With wind and the weather beating round me
Up to the hill and the moorland I go.
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?
Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.
I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventure have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.
I am the Lord of tempest and mountain,
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks at my side.
Sri Aurobindo (Aurobindo Ghosh) in 1916.
15 August 1872
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
5 December 1950 (aged 78)
Pondicherry, French India
The Spirit shall look out through Matter's gaze.
And Matter shall reveal the Spirit's face.
Sri Aurobindo (Sri Ôrobindo, Bengali: শ্রীঅরবিন্দ) (15 August 1872 – 5 December He was an Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poetAurobindo studied for the Indian civil service at King's College, Cambridge.During his stay in Pondicherry, Aurobindo evolved a new method of spiritual practice, which he called Integral Yoga.His main literary works are The Life Divine, which deals with theoretical aspects of Integral Yoga; Synthesis of Yoga, which deals with practical guidance to Integral Yoga; and Savitri, an epic poem which refers to a passage in the Mahabharata, where its characters actualise integral yoga in their lives. His works also include philosophy, poetry, translations and commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads and the GitaAurobindo's close spiritual collaborator, Mirra Richard (b. Alfassa), came to be known as The Mother simply because Aurobindo started to call herIn the mid-1960s The Mother personally guided the founding of Auroville, an international township endorsed by UNESCO to further human unity in Tamil Nadu, near the Pondicherry border, which was to be a place "where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities."
Mirra Richard, known as the Mother