Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his wife Mrinalini Devi

Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his wife Mrinalini Devi

Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his wife Mrinalini Devi

Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his wife Mrinalini Devi

The complete set of letters written by Sri Aurobindo to his wife Mrinalini Devi. These letters are significant for they reveal little known but important aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s personality.
All these letters are translated from the Bengali except the one dated 20th August 1902, which was originally in English.

Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his father-in-law

Two letters written by Sri Aurobindo to his father-in-law Bhupal Chandra Bose (1861—1937). The first letter, dated 8 June 1906, was written during the early days of Sri Aurobindo’s political career and the second letter, dated 19 February 1919, was penned shortly after the death of Sri Aurobindo’s wife Mrinalini Devi in December 1918. These letters are indeed very special for they reveal the unknown aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s personality.

Reminiscences of Bhupal Chandra Bose

A brief statement made by Bhupal Chandra Bose, Sri Aurobindo’s father-in-law on 26 August 1931 where he has recorded his reminiscences of his daughter Mrinalini Devi who was married to Sri Aurobindo in April 1901.
Bhupal Chandra Bose had visited Pondicherry in the early 1930s and had the darshan of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.


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Book Details

Author: Sri Aurobindo

Print Length: 34 pages

Publisher: Overman Foundation

Contributor: Krishna

Book format: PDF, ePub, Kindle (mobi)

Language: English

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Sri Aurobindo’s letters to his wife Mrinalini Devi

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c/o K.B. Jadhav, Esq.
Near Municipal Office
25th June 1902

Dearest Mrinalini,

I was very sorry to learn of your fever. I hope since then you have begun to look after your health a little more. It is a cold place, so you must be careful not to catch cold. I am sending ten rupees today. Buy some medicine and take it daily. Don’t forget. I have heard of a medicine that will cure you of your disease. You don’t have to take it daily. One or two doses will cure you; but it won’t be possible to take it in Assam. You’ll be able to take it in Deoghur. I’ll write Sarojini about what is to be done.

Sarojini is in Deoghur. Baudidi [elder brother’s wife] has left Darjeeling for Calcutta. Darjeeling did not suit her. Sarojini writes to say that she will remain in Bengal until winter. Grandmother is putting a lot of pressure on her. She hopes Baudidi will be able to arrange a marriage for Sarojini. I don’t think there is much hope. If Sarojini gives up her excessive demands in regard to looks and attainments, there will be some chance.
‘Kencho’ went to the Lonavala Hills. He called me there too. He called me because he wanted to write a document. It was written but he did not send it. At the last minute he suddenly changed his mind. Another very big and secret work came up. I had to do it. When he saw my work ‘Kencho’ was very satisfied and he promised to raise my salary. Who knows whether he will do it or not. ‘Kencho’s’ word is not worth very much. But he may give the raise. It seems to me that the day of ‘Kencho’s’ downfall is coming. All of the signs are bad.

I am staying now in Khaserao’s house. When you come we will go to the “Navalakha”. There probably will not be much rain this year. If there is no rain, there certainly will be a terrible famine. In that case your visit here will have to be cancelled. If you come it will only mean a lot of trouble — trouble as regards food, water and prices. It is not hot in Baroda this summer. A beautiful breeze is blowing, but this beautiful breeze has blown away the hope of rain. Now only ten or twelve days remain. If we have good rain within ten or twelve days we may yet be saved from the stroke of a great misfortune.

I will send your photo soon. Jotin Banerji is staying with us. Today I will go to see him and select the best photo.

Give my respects to your father and your mother. You will understand all that I leave unexpressed.

Your husband