Works of Sri Aurobindo

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Autobiographical Notes

and Other Writings of Historical Interest











Section One


Life Sketches and Other Autobiographical Notes


Sri Aurobindo: A Life Sketch


Sri Aurobindo: A Life Sketch


Appendix: Letters on “Sri Aurobindo: A Life Sketch”


Incomplete Life Sketches


Incomplete Life Sketch in Outline Form, c. 1922


Fragmentary Life Sketch, c. 1928


Other Autobiographical Notes


A Day in Srinagar


Information Supplied to the King’s College Register


Section Two


Corrections of Statements Made in Biographies and Other Publications 


Early Life in India and England, 1872 – 1893


Language Learning


At Manchester


School Studies


In London


Early Poetry


At Cambridge


The Riding Examination


Political Interests and Activities


The Meeting with the Maharaja of Baroda


Departure from England


Life in Baroda, 1893 – 1906


Service in Baroda State


Language Study at Baroda


Poetry Writing at Baroda


Meetings with His Grandfather at Deoghar


Political Life, 1893 – 1910


A General Note on Sri Aurobindo’s Political Life


The Indu Prakash Articles


Beginnings of the Revolutionary Movement


Attitude towards Violent Revolution


General Note (referring especially to the Alipur Case and Sri Aurobindo’s politics)


Sister Nivedita


Bhawani Mandir


The Indian National Congress: Moderates and Extremists


The Barisal Conference and the Start of the Yugantar


Principal of the Bengal National College


Start of the Bande Mataram


The Policy of the Bande Mataram


The Bande Mataram Sedition Case


The Surat Congress


The Alipore Bomb Case


The Open Letters of July and December 1909


The Karmayogin Case


The Departure from Calcutta, 1910


To Charu Chandra Dutt


To the Editor, Sunday Times


On an Article by Ramchandra Majumdar


To Pavitra (Philippe Barbier Saint Hilaire)


