Aurobindo versus Sri Aurobindo

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Part one — Poems


Aurobindo saw.
Sri Aurobindo became.


Aurobindo — the boldest revolution.
Sri Aurobindo — the quickest evolution.


Aurobindo — "British, out!”
Sri Aurobindo — "World-ignorance, out, out, out!”


Aurobindo — a Cambridge-education-zenith-mind.
Sri Aurobindo — a world-illumination-Soul
And the earth-transformation-Harbinger.


Aurobindo — "Cambridge, you gave me
The vastness-knowledge-light."
Sri Aurobindo — "Cambridge, I give you
And the whole world


Aurobindo was
A world-mind-traveller-hunger
Par excellence.
Sri Aurobindo is
A cosmos-heart-lover-feast


Aurobindo came down.
Sri Aurobindo went up
Only to be all-where.


In England, a waking lion.
In Baroda, a watching lion.
In Bengal, a roaring lion.
In Pondicherry, an all-conquering lion.


Within, Aurobindo heard.
Without, Sri Aurobindo sounds.


Aurobindo’s heart
Was a God-dreamer.
Sri Aurobindo’s life
Is a God-giver.


Aurobindo — the perfect definition
Of a God-oneness-seeker.
Sri Aurobindo — the absolute definition
Of God the Supreme.


In Bengal, he was
An India-lover,
And India-server.

In Pondicherry, he became
A God-seer,
And God-distributor.


Aurobindo saw the world.
Sri Aurobindo fought for the world
And so does he still.


His The Life Divine
Is God the man’s

His Savitri
Is man the God’s


Aurobindo accepted humanity’s imperfections
As his own.
God accepted Sri Aurobindo
To claim His Perfection
As his own, very own.


Aurobindo was humanity’s
Sri Aurobindo is Divinity’s


Sri Aurobindo is caught
By both man and God alike —
Man for his transformation;
God for His manifestation.

Part two — Notes

Editor's preface

The Reverend George Pattison, Dean of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, invited Chinmoy to offer a talk about Sri Aurobindo and a Peace Concert in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadhi.

Chinmoy’s visit to Cambridge took place on November 1st, 2000. After attending evensong in the Chapel where Sri Aurobindo used to pray, Chinmoy offered the following talk and gave a Peace Concert in Keynes Hall.

This was the second time Chinmoy had been invited by the Dean to observe Sri Aurobindo’s most significant connection with Cambridge University. On November 12th, 1997 Chinmoy offered a talk on Sri Aurobindo and a Peace Concert at King’s College Chapel in honour of the 50th anniversary of India’s independence.

Introduction to Chinmoy's talk1

On this feast of All Saints, 2000 We celebrate the joy and peace of the saints in bliss We rejoice in all who work and pray for the increase of joy and peace in our world.

It has been the gift: of SRI CHINMOY to be an instrument of moving hearts to a deeper reverence of the one God from whom all thoughts of peace proceed.

His is a pure and humble spirit and I am humbled and happy to greet him on this day of celebration.

George Pattison, Dean of Chapel, King's College, Cambridge


King’s College Cambridge CB2 1ST 13th November 2000

Dear Sri Chinmoy

It was a great pleasure and honour to welcome you to King’s College last week, and to be able to share in your tribute to Sri Aurobindo.

I’m sure that everyone who was present felt something of the special bond uniting you to Aurobindo, a spiritual relationship that has been so fruitful for the cause of peace in the world, and that will continue to be an inspiration to many.

I was touched by the reverential participation of your students in our Chapel service. Also the College staff were appreciative of their co-operativeness and efficiency in setting up and clearing away afterwards.

Your kindness to me personally was humbling. Praise to the Spirit in which and by which we are set free and made one!

With every good wish for your work in the future.

George Pattison Dean of Chapel

Part three — pictures

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This bust of Sri Aurobindo was presented to King’s College at the time of Chinmoy’s previous visit in 1997 by Dr. L.M. Singhvi, High Commissioner for India to the United Kingdom

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Reverend Pattison reads his proclamation welcoming Chinmoy to Cambridge University.

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Chinmoy offers his talk “Aurobindo Versus Sri Aurobindo”

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Reverend Pattison and Chinmoy coming out of King’s Chapel after the evensong service on their way to Keynes Hall.