ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 3 July-September, 2013 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
SRI AUROBINDO- JOURNEY FROM OCCIDENT TO BHARAT
Niraj Kumar & Pankaj Kumar Lal
 
ABSTRACT
Modern Indian history is characterized by renascence in manifold sphere. The rediscovery of ancient spirit of liberty (svatantrata) not only led to the biggest non-violent independence movement, but it also impregnated the arts and literature, spirituality and religion, ancient thoughts and modern novelty. Sri Aurobindo (15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) emerges as the most prominent face of this manifold renascence. He was foremost a thinker and a revolutionary. He was a fugitive and a saint. He was a commentator on Greek drama and interpreter of Indian culture. He meditated over effulgent sun, what he termed as trataksadhna, and himself radiated the fiery thoughts through his columns in Bande Mataram. He had a prophetic voice which could apprehend the coming turbulence of world wars and the breaking of colonial yokes in India. Nowadays many of his ideas are emerging as catechism to define Bharatiyata. But, his journey to discovery of Bharat was not linear, as he like other bhadraloka Bengali family, was groomed in the western education system. This paper reconstructs the transition from Occidental categories of thinking to Indian categories in Sri Aurobindo’s early writings .
 
KEYWORD
Bande Mataram, Baroda, boycott, chhayamay, Greek, Nationalist, Ramakrishna, shakti, swadeshi, tantra, Vivekananda, yoga
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