It is on April 4th, 1910, that Sri Aurobindo, after one month of hiding in a French territory, Chandernagor, near Calcutta, arrived in the other French territory the Divine had arranged as the permanent refuge from the British, where he could henceforth do his inner work for the world: Pondichery.
This date of April 4th is the first I am able again to underline in this special way in this blog. The lack of a laptop for two months after the cyclone forced me to pass without writing anything the significant dates of February 21st, birthday anniversary of the Mother, and February 28th, anniversary of the Foundation of Auroville in 1968 – and in between the two, on February 23rd, my own birthday as well…! I’ll have to come back on each of these events separately whenever it feels right to do so.
As for ‘Pondy’, as it came later to be commonly called, the coming of Sri Aurobindo gave it a new life and a new importance, putting it on the map of the places where the light of the Spirit was especially shining, in this case showing the way to the evolutive future of humanity and of the Earth as a whole.
Conversely, it was in Pondy that Sri Aurobindo himself started to read the Veda, and discovered at last in it the description and explanation of some very special experiences he was having, that he had not found mentioned in any other spiritual text: in the Veda only the presence of the Divine in Matter itself was revealed, he found, indicating the possible unveiling of it and re-divinization of Matter just as of the other parts of our being, The crucial difference was that for the awakening of Matter nothing but the power of the Supramental Consciousness could do it, not in the diluted form under which some of it reaches the terrestrial plane, but in its original highly intense vibratory frequency, straight from its own supreme regions, that Sri Aurobindo’s consciousness happened to have already reached before.
Once he had settled safely in Pondichery, the stage was set for his destined spiritual collaborator to also come: in 1914 Mira Alfassa, a very evolved French lady having already her own disciples in France came, especially to verify the suspicion she had that this Sri Aurobindo she had heard of might be the unknown being she had since a few years some regular inner contact with, without knowing if he was existing on the physical plane or not.
They met when she arrived on March 29th, and they recognized each other at once, she recognizing him as that mysterious being indeed, and he recognizing her as a full embodiment of the aspect of the Divine that in India they call the Divine Mother – hence the name he soon started to use when speaking of her to the few disciples gathered around him: the Mother.
Her stay was interrupted by WWI being declared on August 4th, 1914, but their collaboration started anyway with the translation into French by the Mother, from abroad, of all the new chapters Sri Aurobindo would add every month to the great books he was publishing through the magazine, ‘Arya’, that on Sri Aurobindo’s birthday, August 15th, had been born as the first vehicle for spreading all over the world his revolutionary vision of Evolution as the grand process slowly reunifying Spirit and Matter on this physical plane.
Mira’s consciousness too had already stumbled upon the Supramental regions, because she had dared to go beyond the highest limit reached by other spiritual people, who had said it wasn’t possible to go beyond that limit; when Sri Aurobindo later had described to her those regions he had discovered, she knew immediately what he was talking about, and both could understand that there, at that Supramental level, lied the power to raise the Earth’s consciousness, and Humanity’s, to their next evolutive step.
After WW I the Mother was able to come back and settle in Pondy for good; their shared work for the new evolutive step could really begin.