The first edition in French, entitled Prières et Méditations
de la Mère, was published in 1932. The
second editions, which included one additional prayer and an introductory note
by the Mother, was issued in 1944. The third edition appeared in 1952 and the
fourth in 1973, both under the shortened title Prières et Méditations.
English translations of sixty-one of the
prayers were published in 1941 under the title Prayers and Meditations. There ate
manuscripts in Sri Aurobindo’s hand for five of the prayers. Fro the rest,
there are manuscripts written by a disciple and extensively revised by Sri
Aurobindo. He also revised the typed copies of some of the translations, as
well as the proofs at the time of publication. Three more prayers were added to
the second edition, printed in 1962. New editions were issued in 1969, 1971 and
The Mother wrote an introductory note for
the first edition, which she dated “September 1941”. It was recopied for the
first translation of the entire text, published in 1948. This second note,
dated “1941-1948”, is reproduced in facsimile at the beginning of the present
volume. The introductory note to the 1944 edition is also reproduced in
facsimile, with a translation on the facing page.
As mentioned in the Publisher’s Note, this
volume is a new translation of the text, with the exception of the prayers
translated or revised by Sri Aurobindo. An appendix is included which contains
four letters by Sri Aurobindo.
Prayers and Meditation is Volume One
of the Collected Works of the Mother (Centenary Edition).
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