Sri Aurobindo, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Sri Aurobindo

Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet

Date of Birth: 15-Aug-1872

Place of Birth: Sri Aurobindo Bhawan, West Bengal, India

Date of Death: 05-Dec-1950

Profession: writer, poet, politician, professor, civil servant, translator, revolutionary, literary critic, philosopher, essayist, linguist

Nationality: India

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Sri Aurobindo

  • Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was an Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist.
  • He 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. Aurobindo studied for the Indian Civil Service at King's College, Cambridge, England.
  • After returning to India he took up various civil service works under the maharaja of the princely state of Baroda and became increasingly involved in nationalist politics and the nascent revolutionary movement in Bengal.
  • He was arrested in the aftermath of a number of bomb outrages linked to his organisation, but in a highly public trial where he faced charges of treason, Aurobindo could only be convicted and imprisoned for writing articles against British rule in India.
  • He was released when no evidence could be provided, following the murder of a prosecution witness, Narendranath Goswami during the trial.
  • During his stay in the jail, he had mystical and spiritual experiences, after which he moved to Pondicherry, leaving politics for spiritual work. During his stay in Pondicherry, 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 realisation that not only liberated man but transformed his nature, enabling a divine life on earth.
  • In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa (referred to as "The Mother"), he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. 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.

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