Collected Works tutorial

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"The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo" and "Collected Works of The Mother" are available to download as PDFs from the Ashram website:


The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo Collected Works of The Mother
Ashram PDFS Sri Aurobindo 1.png Ashram PDFS Mother 1.png


At the bottom of the page is a link to download a zipped folder of the entire collection of works.


Ashram PDFS Sri Aurobindo 2.png Ashram PDFS Mother 2 marked.png


A nice feature of the collections is that they are indexed; this allows you to search for a word or phrase to find all of its instances across all the collected works. This is done with a special Catalog Index file that is included in the folder. For Sri Aurobindo's works the file is called simply “cwsa”. For The Mother's works the file is called “MCW Web”.


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Opening the index file opens a search window in Adobe Reader:


CWSA pdfs 2 - search index.png


The default option is to search “In the index named cwsa.pdx”.


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Searching for a word or phrase results in a list of all the files containing the word or phrase:


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Expanding the list (clicking the “+”) shows each instance of the word or phrase in context:


CWSA pdfs 5 - search results instances marked.png


Clicking on any of these opens the file and navigates to the instance, which is shown as highlighted:


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See also