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CWSA - Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo

CWM - Collected Works of The Mother

Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Suvrata Gaebele.htm
Suvrata Gaebele At Calcutta I had taken lessons in French at the Alliance Francaise and was able to read some of the Mother's books and her writings in the Bulletin in the original French. After settling down at the Ashram I wanted to improve my knowledge of this language, especially for speaking and writing. For this purpose I turned to Madame Suvrata, an elderly French lady, who had received her new name from Mother. Formerly she was Yvonne Robert Gaebele. Her husband had been the Mayor of Pondicherry and she herself had worked at the Museum and the Historical Society, etc., retiring as the Chief Librarian of the Romain Rolland Library. I had got acquainted with
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Vasudha.htm
Vasudha Vasudha was the name she got from her parents. At the Ashram she was called Akka by the younger generation as well as the visitors. (Akka means sister in Marathi), In her letters Mother addressed her as "My little smile". The letters have since been published as a book. Vasudha was a girl of 14 when she came to the Ashram in 1928 and stayed on. She lived in an apartment next to the Ashram on the eastern side at the south-east corner. The same premises housed the Ashram Embroidery set up and looked after by her. In course of time she became a personal attendant of the Mother. Many a time I noticed her going to or coming from Mother at fixed hours with a shoulder-bag
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Some Astrologers.htm
Some Astrologers In the late seventies Kameshwar Rao took me and Madanlal Himatsignka to Cuddalore to see a Bhrigu Samhita astrologer. He would read out his predictions from a very ancient book written on palm leaves. Rishi Bhrigu is stated to be the author and the book contains predictions for the future generations to come. When we reached the astrologer's house he was finishing his daily puja and we had to wait only a little before we were ushered in. The room had a religious atmosphere with the pictures of gods and goddesses and puja materials like incense, ghee, burning clay lamp etc. Our names were asked and noted and we were told to think of our question an
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/The Journey Begins.htm
The Journey Begins In 1949, when I decided to go to Pondicherry, things got arranged quite smoothly. The Advocate with whom I was working then to get training to start my own practice, knew a Solicitor, who was connected with the Ashram, his younger brother Uday Singh Nahar having settled down at Pondicherry. The Mother's permission for my visit for the 21st February Darshan was obtained and as the Nahars were on the look-out for some companion for Uday Singh's wife who was returning to Pondicherry at that very time, it was a nice coincidence for us on the long journey. The Howrah-Madras Mail took more than 36 hours to reach Madras (Central) where we had to take
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Nolinida.htm
Nolinida I was introduced to Nolinida towards the end of my first visit to the Ashram. Narayan Prasad Bindu had made the appointment for the first meeting. We met in Madhav's room which was then being used by Nolinida in the afternoons for such meetings. I wanted to know from him about working for funds for the Ashram. His advice was similar to that which Sri Aurobindo has written in The Mother. A man of few words, he was quite clear to me all the same. Our relationship developed in due course. I often wrote to him from Calcutta and his replies were prompt. In spite of his usual succinctness, his inner warmth was not missed by me. Once a cyst had grown on my face.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Mother^s Appointment.htm
-23_Mother^s Appointment.htm Mother's Appointment Pourna Prema came to see me one evening, early February 1971, with a message from Mother to see her next morning. It was something very important and in connection with Auroville. She knew what I will be told, but thought it would be better if I heard it first from Mother herself. Mother had stopped seeing people from early December, and in the latter part of January, Nolini had resumed going to her and then Madhav also. But it was just coming and going, work was not resumed yet. There was some natural suspense in my heart. Never before Mother had sent for me and on the way I felt its importance. I did my pranam to her as usual a
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Sri Aurobindo^s Action.htm
-17_Sri Aurobindo^s Action.htm Sri Aurobindo's Action In 1970 a change was to come in my work at the Ashram, a change by way of addition. Early June that year I was asked by Udar and Pradyot to get a new Society registered at Pondicherry as approved by Mother. She had given if an unusual name "Sri Aurobindo's Action". The drafting of the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of the proposed Society was not time-consuming as I had experience in the past of such things especially in respect of Sri Aurobindo Memorial Fund Society and Sri Aurobindo Society. The completion of the formalities went fast and the Society stood registered on June 17. The Executive Committee c
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Shyam Sunder Jhunjhunwala/English/Down Memory Lane/Dilip Kumar Roy.htm
Dilip Kumar Roy I had heard of Dilip Kumar Roy, son of Dwijendra Lai Roy, a reputed literary figure of Bengal. Dilip Kumar, himself a musician of fame, was a literary talent as well. I enjoyed listening to his music available through the HMV records. But when I heard him singing in person, it was an experience of a still higher order, more vibrant and more living. It happened at Pondicherry in February 1949. Uday Singh took me to his house for introduction and I was happy to learn that Dilipda would be singing that very evening, it being his usual singing day for Ashramites and visitors. Dilip created an atmosphere when he sang, and to me he seemed to be at his be