December 5, 1950: Sri Aurobindo leaves his body

In 1949, after the two World Wars had been finally won, but the same anti-divine occult Beings that had been trying in that way to stop the new step in Evolution, or to corrupt it into the horribly twisted form of it that Nazism was, Sri Aurobindo one day explained to the Mother that the only thing that could prevent a new attempt by those same Dark Forces, and a Third World War even more difficult to stop, was to achieve at last the direct connection between the Supramental Realm and the Earth, because that would activate the same Supramental Power asleep in Matter itself, and that would be an irreversible, permanent victory.

But to do that sufficiently quickly, he would have to leave the physical dimension – to be in a physical body was too much of a hindrance, slowing down that work he had been doing inwardly since November 24, 1926. She, the Mother, would have to stay behind, as only her physical body had the extraordinary endurance that would then be necessary in order to be the first body to receive the new, much higher energy physical bodies would have to gradually learn to function with.

And about a year later, indeed, Sri Aurobindo fell sick – something very surprising, as usually any illness trying to enter his body was simply warded off; the Mother then remembered what Sri Aurobindo had explained, and understood he was now preparing to withdraw, using that illness to do it in the least conspicuous manner possible, and make his deliberate departure look like an ordinary death.

In the intervening year Sri Aurobindo had discretely stopped reviewing for re-publication any of his previous books, and had worked only on a series of articles about the future of the body, which the Mother had asked him to write and which together formed the amazing new book titled ‘The Supramental Manifestation upon Earth’. The Mother, who would herself be still playing tennis at 80, had started introducing the practice of many sports activities in the life of the disciples – something totally revolutionary in an Ashram – and she wanted to encourage them by giving them some idea of what our physical body too was headed towards as our evolution went on; this became for Sri Aurobindo the occasion to explain the true potential of the body in a way he had never done before.

The only other book Sri Aurobindo had deemed important enough for working on it till the end was his long,  very special epic poem, ‘Savitri’, about the immense process of Evolution, that one of the first lines describes as ‘the adventure of consciousness and joy’. It is that poem in which he has crammed all the incredibly varied and complete experience he had had of the One but many-faceted Divine Reality we are part of. Some of his other, older books like ‘The Life Divine’ might still be the ones better known and most celebrated, but the one that in his own eyes he saw as the most important, the true ‘testament’ he left for humanity, was ‘Savitri’, in which he even foresaw and described the dangerous difficulties that  would have to be faced and conquered by the one who would open the way of the physical transformation: the one he had recognized at once under her new earthly embodiment, and was always calling ‘the Mother’.

For that very body of the Mother, since they had met in 1913 the physical presence of Sri Aurobindo upon Earth had become the constant inner basis and support for its own existence, and had become also somehow the concrete assurance that the physical transformation of the human body would one day be an undeniable fact. It was in 1950 a tremendous shock for her body-consciousness to realize it would have now to do without that physical presence of Sri Aurobindo, and be itself the first body that would have to discover and learn the yet unknown process of physical transformation.

Because of that extremely upsetting effect his departure was having for the Mother’s body, in spite of its total self-dedication and surrender to the necessities of the Work to be done, as long as she was present in the room, Sri Aurobindo simply couldn’t withdraw; the Mother realized that, and went into an adjacent room; almost immediately she was called back in by Sri Aurobindo’s attendants, and she could see he had indeed now left his body; but as she stood there next to his couch, she started feeling the coming into her own body of all the consciousness that had been accumulated over the years in Sri Aurobindo’s body-cells; it went on and on like that for quite a while, and then finally stopped.

Still, even after most of its consciousness had been in that way transferred to the Mother’s body, the body that had housed Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness remained in perfect condition for days after his passing, until ultimately it was put into the lower vault of the two-vaulted white marble ‘samadhi’ the Mother had ordered to be built under the big ‘Service’ tree, in the middle of the courtyard inside that Ashram Main Building where Sri Aurobindo’s apartment had been, on the first floor, still visited daily since then by a stream of devotees from everywhere.

On November 20th, 1973 the body of the Mother too was laid to rest there, in the upper vault of the ‘samadhi’. For many people, whether they have known them physically before or not, sitting around the squarish courtyard or kneeling for a while around the samadhi itself still gives an intense experience of the sweetness of their combined presence, in a different way than is the case at Matrimandir, or anywhere else.  

On this day more specifically dedicated to Sri Aurobindo, here is the message that had been given out by the Mother:
‘…Grant that we never forget to own towards Thee a deep, an intense gratitude.’


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shabnamasif
    Dec 09, 2011 @ 17:47:56

    I am the Follower of Mother and Sri Aurobindo…. frm my childhood i visit Pondicherry Ashram. I love the place and i cant describe in words the depth of Divine i feel in me…. it is a great feeling…



  2. Bhaga
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 12:29:38

    Reblogged this on Lab of Evolution and commented:

    This was a good post for December 5th, 2011; it still has the same validity for today, December 5th 2013…



  3. Srinivasu Chakka
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 16:32:49

    Only one thing bothered me is The Mother and Sri Aurabindo could be testimonials or Proof to entire world if they live for ever on the earth. But unfortunately they left the Earthly Body. Here I still could not understand how and what is living on the earth plan for ever.



    • Bhaga
      Jan 24, 2014 @ 06:36:40

      Hello, Srinivasu! Nice to meet you, and thank you for commenting!

      I understand and share of course your disappointment and regret that their bodies were not kept for a full transformation visible to all, and that all would have to acknowledge because those bodies would have become immortal.
      But Sri Aurobindo and the Mother did what was the most useful, not for their own glory, their own body’s transformation, but rather for making the transformation of our whole world and of other bodies later, an easier task for those who would do their best to follow their example:

      Sri Aurobindo left his body in order to make sure that the dormant Supramental in Matter would be activated by the direct Supramental contact brought down from
      its own realm above, soon enough to save humanity from a Third World War or any such overall disaster. He knew also that the activaton of the Supramental here would powerfully help the spiritual awakening of humanity as a whole, together with the awakening of the secret consciousness in Matter itself.

      It was thanks to this sacrifice of his physical life by Sri Aurobindo, that the Mother’s body could start – the first attempt by a terrestrial physical body – learning to receive this tremendous New Energy and to function with it. The results of this first attempt are beneficial to all our bodies now, secretly helping the body-cells to awaken also to their divine potential.

      So, instead of regretting uselessly that things had to happen that way, the best we can do is thank both of them from all our heart for what they have done, and to follow their example as best we can, with their constant inner help… This is the only way to “understand how and why to live for ever on the physical plane”!

      I hope my answer is not discouraging, but on the contrary encouraging for you! 🙂



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