Ascent: Beyond the Silence

Sri Aurobindo Ghosh


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Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1950) was a key figure in the early movement for Indian Independence. He was arrested by the British on charges of sedition and after a deep spiritual experience in jail, he left politics to pursue a path of spiritual seeking. Sri Aurobindo founded an ashram in Pondicherry, where he became a prominent spirit...

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