Maharishi Arvind Group of Institutions have been promoted by the Arvind Bharti Vidyalaya Samiti, a non-profit organization, founded in 1975 in Jaipur with the inspiration from the teachings of the great yogi, thinker, freedom fighter and philosopher, Maharishi Aurobindo.
Maharishi Aurobindo Ghosh (August 15, 1872-December 5, 1950)
was an Indian nationalist, scholar, poet, mystic, evolutionary philosopher, yogi and guru. After a short political career in which he became one of the leaders of the early movement for the freedom of India from British rule, Sri Aurobindo turned to the development and practice of a new spiritual path which he called the integral yoga.
The aim of the integral yoga was to further the evolution of life on earth by establishing a high level of spiritual consciousness, which he called the Supermind, that would represent a divine life free from physical death. Sri Aurobindo wrote prolifically in English on his spiritual philosophy and practice, on social and political development, on Indian culture including extensive commentaries and translations of ancient Indian scriptures, and on literature and poetry including the writing of much spiritual poetry.
During the First Partition of Bengal from 1905 to 1912, he became a leader of the group of Indian nationalists known as the Extremists for their willingness to use violence and advocate outright independence, a plank more moderate nationalists had shied away from up to that point. He was one of the founders of Jugantar party, an underground revolutionary outfit. He was the editor of a nationalist Bengali newspaper Vande Mataram (spelt and pronounced as Bônde Matôrom in the Bengali language) and came into frequent confrontation with the British Raj as a result. In 1907 he attended a convention of Indian nationalists where he was seen as the new leader of the movement. But his life was beginning to take a new direction. In Baroda he met a Maharashtrian yogi called Vishnu Bhaskar Lele who convinced him to explore the ancient Hindu practices of yoga.
His conversion from political action to spirituality occurred while incarcerated for a year in the Alipur jail as an undertrial prisoner in Kolkata in the province of Bengal. While incarcerated he was inspired by his meditating on the Hindu scripture of the Bhagavad Gita. Sri Aurobindo claimed to be visited in his meditations by the renowned Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu philosopher of great importance to Advaita Vedanta, in order to guide Sri Aurobindo in an important aspect of his spiritual practice or yoga. Sri Aurobindo later said that while imprisoned he saw the convicts, jailers, policemen, the prison bars, the trees, the judge, the lawyers as different forms of Vishnu in the spiritual experience of Vasudeva.
MAIET salutes the spirit of Maharishi Aurobindo and we try to follow the path of Maharishi.