Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sri Aurobindo’s unparalleled contributions to esoteric philosophy and poetry

[The perspective in which the truth of poetry is placed by Sri Aurobindo is the infinite potential of man and the infinite possibility of his innate evolutive urge. The man who creates is not merely a maker of beautiful words and pharases but really a spokesman of the eternal spirit of beauty and delight... Imagination gets a new dimension in Sri Aurobindo’s mantric organization of poetic material, which is the revival of a primitive phenomenon. Archetype is the formal cause. Life can be divinized by assimilating all that is around us... The lever of Sri Aurobindo’s poetic philosophy is evolution (like Emerson’s ascension’) or the passage of soul into higher forms. The process of the evolution of soul or the poetic creativity is not only after the nature of myth --quest myth—but also vibrantly alive in the recreation of the conscience of human race... The Poetics Of Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo’s Poetics R. K. SINGH]

[The whole task of spirituality is to help us deal with our relative knowledge, our attachment to both pain and fleeting pleasures, and the limited, imperfect perception that we have, while showing us a way out of all these limitations.
And as far as analytical, painful precision goes, one only has to read Sri Aurobindo’s
Record of Yoga to see how precisely he records his spiritual experiences and maps out what he is “seeing”. The precision with which mystics train their attention and learn to control it is quite frankly superhuman, and is no different from a scientist studying a quark with a microscope in a laboratory. The only difference is that mystics turn that microscope inward, and observe themselves with an attention and precision that is perhaps even more intense (and certainly far more painful — for who can honestly look within and face their limitations for a sustained period without going crazy?) than that of the scientist... Preliminary Notes on Taner Edis’s Book ... Very conveniently, he would much rather mention UFOs and Space Brothers and what-not, rather than the poetry of William Blake, the literature of Marcel Proust, Sri Aurobindo’s unparalleled contributions to esoteric philosophy and poetry...
The Stumbling Mystic by ned]

Three years after Frederick W. Taylor published his famous book, The Principles of Scientific Management in 1911, The Life Divine rolled out of Sri Aurobindo's pen in the Arya periodical heralding a new paradigm of managing the human affairs. These can be said to be the two different approaches espoused by the West and the East. It is not yet clear as to who wins; but the tussle is on. [TNM] 11:46 AM

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