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Prof Xu Fancheng; Mahabalipuram

Sudheendra Kulkarni, Oct 5, 2019: The Times of India

The distinguished Chinese philosopher, Prof Xu Fancheng, lived in the Aurobindo Ashram near Puducherry for 27 long years, from 1951-1978. Earlier, Prof Xu lived in Santiniketan for five years.

Who was Prof Xu? According to Luo Zhaohui, who was his student and who later served as China’s ambassador to India (and as vice foreign minister now he will be accompanying Xi to Mahabalipuram), “He was the first Chinese who introduced Sri Aurobindo to China. There were three great men in modern India – Gurudev Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. The first two men were well known in China. It was due to Prof Xu’s contribution that China began to know about Sri Aurobindo. He translated Sri Aurobindo’s ‘The Life Divine’ and ‘Integral Yoga’ into Chinese. He also translated ‘Fifty Upanishads’, ‘Bhagwad Gita’ and ‘Shakuntala’ into Chinese. As a Chinese philosopher who lived in India for the longest period of time, he became a bridge linking China and India.”

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