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In May 1903, Gaekwar od Baroda took Sri Aurobindo as Secretary in his Kashmir tour, but there was much friction between them during the tour and the experiment was not repeated. The Gaekwar and his entourage remained in Srinagar until June 7, 1903, when they departed for Achabal.

While walking on the ridge of the Takhti-Suleman in Kashmir, Sri Aurobindo had the realisation of the vacant Infinite

About this trip Sri Aurobindo wrote: “Quite agree with your estimate of Kashmir. The charm of its mountains and rivers and the ideal life dawdling along in the midst of a supreme beauty in the slowly moving leisure of a houseboat — that was a kind of earthly Paradise — also writing poetry on the banks of the Jhelum where it rushes down Kashmir towards the plains. Unfortunately there was the over-industrious Gaekwar to cut short the Paradise! His idea of Paradise was going through administrative papers and making myself and others write speeches for which he got all the credit. But after all, according to the nature, to each one his Eden.” [CWSA, vol 35, pp.14-15]



A map


A map


Shankaracharya Temple

Kashmir is a large region that has been in dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since the partition of India in 1947. The Indian state is bounded on the west and north by the Pakistani portions of Jammu and Kashmir, on the northeast by the Chinese-held portion of Jammu and Kashmir, and on the southeast and south by the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The mountain Takhti-Suleman is located at Pakistan Kashmir 30°22'North 70°8' East.

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