Charu Chandra Dutt

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Charu Chandra Dutt
My Friend and My Master
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(Peter Heehs:) “It was probably [in October 1905] that Aurobindo, Barin and Deshpande paid a visit to Charu Chandra Dutt, an ICS officer serving in Thana, near Bombay. According to Dutt the reason for their coming was to enlist his help in establishing the Bhawani Mandir order. Barin was still anxious to build the temple; but Aurobindo assured the unreligious civilian that the order's real purpose was revolutionary. “Look upon the ochre garb [of the sannyasins] as a uniform,” he said. Dutt was attracted by the idea and promised to help, but nothing much happened for a year or more.”[1]

(Charu Chandra Dutt:) “Let me, now, describe in short my first Darshan of Sri Aurobindo. My reader can easily imagine how with trembling feet and a heart all aflutter I crossed the threshold of the hall. I had my eyes closed. At the time when I faced the throne, I opened my eyes and had just one glimpse of a face, sky-blue in tint, a shadowy peacock feather on the head. A beautiful benign face, but I could not bear to look at it again. I averted my face and walked away. My one thought, if I had any thought at all at the time, was that I must not break down. A couple of days later, Puraniji, an old sadhak, came to see me and said, “Charu Babu, I asked Sri Aurobindo — ‘How did you find your old friend, Sir?’ — He laughed and replied — ‘Charu would not let me have a look at him.’” It was perfectly true. How could I look him in the face! Thus began my sadhana. Who knows, probably I am still going round and round the starting point! But one thing is quite clear to me. It is that I have received His Grace and that the end is certain.”[2]

“I am not a learned man; in all probability I am not even a true lover of learning; the God of wisdom is, to me, a distant divinity. But the charmer of my heart I know and understand, by the very force of my love.”[3]

  1. The Bomb in Bengal: The Rise of Revolutionary Terrorism in India 1900-1910, p.74, “The Temple of the Mother”
  2. My Friend and My Master, p.11
  3. Ibid., p.17