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Satprem's short biography

A sailor and a Breton, though born in Paris in 1923. A member of the French Resistance, Satprem was arrested by the Gestapo when he was twenty and spent a year and a half in concentration camps. Devastated, he journeyed first to Upper Egypt, then to India, where he served in the French colonial government of Pondicherry. There he discovered Sri Aurobindo and Mother. Their Message - "Man is a transitional being" struck a deep chord. He resigned his post and left for Guiana, where he spent an adventurous year in the middle of the Amazonian jungle, then wandered on to Brazil, Africa....

In 1953, at thirty, Satprem returned to India for good to be near her who was in search of the secret of the passage to the '`next species" Mother, whose confidant and witness he became for some twenty years. His first essay was dedicated to Sri Aurobindo or the Adventure of Consciousness. At the age of fifty, he edited and published the fabulous logbook of Mother's exploration, Mother's Agenda, in 13 volumes, while at the same time writing a trilogy The Divine Materialism, The New Species, The Mutation of Death - followed by an essay, The Mind of the Cells.

At fifty-nine, he withdrew completely to embark on the last adventure: the search for the "great passage" in the evolution beyond Man. His last interview, in 1984, gave rise to Life without Death, where he described the beginning of his experience in the body.

In 1989, after seven years spent "digging in the body," Satprem wrote a brief autobiographical account, The Revolt of the Earth, in which he took stock of Man's present situation.

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