"One can progress through meditation, but through work, provided it is
done in the right spirit, one can progress ten times more."
Ahara for Sustenance: The Ashram Kitchen
We have a well-organised, modern kitchen, where simple nutritious food is
cooked under hygienic conditions for the residents and guests and served in the Ashram dining room. The
bakery produces high quality soya products, brown bread and a variety of nutritious biscuits and cakes without
We have a spacious dining hall which can accommodate approximately 200 people. Food served
is simple and nutritious cooked under hygienic conditions in the Ashram Kitchen. It is primarily for the
ashramite, aspirants and trainees. Food is also available to visitors/ guests at a nominal charge. Lunch coupons
are available at the Ashram reception. The dining hall has fixed timings of service viz Breakfast 7 a.m. to 8
a.m., Lunch 11.45 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., Tea 4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., Dinner 7.40 p.m. to 8.10 p.m.
The Ashram believes in dignity of labour and accordingly diners are expected to wash their
utensils after meals.
The Studio: The Mother’s Centre of Photography
The Centre of Photography was inaugurated on 24
April 1979 by Sri Surendra Nath Jauhar, Chairman,
Delhi Branch with the following message:
"Let this Centre of Photography inaugurated today in
Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch, revolutionize the
spirit of photography, that the expressions caught,
processed and developed bring out and reveal the
The Centre provides photographs of Ashram functions, outings and
excursions, exhibitions, publications etc. Photographs of Sri
Aurobindo and The Mother are also available.
The first studio started as a dark room to develop the
negatives of photographs taken by Tara di. With the
advent of digital photography, the dark room was converted
into a recording studio in which currently
in-house meditation music, talks and reading sessions
are recorded to be distributed and archived, as well as
recordings for both the schools, The Mother’s
International School and mirambika in support of
school programmes. Tapan da, who joined the Ashram
in 1980, learnt photography techniques from Tara di
and took charge of the studio and, to this day, remains
with the studio, overseeing its functions.
A Home for the Seeker: Tapasya
'Tapasya' has a few guest rooms which are run with a spirit of service to the
Divine. The guests, devotees or seekers who seek a spiritual life and wish
to imbibe the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The
Mother are welcome to stay. They are expected to
abide by the rules and discipline of the Ashram, participating
in the community life and helping with the
cleanliness, maintenance and growth of the Ashram.
A view of the Tapasya Guest House
Guests in the reception
An inside view of the guest room
Grace through Words: Knowledge
Knowledge, the Ashram library
The library has a growing collection of good books and periodicals on yoga, religion,
philosophy, literature, education, science, history, geography, health and hygiene etc.
The collection represents 16 Indian and foreign languages.
The library is open (Tuesday - Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A security amount Rs. 300/-
(refundable) is to be deposited at the Ashram Office before getting books issued from
the library. Donation of good books and periodicals to the library is welcome.
Light in the Cells: The Mother's Integral Health Centre
While the health centre primarily caters to the needs of the school children and the
Ashramites, its services are open to all. The unit houses a permanent allopathic
dispensary as well as many speciality clinics viz. Homeopathy, Gynecology, Dental
surgery, Opthalmology, pediatrics and more. Specialized services are available by
appointment. The centre also holds regular yoga, ayurveda and eye camps. The centre also provides
free services and medicines to the economically poor. It runs rural clinics in villages
around Nainital in Uttarkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa etc where in addition to free medical aid,
clothes and other essentials are also distributed to the needy. The eye camps provide
free intraocular transplants and spectacles to the economically weaker sections of society
. Timings of the health centre are 8 am to 3.30 pm Monday through Saturday.
The Asharm receives donations of children’s
clothes, men’s and women’s clothes, books,
furniture, utensils and other household articles. Some
of these are distributed freely to distant villages and
Ashram people. The rest are kept for sale. The money
which is received in return is used to sponsor needy
and poor children.
"Work done in the true spirit is meditation"
The accounts section of the Ashram keeps records of
all income and expenditure. This includes giving
prosperity to the Ashram people, keeping records of
sponsorships, donations and grants, and monitoring
expenditure on maintenance and food.
Skill in Works
To meet the requirements of the vast Ashram
Campus, the House Maintenance Service has a unit,
each for carpentry, plumbing, water supply, electric
service, whitewashing and painting which is run and
supervised by Sadhaks in coordination with some
employed workers. These units are also used to train
new workers and teach vocational trainees. Residents
and visitors of the Ashram who have suggestions
regarding the maintenance of
the Ashram are requested to
submit a written note to the
hardware store mentioning
the nature of the work to be
done and its exact location
House Maintenance Service
The Ashram has a workshop complex called ‘Skill in
Works’ that takes care of construction and maintenance
1. ‘Care of Materials’ : It is a store of paints and hardware used for construction
and repair works.
2. ‘Works in Wood’ : The carpentry workshop is engaged with repairs of furniture of
the school and the Ashram and also make new furniture, doors and windows etc. School
children get training in practical wood craft under the guidance of skilled carpenters.
The Ashram departments also impart training to youth under vocational training and to students under ‘S.U.P.W.’
Ashram Gardens & Nursery
Apart from maintaining the gardens and greenery all over the campus, the garden wing
grows flowers which are offered at the shrine. Organic vegetables are also grown
throughout the year for use in the Ashram kitchen.
Homage to Mother Nature
The vegetable kingdom has a consciousness of its own
and The Mother has interpreted the true inner and
occult significance of each flower in terms of human
language and has given them an important role in the
collective life of the Ashram. The Ashram has horticultural
gardens which provide flowers to adorn the
Shrine and the Meditation hall. The Ashram also has a
vegetable garden and part of the kitchen requirements
are met through cultivation of various summer and
There is constant effort by Tara di to take care of the
vegetable garden of the Ashram campus. Every
year hundreds of new plants are planted. Some survive
and some don’t. But the effort doesn’t stop. At
present the campus has around 120 species of trees,
30 species of creepers, 50 species of shrubs including
bulbous plants and 20 to 30 varieties of seasonal flowers.
The earth cradles all life in her lap
with unconditional love and care. She
has given us emerald green forests
and sapphire blue oceans, golden
wheat and valuable cattle. The Ashram
campus is home to a variety of birds
and animals including peacock and
Peacock at play in the garden
The Ashram has tapped modern technology to utilize and recycle
natural resources and is a pioneer in conservation. The solar
heating system, the paper recycling unit which later evolved into
the handmade paper unit, classified garbage disposal, rainwater
harvesting and treatment of sewer water go a long way in showing
the sort of seriousness the institution has towards conservation
A Glad and strong and helpful submission is demanded
to the working of the Divine Force,
the obedience of the illumined disciple of the Truth,
of the inner warrior who fights against obscurity
of the faithful servant of the Divine.
- Sri Aurobindo
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