Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - The Mother

Sri Aurobindo – Vast like the Blue above and the Blue below

The following article on Sri Aurobindo and his Yoga is compiled from the ‘The Yoga of Sri Aurobindo’ by Swami Shuddananda Bharati. This is one of the books selected and preserved for future generations in the Crypt of Civilization in the U. S. A., to be opened six thousand years hence.

“O Fosterer, O sole Seer, O Ordainer, O illuminating Sun, O power of the Father of creatures, marshal thy rays, draw together thy light; the Lustre which is thy most blessed form of all, that is Thee I behold. The Purusha there and there, He am I.”(Ishopanishad)

It is with this rapture of the Vedic seer that a conscious heart sees Sri Aurobindo today, grand like the Himalayas, vast like the blue above and the blue below…

His has been a life moulded into the Spirit’s perfect image by the Divine within, in the illuminated passivity of utter surrender and the infinite strength of dynamic silence and inner peace.

All that the world knows of him- his brilliant Cambridge career, his distinction in the open competition for the I.C.S, his fourteen years study in England (1879-1893), his wonderful mastery of the Classical languages and the strenuous efforts he made to assimilate the Oriental genius into his profound Western culture, his unparalleled renunciation of everything that man holds dear at the flaming altar of the Great Mother, his prodigious services for the cause of National education, the dauntless hero in him who awakened the Mother-consciousness in the country and inflamed it from the press and platform to noble acts of service and sacrifice, the national prophet who voiced forth the messages of the Mother from the columns of the ‘Bande Mataram’, ‘The Karmayogin’, and ‘The Dharma’, the definite shape he gave to Nationalism and the fadeless luster he shed upon the movement for eight years (1902-1910)- all these and many more things that the public know about him are only sprays of that profound deep.

(to be continued)

(‘All India Magazine’ Dec 1997, “The Greatness of the Great”. Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry)

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