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Publisher’s Note

This volume contains all writings of the Mother from the period before 1920, with the exception of Prayers and Meditations. The material includes the Mother’s earliest known composition, a story written in 1893; notes, stories and essays written between 1904 and 1915; miscellaneous prayers and meditations written between 1914 and 1920; letters, reflections and essays written in Japan between 1916 and 1920; and stories for children adapted from a book published in 1911.

The volume is divided into seven parts, according to the nature and date of the material. Most of the pieces were written originally in French and appear here in English translation. The texts in this edition are the same as those in the first edition. Further information is provided in the Note on the Texts.