Narendra Mohan was an Indian industrialist, chairman and managing director of the Jagran Prakashan publisher for India's largest selling Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran. He was an avid reader and writer and wrote thousands of articles on different subjects/ He was author of numerous poems and short stories in Hindi. He was elected to Rajya Sabha [Member of Upper House] in November 1996. He was chairman of Press Trust of India and Institutional Finance Committee, UP. He was member of Committee on Finance, Committee on Communications, and Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has many national awards and accomplishments to his name and has written many books in Hindi.
Arabinda Basu was Spalding Lecturer in Indian Philosophy and Religion, University of Durham, England. Member, Committee of Experts on Translation of Representative Works, International Council for Philosophic and Humanistic Studies, Paris,1954-55. He has also been visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and Institute of Ecumenical Studies (World Council of Churches), Switzerland. He is editor of Gavesana, published by Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. He has many publication to his name. some of them are A Preface to the Study of the Bhagavata Purana , Gopinath Kaviraj Memorial Lectures, University of Calcutta, Brahman and Ishwara in the Philosophies of Shankara and Sri Aurobindo, Indian Institute of Culture, Bangalore, Sri Aurobindo, A Garland of Tributes (Editor). Sri Aurobindo Research Academy, The Mother, A Bouquet of Homage (Editor). Sri Aurobindo Research Academy His Articles has been published in Encyclopedia Britannica, History of Philosophy, Eastern and Western, ed. S. Radhakrishnan. Government of India publication, The Cultural Heritage of India. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta and many other anthologies in India and abroad.
Dr. Ananda Reddy is Director, at Sri Aurobindo Research Centre for Advanced Studies in Integral and Future Studies, Pondicherry, India. He has visited USA, England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland on behalf of Auroville, and gave talks on the Ideals of Human Unity, International Fellowship and The Foundations of Indian Culture and Spirituality (1974, 1984). He has mastery over many languages such as English, French, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and Gujarati. He has participated in Seminars on the philosophy and future vision of Sri Aurobindo and on Indian spiritual Philosophy, held in India, Bangkok and Singapore. He has published over 40 articles on Philosophical and Literary subjects in leading journals of India.
Prof Mangesh V Nadkarni
Prof M V Nadkarni is an M.A. in English from Poona University. After teaching English for a few years at various colleges in Gujarat, he joined University of California, Los Angles, and took his doctorate in linguistic in 1970. he was a professor of Linguistic at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, for many years before joining the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University, Singapore. After retirement, he has settled in Hyderabad and Pondicherry. Dr. Nadkarni’s interest in Sri Aurobindo and his writings was awakened as a young man he came across the following utterance of Sri Aurobindo in a journal, “Heaven we have possessed, but not the earth; but the fullness of the Yoga is to make, in the formula of Veda, ‘Heaven and Earth equal and one: He has lectured extensively in India and abroad on Sri Aurobindo’s vision and the spiritual heritage of India. He left us on 23rd September 2007. He regularly visited our center and taught several lesson on Savitri epic. A prayer meeting was held at our center.
Georges van Vrekhem
Georges Van Vrekhem is a Flemish speaking Belgian. He became quite well-known in his country as a poet and playwright. For some time he was the artistic manager of a professional theater company, Nederlands Toneel in Gent. Georges got first acquainted with the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in 1964. In 1970 he joined the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry and in 1978 he became a member of Auroville, which he has made his home since. He has translated several books of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Satprem, as well as selected writings from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, into Dutch. After a thirty year study of the source material, Georges worked for six years on the book 'Beyond Man, the Life and Work of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother' which has been published in The Netherlands, India (second printing), USA, Russia and also in French. This book is moreover translated in German, Italian, and the Spanish translation is almost finished. His subsequent biography 'The Mother, the Story of Her Life', has been published in January 2001.
Alan attended various universities 1968-75, later lecturer in English Literature at Warwick University and Cornwall College of Education. First came to Auroville in 1979 and worked in the community, Hope, later on Matrimandir, the central meditation hall. In 1982 moved to Samriddhi community and spent the next five years doing primary soil management and a forestation in the Greenbelt. Thereafter more involved in Auroville administration and "process", including being a member of Entry Group, then on two councils. In 1988 began Auroville Today, a monthly journal about the community, with a small group of collaborators. Also continue to manage Sarnriddhi forest, to run workshops--with a team, from Center for Scientific Research--on Sustainable Development for professionals from all over India.
