Mirra Alfassa was born on 21 February 1878 in Paris to an Egyptian mother and a father of Turkish origin, a few months after her parents had settled in France.
Since childhood he has had mystical experiences that have shown him the possibility of manifesting a new consciousness capable of uniting spirituality with material life and leading to an accelerated evoulation of all humanity. It is this New Consciousnessthat Sri Aurobindo later referred to as the "Supramental Consciousness."
Mirra Alfassa was a particularly talented child who raced towards the study of the arts. Mirra later became an artist and musician.
In 1897 he married Heri Morisset, with whom he had a son named Andre.
In 1905 she began to study parapsychology and occult sciences in Algeria, together with Max Theon and his wife Alma, who was already a well-known medium.
Mirra first heard of Sri Aurobindo in 1912 from his girlfriend Alexandra David–Neel, who had already visited him at Pondicherry. It was not until 1914, together with her second husband, Paul Richard, that Mirra managed to travel to India and reach Pondicherry where she would finally meet Sri Aurobindo.
At that moment she immediately recognizes him as a mentor (whom she had already known from her previous visions). And she realized that her future would become connected to this man. Although she was forced to leave India immediately after the end of the First World War and follow her husband Paul Richard who receives an official post in Japan. She returned in April 1920 to Sri Aurobindo, in Pondicherry, with whom she would remain in her entire life.
Sri Aurobindo recognized in it an example of the realization of the expressive and dynamic aspect of the Force of Creative Evolution, which in India bears the traditional name of "Supreme Mother". Thus, she acquires this second name under which she will remain known, as "Mother".
The diary "Arya" held by Mira being the point from which most of Sri Aurobindo's writings, which became known in the form of a new discipline called Integral Yoga, would later go.
Among the works of Sri Aurobindo that were born later we can mention:
- Divine Life, Yoga of Synthesis, Essays on the Gita, The Secret of The Vedas,
- Hymns to the Mystical Fire, Upanishads, War and Self-Destruction,
- The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity and Numerous Poems.
Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in 1926. This was in order to be able to host a growing number of disciples who were becoming interested in learning Integral Yoga.
Sri Aurobindo continued his spiritual and literary work known as the Evolution of Consciousness and the Supramental Transformationuntil 1950 when he left this world.
Between 1926 and 1950 he wrote a multitude of letters answering questions about Integral Yoga. Also many poems describing his spiritual experiences.
In 1950 he finished his major work, namely the epic poem "Savitri". This it represents his vision and that of the Mother of the Integral Yoga; an impressive poem in 12 volumes and with 24,000 lines.
This is in order to fulfill the last of his master's wishes. But also to teach a new educational system for young Indians.
In 1968 she founded the Auroville community. Where Sri Aurobindo's visions of a new individual and collective life will develop in a much broader framework, paving the way for a bright future for the whole earth.
" Humanity is not the last step of terrestrial creation. Evolution continues and man will be overcome. Each individual is taught if he wishes, to participate in this appearance of a new species.
For those who are happy with the world as it is, Auroville obviously has no way of existing." - Mama -1966
Mirra Alfassa left this world on November 17, 1973. Leaving behind a special spiritual legacy that is perpetuated to this day.