Dr. V named the Aravind Eye Care System after the freedom-fighter-turned-mystic Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo’s progressive teachings and those of his collaborator, a woman widely known as the Mother (whose flowerlike symbol is wrought in Aravind’s gates and on the rings worn by the founding team), have deeply informed Dr. V’s own life and vision. Aravind (pronounced UH-ruh-vind) is the South Indian variation of Aurobindo. The name means “lotus,” a flower that, across many Eastern traditions, signifies spiritual consciousness.

In 1980, Dr. V wrote in his journal, To some of us bringing divine consciousness to our daily activities is the Goal. The Hospital work gives an opportunity for this spiritual growth. In your growth ...

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