Sri Aurobindo Ghose (August 15, 1872 – December 5, 1950) was an influential philosopher, yogin, and Indian nationalist chiefly recognized for his contribution to the development of Integral consciousness theory and the Integral movement, as well as the globalization of Yoga as a spiritual practice. He also played an important role in the early stages of India's struggle for independence.
Aurobindo was born in Calcutta, India and educated at a Christian convent in Darjeeling. At the age of seven he and his two brothers were sent to England to be educated. Returning to India at age 21, he worked for some years in public service, while re-educating himself in the languages and traditions of his own culture.