Mirra Alfassa or 'The Mother' of Auroville was the spiritual collaborator and companion of Sri Aurobindo, the great Hindu sage, seer, scholar, poet, patriot and guru. She was prolific writer, artist, and musician, and founder of the spiritual city of the future - Auroville in Pondicherry, India.
The Mother's real name was Blanche Rachel Miriam Alfassa and she was born on February 21, 1878 to her Egyptian mother and Turkish father settled in Paris, France.
This year, the Aurobindo Society will celebrate the Mother's 135th birth anniversary on Thursday. The Mother's room at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry will be open for 'Darshan' for devotees and there will be a collective meditation in the Ashram from 6:00 to 6:30 am.
The Mother came to Pondicherry to meet Sri Aurobindo in 1914. She herself wrote in her memoir, "The moment I saw Sri Aurobindo, I knew it was he who had come to do the work on earth and that it was with him I was to work." The Mother returned to Pondicherry in 1920 never to go back again.
In 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion in 1926, she founded Sri Aurobindo Ashram along with a two dozen other disciples of Aurobindo and became the spiritual benefactor of the growing community. In 1968, the Mother founded an international township in the outskirts of Pondicherry called 'Auroville - the City of Dawn,' named after her master Sri Aurobindo. Read Full Article