15TH August is also Sri Aurobindo’s birthday. Let us remember him. In the words of the Mother:
” To THEE who hast been the material envelope of our Master,to THEE our infinite gratitude. Before THEE who hast done so much for us, who hast worked, struggled, suffered, hoped, endured so much, before THEE who hast willed all, attempted all, prepared, achieved all for us,before THEE we bow down and implore that we may never forget, even for a moment, all we owe to THEE.”
Sri Aurobindo as a revolutionary, a lover of Mother India – and long before Gandhi,he asked the British to leave in India – by force if necessary, in the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita (his brother Barin manufactured bombs in the basement of Sri Aurobindo’s house). He was an extraordinary philosopher and his Life Divine or Synthesis of Yoga are the most profound works on Indian spirituality. HE was too a world class poet on par with Homer or Shaespeare, as his Opus Magnus, Savitri, attests today. Finally , he was an avatar, who came to prepare humanity for its next stage of evolution : the Supra-mental (man after Mind).
But did you know too that he was also a staunch defender of Hindus and Hinduism, which he called the religion of humanity in his famous Uttapara speech, fact that most of his biographers sweep under the carpet. Listen to this:
“At the root of all that we Hindus have done, thought and said through these many thousands of years, behind all we are and seek to be, there lies concealed, the fount of our philosophies, the bedrock of our religions, the kernel of our thought, the explanation of our ethics and society, the summary of our civilisation, the rivet of our nationality, a small body of speech, Veda. From this one seed developing into many forms the multitudinous and magnificent birth called Hinduism draws its inexhaustible existence. Buddhism too with its offshoot, Christianity, flows from the same original source. It has left its stamp on Persia, through Persia on Judaism, through Judaism, Christianity and Sufism on Islam, and through Buddha on Confucianism, and through Christ and mediaeval mysticism, Greek and German philosophy and Sanskrit learning on the thought and civilisation of Europe.
There is no part of the world’s spirituality, of the world’s religion, of the world’s thought which would be what it is today, if the Veda had not existed. Of no other body of speech in the world can this be said.
Let us pray to HIM who did so much for humanity and hope that his philosophy and poetry be taught in Indian schols and foreign universities SOON