Thursday, June 12, 2008

Know The Significant Days Of Aurobindo Ashram

The Aurobindo Ashram is an important milestone in the history of Pondicherry. Do you want to know the important days that are observed in the ashram? In today’s blog post, i would like to share the important dates along with its interesting significance.

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, after 1950, the Mother alone gave Darshan to the inmates of the Ashram as well as to the numerous visitors who came to Pondicherry from all over India and also from the other parts of the world. The following days are known as the Dashan days.
The Mothers birthday falls on 21 February. On this day, collective meditation is held in the morning around the Samadhi. The Ashramites and visitors can pass through the Aurobindo’s room. In the evening, members of the Department of Physical education have march past in the play ground, giving salute to the Mother.

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On 24th April 1920, the Mother came to Pondicherry to stay permanently. Sri Aurobindo’s birthday falls on the 15th August. The meditation and the march past are held on these days also.

The 24th November marks a milestone in Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga, for on this day, in 1926, he achieved victory over what is known his yogic vocabulary as the over mind. The victory prepares the advent of the super mind and this is the goal of his yoga.
The 29th February is marked as the Golden day in the ashram’s history. Because on this day a decent took place in the earth consciousness, as a result of which the Mother said on April 24th of the same year, “The Manifestation of the Supramental upon the Earth is no more a promise but a living fact, a reality”. The Mother further said, “It is at work here, and a day will come when the most blind, the most unconscious, even the most unwilling shall be obliged to recognize it.”

On every New Year’s Day the Mother used to give the message. Some of the other important dates are 4th April 1910 on which Aurobindo came to Pondicherry. On 5th December 1950 Aurobindo left his body and on 17th November 1973 the Mother left her body. Other days observed in the Ashram are Christmas, Saraswathi Puja, Vijayadasami and Deepavalli.

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