But the Obvious!

Invitation by Sri Aurobindo

Posted by Irus on October 15, 2007

An intense and uplifting collection of musings from a person who was a revolutionary fighting for the freedom of India, and then an Enlightened Being. He calls his days in prison as a year’s living in an ashram or a hermitage. He describes attaining an inner freedom that does not depend on others, of embracing solitude and of ‘tasting’ peace. The underlying wry humor through the book makes us closer to the spiritual message on every page.

The following is a poem by Sri Aurobindo that he composed in Alipore Jail, 1908-09 :


With the wind and the weather beating around me
Up to the hill and moorland I go
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventures have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the Lord of tempest and mountain,
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks by my side.


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