Essential Yoga Books for Neophytes – 4 eBooks
The tale of Satyavan and Savitri is recited in the Mahabharata as a story of conjugal love conquering death. But the legend is, as shown by many features of the human tale, one of the many symbolic myths of the Vedic cycle, Satyavan is the soul carrying the divine truth of being within itself but descended into the grip of death and ignorance:
Savitri is the Divine Word, daughter of the Sun, goddess of the supreme Truth who comes down and is born to save:
Aswapati, the Lord of the Horse, her human father, is the Lord of Tapasya, the concentrated energy of spiritual endeavour that helps us to rise from the mortal to the immortal planes:
Dyumatsena, Lord of the shining Hosts, father of Satyavan, is the Divine Mind here fallen blind, losing it’s ceslestial kingdom of vision ,and through that loss it’s kingdom of glory.
Still this is not a mere allegory, the characters are not personified qualities, but incarnations of emanations of living and conscious forces with whom we can enter into concrete touch and they take human bodies in order to help man and show him the way from his mortal state to a divine consciousness and immortal life.
The Life Divine explores for the Modern mind the great streams of Indian metaphysical thought, reconciling the truths behind each and from this synthesis extends in terms of conciousness the concept of evolution. The unfolding of earth’s and man’s spiritual destiny is illuminated.
The Life Divine is Sri aurobindo’s principal philosophical work in which he presents a theory of spiritual evolution,which will culminate in the human being and the advent of a divine life on the earth.
“Truth of philosophy is of a merely theoretical value unless it can be lived, and we have therefore tried in The Synthesis of Yoga to arrive at a synthetical view of the principles and methods of the various lines of spiritual self-discipline and the way in which they can lead to an integral divine life in the human existence”.
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