This sonnet was published in the Calcutta Review in October 1934. Its first draft occurs just after the first draft of “Transformation”, which is dated 16 October 1933; thus it belongs, in all probability, to the year 1933.
The yoga of Sri Aurobindo, also known widely as the Integral Yoga, is a yoga of Earth transformation. The aim of this yoga is not an escape from life or a shunning of worldly existence, but a radical change in our life even while living amidst it. Traditional yoga views life either as an illusion Read More
Dr Sampadananda Mishra shares his thoughts and experiences on practice of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. In a very simple and clear language, Dr Mishra addresses a small group of devotees and offers a personal prospective on everyday life challenges and how they can be approached in the spirit of Purna Yoga. Read More
This sonnet was published in the Calcutta Review in October 1934. Two months earlier, Sri Aurobindo asked his secretary to type copies of this poem and three others (“The Other Earths”, “The World Game” and “Symbol Moon”) from the notebook in which they and others had been written.
On the title page of Savitri you will find description which calls it ‘A Legend and a Symbol’. The legend of course is the story of Satyavan and Savitri, which is known to all of us in its’ Puranic and popular version. The original story goes back to Mahabharata, where the Pandavas are spending a lot of time in the forest…
As we are approaching the Darshan Day of Sri Aurobindo’s birth, let us contemplate on His being as an Avatara, the Avatara of the future ushering for us an Age of Light and Truth and Life Divine.
Satyavan has not yet discovered the key to link the Spirit and Matter, his Soul and Nature, the inmost Self and World. Yet a strange prescience intuitively tells him that now he shall be able to bridge the gulf since She has come, the World-Mother wearing the garb of the princess Savitri.
… in writing Savitri Sri Aurobindo has left behind for mankind a verbal embodiment of his own consciousness. … the real core of Savitri is the consciousness of Sri Aurobindo with which it vibrates. So the ultimate reason for reading Savitri is to get for oneself into contact with Sri Aurobindo’s own consciousness.”
Below you can see the portrait of Sri Aurpobindo by Johannes Hohlenberg. AUDIO: ⇩ High Quality MP3 ⇩ Smaller MP3 Dr Anusuya Kumar (School of Culture & Society, Aarhus University, Denmark) earlier this year presented her research work on Johannes Hohlenberg (1881-1960) and his encounter with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Johannes Read More
The mystery and magic of Sri Aurobindo’s life remains incomplete without mentioning the wonder whom the world knows now as the Mother. Born on the 21st Feb 1878, in Paris, to an Egyptian Turkish parents, the Mother (aka Mirra) had met Sri Aurobindo for the first time in 1914, following the lead of her own Read More
A book is not merely a collection of facts and figures. Books are meant for learning and education. They are an invitation to think, to ponder, to reflect upon the mysteries of life that have vexed mankind since inception. They are also a collective body of knowledge where each bit has built itself by standing Read More
The details of Sri Aurobindo’s outer life are rather well-known and easy to search and find. But these outer details, informative though they are, do not tell us much about the person. They create an image, much like a mirror creates an image that captures the form but the essence, the soul escapes our discovery. Read More
Satyavan invites Savitri, the golden bride, to descend from her chariot and enrich the floors of his earthly home.
Savitri briefly gives her own introduction and requests Satyavan to speak more about himself. She is enchanted by his words even as Satyavan unveils his inner being bearing the stamp of an inner royalty.
The word Guru is a word familiar in the yogic traditions. Though now it is used to mean various different things and is also included in the standard English dictionaries, its original meaning is someone who dispels darkness and brings Light.