Eliot admired Pascal and Dante but couldn't recognise Sri Aurobindo, a contemporary. Yeats was instrumental in bringing out a new translation of the Gita and the Upanishads but Sri Aurobindo's Essays on them escaped his attention. Had Marcel been a bit aware of The Life Divine, his The Mystery of Being would have been much more profound and penetrating. These instances show how the human civilisation has been deprived of crucial interventions during the course of its history. The intention of Evolution in designing such hiatuses is unknown to us but then we know that the butterfly takes birth through different dissimilar stages.
The Mother & Sri Aurobindo have gifted us thousands of pages to read but their unusual life stories are of much more significance. The Ashram they established at Puducherry is undergoing some tension at present but the ideals it represents is intact for the future generation. ARYA, the monthly magazine they started in 1914 has its Centenary this year on August 15 and let's hope that all Indians will wake up to the occasion. [TNM55]