Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) was born on 15 August, 1872, in Calcutta. As a child of 7 he was sent to England for his education. There he studied at St. Paul in London and at King College, Cambridge, where he mastered not only English but also Greek, Latin, and French. On his return to India at age 21, he studied Indian culture intensely, and became active in the struggle for Indian freedom. Because of his political activity, from 1908 to 1909 Sri Aurobindo was kept under detention by the British government. During this year of seclusion he underwent a series of decisive spiritual experiences which set him on the spiritual path. He said after his release: The only result of the wrath of the British government was that I found God. In 1910, Sri Aurobindo withdrew from the political field and went to Pondicherry to devote himself entirely to his evolving spiritual mission. His spiritual partner, known as the Mother, joined him in 1920. Together they established the Sri Aurobindo Ashram where he dedicated himself to his voluminous writings. Sri Aurobindo affirms that all life is Yoga and that man has a greater destiny awaiting him, and through a conscious aspiration he can evolve into a higher being and can open himself to a new consciousness, which he called the Supramental.
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