Comments of Dr. Mangesh Nadkarni made on 7 March 2001 in conversation with two Bombay businessmen, who asked several questions on how to attain a living communion with the Divine. Dr. Nadkarni has edited the transcript for publication.
An interview with Prof. Mangesh Nadkarni, taken by Prof. P. N. Paranjpe.
Sri Aurobindo has given humanity the highest ideal that was ever conceived. The ideal of a divine life on earth may be difficult and its accomplishment distant. But Sri Aurobindo has shown that the inner being of man everywhere is preoccupied with it. And he has shown that it is the only solution.
The world is preparing for a great change; and Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are our safest guides to this new world.The time has surely come for us as Indians to throw away the coloured glasses of our inherited and borrowed prejudices and to make an honest attempt to understand what they have been saying.
According to many liberal thinkers, spirituality is a regressive state of mind […] they regard it as a dead weight around the neck of the country and believe that the sooner we get rid of this this dead wood of the past, the easier it will be for us to build a modern and progressive India. This paper is an attempt to look at this entire question of spirituality …
The United States is a superpower only in the external world since its wealth hides a spiritual poverty and a growing psychological and social unrest. No mere technological superpower can properly guide our world; it also needs the guidance of a spiritual superpower. India has the potential to be this spiritual superpower, but it will require great effort on its part to realise this potential.
There is undoubtedly a Hindu upsurge in the country today. But whether we seize the tide at its flood and use it to bring about a spiritual renaissance or let it peter out into a mere religious revival – this will decide the future of this country. My aim in this paper is to see the whole phenomenon in a different light — the light of Sri Aurobindo.
Most people regard their body as their real being. They are most of the time preoccupied with the problems of feeding it, keeping it healthy and comfortable and trying to preserve its looks as long as possible. The outer form of man is deceptive because it hides everything else about him.
We have Indian bodies but our minds have become, if not completely Western, at least alien to the true Indian perspective. We are unable to appreciate India and its cultural and spiritual bases and tendencies except as seen by Western scholars.
The triune path of works, knowledge and devotion is the core of the teaching of the Gita. The Gita is one of the great syntheses in which the Indian spiritual tradition is so rich. It starts from the Vedantic synthesis and builds another harmony of Love, Knowledge and Works through which we can approach the Divine.
A response to a letter seeking answers to questions regarding the impact of Relics on the larger collective atmosphere.