In Sri Aurobindo’s poetry, a imaginative and prescient for religious consciousness

2020/10 31 03:10

Written by Shruti Sundar Ray
| Kolkata |

Up to date: October 31, 2020 9:15:04 am


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‘Kavi’ doesn’t simply imply ‘poet’. In classical Sanskrit, the time period was used for any maker of prose or verse. In Vedic instances, it had an excellent less complicated definition—anybody who noticed and sang.

It’s with this context that viewers have been launched to ‘Sri Aurobindo—The Kavi’, a webinar occasion carried out Friday by Sri Aurobindo Basis for Indian Tradition (SAFIC), Puducherry. The webinar was a part of the inspiration’s ongoing two-year-long celebrations to mark the 150th start anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, which is on 15 August 2022.

Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose) was a freedom fighter and nationalist chief, who grew to become a religious reformer and thinker. Arguably most well-known as a thinker, Sri Aurobindo disclaimed the signifier and most popular to be considered primarily as a poet and politician.

“He has written over 50,000 traces of verse,” mentioned Dr Goutam Ghosal in his keynote handle. Ghosal is a Professor of English at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan who has studied Sri Aurobindo’s works extensively. He added, “Sri Aurobindo positioned poetry on the centre of data.”

Presiding over the occasion, Dr R Y Deshpande, creator and devotee of Sri Aurobindo, defined: “Sri Aurobindo’s full works come to 36 volumes, of which eight are dedicated to poetry and poetics.”

Whereas the continuing celebrations embody a sequence of lectures and seminars to popularise numerous domains of Sri Aurobindo’s thought, Friday’s occasion delved into his contributions to poetry, poetic criticism, and aesthetics. The implications in his e book ‘The Future Poetry’ for the way forward for poetry featured prominently within the dialogue.

Sri Aurobindo mentioned that lyric would be the future type of poetry and the spirit will resolve the shape,” defined Ghosal. “It can’t be prescient.” For Aurobindo, poetry was all about imaginative and prescient and revelation, just like the Vedic kavi who noticed and sang.

“Poetry occupies a particular place in religious consciousness. It engages sight, sound and type—all senses—in a single mode of expression,” Deshpande emphasised the enduring significance of poetry in an interview with indianexpress.com.“That’s what you see in our scriptures as nicely—they’re in verse.”

Regardless of the allusions to the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita in Sri Aurobindo’s works, Ghosal clarified that Sri Aurobindo can’t be positioned squarely within the Hindu custom. “His Sanatana Dharma shouldn’t be the identical because the RSS.” He mentioned Sri Aurobindo’s dharma meant not faith however a lifestyle. There are lots of Muslims, Sikhs and Christians amongst Sri Aurobindo’s devotees.

“His message is common and is related at each time. However many don’t know his actual message,” mentioned Dr SampadanandaMishra, Director, SAFIC. “That’s the function of those programmes: to create consciousness concerning Sri Aurobindo’s teachings.”

A panel dialogue on the identical theme of ‘Sri Aurobindo—The Kavi’ might be held by SAFIC Saturday on Zoom and Fb Dwell. Webinars on different aspects of Sri Aurobindo are lined up over the subsequent two years, till the grand celebration in August 2022.

Shruti is an intern with Indianexpress.com

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