The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo has taken up the whole nature and life as the field of yoga. Here it is not rejection but to purify the nature and feel the unity and Oneness of God in everything and everywhere.
This talk is based on Savitri Book Three, Canto Three. Aswapati has crossed the border of form and the formless and entered the Supramental realm.
God is not limited by anything even though He dwells in everything. But our mind being limited turns everything, including the Divine Words into fixed dogmas. But then how to move on the Path of Transformation?
The journey of aspiration and faith is not just a journey of one life but continues in an ascending line through many lives and forms. Therefore we must guard our aspiration and faith like a priceless treasure which we carry with us beyond the grave and the pyre.
Man is born with an aspiration for exceeding his limits, for striving towards an unseen future. We may say that this aspiration finds its culmination in the Supramental transformation that opens the way to the divine fulfillment and the supreme consummation of our humanity.
Here the book ends, alas incomplete. The poem is unfinished, (some pages are lost), even then, Ilion is a wonderful gift to mankind by Sri Aurobindo. However, the speaker has connected the lost chords and told us the story till the end.
All the gods responsible for the different attributes discuss the destiny of men on earth and their part to play. Poseidon, Apollo, Aphrodite, Athena, Hera, Eris – all those gods spoke their part.
Here Sri Aurobindo reveals the feelings of most of the key characters of Ilion in his unique way. The mothers, the lovers, the workmen, the peasants, the judges and the great warriors go about their normal lives without the least idea of the destruction that the future is going to bring about.
The reason why the most glorious and developed city like Troy was destroyed is a very subtle one and Sri Aurobindo explains it at length. If any part of society develops too much at the expense of others, then Nature has a tendency to bring it down so as to ensure a more holistic development.
Trojan war was fought upon earth, but it was decided by the gods to bring about momentous changes in Greece. If gods have designed the war, men must do their lot. Surpassing their manhood and growing even greater than the gods, they must fight with destiny like true Trojans.
There is a great assembly in Troy and all great warriors including Paris are giving their views towards the future action to be taken. Sri Aurobindo has so beautifully given the words to each character that they become a representative humanity.
In this talk we see the three key words that Greece talked most – destiny, gods and man. The whole humanity struggled to understand the meaning, significance and the connection of these three words.
This talk is the first of a series of talks based on Sri Aurobindo’s poem Ilion. Sri Aurobindo refers to this event as one of the four major events that have shaped humanity.
Sri Aurobindo immortalises this great Maratha hero through his unique poetic creativity giving us an example and an inspiration to emulate as well as the joy of tasting the essence of heroism.