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- Publisher: Lotus Press (January 1, 1990)
- Publication Date: November 30, 1927
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- Language: English
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The book contains several specific terms, but I imagine that their definitions can be found on the internet. Understanding the terms will be key to understanding the text because, while not many, they are key.
Sri Aurobindo was a gifted author who knew the languages of Latin, Greek, French, Sanskrit, English, and Bengali, among others.
Aurobindo (1872-1950), was born in Bengal and became one of the great spiritual thinkers of India, acquiring fame also in the West for his universalist message and his extensive knowledge of western culture, including western philosophy, western languages (in addition to English, he had a profound knowledge of Classical Greek and Latin, as well as French and German) and history.
However, not all are fully aware of how deeply rooted in Shakta philosophy his message is. This small manual is a sort of spiritual guide from a Shakti standpoint.
In the first five chapters, the important ethical guidelines for a spiritual practitioner are outlined.
The sixth chapter outlines a sequence of attributes of Shakti in
Her Four aspects: MahaShakti, MahaKali, MahaLaksmhi and MahaSaraswati. For their intensity, power, and depth, the descriptions of the four aspects of Shakti remind me more of Hymns taken from a Purana, or from the Poetry of a Ramprasad (the 18th century Bengali poet who wrote magnificent Hymns to the Goddess), than of a modern essay.
Yet, they were written in the 20th century, in a poetic English,
for use of the modern people.
My words cannot convey the intensity of Aurobindo's thought, and I prefer to simply quote from him, to give the readers a hint of this book. From Aurobindo's own words:
``Imperial Maheshwari is seated in the wideness above the
thinking mind and will and sublimates and greatens them into wisdom and largeness or floods with a splendor beyond them. For she is the mighty and wise One who opens us to the supramental infinities and the cosmic vastness, to the grandeur of the supreme Light,..''
When describing Mahakali: ``MahaKali is of another nature. Not wideness but height, not wisdom but force and strength are her peculiar power. There is in her an overwhelming intensity, a mighty passion of force to achieve, a divine violence rushing to shatter every limit and obstacles.''
When describing MahaLakshmi... ``all turn with joy and longing to
MahaLakshmi. For she throws the spell of the intoxicating sweetness of the Divine: to be close to her is a profound happiness and to feel her within the heart is to make existence a rapture and a marvel;..''
Finally, Aurobindo's words on MahaSaraswati: ``MahaSaraswati is the Mother's Power of Work and her spirit of perfection and order. .. ``Always she holds in her nature and can give to those whom she has chosen the intimate and precise knowledge, the subtlety and patience, the accuracy of intuitive mind and conscious hand and discerning eye..''
I have been interested in Hinduism for more than 30 years, but
strangely enough I came very late to read Aurobindo. It was for me a stunning discovery: I can say that I rarely found a spiritual Author who can convey so much in such a small Book.
This, I believe, is the mark of truly enlightened Teachers.