Padma Shree Manoj Das
Manoj Das is a philosopher, a thinker-writer whose works can be defined as quest for finding the eternal truth in everyday circumstances. He is settled as an ashramite of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry since 1963, and is an English professor at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry, and is presently concentrating on writing novels. Among his other important positions are Member, General Council, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi 1998-2002 and Author-consultant, Ministry of Education, Govt. of Singapore, 1983-85. He received recognition in the form of the Sahitya Akademi Award, 1972, in English; Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award, 1965 and 1982; Sarala Award, 1981; Vishuba Award, 1986; and Sahitya Bharati Award, 1995; Saraswati Samman, 2000; Padma Shri, 2001
R Y Deshpande
Mr. Deshpande is an eminent litterateur, scientist and sadhak from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. He holds a postgraduate degree in Physics and worked for twenty-five years as a research scientist in the field of Atomic Energy in Bombay and for some time in Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley. He has published 50 scientific research papers in professional journals. Deshpande came in early contact with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, since his college days. For the past 22 years he has been professor of Physics at the Ashram’s International Center of Education. Since 1996, he has been looking after the editorial work of Mother India, a Monthly Review of Culture, published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. Deshpande is a widely published author and poet. His most recent book is “The Birth of Savitr” published by Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles.
Tara Didi first met with The Mother on August 1, 1944. She attended Wednesday Classes with The Mother from 1951 – 1958. She was constantly meeting with The Mother in Her room whevever possible from 1958 to 1972. She Sent notebook to Her 1959–1972 with questions on Education, Sadhana and Life, on Thoughts and Aphorisms and worked with Her on the entire book of “Flowers and their Messages”. She has written two books “Grwing up with The Mother” and Learning with The Mother”. She is presently Secretary Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi branch. She is convener and Executive committee member of Sri Aurobindo Education Society.
Niranjan Bhagat (b. 1936, Ahmedabad) is an eminent poet of the Gujarati language. His path-breaking and trend-setting poems have modernized and urbanized Gujarati poetry. In his poems as well as life, he has been a seeker of harmony between nature and culture, man and machine, facts and feelings, history and poetry. Through his study of English and western literature his horizons have transcended international boundaries and added a new perspective to the rich and resonant language of his poetry. He has taught English literature at various colleges in Ahmedabad for more than three decades. He has been a distinguished recipient of an award by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak as well as Narsinh Mehta award. He has many publications to his disposal.
Ramchandra Das is from Kathmandu, Nepal and was an ashramite for more then 12 years. He was closely associated with Champaklalji and was with him in Gujarat as a personal attendant when he left his body. He wrote an article “The Last 60 Days of Champaklal” in the October 1992 issue of ‘Mother India’. He started an Ashram in Kathmandu called Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir with 70 Ashramites including 39 orphans.
Dr. Alok Pandey
Dr. Alok Pandey is a seeker on the path of Integral Yoga. A psychiatrist by profession he has had several encounters with death during the course of his medical practice. Being a philosopher by temperament, he raised several issues and sought answers to these both within and without. But neither the prevalent scientific and current intellectual notions nor the traditional religious and conventional spiritual belief could satisfy his quest or resolve deep existential issues regarding life and death, karma and rebirth, suffering and pain, and most of all the goal of human journey. It is only when he came in touch with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother that he found these issues abundantly answered and the thirst of his soul more than quenched by the vast vision and cool refreshing springs of Sri Aurobindo’s works and revelation. He is presently associated with the Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Integral Health and Research, Pondicherry, - an institute dedicated to the work and vision of Sri Aurobindo in the field of health.
As the Mother has succinctly put it, Savitri is the yoga of the Earth in its ascension towards the Divine. She describes it as the experience as the experience of the Divine Mother in her effort to adapt herself to the body she has taken and the ingnorance and the falsity of the earth upon which she has incarnated. Let us experince this divne feeling by listening to Shri Hasmukh Desai reciting verses from Savitri. This humble devotee of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother has this remarkable inner talent of enrapturing audience with his ferver when he recites Savitri. He knows most of the cantos by hearts as though they are a part of his being. We gladly welcome this wonderful opportunity of inviting him at our Center and immersing ourselves in the divinity of Savitri.
