In continuation of the first two parts of this essay published in the last issue, read here about some of the deep symbolism found in Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri.
Satyavan symbolizes the aspiring human spirit caught in the mesh of ignorance and death. Savitri is the Divine’s Grace, the Divine’s love which has come down.
Under the title of his epic poem, Savitri, Sri Aurobindo added “A Legend and a Symbol”. What is this legend? And what does the poem symbolize?
Aswapati’s quest is a symbolic quest: it is the quest of humanity as a whole. This is a first change that one finds that Sri Aurobindo has made in Savitri.
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.
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 our ‘All Life is Yoga’ series, after taking up the topics of conscious parenting, education, work and human relationships, we now focus on Money. What is the nature of money? What is the yogic attitude toward money? What does Indian tradition say about this? What are some key insights from the works and vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother which we must keep in our consideration as we navigate this tricky area of material well-being for ourselves and our societies and nations, and also prepare ourselves for higher pursuits of life? These and other related questions are addressed through our offerings in this issue.
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.