ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR & HEAD
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
THE MADURA COLLEGE (AUTONOMOUS)
Sri Aurobindo is the Vedic rishi of our times who did tapasya at Pondicherry in South India for 40 years endeavoring to bring the Supramental consciousness to the earth. He is also the shining star of Indian nationalism. The Rishis of the Rig Veda envisioned a nation-unit ranging from the Himalayas to the Southern Indian Ocean. The ideal of Samarat, Chakravarthy Raja and the military and political use of ashwvamedha and rajsurya sacrifice testify to a strong idea of a nation-state. The Mahabharata and Ramayana describe dharmarajya and Ramrajya. The goal of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, the Mother, was to create a synthesis of the best of ancient India and modern, scientific thought. He wrote that great effort must be made for the recovery of the old spiritual knowledge. Secondly, this spirituality should flow into new forms of philosophy, literature, art, science and criticism. The third aim should be to deal with modern problems in the light of Indian spirit. The Mother was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and continued his task of Supramentalising humanity after 1950. The Mother was of the firm opinion that India has the answers to the problems of humanity. She spoke highly about the spiritual richness of the country. The Mother stated that India is the guru of the world. Ramana Maharishi is the greatest mind slayer in the history of mankind. His brahmastra was the question, “Who am I?”. Mind is made up of thoughts. The root of all is the “I” thought. When we seek this source, it disappears and only the Self remains. The self is the only reality.
Key words- Sanatana Dharma, India, Swaraj, Upanishads, Janaka, Self