In this concluding part of the series, the author highlights Sri Aurobindo’s epic commentary on the crest-jewel of the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita.
Sri Aurobindo was fascinated with the legend of Savitri in the Mahabharata. With a sage’s vision he saw Savitri as the redeemer of the entire humanity.
In this part, we see how Sri Aurobindo takes “with a reverent hand” a few myths and legends from the Mahabharata, and cleanses “them of soiling accretions, till they shine with some of the antique strength, simplicity and solemn depth of beautiful meaning.”
Read here a few translations of Sri Aurobindo from Vyasa’s Mahabharata including a sample of the “free poetic paraphrase” of the story of Vidula.
The Kurukshetra war must have been caused by several political factors. Sri Aurobindo analysed the preceding political tangle which is as important as the war.
With this issue we begin serialising Dr. Prema Nandkumar’s essay focusing on the Mahabharata in the light of Sri Aurobindo.
Sri Aurobindo felt that when dealing with the human personality of Rama one should get into the spirit of his age and race. Read more in this part.
Embedded within the tale of the Ramayana are spiritual radiances coming from a yogic poet’s prophetic vision, making it eternally and aesthetically appealing.
In this part, Prema Nandkumar elaborates upon Sri Aurobindo’s brilliant translations of selected shlokas from a few sargas of Valmiki Ramayana.
“At some fortuitous moment of time the glory of Indian civilisation met the grandeur of the Sanskrit language. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata were born.”