Hriday's youngest brother1I was only one year and three months old when my mother first took me to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. They used to make Sri Aurobindo's father-in-law's meal and my meal the same. He was the oldest and I was the youngest at the Ashram at that time. I went again in 1933, when I was under two years old, and also in 1936, 1940 and 1941. In 1944 I became permanent.
When I went to the Ashram in 1933, I was screaming and crying. My cousin used to look after me so that my mother could see Sri Aurobindo. In 1936 when I came, Sri Aurobindo did not want to see anybody, but I would see the Mother at four o'clock. In 1940 when I came, at that time I was allowed to see the Mother. In 1941, I was allowed to see Sri Aurobindo also. In 1944 when I came, the Mother remained in trance. But when I approached, the Mother's eyes were wide open. When I came near Sri Aurobindo, the Mother introduced me by saying, "Chinmoy, Hriday's youngest brother." While the Mother was saying this, I got a push from the guards. They would not allow me to stay. At that moment the Mother was introducing me to Sri Aurobindo, but Sri Aurobindo's guards would not allow me to remain because of the time. We could not stay in front of Sri Aurobindo for more than three or four seconds!
FSC 2. 5 September 1997, Warsaw, Poland↩