SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM DARSHAN MESSAGES
This section of the website contains the Darshan message cards distributed at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. You can view the card distributed for a particular occasion and for those wanting to have a printed copy of the cards, a downloadable version is also provided. Each message card can be printed and folded to resemble the actual card distributed at the Ashram. Separate monochrome and colour PDF files are included.
"Darshan" in Sanskrit means "seeing". It refers here to seeing Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and to receive their blessings. After Sri Aurobindo retired from daily contact with his disciples, he saw them only a few times a year on what came to be known as the Darshan days.
During Sri Aurobindo's lifetime, messages were given out only occasionally on the Darshan days; afterwards, they were issued regularly. Some of these were written expressly for the occasion, others were passages chosen from the works of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
That tradition still continues today. The day starts with a meditation around the samadhi. During the day, sadhaks and devotees are allowed to visit either Sri Aurobindo's or the Mother's room, depending on the occasion. Message cards containing passages from their works are distributed to all who attend the Darshan.