Nolini Kanta Gupta

Considered to be Sri Aurobindo’s ‘manasputra,’ Nolini Kanta Gupta was a revolutionary, linguist, scholar, critic, poet, philosopher and yogi, and the most senior of Sri Aurobindo’s disciples. He was among those arrested in May 1908 for conspiracy in the Alipore bomb case. After his acquittal in May 1909 due to lack of evidence, he worked as a sub-editor for the Dharma and the Karmayogin, two of Sri Aurobindo’s Nationalist weekly journals, in 1909 and 1910. He was among the four disciples who followed Sri Aurobindo to Pondicherry in 1910. In 1926 he settled permanently at Pondicherry serving Sri Aurobindo and the Mother as Secretary of the newly-formed Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and later as the founder-trustee of the Ashram Trust. He was taught Greek, Latin, French and Italian by Sri Aurobindo himself and went on to author more than fifty books in Bengali, thirty in English and five in French.

True Humility – “A Living and Secret Contact with the Divine Consciousness”

In this delightful little essay, Nolini Kanta Gupta reminds us – “Humility, in order to be true and sincere, need not be sour and dour in appearance or go about in sack-cloth and ashes. On the contrary, it can be smiling and buoyant: and it is so, because it is at ease, knowing that things will be done—some things naturally will be undone too—quietly, quickly, if necessary, and inevitably, provided the right consciousness, the right will within is maintained.”


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