Darshan Messages


15 August, Sri Aurobindo's birthday

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. "Darshan" in Sanskrit means "seeing". It refers here to seeing Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and to receive their blessings.

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.

Message cards are distributed on the following days.
Day Occasion
 01 January New Year's day
 21 February The Mother's birthday
 29 February The Supramental Manifestation day
 24 April The Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry
 15 August Sri Aurobindo's birthday
 17 November The Mother's Mahasamadhi day
 24 November Siddhi day
 05 December Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi day
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