Featured in this Golden Day issue is a special book that pays homage to the Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother through a collection of 111 beautiful photographs taken over the years by Gangaram Malwade. The photographs, a few of which are pictured here, were first presented as an exhibition at the Ashram in February 2007. The only words to describe the devotion they inspire are those of the Mother, inscribed memorably on the Samadhi:


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coverSamadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother

— Photographs by Gangaram Malwade
Publisher: Department of Physical Education, Pondicherry
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 122
Price: Rs 450

These 111 photographs of the Samadhi, seven inches by ten inches in size, taken at different times of the day and from different angles, have been collected and printed on art paper in this volume. They evoke the presence of this sacred place with its atmosphere of deep peace and serenity. Many of the photographs capture the beauty of the floral decorations and designs that are created twice daily on the Samadhi. A short introduction records how the care of the Samadhi and its environs developed from December 1950 to the present and includes many of the Mother's instructions on how things were to be kept and arranged.

coverI am with you (Part II and III)

— Kailas Jhaveri
ISBN: 978-81-86413-43-2
Publisher: Sri Mira Trust, Pondicherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 679
Price: Rs 250

A chronicle of the author's life and work in the Ashram, this book continues the story begun in Part I, which was published in 2004 and related how she came into contact with the works of Sri Aurobindo while a student in Mumbai and then spent ten years in the U.S.A. This volume begins with Part II which details her close contact with the Mother between 1964 and 1973 and the various work she undertook, particularly for the project of Auroville in its earliest stages and with Richard Pearson on the spiritual significance of flowers. Part III follows her life after 1973, including her travels within India and abroad to speak about the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The book is enhanced by more than forty pages of facsimiles of the Mother's letters to her.

coverSri Aurobindo and His Contemporary Thinkers

— Articles by various authors
ISBN: 978-81-246-0428-1
Publisher: D. K. Printworld (P) Ltd., New Delhi in Association with Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 349
Price: Rs 600

The authors represented in this interdisciplinary study are all concerned with the personalities, ideas, movements, and contributions of some of the most prominent leaders of what has come to be known as the Renaissance in India, that period from the latter half of the eighteenth century until the end of the nineteenth century, which is marked by the reawakening of a national spirit in search of its past. By analysing the social, cultural, and political background of the period and comparing the contributions made by Sri Aurobindo and others such as Vivekananda, Tagore, Tilak, Gokhale, Gandhi, Raja Rammohan Roy, and Krishna Chandra Bhattacharyya to the freedom movement and the rejuvenation of India’s heritage, a clear distinction is drawn regarding Sri Aurobindo’s unique role in this renaissance movement.



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