This piece highlights the vast, integral being of Sri Aurobindo, the Rishi, as well as the greatly endearing personality of Sri Aurobindo, the modern Guru.
In this two-part article, author Narendra Murty speaks of the higher ranges of consciousness beyond the intellect — inspiration, intuition and revelation — from where a Rishi receives knowledge. A Rishi is someone who sees and hears the Truth which he then expresses as Mantra. Using several insightful passages from Sri Aurobindo’s writings, particularly The Future Poetry, the author brings out Sri Aurobindo’s rishihood.
What is the right place and significance of reading spiritual literature in the path of sadhana? Can reading help prepare the sadhak, can it become a hindrance? Should a sadhak read only spiritual or religious literature? What about the literary classics that are often considered ‘secular’ literature? What does it mean to study literature or write only for the Divine? These and a few more questions are explored in the current issue.