About Mira Alfassa 'The Mother'
Mira Alfassa, later named as 'The Mother', was the spiritual partner of
Sri Aurobindo. After Sri Aurobindo renounced the worldly life and went
into seclusion, she looked after Auroville, also known as Sri Aurobindo
Ashram. Read on to know more about the biography of Mirra Alfassa 'The
The Mother was born as Mira Alfassa in the year 1878, in France. Her
mother was an Egyptian, while her father was Turkish. She also had an
older brother named Matteo. Mira Alfassa lost all interest in worldly
life when she was only five years old and from then onwards began her
journey on the path of meditation and spirituality. As per 'The Mother'
herself, she had a number of psychic and spiritual experiences between
the age of eleven and thirteen. Through these visions, she came to
realize the existence of God. In the year 1897, she got married to Henri
Morisset, a student of Moreau.
As per Mira Alfassa, she received enlightenment between the age of
nineteen and twenty, without the help of any books or teachers. Later,
she took recourse to Raja Yoga and the"Bhagwad Gita" to move
forward on the path of spirituality.
Meeting Max Théon
Mira Alfassa met the mysterious occultist, Max Théon, who helped
her in understanding the psychic visions she had so often experienced.
In 1908, Mirra divorced Morisset and moved to Paris. Around 1910, she
again got married to Paul Richard.
Meeting Sri Aurobindo
Mira, along with her husband Paul Richard, left for India on 7th March
1914. They reached Pondicherry on 29th March and met Sri Aurobindo. It
is said that the moment Mira saw Sri Aurobindo she recognized him as
person she saw in her visions of a dark Asiatic figure. Mira and Paul
left for France in February 1915. However, they came back to Pondicherry
in April 1920 and from 1922, she started regular evening talks and group
meditations. Mira Alfassa was given the name of 'The Mother by Sri
Taking Charge of Aurobindo Ashram
In December 1926, Sri Aurobindo decided to renounce the world and
retire from the public view. In his place, he appointed Mira Alfassa to
take over the administration of Aurobindo Ashram, later named Auroville.
In 1973, Mira Alfassa, 'The Mother', left this world to become one with
the Supreme Being.