He arrived there on the 4th of April 1910. He had few students and the external conditions under which he began his work were tough.
On the 29th of March 1914 he met Mirra Alfassa for the first time. She had sought him out, recognized him, however, as the person who had often appeared to her in her meditations.
On the 5th of December 1950 Sri Aurobindo left has body in order he might, as Mother put it: “to be able to help us better from the other side”.
The Mother: Mirra Alfassa born in 1926 on the 21st of February 1878 in Paris and known as ”The Mother“. Her family was well-to-do, and she obtained a thorough education in music, painting and higher
mathematics. She was a student of the painter Gustav Moreau and knew most of the famous Impressionist artists which was at that time in vogue.
Already in her childhood and teenage Mirra Alfassa was aware of her divine ancestry. Max Theón a personality with wide-ranging knowledge of and abilities in the occult sphere was the first person who was able to provide for her a coherent explanation of her countless inner experiences since her childhood.
A journey to India which she had undertaken led to her first meeting
with Sri Aurobindo on the 29th of March 1914. After a period of residence in Japan until 1920 she returned to Pondicherry for good in 1920.
When in 1926 Sri Aurobindo retreated for the rest of his life to his quarters to devote himself to working concretely on yoga, he passed on to her the direction of the ashram, named her from this point in time “The Mother”, and published the book ‘The Mother’.
When in 1950 Sri Aurobindo departed from his body, he transferred important skills and powers of consciousness to The Mother. She reported to Satprem on the 20th of December 1972:
had accumulated a great deal of supramental force in his body, and as soon as he
left he.... He was on his bed, you see, and I was standing beside him, and all
the supramental force that was in him passed quite concretely from his body into
mine—so concretely that I thought it was visible. I could feel the friction
of the passage.
She began to search for a way in which the supramental consciousness which Sir Aurobindo had seen could be fully realized. Soon after it became apparent that the work on, with and through the physical body had to begin and not, as Sri Aurobindo had supposed through the development of a higher Mind and of the psychic being.