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The Life Divine covers the Vedic Vedanta Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo


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On the Mother Sri Aurobindo 7
On Herself Mother 10
The Divine Mother and the Triple Status of the Supermind Debashish Banerji 14
The Path of Nachiketa Alok Pandey 32
Sanskrit : A Journey from Mantra to Freedom Sampadananda Mishra 38
VedaVyasa’s Mahabharata in Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri Prema Nanda Kumar 47
On ‘The Life Divine’ Of Sri Aurobindo Sarnath Basu 62
The Nature of Faith In the Light of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga Psychology A S Dalal 70
Spiritual Knowledge Martha S G Orton 77
Karma In History: An Evolutionary Perspective M S Srinivasan 88
Indian Culture and Hinduism Kittu Reddy 105
Sri Aurobindo and Chandernagore Trija Ray 117
A New System of National Education: Agenda For Change Sachidananda Mohanty 137
The Theme of Urvashi in The Indian Renaissance: Madhusudan Datta, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo Ranajit Sarkar 142
The National Value of Art Pabitra Roy 159
‘‘Sadhak Nolinida—The Wayfarer of the Sunlit Path’’ Manoj Dasgupta 171
Jugal Kishore Mukherjee (1925-2009) R Ranganath 182
Editorial
13 January was the 120th birth anniversary of Nolini Kanta Gupta, the  manasputra  of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, about whom Sri Aurobindo is reported to have commented once ‘If Nolini is not doing my yoga, then who is?’ We have here an article by Manoj Dasgupta giving a very humane sidelight into the life of sadhak Nolinida. The past couple of months also witnessed the passing away of two of the Mother’s most beloved children – Jugal Kishore Mukherjee and Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, universally loved as our dear ‘Dada’. We have no doubt that after living a full and active life at the service of the Mother, they have ultimately found a resting place at Her lotus feet.

On ‘The Life Divine’ Of Sri Aurobindo
Sarnath Basu
Ere we begin reflecting on Sri Aurobindo’s magnum opus ‘The Life Divine’, it may be necessary to refresh ourselves with some historical information about its publication. Sri Aurobindo suffered one year in jail as an under trial prisoner in Alipore Bomb case. He regularly studied the Gita, the Upanishads and practised yoga in the jail. He had divine vision well within the precincts of the prison-cell when he came to know that he was not to pursue politics. Indeed God ordained a special task in which he had to engage himself. Thereafter on being freed from the jail he went to Pondicherry in 1910 and intensely practised yoga. In the jail he had the vision of omnipresence of God (Vasudevah Sarvam) and his yoga sadhana at Pondicherry was indeed an uninterrupted chain of that realisation. The first historic meeting of The Mother and Paul Richard with Sri Aurobindo took place on March 29, 1914. The Mother had Sri Krishna’s vision in the person of Sri Aurobindo. Indeed Paul Richard in his very first meeting with Sri Aurobindo in 1910 was profoundly moved by observing his unfathomable knowledge in all aspects of the Eastern and Western literature, culture, religion, yoga etc. After his second meeting he placed before Sri Aurobindo the proposal to publish a monthly journal with a view to bringing about a synthesis of the Eastern and Western philosophy and culture. Sri Aurobindo agreed to his proposal that resulted in the publication of the first issue of the philosophical review with the name ‘ARYA’ on August 15, 1914.
The purpose and nature of publication of this journal were indicated by the editors (Sri Aurobindo Ghose - Paul & Mirra Richard) on the reverse side in the front page of the first issue, as follows: […]. But ‘The Life Divine’ was not based on the Upanishads alone. The mighty great tree i.e. the Vedas in its entirety is its main foundation. The ARYA came out every month till January 1921. Later the published articles were culled, enlarged, edited, and added with 12 (twelve) new chapters, the book was published entitled ‘The Life Divine’ in Volume I & Volume II in the year 1939 and 1940 respectively. Thereafter the book was also published as a single compendium comprising both the volumes. Every chapter of the book has its beginning enriched with passages, original Sanskrit texts rendered into English by Sri Aurobindo himself, from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Purana and the Gita etc. We find that he has quoted as many as 43 (forty-three) passages from the Rig Veda alone, 6 (six) from the Atharva Veda, besides a large number of citations from major and minor Upanishads. There is hardly any scope of doubt about the uniqueness of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga-sadhana but we can fairly understand from the quoted passages as prelude to every chapter that his yoga-sadhana was not delinked from the rich tradition of the sadhana of the ancient Rishis. He compared the realisations he had attained through his yoga-sadhana with those stated in the Gita, the Upanishads, the Vedas  and only after testifying, corroborating and validating each and every bit of such realisations, he provided an ‘intellectual’ [to put in his own words] interpretation in the book. Judging from this point of view ‘The Life Divine’, of course, is a book on the Vedanta philosophy; and we can take the liberty of naming it ‘Vedic Vedanta Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo’.

Jugal Kishore Mukherjee 1925 – 2009
R Ranganath
Jugal Kishore Mukherjee, one of the most eminent intellectual sadhaks of the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, passed away on December 15, 2009 at the age of 84. […]
Jugalda was a prolific writer, having written many books in English and Bengali. He was a contributor to many journals connected with Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy. In his book,  “The destiny of the Body” (1975), he discusses the transformation of the human body into a divine supramental body from a scientific and biological angle. With his vast knowledge of science, he points out many interesting facts about longevity in the animal world. In 1989, he wrote “Sri Aurobindo’s Poetry and Sanskrit Rhetoric”.  In 1990, flowed another book from his pen: “From Man Human to Man Divine”. Then in 1995, came a book on Sri Aurobindo’s Humour “Sri Aurobindo The Smiling Master”. In 1994 he produced a small booklet entitled “The wonder that is Amal Kiran” in commemoration of the ninetieth birthday of K.D. Sethna, another very eminent Aurobindonian scholar, author and literary critic. In his book, “The Practice of the Integral Yoga”, Jugalda gives practical hints to be applied in day to day life-situations, keeping in mind the principles of the Integral Yoga. “The Mystery of Death, Fate, Karma and Rebirth” was published in 2004 and it seemed that this subject was already holding his attention in the last phase of his life.
Then came some booklets: “Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Its role, responsibility and Future Destiny”; “The Ascent of Sight in Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri”; “Principles and goals of Integral Education”. There were two Bengali books as well: “Poorna Yoger Sadhan Paddhati—in two volumes and “Mrityu Rahasya”. [The ascent of sight in Sri Aurobindo's SavitriThe Destiny Of The Body/The Vision and the Realisation in Sri Aurobindo's YogaThe Wonder That is K.D. Sethna Alias Amal KiranFrom Man Human to Man Divine: Sri Aurobindo's Vision of the Evolutionary Destiny of ManSri Aurobindo: The Smiling MasterSri Aurobindo Ashram - Its Role, Responsibility and Future Destiny: An Insider's Personal View]

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