About Sri Aurobindo Society
Sri Aurobindo Society seeks to bring a dynamic spirituality into material life and all its activities, so that the global problems can find a true solution, and the dreams of humanity, through the ages, can be realized.
The Society is a not-for-profit NGO, working throughout the world for individual perfection, social transformation, and human unity in diversity. It invites participation from all who want to work together for a better tomorrow, with no distinction of nationality, religion, caste or gender.
The Society was founded in 1960 by the Mother
“To make known to the members and people in general the aims and ideals of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, their system of Integral Yoga and to work for its fulfilment in all possible ways and for the attainment of a spiritualised society as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo.”
Sri Aurobindo Society is registered as a society at Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 (now West Bengal Act XXVI of 1961). The main administrative office of the Society is in Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry). The Society has been recognized by the Government of India as
a Not-for-profit Organization under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act
a Research Institute under Section 35(1)(iii)
an Institution of National Importance under Section 10(23C)(iv)
CENTRES, BRANCHES & GLOBAL
Sri Aurobindo Society has several Branches and Affiliated Centres in India and abroad. In a message, the Mother explains the true significance of a ‘Centre’:
“To open a centre is not sufficient in itself. It must be the pure hearth of a perfect sincerity in a total consecration to the Divine.”
The Branches and Affiliated Centres of the Society are engaged in a variety of activities, including regular meditations, talks, seminars and conferences; running of educational institutions; physical education and sports; dance, drama, and music classes; research programmes; teachers workshops and youth camps; health and medical care; handicrafts; publication of books in English and Indian languages; and more. What is important is not the activity by itself, but the spirit in which it is undertaken. All work, in this way, can be a means of self-development and an offering to the Divine.
An Affiliated Centre can be very simple and informal in its structure and working. As its activities expand and grow it can become a ‘Branch’ of the Society, which is legally, financially and administratively a part of the Society, fulfilling several statutory obligations.
The Society also has a few Centres outside India, which are registered under the laws of the country of their location.