ON THE MOTHER DIVINE--Pasupati; Published by Sri Aurobindo Karmi Sangha Trust, Habra-Prafullanagar; 124 pp., Rs 75.
This booklet of 124 pages is a translation, by the author himself, of his Bengali book entitled Ke ai Ma which proved to be a very popular book and has already run into at least eight reprints. The English translation is now being issued in a second edition with some additional material.
The author explains at the start itself how he came into contact with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, occasioned by some serious personal problems in his life. His problems having been solved by this first contact, his interest was awakened and the initial disbelief and lack of faith vanished.
This book does not purport to be a biography of the Mother. It can serve as an interesting initial introduction to the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and if the interest of the reader is awakened, he could then read the more comprehensive biographies of the Mother available with the Ashram. There are several, one of them wide-ranging and exhaustive, a second one a brief but fairly detailed regular biography.
The book is a collection of assorted articles, some of them dealing with briefly stated incidents in the life of the Mother. Others are the author's own impressions of the Mother. Yet others deal with the various Ashram departments, like the printing press, the weaving section, the tailoring department, the farms, etc. There is also one section dealing with Auroville, the international city for universal brotherhood and harmony. Named after Sri Aurobindo, the township...