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At the Feet of The Mother

“The Genius of India”, a documentary (video)

Awarded ‘Best Film’ at the Delhi Documentary Film Festival in 2001, this movie by Auroville Press is based on a text from “The Renaissance in India” by Sri Aurobindo.  It is not a study of ancient India (although it does analyse the powers of the ancient spirit of India) but it is rather a very precise description of the instruments that are at the disposal of India for building her future. Now available in High Definition (720) in English and Hindi, as well as with French subtitles.


“Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinite is native to it. India saw from the beginning, — and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, — that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities. She was alive to the greatness of material laws and forces; she had a keen eye for the importance of the physical sciences; she knew how to organise the arts of ordinary life. But she saw that the physical does not get its full sense until it stands in right relation to the supra-physical; she saw that the complexity of the universe could not be explained in the present terms of man or seen by his superficial sight, that there were other powers behind, other powers within man himself of which he is normally unaware […].

She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is,—truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence. She saw the myriad gods beyond man, God beyond the gods, and beyond God his own ineffable eternity; she saw that there were ranges of life beyond our life, ranges of mind beyond our presentmind and above these she saw the splendours of the spirit. […]

But this was not and could not be her whole mentality, her entire spirit; spirituality itself does not flourish on earth in the void, even as our mountaintops do not rise like those of an enchantment of dream out of the clouds without a base. When we look at the past of India, what strikes us next is her stupendous vitality, her inexhaustible power of life and joy of life, her almost unimaginably prolific creativeness.”

Sri Aurobindo, “The Renaissance in India”.

 

 

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