledge of Sri Aurobindo’s great philosophy to do his Yoga. There is a path of Love and Devotion which can unfold all the mysteries of the Divine

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Bula-da

It was his tireless effort, organising power and efficient service that turned it into one of the most thorough and sound units of the Ashram. The Mother had entire trust in him.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Divine Mother and son Andre

In our talks on various Ashram topics, he was always impersonal; never a strong word of criticism or disparagement came out of his mouth. Nobility, dignity and sweetness breathed through his demeanour, and one always felt the presence of the Mother in his quiet company.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Pujalal – The Mother’s Poet

The great Samata that he had attained in his soul was certainly no mean achievement and was the result of his life-long sadhana and devotion to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo. His name Pujalal meaning worship is amply justified.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Kalyan “Saheb” Some Memories

Cricketer, footballer, tennis player, keen hunter, litterateur, a good translator and bon vivant… Dilip-da is said to have remarked that Kalyan was a Prahlad in the Daitya Kula of their family.

Selected Essays and Talks of Nirodbaran

Champaklal

With the Mother he is so free and natural like a child asking questions, correcting her, and the Mother indulging his whims and views. None of us would dare to take so much liberty with her and he did it because he loved her as his own mother.