Sraddhalu Ranade is a scientist, educationist and scholar. He has been residing at Sri Aurobindo Ashram since he was six months old, where he grew up in the care of late Sri M. P. Pandit. He is presently involved in various activities including video productions, teacher-training programmes, and software development. A multi-faceted personality, he delivers talks and conducts workshops on numerous themes including Integral Education, Management, Self-Development, Indian culture, Science and Spirituality, Yoga. He has conducted numerous intensive teacher-training workshops in Integral and value-based education all over India. In the last few years over 4500 teachers from more than 200 schools and colleges all over India have benefited from these programs.
Shruti is a renowned Musician and spiritual healer and Vedic teacher. She is also an active educationist, Indic psychologist and health consultant. She teaches Indic and Vedic sciences and their scientific applications in health and the development of consciousness, through clinical and experiential research, and regularly works towards contemporary understanding of traditional wisdom and technologies, through lectures and courses on Indic texts, systems and methodologies. As a psychologist and health consultant, she has been facilitating wellness over the past decade. Her Nada Empowerment workshops and Vedic courses experientially teach powerful methods of healing and empowerment with sound and mantra with methods for diagnosis, treatment and cure of disease.
Prof Chandrakant Desai
Prof Chandrakant Desai worked 20 years as Prof. Of Electrical Enginnering at M.S. University of Baroda and S.V. Regional College of Engineering & Technology, Surat. He knows Gujarati, Hindi, English, German and Spanish.
Prof Jagdish Vyas
Prof. Jagdish I Vyas was born in nationalist family of Gijarat in 1932. He obtained his M.A. from Gujarat University and M.S. from Utah State University – USA, specializing in Chinese Politics and Government. He has participated in national and international seminars on problem of foreign policy, defense and development. He has traveled extensively in India and around the world. A passionate crusader of equality and social justice, Prof Vyas is deeply interested in poetry and politics, science and philosophy, Yoga and spirituality. Revolutionary in his approach o flife and work, e has authored three books on Sri Aurobindo’s great epic “Savitri” and edited two books on Sri Aurobindo’s integral Yoga. He has authored several articles on Chinese polity and successfully edited magazines including Chin Darshan, Drashti and Hindu Horizons over the years. Presently he is the President of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Foundation of North America.
Tsering Palden is a member of Tibetan Youth Congress since 1989. He graduated from TCV, Dharamsala in 1991 with a Science major. He has completed Bachelor of Technology Degree from Calicut University in 1995 and then Master of Science with Information System major in 2000 from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. He taught mathematics and physics for 4 yrs in Lower TCV before coming to the States. He is currently employed as a Senior Technical Analyst with a public company. He is president of Tibetan Youth Congress of NY and NJ.
Narad (Richard Eggenberger)
Narad (Richard Eggenberger) is a longtime member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville as well as a musician, poet, landscaper, horticulturist, and gardener. As a youth he took voice lessons and prepared for an operatic career at the Metropolitan Opera on a scholarship from one of the leading mezzosopranos of the day, Regina Resnick. When he was 23, he came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and had his first darshan of the Mother, who made him an ashramite and gave him permission to teach music in the ashram school. He formed an ashram choir that soon built a program of choral music covering many centuries. Mother also gave him the task of bringing down "the new music." Narad went back to U.S. in 1962, working with a landscape design and installation firm and attending college to learn plant combination theory and other aspects of subtropical horticulture. In 1969 he returned to Pondicherry, where Mother gave him the task of creating a beautiful garden for the Matrimandir. In the early 1970s he set up the Matrimandir Nursery for collecting, studying, and propagating rare and beautiful plants from all over the world. He worked personally with the Mother on the spiritual significances of flowers and edited the book Flowers and Their Messages, the first book published by the ashram on the spiritual significance of flowers. Mother also gave Narad the work of reading Savitri every week under the Banyan, which he did for 10 years. In the 1980s, Narad returned to the U.S., where he continued to extend his deep knowledge of plants and trees and to collect specimens for the Ashram and Auroville. He is past president of the Plumaria Society of America and is the author of numerous books and articles on tropical plants. Meanwhile, after more than four decades of listening to thousands of works of music, seeking the new music everywhere, and singing (though not often, having given up all thought of a concert career), Narad had the insight that the new music was to descend in a collective body — one body with many tones, opening in surrender and aspiration. About seven years ago he began the OM choirs, which have brought a new kind of conscious music to the Ashram, Auroville, and many places around the world.