In this extract translated from original Bengali, Rabindranath Tagore speaks of how his mother’s love made him aware of the Divine Grace in his life.
After exploring the theme of Yoga of Indian Nation, we do a deep dive into the soul of India, the Sanatana Dharma. The Veda, Sri Aurobindo tells us, is the bed-rock of Indian civilisation, and is the creation of an early intuitive and symbolic mentality. Inspired by this we explore in this issue the theme of symbolism in Sanatana Dharma.
The author helps us understand the deep symbolism behind the story of Daksha Prajapati’s head being severed, and his acquiring the head of a goat.
The key characters in the story are the children of four different kinds of light, Soma, Agni, Vajra and Surya, invoking the symbolism of these Vedic deities.
The author underlines some of the key ideas of Sri Aurobindo that could be taken forward for further treatment in academia, both present and future.
What is the right place and significance of reading spiritual literature in the path of sadhana? Can reading help prepare the sadhak, can it become a hindrance? Should a sadhak read only spiritual or religious literature? What about the literary classics that are often considered ‘secular’ literature? What does it mean to study literature or write only for the Divine? These and a few more questions are explored in the current issue.
The Mother answers some questions about how one should approach literature, especially if one is an aspirant on the path of integral yoga. She explains that the significance of literature is not on what is said but on how it is being said and the feeling it evokes in the reader.
The author emphasises that we should so train ourselves in heart and mind that Savitri becomes an experience of a miraculous communion.