“At the very first sight I could realise he [Sri Aurobindo] had been seeking for the Soul and had gained it, and through this long process of realisation had accumulated within him a silent power of inspiration. His face was radiant with an inner light…
I felt the utterance of the ancient Hindu Rishis spoke from him of that equanimity which gives the human Soul its freedom of entrance into the All. I said to him, `You have the word and we are waiting to accept it from you. India will speak through your voice to the world, Hearken to me…
O Aurobindo, accept the salutations from Rabindranath.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet and philosopher, awarded Nobel Prize for his collection of Poems “Gitanjali”, in 1901, Founder of Shantiniketan.
Subash Chandra Bose
“In my undergraduate days Aurobindo Ghose was easily the most popular leader in Bengal, despite his voluntary exile and absence since 1910. His was a name to conjure with. He had sacrificed a lucrative career in order to devote himself to politics. On the Congress platform he had stood up as a champion of left-wing thought and fearless advocate of independence at a time when most of the leaders, would talk… only of colonial self-government. He had undergone incarceration with perfect equanimity…
When I came to Calcutta, in 1913, Aurobindo was already a legendary figure. Rarely have I seen people speak of a leader with such rapturous enthusiasm and many were the anecdotes of this great man, some of them probably true, which travelled from mouth to mouth.
[Aurobindo's] letters would pass rapidly from hand to hand, specially in circles interested in spirituality-cum-politics. In our circle usually somebody would read the letter aloud and the rest of us would enthuse over it… We felt convinced that spiritual enlightenment was necessary for effective national service”
Subash Chandra Bose, well-known leader of the Indian freedom struggle, for sometime President of the Indian National Congress, founder of the Indian National Army, popularly known as INA, which played a significant role in and fought for India’s independence.
“On August 15th, 1872 Sri Aurobindo took human birth in Calcutta, Bengal, to awaken Mother Earth from her somnolence deep and lead her to the heights of God-rapture-fire. For seventy-eight fleeting years did this mightiest of souls live among us, accepting the world pain and making sacrifice after sacrifice to transform humanity’s age-old ignorance into perfect Perfection.”
- Sri Chinmoy. Continue Reading, Sri Aurobindo: A Glimpse
“While Tagore awakened the latent music in me, another Indian Sri Aurobindo, brought me to religion. He opened the way to my religious consecration. Indeed my debt to India is very great and is due in part to Tagore and in part to Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo, the Master, the highest of mystics, happily presents the rare phenomenon an exposition clear as a beautiful diamond, without the danger of confounding the layman. This is possible because Sri Aurobindo is a unique synthesis of a scholar, theologian and one who is enlightened…”
Gabriela Mistral, Chilean educationist, diplomat and writer, awarded Nobel Prize for literature in 1945.
“Sri Aurobindo is one of the greatest thinkers of Modern India…[He is] the most complete synthesis achieved upto the present between the genius of the West and the East…
The last of the great Rishis holds in his outstretched hands,
the bow of Creative Inspiration.”
Romain Rolland, an eminent French savant, thinker and writer, awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1915.
Times Literary Supplement, London.
“Of all modern Indian writers Aurobindo -successively poet, critic, scholar, thinker, nationalist, humanist -is the most significant and perhaps the most interesting… In fact, he is a new type of thinker, one who combines in his vision the alacrity of the West with the illumination of the East. To study his writings is to enlarge the boundaries of one’s knowledge… He is a yogi who writes as though he were standing among the stars, with the constellations for his companions.
Sri Aurobindo is no visionary. He has always acted his dreams… So from individual self-discipline he has gone to the life of humanity. `The Psychology of Social Development,’ `Ideals and Progress’ and `The Ideal of Human Unity’ should be carefully considered by all those who are busy preparing blue-prints for the future”.
- The Times