Mirra Alfassa Biography
(Spiritual Guru and Founder of ‘Sri Aurobindo Ashram’)
Birthday: February 21, 1878 (Pisces)
Born In: Paris, France
Mirra Alfassa, known to many simply as ‘The Mother’, was a famous yogi and a spiritual guru. Belonging to a bourgeois Jewish immigrant family, she was born and brought up in France and had a unique upbringing. If she ever complained about something her mother would always remind her that she was born to realize the highest ideal, not to bother about small things. Indeed, starting at the age of four, she had numerous supernatural experiences. About her childhood years, she had later said, “There was a small chair for me on which I used to sit still, engrossed in meditation. A very brilliant light would then descend over my head and produce some turmoil inside my brain”. However, her full potential was developed only after she visited India, where she met Shri Aurobindo, who immediately recognized her to be of equal yogic stature. Eventually, she settled down in Pondicherry, where she began to run the Ashram with her mentor, establishing integral yoga with him. She died in Pondicherry at the age of ninety-five.