A selection from Sri Aurobindo’s
writings, talks and speeches

What makes India a country unlike any other?

What power can bring about her rebirth?

Today, with the worldwide churning of blood and mud about to smother us, our answer to these questions will decide India's destiny.

The present selection from Sri Aurobindo's writings is intended for those who seek such an answer.

“India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the occident's success and failure, but still the ancient immemorable Shakti recovering her deepest self, lifting her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaning and a vaster form of her Dharma.”

Sri Aurobindo

To India,

the ancient Mother

To Sri Aurobindo,

who saw her reborn


“I write, not for the orthodox, nor for those who have discovered a new orthodoxy, Samaj or Panth, nor for the unbeliever. I write for those who acknowledge reason but do not identify reason with Western Materialism; who are sceptics but not unbelievers; who, admitting the claims of modern thought, still believe in India, her mission, her gospel, her immortal life and her eternal rebirth.”

Sri Aurobindo
(c. 1911)


Editors' Note

I. 1893-1910: Revolutionary Writings

II. 1910-1922: Essays, Letters & Articles

III. 1923-1926: Talks (1st series)

IV. 1929-1938: Letters

V. 1938-1940: Talks (2nd series)

VI . 1940-1950: Letters & Messages



& MIRA ADITI, Mysore

This book was prepared by a team of researchers under the direction of Sujata Nahar. Any profits arising from its sale will be entirely devoted to the spread of Sri Aurobindo's vision of India and her future evolution.

The publisher of this book, the Institut de Recherches Évolutives (“Institute for Evolutionary Research”), has published in France the 13 volumes of L'Agenda de Mčre (Mother's Agenda) and looks after the worldwide diffusion of Sri Aurobindo's and Mother's evolutionary experience. The co-publisher, Mira Aditi, looks after the same work in India and Asia.

This compilation was prepared from Sri Aurobindo's works published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India.

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3rd edition, 2000 (ISBN 2-902776-65-9 & 81-85137-57-9)


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