At the Feet of the Master by T. Kodandarama Rao

At the Feet of the Master

T. Kodandarama Rao first met Sri Aurobindo in December 1920. A few months later he came to live near him in Pondicherry. He remained until 1924. After his return to Andhra Pradesh, he remained in contact with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and was present at many darshans. More than forty years after his departure from Pondicherry, Kodandarama Rao published his reminiscences under the title At the Feet of the Master. This little book is one of the few records we have of life during the early 1920s in what became the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

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Author: T. Kodandarama Rao
Print Length: 34
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Submitted by: Sergei
Book format: Pdf, ePub, mobi (Kindle)
Language: English

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  • Publisher’s Note
  • Note to the 1969 Edition
  • Foreword to the 1969 Edition
  • 1. A Flash of Lightning
  • 2. In the Divine Presence
  • 3. Interval
  • 4. The Journey Starts
  • 5. Sadhana
  • 6. The Third Year
  • 7. Continuation
  • Hymn to Sri Aurobindo
  • Invocation to the Divine


At the Feet of the Master

5. Sadhana

Sri Aurobindo was a magnetic dynamo, radiating his light and force to the sadhakas who sat round him. if they were only calm and receptive. Every evening, as I sat before him. I felt the force and light coming from him, with redoubled vigour and energy and it was always on the increase. I felt as if I was being rewound every evening at the meditation time, the given force to last till the next evening, to be reinforced again then with fresh force and light. The force was illimitable and I felt that the Master was an inexhaustible storehouse of Divine Force and Light. The light that he gave us lightened up the corners of the whole being and began to show the dark spots and tendencies and defects to be worked upon by the Force for change. According to one’s capacity, everyone received the divine blessings from the Master. Others also used to have similar experiences.

As the second year commenced, I wrote to my father-in-law, Sri N. Lakshminarayana Rao. that I wished to stay for another year and that he should console my wife and keep her cool-hearted. He was an orthodox Brahmin lawyer and emotional by nature. Induced by his friend and relations, he came to me along with my elder brother-in-law, Sri S. Narasimha Rao. to take me away from the Master. He saw me in heterodox surroundings, but he was blind to the radiating Light that was the Master. My efforts to convince him that sannyasa was not our ideal, and that Life Divine was the goal of our endeavour, were of no avail. My sparse living with bare clothing were misunderstood.

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