The series by Sri Aurobindo, bearing the title "A System of National Education", was first published in the Karmayogin (Calcutta) in 1910, before Sri Aurobindo came over Pondicherry. They were published as a book in 1921. In a subsequent edition published in 1924, the Publishers note said: "They are, however, incomplete and the subject of national education proper had not been touched except in certain allusions. The book, as it stands, consists of a number of introductory essays insisting on certain general principles of a sound system of teaching applicable for the most part of national education in any country. As such it may stand as a partial introduction to the subject of national education in India. However, by now the series has been widely read even in its incomplete form and has influenced the thinking of educationists."
The Mothers articles, originally written in French, were published in English first in the Bulletin of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry. They constitute the basis of Integral Education.