“Book VI, Canto 2 takes up the problem of pain. Sri Aurobindo doesn’t dismiss pain and evil as unreal; evil is real, but evil is not an inherent property characteristic of the supreme Reality. Evil begins at a certain stage in the evolutionary journey, and when its need is over, evil automatically gets eliminated. You can only drive evil away through the spiritual approach by rising to a level of consciousness above the mind.”
God is supposed to be perfect and have created this world out of his joy, his great bliss. But the world of ignorance, death, misery―why did God create this world?
“…you won’t find anything comparable to this anywhere in English; it’s a totally different kind of poetry. Only Sri Aurobindo could bring up this kind of miracle in verbal expression.”
“It’s difficult to write love poetry where you talk about fulfilled love. When the poet finds that the beloved is gone, then his highest poetry comes out. Love fulfilled for most people is sheer domesticity, there is no poetry left. But here you see how he lifts the whole thing. He’s made an adoration of the body, an adoration of the heart, an adoration of the mind. “
Sri Aurobindo has written beautifully on meditation, on mantra and various other things. He has also written a beautiful lyric on falling in love […] nowhere else do we find love treated with such tender hands, with such purity. Now you have a little poem on love, why and how do people fall in love.
In this poem Savitri is described in four or five different places—once Savitri as seen by Aswapati, once as seen by Narad, once as seen by Satyavan, various descriptions. Here you have a description of Savitri as seen by her own father.
With the beginning of Part Two, we have a different kind of poetic enterprise. Books 4 and 5 together cover ground which you don’t find in Vyasa’s ‘Savitri’. Sri Aurobindo takes great delight in describing Savitri’s childhood and youth.
“Democracy is a great ideal, socialism is a wonderful ideal. What was wrong was that the human spirit which implements these ideals makes a mockery of these things, because there is this basic inadequacy in the human consciousness. So the remedy, therefore, is not to write a foolproof constitution. Is there a way out? This was the question that Sri Aurobindo was occupied with…”
“Many people find it difficult to understand what Sri Aurobindo was in fact trying to do here. After all, for moksha, nirvana, life’s fulfillment, there are many schools, many yogis; there is no dearth of it. What was he trying to do? I have tried to look at it from different points of view. Let me try to explain this once again…”
“… the Vedic ideology was to realise the world is imperfect and the Vedic prayers were for the gods to descend in us so that with these powers we can exert ourselves and make this world perfect. The rishi is one who lives in the world, who exerts for the world and who wants to bring perfection to the world, who wants to make this world a heaven. That is the rishi ideal, and that was the Vedic ideal.”
“… there are the subtle physical worlds, vital worlds, worlds of Darkness, mental worlds, and there are Overmental worlds. All these Aswapati explores… but does not find the power that is needed to solve the problem that confronts mankind. For that he has to go to the Supreme Divine Mother, the Transcendental Force.”
“You are now hugging a surface individuality, a borrowed individuality as your own. When you discard this and take your stand on the locus of your own inner being and then progress, then you participate in this becoming. Then, says Sri Aurobindo, this person will be established here, he will be a unique manifestation of the Divine.”
“If you want to find out why you are here, what it is that you have to do in this life, it’s not enough to consult your mind, career guidance books etc. That may also be necessary, but your primary purpose of being here is to ask that guide, that witness, that burning flame, bring it to the front and make that the leader of your pilgrimage in this life. That is the purpose of going within.”
” … nothing needs to frighten you in life, all you have to do is to be conscious of the Divine guidance in all situations, in all circumstances. The secret of this is the ultimate secret of all success is — let Thy Will be done.”