Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet.

Sri Aurobindo joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while was one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution.

Sri Aurobindo Ghose was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal Presidency, India on 15 August 1872.

Sri Aurobindo developed a method of spiritual practice he called Integral Yoga.

The central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a life divine. He believed in a spiritual realization that not only liberated man but transformed his nature, enabling a divine life on earth.

His main literary works are The Life Divine, which deals with theoretical aspects of Integral Yoga; Synthesis of Yoga, which deals with practical guidance to Integral Yoga; and Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, an epic poem.

His works also include philosophy, poetry, translations and commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1943 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.

Sri Aurobindo died on 5 December 1950.

Around 60,000 people attended to see his body resting peacefully. Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the President Rajendra Prasad praised him for his contribution to Yogic philosophy and the independence movement.

Sri Aurobindo Quotes:

1. “What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice, and opinion.”

2. “True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.”

3. “Is it true that existence consists only of the action of energy? Or is it not rather that energy is an output of Existence?”

4. “All problems of existence are essentially problems of Harmony.”

5. “The soul attracted leaned to the Abyss: It longed for the adventure of Ignorance”

6. “The anarchic is the true divine state of man in the end as in the beginning, but in between it would lead us straight to the devil and his kingdom.”

7. “For what the Spirit sees becomes a truth. And what the soul imagines is made a world”

8. “An incense floated in the quivering air, A mystic happiness trembled in the breast As if the invisible Beloved had come Assuming the sudden loveliness of a face And close glad hands could seize his fugitive feet And the world change with the beauty of a smile.”

9. “A fugitive paradise smiles at him from her eyes: He dreams of her beauty made forever his, He dreams of his mastery her limbs shall bear, He dreams of the magic of her breasts of bliss.”

10. “Courage and love are the only indispensable virtues; even if all the others are eclipsed or fall asleep, these two will save the soul alive.”

11. “Remain faithful to the Light of your soul even when it is hidden by clouds. My help and the Mother’s will be there working behind even in the moments when you cannot feel it.”

12. “Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”

13. “The method is to quiet the mind and, in order to do so, to concentrate on an aspiration for faith in the Divine Power, peace and calm in the mind, single-minded sincerity in the heart, and a conscious opening to the Light and Truth and Power.”