Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Publication Department, 2000. First Edition. Cloth. Complete in two volumes, both 22.5 x 28.5 cm, bound in grey cloth with unclipped dust jackets.
Volume one: , 323, [4, blank] pp. Light foxing to edges of dust jacket and edges of text block; small scuff to bottom right corner; internally two leaves at front and two at back stuck together but no information obscured; otherwise clean and bright, a very good copy.
Volume two: , 324-462 [2, blank] pp. Spotting to front of dust jacket and edges of cloth; light foxing to edges of text block; internally bright and clean, a very good copy. Very good / Very good. Item #814
Mirra Alfassa (1878-1973) was a spiritual guru, occultist and collaborator with Sri Aurobindo. Aurobindo considered her of equal yogic stature as himself and who referred to her as "The Mother". She born into a bourgeois family in Paris and worked as an artist duing the Impressionist years during which time she was exposed to the teachings of Max and Alma Théon. Later, when she met Sri Aurobindo she recognised him as the figure she had often dreamed of when younger. In 1920 Mirra moved into Aurobindo's house and by 1926 it had become a spiritual Ashram with Mirra managing it. She is credited with establishing the utopian city Auroville (when she was in her 80s), based on an article she had written titled "The Dream". Auroville continues as a city today, managed by a foundation set up by the Indian government.
The Spiritual Significance of Flowers was published posthumously, based on things The Mother said and wrote during her life. The first volume focuses on the flowers and their significance, the second volume consists of indeces and glossaries.