Sri Aurobindo Biography

Sri Aurobindo Biography

Western Education of Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo Ghose and his two brothers had western education.Their father who was an admirer of England and its educational system. After schooling at a convent in Darjeeling, they went to England to live with a churchmen’s family in Manchester. There they enrolled at St. Paul's public school in West London, and later on went on to Cambridge University. Sri Aurobindo was a bright student, scoring excellent marks in  Classical Tripos examination. But his heart was in Indian and a firm will for the Independence of India. He returned to India in 1893 to serve the Indian princely State of Baroda and worked up to 1906.

Nationalist Leader

He returned to his birthplace, Calcutta, to serve as the first Principal of the new Bengal National College. Subsequently he resigned due to his increasingly active engagement in the Nationalist Movement. Sri Aurobindo insisted on full independence for India. This resulted in his arrest on a charge of treason and he was kept in solitary confinement for nearly a year leveled as an 'under trial' prisoner in Alipore jail.


After he was released, he took refuge in Pondicherry as he was chased by the British authorities. He devoted himself to the exploration of the new avenues it opened up to him. He consistently worked for the development of India and the world.

Optimistic and Dynamic World-view Of Sri Aurobindo

The greatness of Sri Aurobindo is to have combined the modern scientific concept of progress with the perennial proponent experience. His integration was not a philosophical constitution, but a consciousness stemming from direct spiritual experience. The divulging of more and more complex types and higher levels of consciousness out of a virtual total substance inconscience is visualized as the subsequent return to self-awareness and several self-expression of concerned spirit. This phenomenon is not complete, and the growth of greater levels of consciousness and less unaware forms of expression are detected. But with the growth of Mind, human beings can, if they opt to, use their intelligence to participate consciously in this phenomenon of self-awareness and self-evolution. Several phases of this world-view are elucidated in the 35 volumes of Sri Aurobindo's Collected Works.

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