The second part from the series “Savitri, – The Ancient Story and Sri Aurobindo’s Epic Poem. An Overview in Five Parts.”
This world may be a dream but it is a dream of the Spirit and hence real even as the Spirit is Real.
Our faith, persevering, will be justified in its works and will be lifted and transfigured at last into the self-revelation of a divine knowledge […] At the end, the flickerings of faith will cease; for we shall see his face and feel always the Divine Presence.
Sri Aurobindo […] left the country what he called his last will and testament. The “Open Letter” is a very important document, as it contains almost all the essentials of Sri Aurobindo’s political thought and action, and we give below long extracts from it.
A weekly sharing on Savitri by Dr Alok Pandey (an audio recording in English).
Dr Alok Pandey addresses a young audience at the Beach Office of Sri Aurobindo Society. Recorded in September 2017.
You must not mistake the feelings for the psychic, you understand! — these two are absolutely different things. People always think that when they have emotions, feelings, they are entering the psychic. These things have nothing to do with the psychic, they are purely vital. […] It’s not through the feelings that one goes to the psychic, it is through a very intense aspiration and a self-detachment.
In God’s supreme withdrawn and timeless hush
A seeing Self and potent Energy met;
The Silence knew itself and thought took form:
Self-made from the dual power creation rose.
A talk by Dr Alok Pandey at the Stress and Growth Seminar, organised by SACAR and NAMAH in Pondicherry in Sept 2017.
It becomes clear now that I had some fundamentally wrong ideas about the old Yogas and Yogins.
I have heard that people from outside often find the sadhaks here full of an insufferable pride and arrogance, looking on all others as outsiders far below them! If it is so, it is a most foolish and comically ridiculous attitude.
… I have said that this Yoga is “new” because it aims at a change in this world and not only beyond it and at a supramental realisation. But how does that justify a superior contempt for the spiritual realisation which is as much the aim of this Yoga as of any other?
Behind it all one can sense the dance of a stupendous Energy whose footsteps throw these whorls and patterns giving birth to the elements of creation. This is the story of the great unfolding of the universe which is ever in motion and constant progression.
Even in this utter darkness, this dense cloak of emptiness and desolation there is lit in the heart of Savitri the undying flame of Hope. The gleam of Hope is felt like a torture to the Night. But Death confronts Savitri now with a questioning scorn.
Thou art the sadhaka in me, Mother; Thou hast descended into me and assumed my bonds and limitations, so that Thou mayest conquer and transform them. I have only to surrender myself and with absolute confidence rely on Thee; everything else Thou wilt do for me.
A talk by Dr Alok Pandey at the Study Camp on Integral Personality Development at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research (SACAR) in August 2017