Since Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri first appeared in print, its incandescent lines of passionate beauty have enthralled readers of all types and persuasions. One of the books introduced below, Narad’s Arrival at Madra by R.Y. Deshpande, is a study of Savitri based on the opening passage from “The Book of Fate”. The following excerpt shows one of the book’s important themes:

The entire terrestrial scheme is what is laid out in Narad’s song of evolution. It is a Truth-song; it is the song of new birth, the song of transformation, a song which can be sung only on earth. “Heaven in its rapture dreams of perfect earth”—that is what we hear in it. Such a song is first born somewhere high up, even perhaps beyond the home of the heavenly immortals. When it comes down here rushing through the luminous spaces and continues to resonate even in the atmosphere of the earthly Matter, it changes the very tone and character of the entire existence, tissue and cell quiver in the breath of conscious Life. This Matter is stirred up by its powerful potency and vibration. …Transfiguration and ecstasy are the result. And therefore as Narad sings the song the demons weep with joy, foreseeing the end of their difficult and horrendous task.





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ENGLISH

coverNarad's Arrival at Madra

— R. Y. Deshpande
ISBN: 81-7058-839-1
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Puducherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 471
Price: Rs 150

The author takes the 83-line opening passage from Savitri, "The Book of Fate", which announces and describes the arrival of the sage Narad at Aswapati's palace in Madra, as the focus of his study, suggesting it as a point of entry to plunge into the very heart of the mystery of Sri Aurobindo's epic poem. He follows several discussion threads suggested by the passage, including the ancient theory of five elements and their deeper subtle-occult chemistry, a varied look at evolution's scientific and occult-yogic aspects and its fullest gnostic possibilities, and a deeper examination of a few key phrases from these lines of poetry that illumine the significance of Narad's appearance in the narrative.

coverImmortal Wisdom

from ancient times in myths, tales and legends
— Medhananda
ISBN: 81-86413-32-4
Publisher: Sri Mira Trust, Puducherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 177
Price: Rs 190

Medhananda, a German disciple who served as the librarian of the Sri Aurobindo Library for many years, was also a researcher and interpreter of the symbols in ancient cultures. In this book he examines several myths, tales, and legends in the light of mystic experience. What he sees are not stories about nature gods or tribal histories of kings and warriors, but facts, events and powers of the inner life. For him Heracles is not the muscle-bound hunter and hero of Greek myth, but the seeker of ultimate Truth, a symbol of the awakening consciousness of man. Other interpretations concern tales from ancient Egypt, the Bible, and the Brothers Grimm.

coverThe Garden of Man

and other stories from ancient times
— Medhananda
ISBN: 81-86413-35-9
Publisher: Sri Mira Trust, Puducherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 87
Price: Rs 150

An avid student of ancient symbol-languages, Medhananda wrote this book of translations and interpretations, almost meditations, on the meanings behind three symbol-texts: a 3500-year old hieroglyphic message from an Egyptian tomb, the iconic image of the tree as presented in several ancient cultures, and an old Egyptian fairy tale. He views and presents these as teaching images, symbols that lead the reader towards self-awareness.

coverPallava Rock Architecture and Sculpture

— Text and Photographs by Elisabeth Beck
ISBN: 81-88661-46-5
Publisher: Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry, in association with EastWest Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd.
Binding: Hard Cover
Pages: 262
Price: Rs 1200

Divided into sections devoted to the eras of two great Pallava kings, Mahendravarman and Narasimha Mahamalla, this book describes the development of the Pallava cave temples in Tamil Nadu from their early, primitive outlines to the intricately sculpted creations of Mamallapuram. Enriched by more than 200 black and white photographs and illustrations and printed entirely on art paper, it provides both extensive historical backgrounds to these eras and the panoramic details of rock architecture and sculpture as developed during these times. The author has used quotations from Sri Aurobindo's works, primarily The Renaissance in India and Other Essays on Indian Culture, to add a spiritual dimension to the historical, cultural, and traditional religious explanations behind the temple depictions.

KANNADA

coverBelakina Betta

— Dr H. Thipperudra Swamy
Publisher: Karnataka Nilayam Trust, Puducherry
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 68
Price: Rs 40

TELUGU

coverSri Mata Kruthyjnathaskruthulu

— Vividha Rachayatala Vyasamulu
Publisher: Institute of Human Study, Hyderabad
Binding: Soft Cover
Pages: 131
Price: Rs 75

Telugu translation of Remembering The Mother with Gratitude

This book reveals many of the unforgettable experiences of some eminent personalities of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville who have shared some golden moments with the Mother.



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