Aurobindo earned the wrath of the British who were keen on cutting him down to size. He was an active member of the Indian freedom movement and thus the imperialistic rulers imprisoned him on false charges. After spending a year in Alipore jail, he was acquitted and freed in 1909.
He set foot on Pondicherry soil on April 4, 1910, where he stayed and founded an ashram. This historic event is marked in the annals of the ashram and is celebrated by his devotees even today.
Though he was initiated into Western culture, he was greatly influenced by Sanatana dharma in Hindu philosophy which attracted him like a magnet. Aurobindo studied the Upanishads while in England and felt a divine light entering him.
A devout person, Aurobindo had firm belief in god. He was not self-centered for he did not pray for himself but always prayed for god to elevate the country in all spheres and make it self-sufficient. This ‘avatara purusha’ loved India and his countrymen that he wanted to sacrifice his life for his fellow Indians. He wanted to dedicate the magnificent powers derived from yogic practices to the betterment of the country.
India’s Independence on August 15 is also celebrated as Aurobindo’s birthday. What a strange coincidence, indeed. It reflects the patriotism and love he had for the country. He has gifted a treasure in the form of yogic practice to mankind to nurture and cherish which was followed by Annai.
His involvement to make India a super power and his selfless dedication will feature in the next article,
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