Life in Pondicherry, 1910 – 1950


Meeting with the Mother


The Arya


The Development of the Ashram


Support for the Allies


Muslims and the 1947 Partition of Bengal


Early Spiritual Development


First Turn towards Spiritual Seeking


Beginnings of Yoga at Baroda


Meeting with Vishnu Bhaskar Lele


Sadhana 1908 – 1909


Philosophy and Writings


Sources of His Philosophy


Perseus the Deliverer


Essays on the Gita


The Future Poetry


The Mother


Some Philosophical Topics


Appendix: Notes of Uncertain Origin






Section One


Letters on Personal, Practical and Political Matters,1890 – 1926


Family Letters, 1890 – 1919


Extract from a Letter to His Father


To His Grandfather


To His Sister


Extract from a Letter to His Brother


To His Uncle


To His Wife


To His Father-in-Law


Letters Written as a Probationer in the Indian Civil Service, 1892


To Lord Kimberley


Letters Written While Employed in the Princely State of Baroda, 1895 – 1906


To the Sar Suba, Baroda State


To Bhuban Babu


To an Officer of the Baroda State


Draft of a Reply to the Resident on the Curzon Circular


To the Dewan, on the Government’s Reply to the Letter on the Curzon Circular


To the Naib Dewan, on the Infant Marriage Bill


A Letter of Condolence


To R. C. Dutt


To the Principal, Baroda College


To the Dewan, on Rejoining the College


To the Maharaja


A Letter of Recommendation


Letters and Telegrams to Political and Professional Associates, 1906 – 1926


To Bipin Chandra Pal


A Letter of Acknowledgement


To Hemendra Prasad Ghose


To Aswinicoomar Banerji


To Dr. S.K. Mullick


Telegrams about a Planned Political Reception


Extract from a Letter to Parthasarathi Aiyangar


Note on a Forged Document


To Anandrao


To Motilal Roy


Draft of a Letter to Saurin Bose


To K. R. Appadurai


Fragmentary Draft Letter


To a Would-be Contributor to the Arya


To Joseph Baptista


To Balkrishna Shivaram Moonje


To Chittaranjan Das


To Shyamsundar Chakravarty


Open Letters Published in Newspapers, 1909 – 1925


To the Editor of the Bengalee


To the Editor of the Hindu


To the Editor of the New India


To the Editor of the Hindustan


To the Editor of the Independent


To the Editor of the Standard Bearer


To the Editor of the Bombay Chronicle


Section Two


Early Letters on Yoga and the Spiritual Life, 1911 – 1928


Extracts from Letters to the Mother and Paul Richard,


To Paul Richard


To the Mother and Paul Richard


Draft of a Letter


To People in India, 1914 – 1926


To N. K. Gogte


Draft of a Letter to Nolini Kanta Gupta


To A. B. Purani


To V. Chandrasekharam


Extract from a Letter to K.N. Dixit


To Ramchandran


To and about V. Tirupati


To Daulatram Sharma


To Barindra Kumar Ghose and Others, 1922 – 1928


To Barindra Kumar Ghose


To Hrishikesh Kanjilal


To Krishnashashi


To Rajani Palit


Draft Letters to and about Kumud Bandhu Bagchi


To People in America, 1926 – 1927


To Mr. and Mrs. Sharman


To the Advance Distributing Company


Draft of a Letter to C. E. Lefebvre


To and about Anna Bogenholm Sloane


Draft Letters, 1926 – 1928


To an Unknown Person


To and about Marie Potel


Section Three


Other Letters of Historical Interest on Yoga and Practical Life, 1921 – 1938


On Yoga and Fund-raising for the Ashram, 1921 – 1938


To and about Durgadas Shett


To and about Punamchand M. Shah


To and about Public Figures, 1930 – 1937


Draft of a Letter to Maharani Chimnabai II


On a Proposed Visit by Mahatma Gandhi


To Dr. S. Radhakrishnan


To and about Morarji Desai


On a Proposed Visit by Jawaharlal Nehru


To Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury






Section One


Public Statements, Messages, Letters and Telegrams on Indian and World Events, 1940 – 1950


On the Second World War, 1940 – 1943


Contributions to Allied War Funds


Notes about the War Fund Contributions


On the War: An Unreleased Statement


India and the War


On the War: Private Letters That Were Made Public


On Indian Independence, 1942 – 1947


On the Cripps Proposal


On the Wavell Plan


On the Cabinet Mission Proposals


The Fifteenth of August 1947


On the Integration of the French Settlements in India, 1947 – 1950


The Future Union (A Programme)


On the Disturbances of 15 August 1947 in Pondicherry


Letters to Surendra Mohan Ghosh


Note on a Projet de loi


Messages on Indian and World Events, 1948 – 1950


On the Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi


On the World Situation (July 1948)


On Linguistic Provinces (Message to Andhra University)


Letters Related to the Andhra University Award


The Present Darkness (April 1950)


On the Korean Conflict


Section Two


Private Letters to Public Figures and to the Editor of Mother India, 1948 – 1950


To Surendra Mohan Ghosh


To Kailas Nath Katju


To K. M. Munshi


Notes and Letters to the Editor of Mother India on Indian and World Events, 1949 – 1950


On Pakistan


On the Commonwealth and Secularism


On the Unity Party


On French India and on Pakistan


On Cardinal Wyszynski, Catholicism and Communism


On the Kashmir Problem


On “New Year Thoughts”


Rishis as Leaders


On Military Action


The Nehru-Liaquat Pact and After


On the Communist Movement






Section One


Public Statements and Notices concerning the Ashram,1927 – 1937


Public Statements about the Ashram, 1927 and 1934


On the Ashram’s Finances (1927)


On the Ashram (1934)


Notices for Members of the Ashram, 1928 – 1937


Notices of May 1928


Notices of 1929 – 1937


Section Two


Public Statements about Sri Aurobindo’s Path of Yoga, 1934 and 1949


Sri Aurobindo’s Teaching


A Message to America