The Mother The Mother was a towering spiritual personality and collaborator with Sri Aurobindo. She was born in Paris in 1878 as Mirra Alfassa, daughter of a banker and raised in a strictly non-religious family. From an early age she began having spontaneous spiritual experiences which continued throughout her youth leading to spiritual realization before the age of 21. As a young artist she kept company with the most famous Parisian artists of the time, taught spirituality and was initiated into occult traditions.

She met Sri Aurobindo in 1914, helped him start Arya Magazine, then returned to India in 1920 where she founded and headed the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry for half a century up until her passing in 1973. In the late 1940s she established the International Centre of Education. In 1968 she also established the international township of Auroville.

The Mother dedicated her entire life to a quest for the supramental transformation of life on earth. Her spiritual mission and experiences are related by Sri Aurobindo in his epic poem Savitri. Her teachings were recorded into numerous talks which she delivered to the members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram from 1950 to 1962. After her passing, an extensive personal record was published depicting her spiritual experiences in 13 volumes called the Agenda.