"I belong to no nation, no civilisation, no society, no race, but to the Divine.
I obey no master, no ruler, no law, no social convention, but the Divine.
To Him I have surrendered all, will, life and self; for Him I am ready to give all my blood, drop by drop, if such is His Will, with complete joy; and nothing in His service can be sacrifice, for all is perfect delight."
In reality, The Mother was Mirra Alfassa,born in Paris on 21 February 1878. Her early education was accomplished at home followed by a pupil life at the Academie Julian, and became an accomplished artist. She also excelled at other activities such as an accknowledged pianist and writer.She was nterested in occultism, so she visited Tlemcen, Algeria, in 1905 and l906 to study with the adept Max Theon and his wife. However, she was primarily interested in spiritual development. In Paris, she founded a group of spiritual seekers and gave talks to various groups.
In 1914 the Mother voyaged to Pondicherry to meet Sri Aurobindo, whom she at once recognised as the one who for many years had inwardly guided her spiritual development. After a stay of eleven months she was obliged to return to France due to the outbreak of the First World War. A year later she went to Japan for a period of four years.
On 24 April 1920 she returned to Pondicherry to resume her collaboration with Sri Aurobindo, and remained here for the rest of her life.At that time a small group of disciples had gathered around Sri Aurobindo. The increase of disciples led to the founding of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on the 24th Nov, 1926. From the beginning Sri Aurobindo entrusted the Mother with full material and spiritual charge of the Ashram. In 1952 she established Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, and in 1968 an international township, Auroville. After almost 50 years of work at every level, the Mother left her body on 17th Nov. 1973, at the age of ninety five.