At this critical turn of human history, man must choose his destiny — to become a new man with a new consciousness or to go down into inconscience and no more be a man.
The author presents a large and profound overview of the new and dynamic dimensions that Sri Aurobindo brings to the eternal spiritual wisdom and vision of our sages and seers.
“Sri Aurobindo’s linking of archetypal wisdom, its basic metapsychology to the modern crisis marks him as a mature visionary. The disproportionate development of a post-industrial society calls for a matching insight. To the anguish of modern man there is no remedy but the mystical,” writes the author.
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.