Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo has been edited by Nidhi Shah.

Clad in devotion, Sri Aurobindo left his divine imprints behind, evoking the worldliest awareness of serenity. One of the greatest men India has had, he awakened the soul of independence. Born on 15 August 1872, Aurobindo enlightened our nation by his mere existence. He started out as a brilliant child with sculpted ideals and firm beliefs. Brought up in England, Aurobindo had a flawless command over the English language. He was intellectually far more superior than the ordinary people. He blessed the world today with knowledge of spirituality and power of yoga. People from across the globe have taken up to following his way of life. Auroville, the universal town of wisdom, located in Pondicherry is where people isolate themselves to bond with harmony.

The transitional phase of Aurobindo began with his year-long imprisonment in the Alipore jail. Previously he was an active member in the independence movements and led many of them too. A born leader, Aurobindo had a consecrated soul. In his autobiography, he claimed that he had spiritual insights that untangled the knots in his mind. However, he couldn’t entirely dedicate himself to that divinity as materialistic aims influenced him.

On 5 May 1908, Aurobindo’s agitated sister disturbed his state of harmony when he lay peacefully asleep. Soon they falsely took him under arrest for a bombing that killed two British women. His incarceration in the Alipore jail came with the promise of a solitary confinement. But that one year was perhaps the evolution of Sri Aurobindo. The majestic soul adorned with a wisdom of such level which was unknown to mankind. “I have spoken of one year’s imprisonment. It would have been more appropriate to speak of a year’s living in a forest, in an ashram or hermitage”. These were his words when he shared his prison experience. His profound eyes peered through the 9 feet long cage to the outer world and interpret its reality.

Another soul evolving experience was his encounter with Vishnu Bhaskar Lele, a Maharashtrian yogi with powerful insights. He budded Aurobindo’s curiosity to spirituality. This was in the year 1907 when he took up Lele as his guru. He learnt from him, the art of seeing reality, perceiving wisdom and unifying godliness. But the thought that always kept him at bay was the ordinary existence of Lele. Compared to him, Lele’s education and acquaintance with his own subjects were much little. On the contrary, Lele’s illuminated attraction towards God and his wisdom kept him from fleeing the bay. The combination was rather uncommon. He soon began experiencing divine insights and learnt that his guru, his guide resided in him and not outside.

Misfortune took its aim and hit Aurobindo, shooting him into incarceration. His ability to charge the atmosphere around him with positivity left everyone in awe. His prison life opened the pathway to another world, unknown to me, unknown to you. Aurobindo engaged himself in powerful yoga, the postures his lean frame could take up, radiated divine emotions of tranquillity. He believed that such concentrated involvement in yoga could turn a man to superman. It can illuminate the diverted mind covered with acquisitive pleasure and desires. He experienced and was an elemental suffice of God.

His words possessed infinite power, influencing living incredibly. He composed literature that infused depth in readers. His thoughts were profound which couldn’t be fathomed by everyone. Savitri [ Buy Here ], perhaps his greatest literary achievement depicts the power of a woman who deceived Yamraj,  the Lord of Death to bring back her husband. His practice of integral yoga was put down in the pages of Synthesis of Yoga [ Buy here ]

Perhaps the only person whom he considered on a level with him was his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa, also known as The Mother. She was a French woman whose initial life consisted of criticism and deep confusion. Her unrecognisable deep trances of spirituality became the reason for her devotion to him. On her visit to India, her mind cleared away from its mystification. She realised that she belonged to this divine being. Her unification with Aurobindo was in the most intricate ways of unifying divine souls. They evoked an atmosphere that sparked with tranquillity, dedicating their lives to the supreme soul.

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Prishanti Pathak

Prishanti Pathak - An Oxonian in making, with immense love for classic and feminist literature, and a true potter head.