Birth anniversary of Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo | News

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15 Aug 2019, 04:45AM ISTSource: TOI.in

Today is the birth anniversary of Indian philosopher and spiritual guru Sri Aurobindo. He was born in India on 15th August 1872. A great Indian nationalist, Aurobindo or Aurobindo Ghose (1872 – 1950) left politics to pursue his spiritual sadhana. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule. He was one of its influential leaders who later became a spiritual reformer, and introduced his visions on spiritual evolution. In his early life Aurobindo was an extremely brilliant student and got scholarship to read classics at King’s College Cambridge. While studying at the university, young Aurobindo became increasingly interested in the India’s independence movement. Upon graduating he decided to return to India where he took up a position as a teacher and he continued to become more deeply connected with the Indian Independence movement. Aurobindo was one of the first Indian leaders to openly call for complete Indian independence. In 1908 Aurobindo was implicated in the Alipore bomb plot in which two people died. As a consequence, Aurobindo was jailed whilst awaiting trial. In prison, Aurobindo underwent a profound and life-changing spiritual experience. During his spiritual transformation, Sri Aurobindo received an inner urge to give up politics and devote his life to spirituality. His main literary works are The Life Divine, which deals with theoretical aspects of Integral Yoga. Relevantly, Sri Aurobindo Ashram a spiritual community located in Pondicherry grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910.



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