|Note about Mother's talks from
December 1950 to May 1951: it is worth noting how they originated. The Ashram
school was founded in 1943 and by 1950 the first students had learned French
fairly well. By this time many more children had come and there were not
enough teachers of French. So, when the school year commenced in December
1950, the Mother decided to take the highest class in French three times
a week. This was the beginning of these gatherings, which came to be called
The Mother usually began by reading a passage from her own writings or from the French translations of Sri Aurobindo's works; then she invited questions from the students and some of their teachers who also attended. Gradually, many other sadhaks of the Ashram joined the classes and asked questions. Therefore, the questions here are of various kinds and from many different levels of understanding.
For the first three weeks the Mother read from her essays on education and self-development which were published about that time in the earliest issues of the quarterly Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. For the next ten weeks she took up her early conversations, Questions and Answers 1929. For the last three weeks she read from some letters and short essays of Sri Aurobindo and from his book The Mother. The comments of the Mother upon these texts form the basis of her talks.
The earliest talks were noted by hand, but most were recorded on a dictating machine. They were published for the first time in an incomplete form in French and English in the Bulletin: extracts from ten talks appeared in various issues between 1957 and 1959; the rest (four complete talks excepted) were serialised in chronological order from November 1963 to February 1967. The first complete edition of the French text, Entretiens 1950-51, was published in book-form in 1967. A complete translation, entitled Questions and Answers 1950-51, was brought out in 1972
See also the table of contents of the original edition in French for another (more exhaustive) version.
"Questions and Answers 1950-1951"
CWM volume 4
published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Pondicherry
diffusion by SABDA