We present four brief passages from Sri Aurobindo’s writings done in early 1910. The immense value and significance of these ‘passing thoughts’ can’t be missed in today’s cultural and intellectual climate of India when Indian mind is trying to rediscover the true essence of Indian-ness and create new forms to express the eternal truth of the Indian spirit.
India has had a long history of physical education. The heroes that India gave to herself represent not only great qualities of courage and valour but also of physical strength and excellence. In ancient India, there was an emphasis on the pursuit of an integral aim of life, which determined the discipline of integral education. Both the material and spiritual poles of the being had their place in this system.
As India goes through a deeply significant transition and a process of rediscovering and redefining her own way – a deeper way of being, it is important to ask some key questions – what is the nature of this Indian renaissance; what does it mean for the future of India and the world; and in what ways is Sri Aurobindo one of the key forces behind or leading this renaissance?