"In a divine retreat from mortal thought,   
In a prodigious gesture of soul-sight,    
His being towered into pathless heights,  
Naked of its vesture of humanity.         
As thus it rose, to meet him bare and pure
A strong Descent leaped down...."         
                       Savitri - Book One - Canto Five.

"India has always existed  for  humanity  and  not  for
herseff and it is for humanity and not for herself that
she must be great."                                    

                      Sri Aurobindo: 'Unarpara Speech'.

    We are happy to publish our booklet No.2 of a  talk
given by Mr.  Gopal Bhattacharjee, of which the subject
is Sri Aurobindo's contribution to humanity.           
    From time  immemorial  in the field of spirituality
and mysticism India has contributed  immensely  towards
humanity  and  Sri  Aurobindo's contribution towards it
has  been  vast  and  expansive.  It  is   beyond   the
understanding  of  our  ordinary  human  intellect  but
Sadhaks (Seekers) who delved into it could give us some
guidance   and   Mr.  Gopal  Bbattacharjee,  a  Sadhak,
International   Secretary,   Sri   Aurobindo   Society,
Pondicherry,  has just done that in his lecture, titled
"A Fragrant Flower of Cambridge - Sri Aurobindo  -  His
Contribution to Humanity".                             
    It was an historic occasion when Mr.  Bhartacharjee
spoke on that subject in Cambridge. It was historic be-
cause exactly one hundred years ago in 1891  Sri  Auro-
bindo was a student in King's College,  Cambridge,  and
until now it has not been possible by persons  visiting
here  from  Pondicherry to hold a meeting there to talk
about Sri Aurobindo.  It was a glorious spring afterno-
on,  the 27th April,  1991, when Cambridge welcomed Mr.
Bhattacharjee with a symphony of colour and  sound  and
students  from  various  colleges  of the University of
Cambridge and some faculty members assembled at  Keynes
Hall, King's College to hear him. Mr. Bhattachatjee was
inspired and, in his usual extempore talk with extensi-
ve quotations from  The Life Divine, Savitri  and other
works from Sri Aurobindo, made the occasion a memorable
one.  The audience was spellbound and some members com-
mented after the meeting that they had never  experien-
ced a lecture like this before.                        
    Because of the distortions in the recording of  the
speech  and  the limited time Mr.  Bhattacharjee had at
his disposal,  he had to make certain changes here  and
there  in  the whole talk after we had prepared the ty-
pescript. We are fortunate enough to be given permissi-
on  by Mr.  Bhattacharjee to publish it in booklet form
on behalf of the Sri Aurobindo Society (U.K.)          
    The members of the Sri Aurobindo Society (U.K.) ha-
ve been trying to scale the heights of spiritual  prog-
ress  slowly  but  steadily  with  the great help of Mr
Bhattacharjee. We are indebted to him for his unfailing
love  and  affection in helping members of our society,
individually and collectively,  everytime he visits  us
in the U.K.                                            
    Our first public meeting celebrating  the  Mother's
birth  anniversary was a great success.  Then in August
1987 in the presence of Mr. Bhattacharjee we celebrated
Sri Aurobindo's birth anniversary at Conway Hall,  Lon-
don WC1,  when nearly four hundred people attended  the
memorable  meeting  and  it  was  reported in the local
newspapers.                                            
    With the help of Mr. Bhattacharjee the Sri Aurobin-
do Society was estableshed in Germany in 1988.  In 1989
when  Mr.  Bhattacharjee  was invited by the Society in
Germany to attend the birth anniversary of Sri Aurobin-
do,  nearly fivehundred German people assembled in Hei-
delberg to listen to him.  The meeting was reported  in
local newspapers as well. There are many centres of the
socity now operating in the United Germany.            
    During his current visit this year, after attending
the meetings in the U.N.E.S.C.O.  as a standing commit-
tee member in the N.G.O.,  Mr. Bhattacharjee toured ex-
tensively all over Germany. He also visited Poland whe-
re he was invited by Dr. Jasinsky, Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Warsaw to enlighten them about  Sn  Auro-
bindo and he conducted a well-attended Press Conference
there.  In the U.K.,  besides having a very  successful
meeting in Cambridge,  Mr.  Bhatterjee gave a series of
talks in our centre and also in Sheffield. The meetings
we had were full of spiritual insight, grouth and prog-
ress.  Those of us who were present felt how  immensely
helpful  it  would  be  if we could take even little of
what we had heard and  put  it  into  practice  in  our
day-to-day life.                                       
    It is hoped that this booklet will rouse more inte-
rest  about  Sri Aurobindo and his immense contribution
to humanity.                                           


                         Soumendu Kumar Datta, Chairman
                     Jaywant Khandke, General Secretary
                           SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY (U.K.)

                                      5 Fairfax Mansions,
                            Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage,
                                          London NW3 6JY

                                                May 1991

Second Impression

    We are  very  pleased  with the response with which
this publication was received internationally,  and  we
hope it would do so in the future.                     

                         Soumendu Kumar Datta, Chairman
                     Jaywant Khandke, General Secretary
                           SRI AUROBINDO SOCIETY (U.K.)

                                      5 Fairfax Mansions,
                            Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage,
                                          London NW3 6JY

                                             August, 1992

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