Sri Aurobindo Ashram in DelhiAurobindo Ashram was initially inaugurated in Pondicherry as an ashram that would work for the betterment of the society. Gradually, the ashram made its work fully appreciated and applauded and extended to north India- Delhi which is actually as an extension of the sadhana centre at Pondicherry.
The primary motto of Aurobindo Ashram is to make ‘yoga’ a very integral part of human life.
Aurobindo Ashram- DelhiAurobindo Ashram, of Delhi was officially inaugurated in the year 1956, 12th February with blessings of the Mother. Once the relics of Sri Aurobindo were enshrined in the Ashram, the ashram has been growing at a very fast and steady pace. The Ashram has a shrine and a meditation hall, which continues to be the main centre of all activities here where principles and teachings are preached of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Delhi Branch is the only branch outside Pondicherry, which is the main branch. Just two months after opening the Delhi Branch, the Mother inaugurated the Ashram School in the Delhi Branch with a wonderful message:
The school was later renamed " The Mother's International School ". The Ashram has its own tenets and principles with no discrimination between sex, caste and creed. All souls are looked upon as the children of the Mother. And the most important factor worth noticing here is that there is no hierarchy of the officials and the sub-ordinates. In the year 1957, the Mother granted that the first sacred relics of Sri Aurobindo to be taken outside Pondicherry, which were later installed in the shrine at Delhi Ashram.
Departments and the Activities of Aurobindo Ashram:
- The Mother's Integral Health Centre
It is an allopathic dispensary that serves as the medical need for the people residing within the Ashram. Therapies and other kind of remedies are available in the care centre.
- Ashram Gardens and Nursery
The ashram garden and nursery has beautiful flowers grown and maintained by the people residing here. Further, organic vegetables are also grown here which serves the purpose in the ashram kitchen.
- Ashram Kitchen and Bakery
The Bakery also produces good amount of soya, nutritious biscuits and cakes.
- Yoga classes
Yoga classes are conducted within the ashram premises three days a week, three times a day.
- Fruit Centre
From June to August, every year a huge number of fruits are grown which are then made into jams and juices.
- Handmade Paper Unit
This part of the ashram is a very useful unit for it utilises waste paper and natural substances and produces high quality paper in large quantities.
- Flour and Spice Mill
The Ashram takes the pride in grinding its own flour and spice. The mill is well maintained and the products are also of very good quality.
- Meditation Hall and Shrine
This Hall remains open on all days for meditation. Collective Satsang, Devotional Music and Readings take place daily from 7.00 PM to 7.30 PM.
- Tapasya: Ashram Guest House
Tapasya is a residential building meant for devotees and seekers who come to the ashram.
- Knowledge: Library and Reading room
The Library remains opene on all days except Mondays. The library has a huge collection of great books and periodicals.
- Skill in Works: A workshop Complex
The ashram even has a workshop complex in which various activities are carried out such as works on wood, photo lamination and also care of hardware materials.
- Lecture Series: Study Camps
Lecture Series are held during the birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Aurobindo and Study camps and retreats are organized during summer and autumn periods.
- SABDA: Sri Aurobindo Books Distribution Agency
This agency deals in all kind of products of Pondicherry and Delhi ashrams. Products include sale of second hand goods, cassettes/VCDs/DVDs, incense, hand made paper stationery, etc.
Two journals are released quarterly in Hindi and English which are Sri Arvind Karmadhara and The Call Beyond respectively.
Shri Aurobindo Ashram
Aurobindo Marg, Hauz Khas, Delhi