Modern day Spiritual Humanism became an established fact when in 1893, in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda greeted the audience with a "Sisters and brothers of America, in the name of the oldest order of monks in the world, I welcome you to this august assembly" *1. The warmth of his heart won him a standing ovation.
Nearly 2 decades later, after his passing, he would appear in the solitary cell of a freedom fighter named Aurobindo Ghose, who was in detention in Alipore. The inmate was to rise from the accusations that shackled him a year later when he gave his famous speech at Uttarpara in 1909. He emerged as Sri Aurobindo - the poet, philosopher and now, YOGI.
A yogi is a man/woman who understands in all its facets and shades, the union of humanity with the cosmic divine (LOVE). He then works ceaselessly to establish Truth on Earth - for it is writ "Satyameva Jayathe" - Truth Alone Triumphs. He attains Samadhi (enlightenment) and becomes "Sat Chit Ananda" - Existence, Consciousness, BLISS.
Countless Rishis, Seers, Prophets and Saints have helped Humanity since the inception of time (the first visphota of the Cosmos - big bang) and given us the advantage of "standing on the shoulders of giants" *2.
One such giant was Sri Aurobindo, along with his collaborator The Mother who together became known as MotherSriAurobindo (MSA). In the 1920s they together established the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, South India which then gave rise to Auroville in 1968.
In 1989, the Founders of the Sri Aurobindo Dhama travelled to Pondicherry and were amazed at the smooth working of this humble "ashram" or place of sanctified works. 20 years after establishing the "Om Shanti Dhama" with its gurukula, they saw as if in a vision, a new Dhama (abode) rising in its midst.
The foundation stone of Sri Aurobindo Dhama was laid in 2015 and the doors of it's meditation hall / library and yoga hall was thrown open to the public on 15th August 2018 (on the 146th year of Sri Aurobindo's birth).
It is the objective of Sri Aurobindo Dhama to help establish a "Supraja (Good Progeny) Project" by continuing the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
To Thee who hast been the material envelope of our Master, to Thee our infinite gratitude. Before Thee who hast done so much for us, who hast worked, struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much, before Thee who hast willed all, attempted all, prepared, achieved all for us, before Thee we bow down and implore that we may never forget, even for a moment, all we owe to Thee.
Mirra Alfassa, in 1950 when Sri Aurobindo left his body.
It is now our turn to "work, suffer, hope". Join us in our endeavours to free the heart from egoism and lust and instead fill it with divine virtues.
Now in 2021, the adjoining Sadhak's quarters (Kuteers) are being readied and planning for the "Supraja (Good Progeny) Project" is under way. Plantation of Pavitra Vanas (sacred plants and trees) is also in progress.