The Purpose and Goals of Our Work
The mission of Mère Cie is to promote commercial cooperation between India and the USA, to generate funds for international programs fostering world peace, development and spiritual evolution, and to serve as a means for the personal development of its staff.
Mère Cie was established as a company in Los Angeles in 1974 by a group of American spiritual aspirants working with The Mother's Service Society in Pondicherry, India. The Mother's Service Society is a tax-exempt recognized social-science research institute seeking to apply and practice the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother in all fields of life. Its research activities focus on economic and social development projects in India and internationally, and the formulation of spiritual approaches to issues in politics, economics, management, psychology, and literary criticism. The Society operates a rural development project in Tamil Nadu, India and supports a variety of activities to accelerate social development, including projects to promote education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic growth.
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was born in West Bengal, India. His parents sent him to England with his brothers at a young age to be educated. He graduated with honors from Cambridge University before the turn of the century, and returned to his native India to lead his country's struggle for independence from British colonial rule. In 1907 he turned from political life to dedicate himself to the spiritual quest, moving to Pondicherry, then a small French colony on the Bay of Bengal in South India. In 1912 he was joined by Mira Richard (1878-1973), the wife of a French diplomat who came to India in search of a spiritual teacher. Sri Aurobindo recognized her as an incarnation of Divine Shakti, and she has since been known as The Mother. Together they formulated the practice of Integral Yoga and founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.
The Integral Yoga is based on the premise that "All Life is Yoga"; that every activity and aspect of life can be made a means for psychological and spiritual progress, leading to an evolutionary ascent of humanity to a higher consciousness. The ultimate goal of the Integral Yoga is a transformation of the human mind, life and physical body to express the Divine Consciousness.