It is a relatively unknown fact that Sri Aurobindo was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize—first for Nobel in Literature in 1943 and second time for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.


In 1950, the name of Sri Aurobindo was proposed for the award of Nobel Prize in Literature by Madame Gabriela Mistral, the Nobel Laureate of Chile and seconded by Miss Pearl S. Buck, the Nobel Laureate from America. A statement supporting Sri Aurobindo’s nomination was signed by 36 leading citizens and intellectuals of India out of whom 16 held the post of either a Chancellor or a Vice-Chancellor of one of the reputed Universities in India. The nomination letter reads as under:


Nobel Prize

The President

Svenska Akademien

Stockholm, Sweden 1949


Dear Sir,

Sri Aurobindo is held in deep reverence in India and other parts of the world. We, his countrymen and admirers, look up to him as one who shares the vision of the Great Ones of all ages and who belongs to the galaxy of ‘just men made perfect”. With his divine, cosmic vision and a life breathing forth the fragrance of holiness, Sri Aurobindo has given us a glimpse unparalleled for its profundity and sublimity, of the occult significance of the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. Through his writings he has revealed to us once again the pathway of experiencing the Real and the Eternal. This pathway is the Integral Yoga, the simultaneous divinization of consciousness and matter in various dimensions of the human personality. The story of the grand strategy of Evolution through which the Supreme Being fulfils Himself in the multifarious forms of manifestation constitutes the core of this universal drama of the Becoming. Poetry has become, in Aurobindo’s hands, an instrument for articulating the celestial music, the ecstasy of the Infinite and the whole system of Sri Aurobimdo’s thought is a superb edifice , a majestic summation of the Laws of the inner and the outer worlds in which the Eternal continues to exert pressure on all orders and aggregates of Life to ascend heavenward in an orchestration of a unified, cooperative movement, thus helping man to divest himself of the separative, egoistic, communalistic and nationalistic tendencies and to regain a living faith in the ideal of unity of all life.


Sri Aurobindo’s profound and penetrating analysis of the fundamentals of Indian Culture and his vision of India’s glorious destiny of being the meeting place of the best of the East and West have awakened us to the opulent spiritual heritage that belongs to us and the part that India has to play in the destiny of mankind. We look up to Sri Aurobindo as belonging to the family of the Seers and Sages of the world whose line has never ended and whose majesty of the soul will continue to shed luster on all parts of the world and at all times.


It is, therefore, a source of great pleasure to us to bring to your attention his contribution and to commend to your favourable consideration the proposal to award the Nobel Prize for Literature to Sri Aurobindo.

Yours faithfully,

  1. Sri N. Gopalaswamy Ayyangar, Minister for Transport, Government of India
  2. Sri. N. V. Gadgil, Minister for Works, Housing and Power
  3. Sri Jairamdas Daulatram, Minister for Food and Agriculture.
  4. Dr. Shyamaprasad Mukherji, Minister for Industry and Supply
  5. K. C. Neogy, Minister for Commerce
  6. His Excellency Sri M. S. Aney, Governor of Bihar and Chancellor, Patna University.
  7. Dr. S. K. Sinha , Premier, Bihar Government
  8. His Excellency Sri Chandulal Trivedi, Governor of East Punjab and Chancellor, East Punjab University
  9. Sri Bhimasen Sachar, Premier, East Punjab Government
  10. His Excellency Sri Mangaldas Pakvasa, Governor of Central Provinces and Chancellor of Nagpur University
  11. Sri Harikrishna Mehtab, Premier, Orissa Government.
  12. Sri Govinda Vallabh Pant, Premier, United Provinces Government
  13. His Highness the Maharaja of Gwalior, Rajapramukh of Madhyabharat Union
  14. His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala, Rajapramukh of East Punjab Union
  15. His Highness the Maharaja of Rewa, Rajapramukh of Vindhya Pradesh Union
  16. Asthana, Vice-Chancellor, Agra University
  17. D.R. Bhattacharya, Vice-Chancellor, Allahabad University
  18. C.R.Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University
  19. Manavala Ramanujam, Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University
  20. P. Parija, Vice-Chancellor, Benares Hindu University
  21. P. N. Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor, Calcutta University
  22. Mahamahopadhyaya Dr. P. V. Kane, Vice-Chancellor, Bombay University
  23. Kasturiraj Chetty, Vice-Chancellor. Mysore University
  24. M. B. S. Neogy, former Vice-Chancellor, Nagpur University.
  25. Sri Ali Yar Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University
  26. Sri C. P. N. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Patna University
  27. Sir Teja Singh, Vice-Chancellor, East Punjab University
  28. Sri C. N. Acharya, Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University
  29. Sri A. S. Bharatan, General Manager, Press Trust of India
  30. Sri James Cousins, Poet, Dramatist , Art Critic
  31. Sri Tushar Kanthi Ghosh, Editor, Amrita Bazar Patrika, Calcutta
  32. Acharya J. B. Kriplani, Ex-President, Indian National Congress
  33. Sri Clara Motwani, Principal, Buddhist Women’s College, Colombo
  34. K. Motwani, Visiting Professor to Far Eastern Universities
  35. Sri Jamshed Nusserwanjee, Former Mayor, Karachi Municipality
  36. D. N. Wadia, Geological Adviser, Government of India

M. N. Murty


The following words of three Nobel Laureates tell us of their high regard of Sri Aurobindo:

“I felt the utterance of the ancient rishis spoke from him of that equanimity which gives the human soul its freedom of entrance into the all. I said to him, ‘You have the word and we are waiting to accept it from you. india will speak through your voice to the world, hearken to me … O Aurobindo, accept the salutations from Rabindranath.’”



“[Sri] Aurobindo Ghose, the foremost of Indian thinkers, has realised the most complete synthesis achieved up to the present between the genius of the West and the East. … The last of the great rishis holds in his outstretched hands the bow of creative impulse.”



“Sri Aurobindo, the master, the highest of mystics, happily presents the rare phenomenon, an exposition clear as a beautiful diamond, without the danger of confounding the layman. This is possible because Sri Aurobindo is a unique synthesis of a scholar, theologian and one who is enlightened…”


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