THE MOTHER- BLANCHE RACHEL MIRRA ALFASSA
year of birth : 1878 | place of birth : Paris, FRANCE
parents : Turkish Jewish father - Moïse Maurice Alfassa ,Egyptian Jewish mother - Mathilde Ismalun
siblings : Mattéo Mathieu Maurice Alfassa | children : André Morisset
nationality : French | occupation : Spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo
teacher/guru : Sri Aurobindo | spouse : Henri Morisset
website : www.auroville.org
“ There is a great beauty in simplicity.”
“ Be courageous, enduring, and vigilant and above all,
be sincere, with perfect honesty.
Then you will be able to face all difficulties. ”
“ Do not pretend - be. Do not promise - act.
Do not dream - realize.. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" Words of Long Ago " ... " Collected Works of the Mother " ...
" Mantras of the Mother: Part II. " ... " The Sunlit Path " ... " Commentaries On Elements Of Yoga " ...
" Commentaries on the Dhammapada " ... " Prayers and Meditations " ... " Health and Healing in Yoga " ...
" Growing Within " ... " Hidden Forces of Life " ... " Living Within " ... " Living Words " ...
" Looking from Within " ... " Our Many Selves " ..." Psychic Being " ... " On Education " ...
" Notes on the Way " ... " Words of the Mother I II III " ... " Questions and Answers 1929-58 " ...
" On Thoughts And Aphorisms " ... " Some Answers From The Mother " ... " More Answers From The Mother "
Mirra Alfassa (21 February 1878 – 17 November 1973), also known as The Mother, was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. Her full name at birth was Blanche Rachel Mirra Alfassa.
Mirra (or Mira) Alfassa was born in Paris in 1878, of Jewish parents. The family migrated to France the year before she was born. For the first eight years of her life she lived at 62 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. She says that at age five she realised she did not belong in this world, and her sadhana (spiritual discipline) began then. She claims that she would lapse into bliss and go into a trance sometimes when she was placed in an easy chair or during a meal, much to the annoyance of her mother, who regarded this behaviour as a social embarrassment.
Between eleven and thirteen, she claims, a series of psychic and spiritual experiences revealed to her the existence of God, and man's possibility of uniting with Him. At age 12 she was practicing occultism and claimed to be travelling out of her body.
She came to Sri Aurobindo's spiritual retreat on 29 March 1914 in Pondicherry, India. Having to leave Pondicherry during World War I, she spent most of her time in Japan where she met the Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore. Finally she returned to Pondicherry and settled there in 1920. After 24 November 1926, when Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion, she founded his ashram (Sri Aurobindo Ashram), with a handful of disciples living around the Master. She became the spiritual guide of the community.
The experiences of the last thirty years of Mother's life were captured in the 13-volume work The Agenda. In those years she attempted the physical transformation of her body in order to become what she felt was the first of a new type of human individual by opening to the Supramental Truth Consciousness, a new power of spirit that Sri Aurobindo had allegedly discovered. Sri Aurobindo considered her an incarnation of the Mother Divine and called her by that name: The Mother. When asked why he called her the Mother, Sri Aurobindo wrote a seminal book The Mother by introduction to the Mother's outstanding personalities, portions and embodiments of her divinity. That's how she came be known as The Mother.