"One can progress through meditation, but through work, provided it is
done in the right spirit, one can progress ten times more."
Towards a Glorious Future
Sri Aurobindo Ashram—Delhi Branch
"I saw the mornings of the future rise,
I heard the voices of an age unborn
That comes behind us and our pallid morn,
And from the heart of an approaching light
One said to man, "Know thyself infinite,
Who shalt do mightier miracles than these,
Infinite, moving mid infinities."
- Sri Aurobindo
A Vision of Science, Collected Poems
Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar seeking blessings from The Mother
The Momentous Evening
Every moment lived lays the foundation of the future.
Every moment lived with aspiration, lays the foundation
of a glorious future. The seed that flowered into
Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch, awaited its time
and place for fruition. It was sowed at a decisive
moment in time.
On one very significant evening in December 1939, Sri
Surendra Nath Jauhar met The Divine Mother for the
first time, without making prior plans to that effect,
and the whole course of his life changed. His musings
below reveal the deep impact the meeting had on him,
“I could clearly see that my destiny had been decided
and the dye had been cast. I knew that I was leaving
only to return and return again and again.”
And thus the seed of a beautiful vision found a sacred
alcove; the destiny of the future, of many, many lives
to come was so determined...
Early days of Ashram
Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar had procured a vast
expanse of waste land, which lay fallow for many
years. The barrenness of the land stretched long
between the vision and its translation into action.
Daylight was caught and lost between the brambles
and thorny bushes covering it. The nights were long
and dark… It appeared hostile forces had taken possession
of the place and would not leave it, would not
allow anything to flourish there.
In the year 1955, a mysterious man who identified
himself as the Divine messenger appeared at
Chachaji’s doorstep. He insisted upon spending a few
nights on the barren land. On the two mornings that
followed his stay he presented a horrible picture,
exhausted, clothes torn and his long hair and beard
completely ruffled. With superhuman effort, he had
vanquished and driven away these forces.
The man declared before leaving, “Now the place is
clear and open for receiving the descent.”
Sri Aurobindo Ashram—Delhi Branch in 2018
Things now began moving. Chachaji made elaborate
plans for the development of the land and met The
Mother for guidance. The Divine plan was set and the
auspicious moment for its enaction had finally
arrived. The Mother said, "This place will house the
Sri Aurobindo Ashram — Delhi Branch, and there certainly
will be a Shrine for which I have been keeping
Sri Aurobindo’s precious relics."
The Mother fixed the date 12 February 1956 for the
inauguration of Sri Aurobindo Ashram — Delhi Branch.
On the opening day, The Mother's message was:
"Let this place be worthy
of its name and manifest
the true spirit of Sri Aurobindo’s
teaching and message to the world.
With my blessings."
- The Mother
She said, "Twelve persons can sit in meditation on
that day. It is an old belief that if twelve persons join
in solemn prayer—the prayer is granted."
Thus was laid the cornerstone of an edifice which
would enshrine the Divine essence.
The Arrival of the Mahayogi
The Divine process unfurled itself in its full glory
with the arrival of Sri Aurobindo’s relics on 4
The relics stood serene and majestic on the altar. The
delicate fragrance of flowers and incense gave the
place an ethereal touch and hundreds of devotees sat
in silent prayer, their eyes ablaze with an
The relics were enshrined at the base of the marble
cube in a sombre and dignified ceremony on the pious
morning of 5 December 1957. Chachaji paints a mesmerizing
picture of the heavens offering their oblations…
"Clouds and the sun competed with each other to offer
their 'Shradhanjali', thus investing the atmosphere
with enchanting and dramatic colour and beauty.
Gods also did not lag behind and they sent the rainbow
as their colourful offering."
Dr Indra Sen with the relics, the arrival of the Mahayogi
Chachaji and his friends after the relics enshrinement
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