Sri Aurobindo Ashram is known as a great centre of spiritual endeavour. People from all over the world come to Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry), to bathe in an atmosphere full of peace, light and joy, to live a life of sadhana and yoga, to imbibe a new spiritual force that can embrace and perfect life. And the word they hear the most in the Ashram is ‘Mother’. From the beginning, Sri Aurobindo entrusted the Mother with full material and spiritual charge of the Ashram. Everything in the Ashram is her creation; every initiative draws inspiration from her and moves towards her vision.
The Mother summarizes her mission thus: “my only aim in life is to give a concrete form to Sri Aurobindo’s great teaching and in his teaching he reveals that all the nations are essentially one and meant to express the Divine Unity upon earth through an organised and harmonious diversity”. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother strove together to embody and manifest upon earth this Divine Consciousness, with the Ashram as the starting point.
And as the message of the Ashram got itself organised and needed to be propagated, other organizations came into being as link between the Ashram and the outside world. In pursuance of this the Society was founded in 1960 by the Mother To make known to the members and people in general the aims and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, their system of Integral Yoga and to work for its fulfilment in all possible ways and for the attainment of a spiritualised society as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobino Society is a non-profit NGO, working throughout the world for individual perfection, social transformation, and human unity in diversity. It invites participation from all who want to work together for a better tomorrow, with no distinction of nationality, religion, caste or gender. The Society seeks to bring a dynamic spirituality into material life and all its activities
Sri Aurobindo Society has several Branches and Centres in India and abroad. A branch or a centre of Sri Aurobindo Society is therefore, a meeting point of individual and collective sadhana, of dedication in service of the Divine. The Branches and Centres of the Society are engaged in a variety of activities, including regular meditation, talks, seminars and conferences; running of educational institutions; research programmes; teachers workshops ; youth camps; health and medical care; handicrafts and publication of books in English and Indian languages; and more.