The Mother (booklet)

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Chapter I Paper icon.png (3 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this essay as a message for distribution on 21 February 1927, the birthday of the Mother. Three months earlier, after an important spiritual experience of 24 November 1926, Sri Aurobindo had withdrawn from outward contacts and placed the Mother in charge of the disciples who had gathered around him. He told them at that time to turn entirely to her for spiritual and practical guidance. This message therefore had a special significance in its immediate historical context. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (14:09)
Chapter II Paper icon.png (2 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this piece after he had finished replying to a series of questions asked by Motilal Mehta, a disciple living in Gujarat, in a letter dated 30 May 1927. One of Motilal’s questions referred to the message that is published as Chapter 1. Another question asked for “the signs of the coming of the Divine Grace”. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (6:09)
Chapter III Paper icon.png (2 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this piece as a letter to Punamchand Shah, a disciple living in Gujarat, on 1 August 1927. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (6:16)
Chapter IV Paper icon.png (2 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this undated piece as a letter to Punamchand Shah. At the time Punamchand was involved in the collection of money for Sri Aurobindo’s work. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (10:58)
Chapter V Paper icon.png (2 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this piece as a letter to Punamchand Shah on 19 August 1927. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (11:15)
Chapter VI Paper icon.png (13 pages) Sri Aurobindo wrote this essay dealing with the four aspects of the Mother and related topics in the autumn of 1927 with the idea of publishing it in the booklet. Agenda icon 16px red.png   (22:18)
    (continued) “Four great aspects of the Mother...” Agenda icon 16px red.png   (40:18)
    (continued) “There are other great Personalities of the Divine Mother...” Agenda icon 16px red.png   (18:46)


“Nirodbaran: Some people find your book “The Mother” very difficult.

Sri Aurobindo: I don't see what is the difficulty there.

No, it is not the style but the idea that they find difficult to grasp. The Chinese professor who is here read it and couldn't follow. After reading Anilbaran's book “Songs from the Soul”, many things became clear to him.

Then it must be the difficulty of the mind which is not prepared.”[2]




  1. The Mother with Letters on the Mother, p.651, “Note on the Texts”
  2. Talks with Sri Aurobindo, p.266, 29 November 1939


See also